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6 Things to Do in NYC This October


6 Things to Do in NYC This October

Get ready for peak Fall, y’all.

If you thought September was chock-full of amazing events, just wait until you see what October has in store. From spooky Halloween parades to the best damn apple cider you’ve probably ever had, this upcoming month is going to be incredible.

Open up your calendars now—here are 8 awesome things to do in NYC this October.


New York Comic Con

Things to do October - Comic Con

Photo Credit: New York Comic Con Facebook

October 4-7 @ The Javits Center

Do you have an unrequited love for Jon Snow? Have you seen every episode of Stranger Things? If so, New York Comic Con might just be the event for you! As the biggest gathering of pop culture fans on the East Coast, the convention offers everything from costume contests to celeb meet-and-greets and more. With celebrity guests like Danai Gurira of Black Panther and Sam Heughan of Outlander, you can’t beat this year’s Comic Con.


New York Coffee Festival

Things to do October

Photo Credit: New York Coffee Festival Instagram

October 12-14 @ The Metropolitan Pavilion 

Check out live latte art, rockin’ street food, and some of the best bean water the city has to offer at the New York Coffee Festival. In addition to a great cup of joe, the festival offers a music competition, an art show and, a barista tournament. Buy your tickets here and prepare to get caffeinated.


Artisinal Sweet Treats Bazaar

Things to do October

October 21 @ Grand Bazaar NYC

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this sugary edition of Grand Bazaar NYC’s weekly event. Over 30 of the city’s best pastry chefs and candy makers will be in attendance with hundreds of treats in tow. Be sure to check out what can only be described as New York’s coolest collection of donuts, ice cream sandwiches, truffles, and more, starting at 10 am.


The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Things to do October

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October 7 @ Rockefeller Center

Get a jump start on the Holiday Season at The Rink at Rockefeller Center this month. The iconic skating rink opens on October 7th for the dirt-cheap price of just $25 per person. New York might not be a winter wonderland yet, but you can still skate your heart out before the temperature drops to ungodly low numbers.


The Chelsea Film Festival

October 18-21 @ Various Locations

Ringing in its 6th year, The Chelsea Film Festival showcases independent films, small shorts, emerging filmmakers and fresh-faced actors from all around the world. This year focuses on empowering creative story-tellers who have yet to be discovered. To purchase tickets for the four-day event here while you still can!


The Village Halloween Parade

Things to do October NYC - village halloween parade

Photo Credit: The Village Halloween Parade

October 31 @ Sixth & Canal

Put on your best costume and head out to Greenwich Village for the 44th Annual Halloween Parade. The event features tons of bands, dancers, art pieces, and hundreds of giant puppets. Yes, you read that right, puppets. Although watching it all go down is sure to be fun, you can also march in the parade by showing up on Sixth Ave at Canal Street in costume anytime between 6:30 pm and 9 pm that night. Looking for more Halloween fun? Check out UrbanMatter’s Ultimate Halloween Guide.


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As an avid NPR listener and self-described Snapchat addict, Jessica Hamrick is excited to showcase her love for all things media as an Editor with UrbanMatter. Her short-yet-illustrious academic career was dedicated to finding the intersections between writing and marketing and she’s definitely found it here. In her free time, Jessica can be found hanging out with her dog Indie, watching the Food Network or commiserating with fellow, unfortunate White Sox fans.


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