16 Can’t Miss Things to Do in NYC This October

Make no mistake, October in New York is a month devoted to dance, food and wine, classical music, pop culture and hauntings. Be sure to check out these events.

Fall for Dance Festival

Oct. 1–13

Twenty dance companies from the U.S.and abroad are on their toes at New York City Center. www.nycitycenter.org



Oct. 1–31

A monthlong celebration of architecture and design in NYC’s five boroughs. www.archtober.org


Carnegie Hall

Oct. 3

The famed venue’s 2019–2020 season opens with a gala featuring The Cleveland Orchestra. www.carnegiehall.org


New York Comic Con

Oct. 3–6

The Javits Center hosts the mother of all pop-culture conventions. www.newyorkcomiccon.com


African Restaurant Week

Oct. 4–20

Participating restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens offer discounted prix fixe traditional and African-inspired menus. www.nyarw.com


Blood Manor

Oct. 4–Nov. 9

How brave are you? Roam the corridors and enter the themed rooms of this haunted house in Lower Manhattan to find out. www.bloodmanor.com


Elsie Fest

Oct. 5

The alfresco festival in Central Park features stars and songs from stage and screen. www.elsiefest.com


New York Pizza Festival

Oct. 5 & 6

Every type of pizza known to man can be sampled in the Bronx’s Little Italy. www.nycpizzafestival.com


Wine & Food Festival

Oct. 10–13

An oenophile and gourmand’s citywide taste of heaven. www.nycwff.org


Margaret Mead Film Festival

Oct. 17–20

A showcase for documentary films at the American Museum of Natural History. www.amnh.org/mead

Fotografiska New York

Oct. 18

The contemporary photography museum opens in the Flatiron District. www.fotografiska.com/nyc


Open House Weekend

Oct. 18–20

Buildings in the five boroughs, usually off-limits to the public, unlock their doors for tours and talks. www.ohny.org/weekend

MoMA Reopens

Oct. 21

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) unveils its expanded and revitalized campus and the reinstallation of its world-renowned collection. www.moma.org


IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair

Oct. 23–27

Printmaking rules at the Javits Center’s River Pavilion. www.ifpda.org


NY Cabaret Convention

Oct. 28–31

The Great American Songbook is in good voice at the Rose Theater. www.mabelmercer.org


Halloween Parade

Oct. 31

Greenwich Village’s annual fright fest is ghoulish fun. www.halloween-nyc.com


Francis Lewis
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