Free in October: 35 Things To Do in NYC with Kids

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's annual Harvest Festival! Photo by Katherine Gray
Celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's annual Harvest Festival! Photo by Katherine Gray

October is bubbling over with bushels of free things to do in NYC. While we've already presented you with our picks for free Halloween activities, that's not all the cost-free fun happening in NYC this month. We have plenty of non-Halloween events, including harvest and fall festivals like the Little Red Lighthouse Festival and Randall's Island Harvest Festival.

October also boasts events like the Blessing of the Animals, Yom Kippur in Prospect Park, and the Atlantic Antic.

Read on for 35 free things to do in New York City this October, including events in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Find more top events on our best-of-October list, or our always-packed daily Family Activity Calendar. Of course, our Guide to Fall Activities and New York City Halloween Guide have all the seasonal must-do's.

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Places featured in this article:


Citywide (see above)

Old Stone House at JJ Byrne Playground

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park)

Success Academy Charter Schools Network Office

Citywide and online

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts

BAM Peter Jay Sharp Lobby and Lepercq Space
LuminoCity Festival at Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park - 4:30 PM Pick
Sparkling the Heart of Fordham
Bryan Park - 4:00 PM Pick
Carroll Park Holiday Tree Lighting
Carroll Park Carroll Gardens - 5:00 PM Pick
NYBG Glow
The New York Botanical Garden - 5:00 PM Pick
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