What to do in NYC October 14 - 20

By: Stefanie DiMartino

Fall is in full swing, and as always, there are new, fun, and exciting things going on in NYC! Here are my top picks of the best trending events, museum exhibitions, and entertainment to check out for October 14 – 20.

Photo by   Sanaan Mazhar   from   Pexels

Photo by Sanaan Mazhar from Pexels



October 14, 11:30am

Fifth Avenue, 44th to 72nd Street, with red carpet performances between 67th and 69th Streets. 

Parades are a quintessential part of NYC. “Over one million spectators watching over 130 marching groups including bands, floats and cultural groups - and a celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Columbus Day Parade in New York City! On October 14, 2019, Fifth Avenue will be transformed during the Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. The Columbus Day Parade is a fun filled parade that gets bigger and better every year. Participants from all over the world march in our parade with pride. The parade has become a global event with millions of viewers and over a half million spectators on the streets. We invite you to join us and experience this memorable day.”

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Official Marine Corps photo by  Sgt. Randall A. Clinton  / RELEASED

Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / RELEASED


October 18, 6-10pm, October 19-20, 12-6pm

Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Palisades Interstate Pkwy, Bear Mountain, NY 10911

Head approximately 45 minutes north of New York City to enjoy Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain. Take in the beautiful fall scenery, eat delicious traditional food, and of course, drink beer, all while listening to live music!  

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Photo by  John Menard

Photo by John Menard


October 19, 12-3pm | $40+

South Street Seaport, Pier 16 and 17, NY, NY 10038

“Join us for the 10th Annual Taste of the Seaport, an annual fall festival that celebrates the amazing food & beverage scene nestled in Lower Manhattan comprising the Financial District and the Historic South Street Seaport. With musical entertainment, children’s activities and sublime treats from more than 40 food & beverage purveyors, proceeds from the event benefit arts and enrichment programs at two local elementary schools, PS 343 Peck Slip School and PS 397 Spruce Street School.” – Taste of the Seaport

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Sarah at the South Street Seaport

Sarah at the South Street Seaport


October 22 and 29, 6:30pm | $74

Chelsea Piers, Pier 62 (W. 22nd St.) New York, NY 10011

“Building on the successful ten-year collaboration between AIANY and Classic Harbor Line, this new architecture boat tour capitalizes on the remarkable skyline of Manhattan after sunset. From the time the Brooklyn Bridge was inaugurated with dazzling lights and fireworks in 1883, architects and lighting designers have understood the importance of presenting their structures in the night sky. Today, “city that never sleeps” is stunningly illuminated more than ever. Today’s designers have a sophisticated array of sources, palette of colors and endless programs to run these lighting systems. Take to the waters with an expert AIANY guide to see the latest in how architects and lighting designers are creating a new, more dynamic nighttime experience. View the famously mesmerizing lights of Manhattan and explore the latest trends and innovations in architectural New York City lighting. There really is no better way to capture this view as the iconic NYC skyline reflects off the surrounding waters.” – Classic Harbor Line

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Classic Harbor Line cruise by Sarah Funk

Classic Harbor Line cruise by Sarah Funk


Now through October 23 | 10:00am-8pm | $14

60 Grand Street, NY, NY 10013

“Ocean Cube Exhibit is an immersive pop-up exhibit that offers participants a futuristic habitable under-sea world. It is a world where coral reef becomes traffic tunnel, jellyfish and whale become transportation portals, and shopping malls are made of pearls and bubbles. It is an incredible world also because everything is bio-luminescent - all the beautiful creatures emits soft light and you just could not look at them enough. Ocean Cube Exhibit also intends to raise concerns of our impact on the environment by providing a proactive approach to design and community integration.” – Ocean Cube

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October 17-20 | $12+
American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West, NY, NY 10024

“The American Museum of Natural History's 2019 Margaret Mead Film Festival, October 17–20, features documentary films, shorts, and other media that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of peoples and cultures around the world.  Inspired by anthropologist Margaret Mead's groundbreaking use of film and photography, the Mead celebrates ever-changing modes of storytelling, new technologies, and increased access to communities near and far while presenting the best in non-fiction film and hybrid works.” - AMNH

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P.S. ART 2019

Ending October 20 | $16 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, NY, NY 10028

P.S. Art is an annual celebration of achievement in the arts in New York City public schools. This juried exhibition of the work of talented young artists showcases the creativity of 122 prekindergarten through twelfth grade students from all five boroughs, including students from District 75, a citywide district serving students with disabilities. The exhibition consists of paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, collages, drawings, and video. Each work of art demonstrates personal expression, imaginative use of media, the results of close observation, and an understanding of artistic processes.

Dedicated art teachers support students' creativity and help them look closely to respond to their worlds through art making. As students take art classes from one year to the next, they increase their understanding of art, sharpen their skills, and learn to harness their imaginations for artistic expression.

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 In Special Previews Now | $19.50 + $7.00 “Fun Card” | 18+

Museum of Sex, 233 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

“The Museum of Sex explores the sexual origins of the carnival in a combination history and group-art exhibition, SUPER FUNLAND: Journey into the Erotic Carnival. The history gallery takes visitors from the carnival’s ancient bacchanalian origins to its evolution in pre-industrial Europe and the “midway” of the 20th century’s great World’s Fairs, describing how its licentious and permissive subtext has remained intact. The group art show tells this story in thirteen one-of-a-kind commissioned amusements created by an internationally renowned team of artists and designers, bringing themes of sexual carnality, decadence, and joy to a contemporary audience.” – Museum of Sex

Please Note: Last ticket sold and last entry to the museum will be 6pm on October 16th and 17th

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Museum of Sex by Sarah Funk

Museum of Sex by Sarah Funk



Now – January 5, 2020 | $59+

The Booth Theatre, 222 West 45th Street, NY, NY 10036

This show is a New York Times critic pick! “Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was freestyle love supreme. Now, more than 15 years after its inception, the original hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale arrives on Broadway. Every performance, the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational, never-before-seen comedy ride. See it for the first time every time as the performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. With special - and spontaneous - guest appearances from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Chris Jackson, James Monroe Iglehart, and more, every night brings the unexpected.” – Telecharge

Please note: This show is a smart device-free zone (phones, smart watches, etc). These items will get locked in a “Yondr” pouch that stays with you the entire time.

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Now – December 8 | $59+

American Airlines Theater, 227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

“This is one Tennessee Williams woman you won’t soon forget. Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei unleashes a tour de force as Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. Sharply directed by Trip Cullman (Significant Other), Williams’s lesser-known gem sizzles with humor and heart in sultry New Orleans. Don’t miss Tomei’s quintessential performance — erupting from the depths of despair to the heights of passion in this Tony Award-winning Best Play.” – Roundabout Theatre

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