October Events and Activities to Check Out in NYC

October is a fun time, a time of change and a lot of hubbub. We have you covered with this list of events and activities as it cools off.

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The Gapstow Bridge is seen through the trees in Central Park.


  • October 13 - 25

NewFest — which has been focused on queer voices and narratives since 1988 — runs from October 13 - 25, screening a variety of exciting films by LGBTQ+ artists. Festival passes are available and there are certainly many films you won't want to miss, including All The Beauty and The Bloodshed, the documentary on artist Nan Goldin which recently premiered at New York Film Festival. So if you haven't seen it, be sure to show up for Newfest.

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Newfest (via Newfest) Newfest

Diwali in Times Square

  • October 15

The annual Diwali celebration in Times Square is taking place on October 15 from 1pm to 9pm. For those who partake in this South Asian holiday — which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness — experiencing it in the center of Manhattan should make for a fascinating experience for sure.

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Diwali in Times Square (via Diwali Times Square) Diwali Times Square

Winter Lantern Festival

  • October 21 2022 - January 8 2023

The Winter Lantern Festival returns for its fourth year at a new venue, Siuh Community Park in Staten Island. It's a family-friendly favorite, though it's not free: tickets are $28.99, or $17.99 for kids ages 3-12. With a theme of "Journey to the East" and an emphasis on gorgeous Chinese lanterns, it's surely a fun trip to Staten Island.

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Money King Lantern (via Winter Lantern Festival) Winter Lantern Festival

“Self Power | Self Play: 50 Years of Erotic Portraiture by Linda Troeller"

  • October 19 2022 - January 9 2023

I must commend the Museum of Sex, which has stepped up its curation over the last few years. Quite excited over the Linda Troeller exhibition at the Museum of Sex, which opens soon and features 50 years of Linda's photographic self portraiture that often took a centralized emphasis on the erotic.

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Linda Troeller, Self-Portrait, Annie Leibovitz Workshop (1987) (courtesy Museum of Sex) (courtesy Museum of Sex)

BRIC JazzFest 2022

  • October 20 - 22

The annual BRIC JazzFest, put on by the Brooklyn-based arts organization, will soon fill the streets with hot, sweet sounds. The packed lineup includes vibraphonist Joel Ross, vocalist Jose James singing the work of Erykah Badu, and current sensations Domi and JD Beck, who've collabed with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Snoop Dogg. Single day passes and three day passes are available.

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The BRIC JazzFest schedule for the jazz-heads. (via BRIC) BRIC

"From Body to Horizon" at LGDR

  • October 20 - November 12

This exciting group exhibition of queer artists includes Etel Adnan, David Hockney,  Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, and Doron Langberg at the relatively new LGDR gallery.

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ETEL ADNAN Untitled (#234) 2014 Oil on canvas 16 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (41.9 x 31.8 cm) (via Etel Adnan) Etel Adnan

Ice Skating in Central Park

  • Opens October 23 - March 15

Very exciting that Wollman Rink in Central Park is now open for winter activities, which means ice skating is soon returning to Central Park. Truly a magical New York City tradition that deserves to stay.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: People skate on the ice at Wollman Rink after having just reopened for the season in Central Park on November 15, 2021 in New York City. The iconic ice rink had been operated by the Trump Organization until New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio terminated the business contract with President Donald Trump after the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Now under new management and called Wollman Park Partners, the facility offers skating to the public from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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