New York City Events October 2010

NYC Insider Guide Top Picks

Ahh… the beginning of fall in NYC. The leaves, especially in Central Park, are just glorious and colorful. 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.

Please check sightseeing and holiday hours for Columbus Day, Monday, October 11th.

Ongoing Events: New York Film Festival, New York City Ballet, Top of the Rock Starlight Music Series

Tickets on Sale: Radio City Rockettes, New York Comedy Festival, Nutcracker Ballet

New York Yankee Tickets MLB Playoffs

New York Yankee Tickets

The Yankees have done it again in 2010! Clinched their way into the MLB Post Season…but it’s not over yet! Anywhere from 11 to 19 baseball games during October stand between the New York Yankees and their 28th World Series Championship!

The Post Season starts October 6th and Yankees Tickets start at just $40!

Yankees Play Off Tickets On Sale Now at StubHub!!!!

See more on Yankees Tickets, the Yankee Stadium Seating Chart and the full MLB Post Season Schedule

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NYC by Foot – FREE Walking Tours of New York City

New York City Walking Tours - NYC by Foot

October has some of the year’s most perfect weather for a Walking Tour of NYC, so why not try the city’s BEST and FREE walking tours?

NYC Insider Guide October Pick: Central Park

NYC by Foot offers tours through Central Park, Lower Manhattan, Greenwhich Village, Midtown and most every other area and neighborhood in NYC. Their guides are all licensed in NYC, are passionate about NYC and work just for tips! With about 2-4 tours around the City daily, what’s not to love about NYC by Foot? More New York City Walking Tours.

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Halloween in New York City

Central Park Halloween

© Photo by NYCLovesNYC

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

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Kid’s Night On Broadway – Halloween Special

Presented by the New York Times

Sunday, October 31

On Kids’ Night on Broadway, young people age 6-18 can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Participating Shows this year include: The Addams Family, American Idiot, Billy Elliot, Chicago, Fela!, La Cage aux Folles, The Lion Kind, Mary Poppins, Memphis, Next to Normal, Promises Promises, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles and Wicked.

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Big Apple Circus – Dance On

Big Apple Circus New York City

October 21, 2010 to January 9, 2011

Lincoln Center

The spectacular Big Apple Circus leaps into its 33rd Season with a thrilling All-New Show, Dance On! The World’s Greatest Circus artists swing into action in the spotlight under our intimate Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! This year’s performers come from America, Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mongolia and Russia. Come see monocyclists, lasso twirlers, contortionists, miniature horses, jugglers, clowns and more.

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New York City Concerts – October 2010

Elton John Concert
Elton John in Concert

Roger Waters: The Wall Live, Madison Square Garden
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance?

October 07, 2010

Radio City Music Hall

Elton John & Leon Russell

Tue, 10/19/10 8:00pm

Beacon Theatre

(tickets on sale 8/27)

Mary J. Blige with Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel & El DeBarge

October 11-12, 2010,
Radio City Music Hall

America’s Got Talent Live

October 27, 2010,
Beacon Theatre

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New York Giants Schedule Football


Check out the New Giants Stadium, home of the 2014 Superbowl and take the train to the game! It’s now super easy to get to Giants Stadium!

More Info: New York Giants Tickets

NY Giants Schedule – Home Games 2010

New York Giants SymbolSunday, 9/12 1:00 PM ET FOX vs. Panthers

Sunday, 9/26 1:00 PM ET CBS vs. Titans

Sunday, 10/3 8:20 PM ET NBC vs. Bears

Sunday, 10/17 1:00 PM ET FOX vs. Lions

Sunday, 11/14 4:15 PM ET FOX vs. Cowboys

Sunday, 11/28 1:00 PM ET* CBS vs. Jaguars

Sunday, 12/5 1:00 PM ET* FOX vs. Redskins

Sunday, 12/19 1:00 PM ET* FOX vs. Eagles

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Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway

Driving Miss Daisy Broadway Tickets

October 7, 2010 – January 2011
Limited Engagement

Two of the world’s greatest living actors—two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Earl Jones, and Tony Award and Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave—are coming together on Broadway in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.

Synopsis: A timeless American play, which inspired the beloved Academy Award-winning film, Driving Miss Daisy tells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions, and is being performed for the first time on a Broadway stage. It is a strictly limited, sixteen-week engagement premiering on October 7, 2010.

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Night of Too Many Stars

Night of Too Many Stars
by Comedy Central

Saturday, October 2, 2010, 7:30 pm
Beacon Theatre (Broadway at 74th St)

A concert for Autism Education hosted by Jon Stewart. The all star celebrities scheduled to appear include: Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Joel McHale, John Oliver, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog and many more to be announced. Tickets start at $105.

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New York City Wine & Food Festival

New York City Wine & Food Festival

October 7-10, 2010

With over 120 events held in the Meatpacking District, surrounding areas and DUMBO Brooklyn, this is the only festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs.

Half Price Tickets now Available.

This year’s chefs and culinary personalities include Dan Barber, Daniel Boulud, Alton Brown, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Giada De Laurentiis, Masaharu Morimoto, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart, and Ming Tsai, to name just a few.
100 percent of the net proceeds directly benefit the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength. Tickets start at $18 for some great Kid’s Events and go up to several hundred for private dinners with the famous chefs.

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Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers LIVE

Lord of the Rings: Radio City Music Hall

Fri and Sat, October 8-9, 2010

Radio City Music Hall

Imagine the original musicians playing along live at Radio City to the movie! Last October, over 10,000 people experienced The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring beneath a 60-foot screen with Howard Shore’s Grammy® and Academy-Award® winning score performed live by over 300 musicians. Check out the sequel. Tickets start at $59.00

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The Merchant of Venice Starring Al Pacino

Credit: Joan Marcus/Associated Press

EXTENDED to February 20, 2011

October 19, 2010 to January 9, 2011

Following the wildly successful reviews of the eight-week Shakespeare in the Park show in Central Park, Mr. Pacino is taking the show to Broadway, starring as Shylock, the Jewish merchant.

Synopsis: Antonio, a young man, pledges a pound of his own flesh to a moneylender, Shylock (Pacino), so a friend can woo his lady-love in style. Antonio learns a hard lesson in loyalty, humanity, friendship and prejudice when the revenge-seeking Shylock comes to collect and he is unable to pay.

Broadhurst Theatre,
235 West 44th Street (Bway/8th Aves),
New York, NY 10036

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8th Annual ‘Open House’ New York City – FREE


October 9 & 10, 2010

Open House New York is a huge architecture and design event that opens doors to places and venues either closed or usually closed to the public. It is a great opportunity to discover new neighborhoods through special talks, tours, performances and family-friendly workshops.

Photo: Art Deco lobby of the Chrysler Building
a tour site of Open House New York.

Samples of previous tours include architects discussing design plans for the new World Trade Center and a Historic tour of the Apollo Theatre with Billy Mitchell. Check out OHNY Kids!, various tours, architecture and NY History, sustainable NYC and even compete in their photography contest.

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New York Knicks Basketball Tickets and Schedule

Catch the Knicks season home opener at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Oct. 30 vs. Portland. The Knicks have a great season lined up and we all look forward to them growing into the classic team they were in the 90s and earlier years.

NY Knicks games are the easiest sporting event in NYC to attend. Madison Square Garden (7th Avenue between 32nd and 34th Sts) is right in Penn Station, accessible by almost any subway and just two blocks from the Empire State Building. Tickets start at just $13!!! Get your New York Knicks Tickets

NY Knicks Schedule – Home Games October, November 2010

New York Knicks Symbol

  • Wed, Oct 13, 7:30pm vs. Celtics
  • Sun, Oct 17, 6:00pm vs. Wizards
  • Tue, Oct 19, 7:30pm vs. Nets
  • Sat, Oct 30, 7:30pm vs. Blazers
  • Tue, Nov 02, 7:30pm vs. Magic
  • Fri, Nov 05, 7:30pm vs. Wizards
  • Sun, Nov 07, 12:00pm vs. Sixers
  • Wed, Nov 10, 7:30pm vs. Warriors
  • Sun, Nov 14, 7:30pm vs. Rockets
  • Tue, Nov 23, 7:30pm vs. Bobcats
  • Sat, Nov 27, 1:00pm vs. Hawks
  • Tue, Nov 30, 7:30pm vs. Nets

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CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival


October 19 – 23, 2010

The ultimate in music and film premieres, the CMJ Festival is a NYC classic, held at New York University’s Greenwich Village campus and other venues. CMJ Film Festival has hosted over a decade of premieres and advance screenings, including Pulp Fiction, Boogie Nights, Walk The Line, Swingers and Fight Club. The list of musicians performing live is equally as impressive.

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, the world’s most important platform for the discovery of new music, dominates downtown New York City with five nonstop days and nights of over 1,200 live band performances and dozens of the most cutting edge films in 75 of New York City greatest nightclubs and theaters. NYC’s largest music festival brings together more than 120,000 fans, music business professionals, artists and filmmakers with exclusive nighttime music, parties, daytime exhibit area, panels, film premieres, seminars, and special events. Tickets start at $100 for student groups.

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Spa Week – Get the best NYC Spa Services for $50


October 11-17, 2010, Reservations open September 13th.

My favorite spa is Great Jones (at left), because of their amazing water lounge, steam and sauna. It is great way to escape to the bustling city, especially in the winter. However, they don’t have the best spa week deals anymore (the value of a mani/pedi is not nearly as good as a facial or massage). Another great spa that partakes in Spa Week is Elizabeth Arden. See Spa Week for details.

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Annual Columbus Day Parade


Monday, October 11, 2010
Fifth Avenue 47th to 79th Streets
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

35,000 marchers. Over 100 bands, floats and contingents. Nearly one million spectators.

The parade celebrates the spirit of exploration and courage that inspired Christopher Columbus’s 1492 expedition and the important contributions Italian-Americans have made to the United States. Joe Piscopo & Maria Bartiromo were the 2009 Parade Co-Anchors. There is also a special Columbus Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. More on the Columbus Day Parade.

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New Yorker Festival

New Yorker Festival

October 1-3, 2010

Tickets on Sale 9/10

Sponsored by The New Yorker Magazine, the festival includes a special opening-night screening of “The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher, about the inception of Facebook and the personal and legal complications that ensued.

Following the screening, the film’s stars, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake, and its screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, will talk with Nicholas Thompson.

Other activities include interviews with Alec Baldwin, Steve Carrell and James Taylor and a panel on “The Case for Gay Marriage.”

How’s that for variety?

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Lombardi Broadway Play Opens October 21

Lombardi Broadway Play Tickets

Based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, about one of America’s most inspirational and mercurial personalities, Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Lombardi. It is directed by Tony® nominee Thomas Kail (In the Heights), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and two-time Emmy Award-winner Judith Light (Wit) head the cast.

Previews: September 23, 2010, Opens: October 21, 2010.

Read more about the Lombardi Broadway Play and get Tickets

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New York City Street Fairs – October

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October is one of the busiest Street Fair months in NYC. Check out:

Friday October 1, Grand Central Fall Festival (43rd St. from Lexington – 3rd Avenue)

Saturday October 2- Union Square Autumn Fair (Broadway from 17th – 23rd Street)

Sunday October 3, N.Y.C. Oktoberfest (Lexington Avenue from 42nd – 57th Street)

Friday October 8th, Christopher Columbus Block Party
Murray St from Broadway – Church Street

Saturday October 9th, Avenue of The Americas Family Expo
6th Avenue from 42nd – 56th Street

Sunday October 10th, Eighth Avenue Autumn Festival
8th Avenue from 42nd – 57th Street

Monday October 11th, Columbus Day Festival
Broadway, Liberty St. – Battery Pl. & Whitehall St. from Stone – Water Sts

Friday October 15th, Financial Community Day Festival Series
Broad St. from Water – South

Saturday October 16th, Washington Square Festival
Waverly Pl. from Broadway – MacDougal Street

Sunday October 17th, The Great Third Avenue Fair
3rd Avenue from 23rd – 34th Street

Saturday October 23rd, Union Square Fall Fair
Park Avenue South from 17th – 23rd St

Sunday October 24th, Times Square Autumn Carnival
Broadway from 47th – 57th Street

Saturday October 30th, A.D.A.’s World’s Largest Block Party
Madison Ave from 42nd – 57th Street

Sunday October 31st, 6th Avenue Autumn Fair
6th Avenue from 34th – 42nd Street

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More New York City Events October 2010

Angel of the Waters Fountain, Central Park
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New York Music Festival – September 27-October 17, 2010. Hailed as "the Sundance for Musical Theatre," the New York Musical Theatre Festival hits town from September 27 to October 17 for three weeks jam-packed with over 30 new musicals, along with dozens of concerts and special events. There’s something for everyone – from traditional musical comedies to hip hop to edgy rock dramas and more! Tickets are just $20 to see the hit shows of tomorrow, featuring some of musical theatre’s most talented performers.

6th annual Fashion District Arts Festival – The Fashion Center Business Improvement District is proud to host a district-wide celebration of the artists, crafters, galleries, and theatres that contribute to the creative energy that fuels America’s fashion capital. Make a behind-the-scenes visit to artists’ studios, take a dance workshop, enjoy an outdoor concert or tour our many galleries. It’s all part of the 2010 Fashion District Arts Festival! October 14-16, 2010.

Speed Plating for NYC Singles with Celebrity Chef Danny Boome – and Celebrity Chef Danny Boome Introduce Speed Plating to New York City Singles. Speed Plating offers New York singles the tasty notion of sharing a four-course gourmet meal with four different dates (one per course) to make for a delectable, fun-filled evening. Tuesday, October 26th.

Fall is here and there’s a forecast of fun for all. Join Powell Leonard as your host Chuck E. Baby (channeling a hilarious impersonation of a Chuck Barris-like Gong Show TV host) presenting the vaudeville-style comedy variety show: "THE KONG SHOW: FUN and FALLderal! Monday, October 18th.

Nora’s Will – Award Winning Comedy Movie Opens in NYC – Award-Winning Comedy “Nora’s Will” Opens in NYC October 15th at the Paris Theater! Nora’s Will is a Mexican Jewish comedy like nothing you’ve seen before, a truly unique tale about lost faith and eternal love from writer/director Mariana Chenillo. The film was named Mexico’s Best Picture of the Year, taking home seven Mexican Academy Awards. See the trailer to learn more about the New York City Premiere of Nora’s Will.

Marsha Starr COMEDY HYPNOSIS Show NYC – As seen on FOX 5 NEWS…MARSHA STARR is taking New York City by storm with her laugh-a-minute roller coaster ride of hypnotic fun. Las Vegas trained, she brings you fast-paced action packed, side-splitting hilarity in a comedy explosion you won’t soon forget. This is the show where audience members are the stars.

Spain Art Fest´10 – On October 6 and 7 a selected group of talented New York based Spanish artists will take over Times Square Plaza, between 46 and 47 streets, featuring the newest trends on Contemporary Spanish Video Art Installations and Performance.

The New York Culinary Experience, October 2-3, 2010 – the third annual New York Culinary Experience, the only hands-on event of its kind, offers food lovers of all skill levels the chance to cook hands-on and up-close with some of the world’s most renowned chefs. Two days of intimate hands-on classes with acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs, and industry insiders. You’ll learn professional techniques and creative approaches to recipes, prepare—then enjoy—dishes under the direction of these industry giants, attend question-and-answer sessions, wine tastings, and, at the close of each day, a private cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception.

In Sound Design Store – 3 Day Pop Store in SoHo, October

The Big Waltz at Lincoln Center – Saturday, October 16, 2010. Immerse yourself in the romantic beauty of the Viennese Waltz at the first-ever DANCE AUSTRIA! – a dazzling evening of original performances by Austria and New York’s most gifted dancers, the mellifluous sounds of Juilliard, special guests, a trip giveaway and surprises – Austrian-style. And best of all, YOU take center stage. Our professional dance team will show you the moves-and as part of our grand finale, we invite you to waltz under stars at Lincoln Center! Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, NYC West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue 5:30 – 8 pm FREE.

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