The 39 Best Things To Do in New York in October 2022

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New York City in October is amazing as preparations for the holiday season begin. With countless things to do, concerts to attend, and New York October events happening throughout the city, one thing is for sure – your trip won’t be boring! Below we have summarized all of our favorite things to do in New York in October.

  • 01

    Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Other Events in Upper West Side


    Thanksgiving is an American holiday and people travel all over the country to be with their family on this day. There is usually a big turkey on the dinner table and everyone enjoys the get-together. Thanksgiving is the only day in New York City where museums, shops and even some restaurants that do not offer a special Thanksgiving dinner are closed.

    The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the highlight in the city. Also, don’t miss the popular inflation the day before. It’s a great opportunity to check out the balloons before they are getting to shine during the Thanksgiving Parade the day after.

    Those who can not or do not want to be there (the crowd is huge) can follow the parade on the TV channel, NBC. Check out the articles below to learn more about this American Holiday.

  • 02

    One Vanderbilt The Summit

    Building in Midtown Manhattan

    Our Highlight

    Summit One Vanderbilt Observation Deck

    The New York City skyline is one of the most famous and recognizable skylines in the world. It’s a city filled with skyscrapers and tall buildings. In most recent years, it has been expanding which made way for new observation decks. The newest observation deck is located at the top of the One Vanderbilt Building and is called The Summit. This deck is the second-highest outdoor deck in NYC which follows the Edge and has been open since October 2021.

    It celebrates its 1st birthday on October 21, and for the grandiose views alone, it’s one of my MUST SEE for October. Because then you see the first colorful leaves of Central Park up close!

  • 03

    SummerStage Festival: One last concert in October in NYC

    Other Events in Midtown Manhattan

    Our Highlight

    Summer Stage Festival NYC

    At this event you can visit over 100 concerts & shows for free in many parks all over New York. It’s one of the most popular summer events in New York and a MUST DO for locals. Even though it is called Summer Stage, there is still one concert in October. So don’t miss it!

    • Central Park (October 1, 2022)
    • Band: Cigarettes After Sex, start 7 p.m.

    My tip: these are all fall festivals in NYC this year.

  • 04

    New York Comic Con (October 6 – 9, 2022)

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    Attention all comic and anime fans! New York in October holds the world-famous Comic Con, where you can meet the actors of your favorite childhood comic series and other legends of the industry. Cosplay is a very popular activity during this event, so if you’re out in the city, and you are met by people dressed up as comic heroes, don’t be surprised. Comic Con usually takes place at the Jacob Javits Center next to the Westside highway.

  • 05

    Take a fall foliage cruise along Hudson River

    Cruise in Chelsea

    Hudson River Fall Foliage Yacht Tour

    What could be more beautiful than marveling at the colorful autumn leaves on board a historic ship? That’s exactly what you can do on these fall foliage tours, which are among the most popular boat tours in autumn.

    This year there are several different tours to choose from. What they all have in common is the destination: the Hudson Valley. The Hudson Valley is located north of Manhattan, and on the way there on the Hudson River, you’ll pass through the famous George Washington Bridge and be able to enjoy the view of the impressive rock formations called Palisades.

    Here you can find the 7 Best Fall Foliage Cruises in New York.

  • 06

    Have fun at New York’s ice skating rinks

    Christmas Market in Midtown Manhattan

    Our Highlight


    The first ice skating rinks open by the end of October preparing you for a smooth transition into the winter. Ice skating is fun regardless of the season, so we’d recommend taking advantage of it! Ice skating in New York is always one of the most fun things to do. It’s a great fall activity, especially if you are traveling with children.

    Besides ice skating rinks, some Christmas markets will also be open starting in end of October / early November. The Bank of America’s Winter Village at Bryant Park (behind the Public Library), the famed Rink at Rockefeller Center and the Wollman Rink in Central Park are just three of New York City’s finest ice rinks.

    My tip: These are our favorite Ice Skating Rinks in NYC.

  • 07

    The 26 Best Broadway Shows in October 2022 in New York

    Broadway Show in Theatre District


    The answer to whether you should or should not see a Broadway show when visiting New York in October is crystal clear: YES, it absolutely belongs on your bucket list! What is not always as clear, however, is which show to pick.

    In order to help you out, we’ve created an overview of the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC in October!

  • 08

    The Village Halloween Parade in New York City (October 31, 2022)

    Other Events in West Village


    Ah yes. Halloween. The original Celtic custom is celebrated on this day and is a popular day in the USA. Every year in New York in October, countless children are dressed in costumes and go door to door “scaring” people and yell out “trick or treat”. The major attraction on this day is New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade which brings out more than two million spectators.

    My tip: this is our complete guide with amazing Things To Do on Halloween in NYC!

  • 09

    Zum Schneider

    Bar in Bushwick


    Because German emigrant Sylvester Schneider missed his beloved beer gardens, he simply founded his own in 2000 and quenched his homesickness for original German beer, food and beer garden culture with a restaurant called “Zum Schneider”.

    It had its home in Alphabet City for 20 years, will host Oktoberfest, which will be held at the Bushwick Inlet in Greenpoint / Brooklyn from September 30th through October 9th.

    Join the celebration with pretzels, hax’n and delicious beer – accompanied by a typical Bavarian live band.

    Tickets are available here.

  • 10

    Enjoy Open Streets Columbus Avenue (every Sunday)

    Other Events in Upper West Side

    This is fun: every Sunday the Columbus Avenue will be close to cars (68 to 77th streets). Here you can enjoy outdoor dining, visit the famous Bazaar at 77th street or just stroll around.


    • Sundays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • October 2, 2022
    • October 9, 2022
    • October 16, 2022
    • October 23, 2022
    • October 30, 2022
  • 11

    Visit Governors Island

    Other Attraction in Outside of New York City

    Governors Island during Spring

    Though Governors Island is no longer a secret spot, it hasn’t lost its charm and remains one of our favorite places in New York. Throughout October, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Manhattan from the island, ride bicycles, and participate in a large variety of events hosted here.

    Usually Governors Island closes at the end of October, from 2021 on you check it out even during fall, winter and spring! A ferry ride to the island typically costs $3 but if you decide to come on a Saturday or Sunday before noon, it’ll be free!

    My tip: check out the amazing spa at Governors Island!

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  • 12

    New York Film Festival (Through October 16, 2022)

    Other Events in Upper West Side

    Over 40 different films from very different genres will be presented. Locations include the Walter Reade Theater, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and Alice Tully Hall (all at Film at Lincoln Center). In addition, all boroughs are represented, as there are public festival screenings at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Staten Island.

  • 13

    Pizza Wine Movie Nights at Rooftop Reds: a very romantic event in October in NYC

    Other Attraction in Dumbo

    Our Highlight

    Rooftop Reds Mother’s Day NYC

    On a roof of the Brooklyn Navy Yards you can sit in a real winery: Rooftop Reds grows wine here, which you can taste and enjoy at their Rooftop Red Tours & Tastings!

    In October you can watch movies with a view of the skyline and a glass of wine in your hand. Tickets are available here.

  • 14

    Columbus Day and the Columbus Day Parade (October 10, 2022)

    Other Events in Midtown Manhattan


    On Columbus Day, New Yorkers commemorate the “discoverer” of America, Christopher Columbus. Each year, a grand parade is organized in New York, which runs across Fifth Avenue. 35,000 people including bands, fleets, and Marines take part in this parade, which attracts around a million visitors and another million people in front of the TV in their living rooms.

    The parade starts at Fifth Avenue on the corner 44th Street. It heads north up to 72nd Street (start: 11:30 AM, end: 3:00 PM). Want to get more information? 

  • 15

    New York City Wine & Food Festival (October 13 – 15, 2022)

    Other Events in Gramercy


    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 14: Tyler Blevins, David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris, and C.J. Mosley attend the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray during the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One at Pier 86 on October 14, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

    This is for all of the foodies and wine connoisseurs.  The New York City Wine and Food Festival offers more than 80 events over 4 days. There’s everything from tastings of America’s favorite foods to intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, cooking classes, nutrition seminars, wine tasting, and parties. Prepared and served by America’s favorite food stars, this event is a real highlight for New Yorkers and tourists from around the world. 

  • 16

    Enjoy the Fall Foliage and Take a walk through New York’s most idyllic parks

    Other Events in Upper West Side


    Fall in NYC is the perfect time to wander through the many beautiful parks as the trees change colors. Some of our favorite parks to see the best fall foliage in New York City are Central Park, Prospect Park, and The High Line.

    For an even better experience, you can consider taking a helicopter tour over New York. From up there, you’ll have the most amazing views of Central Park’s fall foliage. There are different helicopter routes, so be sure you choose one that includes Central Park.

    My tip: Here you find everything you need to know about Central Park Fall Foliage.

  • 17

    Cheer on your favorite team at a football game …

    Sport Events in Outside of New York City


    Football is New York. Whether it’s a game of the New York Giants or the New York Jets, both American Football teams are definitely worth checking out (ok, I do prefer the Giants 😉 )

  • 18

    … or watch an NBA game …

    Sports Tickets in Chelsea

    Our Highlight


    The NBA season kicks off this month and we’re always looking forward to watching one of the many NBA games in New York. Whether it’s the Brooklyn Nets or the New York Knicks, both teams like try their best to show-out in front of the home-town crowd.

    Get Brooklyn Nets tickets here and New York Knicks tickets here.

  • 19

    … visit Rangerstown: Ice Hockey in New York!

    Sport Events in Midtown Manhattan

    Our Highlight


    October is always a very special month for sports enthusiasts like us, because in addition to the NBA, the NHL season also starts with many exciting matches. We ourselves have already been to several games of the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden and can only recommend a visit. The atmosphere is terrific!

    Here you can get tickets for the New York Rangers and everything about the sporting events in our article about sports events in New York.

  • 20

    Have a good time on a Dinner Cruise

    Cruise in Chelsea

    bateaux dinner cruise

    We have already tested many dinner cruises in New York for you. One that we have liked the best of all so far is the Bateaux Dinner Cruise. With a glass roof, the ship heads towards the Brooklyn Bridge. Especially when the weather is nice, the wine or prosecco tastes especially good on the outdoor area of the boat.

    You can find more unique dinner cruises in NYC. fantastic brunch cruises, lunch cruises and jazz cruises in this overview.

  • 21

    BRIC JazzFest (October 20 – 22, 2022)

    Other Events in Downtown Brooklyn

    The BRIC JazzFest 2022 will be held for the 8th time. From October 20-22, you can experience legends of the jazz world and rising stars at BRIC House in Downtown Brooklyn. The artists will bring in their very own style of music – for example, jazz will be combined with hip-hop, which promises real innovations!

  • 22

    Spend your evening at one of the rooftops of New York

    Rooftop Bar in Lower East Side

    Our Highlight

    New York Bowery CloudM Rooftop

    If you think the rooftop bar season is over in the fall, then think again! Not in New York! There are many rooftop bars in NYC that offer fresh air even in the cold season. For me, the cloudM Rooftop Bar is one of the most beautiful rooftop bars not only in the Lower East Side, but in all of New York. It is located on the roof of the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel and offers everything that makes a good rooftop bar: a great view, beautiful design and relaxed atmosphere.

    My tip: these are the best rooftop bars in NYC.

  • 23

    The Annual Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park (October 31, 2022)

    Other Events in Harlem & Washington Heights

    The Annual Pumpkin Flotilla

    One of the highlights of the Halloween celebration is the Pumpkin Flotilla. As is gets dark around 6:30 pm, priorly carved pumpkins are released into the Harlem Meer and will be float around for 30 minutes. The spectacle draws hundreds of visitors to the northeast corner of Central Park.

  • 24

    Take photos of the famous Pumpkins Arch at Pier 17 (end of October)

    Other Attraction in Financial District


    One of the most famous and beautiful photo motifs in autumn in New York is the Pumpkins Arch at Pier 17. From here you can look wonderfully at the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River and take really beautiful photos.

  • 25

    Enjoy the Sunset in Williamsburg

    Park in Williamsburg


    This beautiful park opened up in Williamsburg in 2018. It’s called Domino park because the former Domino Sugar factory was located at that very spot. Now, it’s filled with greenery, food vendors and a playground for kids. It is located directly on the East River and you have a great view of the city from here. The park invites you to play volleyball or have a picnic.

  • 26

    Experience New York like a local: Willy Wall!

    Cruise in Lower Manhattan

    Our Highlight

    Honorable William Wall

    This has been my discovery of the last summer – and if you’re in New York until mid-October, you absolutely have to go there. It is the floating boathouse of the Manhattan Sailing Club, is called Honorable William Wall and is located right next to Ellis Island. Especially in the evening, when you look at the illuminated Manhattan, it is just sensational here.

    This is my review (AWESOME!) of the Honorable William Wall.

  • 27

    Visit Little Island at Pier 54

    Other Attraction in Meatpacking District

    Little Island New York

    Photo credit Michael Grimm

    Not far from the Meatpacking District and the High Line, Little Island is one of the newest attractions in New York and is something very special: a park on 280 beautiful tulip-shaped concrete stilts in the Hudson River!

  • 28

    The New Yorker Festival (October 7 – 9, 2022)

    Other Events


    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 12: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R) talks with Jane Mayer at the 2019 New Yorker Festival on October 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

    The New Yorker Festival, organized by the publisher of the same name, will take place for the 22nd time. It is one of the most popular fall festivals in New York, bringing you the “biggest names in politics, literature, film, music, art, and pop culture on panels, discussions, and performances” over 7 days.

  • 29

    The New York Coffee Festival (October 7 – 9, 2022)

    Other Events in Chelsea


    This annual coffee event takes place in New York again and is obviously for coffee lovers who can’t function in the morning without their caffeine. 

    The New York Coffee Festival is New York’s flagship coffee event, celebrating the amazing specialty coffee scene in New York City. All profits are going to charity (Project Waterfall) and visitors get to taste the best coffee in town, meet the artisans and hang out with a bunch of local coffee lovers. 

  • 30

    Walk the High Line

    Park in Meatpacking District

    Our Highlight


    The green terrace in the middle of Manhattan is a great experience in fine weather. The decommissioned freight rail track was once overgrown completely as it fell out of use. Based on the plants that grew there, a park was built in homage to the interesting plants that flourish in the city.

    Walk from the Meatpacking District (Gansevoort Street) on the High Line towards Uptown and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Since 2014,  Manhattan has been enjoying this highlight and attracts countless visitors every day. There are many lovely cafés, galleries and great bars – and with Gallow Green one of my favorite rooftop bars in the city.

    My tip: these are the best spots along the High Line for me.

  • 31

    Spend some time in Little Italy, SoHo and Chinatown

    Walking Tour in Hudson Square

    Our Highlight


    Now known for their many excellent restaurants, shops and tourism, Manhattan‘s SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown neighborhoods offer the most varied stories of New York City. Take a 2-hour tour with a local guide and discover hidden gems and 19th century buildings.

  • 32

    Bushwick Film Festival (October 19 – 23, 2022)

    Other Events in Bushwick

    This 5-day Indie Film Festival is finally back. For the 15 time, the film festival will take place in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn and will offer you many virtual and accompanying events in addition to live screenings.

    This event is especially popular with New Yorkers. Take advantage of a visit to get to know Bushwick better. It’s worth it!

  • 33

    Open House New York Weekend Festival (October 21 – 23, 2022)

    Other Events in Civic Center

    The annual Open House New York event allows tourists and locals to access the city’s main buildings for 3 days. The main thing here is to experience the city differently and to meet the people who design and build New York. All sorts of buildings can be visited, from the very historic to modern apartments or industrial buildings that are scattered all over the five boroughs.

    There will be tours, lectures, performances and events around the meaning of architecture and urban design. All the information about this cool event can be found here.

  • 34

    Happy Birthday Statue of Liberty (October 28th)

    Building in Lower Manhattan


    On October 28th in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was ceremoniously opened and is without question one of the most important landmarks of New York. What you can experience there and whether the crown tickets are worth it (no!), you will learn in our guide to the Statue of Liberty New York.

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  • 35

    Enjoy really cool waterfront restaurants

    Sea Food Restaurant in Tribeca

    Our Highlight


    Visit this celebrated oyster bar aboard the historic wooden schooner, Sherman Zwicker right on the Hudson River. Hudson River Park was able to set up a pretty sweet deal for the Grand Banks, which now has a row of tables for two running along the south side of the pier. By doing so, they are now able to serve drinks within that space.

    This is my favorite spot in New York City!

    My tip: these are the best waterfront restaurants in NYC right now!

  • 36

    Harvest Festival at Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge park (October 22, 2022)

    Other Events in Dumbo

    We love Pier 6 in the summer because it’s home to PILOT Brooklyn, one of our absolute favorite spots in all of New York City.

    The annual Harvest Festival celebrates the change from summer to fall. You can expect live music, a small procession, lawn games and much more. You can enjoy all this with the skyline of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge in the backdrop.

    The full list of events can be found here.

  • 37

    Spend the day in one of the best museums of NYC

    Museum in Upper West Side


    The season is perfect for a museum visit to New York, and the Big Apple really doesn’t lack choices. After the theatrical release of “The Night of Museum” series, (The first movie took place in the New York Museum of Natural History) you really feel like going to the place of the event? In the footsteps of dinosaurs, aborigines and many other historical creatures, the Natural History Museum on Central Park West is always a good idea for a museum outing.

    My tip: These are the 36 Best Museums in NYC

  • 38

    Fotografiska NYC: Visit one of the best art exhibitions in town

    Museum in Gramercy


    Fotografiska New York is a wonderful museum in NYC for all art and especially photo art enthusiasts. Originally founded in Stockholm in 2010, the museum also exists in Tallinn (Estonia) and since 2019 in New York.  It is located in a beautiful building from 1892 and extends over 6 floors. In addition to changing exhibitions, there is a restaurant and cocktail bar to round out your visit.

    My tip: These are the best art exhibitions in NYC. and here you find my complete (!) guide to Contemporary Art in New York.

  • 39

    Crossing The Line Festival (September 9 – October 28, 2022)

    Other Events in Upper East Side

    Established by the French Institute Alliance Française, this year marks the 15th edition of the festival. It celebrates its core values of “innovation, intellectual inquiry, openness to others and the world, friendliness, and a strong desire to engage with the issues of our time”. The latter is especially in demand at the moment! It is curated by Florent Masse and Mathilde Augé.

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