NYC Insider Guide 2019 October Events Calendar

New York City Events October 2019 include New York Comic Con, Giants and Jets football, Nets and Knicks basketball, Wine & Food Festival, Halloween, Columbus Day Parade and New York Television Festival. October concerts and shows include Billy Joel, Phil Collins, Jerry Seinfeld, Madonna, The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds of Summer, Michael Feinstein, Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince In Concert, Disney On Ice Road Trip Adventures and more.

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As October is usually the beginning of fall in NYC, the leaves, especially in Central Park, are just glorious and the first hints appear the holiday season is just around the corner. The whole city is gearing up for Halloween and lightweight coats are the dress code. If we’re lucky, the NY Yankees are on their way to the World Series and the NY Giants and NY Jets are doing well so far in football season.

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October New York City Concerts and Shows

October New York City Shows and Concerts

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Take a Fall Foliage Cruise or Trip

With dozens of discount tickets available, you can't miss with a trip in or out of the city to see the fall leaves in their glorious autumn colors. Take to the river and join Classic Harbor on one of their classic sailboats and head north up the Hudson River to take in the beautiful fall foliage.

Fall Foliage New York

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Giants & Jets MetLife Schedule

New York Giants Tickets

Ready to see the Giants star quarterback, Eli Manning, or wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr with a history-making one armed catch? Perhaps you’d rather see football’s newest stars on the Jets roster? Either way, there’s nothing like a traditional American football game, so head on out to MetLife Stadium, where tickets start at just $40 per game!

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Rangers MSG Schedule

New York Rangers Tickets

Get your New York Rangers tickets and schedule to see our NY hockey team live in action at Madison Square Garden. The NY Rangers have made the finals and/or playoffs many of the most recent seasons. Their games are the easiest sporting events in NYC to attend, right in Midtown Manhattan, a block from the Empire State Building.

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Knicks MSG Schedule

New York Knicks Tickets

The NY Knicks, in their 70th Season, have a great roster, so come join our NY basketball team live in action at Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

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Where to Stay during Fall in New York City

Fall is the perfect time to check into one of our hotels with an awesome roofdeck, free bicycles and/or right next to Central Park. Few activities in NYC are better than riding your free bike a few blocks into Central Park to see the fall foliage and having a snack at Tavern on the Green or the Boathouse.

NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles

If had to pick my FAVORITE way to explore NYC, it would be on bicycle! Don't miss out on your choice of NYC hotels with free bicycles, allowing you to explore hidden nooks of NYC you can't see any other way. Some of our top value picks include:

NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles

See the Insider Guide for dozens more NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles.

Central Park NY Hotels

These are NYC Insider hand picked hotels that are not just “near” Central Park, as most NYC hotels claim to be…but on the Park itself, either Central Park South, Central Park West or Fifth Ave. Many other hotels are nearby, or within a few blocks, but these are the closest, and all offer Park views from select rooms.

Central Park NY Hotels

Some of our top value picks near Central Park include:

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Central Park NY Hotels and download our free Central Park map at Central Park NY Guide

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NYC October Sports

Make sure to add a NYC Game Day to your NYC vacation – it’s an absolute MUST in NYC! To many New Yorkers, Fall Equals the Holy Grail of Sports and this is why it is their favorite of the four seasons. It is possible to watch NINE NY Sports team live in October!!!!

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New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con

October 3-6, 2019
Jacob Javits Center
11th Avenue at 35th Street

The East Coast’s largest and most exciting popular culture convention, letting you see and be seen with the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime toys, movies and television.



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Hotels Near NYC Javits Center

Coming to town for the Boat Show, Comic Con, Motorcycle Show, NYT Travel Show, BroadwayCon, International Toy Fair, Restaurant and Food, The Auto Show, Chocolate Show or any one of dozens of fashion, technology or other industry shows? If your goal is to work hard, play harder, you'll definitely want to stay as close to the Javits Center as possible. Here are our top picks for Hotels Near NYC Javits Center.

Hotels Near NYC Javits Center

  • Ink48 Hotel - about 10 blocks from Javits Center, right next to the Intrepid Museum and my ALL time favorite rooftop! (photo)
  • Midtown Convention Center Hotel - the closest hotel to the JC, less than a block away. Small, clean rooms, geared towards convention exhibitors and attendees.
  • Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel - new "digitally enhanced" hotel in Garment District, 15 min walk to JC, modern, though modest.

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Things To Do in New York in October

The best Things To Do in New York in October range from catching the tail end of our most popular outdoor activities and excursions to escaping the city for fall foliage cruises and apple picking. Some of our top October picks include:

Things To Do in New York in October

  • Fall Foliage Cruises – Take to the river and join Classic Harbor for the last leaves of fall. Jump aboard one of their classic sailboats and head north up the Hudson River to take in the beautiful fall foliage. 
  • NYC Ghost & Vampire Tours – Choose from dozens of spine-chilling, haunted and murderous NYC landmarks and neighborhoods. Take an East Village or West Village Gangster Ghost Pub Crawl, learn about the Ghosts of Greenwich Village and much more.

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The Ride in Masquerade – NYC #1 Bus Tour

The Ride in Masquerade NYC Bus Tour

The Ride in Masquerade – The Ride, one of NYC’s most popular bus tours, has more TV screens (40) and LED lights than any other tour bus, as well as a booming club-quality sound system, stadium seating and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Ride takes a twisted turn during the fall season! Experience the enchantment of the city all month long – complete with vibrant fall foliage, crispness in the air and a dose of “boo!”

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Skip the Line and Do NYC VIP Style

Do you know how many attractions and tours let you skip (most) of the lines and be treated like a VIP? Save HOURS on your NYC Vacation.

Empire State Building: Express Entry (86th Fl)

NYC Insider Pick
Price starting at US$60
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One World Observatory: Skip The Line (Priority Reserved)

Bestseller
Price starting at US$34
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9/11 Memorial & Museum: Skip The Line

Bestseller
Price starting at US$26
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Empire State Building: Silver Access (86 & 102 for Fee)

Likely to sell out
Price starting at US$34
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Empire State Building: Day and Night Entry

Price starting at US$86
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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Priority Entrance

Price starting at US$
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Skip the Line: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Flexible Date

Bestseller
Price starting at US$
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Skip The Line: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Likely to sell out
Price starting at US$
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The Guggenheim: Skip The Line

Price starting at US$
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NYC Insider Print Map and Guide to Manhattan

Download over 100 pages of NYC maps, information and recommendations in less than 5 minutes! Our NYC Insider Printable Map Guide Book, Travel Planner and Bonus Map Guides include organized, easy to follow, color coded guides, detailed maps of every neighborhood, weekly chart of Free Museum Days and Times and free weekly neighborhood tours, Best of NYC Categories and lists by ALL native New Yorkers. Download everything you need to know NYC Like a Pro and make the most of your NYC vacation.

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Save Big on Things to do in New York City

New York City Coupons and Discounts are available for almost everything one can do in NYC: concerts, shows, Broadway, sports, events, tours, attractions, beauty and spa and much more! See All: Insider Guide to ALL our NYC Coupons

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Fun Things to do in New York in Fall

There is no shortage of fun things to do in Autumn in NYC. Whether it’s biking, sailing, boating, walking, horseback riding or cheering on one of our awesome New York sports teams, you can do it all with the glorious and vibrant colored leaves as your backdrop.

Things to do in New York in Fall

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October Broadway Show Picks

Check out our newest Broadway Shows and top NYC Insider Picks for October!

Beetlejuice Broadway Musical Tickets

Beetlejuice Broadway Musical

Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, he comes up with the perfect plan involving exorcism, arranged marriage and a girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Previews March 28, Opens April 25, 2019. Ages 12+

Tootsie Broadway Musical

Tootsie Comedy Musical

Based on the classic film, Tootsie tells the story of a talented, but difficult-to-work-with actor who will do anything to land the role of a lifetime - including adopting a new, female persona, Dorothy Michaels. His audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime,only to cause complete comedy and chaos in his life. Previews March 29th, Opens April 23, 2019.

Moulin Rouge The Musical

Moulin Rouge The Musical Tickets

Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular! Previews June 28, 2019, Opens July 25, 2019.

Full List of Broadway Shows and Discount Broadway Tickets

Celebrities on Broadway

Sea Wall/A Life

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Lincoln Center - Opera, Ballet, NY Philharmonic, Jazz, Broadway

You really haven't been to NYC until you experience THE beating heart of our Arts & Culture scene, Lincoln Center, home to the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Ballet, Julliard School, Broadway and so much more. See what NYC's (always amazing) classic cultural scene has to offer while you are here.

Lincoln Center NYC

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Get Your October New York City Discount Pass

Save with a New York City Pass

Get savings coupons and find the best New York City Pass Discounts for your NYC vacation. Unbiased reviews of the New York City Sightseeing Passes. Which is the BEST – NY Sightseeing Pass, New York City Explorer Pass, New York Pass or New York CityPASS?

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NYC Sightseeing Pass

  • Choose from 100 sights
  • Choose 1-10 days or # of Attractions
  • Unlimited Hop On Hop Off Bus
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New York City Pass Discounts

  • Includes 100 tours and attractions
  • Choose 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 or 10 Days
  • Digital or Physical Pass
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NY Explorer Pass
New York City Explorer Pass

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Halloween in New York City

Halloween in NYC
Central Park Halloween
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The best things to do on Halloween in New York City, for both adults AND kids! The New York Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village is one of the largest and most famous in the world. There are tons of Halloween parties in NYC and all the best attractions, like Top of the Rock and Central Park, celebrate Halloween in New York City style.

See Halloween in New York City for the spookiest things to do in October.

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Spa Week – The best NYC Spa Services for $50

Spa Week NYC - Great Jones Spa

October 15-21, 2018; Reservations open Sept 17th

Hundreds of top spas around the city offer treatments for $50. Facials, massages, laser hair removal and more. My favorite spa is Great Jones (at left), because of their amazing water lounge, steam and sauna, however, they no longer have the best spa week deals. Another great spa that partakes in Spa Week is Elizabeth Arden. See Spa Week for details.

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NYC Festivals, Fairs and Parades Fall

NYC Festivals Fairs Parades Fall

Fall is chock full of Festivals, Fairs and Parades in NYC, so many, that we’ve created a whole guide just for NYC Festivals, Fairs and Parades in New York City.

Some of the awesome events include:

  • New Yorker Festival
  • Annual Columbus Day Parade
  • New York Television Festival
  • Annual ‘Open House’
  • New York Comedy Festival

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Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus New York City

October 12, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020
Lincoln Center Plaza in Damrosch Park

The spectacular Big Apple Circus leaps into its 38th Season with the all-new show, The Grand Tour – A Circus Extravaganza!, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! This show celebrates the vitality of life at the city epicenter, the crossroads of the world. Tickets: Big Apple Circus

More info: www.bigapplecircus.org

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Ice Skating in New York City

Ice Skating New York City | Rockefeller Center

For tourists and locals alike, ice skating at Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park is a classic New York winter experience.

We also have several other Ice Skating Rinks around the city and outer boroughs.

Here are the details for Ice Skating in New York City, including rates and dates plus NYC Insider Tips for discounts and coupons.

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Times Talks – New York Times Live Interviews

Times Talks New York Times Live Celebrity Interviews

TimesCenter
242 West 41st Street (7th/ 8th Aves)
Tickets usually $30
www.timestalks.com

Now, this is NYC! Times Talks are a diverse series of interviews, in a fairly intimate setting, with world-famous authors, actors, politicians and celebrities (I mean SUPER A-LIST), each facilitated by a New York Times reporter (Master of Ceremonies).

Top picks for October? See October Times Talks in NYC

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Ongoing New York City Events October 2019

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Things to Do in NYC by Month

Our Event Calendars show you exactly which events occur by day, but our Things to Do monthly guides highlight seasonal tours, bike rides, best time for boat cruises, when to buy tickets, the biggest sales and all the optimal times to do activities by month.

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  1. We are a group of 4 women, visiting from California, would love to see fall leaves, We’d love to bring out own picnic., how do we book a tour?

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