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Top NYC Events for October 2016

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Top NYC Events for October 2016

Published Oct 7, 2016
Updated Feb 24, 2017

 Autumn in New York City is always a special time, from the peak of colors in Central Park, to much-anticipated annual events like the Village Halloween Parade, Open House New York, the New York Wine and Food Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Opening Weekend and Halloween at New York Botanical Garden, there is truly something for everyone. The New York Comic Con & Anime Festival, along with the Jazz Foundation of America’s Annual “A Great Night in Harlem” are also happening this month in NYC, so don’t delay and start planning your itinerary today!

Below, we’ve put together some useful details, helpful links and contact info for each of our top events – have a great month and Happy Halloween from The Citiview New York!

Fall in Central Park, All month long
Strolling through Central Park during autumn is one of the most magical experiences in New York City. The leaves changing color usually reach their peak around mid-month, while the tingles of cool air and falling leaves conjure up images of sipping warm cider or hot chocolate by the fire, Trick or Treat and even cooler weather to come. Be sure to check out late season shows and events at the Piers, take in the views of Midtown Manhattan from The Reservoir at Central Park and if you get hungry after checking out the stunning fall foliage in Central Park, just head over to the iconic Tavern on the Green, where you can grab a meal and a drink. Call 212-310-6600 for more information.

Halloween at New York Botanical Garden, All month long
Get into the Halloween spirit throughout the month of October with plenty of ghoulish, family-friendly fun at the New York Botanical Garden. This year, the festivities include Scarecrow Nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29, which is designed for kids of all ages and features more than 30 friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds, as well as Creepy Creatures of Halloween Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2 p.m. throughout October, which features a variety of critters and the unique adaptations that help them survive. Finally, the Giant Pumpkin Weekend will be held in the Children’s Adventure Garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22-23, featuring gigantic pumpkins from around the United States, some weighing more than one ton! Call 718-817-8700 for more information.

Carnegie Hall’s Opening Weekend, Oct. 6-8
Three consecutive nights of world-class shows will mark the opening weekend of the 2016-2017 season at Carnegie Hall, with performances by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. The opening night program on Thursday, Oct. 6 will feature Maurice Ravel’s La valse, followed by Igor Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps and Pétrouchka (1947). Friday, Oct. 7 will feature Hipnosis Mariposa by Paul Desenne, Bachianas brasileiras No. 2 by Villa-Lobos, and selections from Tonadas de Simón Díaz by Juan Carlos Núñez. Saturday, Oct. 8 will feature Turangalîla-symphonie by Messiaen, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano and Cynthia Millar on the ondes martenot. Call 212-247-7800 for more information.

New York Comic Con & Anime Festival, Oct. 6-9
As the largest and most action-packed pop culture convention on the East Coast, New York Comic Con hosts the latest and greatest in anime, comics, graphic novels, manga, movies, television, toys and video games. The panels and autographs sessions also give attendees a chance to interact with favorite characters and creators, while the screening room features a look at upcoming films and T.V. shows before they open nationwide. New York Comic Con drew more than 167,000 attendees last year; a number organizers expect to pass in 2016. Email for more information.

Open House New York, Oct. 15-16
More than 300 typically off-limits sites in New York City will be open during the annual Open House New York weekend, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16 at various locations around town. This year, you can check out a number of new additions, including the Metropolitan Opera House, the Seaport District’s Pier 17 redevelopment project and Westbeth, which is currently the most expansive artistic community in the U.S. Inside Scoop from The Citiview New York: Some of the tours require advance registration and the system often becomes overloaded by the requests, so be patient and keep trying to get in – it will be worth it if you do! Call 212-991-6470 for more information.

New York City Wine and Food Festival, Oct. 13-16
Now headed into its ninth year, the nationally-recognized New York City Wine and Food Festival is a star-studded four-day event that will showcase more than 500 world-renowned chefs, culinary personalities, entertainers, wine and spirit producers, as well as a number of top Food Network and Cooking Channel stars. The festival will be held from Thursday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, October 16 at various locations around town and aims to educate the palates and entertain attendees in high style – all while fighting to end hunger worldwide. Call 866-969-2933 for more information.

15th Annual A Great Night in Harlem, Oct. 27
Featuring an eclectic mix of performers that will include Dr. John, John Mayer and Bruce Willis, The Jazz Foundation of America’s A Great Night in Harlem event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at its usual location, the Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St. in Harlem. The highly anticipated annual concert benefits the Foundation, which helps jazz and blues musicians – especially the elderly and veterans – with medical, housing and legal assistance. Tickets start at $75 per person. Call 212-245-3999 for more information.

43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade, Oct. 31
NYC is known for having some of the world’s best Halloween parties, but nothing compares to the annual Village Halloween Parade, which is held every year from 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 31. and runs up Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street in Manhattan. Costumes are mandatory for anyone who wants to walk in the parade, but don’t worry – even those who show up in civilian duds get to party! Inside Scoop from The Citiview New York: Arrive early before the parade rolls out if you want to snag a spot to watch on 6th Avenue and steer clear of the area between Bleeker and 14th Streets to avoid the biggest crowds.

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