Notable Events – October 2017

These sites have been selected because they all do a first rate job publishing NYCity event info. I hope you will click on their hot links to see what they have to offer.

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October Events in New York City  (tripsavvy)

Columbus Day parade: This has all the elements that make a great parade—marching bands, minor celebrities, floats—without the crowds and chaos of many other parades.

Open House New York: This is your chance to join the throngs of New Yorkers and tourists in the know as they get to visit each borough’s spots of architectural significance that aren’t usually open to the public.

New York Wine & Food Festival: This indulgent weekend features endless events where you can sample wines, enjoy dinners hosted by celebrity chefs, and more.

Halloween: Watch (or join!) the parade or participate in any of the city’s other wonderful events, such as the Halloween Extravaganza & the Procession of the Ghouls that is held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

Fall foliage in New York City: Whether you take a sightseeing cruise to enjoy the changing leaves or just go for a walk in one of New York City’s great parks, the sights and scents of autumn are a true pleasure.

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER  (free tours by foot)

1.  Village Halloween Parade   October 31

For over 4 decades, the Village Halloween Parade has attracted thousands of New Yorkers, not just to watch, but to participate! There is an official line-up of floats and art troupes who flood 6th Avenue with the most creative Halloween costumes you will ever see. But the best part of the Parade is that ANYONE can be in it! To be in the parade, you MUST be in costume- it doesn’t need to be fancy, just your average ghost or ghoul will do.  If you want to march, join the Parade at 6th Avenue at Canal Street between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. (Map).

Where: Along 6th Avenue from Spring Street in SoHo to 16th Street in Chelsea.  (Map)
When:  7 p.m.
Cost: FREE

 2.  Columbus Day Parade   October 9

This is the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. The parade has over 130 marching groups including bands, floats and Italian heritage and cultural groups marching proudly along the route. You can catch special red carpet performances on Fifth Ave. between 67th- 69th Sts. For suggestions of other things to do in the area once the parade is over, see our posts, 50+ Things to Do in Midtown Manhattan.

Where:  Along Fifth Ave from 47th to 72nd Sts.  (Map)
When:  11 am
Cost: FREE

3.  Open House New York (OHNY)   October 14 – 15th 

This very popular annual event gives the public FREE access to over 275 of the city’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings and other spaces that are not generally open to the public like The Woolworth Building, the spectacular Standard Oil Building, formerly the headquarters of the Rockefellers’ billion-dollar oil business, and the Old Croton Aqueduct. There are tours, talks, and family activities throughout all 5 boroughs of NYC. See here for 2016 listing of sites. The 2017 guide will be published in early October.

Where:  across New York City
When:  various
Cost: FREE

4.   The 52nd New York Film Festival   September 26 – October 12 

The 52nd New York Film Festival is NYC’s version of the Cannes Film Festival. This is one of the most important film festivals for both Hollywood directors and brand new directors. If you want to feel like a real New Yorker, try to see a movie. They are shown in beautiful Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Tickets are $25 and the best directors sell out early, but you can get cheap or free tickets if you know how. To find out about Lincoln Center’s official tour, click here.

Where: Various venues in and near Lincoln Center
When:  Various
Price: $25 for Top Films, Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, On Cinema Talks. Rush Tickets are limited:  $15 for Alice Tully Hall screenings and $7 for all other venues. Click here for information on Rush tickets.

5.  CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Gardens  October 1 – 29 

Gracing the already serene grounds of the New York Botanical Gardens is a unique exhibit of 20 glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly. Architectural Digest loves this exhibit, and you probably will too! spaced throughout the garden which is quite amazing on its own! Even if the sculptures don’t interest you the NYBG is an attraction that should be visited if you have time on your itinerary.

Where:  New York Botanical Gardens
When:  Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm; closed Mondays except October 9
Price: Weekdays: Adults $23 / Seniors and Students $20 / Children (2–12) $10 / Children under 2 Free
Weekends: Adults $28 / Seniors and Students $25 / Children (2–12) $12 / Children under 2 Free

TIP: The New York Botanical Gardens is free on Wednesdays 10am-6pm and on Saturdays from 9am-10am. In fact, many New York’s museums offer free entrance one day during the week or at least offer free hours. For a long list of museums with free days/hours, see our post Free Things to Do in New York City.

6.   Lower East Side Pickle Day   October 15 

It’s all about pickles on Pickle Day!  Come out to try all sorts of pickled foods from 20+ picklers.  There will also be non-pickled treats, pop-up shops by local boutiques and restaurants, live music, games, and a home pickling/dancing contest.

Where:  Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston Streets
When:  12pm-5pm
Price:  FREE to attend

7.   Winter Village at Bryant Park   late October

Christmas starts early in New York City with the opening of the Winter Village in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. This is one of the best holiday markets to shop for one-of-a-kind items including handmade winter clothing, sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves, decorative items and more. Bryant Park is included in the route of our Midtown Manhattan tour so you might like to join our tour after a visit to the market!

Where: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
When: Monday – Friday: 11am-8pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10am-8pm
Price: FREE

8.  Go Ice-skating   late October  

If you are here at the end of the month, you can get a jump start on winter by lacing up and hitting the ice at one of the several famous rinks around the city including The Rink at Rockefeller Center and Lasker Rink in Central Park.

For information on dates, hours and prices, see our post Where to go Ice-skating in New York City.

Where: various venues
When: hours vary by venue
Price: hours vary by venue

9.   New York Comic Con  October 5 – 8

For connoisseurs of comic books, games, sci-fi, anime, manga, and all things pop culture. This annual convention is 4 days of wackiness where you can meet artists, celebrities, publishers, and toymakers inside the giant Jacob Javits Convention Center. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite animated character!

Right near the Javits Center is The High Line, a one-of-a-kind urban park with beautiful views of the Hudson River and the surrounding buildings of Chelsea. Walking the High Line should be on your bucket list of things to do in New York. We have a number of High Line pay-what-you-like walking tours.  Can’t join us? Enjoy our High Line Map and Visitor Guide.

Where:  Jacob Javits Convention Center at 34th Street and 11th Avenue (directions)
When: Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10am – 7pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm
Price:  Tickets are $45 and up

 10.   Cider Week  October 21–31 

October means apples! New York State grows some of the best apples in the country and during Cider Week you can taste cider made from many varieties. The most popular cider is the kind that is fermented, known as hard cider. During Cider Week, 50 bars and restaurants in New York City will offer free tastings, events, and workshops.

Where: various locations
When:  various times depending on locations
Price: some free events, others priced depending on event or venue

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Gothamist Guide To Fall: 16 Crisp Things To Do In NYC This October

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Whether it’s one last round of outdoor fun or diving right into cozy museum-viewing season, autumn is here offering everything up to every one of you. We’ll say it: October is the best month, especially here in New York, so scroll down through this roster of can’t-miss concerts, museum openings, film screenings (Blade Runner!) and get ready to make some crisp, leaf-crunching plans—no pumpkins required.

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Sip your drink as writers spill their guts with tales of love, sex, and self-loathing at Hung Up On You, a regular comedy showcase that regularly features some of your twitter timeline’s all-stars. Hosted by Cosmopolitan Sex & Relationships editor (and Commuter Barbie creator) Carina Hseih, this month’s installment will feature Nicole Boyce, Mariah Smith, Darcie Wilder, Helen Donahue, and Blake Harper. The night will center around a Mean Girls theme of high school, bullying, and getting even with your sworn enemies, so come prepared to make out with a hot dog, get drunk, and grab your wig.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 8:30-9:15 p.m. // Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn // Free

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Dreamed up in the brooding and tragic imaginations of Cassandra Rosebeetle, Jason Mejias, and Elizabeth Munn, We Want It Darker is a commentary on our divided and delirious modern society, rendered via everyone’s favorite medium: burlesque. The show will feature live music, glass walking, aerial performances, and a bit of theremin shredding as characters explore concepts of darkness and alienating solitude—all while becoming increasingly unclothed. Special guests and surprises are on the bill as well, so bring a loved one (or soon-to-be loved one?) and enjoy the sultry social commentary.

Wednesday, October 4th, 7 p.m. // The Slipper Room NYC, 167 Orchard Street, Manhattan //Tickets $15-25

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Comic Con 2016 (Scott Heins/Gothamist)

Comic Con is once again set to bring over 150,000 superfans to the Javits Center for four days of superhero, sci-fi, fantasy, video game, and otaku madness. Tickets are going fast, but if you can snag even a one-day pass you’ll be treated to a no-holds-barred display of superfandom complete with meet-and-greets, special panel discussions, an endless sea of vendors selling exclusive merch, and of course jaw-dropping cosplayers repping everything from Superman to Star Wars to Naruto to Overwatch.

Guests this year will include The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Clerks creator Kevin Smith, Defenders star Rosario Dawson, Star Trek‘s William Shatner, and Neo himself Keanu Reeves. What’s more, basically the entire voice actor cast of Dragon Ball Super will be coming through this year, so don’t say we never did nothing for all you anime nerds out there.

Thursday through Friday, October 5-8th; Times vary // Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th Street, Manhattan // Tickets $45

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In 1993, The Golden Venture, a ship carrying 286 undocumented Chinese passengers, ran aground in Queens. Because the good old USA has such a humane and functional immigration system, many of the immigrants were detained indefinitely, many of them for up to four years. During their long wait, passengers created intricate paper art sculptures, over forty of which will be displayed in Fold: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures, which opens Thursday, October 5 at the Museum of the Chinese in America. According to the museum, “the sculptures give shape to both the quantitative and qualitative time spent waiting for uncertain legal outcomes.” (Sarah Amar)

October 5th – March 25th. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day //Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St, Manhattan // General Admission, $10

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Still from ‘Blade Runner 2049’

It’s finally here, and while it has all the makings of an unimaginative big-studio soft reboot cinema cash cow…damned if it doesn’t look pretty. Blade Runner 2049 will premiere on screens across NYC one night early, and tickets for those special screenings are going fast. For those who haven’t seen the greatest sci-fi film of all time, Blade Runner is a trip into a dystopian future where humanoid robots (known as “replicants”) toil away as unpaid labor…and occasionally revolt. In this new installment, directed by Arrival‘s Denis Villeneuve, Ryan Gosling plays a hardened detective who ventures into the desert to track down Rick Deckard (aka Harrison Ford) and most likely shoot at some dangerous robots. The original 1982 film featured unforgettably original set design, composition, lighting, and prescient questions of posthuman identity in the age of robots and AI. The 2017 sequel can’t possibly live up to that lineage, but I’m still grabbing my origami unicorn and getting tickets for a midnight screening all the same.

“Midnight” screenings begin Thursday, October 5th // Showtimes and theaters vary

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If you’ve only been subsisting on Nolita poke bowls and Midtown food trucks, you’re in need of desperate help. Luckily, The New York African Restaurant Week Festival offers you the chance to redeem yourself. Over 25 restaurants and vendors will be serving dishes from all regions of Africa, alongside tasting booths for wine, beer, and liquor. The festival highlights the talents of several local, international, celebrity, and emerging chefs, and features arts and fashion vendors, as well as live DJ performances. There’ll be chapati, tandoor, and injera available at a wide range of price points, starting at $15 for three tastings, all the way up to the $80 VIP package, which offers unlimited and exclusive tastings. (Sarah Amar)

Sunday, October 8th, 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. // Industry City, Brooklyn // Admission and Tastings, $15 – $80

The mad minds at Atlas Obscura are bringing you Real/Fake Science, a night promising an “interactive experiment salon,” that will test your command of the facts of chemistry, physics, and perhaps even human anatomy. Six presenters—a mix of real scientists with varied backgrounds and others pretending to be scientists—and six topics, a mix of real and fake science, will be the focus of this event (we’re guessing this means it’s time to brush up on your phrenology). Attendees will also have the chance to compete for the title of “Most Discerning.” You know you want that. (Clifford Michel)

Thursday, October 12th, 7 p.m. // Union Hall, 702 Union Street, Brooklyn // Tickets $25

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Chop and Quench performs at Le Poisson Rouge during the 2014 Felabration (Photo by Scott Heins)

The afrobeat riot that is Felabration is returning to Manhattan this month, featuring Low Mentality Afrobeat Massive with members of Antibalas, Akoya Afrobeat and “very special guests.” Low Mentality goes beyond the traditional Lagos framework, blending elements from afrobeat, reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and rock into a 21st Century sound that is sure to have you swaying in a trance like you were back at the Shrine. Also performing is Underground System and Super Yamba Band, which alloys their afrobeat and psychedelic funk, as well as Kaleta and DJ Mickey Perez. (Clifford Michel)

Friday, October 13th, 9 p.m. // Nublu, 151 Avenue C, Manhattan // Tickets $15-20

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Nai Palm (via facebook)

The lead singer and creative lifeforce behind the psychedelic boom-bap future funk of Hiatus Kaiyote, Nai Palm is a rare talent in the multiverse we all occupy and it’s our good fortune we’re sharing the same timeline. This fall the 27-year-old is branching out with her own solo record and tour, the latter of which is stopping at Bowery Ballroom later this month. Palm’s upcoming LP Needle Paw will feature both classic covers and new originals sung in her velvety alto with curling guitar lines. You can listen to Palm’s first single, “Homebody,” below:

Sunday, October 15th, 7 p.m. // Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, Manhattan // Tickets $25

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Take a “walk back in brine time” at the Lower East Side’s Pickle Day. More than 20 vendors from all over the city will serve up pickled and non-pickled treats (which for some reason are being allowed in). There’ll also be live music, games, local boutiques hawking pickle-related gear for all you hardcore fans out there. Check out the schedule of activities, which in past years included a “brine dunk tank.” Not to mention what organizers are calling “the world’s first EVER home pickling/dancing contest.” There’ll be two categories: pickled pickles and pickled non-pickles. (Clifford Michel)

Sunday, October 15th, 12-5 p.m. // Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston // Free

There ain’t no shame in starting the day with dessert, and who says you can’t just keep on going and dessert-graze straight through an entire Sunday? Commit to an uninterrupted grazing experience on October 15th at the NYC Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar, where you can sample the wares of 30 of the City’s top artisanal sweet makers. The event promises cupcakes, pies, scones, truffles, ice cream sandwiches, and “experimental donuts.” Doors open at 10:00 a.m., so go on an empty stomach for a peak sugar high. Entrance is free, but donations benefit four local public schools. Your blood sugar will (eventually) return to normal. (Sarah Amar)

Sunday, October 15th, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. // Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 W 77th St, Manhattan //Admission Free

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Still from Nanni Moretti’s 1994 classic ‘Caro Diario’

If you’re looking to impress your pretentious roommate or alluring new Tinder date with some obscure film references, head to the LES later this month—cool kid movie theater Metrographis teaming up with the Italian Cultural Institute for a Nanni Moretti series. Five of Moretti’s films will be screened from October 18th through the 21st, and if you haven’t seen any of his movies (or don’t even know who he is), now’s your chance to get familiar with the “indefatigable torchbearer” of 1980s Italian cinema. Highlights from the series include Palombella Rossa(1989), about an aging Communist politician’s rebirth, and Caro Diario (1993), a blend of fiction and documentary that’s autobiographical in some parts. All of the films will be screened in 35mm format, a specialty of Metrograph. (Libby Torres)

October 18th through 21st // Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan // Tickets here

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Kali Uchis (via facebook)

Kali Uchis’ sulty, neon-lit videos and old-school sound have earned her lots of fans in the past few years, and on October 21st, the Colombian-born singer will perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Although she’s been compared to a young Amy Winehouse with a modern R&B approach, Kali is a performer all her own; in addition to her unique style, she’s also collaborated with the likes of Tyler the Creator and Snoop Dogg. With a wide variety of influences—ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Kelis—Kali’s show in Williamsburg will definitely bring the throwback vibes. She’ll be joined by Brooklyn-based group Phony Ppl, who blend elements of jazz and rock with hip-hop tracks. Even if you’re just a casual fan, this show is definitely worth checking out. (Libby Torres)

Saturday, October 21st, 8 p.m. // Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn //Tickets $20 advance, $25 day of show

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Umphrey’s McGee performing live (via facebook)

Take one part Iron Maiden, two parts Phish, a dash of Pink Floyd, a pinch of Rush, and then shred. For nearly 20 years, Umphrey’s McGee has been ripping the jam band circuit a new one with their relentless brand of pro-inspired improv, bridging the gap between Metallica and “Moma Dance.” The Chicago-based sextet is playing two local shows this month, and we’re betting that the second night, at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl, is going to be the more raucous of the two. With feverish rhythms and guitarmonies cranked up to 11, this is a band that will rattle your assumptions about improvisational rock and have you headbanging long into the second set.

Sunday, October 22nd, 6 p.m. // Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn // Tickets $45

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Carolee Schneemann: ‘Up to and Including Her Limits’ (image courtesy of MoMA Press Office)

Two new exhibitions will open at MoMa PS1 in late October; one is a retrospective of feminist artist Carolee Schneemann, and the other will focus on the installations of Cathy Wilkes, a Glasgow-based artist who recently won the Maria Lassnig prize. According to MoMa, Schneemann was a “central protagonist” of the New York downtown art scene, and the retrospective will trace her beginnings in painting to her later multimedia works. The Wilkes exhibition will focus on her sculpture, which she used to portray scenes from daily life while speaking to larger themes of birth, death, and marriage. Both Schneemann and Wilkes are groundbreaking artists whose work is not to be missed. (Libby Torres)

Both exhibitions run from October 22nd until March. // MoMa PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens // Tickets $14-$25

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The Best of What to Do in NYC in October

August 28, 2017 – by City Guide News Desk

With exhibits, sightseeing, fun for kids, concerts, and nightlife, we’ve got the best of what to do in NYC for October 2017. It’s a great month for visiting, with the leaves turning, mellow weather, and lots and lots of activities. 

October Things to Do in NYC: Exhibitions

American Visionary John F. Kennedy's Life and Times

(Now 1/7/18) The photographs in the new exhibit  American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times at the New-York Historical Society convey the sensation you’ve seen them before: JFK in the White House, his kids joyfully playing nearby; JFK with wife Jackie at an event, both of them elegant and assured (in truth, many images here have only rarely been shown). It’s part of the famous Kennedy allure, conveying a world that’s simultaneously approachable, glittering, and rarefied. This well-curated exhibition charts  JFK’s trajectory as a politician, as well as the cultural and historical pulse of the times, when photojournalism was at an apex. It’s a wonderful opportunity to observe a world both familiar and lost, and to reflect on where the country was—and is.

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Items: Is Fashion Modern

(10/1-1/28/18) Items: Is Fashion Modern? at MoMA explores the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries—and continue to hold currency today. Among them are pieces as well-known and transformative as the Levi’s 501s, the Breton shirt, and the Little Black Dress, and as ancient and culturally charged as the sari, the pearl necklace, the kippah, and the keffiyeh. Items will also invite some designers, engineers, and manufacturers to respond to some of these indispensable items with pioneering materials, approaches, and techniques—extending this conversation into the near and distant futures, and connecting the history of these garments with their present recombination and use.

(10/1-10/31) Bring on Archtober 2017. New York’s annual Architecture and Design Month, now in its seventh year, is a celebration of all things architectural. Running October 1 through October 31, this year’s festival features over 150 events, from lectures to activities to exhibitions.

(now-10/29) Final month! CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden: breathtaking works of art by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly will be on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, will showcase approximately 20 installations and include drawings and early works that reveal the evolution of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career.  Special weekend celebrations, films, poetry, and nature-inspired art programs for kids offer colorful and imaginative tributes to nature. On CHIHULY Nights (Thurs -Sat), the exhibition takes on a magical energy as the garden’s vistas and Conservatory become living canvases for these works of art.

features nearly two dozen breathtaking works of art by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in more than ten years in New York. *On Thurs-Sat. in Sept-Oct., enjoy cocktails, snacks, live music and more during CHIHULY Nights, when the sculptures are illuminated. 6:30pm-9:30pm.

(10/7-5/18) The Butterfly Conservatory returns to AMNH. This is one of the museum’s most popular annual seasonal exhibitions. Butterflies and moths make up a large group of insects known as the Order Lepidoptera (lep-i-DOP-ter-ah). The name—from the Greek lepido, “scale,” and ptera, “wings”—refers to a prominent feature of adult butterflies and moths, the tiny scales that cover the wings and the rest of the body. Great exhibit to visit, especially as the days get cooler!

(New! Now-1/21/18) Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt at Brooklyn Museum. In the ancient burial ground at Saqqara, Egypt, one animal cemetery alone has yielded over four million individual ibis mummies. And the nearby dog cemetery contained over seven million mummies, with countless others found throughout Egypt. This unusual aspect of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals—has remained largely a mystery. Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt explores the religious purpose of these mummies, how they were made, and why there are so many. Drawn from our renowned collection, the exhibition features choice examples from among the many millions of mummies of birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals preserved from at least thirty-one different cemeteries throughout Egypt. Animals were central to the ancient Egyptian worldview. Most animals had connections to a particular deity. After death, mummified animals’ souls could carry a message to a god. Yet not all animal mummies are what they seem. Scientific investigation of the mummies reveals that the corruption in the animal cemeteries that some contemporaneous texts allege was all too real. CT scans displayed in the exhibition uncover the empty wrappings, double mummies, and misleading packaging among some of the mummies that the priests sold to worshippers.

(Now-1/7/18) Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasures at the Morgan Library & Museum. The treasure bindings on view include star sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, and garnets, alongside illuminated manuscripts and printed books that depict two-dimensional representations of these precious materials. Among the exhibition highlights will be the ninth-century Lindau Gospels, one of the two finest Carolingian jeweled bindings in the world, and the thirteenth-century Berthold Sacramentary, the most luxurious German manuscript of its time.

(Permanent) The New-York Historical Society’s Fourth Floor Renovation, now complete, includes a brand new Tiffany Lamps Gallery, in addition to the opening of its Women’s History Center.

(Permanent) New! The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate the life and legacy of the famed Muppet creator, exploring both his prolific career and the enduring effect his work has on pop culture to this day. Visitors can expect to learn more about the creation of such beloved works as The Muppet ShowSesame StreetFraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labryinth, as well as to discover the cutting-edge experimental works Henson made throughout his career.

(now-12/31) Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is the first major museum exhibition on pilotless aircraft to open in the U.S. The large-scale exhibition, located in a huge, custom-designed pavilion, will reveal the history of drone technology, from its WWI origins to its current applications in solving complex humanitarian challenges. The exhibition will include a mix of small and large scale drones, including Volantis, the world’s first flying dress, designed and worn by Lady Gaga. intrepidmuseum.orgUse this coupon and take $5 off!

(Permanent) The Museum of the City of New York presents NY at Its Core. Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core presents the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition.

October Things to Do in NYC: Comedy

Margaret Cho

(10/12) Margaret Cho: Fresh off the Bloat at the Gramercy Theatre.

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(10/5) Jerry Seinfeld at Beacon Theatre.

(10/20-10/21) Pete Correale at Gotham Comedy Club.

October Things to Do in NYC: Sightseeing

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(9/23-11/5 + 10/9), take advantage of Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruise, or as it has come to be known by many, the Oktoberfest Cruise. Peak fall foliage, live bands, craft vendors, and the largest pretzels known to mankind all welcome you to a hoppy universe far away from the daily grind. You can burn off all those beer and brats, plus stock up on fresh air, with a gorgeous three-hour hike along one of the 50 hiking trails in Bear Mountain State Park. They’ll be setting sail Columbus Day, too. $65 adults, $52 kids. Boards 8:30am sharp. Pier 83, W. 42nd St. and 12th Ave., NY, 212-563-3200, circleline42.com 

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Chile peppers

flickr: Iwan Gabovitch

(10/1) The picturesque Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts its Annual Chile Pepper Festival with dozens of fiery food artisans, workshops, and more! Entertainment includes two fire breathers and live bands performing everything from Afro-Caribbean pop to a Brooklyn-style Indian bhangra dance party.

(10/12-10/15) New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) will feature more than 80 events, including tastings, classes, celebrity talks, parties, and more.

(10/13-10/15) The New York Coffee Festival comes to Metropolitan Pavilion.

(10/24) Celebrate United Nations Day with a visit to the UN Headquarters complex in midtown. Weekday tours provide access to the stunning art and architecture at the newly renovated UN, in addition to insight into the organization’s vast array of initiatives. There’s even entry to the General Assembly, where all 193 Members States are represented and negotiate.

See New York City as your own private theater! Take THE RIDE!

The One World Observatory is open, see October from 100 floors high!

Explore NYC’s financial district with Wall Street Walks.

Check out the hottest spots to eat and drink in the Flatiron District and Williamsburg with Like a Local Tours.

Visit the sites of Ghostbusters, Friends, Seinfeld, Trainwreck, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, and many other NYC film sites with On Location Tours.

Explore New York City from the best vantage points with Helicopter Flight Services Tours. Choose from four different itineraries.

October Things to Do in NYC: Kids

New York Comic Con

(10/5-10/8) New York Comic Con returns to Javits Center! This year’s guests include Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Felicity Jones (Rogue One)Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), William Shatner (Star Trek), and many others still to be announced. If you want more, don’t miss New York’s own Midtown Comics, with three locations (Times Square, Grand Central, and Downtown) and an incredible selection that includes hot new comics, graphic novels, and loads of back issues.newyorkcomiccon.com

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(10/28) Ghouls and Gourds 2017 at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Shake a tail feather, show off your costume, and carouse with colossal puppets at Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade! Noon-5:30pm.

(10/1, 10/8, 10/15) Big City Fishing at Hudson River Park Pier 25.

village halloween parade

Image: Richie S/Flickr

(10/31) The beloved 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade goes off in Greenwich Village at 7pm (it’s also televised on NY1). All those in costume are welcome to join a parade of hundreds of puppets, bands, dancers, artists, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event. Alert: only enter the line-up between 6:30 and 8:30pm on Sixth Ave. at Canal St. For spectators, the route follows Sixth Ave. north from Spring St. to 16th St. 7-10:30pm.

(Now-1/28/18) Arcade Classics: Video Classics from the collection at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

(ongoing) Aspiring scientists and astronauts will want to explore the New York Hall of Science in Queens, brimming with interactive exhibits (plus an outdoor playground).

October Things to Do in NYC: Music & Nightlife

Katy Perry

(10/2, 10/6) Katy Perry at Madison Square Garden.

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(now-10/2) Last chance of the season to indulge Oktoberfest 2017 at Watermark. Noon-midnight. Prost! Tickets required.

(10/1) Ed Sheeran at Barclays Center. 

(10/4) Paramore at Radio City Music Hall.

(10/5) The Lords of Acid at The Knitting Factory Brooklyn.

(10/4-10/5) Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert, with the New York Philharmonic, at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. (10/6-10/7) Star Wars: The Force Awakens. nyphil.org/starwars 7:30pm.

(10/6) The Kooks at Terminal 5

(10/6) Comic Con Vixens IV (late show) at City Winery.

(10/6) Tony Bennett performs at Radio City Music Hall.

(10/6) The National performs the final concert of the season at Forest Hills Stadium.

(10/9) Darlene Love at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

(10/10, 10/12-10/14) Andrea McArdle at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

(10/10-10/21) Rita Wilson at the Carlyle.

(10/12) Air Supply at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

(10/16) Billy Bragg at City Winery.

(10/16) Ministry & Death Grips at Brooklyn Steel.

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends

Photo: Griffin Lipson/BFA.com

(10/16) Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends perform at Carnegie Hall.

(10/18) Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit w/JS Ondara at The Town Hall.

(10/26) RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World at The Town Hall.

(10/26) Mummy Masquerade at Brooklyn Museum. MeLo X and Jasmine Solano (A.K.A. Electric Punanny) host a Halloween dance party in celebration of the special exhibition Soulful Creatures. The evening includes pop-up tours, led by the ASK team, on the origins of mummies becoming synonymous with Halloween. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes, but they are not mandatory for entry. Includes a cash bar. $25 advance, $30 at door. 7pm-11pm.

(10/27, 10/28, 10/31) McKittrick Masquerade: Inferno at the McKittrick Hotel, home to the interactive experience Sleep No More. Take part in one, or three nights of “costumed revelry” with dancing, live entertainment, plus open bar. Tickets $95-$475.

(10/28) A Wasabassco Halloween: Costume Party & Burlesque at City Winery.

(10/28) Fall Out Boy at Barclays Center.

(10/31) Gwar on Halloween Night at Irving Plaza.

(10/31) George Clinton & Parliment Funkadelic for the 2nd Annual Halloween Funkdown at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

Things to Do in New York in October: Sightseeing

Circle Line

(Ongoing) Explore the best of Brooklyn with Circle Line’s Landmarks + Brooklyn Cruise!

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(10/14-10/15) Second Annual Queens Beer Festival.

(10/14-10/15) Unique spaces—indoors and out—are a big part of what makes NYC so special. To feel like a total insider, check out the 15th Annual Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend, a celebration of architecture and urban design all across the city. Visitors have the chance to check out 250 sites in all five boroughs along with tours, talks, and explorations. You’ll get landscape architecture, National Park Service landmarks, and cultural destinations. Most visits are free, some sites and tours require advance reservations and may charge a nominal fee. Citywide, ohny.org

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To Do: September 20–October 18, 2017 (NY Mag)
things to see, hear, and watch

Movies
Go to The 55th New York Film Festival
Cinema’s fall classic.
Three American originals hold down the festival’s showcase spots: Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck, and Woody Allen, with Wonder Wheel, starring James Belushi as a Coney Island carousel operator in the ’50s. Among the other treasures, don’t miss The Florida Project, the dazzling new effort by Sean Baker (Tangerine). —David Edelstein
Lincoln Center, September 28 through October 15.

Art
See Sanford Biggers
Going for it.
The well-established artist makes his debut at this big-time Chelsea gallery with a great ten-foot figure titled Selah, a biblical word roughly meaning to be quiet in veneration and observance of the sublimity of life. This sculpture and others show this ambitious artist, known to work in quilts, painting, and multimedia installations, bringing to bear overlooked American political and cultural narratives. —Jerry Saltz
Marianne Boesky, 507 W. 24th St., through October 21.

Theater
See A Clockwork Orange
A bit more of the old ultraviolence.
Director Alexandra Spencer-Jones originated this spin on Anthony Burgess’s paradigm-shifting 1962 novel with her U.K. theater company, Action to the Word (known for its edgy, athletic productions). She’s bringing the play to New York at a moment when a hard look at a world steeped in wanton cruelty and toxic masculinity feels frighteningly timely. —Sara Holdren
New World Stages, through January 6.

Theater
See Discord
Bring popcorn.
Scott Carter’s new play throws its deceased heroes, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy, together in the afterlife and finds them duking it out over whose philosophy wins. It will be fascinating to see how Carter, director Kimberly Senior, and the three actors (only one of whom is white) tackle the thorny mythos of the Great Dead White Guy. —S.H.
Cherry Lane Theatre, through October 22.

Dance
See Swan Lake
New swan queens take flight.
New York City Ballet’s repertory season opens with an exciting bunch of debuts in Peter Martins’s Swan Lake. Megan Fairchild and Tiler Peck dance Odette/Odile for the first time, and a trio of men — Zachary Catazaro, Gonzalo Garcia, and Chase Finlay — join veterans to dance as Prince Siegfried. With costume designs by Danish artist Per Kirkeby.
David H. Koch Center, through October 1.

Classical
Hear The Philadelphia Orchestra
Early birthday.
It would have pleased the ever-expansive Leonard Bernstein (born August 25, 1918) to know that his centennial celebrations are getting under way almost a full year ahead of time. The Philadelphia Orchestra launches the Carnegie Hall season with his suites from On the Waterfront and West Side Story, and the coming months will bring much, much more. —Justin Davidson
Carnegie Hall, October 4.

Art
See Jordan Casteel: Nights in Harlem
Another perfect step.
After her 2015 show “Brothers,” Jordan Casteel continues her strong trajectory of painting black subjects. Here, she zeros in on people from the street, a man sitting on a doorstep, two young designers selling their wears on the street, a stunner of a hair-salon window with a batch of beautiful mini-portraits, and a discarded memorial wreath in a city garbage pail and other subjects of modern life. All to reveal a normalcy rarely given black subjects, in her diligent, hardworking, Yale-trained hand. —J.S.
Casey Kaplan Gallery, 121 West 27th Street, through October 28.

Pop
See Solange
Not to be missed.
Solange Knowles’s live show is a warm bath of lights, dance, and alchemical band interplay centered on last year’s vital, political new soul classic A Seat at the Table. Replenish your spirit in her peaceful funk utopia. —C.J.
Radio City Music Hall, October 2 and 3.

Opera
See Norma
Sparkling beginning.
Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja: The cast list alone makes opera lovers salivate, especially when joined in Bellini’s opera full of Druids, coloratura, and love in the woods. David McVicar’s new production opens the Met season. —J.D.
Metropolitan Opera, opens September 25.

Dance
See Twyla Tharp Dance
Two masters.
The celebrated choreographer’s troupe performs the world premiere of Dylan Love Songs set to the music of Bob Dylan, plus two of Tharp’s earlier works from the ’70s (The Fugue and The Raggedy Dances). Expect effervescent movements and lush musicality.
Joyce Theater, through October 8.

Books
Go to Author Talks: Nasty Women
How do you solve a problem like The Donald?
In support of Nasty Women — an essay collection by leading feminist writers like Rebecca Solnit — contributors including Zerlina Maxwell, Jessica Valenti, and New York’s own Kera Bolonik join moderator Anna Holmes to discuss how women can fight back against Trump’s America.
NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, October 4.

Talks
Go to Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
News you can use.
Leave with answers to questions you didn’t even know you had when the hit podcast–game show helmed by Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen J. Dubner tapes six live shows at Joe’s Pub, with co-hosts including Top Chef’s Gail Simmons.
Joe’s Pub, October 5 through 7.

Pop
See Khruangbin
Cultural immersion.
This three-piece band plays slinky, nearly lyric-less music based on Thai funk from the ’60s and ’70s. When Khruangbin (the name means “airplane” in Thai) came to town in the spring, they opened for Tycho at Brooklyn Steel; this time, they’ll play a smaller venue with Chicano Batman, a Latino band playing equally psychedelic funk and rock.
Warsaw, October 6.

Classical
Go to Répons
Moving parts.
The total-immersion work by the composer, conductor, and provocateur Pierre Boulez, who died last year at 90, can be stunning, disorienting, and thrilling. Vast in scale and dizzying in detail, it’s a kind of Gothic cathedral in sound, surrounding the audience with a swirl of musical mystery. The Ensemble Intercontemporain (which Boulez founded) performs the work twice in a row, allowing listeners to change places. —J.D.
Park Avenue Armory, October 6 and 7.

Pop
See Best Coast
Breathy melodies.
Singer-guitarist Bethany Cosentino makes wistful, lovelorn guitar pop as Best Coast. See her live this fall and get wrapped up in her pangs of love and loss. —C.J.
Rough Trade, October 8.

Opera
See Crossing
Fresh perspectives.
With the Civil War back in the national consciousness, a two-year-old opera about Walt Whitman’s experience as a wartime nurse seems freshly relevant. The 27-year-old composer Matthew Aucoin conducts the full-length New York premiere in a production by Diane Paulus. —J.D.
BAM, October 3 through 8.

Comedy
See Janelle James
It’s a funny story …
This Caribbean-born former dominatrix recently caught the eye of Chris Rock, who put her on his Total Blackout Tour thanks to her risqué but relatable material about topics like vaping in the suburbs and the usefulness of inner-thigh fat. She celebrates the launch of her first album, Black & Mild.
Knitting Factory, October 9.

Theater
See Too Heavy for Your Pocket
The costs of resistance.
Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder and director Margot Bordelon present a story of the clash between the personal and the political during the civil-rights movement. Holder, who is Tennessee-born, sets his play in 1961 Nashville, where his 20-year-old hero has just given up the transformative opportunity of a college scholarship to join the Freedom Riders. —Sara Holdren
Roundabout Theatre, through November 19.

Art
See Mel Kendrick: Woodblock Drawings
That’s art, not just process.
It’s a hard truth that most of the artists who emerged from the late-1970s process-art scene never really evolved. A wonderful exception is Mel Kendrick, 68, who is still all process, all the time, but whose monumental gray-black jigsawlike renderings made into drawings come on like claps of optical thunder with lingering intellectual reverberations. —Jerry Saltz
David Nolan Gallery, 527 W. 29th St., through October 28.

Theater
See Richard III
Sex, drugs, and regicide.
Director Thomas Ostermeier brings his growling, glittery take on the murderous escapades of the world’s favorite wicked hunchback from the Schaubühne Berlin to BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Lars Eidinger — who played a mud-slathered Hamlet for Ostermeier and has a face that leaps between beautiful and grotesque — takes on the title role, imagined as a kind of savage, monomaniacal rock star. —S.H.
BAM, October 11 through 14.

Art
See Leslie Wayne: Free Expression
Good moves.
Leslie Wayne has upped her painterly game considerably. Her new small-scale works shine in spectacularly complex and layered ways, becoming pictures, still-lifes, landscapes, paintings, and things that are more than “about” things. —J.S.
Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 W. 24th St., through October 21.

Classical
Hear Shai Wosner
Piano brilliance on a budget.
The Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, founded in 1900 to bring great music at low cost to students and workers, is such an astonishingly pure, progressive organization that it’s hard to believe it still exists. Just $14 will buy a ticket to hear the inquisitive and light-fingered pianist Shai Wosner launch the season with a program of impromptus; get a subscription and the per-concert cost falls to barely half that. The series remains what it always has been: the best cultural deal in New York. —J.D.
Washington Irving High School, October 14.

Theater
See Strange Interlude
Eight characters, six hours, one actor.
Erudite, tender, definition-defying writer-director-performer David Greenspan joins forces with dramaturge Kristina Corcoran Williams and director Jack Cummings III for what the artists themselves are calling “an almost preposterous feat”: a six-hour-long solo performance (by Greenspan, embodying fragments of all eight characters) of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize–winning, nine-act-long 1920s experimental masterpiece. Ambitious? Oh, yes. Nutty? Maybe. Transcendent? In Greenspan’s hands, probably. —S.H.
Transport Group at Irondale Theater Center, October 6 through November 18.

Classical
Hear The Orchestra Now
Rising action.
While professional orchestras struggle, youth and graduate training orchestras proliferate. Not only do they catch malleable, enthusiastic musicians on the cusp of their careers — they can also be a lot cheaper to run. One new ensemble, based at Bard, allows its leader, Leon Botstein, to extend his practice of unorthodox programming. Who else is going to perform Anton Rubinstein’s Fourth Piano Concerto? Here, it’s played by Anna Shelest and led by guest conductor Neeme Järvi. —J.D.
Rose Theater, October 15.

Theater
See Mementos Mori
Shadow-dancing with death.
The Chicago-based theater company Manual Cinema is young, smart, and endlessly ingenious in the pursuit of its incomparable art form: a unique theater of shadow puppetry using fleets of overhead projectors, live-feed video, sensitive and humorous performance, and meticulous, gorgeous musical accompaniment. Sadly, its few shows are technically sold out, but they’re well worth the wait in the standby line. —S.H.
BAM, October 18 through 21.

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NYC events in October 2017 (TONY)

Plan your month with the best NYC events in October 2017 including the amazing Halloween parade, festivals and more

Let’s be honest: There are lots of cool NYC events in October 2017—we love Open House New York and New York Comic Con—but there will be all sorts of spectacular Halloween festivities at the end of the month, too. Use our events calendar to find the best Halloween events, along with our favorite theater debuts, fall concerts and autumnal street fairs.

Open House New York

The Metropolitan Opera House is one of the newest additions to the Open House New York, the weekend-long festival where more than 250 fascinating sites across New York open their doors to the public. The incredibly popular two-day event offers glimpses into spaces that are usually off limits to the public, from sky-high rooftop gardens to palatial apartments.

Rooftop Cinema Club

Check out a classic, sip Champagne and experience a Manhattan or Brooklyn sunset at the sultriest of film series.

Columbus Day Parade

Around 35,000 marchers and nearly 1 million spectators are expected along Fifth Avenue to mark the day when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and to celebrate the heritage of the Italian-American community. Sure, it isn’t New York’s glitziest parade, but where else can you catch the tarantella, a frenzied Italian folk dance? Fifth Ave from 44th St to 72nd St.

New York Comic Con

This glorious geek assembly brings in more than 151,000 visitors, beating San Diego Comic-Con and making NYCC the second-biggest event in the city. Wear a Batman T-shirt or a full cape-and-cowl at this packed pop culture mecca, where anyone can be a superhero.

Oktoberfest Under the Manhattan Bridge

The Dumbo Business Improvement District is throwing down under the Manhattan Bridge with crafts, food and music for this epic Oktoberfest celebration. Enter a pop-up beer hall replete with lederhosen-clad servers delivering brews, pretzels, brats and more from the Lighthouse. Get ready to gorge on classic German fare, and jam out to polka music by Melina and the Oompahs, Street Beat Brass and The Polka Brothers. Prost!

Cider Week

There are many types of apples (Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Granny Smith), but the best variation of everyone’s favorite autumnal fruit is clearly the fermented kind. And for seven glorious days, you can guzzle bushels of the good stuff at more than 50 bars and restaurants in NYC and indulge in free tastings, events and workshops at popular drinking dens such as Chelsea Wine Vault and Craftbar.

Slice Out Hunger

Gotham’s biggest do-good pizza party returns with one-buck slices donated by more than 50 primo pie makers, including Di Fara, Emily and Speedy Romeo. Fill your box with up to ten slices, with all proceeds donated to The Sylvia Center and City Harvest. Popular pies go fast, so queue up early or pledge a single Franklin for a line-hopping VIPizza Passport. Feeling lucky? Snag a dollar raffle ticket to score prizes from Blue Apron, Eataly and more.

L.E.S. Pickle Day

An area rich in history with more unique traditions than can be documented, the Lower East Side smiles back on the past today. In the heart of the old Pickle District, this Orchard Street fair features samples of the green delicacy from India to Haiti, from Malaysia to Brooklyn, and of course, those good old fashion kosher dills from the LES.

Giant Pumpkin Weekend

Pour out some spiked apple cider for your soon-to-be picked pumpkin homies, which will become the main display at New York Botanical Garden’s pumpkin garden. These monstrous gourds—weighing up to 1,800 pounds—are available for your photo-taking pleasure.

Into the Veil: An After Dark Exploration

Take a rare nighttime trip behind Green-Wood’s cast iron fence on this mini-expedition, sponsored by both the cemetery and Atlas Obscura. But there’s more to this evening than just strolling through the cemetery’s 478 acres by flashlight: Musical events, live readings, stargazing gatherings and other cool activities are tucked away here and there, ready to be discovered at your own pace. And there’s a cash bar, too! Just think: you could dance and drink with the dead! (What, too morbid? It worked for Lydia in Beetlejuice.)

Kickoff to Fall

Fact: Nothing says autumn like an intricate corn maze, wooden bins filled to the brim with just-picked apples and a pumpkin patch overflowing with gourds. All three of these iconic seasonal staples are present at this annual festival, which celebrates the season’s return to Queens County Farm Museum. Tap your toes to country & western band Savannah Sky while sipping crisp apple cider, get lost in the Amazing Maize Maze, and watch the farm’s flock of Cotswold and Romney sheep get a new hairdo during a shearing demonstration. (It’s going to be baaadass.)

The New York Coffee Festival guide

New York is one happily caffeinated city—its love of java is well documented, from cold brews at your neighborhood café to spiked Irish coffees at the best bars in NYC. We even have an entire festival wholly dedicated to coffee—you can spend a perked-up weekend in awe over live latte art, sipping espresso-laced, non-classic martinis and sidling up to a steampunk brew bar.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Even if the sidewalks are overrun with tourists, you’ll have ample room to skate at the city’s most iconic rink; only 150 people are allowed on the ice at once. So be prepared to spend a bit of a wait in line fantasizing about your waltz jumps and double axels: the buildup will be worth it once you’re on the ice.

NYC Food and Wine Festival

Now in its tenth year, the NYCWFF is about as star-studded as food events get, with a myriad of tastings, dinners and classes hosted by Food Network and Cooking Channel personalities including Giada De Laurentiis, Aaron Sanchez and Anne Burrell. Highlights include a late-night sushi party with Masaharu Morimoto and a Nordic breakfast with Claus Meyer.

The New Yorker Festival

The New Yorker is sending its finest staffers around town to talk with fascinating figures in literature, film, TV, music, theatre, tech, activism and beyond. Preview upcoming shows and films, hear concerts from star acts, one-on-one interviews with celebrities and enjoy panel discussions. Just be sure to do your research before taking the mic during the Q&A section.

Halloween in NYC

Have you figured out what you’re doing this Halloween? NYC is full of Halloween parties and events (including the iconic Village Halloween Parade and the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade)—use our guide to find things to do, Halloween stores where you can pick up a killer costume, the scariest haunted houses and more.

The Village Halloween Parade

Before you head out to some of the best Halloween parties in NYC, start with the basics: namely, the world’s largest pumpkin day procession, the Village Halloween Parade in NYC. With over 50,000 zombies, giant puppets and Donald Trumps taking to the streets, you may need a little help with navigation. So dress in your best Halloween costume ideas (or else you won’t be allowed to march), work on your Halloween makeup and get ready for the walk of your life.

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

Celebrate the Halloween season at one of the best park’s in the city for fall foliage: Central Park. Listen to ghost stories, check out a costume parade and get creative by carving a pumpkin. After the festivities, the Central Park Conservancy will partake in a traditional Pumpkin Flotilla, where 50 gourds (possibly your creation) will take a sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight.

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Incredible things to do in NYC in October

56 incredible things to do in NYC in October
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Teri Tynes

Things to Do

Greenlight Bookstore and The Atlantic Present Ta-Nehisi Coates Kings Theatre; Oct 4 at 7:30pm; tickets start at $165
Award-winning journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates returns to Brooklyn this month to launch his newest book We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. Listen to Coates discuss the Obama administration, the 2016 election and the ramifications for our democracy in a conversation with The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg. Tickets from the venue are currently sold out, but secondary ticket sellers have a few left if you’re willing to pay extra.

Slice Out Hunger St. Anthony of Padua; Oct 4; $1
Gotham’s biggest do-good pizza party returns with one-buck slices donated by more than 50 primo pie makers, including Di Fara, Emily and Speedy Romeo. Fill your box with up to ten slices, with all proceeds donated to The Sylvia Center and City Harvest. Popular pies go fast, so queue up early or pledge a single Franklin for a line-hopping VIPizza Passport. Feeling lucky? Snag a dollar raffle ticket to score prizes from Blue Apron, Eataly and more.

New York Philharmonic: Star Wars Series David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center; Oct 4–7 at various times; tickets start at $108
If you thought John Williams’ epic Star Wars score sounded phenomenal in surround sound, wait until you hear the New York Philharmonic perform it in concert. The orchestra brings the music to life while the films play in the background. Superfans won’t want to miss the last four performances of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens this month.

Oktoberfest Under the Manhattan Bridge The Archway; Oct 6, Oct 7; free admission
The Dumbo Business Improvement District is throwing down under the Manhattan Bridge with crafts, food and music for this epic Oktoberfest celebration. Enter a pop-up beer hall replete with lederhosen-clad servers delivering brews, pretzels, brats and more from the Lighthouse. Get ready to gorge on classic German fare, and jam out to polka music by Melina and the Oompahs, Street Beat Brass and The Polka Brothers. Prost!

The New Yorker Festival at various locations; Oct 6­–Oct 8; $65
The New Yorker is sending its finest staffers around town to talk with fascinating figures in literature, film, TV, music, theatre, tech, activism and beyond. Preview upcoming shows and films, hear concerts from star acts, one-on-one interviews with celebrities and enjoy panel discussions. Just be sure to do your research before taking the mic during the Q&A section.

Into the Veil: An After Dark Exploration Green-Wood Cemetery; Oct 13, Oct 14; $80, VIP $150
Take a rare nighttime trip behind Green-Wood’s cast iron fence on this mini-expedition, sponsored by both the cemetery and Atlas Obscura. But there’s more to this evening than just strolling through the cemetery’s 478 acres by flashlight: Musical events, live readings, stargazing gatherings and other cool activities are tucked away here and there, ready to be discovered at your own pace. And there’s a cash bar, too! Just think: you could dance and drink with the dead! (What, too morbid? It worked for Lydia in Beetlejuice.)

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Overnight Experience Pier 86; Oct 14, 28 at 6:15pm; $109
Have a slumber party among the planes on the hangar deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid. After check in, you’ll have time to check out the space shuttle, explore the museum and snack on cookies and fruit before it’s time for lights out.

L.E.S. Pickle Day Orchard St; Oct 15; free admission
An area rich in history with more unique traditions than can be documented, the Lower East Side smiles back on the past today. In the heart of the old Pickle District, this Orchard Street fair features samples of the green delicacy from India to Haiti, from Malaysia to Brooklyn, and of course, those good old fashion kosher dills from the LES.

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch Queens Botanical Garden; Oct 15; $12, children $10
While haunted houses and ghost tours pop up all over town, Queens is keeping Halloween classic with this day of frolicking in the pumpkin patch. Head to the Botanical Garden and smell the fresh fall air in the arboretum, pinetum and circle garden, then join the shenanigans at this fest where you can check out live music, join nature walks and learn hipster-ready crafts like pickling. Hit up food vendors and a beer and wine garden to enjoy a cider on the crisp grasses. If you get tipsy, fear not! The only thing better than a petting zoo is a drunk petting zoo.

New York Knicks vs Detroit Pistons Madison Square Garden; Oct 21 at 8pm; tickets start at $106
Ball hard at the New York Knicks’ first regular season home game against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. Whether you’re a big basketball fan or not, you’ll have a blast cheering on New York’s team and chowing down on stadium grub like Hill Country Barbecue and Fuku Chicken.

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade Tompkins Square Park; Oct 21 suggested donation $5
The Village Halloween Parade is fun and all, but does it have a plethora of puppies in adorable outfits? For that, you’ll have to head to the East Village for this annual dog parade. The getups are remarkably elaborate and conceptual.

Giant Pumpkin Weekend New York Botanical Garden; Oct 21, Oct 22; $23
Pour out some spiked apple cider for your soon-to-be picked pumpkin homies, which will become the main display at New York Botanical Garden’s pumpkin garden. These monstrous gourds—weighing up to 1,800 pounds—are available for your photo-taking pleasure.

Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise Departs from Pier 62; Oct 28 at 10am; $111.55
Peep the changing leaves on this brunch cruise on the Hudson River. You’ll head north to the Palisades to spy fall foliage in all its golden, rusty and crimson glory. Each ticket also includes a buffet brunch, one mimosa or Bloody Mary and complimentary coffee and tea.

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla Central Park, Harlem Meer; Oct 29; free
Celebrate the Halloween season at one of the best park’s in the city for fall foliage: Central Park. Listen to ghost stories, check out a costume parade and get creative by carving a pumpkin. After the festivities, the Central Park Conservancy will partake in a traditional Pumpkin Flotilla, where 50 gourds (possibly your creation) will take a sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight.

Comedy

Stand Up With Planned Parenthood Littlefield; Oct 4; $20
Show your support for the reproductive health of women across America at this comedy show benefiting Planned Parenthood. Funny ladies Christi Chiello and Giulia Rozzi host the event, which features the comic stylings of Janeane Garofalo, Josh Gondelman, Jo Firestone, Rebecca Vigil, Nore Davis and Yamaneika Saunders. DJ Zephyr Ann will be on hand to get the audience dancing between sets, and you can bet that’s not the only movement this show is hoping to inspire.

No Such Thing as Love Q.E.D.; Oct 5; $5
Lovelorn New Yorkers Claire Burns and Jessie Jolles welcome comedian buddies to share tales of romance, heartbreak and weird sex at this hilarious and hopefully love-affirming show. Comedy Central’s Tom Cowell and YouTube sensation Joanna Hausmann join for this month’s installment.

Janelle James Album Release Show Knitting Factory; Oct 9; $12
Deep, droll and in command of her deadpan vibe, James always guarantees a show of no-nonsense observations, subtle put-downs and killer punch lines. This year she opened for Chris Rock, and her world conquest has just begun. She takes the stage in Williamsburg to celebrate the release of her debut comedy album, Black and Mild. Joining her for the occasion are Roy Wood Jr., Cristela Alonzo, Nore Davis and Michelle Buteau.

Nightcap by Ike Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; Oct 19; $15, plus $12 minimum
Stand up and musical dynamo Ikechukwu Ufomadu takes over Joe’s Pub for a night of dry and witty sets, charming songs and special guests. After crushing it at UCB, Ars Nova and Under the Radar Fest, Ike is on a roll, and you don’t want to miss him before he becomes a household name. His droll, murmuring delivery—delivered with a confidence as big as all outdoors—leaves audiences in a haze of laughter.

Unitard: Tard Core–There Are No Safe Words Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; Oct 25; $20
Satanic and satirical sketch-cabaret trio Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku launch their twisted residency at Joe’s Pub. Delight in tongue-in-cheek chokes about Ann Coulter, protest culture and our current president from a crew of ball-gagged performers who have been at it for two decades. Time to submit to the masters.

The Sparkle Zone The Duplex; Oct 26; $8­–$13, plus two-drink minimum
Improv fireball and unflinching storyteller Philip Markle challenges you to affirm life at this totally positive, utterly bizarre variety hour. He’s joined by Tim Platt, Catherine Cohen, Sally Burtnick, Douglas Widick, Brandon Gardener, Jessica Taylor, Hollye Bynum, Heather Harrison, Devin Bockrath, Adam Bangser, Kiran Jani, Amanda Xeller, Ashley Siebels, Linda Eliasen. Henry Koperski provides musical accompaniment.

Food and Drink

NYC Vegan Festival Randall’s Island Park; Oct 1; 11am; $20
If you’re vegan and you know it, head to Randall’s Island Park to be among your fellow herbivores. This festival not only includes animal-product-free comfort food from V-Spot, Cinnamon Snail and Champs Diner, but also craft brews, wine and spirits.

Dinner with Friends Wythe Hotel; Oct 4–Dec 6; 6pm; $75
“Bon Appétit” and Reynard restaurant in Wythe Hotel are teaming up to host east-meets-west dinner parties for those itching for some West Coast fare. For one night a month until December, LA, San Fran and Portland chefs will bring their culinary skills to serve at a dinner party celebrating the release of their new cookbooks.

NYC Food and Wine Festival various locations; Oct 12–15; various prices
One of the largest food festivals is back again. In four blowout days, attend gastronomic happenings with celebrity chefs like Rachael Ray and Scott Conant. The biggest one will most certainly be the 10th anniversary party for Smorgasburg at Pier 92.

New York Coffee Festival Metropolitan Pavilion; Oct 13–15; 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm; $24.50–$90
Try not to get too wired at this java jubilee with more than 100 vendors doling out brew samples. Try cups from Bluestone Lane, Devoción, Nobletree and Marzocco, along with participating in interactive demonstrations, workshops and a coffee cocktail bar.

Cider Week NYC various locations; Oct 20–29; various prices
Pumpkin might be the king of fall, but cider is the queen. Celebrate the apple-based beverage by attending events across the city, like a grand opening party at Bad Seed Brooklyn Tap Room, a cider market in Union Square, and a talk and tastings at Fools Gold.

Music 

Paramore; Oct 1; 8pm; $39.50–$79.50
With its new album, After Laughter, Paramore pairs its emo-pop with a new ’80s-inspired musical direction. The result is another inescapably catchy winner.

METZ; Oct 4, 5; 9pm; $20
Exuberantly unhinged Toronto noise-punk trio METZ brings its tight, thrilling show to town behind its new LP, Strange Peace.

Future Islands; Oct 10–12; 8pm; $30–$35
Eccentric Baltimore synth-pop crew hits town for a trio of gigs behind its affecting latest, The Far Field. Watch out for its athletic, disarmingly emotive vocalist, Samuel T. Herring, one of the most transfixing performers on the planet.

Japanese Breakfast; Oct 12; 8pm; $15
One of our favorite rising indie-pop songwriters, Michelle Zauner plays a gig behind her stellar latest, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, which features a revamped sound that veers from shoegaze into ’80s synth-pop.

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic; Oct 31; 8pm; $45
The godfather of interplanetary funk lands the mothership in Times Square for a night of ass-liberating tunes…on Halloween no less.

Art 

“Max Ernst: Beyond Painting” Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); through Jan 1, $25, seniors $18, students $14, children under 16 free. For discounts, order tickets in advance at moma.org. Fri 4–8pm free. Film tickets free with museum admission; screenings-only admission $12, seniors $10, students $8, children under 16 free
One of the giants of modern art, Ernst (1891–1976) was a pioneer of both Dadaism and Surrealism. His work, distinguished by its dark, dreamlike imagery, reflected the cataclysmic changes in Europe resulting from World War I. This survey focuses on his restless experimentation with unorthodox materials.

“Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” New Museum of Contemporary Art; through Jan 21; $16, seniors $14, students $10, children under 18 free. Thu 7–9pm pay as you wish with a suggested minimum of $2
As the 2016 election demonstrated, the United States’ culture wars, and the battle over identity politics, is far from finished. With developments like the ban on transgender people in the military hanging in the air, New Museum has assembled an intergenerational roster of more than 40 contemporary artists whose works explore the perennially contested issue of gender fluidity.

“Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Oct 6–Jan 7, $25, seniors (65+) and students with valid ID $18, children under 12 free. Sat 5:45–7:45pm pay what you wish. $25, seniors and students with ID $18, members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult free
The years between Beijing’s Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 and the 2008 financial crises saw the rise of China as a global superpower whose emergence on the world stage was mirrored by the explosive growth of its contemporary art scene. This exhibit, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind to date, takes the measure of this period with a roundup of 150 works by more than 70 artists and art collectives from China. 

“Modigliani Unmasked” The Jewish Museum; through Feb 4, $15, seniors $12, students $7.50, visitors 18 and under free. Sat free. Thu 5–8pm pay what you wish
This selection of works tracks the early career of Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) shortly after the Italian artist’s arrival in Paris in 1906. The show spotlights the role his Jewish background played in the evolution of his art.

“Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting” MoMA PS1; Oct 22–Mar 11, suggested donation $10, seniors and students $5
This doyen of New York’s downtown avant-garde during the ’50s and ’60s was an early performance-art pioneer known for fearlessly employing her own nude body as an artistic instrument—both on film and before live audiences. This retrospective revisits her often controversial 60-year career.

Theater 

Junk at the Vivian Beaumont Theater; starts Oct 5; $87–$147
The latest from Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) tracks the rise of ruthless corporate raiders and the weaponization of debt in the ’80s, with Rescue Me’s Steven Pasquale playing the leader of the ravenous pack.

Strange Interlude at Irondale Center; Oct 6–Nov 18; $59, with dinner $75, VIP $99
David Greenspan brings his golden archness to a solo version of Eugene O’Neill’s nine-act, six-hour stream-of-consciousness 1928 drama, a decades-spanning epic about love and mourning and insanity and abortion.

The Band’s Visit at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre; starts Oct 7; $59–$189
Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s gentle, humane musical, about Egyptian musicians stranded in a small Israeli desert town, racked up multiple awards last season. Now it moves to Broadway with most of its original cast, including Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk.

Butterfly at the Cort Theatre; starts Oct 7; $39–$227
Clive Owen plays a French diplomat who falls for a Chinese opera star with secrets up her long sleeves in a revival of David Henry Hwang’s groundbreaking 1988 play, directed by the visionary Julie Taymor (The Lion King).

Burning Doors at La MaMa Experimental Theatre; Oct 12–22; $30
Belarus Free Theatre, which has faced violent repression in its home country, returns to La MaMa with a play about art under dictatorship. The cast includes Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, whose imprisonment in Russia drew international attention in 2012.

Dance

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: A Letter to My Nephew at BAM Harvey Theater; Oct 3–7; $30–$60
Jones returns to BAM’s Next Wave Festival with an impressionistic piece that situates the history of his critically ill nephew, dancer Lance T. Biggs, within a larger sociopolitical context.

Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center; Oct 2–14; $15
City Center’s super-affordable festival is a smorgasbord for dance lovers. Each evening features a sampling of international superstars and local favorites: 20 companies and artists take part in five different programs.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph: /peh—LO—tah/ at BAM Harvey Theater; Oct 18–21; $20–$55
Haitian-American poet, storyteller and performer Bamuthi draws connections between dancing and playing soccer in a piece whose choreography, by Stacy Printz, draws inspiration from South African and Brazilian traditions.

American Ballet Theatre at the David H. Koch Theater; Oct 18–Oct 29; $25–$155
The venerable company returns for a two-week fall season. World-premiere ballets by Alexei Ratmansky and Benjamin Millepied are among the offerings, along with works by Jessica Lang, Frederick Ashton and Jerome Robbins.

The Red Shoes at New York City Center; Oct 26–Nov 5; $35–$135
Dance auteur Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake) returns to New York with his first new production in four years: an acclaimed adaptation of the beloved 1948 ballet weepie about a ballerina torn between love and art. Ashley Shaw and Sara Mearns alternate in the leading role.

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Thought Gallery October 2017 Calendar

Gal Gadot, a Henry David Thoreau marathon, and the Jewish spy who inspired James Bond highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Sunday, Oct. 1. Get inspired as Israeli-born Wonder Woman Gal Gadot sits down with Indian-born Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, to discuss breaking down walls. 92nd Street Y.

Catch a conversation and tour of the legendary Plaza, which since 1907 has been a beacon of glamour just off Central Park. Patty Farmer, author of Starring The Plaza, will lead the festivities.

Finding balances between mercy, rehabilitation, and justice present a timeless human predicament. (Jeff Sessions excepted). As the avant-garde troupe Elevator Repair Service makes its first foray into Shakespeare, via Measure for Measure, catch a Public Forum session that brings together “artists, activists, and intellectuals looking at how we approach the idea of justice today through the lens of Shakespeare’s play.” Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater.

Okay Space in Williamsburg hosts the director Icelandic Art Center for a conversation on the state of visual arts in his nation. It’s part of Taste of Iceland in New York City 2017, a four-day culture festival.

Paul Krugman. Gloria Steinem. Bernard-Henri Levy. Anthony Bourdain. Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s another packed week of smart things to do in NYC.

Monday, October 2

As the roller coaster of Repeal and Replace hits another valley, get up to speed on the future of one of America’s main economic pillars. Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman headlines a panel of experts representing a diverse set of POVs. Graduate Center, CUNY.

Gloria Steinem joins Ellen DuBois, co-editor of A Passionate Life: Writings by and on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and scholar Ruchira Gupta for a conversation about the late Indian independence and feminist activist. Asia Society and Museum.

Tuesday, October 3

Join three pioneers of mindfulness meditation for a one-time-only evening where they delve into the birth of the movement, where it is today, and where it might be going. New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Get out your x-ray specs for the next gathering of Taste of Science at Ryan’s Daughter. Bone regeneration and bioengineering, and what bones can tell us about evolution and environment, are the topics in play.

Catch the collision of an economics professor and a professor from the Barnard College psychology department for a look at human behavior. They’ll delve into biases, which may be hidden from ourselves, that have been shaped by natural selection and still motivate our decision-making today.

French rock star intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy joins the next Intelligence Squared debate to dicker over the proposition: Western Democracy Is Threatening Suicide. Catch opposing viewpoints on the re-rise of populism and the inherent resiliency of our systems. Merkin Concert Hall.

Wednesday, October 4

Ta-Nehisi Coates presents his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. The book looks back to parallels with Reconstruction Era regressions and forward to new movements for justice. Coates‘s essays “Fear of a Black President,” “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” and “The Case for Reparations” appear in the new compilation, which he’ll discuss with The Atlantic‘s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg. Kings Theatre.

Discover a different sort of Italian cuisine at this session delving into the food and drink of the Roman Empire. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Thursday, October 5

The second seminar of The Center for Contemporary Critical Thought’s Uprising 13/13 pivots from Marx to Mao. Panelists will look at shifts in insurrection, informed in part by the combination of “guerilla and psychological warfare” that marked the early strategies of Mao Zedong. Columbia University.

Fly over to the Upper West Side to watch a panel of comedians, including Janeane Garofalo and Michael Ian Black, hash out whether invisibility or flying is the best superpower to have. Uptown Showdown at Symphony Space.

Anthony Bourdain (No Reservations) and Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese) join TimesTalks at The New School for a conversation on the pressing matter of spoiled edibles; Bourdain served as Executive Producer of the new film “WASTED! The Story of Food Waste,” which takes an in-depth look at the issue.

Freakonomics’ Stephen J. Dubner, the Guerilla Girls, Chelsea Manning, and insight into genius highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, October 6

The FoST Festival, the world’s leading immersive storytelling event, brings over 100 immersive storytelling projects to Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center all weekend long.

On the heels of the meeting of the United Nations’ General Assembly, join a panel of experts for a conversation on the challenges facing the UN, and what its proper role should be moving forward. Albertine.

Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books and the host of Freakonomics Radio, comes to Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater for a series of live tapings. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know will be recorded all weekend, with two sessions per night.

Saturday, October 7

Is genius a category open to all if we just put in the hours? Yale professor Craig Wright puts that concept to the test while looking into the minds of confirmed geniuses in the all-new class “The Nature of Genius: From Leonardo Da Vinci and Mozart to Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.” Take a moment in the lobby to check out original letters written by Einstein and a score handwritten by Mozart. New York Institute of Technology.

Ponder the question, Is genius a category open to all if we just put in the hours? Yale professor Craig Wright puts the concept to the test while looking back at confirmed geniuses in the all-new class “The Nature of Genius: From Leonardo Da Vinci and Mozart to Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.” New York Institute of Technology.

Catch the Guerrilla Girls as they join a Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America panel on Creative Transformations, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Independent Visions: Helene Schjerfbeck and Her Contemporaries From the Collection of Ateneum Finnish National Galler.

Caveat hosts a performance-science crossover as neuroscience professor Paula Croxson reveals her research into episodic memory with The Time-Traveling Brain.

Sunday, October 8

Stay secular at this Pete’s Tavern brunch session exploring the myths behind the separation of church and state. Secular Humanist Society of New York.

A mix of activities culminates with some star gazing at the next Second Sundays at Pioneer Works in Red Hook.

The New Yorker Festival continues, with activist and former DoD analyst Chelsea Manning in conversation with Larissa MacFarquhar.

Nights dedicated to consciousness as a place, science and spirituality, and the search for the why of our existence highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC.

Monday, October 9

MacArthur award-winning educator Deborah Meier joins fellow educator Emily Gasoi to discuss their new book, These Schools Belong to You and Me: Why We Can’t Afford to Abandon Our Public Schools. The book uses decades of research to advocate for the anti-Betsy DeVos approach: the argument that a vital public education can reverse “the erosion of democratic spirit and practice.” Book Culture.

Skip the gallery and head to the Upper East Side for this illustrated lecture on Richard Bellamy and the transformation of modern art. 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, October 10

An author, a neurologist, and two philosophers come together for the initial talk in the new series The Will to Meaning: Seeking the “Why” of Our Existence. This first conversation looks at The Power of Meaning: The Quest for an Existential Roadmap, asking questions about how to proceed amid suffering, and whether we can draw on universal sources for purposeful existences. New York Academy of Sciences.

Hear from award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen, whose new book looks at historic examples of climate change and how they’ve led to the five biggest catastrophes the Earth has endured (to date). 92nd Street Y.

Andrew Roberts (Napoleon: A Life) reviews what we’ve learned about the secrets of war leadership exhibited by the likes of Napoleon, Churchill, Hitler, Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Margaret Thatcher. New-York Historical Society.

Photograph by John Cowan, 1964. Copyright The John Cowan Archive.
Spend a day exploring science’s impact on fashion in conjunction with two current Museum at FIT exhibitions, Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme and Force of Nature. Charles Darwin, the history of exploration, and environmental concerns will be considered.

Learn more about the exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, featuring the world’s finest example of a jade burial suit, in the lecture From Han Emperors to Jewelry Connoisseurs: Unveiling the Mysteries of Jade. (If you’re wondering how the suit survived grave robbers, it’s because being caught with jade as a commoner meant the death penalty.) China Institute.

Wednesday, October 11

“Most people agree on the basic Cartesian assumption: that consciousness is a kind of ‘thing.’ ” Dr. Yuko Ishihara, of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, puts herself outside the realm of “most people” to question this assumption. Join the Consciousness Club NYC for an evening delving into presence of mind as a place, not a thing.

“Uhuberg Castle, Helen, GA,” 2014. © Brian Ulrich
A critic, a photographer of consumer culture, and the creator of the viral blog McMansion Hell come together at the International Center of Photography (Museum) to talk The Architecture of Consumption: Airspace, Abandoned Retail, and McMansion Hell.

Raise a fist as Barbara Ehrenreich joins a panel looking at the prospects for resistance: Insurgency from Below: Activism in the Trump Era. Graduate Center, CUNY.

Thursday, October 12

As technology increasingly predominates, will it further press out faith? Or is there room for religion within science? Physicist Marcelo Gleiser hosts National Humanities Medalist Rebecca Goldstein and astrophysicist Alan Lightman to talk spirituality and science. Stick around for a post-dialogue workshop: a small group conversation with the panel. 92nd Street Y.

By Lynn Neary CC BY-SA 4.0
Catch up with Jhumpa Lahiri, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, as she returns to her alma mater for a conversation with literature professor Hisham Matar. Barnard College.

Theatrical release poster for The Mummy, dir. Karl Freund. 1932; Burbank, CA: Property of Universal Pictures.
Take advantage of a curator tour with Ed Bleiberg, who will debunk some myths on a walk-through of the new exhibition Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. The evening includes a screening of the 1932 cult-classic horror movie The Mummy. Brooklyn Museum.

Human rights, resistance, and Amy Stiller highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, October 13

Famous daughter (and sibling) Amy Stiller, an actress and comedienne, performs a one-woman show that dramatizes her “quest to reclaim her spiritual and emotional integrity.” In addition to Friday night there’s Saturday evening and matinee shows; Dixon Place.

Sea of Buddha – Hiroshi Sugimoto

Settle in to a Think Olio evening that looks at the historic ideals of unalienable rights and moves “Toward a Human Rights Culture (With a Little Help From Buddhism and Psychedelics.)” The Strand.

Saturday, October 14

Pay your respects on this tour of Lower Manhattan’s war memorialsNew-York Historical Society.

Join the National Lighthouse Museum for a cruise up the Hudson, passing fall foliage, historic points, and maritime highlights like the Little Red Lighthouse, the Ambrose Lightship, Frying Pan Lightship, the Lilac Light Tender, and the Titanic Memorial Light.

Journalist Peter Tinti (Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour) talks about his experiences covering the migrant crisis, and his discoveries about the criminal networks getting rich off displacement. apexart.

Sunday, October 15

Richard Barone, Jeff Ross, and Suzanne Vega perform the music of Lou Reed on an evening toasting Anthony DeCurtis’s new book, Lou Reed: A Life92nd Street Y.

Stars of the resistance: Pioneer Works, Creative Time, and The Yes Men come together at Pioneer Works for WTF Do We Do Now?, a one-day gathering with open forums, town hall meetings, and small-group dialogues.

Delve into the philosophy and psychology of good and evil with Buddhist thinker Stephen Batchelor and a talk on Mara (more or less the Buddhist version of the devil). Tickets include entry to a performance of Batchelor’s MARA: A Chamber OperaRubin Museum of Art.

Monday, Oct. 16. Build the wall! The Public Art Fund’s new exhibition will have you thinking of territories in new ways as Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors comes to strategic spots across all five boroughs. New York Times immigration correspondent Vivian Yee joins Weiwei in person for a TimesTalks conversation on art, politics, and the international migration crisis. The New School.

Tuesday, Oct. 17. Wander the streets of the West Village on this walking tour exploring the neighborhood’s history, ecology, and architecture. Hudson River Park.

Wednesday, Oct. 18. Don’t blow your cover at this conversation with International Spy Museum executive director and former CIA spy Peter Earnest. Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Thursday, Oct. 19. Listen deeply to thoughts about “what makes music mean,” the theme of a conversation between scholars representing the humanities and cognitive science. They’ll examine the power of music to communicate both emotions and ideas on a “Seminars in Society and Neuroscience” evening. Columbia University.

Two visions of paradise, science vs. faith, and NYC’s fate as a city amid rising waters highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

 Friday, October 20

Gaze at the stars with the whole family at the Intrepid’s Family Astronomy Night, featuring NASA scientist Noah Petro. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Singer Somi comes to City College of New York for a one-night-only performance, followed by a panel discussion on immigration and the African diaspora.

Saturday, October 21

Discover the city’s seedy underbelly on this walking tour of crime in NYCNew York Local Tours.

By Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys) – taken by Ricardo André Frantz, CC BY-SA 3.0Link

Join Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Ph.D., Canon of the Florence Cathedral and Director of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, for a lecture on Ghiberti’s Gates and artist Hiroshi Sugimoto to-scale contemporary interpretation. Japan Society.

UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan speaks at McNally Jackson on his new book, which looks at the roots of our human rights crises today, and offers hope for the strength of the human spirit to overcome these dark times.

Sunday, October 22

The Schafler Forum and One Day University play host to one of the oldest of human questions: Science vs. Faith. Biology professor and evolution expert Kenneth Miller will try not to lean too hard on the scales.

If you’ve been feeling like you’re on high ground this hurricane season, don’t forget what it looked like here in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Mark the 5-year anniversary with a Museum of the City of New York symposium that delves into how the city can survive the next storm surges.

Break into song at this session delving into six memorable musicals that changed Broadway. The Schafler Forum.

Dr. Andrew, astronaut Mike Massimino, and a Nobel laureate speaking on gravitational waves highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, October 23

Integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil sits down with performer Meredith Monk at the Rubin Museum of Art to explore the possibilities within sound. The rise of auditory meditation and therapies, and listening’s ability to connect us with the world, will be covered. (You can catch Dr. Andrew talking natural health and healing with Judy Collins on Monday evening at the Y.)

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory has been much in the news of late, thanks to a Nobel Prize and the first-ever recording of a neutron star collision. Learn more from physicist Rai Weiss, one of the Nobel laureates, and a screening of LIGO, a new documentary that features footage from the observatory the very day gravitational waves were first detected. The Explorers Club.

A panel of experts in history, urban planning, and design discuss Charlottesville, Civil War monuments, historical memory, and what’s going on in the socio-political conditions of today. The Cooper Union.

Astronaut Mike Massimino (Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe) comes to the Secret Science Club to talk about his experiences in outer space. Microgravity, the future of space travel, and what it’s like to dine hundreds of miles above the Earth will be among the topics.

Scientific researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith teams up with cartoonist Zach Weinersmith to preview what science has in store for us, from fully automated robot construction to elevators to the stars. The Strand.

Satisfy your sweet tooth by attending this session on the history of candy. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Tuesday, October 24

Stand tall at this conversation with author John Hill on his book How to Build a SkyscraperThe Skyscraper Museum.

On the timely heels of the breaking NBA bribery scandal, hear a range of experts (an athlete, an economist, and two writers) argue for and against the notion that student athletes deserve a cut of the profitsMerkin Concert Hall.

Human immortality may not be imminent, but from a scientific standpoint it’s never been closer. Find CBS Medical Correspondent Dr. Max Gomez in conversation with aging expert Nir Barzilai, MD, as they look at the latest in pharmaceuticals, cell therapies, and research into “longevity genes.” New York Genome Center.

Wednesday, October 25

Yale’s acting Dean of Science, Paul Turner, an expert in evolutionary biology, comes to the Secret Science Club to answer some fascinating questions about viruses. Find out if they’re alive, if they were the earth’s first organisms, and how viral jumps between species work. The Bell House.

Evolve your opinions at this event on Darwin’s theory of natural selection and how the revolutionary thinker’s ideas can help explain how the animal world–and our own–chooses our mates. 92nd Street Y.

Thursday, October 26

Draw up a plan to attend this conversation with artist Reza Farazmand as he launches his new comics collection. The Strand.

Columbia Law School’s Center for Contemporary Critical Thought looks at the Arab Spring in the next session of Uprising 13/13. Columbia University.

Friday, Oct. 27. Examine black masculinity through a dancer’s lens at this conversation with choreographers Cynthia Oliver and Nora Chipaumire. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Saturday, Oct. 28. Invest wisely in this walking tour centered on the stock market’s great collapses throughout history in the financial capital of the world. Museum of American Finance.

Sunday, Oct. 29. Say “Hakuna Matata” at this discussion with director Julie Taymor marking the 20th anniversary of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. 92nd Street Y.

Monday, Oct. 30. Bring your pocket Constitution to see Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who made waves with his moving appearance at last year’s National Democratic Convention. 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, Oct. 31. Have a celestial Halloween by attending this Spooky Astronomy session exploring some frightful tales of the cosmos. American Museum of Natural History

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Archtober
31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC! The seventh-annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City will take place October 1-31, 2017.  Archtober’s calendar features 200 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions at more than 70+ collaborating institutions across the city.

Sunday, October 1

Walking Tour: Hudson River Park, the High Line, and New Architecture in West Chelsea and the Far West Village
AIA New York
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour
AIA New York / Classic Harbor Line
1:45 – 4:30 PM

The Woolworth Residences SOLD OUT
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Original Architect (1912): Cass Gilbert
Residences: SLCE Architects with the Office of Thierry W. Despont

Monday, October 2

Rubin by Design: Architecture & Design in the Himalayas
The Rubin Museum
2:30 – 3:30 PM

Inessential Colors: A History of Color in Architectural Drawings, 16th-19th Century
Bard Graduate Center
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Scaffolding Exhibition Opening
AIA New York / Center for Architecture
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 3

Around Manhattan Boat Tour: Bridges, Infrastructure, and the Evolving City
AIA New York / Classic Harbor Line
1:45 – 4:30 PM

The Great Architectural Bake Off
Center for Architecture / WATG / Waverly Interiors
4:00 – 8:00 PM

Daniel Libeskind: From Zero to Infinity
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, October 4

Creative Scholarship: A NYSID Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception
New York School of Interior Design
6:00 – 8:00 PM

AN Design Showroom Cocktail Crawl
The Architect’s Newspaper
6:30 – 9:30 PM

The Noguchi Museum
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Original Architects (1985): Isamu Noguchi and Shoji Sadao
Renovation Architects: Sage and Coombe Architects

Thursday, October 5

Trees of Steel: The World Trade Center Tridents
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
12:00 – 12:30 PM

Archtober Goes Nordic: Nordic and US Trends within Healthy Cities at the Building Level
Danish Cleantech Hub / Royal Norwegian Consulate General / Consulate General of Denmark /
Consulate General of Finland / Consulate General of Sweden / Consulate General of Iceland
4:00 – 7:00 PM

SeaGlass Carousel
12:45 – 1:45 PM
WXY architecture + urban design

Friday, October 6

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Inside Industry with Ferra Designs
Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
9:30 – 11:00 AM

Hidden History of the South Street Seaport’s History
South Street Seaport Museum
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wood City: Innovative Use of Wood in the City
Design and Architecture Norway
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 7

The Urbanism of Greenwich Village
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

James Nevius: A Historical Walking Tour of the Bowery
Curbed
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Art in the Round
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Sunday, October 8

Second Sunday Family Tour
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Walking Tour: West Side Story – The Evolution of Lincoln Center
AIA New York
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Project Farmhouse
12:00 – 1:00 PM
ORE Design

Archtober may send me an event email each week, if so, this section will be updated weekly. As my sergeant would say “When I know, you’ll know.”

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My Goodness! That has to be everything that is going on in this town this month.

Remember, these sites have been selected because they all do a first rate job publishing NYCity event info. I hope you will click on their hot links to see what they have to offer.