Events in New York - October 2018

Events in New York – October 2019 Edition

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 2019!

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 2019. One major spectacle you should mark in your calendar is the Columbus Day Parade on October 14, 2019 (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 2019


New York Film Festival 2018


What? New York Film Festival (NYFF) 2019

When? September 27 – October 13, 2019

Where? Various locations in NYC

Free? No


Description: Film enthusiasts attention! During the 57th 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.


Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns 2018


What? Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

When? October 4 – 28, 2019

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!


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Boo at the Zoo - October


What? Boo at the Zoo 2019

When? October 5 – 26, 2019

Where? Bronx Zoo (Map)

Free? No ($45 per person)


Description: The Bronx Zoo transforms into a spooky jungle during the Halloween season. While other guests leave the zoo around 5 PM, you and your friends can stay behind and join the “Spooktacular Night Walk”. Before the group will explore sizzling and whistling critters after sunset, you are invited to a tasty “last meal” pizza dinner provided by the zoo. This is definitely one of the best family events in New York in October 2019.


New York City Wine & Food Festival 2018


What? New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) 2019

When? October 10 – 13, 2019

Where? Various locations in NYC

Free? Yes & No (Seminars and Panels $0 | Other events such as classes or dinner up to $540)


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.


Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch NYC 2018


What? Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch 2019

When? October 13, 2019

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 2019! 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.


Columbus Day Parade NYC 2018


What? Columbus Day Parade 2019

When? October 14, 2019

Where? 5th Avenue from 47th to 72nd Street

Free? Yes


Description: If you are looking for traditional events in New York in October 2019, 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 14, 2019 (starts around noon) in Midtown Manhattan. Therefore, you’ll get to see loads of colorful Columbus themed floats, especially from countries of the Americas.


Big Apple Crunch 2018


What? Big Apple Crunch 2019

When? October 25, 2019

Where? Locations throughout NYC (Find a Crunch location near you)

Free? Yes


Description: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! You can not only observe this event in New York in October 2019, 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 25, 2019. YUM!




Halloween Dog Parade NYC 2018


What? Halloween Dog Parade 2019

When? October 20 & 26, 2019

Where? Tompkins Square Park (October 20th) | Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn (October 26th)

Free? Yes

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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


Halloween in Central Park 2018


What? Halloween in Central Park 2019

When? October 27, 2019

Where? Harlem Meer, Central Park (Map)

Free? Yes


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 25 & 26, 2019), the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens (October 26, 2019) and the Prospect Park in Brooklyn (October 26, 2019).


NYC Village Halloween Parade 2018


What? NYC 46th Village Halloween Parade 2019

When? October 31, 2019

Where? Spring Street to 16th Street

Free? Yes


Description: This is the ultimate event in New York in October 2019. 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! The parade starts at 7 PM.

We hope, our list of top events in New York in October 2019 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!

Happy Halloween!

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1 Comment

  1. jenni on October 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

    October NYC times Halloween day i have attended this event this event is just amazing i just loved….Thanks for post last year and i please wish this time be a part of your Halloween team..!

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