When deciding what to this week in NYC, the options are nearly endless. As we approach mid-October, the temperature is beginning to drop in New York City. With these lower temperatures, the cool, crisp air brings visitors a unique experience — the stunning sight of the city’s changing, colorful leaves.
Whether you plan on celebrating this year’s seasonal culinary harvest or are interested in Halloween-themed events, New York City is the place to be.
What to Do This Week in NYC
There is a reason why New York City is known as “The City That Never Sleeps” — and this October is no different. With so much going on, regardless of what your interests are, you will be able to plan an exciting week in this one-of-a-kind city.
Here are just some of the activities and events happening from October 8 – October 14, 2018.
1. The New York International Fringe Festival
Kicking off on October 8 (and running until October 31), this festival features hundreds of stage shows. From musical to drama performances and comedy to dance, this annual event has acted as a “launching pad” for many theater productions and Broadway transfers. As one of the largest multi-arts events in North America, it is certainly worth visiting.
Other festivals worth attending:
- Imagine Science Film Festival (October 12 – October 19), happening at various NYC locations.
- Pumpkin Festival (October 8 – October 28), happening at Decker Farm — a historic working farm in Staten Island.
2. Slice Out Hunger’s $1 Pizza Party
You can’t come to New York City without sampling the city’s selection of world-famous pizza.
On October 10, you can enjoy $1 slices, all for one great cause. At NYC’s biggest annual pizza party, you will be able to visit some of the most famous local pizzerias, grab a dollar slice, and help raise money for hunger relief. Since this event first began in 2009, “Slice Out Hunger” has raised over $250,000.
Here’s how it works and a list of the participating pizzerias.
Tip: More into tacos and tequila? Then on October 11th, you can sample a wide variety of tacos and cocktails. The city’s top chefs and mixologists will be in attendance, including Aarón Sánchez. Tacos and Tequilla will take place at Union West Events. On the same day, you may also attend the Chelsea Night Market (featuring food and drink stalls) or the New York City Wine & Food Festival.
3. Art in Odd Places
This free event combines visual and performance art along 14th Street (between Avenue C and the Hudson River). Founded in 1996, this event aims to push the boundaries of communication with those of the public. An educational and enlightening event, this year’s central theme is “body” — highlighting areas such as age, sex, health, memory, gender, beauty, belonging, and so much more.
Also happening this week:
- The Columbus Day Parade (October 8) — Find a spot along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue (between 44th and 72nd streets) to enjoy a fun family celebration.
- Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse (October 11 – November 3) — Located in Bellport, this haunted house is known for its professional actors and intense makeup (this is a 12+ age event).
- Queens Beer Festival (October 13 – October 14) — Taking place at LIC Flea & Food, this event features the best local craft beers, in addition to DJ performances and a selection of food vendors.
For those looking to enjoy the fall foliage, be sure to check out one of New York City’s many parks and gardens, including Central Park, Fort Tryon Park and Alley Pond Park, and the New York Botanical Garden.
To ensure the best possible trip to NYC this week, plan ahead! The following resource will help you do just that: The Guide to Visiting New City in the Fall. Be sure to pack a sweater or two, and enjoy!