New Yorker Festival 2016

October 7-9, 2016, Tickets on Sale in September

The Annual New Yorker Festival is a weekend celebration, bringing together writers, thinkers, artists, and other luminaries.

Prior festivals included a special opening-night screening of “The Social Network,” followed by a talk with the film’s stars, Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake, and its screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin. Stay tuned for 2016

71st Annual Columbus Day Parade

Monday, October 10, 2016, 11:30am-3:30pm
Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Streets

The Columbus Day 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. The parade showcases over 100 bands, floats and contingents and attracts nearly one million spectators.

In prior years, the Parade marched up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Streets and the grandstands were located on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets. There is also a special Columbus Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Annual ‘Open House’ New York City – FREE


October 15-16, 2016

Open House New York unlocks the city, allowing New Yorkers and tourists alike free access to hundreds of sites talks, tours, performances and family activities in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. From private residences and historiclandmarks, to rooftop farms and sustainable skyscrapers, OHNY gives you rare access into the extraordinary architecture that defines New York City.

Samples of previous tours include: undeveloped third section of the High Line, the new Hôtel Americano, United Nations, the Little Red Lighthouse, World Trade Center 7, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 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.

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

Big Apple Film Festival

November 1-5, 2016

The Big Apple Film Festival, presented by the Big Apple Film Society, takes place annually at the world famous Tribeca Cinemas in the heart of the greatest city in the world. Past notable honorary guests and award recipients have included: Cuba Gooding Jr., Jesse Eisenberg, Alan Cumming, Kevin Corrigan, Haley Joel Osment and Mario Cantone.

Halloween Parade in New York City Greenwich Village

Monday, October 31, 2016, 7-11 pm

The famous Halloween parade lines up on 6th Avenue between Spring and Broome Streets and travels North on 6th Avenue to 16th Street.

New York’s Village Halloween Parade is…

  • The nation’s largest public Halloween celebration
  • Attended by over 2 million people, seen by over 1 million on TV
  • Listed as one of the 100 Things to do Before You Die

Halloween Pub Crawl

October 28-31, 2016
Real New Yorker’s know NYC was made for Halloween and what better way to show off your costume than crawling over 100 bars!!

Halloween in New York City is like a circus made in heaven, you never know who you’ll bump into in the streets! The world’s sexiest party goers get together in the best bars in Manhattan and show off their gothic, exotic, and electrifying costume

Blood Manor: NYC’s Horror-Filled Haunted Attraction

Sept 30 – Nov 5, 2016
New Blood Manor
163 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013

Blood Manor is back to scare the wits out of the Big Apple. A hit every year since 2005, the premier haunted attraction features 18 fright-filled environments, including..the Fog of Death, Vestibule of the Undead, the Rue Morgue, Steampunk, Frozen Alive, the Banquet of Torture and Laser Spectacular, as well as an all-new 3D labyrinth, whose inhabitants are hell-bent on making every visitor a contributor … to their blood bank! With dozens of cutting-edge animatronics, scores of state-of-the-art props and an average of 37 gallons of blood a night spilled, Blood Manor is bound to fulfill your darkest Halloween nightmares.

Ripley’s Times Square Halloween Party!

Denizens from the Ripleys crypt will manifest at this macabre annual Halloween celebration to share their tales of the horrid and bizarre. You’ve seen haunted houses.

Now… you can party in one with multiple open bars, devilishly delicious food, dancing and of course…. candy! There will be plenty of games, prizes and ghastly entertainment so wear your costumes and bring your spare brains. The Poison Punch starts flowing at 8:00 PM and dries up at midnight; doors open at 7:30 and dancing lasts until 1am. More Info:

Day of the Dead Mexican Festival

October 29-31, 2016

Day of the Dead has been one of Mexico’s most important festivals since Pre-Hispanic times. It is a time for families to gather and welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home. Cempasúchil (marigold) flowers, burning copal incense, fresh pan de muertos bread, candles, sugar skulls, photographs and mementos of the departed adorn special altars. In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated over an entire week with the preparation of altars, foods, dance, music and special offerings for people who have died. Mano a Mano recreates the magical space of a village churchyard during the celebration and has organized a series of events including altar building, workshops, dance, poetry and music.

Join us for our annual Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) celebration in New York City. A variety of events and workshops will be offered in the churchyard of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery. We invite you to come and remember your own departed loved-ones and bring copies of photographs, candles, and marigold flowers to adorn our community Altar throughout the four-day celebration.

131 East 10th Street (@ 2nd Ave, St. Mark’s Church)


Book your Halloween New York City Vacation Package customized by local NYC vacation experts, which includes 2 nights or longer at a Midtown Manhattan Hotel, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square admission, Empire State Building and Top of the Rock (or many other choices) and much more.

The best part is they do ALL the planning for you and let you customize your trip exactly the way you want! Plus, you’ll have all your tickets and itineraries in hand before you visit!


NYC Concerts Shows October 2016


  • The Meadows Music and Arts Festival (Kanye) – Oct 1-2, CitiField
  • Drake– Oct 8 & 11; Barclays Center
  • Bob Weir– Kings Theatre
  • Amy Schumer– Oct 18, 2016; MSG
  • Sia, Miguel & Alunageorge– Oct 25; Barclays Center
  • Carrie Underwood– Oct 25, 2016; MSG
  • Billy Joel– Oct 28, 2016; MSG
  • Beacon Theatre– Charlie Puth, Jerry Seinfeld, Steely Dan, Tedeschi Trucks
  • Prudential Center– R. Kelly, Drake, Steve Martin & Martin Short
  • Radio City– James Blake, Lauryn Hill

November New York City Concerts and Shows


  • New York Comedy Festival– Nov 1-6, 2016
  • Maxwell & Mary J. Blige– Nov 10, 2016; MSG
  • Keith Urban– Nov 19; Barclays Center
  • Billy Joel– Nov 30, 2016; MSG
  • Rockettes Christmas Spectacular– Nov 11, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017
  • Nutcracker Ballet– Nov 25 – Dec 31, 2016

December New York City Concerts and Shows

  • Stevie Nicks– December 1, 2016; MSG
  • Billy Joel– December 17, 2016; MSG
  • Andrea Bocelli– December 15, 2016; MSG
  • Andrea Bocelli– Dec 18; Prudential Center (NJ)
  • Rockettes Christmas Spectacular– Nov 11, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017
  • Nutcracker Ballet– Nov 25 – Dec 31, 2016
  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer– Dec 1-18, Theatre at MSG

The best strawberry picking in NY

Fishkill Farms

Travel Time: 1hr 45min by car

This diversified fruit and vegetable farm includes over 60+ acres of orchards, vegetable plantings and berry patches. It even has three greenhouses and grows pumpkins in the fall pick-your-own season. On weekends, Fishkill also serves food and beverages—expect hamburgers and hot dogs from the apple-wood grill at the farm, plus soft drinks and fresh-pressed cider (when it’s in season). 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY (845-897-4377,

Greig Farm

Travel time: 2.5hrs by car

Greig Farm is a veteran when it comes to PYO. It’s been in the business for more than 60 years, planting only the best varieties for visitors to taste! Families will find juicy strawberries throughout June as well as snap peas, and in July and August you’ll also enjoy blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. 223 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY (845-758-1234, Daily 8am–8pm. Pay per carton/lb.

The best apple picking near NYC


Barton Orchards

An over 220-year-old white oak marks the center of this 122-acre farm filled with 25 apple varieties—everything from Cortland to Macintosh. Even if your kids aren’t big on pommes, they can still enjoy a petting zoo, weekend hayrides, a haunted house (in October) and a five-acre corn maze on Saturday August 5th (this year’s theme is The Bad Apple). 63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag (845-227-2306, Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat, Sun 9am-6pm through Nov 2. General admission $5, children under 2 free (includes petting zoo, hayrides, kids’ special events); Fun Pass $9.50, (includes admission, corn maze, haunted house and family theme park). Apples: 10lbs $15, 20lbs $24.

Grieg Farm

With its stunning views of the Catskill Mountains, the Greig Farm is an elegant spread. Greig’s has opportunities for pick-your-own apples in September and October, grabbing seedlings and plants at the greenhouse plus fall raspberries and pumpkins. For lunch, head to the market (under renovation this year), where the menu showcases Hudson Valley produce, cheeses and meats, and kid-friendly offerings like seasonal flatbread “Skizzas.” 223 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook (845-758-1234, Daily 9am–7pm through the end of October. $25 for a half bushel.

Kelder’s Farm

*2016 note* – Kelders has a limited apple crop this year, but there are still plenty of other activities to enjoy at the farm.
An impressively large garden gnome, Chomsky, stands sentry at the entrance to Kelder’s Farm. The spot offers all the classic fall farm amusements: a petting zoo, hayrides and a corn maze. Kids also love their giant jumping pillow, but the biggest draw is a mini-golf course ($3.75) designed by artist Maria Reidelbach, coauthor of Miniature Golf (said to be the first book ever bound in artificial turf). The whimsical course is constructed from recycled tractor wheels and other repurposed farm implements. Along with the standard pick-your-own apples, the space is lined with plenty of vegetables, herbs, flowers and other types of fruit—including pumpkins—that kids can pick along the way. 5755 Rte 209, Kerhonkson (845-626-7137, Daily 10am–6pm through October. $1.50 per lb.

Masker Orchards

Perennial pickers swear by this 200-acre orchard with 20,000-plus trees, the first fruit farm in the state to switch to pick-your-own (back in 1972). Visitors can drive right up and enjoy a picnic lunch under the tree of their choice. Don’t be afraid to sample the goods: Here, unlike in Oz, snacking on apples while you pick is encouraged! Wagon rides, a haunted house, barnyard animals and pony rides add to the atmosphere on weekends, along with a corn maze that’s open daily. The town of Warwick is also home to Applefest (, which features live music, crafts and a highly competitive apple-pie-baking contest. 45 Ball Rd, Warwick (845-986-1058, Opens Sept 5. Daily 9am–5pm through early November.$28.95 per bagfor a half bushel. Cider $3.95/jug. Free admission and parking. Some attraction fees may apply.

Long Island

Fort Salonga Farm – Northport
30 Meadow Glen Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
There are several places to pick your own apples on Long Island, but the majority are in eastern Suffolk County. However, this tiny farm in the western part of the county is much closer to NYC. Fort Salonga has a variety of dwarf apple trees, which means even your littlest pickers should be able to pluck fruit from low-hanging branches. Although you won’t find any additional kids’ activities here, Sunken Meadow State Park is only a few miles away and offers playgrounds, hiking trails, and other family attractions. Fort Salonga has no set hours but the owners are good about updating their voicemail message daily with current info. No car? Take the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Jefferson branch to the Northport station and hail a cab to the farm.

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Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

North Salem, NY
This family-owned and operated orchard hosts its Fall Festival every weekend of September and October, so after the apple picking, pay $5 and access hayrides, live music, games, farm animals, and BBQ vendors. Be sure to line up your visit with the tasting schedule, just maybe don’t mix that with the apple cannons, which are giant, custom-made and mounted potato guns that you load with apples and shoot at targets.

By public transport: One hour, 20 minutes. Start at Grand Central and take the 9659 train towards Southeast. Get off at Purdy’s and take a taxi 2.8 miles!
By car: One hour, eight minutes

Masker Orchards

Warwick, NY
Inhale that fresh, fresh Hudson Valley air as you pick up to 14 varieties of apples in Masker’s extensive orchards. Its schedule lays out the best times to come for your favorite types, but you can always tune to FM 87.9 for ripening updates, if for some reason you still use the radio. Apples are paid for upon exit, but the farm lets you eat as many as you want while you’re picking!

The country store is stocked with fall favorites like freshly made apple cider, pies, and local honey, and on weekends there’s live music, a haunted house, and a corn maze.

By public transport: One hour, 50 minutes. From Port Authority Bus Terminal, take the 196 bus to the Warwick Park & Ride. Walk .7 of a mile to your destination.
By car: One hour, 27 minutes

Pennings Orchard

Create some unforgettable family memories at Pennings Orchard, located on over 100 acres of beautiful farmland. The orchard has been in operation for more than 50 years. They offer over 15 varieties of apples for picking (varieties available change by the time of season) featuring Ginger Golds, Braeburns, Mutsu, Empires, HoneyCrisp, Golden Delicious and more. Families can also visit their farmstand and pick up all kinds of goods from over 30 local vendors including fresh produce, apple cider, pies, apple cider donuts, free-range eggs, honey, handmade soaps and more. Satisfy that sweet tooth at their ice cream stand, which features over 24 flavors of hard ice cream and old fashioned custards. Nearby the ice cream stand, kids can see a variety of barnyard pals while they enjoy their dessert. Cuties like chickens and goats are outside for display in the warm months. 169 NY-94, Warwick, NY (845-986-7080, Daily 9am–5pm. Half bushel $30/bag, 20–22lbs is approx. $1.50/lb. Cash only.