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The Best Things to Do in NYC Next Month

by City Guide News Desk

With exhibits, sightseeing, fun for kids, concerts, and nightlife, there’s tons going on in New York in October and we’ve got the best of it. (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

Order of the Phoenix Illustration Jim Kay

(10/5-1/27/19) Harry Potter: A History of Magic arrives at the New-York Historical Society. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, New-York Historical will display illustrator Brian Selznick’s artwork, which will appear on the covers of the Harry Potter series to be published by Scholastic later this year. Also on view to the public for the first time will be Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels. Costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened on Broadway in April, will be showcased in the exhibition. A long list of events will take place in conjunction with the exhibit, including trivia night, talks, and adult costume party, and more.


(10/16-10/20) In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century—the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer—have been a highlight of The Met collection since the Museum’s founding purchase in 1871. This exhibition will bring together some of the Museum’s greatest paintings to present this remarkable chapter of art history in a new light. Through roughly sixty-five works of art organized thematically, the exhibition will orient visitors to key issues in seventeenth-century Dutch culture—from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters’ fascination with the domestic lives of women.

(Now-1/6/19)  Delacroix at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -This is the first comprehensive US retrospective of the work of French Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863). The Met has teamed up with The Louvre, showcasing in chronological order, some 150 pieces, a variety of paintings, drawings, manuscripts, and prints.

(Now-2/3/19) Even over a century after his birth, Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) continues to astound. Catch more than 200 of Escher’s mind-bending works at Escher: The Exhibition & Experience in Brooklyn’s Industry City. Exploring the intersection of art, mathematics, science, and poetry, the exhibition will feature interactive immersive experiences that bring the artist’s optical illusions to life.

(Now-10/28) In 1939, the pioneering American Modernist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) went to Hawaii on commission for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign. What she created provides the inspiration for the landmark new exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i at The New York Botanical Garden. A stunning display in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery includes 17 of O’Keeffe’s Hawaii paintings, not seen together in New York since their debut in 1940. The historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explores the remarkable beauty and variety of Hawaiian flora, as well as its complex botanical and cultural history. The garden (just a 20-minute Metro-North ride from Grand Central Terminal) also features a living collection of more than one million plants.

(Now-12/9) Rivers and Torrents: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection at the Morgan Library. Even advanced painters struggle to capture moving water in their work. The play of light on the ripples, the wind on the surface, the current moving it all along—it’s one of the many reasons we’re all captivated by Monet’s Water Lilies. See the work of other artists from the 19th century onward through oil studies of Rivers and TorrentsClick here for more about exhibits at Morgan Library.

(Now-10/8) Final week! Heavenly Bodies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The CloistersHeavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination reflects the influence of religious art, ceremony, and imagery on clothing design. It’s a sprawling show, literallyencompassing 65,000 square feet and 25 galleries, including The Cloisters (the museum’s uptown branch dedicated to medieval art, housed in reconstituted European chapels and cloisters) and parts of the Lehman Wing, the Costume Center, and the medieval and Byzantine art galleries at The Met itself.

(Now-12/2/18) Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens at the China Institute. Featuring over 60 photographs from a range of modern Chinese photographers, this exhibition will allow visitors to consider the role of mountains in China’s geography, history, art, and philosophy.

(Now-10/14) Final weeks! The American Folk Art Museum presents Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock, which brings together aspects of art, love, science, and religion, as expressed by one of America’s first female scientific illustrators. Working in the mid-19th century, Orra White Hitchcock was equally skilled in the natural sciences and in art, and her illustrations of plant life, geological formations, fossilized animals, and dinosaur tracks were used in Amherst College lectures and the  scientific journals of the day. The exhibition puts on display Hitchcock’s rarely seen drawings and paintings, some up to 10 feet long, which demonstrate both scientific clarity and an unexpected modernity.

(Permanent) 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.

(10/1-10/31) Bring on Archtober 2018. New York’s annual Architecture and Design Month, now in its seventh year, is a celebration of all things architectural. This year’s festival features over 150 events, from lectures to activities to exhibitions.

October Things to Do in NYC: Comedy

Donnell Rawlings

(10/11-10/14) The Chapelle Show’s Donnell Rawlings at Carolines.


(10/26-10/27) Rachel Feinstein at Gotham Comedy Club.

October Things to Do in NYC: Kids

New York Comic Con

(10/4-10/7) For kids and adults alike, New York Comic Con returns to the Javits Center! This year’s guests include the cast of American Gods, including writer Neil GaimanJason Momoa (Aquaman), Matt Smith, David Tennant (Doctor WhoNeil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Heughan (Outlander), Adam Savage (Mythbusters), and more to be announced. If you can’t get enough of all things comics, 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.


(10/27) Ghouls and Gourds 2018 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.

(10/28) Children’s Fall Festival at Queens Farm: dress in costume, boogie down to live country western music, take an autumn hayride, visit a Haunted House, and enjoy pony rides and a seasonal petting zoo. Find your way out of The Amazing Maize Maze, take pics with cartoon character look-alikes, and check out the Con Edison Ecology booth for recycling tips and kids’ crafts. 11am-4pm. $20.

village halloween parade

Image: Richie S/Flickr

(10/31) The beloved 45th Annual Village Halloween Parade goes off in Greenwich Village at 7pm (it’s also televised live 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.

(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

Florence and the Machine

(10/9) Florence & The Machine at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.


(10/1) Chromeo at Brooklyn Steel.

(10/2) Simple Minds: Walk Between Worlds Tour at Beacon Theatre.

(10/3-10/4) Christina Aguilera at Radio City Music Hall.

(10/4-10/5) Bruno Mars at Barclays Center.

(10/6) EEEEEATSCON at Forest Hills Stadium.

(10/8-10/9) OctFest on Governors Island will feature 20+ breweries plus bands including The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and many others. 21+ Get tickets here.

(10/9) Modest Mouse at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

(10/10) Ray LaMontagne at Radio City Music Hall.

(10/11) Nicki Minaj & Future at Barclays Center.

(10/12-10/13) Death Cab for Cutie at Kings Theatre.

(10/13) Gorillaz at Barclays Center.

(10/13-10/14) Nine Inch Nails at Radio City Music Hall.

(10/10) Elton John: The Farewell Tour at Radio City Music Hall.

(10/14) Phil Collins at Barclays Center.

(10/14) Elizabeth Cook performs at The Studio at Opry City Stage.

(10/16-10/17) Nine Inch Nails at Kings Theatre.

(10/23-10/27, 10/30-11/3) Michael McDonald performs at supper club Cafe Carlyle. 

(10/26) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Barclays Center.

(10/27) Garbage at Kings Theatre.

(10/27) Six-time Grammy winning salsero Gilberto Santa Rosa at Kupferberg Center.

(10/27) They Might Be Giants at Terminal 5.


(10/4-10/7, 10/11-10/14) Last chance of the season to indulge Oktoberfest 2018 at the riverfront hang Watermark Bar. Noon-midnight. Prost! Tickets required.

Things to Do in New York in October: Sightseeing

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(10/6-8, 10/13-10/14, 10/20-10/21, 10/27-10/28), 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,


(10/1) Fans of CBS Sunday Morning can enjoy an immersive event at a special An Evening with CBS Sunday Morning Live at The Town Hall. 8pm.

(10/4) At the 16th Annual Taste of the Village event in Washington Square Park, join the Washington Square Park Conservancy along with over 30 local food and drink purveyors under the historic Arch. With delicious tastes in a magical setting, the 16th Annual Taste of the Village promises to be a fun and flavorful evening under the stars. 6pm-9pm. Get tickets here. 

(10/13) The ultimate Diwali event is a daylong festival on Saturday, October 13 at Times Square. Some of Indian music’s most celebrated performers will rock out on the main stage. 46-48th Streets & Broadway,

(10/11-10/14) The New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) will feature more than 80 events, including tastings, classes, celebrity talks, and parties.

Coffee Festival

(10/12-10/14) The New York Coffee Festival comes to the 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! Here’s a coupon! 

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

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. 

Nat Geo Encounter Ocean Odyssey

Immerse yourself in the deep, dark depths of the ocean, where Humboldt squid fight to the death, 50 foot whales ride overhead, play with sea lions, navigate a sea kelp maze and more at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey! Here’s a $5 off coupon! 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium brings people of all ages face-to-face with the world’s most unbelievable curiosities. With 18,000 square feet of astonishing artifacts and exciting interactive exhibits. Check out their new escape room, Ripley’s Relic! Here’s a coupon!

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

(Ongoing) See the most famous NYC landmarks on both the Hudson and East Rivers, plus breathtaking views of Manhattan’s downtown skyline, with Circle Line’s Landmarks Cruise!

(10/13-10/14) Unique spaces—indoors and out—are a big part of what makes NYC so special. To feel like a total insider, check out the 16th 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,

(Ongoing) A shout out to A Slice of Brooklyn Tours, as they celebrate their 13th anniversary. They continue to bring locals and tourists alike the best Brooklyn PizzaChristmas Lights,  Chocolate Tours, and more. Founded by Brooklyn native and travel lover Tony Muia, the company has received Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the past six years! All tours conveniently depart and return to Union Square! Congratulations! Book your tour today!

Things to Do in New York in October: Ongoing

Gulliver's Gate

Explore NYC in miniature at Gulliver’s Gate.

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

Grab a photo with Taylor Swift, One Direction, Lady GaGa, JLo, and more at Madame Tussauds New York. Here’s a coupon!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium brings people of all ages face-to-face with the world’s most unbelievable curiosities. With 18,000 square feet of astonishing artifacts and exciting interactive exhibits. Check out their new escape room, Ripley’s Relic! Here’s a coupon!

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

Top of the Rock

Bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock.

New York Weather in October

For many New Yorkers, October is the best month of the year. There’s a crispness to the air, it’s usually dry, fall foliage is peaking, and extreme weather is usually far away. Highs average 70°F (20°C) on October 1st and cool down to 52°F (11°C) by Halloween, October 31st. Average lows overnight go from 53°F (12°C) at the month’s start all the way down to 45°F (7°C) by month’s end. There’s rain on about 10 days, but it usually isn’t heavy—4 inches in total precipitation is scattered across the month, which is usually a little drier than September. Bringing an umbrella can’t hurt, and you’ll want a nice jacket. And maybe a second jacket purchased at a deep discount from Century 21?



Metro US – Best Things to Do in New York City in October (avail 01)



Must-See Free Events at Lincoln Center in October

     September 25, 2018

From a conversation with Joshua Bell to a musical celebration of contemporary Mexican music, Lincoln Center has a world-class lineup of free events to enjoy in October. See the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.

  • October 3

    Sonatenabend in Juilliard’s Paul Recital Hall

    Pianists from Juilliard’s Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.

    • October 4

      Photo by David Degner

      Youssra El Hawary at the David Rubenstein Atrium

      Singer, songwriter, and bandleader Youssra El Hawary’s songs offer portraits of everyday life in Cairo, blending sounds of the city’s underground with French chanson, indie rock, jazz, Mediterranean influences, and acoustic charm into “perfect, easy magic” (NPR). The band released its debut album, No’oum Nasyeen, in 2017 and is performing at Lincoln Center as part of its U.S. debut tour.

      Presented in collaboration with Center Stage

      The presentation of Youssra El Hawary is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

      • October 6

        Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards at the David Rubenstein Atrium

        It’s Mardi Gras in Manhattan! Influenced by the music from her mother’s hometown of New Orleans, Jazzy Ash and her band the Leaping Lizards bring children along on a swingin’ musical tour of her heritage. Let the good times roll with this four-piece band’s upbeat jazz and zydeco. Bon Voyage!

        Recommended for ages 2–5

        • October 10

          Photo courtesy of VICE News Tonight on HBO

          VICE Media: She’s Running at the David Rubenstein Atrium

          With a record number of women running for office, She’s Running is a frank portrayal of what life is like for female political candidates in 2018, offering viewers rare insight into a political campaign—from struggles with political sexism and endless fundraising to the impact campaigning can have on personal lives. For these special episodes, producers from VICE News Tonight, the Emmy Award–winning half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, went behind-the-scenes of 30-year-old Democrat Katie Hill’s fight to become the Congressional representative in Los Angeles County’s most conservative district. Filmed in real time, the episodes follow Hill and her young team as they maneuver the world of political spin, debates, and lobbying before advancing to the general election this November.

          • October 11

            McCoy Mrubata & Paul Hanmer with special guests Vuyo Sotashe, Jimmy Mgwandi, and Kesivan Naidoo at the David Rubenstein Atrium

            The musical spirit of Johannesburg and Durban fills the David Rubenstein Atrium for this night of South African jazz featuring some of the genre’s most respected masters. Celebrating 30 years of friendship and collaboration, reedman McCoy Mrubata and pianist Paul Hanmer, both composers and bandleaders as well, are joined by the award-winning young vocalist Vuyo Sotashe; esteemed bassist, songwriter, and producer Jimmy Mngwandi; and the critically acclaimed drummer Kesivan Naidoo.

            • October 15

              Mastering Sound and Story in The Red Violin at the David Rubenstein Atrium

              Join us on a journey through centuries and across continents as we go behind the scenes of The Red Violin. Hear from John Corigliano, the composer of the Academy Award–winning score; violinist Joshua Bell, the soundtrack’s original soloist; and producer Niv Fichman, who discusses the ambitious international scope of the film, with all of its challenges and rewards.

              Joshua Bell, John Corigliano, and Niv Fichman, speakers

              Adam Crane, New York Philharmonic Vice President of External Affairs, moderator

              Presented in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic

              • October 17

                Liederabend in Juilliard’s Paul Recital Hall

                Artists from Juilliard’s Collaborative Piano department perform repertoire with singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.

                • October 18

                  Photo by Cristina Isabel Rivera (Gameros)

                  Celebrate Mexico Now: Diana Gameros & Renee Goust at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                  Celebrate a new generation of Mexican-American singer-songwriters with performances by Renee Goust and Diana Gameros. Having grown up between the U.S and Mexico, Goust and Gameros move between cultures, languages, and genres to deliver anthems of personal, cultural, and political identity.

                  Presented in collaboration with the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival

                  • October 19

                    Photo by Silas Green Photography

                    ¡VAYA! 63: Titanes del Trombón at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                    Hailed by critics as a leading trombonist of his generation and “an arranger of the first-class” (JazzTimes), 2018 Grammy nominee Doug Beavers has performed alongside Eddie Palmieri, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Rubén Blades, Paul Simon, and countless others. For this night, he pays tribute to some of his fellow trombone greats in both jazz and Latin music, keeping the dance floor packed with an all-star band, high-energy arrangements of classic tunes, and plenty of trombone.

                    Opening set by DJ Antonio La Conga

                    • October 25

                      Photo by Edgar Garces

                      Kombilesa Mi at the David Rubenstein Atrium

                      Hailing from Palenque, the first free black town in the Americas, the hip-hop group Kombilesa Mi overlays traditional Colombian rhythms and instruments with lyrics in both Spanish and the local language, Palenquero. The result is an electrifying fusion of Palenquero music and urban rap. Proud of their heritage and passionate about music, Kombilesa Mi (Palenquero for “My Friends”) represents the voice of a new generation of Colombian musicians. This performance is part of the band’s U.S. debut tour.

                      Presented in collaboration with Hi-ARTS.

                      Presented in partnership with Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center.

                      • October 31

                        Sonatenabend in Juilliard’s the Paul Recital Hall

                        Pianists from Juilliard’s Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.



The October Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

Get into the autumn spirit and learn about everything from AI to spooky space to the upcoming midterm elections with these New York talks and events.

Monday, Oct. 1. Pledge your allegiance to a Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe dialogue unpacking “the social and political implications of being (or not being)” a ‘patriot.’ ” New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Tuesday, Oct. 2. Feel things out at this event on minding emotions and mentalizationthe effort of making sense of our own and others’ actions, behaviors, and internal states. Book Culture.

Wednesday, Oct. 3. Move into this conversation on New York’s housing crisis and how the city can balance the many forces at work in its crowded real estate market. Museum of the City of New York.

Thursday, Oct. 4. Try to compute what data journalist Meredith Broussard has to say about AI and reporting as she appears in support of her new book,Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. NYU Bookstore.

Friday, October 5. Ponder Of Love and War as Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario talks about her new book, which spans Afghanistan to sub-Saharan Africa. The TimesCenter.

Saturday, Oct. 6. Celebrate Brooklyn’s Latinx communities at this Target First Saturday event through music, workshops, and more. Brooklyn Museum.

Sunday, Oct. 7. Smash the patriarchy at this conversation with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and’s Karine Jean-Pierre on the ongoing fight against sexual harassment and abuse. 92nd Street Y.

Monday, Oct. 8. Save your sweet tooth for this discussion on the world history of candy. Caveat.

Tuesday, Oct. 9. Pay tribute at this event discussing the history of monument creation and how the city’s new monuments will be selected. Graduate Center, CUNY.

Wednesday, Oct. 10. Lend an ear as PEN America presents a talk on fascism with Jason Stanley (How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them), Timothy Snyder, and the moderating of Jelani Cobb. The New School.

Thursday, Oct. 11. Go on a “kamikaze journey across the contours of the human body and mind” with Peruvian author Gabriela Wiener as she appears in support of her new book, Sexographies. The Strand.

Friday, Oct. 12. Tickle your funny bone at this conversation with actors Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant as they discuss their new film Can You Ever Forgive Me? The TimesCenter.

Saturday, Oct. 13. Go west for this walking tour of Hidden Hell’s Kitchen and the neighborhood’s rich history. The Municipal Art Society of New York.

Sunday, Oct. 14. Confront a major societal issue at this series of talks discussing the problems of race in America. Fordham University.

Talks by Michael Palin, Josh Bell, and four former Surgeons General. And that’s just Monday! Read on for a full week of the best smart things to do in NYC.

Monday, October 15

If you became immersed in AMC’s The Terror earlier this year, then you know the allure of ill-fated 19th-century English polar expeditions. Monty Python’s Michael Palin, a world-class globetrotter in his own right, gives an illustrated lecture in support of his new book, Erebus: One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Mystery of All Time. He’ll recount the vessel’s construction, the science it facilitated, life on board, and the ship’s rediscovery just four years ago. St. Francis College.

Author John B. Judis follows up his study of the rise of Trump (The Populist Explosion) with a book examining the resurgence of nationalism. Judis traces back nationalism’s history to see if a return of wider wars and depressions is imminent. The Strand.

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Jane Sherron de Hart launches her new biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which draws on 15 years of comprehensive research and interviews, and was completed with the cooperation of the “notorious” Justice herself. Monday at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Tuesday at the The New York Society Library.)

John Corigliano, composer of the Academy Award–winning score of The Red Violin, joins violinist Joshua Bell and producer Niv Fichman to talk about the film’s challenges and triumphs at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.

Can there be a more random evening than a gathering of four former Surgeons General? Only 20 men and women have held the post; tickets are now available for a night with Drs. Novello, Elders, Satcher, and Carmona, who will explain how they walked a tightrope between politics and public health. The New York Academy of Medicine.

Tuesday, October 16

Gender editor for the New York Times Jessica Bennett speaks with Emmy-winning screenwriter and director Jill Soloway at The New School. They’ll discuss Soloway’s upcoming book, She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy, and today’s takes on “gender, inclusion, desire, and consent.”

Drawing on his experience as Mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama, Julián Castro will discuss how to make the economy more fair, help future generations of Americans escape poverty, and keep the American Dream alive. Maria Hinojosa, NPR Latino USA Anchor and Executive Producer, will moderate. NYU School of Law.

The next Secret Science Club visit to the The Bell House focuses on game theory, math, and probability. FiveThirtyEight columnist Oliver Roeder will share tricks of the statistical trade and present puzzles from his new book, The Riddler.

Nathaniel Philbrick appears in support of his new book, which details the final, triumphant year of the Revolutionary War, which pivoted on deft use of the sea. Barnes & Noble – Upper West Side.

Prep for the midterms with a look at both sides of the aisle when America’s 46th Vice President, Dick Cheney, and the U.S.’s first female Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, share the stage at Temple Emanu-El.

Wednesday, October 17


Build up women at this panel discussion on the impacts of women on architecture and interior design. New York School of Interior Design.

Historian Jamie Warren leads a Think Olio session that uses Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex as a point of departure. Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self and The Politics of Love will explore the ways society leads women to experience themselves as other, or even as non-selves.

Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan knows his way around the American economy. His new book, written with the Economist‘s Adrian Wooldridge, tells the story of America’s growth from colony to colossus. The authors will be joined by Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times, to talk about the paradox of innovation, America’s tolerance for creative destruction, and whether the current stall in productivity could foreshadow the end of American prominence. 92nd Street Y.

Thursday, October 18

The New York Academy of Medicine hosts a night that delves into color and book illustrations, focused on medical publications from 1500 to 1850.

Get thee hence to this talk on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and its depiction of gender and prosecution in common law. Graduate Center, CUNY.


Friday, Oct. 19. See Green-Wood Cemetery in a new light at this candlelit moonlight exploration complete with special site-specific performances.

Saturday, Oct. 20. Curate your experience at this talk on how the Guggenheim Museum designs exhibitions in its unique architectural space.

Sunday, Oct. 21. Check out the justice in The People vs. Noah, with courtroom arguments over Noah’s failure to speak up for humanity from defense counsel Joe Lieberman and prosecutor Alan Dershowitz. Temple Emanu-El.

Monday, Oct. 22. Let things look up as Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird) presents her new ode to hope, Almost Everything. St. Joseph’s College.

Tuesday, Oct. 23. Get cybersavvy as former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama and CIA Deputy Director Avril D. Haines talks about the 2016 U.S. election hack and our current state of cybersecurity. National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Wednesday, Oct. 24. Raise a glass at this talk on how Japanese sake and its industry have influenced the craft beer scene, complete with a tasting. Japan Society.

Thursday, Oct. 25. Delve into the world of One Person, No Vote, as Carol Anderson talks about the risks for democracy in voter suppression. The Greene Space.

Man lighting a cigarette for showgirl Rosemary Williams, 1946. Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine/ Museum of the City of New York. © SK Film Archives and Museum of the City of New York.

Friday, Oct. 26. Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Halloween at this special Stanley Kubrick– and film noir-themed bash. Museum of the City of New York.

Saturday, Oct. 27. Celebrate Halloween at this special Cirque du Musee-themed Halloween ball featuring “wondrous beasts, fantasy revels, and vaudevillian magic.” MoMA PS1.

Sunday, Oct. 28. Hear some new “West Side Stories” at this conversation with composer Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein and Broadway actress Alexandra Silber. Center for Jewish History.

Monday, Oct. 29. Think small as a daughter and grandson of Sara Kalman talk about her ahead-of-the-curve choice to downsize with Minimalism Is Good Karma. Rubin Museum of Art.

Tuesday, Oct. 30. Look to the stars at this “spooky space” talk featuring the cosmos’ most frightening phenomena. American Museum of Natural History.

Wednesday, Oct. 31. Trick and get treats at this Brooklyn Halloween party featuring a talk on burial garments, a costume contest, and tales of Brooklyn’s ghosts. Brooklyn Historical Society.



NYC events in October 2018

Plan your month with the best NYC events in October 2018 including the Village Halloween Parade, food fests and more

Fall in NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Comons/Flickr/Gigi_NYC
By Time Out New York contributors and Jennifer Picht |

Aside from spooky Halloween parties, there are plenty of other awesome NYC events in October 2018. Use our events calendar to plan the quintessential month for leaf peeping and spotting fall foliage, pumpkin picking and more things to do in fall. Aside from that, there are some major artists and bands playing kick-ass fall concerts and more art and theater openings you don’t want to miss this month.

Featured events in October 2018

TWA Terminal at JFK

Photograph: Nicolas Lemery Nante

Things to do, Festivals

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.

New York Comic Con

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Things to do, Festivals

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.

new york coffee festival

Photograph: Rodney Bedsole

Restaurants, Coffee shops

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.

March in the Village Halloween Parade
Things to do

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 in NYC

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Things to do, Festivals

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.

Things to do, Quirky events


Open run

Tom and Betsy Salamon’s unique adventure—part interactive theater, part scavenger hunt, part walking tour—draws participants into an amusing web of puzzles and intrigue. You can choose between the three-hour New York tour, which takes participants through various neighborhoods of lower Manhattan, or the two-hour Village tour, which travels through quirky Greenwich Village on Saturdays. Groups of as many as 11 are booked every half hour.

Bruno Mars

Photograph: Kai Z. Feng

Music, Pop

Bruno Mars + Cardi B

Two years later and 24K Magic—Bruno Mars’s 2016 foot-tapping facsimile of ’70s funk, ’80s disco-pop and ’90s R&B—has lost none of its magic. Make no mistake—the popstar’s party tunes still have enough funk to get you uptown (or to Brooklyn, New Jersey or Long Island). The real show-stealer here, however, is sure to be Bronx rapper Cardi B’s chart-topping anthem “Bodak Yellow.”

Blood Manor
Things to do

Blood Manor


Garish zombies, monsters and other ghoulish creatures await in this 5,000-square-foot labyrinth of horrors, deemed too scary for children under 14 to enter without supervision. Pass through themed rooms such as The Crypt (where no one rested in peace) and Hannibal’s Hell (with 1,000 ways to die). It’s popular, so lines are likely to be long—consider shelling out for an “R.I.P.” express-access ticket.

Ballet Hispánico: Con Brazos Abiertos

Photograph: Courtesy Paula Lobo

Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Fall for Dance Festival 2018

Midtown West

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, each performed just twice. The 2018 lineup includes commissioned world premieres by Gemma Bond, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Justin Peck, Sonya Tayeh, Caleb Teicher and Jennifer Weber; participating artists include Paul Taylor Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Sara Mearns, Boston Ballet, Cie Hervé Koubi and Ballet Hispánico. (Note: Tickets go on sale September 9 at 11am, and they tend to go fast.)

Maroon 5

Photograph: Courtesy Universal Music

Music, Rock and indie

Maroon 5

Midtown West

For a second there, it seemed like this Cali funk-pop crew’s popularity was on the wane, but thanks to his profile boost as a coach on reality talent contest The Voice, Adam Levine is riding high once more. Whatever you think of the falsetto-shrill, modelizing frontman, Maroon 5’s slick, radio-friendly rock, as heard on last year’s V, really hits the spot when you’re in the mood for an effervescent earworm.

Philip Glass

Photograph: Sacks & Co.

Music, Classical and opera

Philip Glass Ensemble: Music In 12 Parts

Midtown West

Composed over the course of three years and typically stretching well over three hours, Philip Glass’s Music In 12 Parts remains the most ambitious concert piece he’s composed for his ensemble. Forty four years on from its debut, the groundbreaking minimalist composer returns to the venue where it all began.

The Poetry Brothel's Madame and Tennessee Pink
Things to do, Literary events

The Poetry Brothel: Halloween Party!

Lower East Side

Celebrate Halloween at this literary cathouse, where patrons sneak away to sequestered locales for private poetry readings — for a price, of course. In addition to prose, the event offers burlesque and vaudeville performances, visual art, tarot readings and many other wicked and titillating delights.

Things to do

Watermark Oktoberfest

Financial District

Escape to Munich without ever leaving NYC thanks to Watermark’s annual Oktoberfest extravaganza on Pier 15. You’ll get a killer arm workout while carrying one-liter steins filled to the brim with Hofbrau, Weihenstephan or Radeberger beer (and that means you won’t have to feel too guilty about gorging on German cuisine such as brats and pretzels). While you’re munching and getting tipsy, enjoy amazing views along the East River. Make sure to reserve your spot before you go.


Photograph: Courtesy Manish Gosalia Photography

Things to do, Quirky events

Madonnathon Halloween Party


The quintessential celebration of the Queen of Pop celebrates fifteen years of existence with a Halloween soiree. The night features a star-studded cast, including Tammy Faye Starlight, Lane Moore and Cathy Cervenka, strutting its stuff to the tunes of the Material Band while you express yourself on the dance floor. Dress up in your best Madge-inspired or Halloween look to win prizes and attract the attentions of your lucky star.

New York City Ballet Spring 2018: Fancy Free

Photograph: Courtesy Paul Kolnik

Dance, Ballet

New York City Ballet Fall 2018

Upper West Side

The bulk of NYCB’s fall season at Lincoln Center is devoted to programs of works by two of the great ballet choreographers of the 20th century: company cofounders George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Also on the lineup are Peter Martins’s staging of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide and the world premieres of pieces by Kyle Abraham, Matthew Neenan and Gianna Reisen.

Beth Gill

Photograph: Courtesy Maria Baranova

Dance, Contemporary and experimental

NY Quadrille


Inspired by a rectangular form of 18th-century dance, conceiver-curator Lar Lubovitch invites five choreographers and/or companies—John Jasperse Projects (Sept 24–28), A.I.M (Sept 29–Oct 1), Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener (Oct 2–6), Beth Gill (Oct 4–7) and Donna Uchizono Company (Oct 10–13)–to create modern variations on the form, presented in rep over three weeks. A specially constructed stage at the Joyce allows the works to be viewed from all four sides.

"Bach" from Terrain

Photograph: Courtesy Peter Moore

Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done

Midtown West

One of the New Yorkiest things about New York is how we all feel like we just missed the best part of it. “When did you get here?” “Oh, bummer! There was this incredible lightning-strike of culture—punk, the Soho loft scene, etc.—right before you arrived.” For performance lovers, one of the holiest of such flashes was the Judson Dance Theater, a flourish of choreography that lasted from 1962 to 1964. In workshops and performances at Greenwich Village’s Judson Memorial Church, visual artists and dance makers, inspired by the chance-based work of avant-garde composer John Cage, created a torrent of art that became the foundation documents of postmodern dance. This avalanche built itself into a mountain—and though you may have heard the echoes of it everywhere, from Broadway to the Whitney, the theater itself has started to sound more like a legend than reality. So thank your lucky stars for the Museum of Modern Art’s performance-heavy exhibition “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done,” which throws every modern documentary technique at the problem of bringing a 56-year-old movement back to life. The program includes archival materials, poetry, talks, films (including wonderful footage of one of the founders, Trisha Brown) as well as many live dances, all focused on the enduring influence of the Judson choreographers. Here are some of the performance highlights you won’t want to miss. Yvonne Rainer (Sept 16–Sept 22)MoMA has presented Rainer before—and brilliantly so. In

The Roller Wave

Photograph: Courtesy Mike Schmidt

Things to do, Quirky events

The Roller Wave


The ever-popular roller-disco party returns for another night of freewheeling fun at House of Yes. Grab your skates, or rent a pair from the party, and go show off those slick moves. Or, if you’re like us, just try to avoid going ass over tea kettle in front of a cutie. Tunes come courtesy of Astro Raw and Studio50H and rental skates are first-come, first-served.

Brian Charles Rooney
Music, Cabaret and standards

54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!

Midtown West

Broadway by the Year impresario Scott Siegel curates this monthly concert series, in which Broadway stars sing some of the Great White Way’s best-loved tunes. Performers at the September edition include Lisa Howard, John Cudia, Danny Gardner, Ward Billeisen, Maxine Linehan and Brian Charles Rooney.

Ikechukwu Ufomadu

Photograph: Courtesy Luke Ohlson

Comedy, Character

Nightcap by Ike

East Village

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.

Music, Rock and indie

Eric Clapton

Midtown West

The blues master is back for what could be his last tour ever. Take a tour of 20th-century rock & roll with “Crossroads,” “Layla” and “Cocaine,” and listen for tunes from his latest album, 2016’s I Still Do, which mixes tender ballads and scorching barn burners.



Things to Do in October in NYC

This post covers the best things to do in New York City in October updated for 2018 including a top 10 list, nighttime activities, free and family-friendly things to do. Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in NYC, for more ideas.


This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in New York City throughout October. Whenever possible, we will make note of attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.

For tips on the most popular activities in NYC, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages.

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

(1)Take a walking tour with Free Tours by Foot

We offer approximately 40 different tours, including free, self-guided, guided, and GPS-enabled audio tours of every neighborhood that you will likely visit as a tourist in NYC.

Our tours take you to neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown, Central Park, Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, Harlem, the High Line, Brooklyn neighborhoods and much, much more.

Below in the Things to do at Night section, we list our night tours. We also offer food tours, bike tours, and occasional special theme tours.

Our guided walks are free to join and operate on a pay-what-you-like basis, which means you decide what a tour was worth or what you could afford (even free) when the tour is over.

Check out our homepage or look at our schedule to see what we have available when you are here.

(2) See the Autumn leaves in Central Park   (kid-friendly)

Central-Park fall-season

You don’t need to leave New York City to see the different hues of oranges, yellows, and reds on the changing leaves. Central Park is a perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the fall.

We recommend that you take a guided walking tour to help you find your way through this huge park. We offer several pay-what-you-like tours of Central Park including a tour of the lower section and one of the middle section.

If you can’t join us, explore the park on your own using our GPS audio tour or our Guide of Things to Do in Central Park.

(3) Go see a concert at Madison Square Garden

Smoothie Center concert

There are so many amazing performers playing at Madison Square Garden this month, you may as well bring a sleeping bag and move into this world-famous area.  Steely Dan fans are treated to 9 performances at the historic and intimate Beacon Theater. Radio City Music Hall welcomes the amazing Christina Aguilera and head out to Brooklyn’s Barclay Center for Keith Urban.

TIP: Madison Square Garden offers All-Access Tours so you can see how this iconic arena has become a world landmark. Radio City Music Hall also offers a tour of its beautiful Art Deco interior. See more at our post, Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour.

(4) The New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival is New York City’s version of the Cannes Film Festival. Though it starts at the end of September, most of the films will be shown from October 1- 14. This is one of the most important film festivals for both Hollywood directors and brand new directors.

They are shown in beautiful Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. While tickets are $25, which is double the price of a regular movie, the experience is anything BUT regular! To find out which films are playing and to purchase tickets (which go on sale September 9th), click here.

TIP: Lincoln Center offers a tour of several of its most famous performance spaces. If you are an aficionado of the performing arts,  this tour is for you. Find out more about the tour and how to get discount tickets by clicking here.

(5) See a Sports Event  (kid-friendly)

October offers several thrilling sports to choose from. We’ve got ice hockey in full swing, football heating up and the basketball pre-season starting.

Ice Hockey 


  • Jets Home Schedule:  Oct. 7, 14, 21
  • Giants Home Schedule: Oct. 11, 28

Basketball Pre-season

(6) Lower East Side Pickle Day  (kid-friendly)

Pickle Day

On October 14, on Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston Streets, it’s all about pickles. 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. Find out the details here.

Pickle Day is on a Sunday and would be an excellent activity to attend after taking our Sunday Lower East Side Food Tour at 1 pm.

(7)  New York Comic Con  


For connoisseurs of comic books, games, sci-fi, anime, manga, and all things pop culture, October 4-7 brings you heaven on earth. 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!

Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets.

(8)  NYC $1 Pizza Party 

Bleecker Street Pizza

On October 10, do a good deed while filling up on $1 samples of pizza from over 50 of the best pizzerias in the whole city like Grimaldi’s, John’s of Bleecker St., Lombardi’s, Patsy’s, and so many more.

A $1 ticket gets you a slice from any of the participating pizzerias. An amazing 100% of all the money raised goes to 2 great charities that help feed New York’s hungriest. You can buy as many tickets as you want (meaning, eat as much as you want!). Visit Slice out Hunger’s website for all the information you need.

The event takes place in Greenwich Village, which is perfect since you can walk off all those carbs with our GPS audio tour of Greenwich Village, or use our downloadable self-guided tour.

If you aren’t here for this event, consider taking our pay-what-you-like Greenwich Village tours. Our Greenwich Village Food Tour goes to some of the pizzerias included in the Pizza Party event!

TIP: If you love pizza, you will love our guide to The Best Pizza in New York City by Neighborhood. If you love all different kinds of food, check out our food tour offerings!

(9) Open House New York (OHNY) 

woolworth building

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, such as the Woolworth Building, the spectacular Standard Oil Building, formerly the headquarters of the Rockefellers’ billion-dollar oil business, and the Old Croton Aqueduct.

This amazing opportunity is on the weekend of October 13-14. There are tours, talks, and family activities throughout all 5 boroughs of NYC. For more information, visit their website.

For those not here that weekend, you can still visit many of the buildings and public spaces that are always included in Open House New York. For example, you can take a tour of the Woolworth Building, Alice Austen HouseGrand Central Terminal, and many more locations which are included in our Lower Manhattan tours and our Greenwich Village tours.

(10) Columbus Day Parade  (kid-friendly)

Columbus Day

This is the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture and it is on October 8 starting at 11 am. The parade route is along 5th Avenue from 47th Street and 72nd Street (Map).

There will be over 130 marching groups including bands, floats and Italian heritage and cultural groups marching proudly along the route. Click here to get more information on the parade.

For suggestions of other things to do in the area once the parade is over, see our post 50+ Things to Do in Midtown Manhattan.


New York City is known as the “City that Never Sleeps”, and for good reason. You can find some amazing things to do any night of the week. For example, you’ve got concerts and the Halloween Parade in our Top 10.

There are also evening activities in other sections of this post, so take a look through. Below are a few highlights for a night out in October.

You can also check out more ideas on our post What to Do at Night in New York City.

Take a Night Walking Tour   

October temperatures are still comfortable enough to take a night tour, as long as you dress appropriately.  The night air is brisk but invigorating and the city at night is electric and dazzling.

We offer a number of night tours in October. View our schedule to see what is running.

You can also use our GPS Audio self-guided tours and our self-guided tours to explore on your own after the sun sets.

Village Halloween Parade  (kid-friendly)

For 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.

The parade starts at 7 pm on October 31st. The route runs along 6th Avenue from Spring Street in SoHo to 16th Street in Chelsea. (Map).

What many people do not know is that anyone can be in the parade. The only requirement is that you are in costume. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just your average ghost or ghoul will do. To walk in the parade, be at 6th Avenue at Canal Street between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. (Map).

Learn about things to do in Greenwich Village.

Enjoy a Skyline View of New York City  

What could be more magical than seeing the glittering lights of New York City on a warm June night? You could go to one of the 3 observatory decks, but there are plenty of other ways to get a great photo-worthy view of the iconic New York Skyline.

See our post to find the Best New York Skyline Views and also our post on 10 Rooftop Bars with Great Views

H.P. Lovecraft Festival 

Author Stephen King has called H.P. Lovecraft the “the Grandmaster of 20th Century American Horror”. From October 17 – 28, you can hear some of H.P. Lovecraft’s spine-tingling stories read aloud by the players of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Radiotheatre.

The readings are accompanied by ominous orchestral scores and spooky sound effects. Readings happen each night during the festival at 81 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. Find out more here.

TIP: While you are in the village, explore this fun and also beautiful neighborhood with our GPS audio tour of Greenwich Village, or use our downloadable self-guided tour.

Attend a TV Show Taping 

If you love Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert on TV, why not see them live and for free? Some of the best late night talk shows tape in the evening. Some shows require you to reserve in advance, and if you want to be spontaneous, you can try for standby or one of the other ways to get tickets at the last minute.

These are three fun shows to attend a TV taping:

To see what other show tapings you can attend, see our post, New York TV show tapings.



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