7 Things To Do This October In New York City

by / Thursday, 30 September 2010 / Published in New York City

October is one of the best times of the year to visit New York City. The temperatures are moderate, and there is beautiful bright autumn foliage!

Photo of New York City Fall Foliage, Central Park © Vivianna_love

Central Park

Central Park is beautiful year round but especially so when the leaves are changing color. The bright reds, oranges, yellows, purples and browns are spectacular when they have fully turned.

A great way to take advantage of the autumn weather and views is to rent a rowboat and paddle around the Lake. The Boathouse also has bicycles for rent.

On a really nice day, pack or pick up a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the park.


One of the best things about Fall is Oktoberfest. Two weeks of festivities celebrating great beer and food. This year’s Oktoberfest is already underway and continues through October 3rd. However, there are some Oktoberfest celebrations that will be happening into the middle of the month. For more information, check out Oktoberfest 2010 in NYC.

Governors Island

Head over to beautiful Governors Island this fall for music, outdoor activities and an afternoon of Oktoberfest festivities.

There are bike rentals (free on Fridays), an old fort to explore, art galleries, an organic farm, and more.

Times Square Autumn Carnival

The Times Square Autumn Carnival is an event not to be missed. There will be all kinds of authentic ethnic food as well as art, crafts and live entertainment. It’s a great place to start your holiday shopping or pick up some souvenirs.

When: Sunday October 24th, 2010
Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Admission is free

Broadway 47th to 57th St.
New York, NY 10036.

There are so many street fairs and festivals happening in New York City, that It’s likely you will come across one while walking around. If you want to be sure not to miss the fun, check out this extensive list of the 2010 Festival and Event Schedule.

10th Annual International Pickle Day

The New York City International Pickle Day is just what it sounds like – a festival to celebrate that delicious deli treat called the pickle.

There will be free samples of pickles from around the world as well as experts on hand to talk about the history of the pickle and pickle fun facts. Art and entertainment will be provided by the Umami Food and Art Festival.

When: October 17, 2010
Hours: 11:00am to 4:30 pm

Where: The parking lot on Broome Street (between Essex and Ludlow) and on Broome Street (between Orchard and Ludlow).

Walking Tours

Because temperatures are typically comfortable in October, it is a great time of year to enjoy walking tours. Walking tours are a great way to see New York City, learn about it’s many neighborhoods and take in the beautiful fall foliage.

Blood Manor

We can’t write a post about visiting New York City in October without suggesting at least one Halloween activity.

The truly creepy Blood Manor Haunted House is sure to terrify and thrill even the bravest of souls. For more information, visit Blood Manor’s FAQ page.

Blood Manor is open from September 24th through November 6th.

Location: NOHO Event Center
623 Broadway at Houston (enter on Mercer Street)
New York, NY

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    One Response to “7 Things To Do This October In New York City”

    1. Well if someone is a fan of beer and food the right place is Germany, Munich in the middle of September. However, I agree about Central Park. It’s the most beautiful park in the world.

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