As fall sets in and sweaters come out of storage, NYC lights up with events. This time of year you can expect to see more food and drink festivals, cultural events, and art exhibitions. With the cooling weather comes time to relax, move a bit slower, and to reconnect with friends, family, even the city itself.
October in NYC has plenty to offer all across the city, and it can be a little overwhelming. But no need to worry, because Triplemint’s NYC real estate agents have selected their must-dos of the season for you!
Open House NY Architecture Weekend – All Boroughs
Many of New York’s stunning buildings aren’t accessible to the public, but during the Open House NY Architecture Weekend, you can explore hundreds of extraordinary buildings across the five boroughs. Take advantage of free open houses, or opt to join an affordable tour of some of New York City’s architectural marvels.
Not sure where to start? Check out Triplemint’s NYC neighborhood guides to get a feel for the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
Most locations free, some tours $5
Chelsea Film Festival – Chelsea
Now in its seventh year, the Chelsea Film Festival comprises multiple days of independent film screenings. Director and industry professional Q&As are hosted in between films, offering insight into the craft and industry of filmmaking. You have the option to purchase tickets for individual films or may opt for day passes for the festival.
Most films $15
Garment District Arts Festival – Garment District
A huge variety of exhibits, studios, and galleries are open to the public for three days during the Garment District Arts Festival. Each day offers different performances and opportunities to get a sneak peek into the artistic process. You can even participate in an interactive craft event and come home with your very own piece of art!
New York Coffee Festival – Flatiron District
Whether you’re a coffee aficionado or a once–a–year drinker, the New York Coffee Festival promises to delight. With live demonstrations, interactive exhibitions, and coffee in every form, there will be plenty to do at the festival. Street food, chocolate cocktails, art, and live music will also be available.
$30; All profits donated to charity
Tour de Bronx – Concourse
Take part in the 25th annual Tour de Bronx on either a 25 or 40-mile bike ride through the borough. There are no registration costs, and cyclists earn a free tee-shirt at the finish line for their hard work. The routes conclude at the New York Botanical Garden where you can enjoy live music after the event. Bike rentals are available.
BRIC JazzFest – Fort Greene
This three–day long jazz festival brings live music, poetry, film, and conversation to Brooklyn. Continuous performances and events take place across three stages where legends and newcomers from around the world gather. Visit the BRIC JazzFest website for a full lineup.
Clio Art Fair – Chelsea
Enjoy the work of independent contemporary artists at this annual “anti–fair.” Clio showcases and celebrates artists who do not have exclusive gallery deals in NYC, giving you a chance to see great independent art that may be hard to find otherwise. Browse the event website to preview this year’s selected artists.
Free on 10/11 from 12–8 pm; $18 on 10/12 and 10/13
Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade – East Village
The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is a hallowed annual tradition for East Villagers. Dogs and their owners come out in their best costumes to compete for the top prize, and thousands of onlookers visit to watch the parade of pooches. Want to enter the competition? No need to register, simply arrive before noon and join the fun.
10/20, 12–3 pm
NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival – Chelsea
Sample from a selection of over 100 wines from around the world at the seventh annual NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival. Chat with local winemakers and artisanal food makers about their craft as you browse from the carefully curated list of producers. An afternoon and evening event are available, allowing you to pick the perfect time to sip and relax.
10/19, 2–5 pm & 7–10 pm
$85 – $165
Harvest Homecoming – Crown Heights
Relive cherished autumn memories and create new ones at this fall celebration right in Prospect Park. Play lawn games, go on a hayride, or don your Halloween costume early with family and friends. A pop–up farmer’s market will host local cider makers and kombucha brewers as well as regional apple farmers.
10/20, 11 am–5 pm
Adults $30; Students & Seniors $25; Children under 12 Free
There is so much to do this October, and this list is only a small snapshot of what’s coming up. If you are looking for more ideas, Triplemint’s New York City real estate agents are neighborhood experts with tons of great recommendations. Be sure to take some photos and tag @TriplemintRealEstate to share your fall adventures!