October is finally here in New York City. The pumpkins are out and the hot summer weather has come to an end. Now is the time to get out those sweaters, but it’s no time to stay hunkered down indoors. October is one of the best times to get out on the town and thoroughly enjoy the beginning of all of this month’s events in order to properly welcome the fall season. Below are just a few of those key upcoming October celebrations, fests, and parades.

October Beer

Octoberfest Under the Manhattan Bridge is going on this Friday October 7th starting at 1:00pm offering the most unique and unforgettable venue for enjoying the great German beer, food, lederhosen, and traditional Polka music that is emphatically Octoberfest; all for free admission. This sure to be fun and festive event is being thrown by the Dumbo Business Improvement District. The address of the Oktoberfest celebration is 50 Adams Street crossing with Water Street in Brooklyn.

Behind New York’s Closed Doors

The Open House New York event is happening from October 14th through the 15th.  Historic New York City buildings, architecture, and well known New York landmarks will allow special access to places on their premises not normally open to the general public. For those who always wonder what’s behind that door, this is a fun way to cater to your curiosity.

Hundreds of attractions open their doors, but be advised, some places will require reservations that are available at their website at https://www.ohny.org/ .   Some well-known returning venue locations will include Brooklyn Army Terminal, Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, and the Little Red Lighthouse in Washington Heights.

A Day for Dog Lovers

The 2017 Halloween Howl Dog Costume Contest is being held at Carl Schurz Park and is sure to please New York City’s dog enthusiasts with a fun, funny, and sure to be incredible cute event. The contest is on October 15th, starting at 12:00pm to 3:00pm. The address is Carl Schurz Park, East 86th Street and East End Avenue in New York City.

Event Schedule:

Registration: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Costume Contest: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
“Healthy Hound Fair” and Silent Auction: 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Prize Categories: Small Dog, Large Dog, Kids and Dogs, and Group Costume.

For more information on this event call: 212-459-4455 ext. 1

Halloween Fun for the Kids

The 13th Annual Halloween Carnival of Park Slope will thrill the kids with spooky fun on October 28th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The family friendly event is free to attend and is being held at the 1st Street Recreation Center of 372 Park Slope in Brooklyn. The first 200 kids will receive gift baskets, plus there are tons of entertaining things to do and see for children, including puppetry, games, free giveaways, and of course, a costume contest. The event is also wheelchair accessible. For more information or to contribute to the organization’s mission, please visit www.puppetryarts.org or call 718-768-3703.

October Food Fest

The New York City Wine and Food Festival will be held on October 12th through the 15th with all of the wonderful walk around tastings, wine pairings and plenty of celebrity chefs that it’s well known and loved for by New York’s gourmets. There will be a staggering 80 different events scheduled in the festival. This spectacular foodie fest is a collaboration of the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and Food & Wine magazine. The four day event will be held at various locations throughout New York City – Everywhere from restaurants to rooftops. Tickets will sell-out quick so pick out your favorite culinary NWFF experiences online ahead of time. Tickets for all of the different wine and food events can be found at https://nycwff.org/events/.

Nighttime Fun on the 31st of October

New York City Village Annual Parade is once again enjoying some wild nighttime Halloween fun on October 31st starting at 7:00pm.  On its 44th run the parade will take place from Spring Street to 16th Street along 6th Avenue from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. There will be hordes of puppets, ghouls, and horrors, with 53 bands playing all types of different music. With more than 2 million estimated spectators and tens of thousands of costume clad participants, it’s one of the largest participatory events in the World.

The Beginning of Fall in NYC

These are just a few of the great October events happening around New York City this year. From exploring New York City’s Open House, to the biggest Halloween night event in the entire globe, the cool crisp nights of fall in the Big Apple are sure to evoke the Halloween spirit of scary fun and social celebration. The summer crowds have settled down. Pumpkins and costumed mannequins adorn the city’s storefronts. What better of a season to enjoy everything that our great city has to offer us – Enjoy and Happy Halloween.

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