Fall enthusiasts unite over October in the city, replete with its autumnally-inspired comfort foods and beverages, outdoorsy activity vibes, and sweater weather. With summer swimming behind you, enjoy our blog’s deep dive into the best daily events Manhattan has to offer this month.
Archtober is more than a structural pun; it isan entire month of architecture and design events, tours, and exhibitions organized by more than 60 partners across the five boroughs. This year’s kick-off includes “The Secrets of Grand Central Terminal,” “Hispanic Museum Tour,” and a panel on climate change organized by Building Energy Exchange (Tuesday, October 1, times vary).
A good, IRL scavenger hunt has become something of a novelty, which is all the more reason to join the High Line’s Autumn Scavenger Hunt, a night of Highline and surrounding area trivia and information gathering that starts at Rocky’s Pizza in Chelsea (Wednesday, October 2, 7pm).
When it comes to an appreciation for our city’s natural landscapes, +POOL wants you to consider the surrounding water. +POOL Light Launch combines environmentalism and art in an installation comprised of a 50 x 50 ft floating sculpture of LEDs that change color based on the quality of water in the East River (Thursday, October 3, 6pm).
Halloween isn’t the only time for costumes this month thanks to New York ComicCon. The East Coast’s largest pop culture convention and celebration brings a quarter of a million fans of comics, publishing, media, and licensing to The Javits Center (Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6, times vary). And for those who prefer their cosplay characters from a live musical, Elsie Fest is a chance to see Broadway favorites (among them Darren Criss and Cynthia Erivo) performing pop songs, plus a few pop stars returning the favor with a showtune or two (Saturday, October 5, 6pm).
While it may not garner quite the same enthusiasm as July’s National Ice Cream Day, who can resist a devotion to the “dillightful” gherkin? Pickle Day on the Lower East Side brings together local merchants plus picklers from across the country for a fun outdoor festival that evokes the LES’s earlier days as ‘The Bargain District’ combined with new additions to the scene, such as Market Line and Essex Market (Sunday, October 6, all day).
From pickles to poetry, Aracelis Girmay draws from her recent collection the black maria and Joy Harjo from hers, An American Sunrise, in a shared reading and talk at 92nd St Y (Monday, October 7, 8pm). Further uptown, Common, the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning artist, actor and activist, returns to the Apollo stage to celebrate the release of his second book, Let Love Have the Last Word and latest studio album, Let Love (Tuesday, October 8, 8pm).
For those of us stocking up on candy corn and planning costumes since late August, Halloween can’t come soon enough. Blood Manor, New York City’s premier haunted house, invites you to Horrogram, an immersive and interactive scarefest at which you’re granted permission (by the hosts, we can’t vouch for the ghosts!) to post pictures and video to your Instagram feed (Wednesday, October 9, 7pm-11pm).
The New York City Wine and Food Festival (Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13, times vary) and New York Coffee Festival (Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13) arrive to epicureans ready to be royally well fed and happily buzzed. Speaking of buzz, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical makes the move from London’s West End to Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne theater. First previews of this award-winning jukebox musical chronicling the life Ms. Simply the Best begin this weekend (Saturday, October 12, 8pm).
NYC’s OktoberFest has been underway since September with its authentic German beer, brats and giant pretzels. Now that October is here, enjoy peak time parties at Watermark Waterfront Bar on Pier 17 (Sunday, October 13 – Sunday, October 20, times vary).
The annual New York Columbus Day Parade, now in its 75th year and organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, is a celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture. Be amongst the over one million spectators cheering on this year’s grand marshal, fashion designer Massimo Ferragamo, leading 35,000 participants and 130 groups amidst bands, floats, and contingents (Monday, October 14, 9:30am starting at St. Patrick’s Cathedral).
Fierce vocal powerhouse and pop disruptor, Bishop Briggs, takes the stage at the recently reopened Webster Hall (Tuesday, October 15, 8pm) while comedian/actress/author Ali Wong discusses her new book Dear Girl at another legendary New York venue, Town Hall (Wednesday, October 16, 8pm).
Move into the weekend with a festival devoted to movies by emerging filmmakers dedicated to global issues. The Chelsea Film Festival at AMC Loews on 34th Street screens shorts, features, and virtual reality programming while its “Reel Magic Hour Industry Panel Series” is hosted by The New Yorker Hotel (Thursday, October 17 – Sunday, October 20, times vary).
Rose Mansion is asking you (and your inner seven-year-old) to make a really big decision against the backdrop of magic, fantasy enchantment, and wine at their Mermaids vs. Unicorns party (Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 7pm-10pm). And you’ll likely see at least one doggy dressed as a mermaid and another furry friend as a unicorn at the 29th annual Thompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade (Sunday, October 20, 12pm-3pm).
The new week begins with New York Taste, a culinary tasting event featuring a lineup of the city’s top restaurants and bars, all brought to you by New York Magazine (Monday, October 21, 7pm-9pm).
On Tuesday, the category is POSE on FX, and the more you know about this Emmy-award winning series about the 1980s queer ball scene starring Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez and a historic number of trans actors, the better you will do at Stone Creek’s POSE Trivia Night (Tuesday, October 22, 8pm-9:30pm). Speaking of critically acclaimed, San Francisco-based author, Alvin Orloff, comes to Le Poisson Rouge to read from his stunning new memoir, “DISASTERAMA! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997,” with special guests Justin Vivian Bond and Beth Lisick (Wednesday, October 23, 7pm). The importance of independent publishers cannot be overstated, and Night of a Thousand Small Publishers converts words into action with its gala supporting Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (Thursday, October 24 6pm-10pm).
It was Irish author George Bernard Shaw who once said, “Whiskey is liquid sunshine,” and the Bowery Collective is sure to agree. Join their Whiskey Washback party celebrating “the remarkable and rebellious legacy of whiskey,” with over 75 types for tasting, whiskey-infused chocolate truffles, and more (Friday, October 25, 8pm-11pm).
The final weekend of October is a celebratory one, with the White Lights Festival now in its tenth year exploring works that “embody the human capacity for love and divine devotion” at Lincoln Center (Saturday, October 26 – November 14, times vary). Meanwhile Mano y Mano: Mexico Without Borders hosts two days of Mexican art, live music, food and folk culture at the Day of the Dead fiesta (Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, times vary).
It wouldn’t be Halloween month without a few witches, and the Three from Macbeth’s are casting their spells on audiences in the East Village at Classic Stage Company. Catch real life husband and wife team Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” Henry IV, A View from the Bridge) and Nadia Bowers (Doubt, The Farnsworth Invention, Life Sucks) in the title roles (Tuesday, October 29, 7pm). Also on the Off Broadway theater front, FringeNYC is back with over 30 original works of independent theater presented across six venues in two boroughs. Check out some of New York’s best emerging writing and performing talent (ie Who will be the next Fleabag?)
We are pleased to recommend an event involving pumpkins sans latte: the Halloween Pumpkin Flotillais a family-friendly, free afternoon of pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, festive pumpkin patch, and the Central Park Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight (Wednesday, October 30, 4pm-7pm).
At long last, Halloween arrives and this year, things are going to get wild. The 46th annual Village Halloween Parade heads north on 6th Avenue to dazzling effect and this year’s “Wild Thing” theme means a night of even more lavish costumes, enchanting puppetry, and spectacle (Thursday October 31, 7pm). Enjoy it all, and we’ll see you in November!