NYC’s October Events Offer a Few Tricks and A Lot of Treats!

Get the low-down on all the month’s must-see events.

Fall may be in full swing, but New York City’s outdoor festivities have only just begun. From Oktoberfest to the annual Village Halloween Parade, October promises to be a spectacular month you won’t soon forget.

Can’t make it all the way to Munich for Oktoberfest this year? No worries! Come celebrate the German heritage at NYC’s very own 16-day Oktoberfest from September 21 – October 6. Diehard beer fans can drink a wide range of Bavarian craft brews at Zum Schneider — a popular indoor beer garden in the East Village — while foodies can dine on traditional German dishes, such as sauerkraut and bratwurst at the Bierhaus Beer Hall near Grand Central. Make sure you bring your stretchy pants! (oktnyc.com)

NYC’s CMJ Music Marathon will kick-off on October 15-19 for five nonstop days and nights of over 1,400 live performances in more than 80 venues. Performer highlights include ASTR, Betty Who, and The Dismemberment Plan, but that’s just the beginning. Hundreds more artists will be announced in the coming weeks (cmj.com/marathon). If you love music and epic parties, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

How would like to eat food while supporting a good cause? This year’s sixth annual NYC Wine and Food Festival (October 17-20) brings together culinary legends from all over the globe to dazzle your palates and help end hunger all at the same time. New events include the must-see Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate (10/19). Hosted by chef Mario Batali, fans will get the chance to mingle with their favorite football stars while sampling delicious grill demonstrations. Meanwhile, pizza lovers should sign up for the La Sagra Sunday Slices event (10/20) where participants can taste-test the best pizza slices NYC has to offer. Mamma Mia, indeed! (nycwff.org)

Something wicked this way comes! Of course, we’re referring to the city’s annual Village Halloween Parade — a night where over 50,000 folks parade up Sixth Avenue, decked out in the scariest costumes you’ll ever see. Whether you’re participating in the festivities or simply observing from the sidelines, this promises to be a night(mare) you won’t soon forget. The debauchery begins on Halloween night (10/31) at 7 p.m. (halloween-nyc.com).