Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere! Find a gourd perfect for carving, painting, or just plain decorating at this annual festival, or at this farm. Not in the mood for pumpkins? Celebrate Oktoberfest at this popular park, send your taste buds into overdrive at this pickle party, or challenge your kids to see who can figure out these puzzles. Keep scrolling for the rest of our top picks!

Photo: Tom Kelly via flickr

Downtown

Japanese Puzzle Party
If you like Sudoku, you’ll love Shikaku, the new puzzle that spices up numerical logic challenges by including the concept of area. Your goal? To divide the grid into rectangular regions so that each region contains only one number, and that number is exactly the area of the region in which it sits. Think you can do it? Sat. Event Details.

Pickle Day 2019
Pickle Day takes place annually in New York’s historic Lower East Side neighborhood and is the world’s largest pickle festival, packed with giant games, a face painter, live DJs, balloon animals, carnival games, and giveaways galore! Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

Brown Rice Family
A fresh world roots band jamming towards global solidarity, Brown Rice Family provides the masses with distinctively organic global music, which encompasses reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, Afrobeat, jazz stylings, rock, Brazilian, Latin, and funk. Always growing, the band now comprises eight members hailing from all over the world! Sat. Event Details.

Harlem Harvest Festival 2019
Celebrate the Harvest season and explore the Village of Harlem, NYC’s most vibrant food and lifestyle hub! The Harlem Harvest Festival is the one time a year that “city meets country.” Experience locally made products, children’s activities, a farmer’s market, the Harvest Bake-Off, and live performances all day long. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

PS 130 Fall Fest
This popular annual PTA fundraiser for Kensington’s PS 130 kicks off the season with a spirited bang. The event features a haunted house, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, pony rides, LEGO activities, henna tattoos, face painting, live music and dance performances. Plus: raffles for prizes big and small and tons of tasty treats and baked goods! Event Details.

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House Party: STEAM Punk
Express your individuality as you dig into S.T.E.A.M. and Steampunk-inspired activities with a punk rock edge. Experiment with printmaking and wearables, explore contemporary art in the Gallery, and enjoy exciting performances. The day ends with a feel-good family dance party hosted by Party Like Brooklyn, Baby! Sat. Event Details.

BKLYN Indoor Block Party
Back by popular demand – City Point and Brooklyn Bridge Parents bring the party inside for families and kids! Free fun activities, educational games, arts & crafts and a school fair. Sun. Event Details.

Queens

Sunnyside Gardens Park Oktoberfest
The picnic grove transforms into an authentic Biergarten serving award winning German styled beer, traditional German food, with live music and entertainment for the whole family! The Arts & Crafts Fair is also returning once again, and of course, to round out this family friendly event, a huge Pumpkin Patch, kids crafts, carnival rides, face painters and other activities will keep children of all ages entertained while you enjoy all the biergarten has to offer. Sat. Event Details.

Bronx

Spooky Pumpkin Garden
NYBG gets a Halloween makeover with a sea of gourds of all shapes and sizes, a host of silly scarecrows, and frightfully fun activities. Experience the thrills and chills of the season with visits from creepy creatures of the night, after-dark adventures, and the arrival of monstrous pumpkins. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Bronx Fit Fest
Enjoy free fitness and dance classes, healthy living tips, wellness screenings, and more! Sat. Event Details.

Staten Island

Annual Pumpkin Festival
Save the Date for the Greenbelt’s annual fall festival where the prettiest pumpkins will prevail in the patch! Meet the horses from NYC Parks Equine unit, learn all about the benefits of planting native plant species in your garden from the Staten Island Native Plant Society, and many more fun activities and opportunities. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm
Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town’s Decker Farm returns with all of your favorite autumnal activities! Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island. Sat.–Sun.Event Details.

Worth the Drive

Sesame Street Live: Make Your Magic
When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there’s one problem … Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson

 

featured image: Tom Kelly via flickr