Have you ever visited NYC in the fall? From festivals to parades, there is so much to see and do along the streets of New York City as the leaves change color. Park Terrace Hotel is centrally located with easy access to a long list of autumn activities in The Big Apple. Here are our top 12 things to do in New York City in October.

Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours | September through November, 2022

North 9th & Driggs Ave, Brooklyn | Hours Vary Daily

Climb aboard Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tour – if you dare. Passengers will explore Brooklyn’s gruesome past while listening to ghost stories, local legends and more. The Victorian trolley will visit the sites of hidden cemeteries and unmarked graves as guests participate in morbid trivia for prizes. Tickets cost $59 in October and $49 in November and must be purchased in advance


New York Film Festival | September 30 through October 16, 2022

Highlighting some of the best-in-world cinema, the New York Film Festival features films from both celebrated filmmakers and new talent.  Guests can enjoy currents, spotlights and revivals at this NYC fall event. In addition to the variety of screenings available in venues across five boroughs, NYFF also offers free talks. Tickets for the New York Film Festival are on sale now. 


OktoberFest | September 2 through October 31, 2022

78th South St | Hours Vary Daily

Cheers to food, fun and beer! Attendees can expect plenty of lederhosen, oversized pretzels and brats at one of the most popular things to do in New York City in October. Fill ½ or 1 liter steins with traditional Weihenstephan, Hofbrau and Radeberger. OktoberFest is free to attend but does offer VIP reserved tables and express entry options.


Haunted Cocktail Soirée | October 1–31, 2022

Guests will delight in this frighteningly immersive cocktail soirée – if they live to tell the tale. This NYC Halloween event features tarot readings, secret games and more within the walls of a 40,000 square foot haunted mansion.  Volkov Manor, a former home for the disturbed, is the perfect backdrop for this adults-only celebration. 


New York Coffee Festival | October 7 – 9, 2022

Sip, sip, hooray! The New York Coffee Festival will celebrate the city’s growing coffee scene with coffee, cocktails, food, entertainment and more. Coffee aficionados can sample hundreds of choices while engaging in a workshop or demonstration. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet some of the country’s top artisans and baristas. One hundred percent of the New York Coffee Festival profits will be donated to Project Waterfall.

Pair your perfect pour with our Work From Hotel deal so you never have to miss the fun. 


New York City Food and Wine Festival | October 13-16, 2022

Most people will agree that one of the best things to do in NYC in the fall is eat. The New York City Food and Wine Festival delivers an exquisite culinary experience that will tantalize your taste buds. From intimate dinners to walk-around tastings to master classes and more, this celebrated festival showcases talent and taste from around the world. Purchase your tickets online today. 

32nd Annual Tompkins Square Dog Festival | October 22, 2022

E 10th St | Registration at Noon, Competition at 1 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween in NYC with your four-legged friend at the 32nd Annual Tompkins Square Dog Festival. Deemed one of the largest dog costume events in the world by CNN, the paw-ade will showcase some of the cutest and most creative pet costumes you’ve ever seen. Several hundred dogs will compete for exciting prizes among thousands of spectators at this NYC fall event for all ages.

close up of dog in costume at a nyc halloween event

Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla | October 26-27, 2022

Central Park, Harlem Meer | Twilight

Located just over one mile north of the Park Terrace Hotel, visitors can celebrate Halloween in one of New York City’s largest parks. Attendees can enjoy ghost stories, a costume parade and carve their own pumpkin. At twilight, the Central Park Conservancy will float 100 illuminated gourds across the Harlem Meer. Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla is free to attend and is fun for all ages. 


Village Halloween Parade | October 31, 2022 

Located on 6th Ave. from Canal to West15th Street | 7 p.m.

Take the short 1.5 mile walk down 6th Ave. from our NYC Hotel for prime parade viewing this autumn. New York’s 49th Annual Village Halloween Parade will feature some of the spookiest and most creative costumery you’ve ever seen. Guests can enjoy performances by Grand Marshal, the Brooklyn United Marching Band and other special surprise guests. Don’t forget about the afterparty at Webster Hall!


New York Comedy Festival | November, 7-13, 2022

The lineup at this year’s New York Comedy Festival is sure to be a hoot, including performances from Bill Maher, Bassem Youssef, Conan O’Brien and more. Featuring more than 200 comedians and 100 shows, this popular event invades venues across five boroughs.  Get ready to laugh at one of the top fall festivals in NYC and grab your tickets now. 


The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze | Through November 20, 2022

Blaze: Hudson Valley

September 16 – November 20, 2022

Van Cortlandt Manor – Croton-on-Hudson, NY

525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520


Blaze: Long Island

September 30 – November 6, 2022

Old Bethpage Village Restoration – Old Bethpage, NY

1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage, NY 11804


New York’s Original Halloween Spectacular, The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, returns for another year in two locations. Thousands of hand-carved pumpkins light up the night during this spooky walk-through experience. With larger-than-life installations, synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack, you won’t want to miss this fun NYC fall festival. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze requires advance tickets, offers free parking and is fun for all ages. 

carved pumpkins illuminated by candlelight at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze a NYC fall event


Lightscape | Opening November 16, 2022

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Featuring more than one million sparkling lights, Lightscape returns for a second year at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The all-new illuminated trail celebrates the beauty of nature after dark with lighted trees, sculptures and more. The family-friendly NYC fall event begins at the visitor center with opportunities to purchase a hot drink or sweet treat along the way. For tickets, directions and tips for visiting, visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website


Whether you’re traveling for a show, or looking for things to do in the fall in NYC, Park Terrace is the perfect home base during your visit. Our comfortable amenities and convenient location make it easy to experience everything the city has to offer. Plus, our rooftop lounge is the perfect place to do some leaf peeping in NYC.  Receive up to 15% off when you stay at Park Terrace Hotel this season with our Autumn Getaway deal.


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