What’s on in New York—October 2017

By Allison Jurjens

Settling back in to the swing of work and the city after summer “vacation”, we can at least still enjoy the mercy of warm weather – and a massive line up of events, from AWNY as well as all the city has to offer.  You could be out every night of the week and every weekend!

Here’s what’s on in October:

October 1 brings the Australian time change. If you are calling home, it’s the start of daylight saving – one hour forward Down Under.  Here in New York, we won’t be “falling back” until November 5, when the clocks go back at the end of Daylight Saving.  So currently there is a time zone difference of +14 hour in Sydney, but after the two changes, it will become +16 hours ahead in Sydney.

The changing of the seasons will bring some interesting adventures for those who like to travel outside the city and see the leaves change over these next few months.  Read all about it with AWNY’s Fall Foliage Tips.

Month-long Archtober celebrates architecture around Manhattan, Governors Island and the boroughs.  At least one building per day is highlighted by a tour – some old, revered, new, green, but all amazing in their own right.  Go to the website for tickets.

October 2 – AWNY joins together for a small group gathering to discuss the Emotional Transition of Moving to New York.  This evening event in Chelsea at 6.30pm will be a unique opportunity to explore the psychological issues amidst the thrill of the adventure.  On October 27 there will be the same event in the East Village at a 10am time slot. Get further info from our Facebook events pages here for the pm event and here for the am event.

October 3 – Get your ticket today for the 1.15pm tour with AWNY of the JP Morgan Museum and Library at 225 Madison Avenue.  Connect with the group for a coffee nearby after the event as well. All information and ticket details can be found on our Facebook event page here.

October 4 – Join our Australian friends for their free short film festival, Focus on Abilities, celebrating and supporting those with disabilities.  This Midtown West event promises to be a great night out with AWNY friends, though please do RSVP ahead for catering.

October 5 – Australian artist Jacinda Bayne presents Merging Landscapes Opening Reception from 6-8pm at Anderson Contemporary (180 Maiden Lane, New York). To RSVP, please click here. The exhibition is open to the public from October 6 – December 5, 2017.

October 6-8 – The Big Chocolate Show is over 5,000 chocolate fans, professionals, chefs, food editors and industry buyers gathering in Chelsea for the one indulgence that seems to unite the world. About 100 exhibitors are expected over a 3-day period to showcase their chocolate expertise and commitment to global cocoa sustainability.

October 12-15 – NYC WFF Wine and Food Festival. Tickets start at $100 and many are $350, but once you have your ticket, there’s nothing more to pay.

October 13-15 – NY Coffee Festival. America loves coffee and that can’t be argued. This Chelsea festival gives you access to unlimited cups of coffee, seminars and demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music, art exhibits, food and Coffee Masters NYC, the face-paced barista competition.

October 14-15 – Open House New York Weekend unlocks the most extraordinary buildings in NYC every October for an opportunity to meet people who design, build and preserve New York. Most sites during OHNY Weekend are Open Access and can be visited during open hours without reservations.

October 18-November 15 – The White Light Festival, based out of the Lincoln Center UWS, focuses on uplifting faith in humanity to inspire and design a better future. In over 12 luminous concerts, internationally acclaimed choirs will perform all 150 psalms as a part of The Psalms Experience.

October 19 –  The *GALA evening at the Dwelling Place* is the AWNY’s Charity Event of the year. Please click through for your ticket, and ensure you note “AUSSIE” in the registration to be seated with the AWNY group.

October 21 – Dogs in CostumeWith Halloween around the corner, the pooches get first cut in the largest dog costume parade in the world, held in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village from noon to 3 p.m.  Dress your dog in the most creative costume you can imagine and compete in a runway competition for a thousand dollars in prizes.

October 31 – Halloween!  The Village Halloween Parade runs up 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street, and typically runs from 7-10.30pm. If you haven’t been, check the weather, get your full on costume together, grab a buddy and do it! If you have kids of any age, you must go out and join the American candy culture for a night. It is an experience you shouldn’t miss.  Almost every neighborhood can be good.  If you need a recommendation, hit the townhouses on the Upper East Side.