More than cheesy fall activities: what to do in NYC in October

Ashley Falzone
Ashley is your semi-above-average 20 something living in Astoria who lives and breathes NYC life. She goes about her days looking forward to all the food she will consume. She also loves referencing Kanye West quotes in her articles whenever applicable.

October is the month dedicated to full-fledged fall activities mixed with spooky Halloween festivities. If neither of those appeal to you, multiple festivals catered around alcohol, dessert, coffee, and architecture should be right up your alley.


Queens Beer Fest

Join the LIC flea in Queens for their second Annual Beer Fest on October 14 and 15. Featuring brewskis from every Queens brewery imaginable and a large variety from the other four boroughs, this event is sure to please your beer taste buds. Tickets are $29 for unlimited beer tastings, with early admission tickets along with VIP available as well.


Open House New York

The annual Open House New York weekend unlocks the doors and secrets to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build and preserve the city. Visit any one of the many OHNY sites on October 14 and 15 to celebrate the best examples of design and planning throughout the five boroughs. While most of the sites are free to visit, others are $5 to reserve, such as the Metropolitan Opera House, Cornell Tech, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Grand Central Terminal. Other free sites include the Brooklyn Army Terminal, City Hall and the New York Botanical Garden.


New York Film Festival

Presented by the Film Society at Lincoln Center, the 55th Annual New York Film Festival is currently going on at Alice Tully Hall until October 15. The festival includes a large amount of really groundbreaking and innovative films that are not to be missed. Most tickets are $15 to $25 to delve into some film culture.

Terry Notary and Dominic West jump for joy before the #NYFF premiere of Ruben Östlund’s #TheSquare. 📸: Richard Jopson.

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Cider Week NYC

Get your fall cider tasting on after apple picking during NYC Cider Week from October 20 to 29. While many of the activities are free, such as an array of happy hours and mini flight tastings, others will cost you. Ciders, cocktails, and cheese is taking place at Murray’s Cheese downtown for $85, and will be worth every penny because hello, cheese and alcohol.


New York Coffee Festival

The New York Coffee Festival is a must-attend event for caffeine addicts everywhere. The festival will return on October 13 to 15 at Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea and aims to appeal to coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene. The festival will feature live experiences from more than 85 coffee, food and equipment suppliers, while visitors will be able to enjoy an endless array of free coffee tastings, live music, coffee cocktails, interactive workshops, demonstrations, and amazing street food, among many other things. Tickets are $24.50 and include access to all the tasting, and your money will also go to a good cause in raising money for clean water and sanitation projects in coffee producing communities.


NYC Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar

Grand Bazaar NYC is the city’s largest curated weekly market, and on October 15, the focus is on sweet treats galore. Entrance is FREE to experience 25 of the most talented “sweet” makers in New York City. Come to shop and scarf down the best artisanal macaroons, experimental donuts, spiced pumpkin pies and the most mouthwatering truffles. You can also explore more than 100 vendors of Grand Bazaar NYC’s weekly market, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to your neighborhood public schools.


Bronx Zoo Boo at the Zoo

Get ready to spook and be spooked by even the bravest of animals at the Bronx Zoo throughout the month of October. Event highlights include a haunted forest, Halloween hayride, and Bootoberfest for those who need a beer to keep the fear away. Tickets are $36.95 for the entire spooktacular experience.


Annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

If you’re looking for a barkin’ good time and love seeing dogs dressed to impress, head down to the “largest dog costume Halloween parade in the world” on October 21 at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. You can’t miss the pup ensembles and watch them flaunt it in the park. Doggie selfies are mandatory.

Chill morning with ZP 👻💰🏆 #tompkinsdogparade #narcos

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Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

The 44th annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is known as “the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!” If you’re so lucky to have a cool job with costumes and candy galore, it’ll be easy to head downtown to soak up the fun shenanigans on Halloween. If not, try to leave the office early, since you’ll need to be in costume to participate. If you’re too good for such things, sitting back and enjoying the costume show is just as fun.


New Restaurant Openings/Art to Check Out:

Jalapa Jar

Jalapa Jar was started by some Texan transplants, and we actually have a lot to thank them for this go around. Find fresh jarred salsas and amazing breakfast tacos at this Williamsburg restaurant aiming to change the NYC brunch game — and it just might.

Breakfast tacos in a subway station?! #tacotuesday perfection according to @sleezeats 🚇🍳🌮😍

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Cafe Booqoo

Café Booqoo recently opened in Red Hook and it’s bringing some much-needed Cajun/creole flavors to Brooklyn. Must try items include any of the Po’ boy creations and the beignets for dessert. You’ll be able to cancel your next flight to New Orleans, which would solely be for the food, obviously.

Sample spread of the goodness 📷@itswetpaint

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Bar Verde

Vegan Mexican never looked so good for the fall months. Opening in the East Village, chef Matthew Kenney will grace us all with delicious vegan version of all the Mexican classics, including tamales, nachos and tacos. Farro chorizo and avocado tempura sound like delectable substitutions for meat, if you must.


When the Moon Split

Being featured at the Aicon Gallery on Great Jones Street, artist Saad Qureshi has created a sculpture of the moon in two parts, aiming to bring its distant wonder down to earth by suspending it in the middle of the gallery space. It is meant to reawaken the age-old sense of wonder we associate with the planets and the infinity of space. The exhibit is on display until November 4.


Souvenirs: New New York Icons

“Souvenirs: New New York Icons,” is the second iteration of the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s model show. The show features more than 59 objects that redefine New York’s iconic imagery, and is inspired by each of the city’s Community Districts. Visitors to the exhibition will be asked to cast a vote for the object that best represents their visions and values of this glorious city we call home. The show will be on display until November 18.