What’s on in October

Fall has commenced and it’s time for apple picking, seeing the Autumn leaves and all the new shows arriving on Broadway.


You Can’t Take It with YouAustralian actress Rose Byrne is making her Broadway debut with Double Tony-winner James Earl Jones as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy romance “You Can’t Take It With You”. The play, about a loving but odd American family, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. Previews commenced on Aug. 26 and the play opens on Sept. 28 for a limited 19-week run.

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion – Australian John Waters is bringing his show to New York, should be fabulous.

The River Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway this month with a new play by Jez Butterworth, first performance is Oct 31. This will be a limited run and it’s being performed at the Circle in the Square theater, which is a small venue, so get your tickets now.

Margaret Mead Film Festival – held at The American Museum of Natural History is held annually each Fall, the Festival was founded in honor of pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead, one of the first anthropologists to recognize the significance of film for fieldwork.The Margaret Mead Film Festival encompasses a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction. This year there are six Aussie films  that will be shown.

Halloween – October 31 – for the best parade in NYC head to Greenwich Village.

New York Botanical Garden – Take the family along to The Haunted Pumpkin Garden event that combines the spooky fun of Halloween festivities with an astonishing display of the most eye-catching and intriguing pumpkins and gourds. On October 18 & 19, Ray Villafane will work his carving magic to create intricate pumpkin sculptures, while the largest pumpkins from North America will once again call the Garden home on October 25 & 26.

The Highline – Fall is a fabulous time to walk in our beautiful parks in New York and the third stage has just opened.


MoMA has a new Matisse exhibition opening focussed on his revered cutout series on October 12.

Metropolitan Museum of Art big fall exhibit is Cubism:The Leonard A Lauder Collection debuts on October 20.

Open House New York – October 11 and 12 – For two days every October, OHNY Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From historic to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York. Reservations are required for some of these exclusive locations, so check out the schedule.

Archtober – Archtober (ärk’tōbər) is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the fourth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. During the month there will be the opportunity to tour many contemporary and iconic buildings with daily site tours led by an architect with the “Building of the Day” program. The first tour, taking place on October 1st, will be The Public Theater at Astor Place.


New York City Wine & Food Festival – held on October 16 to 19 the only festival in New York bringing together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs. 100% of the net proceeds benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank For New York City, fighting hunger in the five boroughs.

DUB Pies Food Truck – listed as one of the top 10 food trucks in NYC by both Gothamist and Time Out! Enjoy the Autumn weather by going for a walk in the park and grab a pie afterwards. See where they will be with this loose schedule or follow them on Twitter, @DUBpies. During October they will be at the Prospect Park Food Truck rally on  the first and third Sundays.

Apple Picking – A great activity in the North East is to go apple picking during the Fall. Enjoy the last of the sunshine along with the seasonal fruit. Here are five of the best places in the Tri-State region for apple picking.

Author: Australian Women in New York

Australian Women in New York (AWNY) sources stories and guides that will help make you win the Big Apple. We also love to profile fabulous Aussie and Kiwi women.

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