Looking for an alternative to apple picking? We’ve got you covered. Go on an underwater odyssey, celebrate Oktoberfest in Brooklyn, and then again in Queens, or try your hand at this family scavenger hunt. But that’s not all. Keep scrolling for the rest of our weekend event picks!

Photo: Story Pirates Musical Sketch Comedy


Governor’s Island Family Scavenger Hunt
Solve clues, riddles and answer trivia about the history of Governors Island and compete with other teams in some fun, wacky family obstacles and photo challenges to see who can race to the finish line first. Sun. Event Details.

Treasure Island the Musical
Colorful characters and costumes make this a swashbuckling production you will never forget! In addition to the one hour musical, the audience receives a special treat – interactive arts workshops prior to the performance. The kids and their families make a pirate art project to take it home as a souvenir. Sun. Event Details.


National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Through ground-breaking technology, audiences will go on a digital “underwater” dive and come face-to-face with life-size photo-real versions of some of the largest and most interesting creatures of the sea at this one-of-a-kind immersive entertainment experience. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Sounds of the City Free Concert Celebrating NYC Composers
Under the direction of BSM faculty member Rebecca Steinberg on trumpet the trio includes colleague pianist Sara Sherman and guest artist violinist Ann Marie Bermont in a program of works for piano and trumpet by some of the city’s most gifted musical residents. Fri. Event Details.

Little Red Lighthouse Festival
Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with Urban Park Ranger educational presentations, visits to the lighthouse interior, readings of eponymous children’s book, fishing clinics, live music, food vendors, and fun family activities! Sat. Event Details.

Story Pirates Musical Sketch Comedy Powered by Kids
Using stories submitted by children, the Story Pirates create outlandishly funny sketches and mini-musicals that leave kids and their parents howling in the aisles. Sat. Event Details.


2nd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration
Two days of festive musical performances, crafts, and themed food offerings, and arts and crafts for kids. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

Mario the Maker Magician
New York’s own MARIO the maker magician brings his original magic + DIY robotics show to the Brooklyn Music School Theater with a special guest appearance by Chile’s Enzo Nelis in Enzo’s first ever US performance. Sun. Event Details.


Sunnyside Gardens Park Annual Oktoberfest
Sunnyside Gardens Park will transform into an authentic beer garden serving award winning beer from local Queens breweries, traditional German food, live music and entertainment, plus an arts and crafts fair and a huge pumpkin patch. Sat. Event Details.

Seasonal Garden Tours and Activity Table
On the first weekend of each month, explore seasonal garden highlights with knowledgeable staff on a tour, then check out a fun activity table! Sat. Event Details.

Staten Island

Annual Pumpkin Festival at the Carousel for All Children
Kick off the day with “Music with Patrick,” where all are invited to sing and dance along. Quiver Farms Petting Zoo will visit for a portion of the day, plus lots of other nature-based activities are in store. Sat. Event Details.


Grand Spectacle of South African Festival of Dance
Featuring 20 dancers with live musicians, these companies use dance to respond to cultural and political issues in their communities by conveying real-life stories of hard work, human struggles, and longing for a better life. Sun. Event Details.

Do you have a favorite autumn tradition? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson