It’s October! Or in other words, it’s ‘Pumpkin Month’. That means: Pumpkin Carving Parties, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Harvest Fests and many more fall-themed events in New York in October 2018!
But let’s not forget about the most important day in October: HALLOWEEN. Be assured that you are just in the right city to experience this spooky spectacle at its best! And not only you can be part of it. Even your pets can show off their scariest costumes at the annual Halloween Dog Parade. So make sure you are prepared. Either by packing a costume or at least a camera with a HUGE memory card. You’ll need it!
If you don’t fancy Halloween that much, don’t worry. There are plenty more epic events in New York in October 2018. One major spectacle you should mark in your calendar is the Columbus Day Parade on October 8, 2018 (which is also the official Columbus Day holiday). This parade is obviously dedicated to the arrival of Columbus in the Americas. Be prepared for a Columbus-themed circus!
Top Events in New York in October 2018
What? New York Film Festival (NYFF) 2018
When? September 28 – October 14, 2018
Where? Various locations in NYC
Description: Film enthusiasts attention! During the 56th New York Film Festival you’ll have the chance to watch the greatest art house movies, indie projects and exclusive documentaries. Tickets and passes are available – starting at $10.
What? Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns
When? October 5 – 29, 2018
Where? Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island (Map)
Free? No ($26 Adults | $22 Children)
Description: Let the pros do the pumpkin carving at the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns event. Although this spectacle is not for free, it’s definitely worth a visit! Watch the most talented artists as they paint and carve impressive motives into pumpkins. Kids will love this event, too!
What? Columbus Day Parade 2018
When? October 8, 2018
Where? 5th Avenue from 47th to 72nd Street
Description: If you are looking for traditional events in New York in October 2018, this is exactly the right one for you. New York City celebrates the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus with the annual Columbus Day Parade on October 8, 2018 (starts around noon) in Midtown Manhattan. Therefore, you’ll get to see loads of colorful Columbus themed floats, especially from countries of the Americas.
What? New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) 2018
When? October 11 – 14, 2018
Where? Various locations in NYC
Free? Yes & No (Seminars and Panels $0 | Other events such as classes or dinner up to $725)
Description: October is also the month of grape harvesting. What’s better than celebrating this season with a good wine at the NYC Wine & Food Festival. You have the choice of either attending free seminars/panels or buying a ticket to a special events (e.g. cooking classes, dinner, show cooking, etc.). Although special events are not for free, they are definitely worth attending, as you will be taught by the best cooking experts.
What? Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch 2018
When? October 14, 2018
Where? Queens Botanical Garden (Map)
Free? No ($12 Adults | $10 Children)
Description: The annual Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch one of many family events in New York in October 2018! While kids can take advantage of the petting zoo or get a spooky face painting, adults can enjoy the various food and wine offerings from local wineries. Definitely worth a visit! Doors open at 11 AM.
What? Techweek 2018
When? Canceled this year
Where? Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Free? Yes & No (Networking Tickets $0 | Panels and Events up to $115)
Description: New York is one of the biggest tech hubs in the US and a popular host city for a variety of tech conferences and conventions. The Techweek is presenting the latest technology innovations and discusses new trends. If you are a tech enthusiast, you should definitely join this event and use this opportunity to network with other like-minded people.
What? Big Apple Crunch 2018
When? October 18, 2018
Where? Locations throughout NYC (Find a Crunch location near you)
Description: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! You can not only observe this event in New York in October 2018, but actually participate! Goal of the Big Apple Crunch is to unite 2.5 million ‘crunchers’ in order to celebrate New York food and farms. To become a part, you just have to go to an official crunch location near you and bite into an apple on October 18, 2018. YUM!
What? Halloween Dog Parade 2018
When? October 20 & 27, 2018
Where? Tompkins Square Park (October 20th) | Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn (October 27th)
Description: Watch puppers in spooky costumes conquering Tompkins Square Park and Fort Greene Park. Your dog can also attend and chase with many other fellers balls and sticks! What’s cuter than a bunch of doggos in costumes?! Each Halloween Dog Parade starts at noon. #borkbork
What? Halloween in Central Park 2018
When? October 28, 2018
Where? Harlem Meer, Central Park (Map)
Description: Halloween in Central Park is something for the whole family. Between 4 PM and 7 PM you can witness the annual Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla on the Harlem Meer. If you want, you can bring your own Jack O’Lantern and send it onto the waters as well. Tip: In case you can’t make it to this event, you should know, that lots of parks in New York City are hosting Halloween themed events. Including the Fort Totten Park in Queens (October 26 & 27, 2018), the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens (October 27, 2018) and the Prospect Park in Brooklyn (October 27, 2018).
What? NYC 45th Village Halloween Parade 2018
When? October 31, 2018
Where? Spring Street to 16th Street
Description: This is the ultimate event in New York in October 2018. The Village Halloween Parade is the world’s largest Halloween parade and only happens once a year! That’s why participants put extra effort into their costumes and appearances. Watch adults and kids conquering the city as scary zombies or horror movie characters – or even better: Become a part of it! You can’t miss this parade – especially not if you are a Halloween enthusiast!
We hope, our list of top events in New York in October 2018 inspired you! Are you going to attend one of the Halloween events? If so, we are excited to hear what your costume will be. Let us know in the comments!