Archtober @ Various venues

Of course, October isn’t all ghosts and goblins; it’s also the time for Archtober, NYC’s annual architecture and design month, celebrating the human-built environment of all five boroughs. There are 200+ events, including lectures, panel discussions, and architecture-themed competitions and parties. There will be architect-led tours of iconic buildings from the Hunters Point Library to the Bronx Hall of Music, an Architecture & Design Film Festival, a Pumpkitecture design contest, several kids and family programs, and much more.

Opens Tuesday, October 1st // Various venues // Various prices

Monstrous Birth: Tales from the Haunted Womb @ QED

October is here, so get ready for all things scary. Kick it off with Monstrous Birth, a reading featuring horror, speculative, and generally weird fiction authors plumbing the “haunted recesses of womanhood.” You’ll hear from Livia Llewellyn, Carrie Laben, Terizin Fiona, Maeve Geist, Sonya Taaffe, Andrea Wolanin, and LC von Hessen, and the whole shebang is a benefit for Planned Parenthood.

Tuesday, October 1st, 7:30 p.m. // QED, 27-16 23rd Ave., Queens // Tickets: $13

Have a delightful Diwali full of art and dance

Have a delightful Diwali full of art and dance

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Have a delightful Diwali full of art and dance
Rubin Museum

Diwali: Festival of Lights @ Rubin Museum

To counter the spooky season’s darkness, enjoy Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which illuminates the spiritual victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The Rubin celebration brings together elders from India Home, a nonprofit center for South Asian senior citizens; they will lead participants in the creation of intricate rangoli made from colored sand and flowers, as well as presenting a traditional Indian diya dance.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:30 p.m. // Rubin Museum, 150 West 17th St., Manhattan // Tickets: $19

All of Them Witches @ Nitehawk Cinema

Both Nitehawk Cinemas will spend October highlighting the many ways popular culture has looked at the witch. All of Them Witches opens with a “twisted show and tell” curated by Morbid Anatomy, includes popular favorites like The Wizard of Oz and Hocus Pocus, and features cult classics like Suspiria and Rosemary’s Baby. There will be midnight screenings of Drag Me to Hell and The Witch, brunches with Black Sunday and The Witches of Eastwick, and plenty more witchery. Pair it all with a custom cocktail: Witch’s Garden, made of bourbon, wormwood, and essence of nightshade.

Opens Wednesday, October 2nd // Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg and Prospect Park, Brooklyn // Tickets: $13

Prove your total train devotion at the Miss Subways Extravaganza

Prove your total train devotion at the Miss Subways Extravaganza

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Prove your total train devotion at the Miss Subways Extravaganza
Phil Buehler

Miss Subways Extravaganza @ Littlefield

For the third year running, City Reliquary is harkening back to the pageants held from the 1940s through the 1970s with a modern Miss Subways Extravaganza. The wacky contest invites train lovers of all ages and genders to demonstrate their devotion to the NYC underground with classy, trashy, weird, and whimsical performances. Judges will be NY1 anchor Roger Clark, Lower East Side art star Reverend Jen Miller, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, and artist Michele Carlo. Last year’s winner, Parker MacLure, will be onhand to bestow the transit tiara on its newest recipient.

Thursday, October 4th, 8 p.m. // Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $20

Gorge yourself on unusual delights at the Indonesian Food Bazaar

Gorge yourself on unusual delights at the Indonesian Food Bazaar

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Gorge yourself on unusual delights at the Indonesian Food Bazaar
Indonesian Food Bazaar

Indonesian Food Bazaar @ St. James Parish House

Eat like a king at the Indonesian Food Bazaar, a monthly culinary adventure in Queens. Expect a plethora of options, with treats like beef meatball soup, nasi pecel (Javanese rice and peanut sauce), mie tek tek (spicy fried noodles), klepon (sweet rice balls), dadar gulung (crepe rolls), martabak (chocolate cheese dessert), and jongkong (green tea). There will be a dozen vendors from NYC, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, including Taste of Surabaya, Bakso Superphilly, Pecel Ndeso, Enak Iki, and more.

Saturday, October 5th, 11 a.m. // St. James Parish House, 8407 Broadway, Queens // Free

Socrates Annual 2019 Season Opener @ Socrates Sculpture Park

Every fall, Socrates Sculpture Park presents an exhibition of works by its annual fellows. See all the new pieces at the Socrates Annual 2019 Season Opener, a showcase of commissions from the fantastical to the pedagogical, including an animal soundscape, a monument to the Ailanthus plant, and an homage to Native American myth. The opening festivities feature Colombian food from My Carretta! and a dance performance developed by artist Alva Mooses and based on the Danza de los Viejitos, a parody of old Spanish men.

Saturday, October 5th, 6 p.m. // Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-10 Vernon Blvd., Queens // Free

Blues, Brews, and Botany @ New York Botanical Garden

As the weather (hopefully!!) grows cooler, treat yourself to a seasonal afternoon at Blues, Brews, and Botany. For the blues, listen to a slew of local bands: Durieux, Brandi & the Alexanders, JSWISS, Solomon Hicks, and 20-piece brass band Funkrust. For the Brews, sample the pungent hops and flavorful barleys from 25 local and craft breweries. And for botany, listen to lectures about the plant perspective on the history of brewing. Tickets include a souvenir sampling mug.

Saturday, October 5th, 12 p.m. // New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx // Tickets: $48

Celebrate the season at a Harvest Festival

Celebrate the season at a Harvest Festival

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Celebrate the season at a Harvest Festival
Randall's Island Park Alliance

Harvest Festival @ Randall's Island

Corral the little ones and head over to Randall’s Island for their annual family-friendly Harvest Festival. The celebration will feature plenty of activities to take part in, including pumpkin decorating, kite-making, and face-painting. There will also be live music, crafts and games, and even chickens to meet and play with.

Sunday, October 6th, 2 p.m. // Randall’s Island, Fields 62 & 63 // Free

Pickle Day 2019 @ Lower East Side

Pucker up for the 20th-annual Pickle Day, the festival for all things pungent. What was once a handful of merchants in a Broome St. parking lot has morphed into a massive three-block party teeming with local merchants and pickle-makers from around the country. There will be pickling contests, pickling demos, pickling games, and plenty of tastings from picklers of all stripes, including neighborhood staples The Pickle Guys and Guss’ Pickles, as well as briners from far and wide like Pickle Me Pete, Epic Pickles, Rick’s Picks, The Pickling Poet and many more.

Sunday, October 6th, 12 p.m. // Orchard St., Lower East Side, Manhattan // Free