Archtober – October 2015 October is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month. Each day of Archtober boasts a different exhibition on everything from the Financial District’s waterfront skyscrapers down to the Brooklyn sewers. This month-long festival includes a Building of the Day series. These behind-the-scenes tours of architectural marvels like the newly opened Whitney Museum and 4 World Trade Center are led by the key designing architect or project directors.
White Light Festival –October 14 – November 22 Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival is an impressive showcase of different artistic disciplines from jazz performances to independent films to emotive poetry readings. The concert series opens with a three-night survey of Franz Shubert’s repertoire, performed by tenor Mark Padmore, and closes with a four-part dance performance set to music by contemporary composer Thomas Adès. Following the performances, move over to the White Light Lounges reception to clink glasses with the artists and fellow audience members.
The Oyster Festival – October 17 through 18 “Aw, shucks!” takes on a new meaning at The Oyster Festival. Now in its 32nd year, this fair has become the East Coast’s largest waterfront festival. In honor of its namesake delicacy, the fest cooks up oysters in every way imaginable! If slurping those slippery little suckers doesn’t excite your palate, there are plenty more seafood and vegetarian options and non-epicural activities such as carnival rides and a display of historic tall ships.
Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch – October 18 If you can’t wait to break out your Halloween costume, head to Queens Botanical Garden for the Harvest Fest. The changing foliage, cups of apple cider, and kiddies decked out in spooky regalia will get you doubly excited for fall. The whole family will enjoy the garden’s petting zoo and the pumpkin patch. Now get ready to carve that jack-o’-lantern!
Oktoberfest Presented by Food & Wine – October 19 Grab your beer stein and head to Astoria, Queens for a massive Oktoberfest celebration in The Garden Studio, a whopping 30,000 square-foot beer garden. As you bite into a sauerkraut-covered brat and sip on Bavarian brews, an Oompah band will supply the brassy tunes. Between the sips of beer and bites of schnitzel, save room for strudel!