Best October Events 2017
Best October Events 2017: This is the big one! Over 50 of the best Octoberl events 2017 and more to come!
Chihuly Nights, New York Botanical Garden, Thurs-Sat, through October: 6:30-10:30pm: NYBG’s current installation of 20 large scale sculptures from renowned artist Dale Chihuly take on are spectacularly illuminated amid the garden’s sweeping vistas at these evening events. Stroll the grounds and enjoy performance artists, musicians, food and an Avion Tequila cocktail while you are there. (2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx; www.nybg.org)
Local! Once Upon a Time Fall Fest & Halloween Train Show, Lasdon Park – Sat- Sun: 9/30-10/29: 11am-4pm: This Fall Fest cum Halloween Train Show features an elaborate storybook themed Lionel Train Show in the Main House, storybook character meet and greets, an enchanted hay maze, an Alice in Wonderland Down the Rabbit Hole Walk, food from the Fork in the Road food truck and craft, garden, clothing and seasonal foods vendors. (2810 Amawalk Rd., Katonah; www.lasdonpark.org)
Oktoberfest, Stamford Museum & Nature Center – Fri, 10/6: 7-10pm: This one’s for adults only. Sample seasonal brews, enjoy authentic German fare and check out the S’mores Bar. Live DJ. (39 Scofiledtown Rd, Stamford; www.stamfordmuseum.org)
Hot Ticket Alert! Annual Stone Barns Harvest Fest – Sat, 10/7: 10am-3pm: Their 14th annual celebration and fundraiser will be a hot ticket so sign up early. THIS EVENT ALWAYS SELLS OUT! Live music, hands-on farming activities, food crafting, a seasonal food and farmer’s market, hayrides, sheep moving, turkey herding and live music around the farm. (630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills; www.stonebarnscenter.org)
Fall Foliage Hike, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation – Sat, 10/7: 1pm: Meet at the Trailside Museum for a hike to some of the best views at the Reservation.(6 Reservation Rd., Pound Ridge)
Fall Fest, Hilltop Hanover Farm – Sat-Mon, 10/7-9: 10am-5pm: A weekend of farm activities including hay rides, pumpkin picking, hikes on 3.5 miles of marked trails, farm animals, farm stand and u-pick veggies and more. (1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights; www.hilltophanoverfarm.org)
Hudson Valley Bacon Bash & 5K Run – Sat, 10/7: 2-6pm: Bacon 45 different ways and their first ever 5K run. This s@#t is crazy! The ultimate day for bacon lovers! This family friendly event features bacon themed food and craft vendors, a bacon competition where you can be the judge, live bands and bacon themed games. Sounds like a total pig-out to us. And we mean that in a good way. (Orange County Farmer’s Museum, 850 Rt. 17K, Montgomery, NY; www.baconbashny.com)
Local! Pumpkin Picking Weekend at Muscoot Farm – Sat-Sun, 10/7-8: 11am-3pm: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch or walk to the vegetable garden to pick your pumpkin. Visit the farmer’s market, farm animals, (check out the pygmy goats and miniature donkeys) 12 historic buildings, (love the ice house and blacksmith shop) and 7 miles of hiking trails from easy to moderately strenuous. (Rt. 100, Somers; www.muscootfarm.org)
Local! Community Center of Northern Westchester Annual Benefit – Sat, 10/14:6pm: The Center’s Cocktail Party and Auction raises funds to provide food, clothing, and other programs to families in need in Northern Westchester Recent auction items included Broadway tickets to The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots; a golf outing with a former Rangers player, a private tour of The Frick Collection and local restaurant experiences. (Bedford Historical Hall, 608 Old Post Rd., Bedford; www.communitycenternw.org)
Local! The Pound Ridge Harvest Festival ROCKS (with Rusted Root), Pound Ridge Town Park – Sat, 10/14: 1-6pm: Come on Armonk, Bedford & Chappaqua, you’re not trying hard enough! The Pound Ridge Harvest Festival features activities for kids, a craft beer garden for adults, and a root beer garden for kids and BBQ for all. Plus their first annual Scarecrow Contest and music from Rusted Root New whose 1994 album When I Woke went platinum with it’s Top 40 hit “Send Me On My Way”. (Pound Ridge Town Park, 179 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge; www.poundridgeharvestfestival.com)
Harvest Festival, Stamford Museum & Nature Center – Sat-Sun, 10/14-15: 11am-3pm: Enjoy apple-cider, a scarecrow-making contest, hay bale climb, costume parade, Colonial Militia re-enactors, an apple slingshot, farm animal demonstrations, live music with Jay and Ray, face-painting, storytelling, children’s crafts and food trucks. Plus museum exhibit: Masterpieces of Science Fiction. (39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford: www.stamfordmuseum.org)
Local! Armonk, Bedford, Chappaqua Schools Color Run, Fox Lane HS – Sun, 10/15: 8:30am. The Family Reach Clubs of Byram Hills, Fox Lane, Greeley and John Jay High Schools color run is a 5K race (where you run through a mist of non-toxic paint). The event raises funds for The Family Reach Foundation (FRF) – a non-profit that assists families struggling with cancer. They have raised over $200,000 for FRF over the past four years. The event is followed by a block party with lots of food trucks. Register onsite. Read more. Www.familyreach.org/rainbow
Local! Bedford Hills Lions Club Car Show & Pancake Breakfast – Sun, 10/15 & 10/29: 10am-3pm:The 19th annual Bedford Hills Lions Club Car Show features Brass & Antique, Import, Post War, Classic, Muscle Cars, 60s-70s, Modern Corvette, Street Rods & more at the Katonah Commuter Parking lot 3. Their annual Pancake Spooky Pancake Breakfast supports Veterans organizations. Bring your costume and appetite to the Bedford Hills Community House at 74 Main St., Bedford Hills. www.befordhillslions.org
Object Out Loud, Arman and Nick Cave, Katonah Museum of Art, Tues-Sun, 10/15-1/7: 2018: Arman and Nick Cave are two of the late twentieth-century’s seminal artists whose work embodies the sculptural process of accumulation: the assembling of numerous found objects, often scavenged from everyday sources. Here, a surfeit of objects is the raw material for the artists’ sculptures, even as the objects’ rich associations become vehicles of social commentary or dissent. (134 Jay Street –Rt. 22, Katonah; www.katonahmseum.org)
Apple Pies & Pumpkins at St. Mary’s The Virgin Church’s Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch – Sat, 10/21: 11am-3pm & Sun, 10/22: 12-5pm: Chappaqua’s St. Mary’s Church, the purveyors of the great Strawberry Festival held each June, take a stab at Autumn with “the most scrumptious apple pie,” hay rides, games, pumpkin decorating and a pumpkin patch where you can buy everyone’s favorite seasonal squash plant. (191 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua; www.parishoffice.wisite.com)
Local! Tastes of Northern Westchester, Mt. Kisco Country Club – Thurs, 10/26: 6-8pm: The Mount Kisco Rotary Club invites you to an evening of fine food, wine and music to benefit Richmond Community Services Foundation. Sample the wares of the area’s finest restaurants. The Richmond Foundation operates home-like residences in Westchester County to support the lifelong needs of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities that require complex medical needs. (10 Taylor Rd., Chappaqua; www.mountkiscorotary.org)
An Evening in Good Taste To End Childhood Hunger for the Food Bank for Westchester – Thurs, 10/26: 6:30-9pm: Eat, drink and make a difference at the 27th annual benefit for the Food Bank of Westchester. The event features fine food and world class wines from 25 top chefs and vintners from Saltaire, Crabtree’s, The Castle, MP Taverna, Abigail Kirsch, Polpettina and L’Inzio. Last year the Food Bank raised over $200,000 to help fight hunger in Westchester. (1133 Westchester Ave., White Plains; www.foodbankforwestchester.org)
Local! Northern Westchester Hospital’s Annual Breast Cancer Symposium, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Fri, 10/27: 10:45am: A multi-disciplinary group of seven clinicians who form Northern Westchester Hospital’s Simulated Breast Tumor Board lead this symposium on comprehensive treatment choices for breast cancer patients. No fee but registration is required. (480 Bedford Rd., Chappaqua; www.nwhconnect.org)
Crafts at Purchase, Sat-Sun, 10/28-29: 10am-5pm: Crafts at Purchase (from ArtRider) is back! This shop-fest benefits the Performing Arts Center and features one of a kind and limited edition Jewelry, clothing and accessories, home décor, sculptural works, painting, photography and mixed media works from 100 artists. New this year: a curated selection of gourmet specialties, yarn spinning and weaving demonstrations. (735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase; www.artrider.com)
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week – Mon-Sun, 10/30- 11/12: Foodies of the world unite! During HVRW you can lunch for just $20.95 or dinner for $29.95 at many local restaurants in & around Armonk, Bedford & Chappaqua and beyond. Check back for updates when the participating restaurants are announced. We’ll give you all the locals, HVRW’s best menus and some carefully selected eateries that are worth the trip. www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com
Local! Bedford Village Chowder & Marching Club Fall Dinner Dance, Bedford Hills – Fri, 11/3: It’s the event of the season for BVC&M. Enjoy dinner, dancing and cocktails with the people who have raised over $800,000 since 1956 for local youth programs in arts and music, club and school sports, scouts, youth outreach, scholarships and community services. (Glen Arbor Golf Club, 234 Bedford Center Rd., Bedford Hills; www.bedfordchowderandmarching.org)
Hike to the Leatherman’s Cave. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation – Sat 11/4: 2pm: Hear the lore of the Old Leather Man as told by storyteller Jonathan Kruk on this annual 2.5-mile hike. Meet at the Michigan Road parking area. (6 Reservation Rd., Pound Ridge)
Fall Forest Weekend, New York Botanical Garden, Sat-Sun, 11/4-5 & 11-12: 11am-4pm: Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City, and immerse yourself in the magnificent colors of fall foliage. See the Forest from a different perspective with a scenic canoe trip down the Bronx River and spot birds that call this woodland home. Live bird demonstrations, guided tours, and more make for an unforgettable autumn experience. (2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx www.nybg.org)
CraftWestport – Sat-Sun, 11/4-5: 10am-5pm: CraftWesport (from ArtRider, producers of Crafts at Lyndhurst) is the longest running indoor crafts festival in CT. It features 175 vendors displaying a variety of media: clay, glass, painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, furniture, metal jewelry, wearable art and specialty foods. (70 North Ave., Westport; www.artrider.com)
Local! Harvey Presents Glenn Close, The Harvey School – Sun, 11/5: 4pm: American film critic and multiple Emmy Award-winner at WOR-TV and CBS TV, Pat Collins interviews six time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close at the Walker Center for the Arts on The Harvey School Campus in Katonah. In addition to her six Oscar-noms, Close is a three-time Tony and Emmy award winner. (220 Jay St., Katonah; www.harveyschool.org)
Local! Chappaqua Craft & Gift Fair, Bell Middle School – Sat, 11/11: 10am-4pm: 32nd annual craft fair featuring over 85 vendors presenting handcrafted jewelry, designer clothing, handbags and accessories, original artwork, tableware, furniture, bath & beauty products, children’s gifts, floral designs, gourmet foods and more. This event produced by the Bell Middle School PTA benefits the Bell Middle School. (50 Senter St., Chappaqua; www.chappaquacraftfair.com)
Local! NCPL Benefit: Chefs are the New Rock Star Series with Melissa Clark, Moderne Barn – Mon 11/13: 11:30am: New York Times Food section columnist and author, Melissa Clark leads a discussion of her new book Dinner: Changing the Game at Armonk’s Moderne Barn to support the North Castle Public Library. Clark is a James Beard Foundation Award-winner and has appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America. Tix on sale 9/27: (430 Bedford Rd, Armonk; www.friendsncpl.org)
Local! Imagine What’s Next, Northern Westchester Hospital Annual Benefit – Sat, 11/18: 6:30pm: Benefit Co-Chairs Doris and AL Chance and Harriet & Steve Libov invite you to enjoy cocktails, dinner & dancing at this annual fundraiser for NWH. This event will honor Community Honoree Nancy Karch and Physician Honoree David Miller. (Saw Mill club, 77 Kensico Dr., Mt. Kisco; www.nwhconnect.org)
Local! Ice Skating at The Harvey School – Fri, 11/24: 12:435-2:45pm: In cooperation with The Harvey School, Jim Whiting and his staff at Bedford Recreation offers two hours of public skating for all ages at The Harvey School ice rink on the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. There will be a DJ spinning fave tunes and requests. Admission is just $5 and you must provide your own skates and no hockey playing. (The Harvey School, 260 Jay St., Katonah;www.bedfordny.gov)
Local! Chappaqua Cares Empty Bowls, Crabtree’s Kittle House – Sun, 12/3: This event from Chappaqua Cares event is a benefit to help raise awareness and funds to combat hunger. This year they will auction off a hand-painted bowl from musician Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule. For more information, please read our previous post about this event here.
All Fall Long
11 Road & Trail Races: The local road & trail race season restarts on Labor Day weekend with the Church Tavern Biathlon in South Salem. There’s more running (and walking for a cause) to do in Armonk, Bedford, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Pleasantville and North Salem on our Road and Trail Race Guide which you can find here!
Apple Picking – 9/9-10/29: Apple picking season is here. Check out our Fall Survival Checklist to find out where to pick apples and when. Apple Picking.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard Festival Weekends – Sat-Sun, 9/9-10/29: They’re picking apples (and pumpkins) and rocking’ at Harvest Moon in North Salem. There are hayrides, pony rides, face painting, farm animals, bounce house, and great live music. Plus the best apple cider donuts, lemonade, funnel cakes and smoked turkey legs. Other vendors include dog treats, kettle corn, gourmet pizza, pumpkin cheesecakes, Italian cheeses and sausages, local French cakes and more! (130 Hardscrabble Rd., North Salem; www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard)
Pride of the Hudson River Cruise, Newburg –Through 10/29: 1 & 4pm: See the majestic beauty of the Hudson River on this 2-hour narrated river adventure from Newburgh to West Point taking in the sights of Washington’s Headquarters, World’s End, Mt. Beacon, Bannerman Island, Constitution Island, Breakneck Mountain, and the town of Cold Spring. (Blu Pointe Landing, 100 Front St., Newburgh; www.prideofthehudson.com)
What To Do Bucket List! PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens Reopen – Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm through 10/31: The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo’s World Headquarters in Purchase is open to the public from April 1 through October 31. The Gardens features 45 large-scale outdoor pieces from the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. Including Henry Moore and Alexander Calder. Plus 6,000 trees from 38 species, a Koi pond, fountains, formal gardens with topiary, hedges and thousands of flowering bulbs. Read more about this WTD Bucket List-er!
Hilltop Hanover Farm Stand & U-Pick – Fri-Sun through 11/19: Offers fresh, farm-grown produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. Each week’s vegetables available for purchase are listed on their website. See our Farmer’s Market Guide for more information. (1271 Hanover Street , Yorktown Heights, 914.962.2368; www.hilltophanoverfarm.org)
What To Do Bucket List! Kykuit Tours, Thurs-Sun, 8/31-9/30, Wed-Mon, 10/2-31 & Thurs-Sun, 11/2-12: This hilltop paradise, now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Read our review of the guided tours of the six-story stone house; the terraced gardens with Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller’s collection of 20th-century sculptures; the underground art galleries featuring a collection of Picasso tapestries; and the Coach Barn’s classic automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. (381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow: www.hudsonvalley.org)
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Ride, Weekends 9/1-10/22: Take a 2 ½ hour narrated train and riverboat ride through what the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the last great places on earth,” the Connecticut River Valley. The train passes farms, waterfalls, and wetland habitats with blue heron and egrets. The riverboat cruise on the Connecticut River passes the historic Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House and Haddam Swing Bridge. Check out their special Dinner Train, Riverboat Lunch and Sunset Excursions. (1 Railroad Ave., Essex, CT; www.essexsteamtrain.com)
What To Do Bucket List! Rockefeller State Park Preserve: Our favorite hiking in the area is the 25 miles of carriage paths on 1400 acres of Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville. These low-impact, impeccably maintained trails offer a range of hikes from flat walks and moderate grades to a steep climb. The deep forest, river and lakeside trails never feel too manicured. And it doesn’t take long to get that “back to nature” feeling. Read more about this WTD Bucket List-er!
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