It’s the month of goblins, ghouls and ghosts also known as October! The scariest month of the year brings everything from superheroes and villains to vampires and werewolves to New York and in a city that never sleeps, creatures of the night will be in their element!
Whether your looking to meet your favorite comic heroes march through the streets or possibly help discover the next big name in music, this month New York is carving out a lineup of events sure to appeal to every age!
New York Comic Con – October 10-13, 2013
The second largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the country and the second largest event held in New York City is back. Better still, it’s only a short walk from Hotel Pennsylvania at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center! Fans can meet their favorite stars, see amazing costumes, and pick up some great finds. This is an event unlike any other.
Open House New York (FREE!) – October 12-13, 2013
Open House New York is an annual festival allowing the public access to more than 150 of the city’s coolest and most exclusive architectural sites, private homes, and landmarks. On top of the open door policy, visitors can take advantage of behind-the-scenes tours and programs. The weekend long event will also include a Focus on Architecture Photo Competition so don’t forget your camera! For more information, visit http://ohny.org.
Columbus Day Parade – October 14, 2013
The grandest and most popular Columbus Day Parade in the world takes place right here in New York City! Live music, floats, nearly 35,000 people marching and over 1 million spectators will help mark the day when Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas. The parade will begin at 11:45am and runs up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street. For more information, visit www.columbuscitizensfd.org.
CMJ Music Marathon – October 15-19,, 2013
Music lovers won’t want to miss one of the most significant and important platforms for discovering new music in the world! Rejoice with over 1,400 live performances taking place across the city in more than 80 venues. There will also be over 100 conferences taking place as a part of the 5-day festival. Along with cutting edge music comes exclusive parties and the opportunity to one day say “I saw them before they made it big”! For more information, visit www.cmj.com.
40th Anniversary Halloween Parade (FREE) – October 31, 2013
Feel like getting your scare on? All you have to do is show up in your best costume!
The parade will begin at 7pm in Greenwich Village or ‘Green Witch’ and will feature hundreds of puppets, 53 bands, dancers and artists, along with thousands of New Yorkers decked out in their costumes. It will run up 6th Avenue from Spring to 16th Street.
Note: you can only enter the line up on 6th Avenue from the East and South between Canal and Spring to join the parade and you must be in costume! For more information, visit www.halloween-nyc.com.
Be sure to carve out some space in your itinerary for these spook-tactular events!