Do errands, chores, and the ever-present soccer or tuba practice monopolize your weekend time? Take a break! Watch the city’s fashionable canines strut in their own Halloween parade, get a taste of country living at this farm festival or this harvest festival, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try to escape this corn maze by moonlight. Looking for something else? Scroll on to see more of our weekend event picks!

Photo: Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve


27th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Pooches let their alter egos shine, putting on some of the cutest and most creative costumes you’ve ever seen at the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Sat. Event Details.

8th Annual Taste of the Seaport
Taste of the Seaport brings together the best culinary outlets in the Seaport and Financial Districts. In addition to over 40 food and beverage vendors, the event will feature performances by a slate of carefully curated recording artists and bands, and family-friendly activities. Sat. Event Details.


Tricks and Treats at Le Carrousel
Calling all princesses and superheroes, ghouls and goblins too…it’s time for the annual Halloween party at “Le SCCARROUSEL” in Bryant Park. Expect magic, arts and crafts, tricks and treats and so much more. Sat. Event Details.

Jack-O-Lantern Storytime
Listen to stories about pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns, and visit the museum’s kitchen to see the pie-making display. Afterward, make a jack-o-lantern ball & cup toy to take home. Fri. Event Details.


2017 Farm Festival
Manhattan Country School will bring a bit of the country to West 85th Street with a farm-themed urban carnival featuring family-friendly rides, games, arts and crafts, and live music. Sat. Event Details.


One Bite Festival with Brooklyn Based
Get ready to get creative! There will be lots of fun food-themed art projects at this festival including 3D sculptures with toothpicks and grapes, fruit and veggie printmaking with inkpads on paper and more. Sun. Event Details.

Customized Halloween Costume Class
Your child will get to design and build the Halloween costume of their dreams. At the end of the session, your kiddo will walk away with a completely custom, electronics integrated, awesome Halloween costume! Sat. Event Details.


Storytime and Craft
Bring your little nature lovers to QBG for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically themed craft activity. Sat. Event Details.

The Amazing Maize Maze by Moonlight
Kids and adults alike will have fun finding their way out of this 3-acre corn labyrinth! The adventure begins with a “Stalk Talk” to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way out of the maze, all while using the starry sky (or flashlights) to guide you through your adventure. Sat. Event Details.

Staten Island

Harvest Festival
Carve or paint a pumpkin, build a scarecrow, bob for apples, meet live animals, trick or treat with local environmental groups, take fall family photos, dance to live music, play lawn games, get your face painted, create fall themed crafts, enjoy pizza and cider, and more! Sat. Event Details.


The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin
Accompanied by traditional Chinese music, more than one hundred acrobatic and martial arts performers take the stage in a vibrant spectacle of aerial stunts, juggling acts, contortion tricks, and feats of balance that are guaranteed to dazzle and delight. Sun. Event Details.

What’s your best-kept secret spot for great family entertainment? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson