New York City in October is amazing as preparations for the holiday season begin. With countless things to do, concerts to attend, and New York October events happening throughout the city, one thing is for sure – your trip won’t be boring! Below we have summarized all of our favorite things to do in New York in October.
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🎃 The absolute best things to do in October in New York
1. Experience Fall in New York City in October
Nothing says fall or autumn, like freshly harvested pumpkins, corn and the slight discoloration of the leaves of the trees. At the annual Autumn Festival in Queens, you can celebrate this beautiful season. Queens County Farm Museum offers the opportunity to listen to country and western music, drink apple cider and get lost in the corn maze.
The flock of sheep sheared aside really gets you in the mood for the fall and makes you feel like you’re on the farm. Come by and purchase fresh apples and eat homemade pumpkin pie. It’s perfect for families and friends.
2. October 4-7: NYC Comic Con
Attention all comic and anime fans! New York in October holds the world-famous Comic Con, where you can meet the actors of your favorite childhood comic series and other legends of the industry. Cosplay is a very popular activity during this event, so if you’re out in the city, and you are met by people dressed up as comic heroes, don’t be surprised. Comic Con usually takes place at the Jacob Javits Center next to the Westside highway. You can find tickets for Comic Con NYC here.
3. October 14: Columbus Day and the Columbus Day Parade
On Columbus Day, New Yorkers commemorate the “discoverer” of America, Christopher Columbus. Each year, a grand parade is organized in New York, which runs across Fifth Avenue. 35,000 people including bands, fleets, and Marines take part in this parade, which attracts around a million visitors and another million people in front of the TV in their living rooms.
The parade starts at Fifth Avenue on the corner 44th Street. It heads north up to 72nd Street (start: 11:30 AM, end: 3:00 PM).
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4. October 3-6: New York City Wine and Food Festival
This is for all of the foodies and wine connoisseurs. The New York City Wine and Food Festival offers more than 100 events over 3 days. There’s everything from tastings of America’s favorite foods to intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, cooking classes, nutrition seminars, wine tasting, and parties. Prepared and served by America’s favorite food stars, this event is a real highlight for New Yorkers and tourists from around the world. Tickets can be found here.
5. October 11-13: New York Coffee Festival
This annual coffee event takes place in New York again and is obviously for coffee lovers who can’t function in the morning without their caffeine. There are endless tastings of various roasts and workshops with baristas from Toby’s Estate Coffee to Irving Farm. Last year, the CEO of Gregory’s Coffee was present at some events! Tickets are available here.
6. Watch a Broadway musical
We are big Broadway musical fans and have seen many of the impressive Broadway shows. Our big favorites are The Lion King, Moulin Rouge, and Aladdin. For many New York visitors, a Broadway show is the absolute highlight.
7. October 19-20: Open House New York Weekend
The annual Open House New York event allows tourists and locals to access the city’s main buildings for 2 days. The main thing here is to experience the city differently and to meet the people who design and build New York. All sorts of buildings can be visited, from the very historic to modern apartments or industrial buildings that are scattered all over the five boroughs. There will be tours, lectures, performances and events around the meaning of architecture and urban design. All the information about this cool event can be found here.
8. Oct. 31: The Village Halloween Parade in New York City
Ah yes. Halloween. The original Celtic custom is celebrated on this day and is a popular day in the USA. Every year in New York in October, countless children are dressed in costumes and go door to door “scaring” people and yell out “trick or treat”. The major attraction on this day is New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade which brings out more than two million spectators. This parade has been going on since 1973. Around 80,000 costumed participants, countless gigantic puppets and many bands ensure an unforgettable procession through the streets of New York. It is the only parade held in the US during Halloween night. This event should not be missed.
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9. October 8: The Ice Rinks Open
If you’re looking for some ice skating, then coming to New York in October is perfect. On October 8th, the ice rinks open up for the season! Bank of America’s Winter Village at Bryant Park (behind the Public Library), the famed Rink at Rockefeller Center and the Trump Rink in Central Park are just three of New York City’s finest ice rinks.
10. Central Park in the Fall
One of the most beautiful retreats in Manhattan is Central Park. There is something going on at every corner and the trees are now in their best autumnal color. You can just stroll around Central Park, ride your bike, or take a guided tour. We have put together a selection of tours that you can do in Central Park here.
11. The Best Rooftop Bars for Fall
If you think the rooftop bar season is over in the fall, then think again! Not in New York! There are many rooftop bars in NYC that offer fresh air even in the cold season. There are magnificent views of urban canyons AND pleasant warmth. Check out some of the best rooftop bars here. Some of these bars are open during the winter and fall.
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12. Watch an NBA game
The NBA season kicks off this month and we’re always looking forward to watching one of the many NBA games in New York. Whether it’s the Brooklyn Nets or the New York Knicks, both teams like try their best to show-out in front of the home-town crowd. NYC is considered the “Mecca” of basketball.
13. Do a Sightseeing Tour to Bear Mountain
Fall in New York is great for a sightseeing tour. We’ve already tested many tours in New York for a while and were particularly impressed with the Bear Mountain Cruise in the fall. With a boat, it goes along the Hudson River to Bear Mountain. There, you spend the day admiring the beautiful nature before going back by boat in the evening.
14. New York Philharmonic Season starts
The New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden invite you to discover the 2019–20 season. Starting from 10/03 until June 13, 2020, you’ll have the chance to see the best concerts by the New York Philharmonic located in New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
15. Visit the Bronx Zoo Boo
It’s an event for the entire family. Visit the Halloween event at the Bronx Zoo “Bronx Zoo Boo” for some spooky hours at the famous zoo in the Bronx. What you can expect? Magic shows, costume parades, corn maze, Halloween crafts, pumpkin carving demos and much more.
The Weather in New York City in October
Monthly Avg DAY
Monthly Avg NIGHT
64.4°F / 18°C
50°F / 10°C
7 hours daily
The most popular tours in October
Enjoy the most beautiful fall foliage in New York by taking a scenic cruise to Bear Mountain!
Explore New York's highest observation deck, regardless of the weather!
Spend a great evening onboard our favorite dinner cruise in New York!
Seeing a Broadway show is always a good idea, especially if you have a discount code for your tickets!
The Football season is in full swing. See the Giants or the Jets live!
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Sports Events in October in New York
Check Out Some NFL Matchups
Arguably the most popular sport in the US is football. If the New York Giants or the New York Jets make it to the playoffs, then you’ll be able to catch them in action as long as they have home-field advantage. Which team will you root for?
The NHL is On
Hockey fans, if you have time, definitely check out either the NY Rangers or the NY Islanders!
The NBA is Back in Action
Soccer in New York City
It’s not as popular, but there are soccer games from the New York Red Bulls in October as well. Most likely you will have to make your way over to New Jersey, but soccer in NYC is absolutely fun and worth going.
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