Top 5 Things to Do in NYC in October

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    Fall is officially in full swing and October 2015 has plenty to look forward to, with the cultural calendar revving up, fantastic festivals unfolding, and the month's frightfully fun Halloween finale  just around the bend. So pick up your pumpkin latte, get ready to crunch some leaves underfoot, and mark your calendars for the ultimate October in Manhattan ahead.

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    Fall Literature and Arts Event, the New Yorker Festival, Hits NYC

    New Yorker Festival

    This literary and arts festival jam packs one long October weekend (October 2, 3, and 4 in 2015) with panels and talks by some of the most influential authors, journalists, artists, filmmakers, actors, poets, and other assorted cultural luminaries of our day. Brainchild of The New Yorker magazine, the three-day-long New Yorker Festival, now in its 16th year, also livens things up with walking tours, film screenings, food tastings, and more. Visit for full festivals details and to book.

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    Monthlong Archtober Festival Celebrates NYC's Architecture and Design

    The Port Authority of NY and NJ

    Throughout the month of October, architecture and design buffs will be in their glory in New York City, where for 31 consecutive days, both well-known and tucked-away design-centric and architectural havens swing open their doors for tours, lectures, exhibitions, screenings, parties, and more. Read up more on the Archtober festival.

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    Open House New York Unlocks the Doors to NYC Sites


    Satiate your curiosity with a peek behind the doors of some of NYC's most interesting sites during the annual Open House New York (OHNY) event. Now in its 13th year, OHNY packs an October weekend (October 17–18, 2015) with behinds-the-scenes glimpses of hundreds of architectural, design-driven, and culturally significant sites that are generally closed to the public. Plus, the event features walking tours and other special programs like evening tours, kids' outings, and more. Read up more on Open House New York.

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    CMJ Music Marathon: Cutting-Edge Indie Music Festival Takes Over NYC

    Nicole Craine

    Massive musical marathon CMJ packs more than 1,300 artists into 70-plus venues across NYC this October. Now in its 35th year, the five-day-long festival – running over a week each fall (October 13–17 in 2015) – is credited with providing a platform for discovery of the indie music world's next big acts. Visit for full festivals details and tickets.

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    NYC's Village Halloween Parade Brings Ghosts, Goblins & Ghouls to the Village

    Village Halloween Parade

    Nowhere in the world does Halloween bigger and better than NYC, thanks to Manhattan's legendary Village Halloween Parade, now in its 42nd year. Parade-goers in 2015 can expect a wave of hundreds of giant puppets, more than 50 bands, assorted floats, dancers, artists, and, of course, plenty of over-the-top costumed characters to weave it all together. Best of all, everybody in costume is welcomed to join in on the fun and prance along in the procession, held on Halloween night (October 31)! Read up more on the Village Halloween Parade.