I really cannot believe that is it already October – where has the time gone? It seems like it was summer only yesterday. But, on the bright side, there are a ton of great things to do in October around the city that I’m pretty excited about. Check them out below, and let me know if there’s any I’ve missed!
OysterFest, October 1
This is the final event of the weeklong Oyster Festival. Moving to a new home of the South Street Seaport this year (it was previously held on Stone Street) OysterFest is a great place to sample different oysters and brews from local eateries while enjoying the beautiful, recently redone seaport area.
Skate at Rockefeller Ice Rink, October 8–April 1
Though most people think of this during the holidays, beat the rush and head to Rockefeller Center to ice skate this October. The lines will be shorter, the rink less crowded and overall just a better experience. What more could you want?
Harvest Fest, October 16
Visit Harvest Fest at the Queens Botanical Gardens for a fun-filled day of fall activities. There will be live music, pumpkin picking, a beer tent and more. Soak up all the fall-ness while you still can.
Cider Week, October 21-30
During Cider Week, events all over the city celebrate cider in all of its forms. From cider tastings, to a Harvest Dinner, to pop up shops, this weeklong celebration of hard apple cider is sure to please the cider-obsessed and casual fans alike.
Tour de Bronx, October 23
Started in 1994, the Tour de Bronx features two different rides. The 25-mile ride takes participants through the east, middle and south Bronx through the likes of the Mott Haven district, along the East River and into Pelham Bay Park. The 40-mile ride also visit Throgg’s Neck, City Island and Woodlawn. Both rides end at the New York Botanical Gardens with a few festivities to celebrate the day. Bonus: It’s free to register and if you forget your helmet, DOT will be providing them the day of the event.