What To Do In NYC This Weekend October 2017

Pumpkin spice fervor is at its peak, you've Instagrammed your way through the Greenmarket's squash selection and yet, this weekend will be a balmy 70 degrees. It's a little too warm to bust out your favorite scarf but ideal for spending happy hour outside in the autumnal sun.

We might be approaching Halloween, but the dog days aren't over just yet—here's where to celebrate the last days of NYC's outdoor drinking season.

All Weekend

Grand Banks Oyster Bar

New York's go-to summer hangout is extending its seasonal run until the end of the month, meaning you can still knock back oysters and rosé one last time before the wooden schooner sails away for the winter.

Dine in Queens 2017

There's way more to eat in this outer borough than just soup dumplings. Through November 2, more than 100 of Queens' best restaurants will offer three-course, prix fixe dinner menus for just $28, with some running the same menu as a $14 lunchtime deal.

Giant Pumpkin Weekend

If you've ever wanted to live a Charlie Brown childhood in real life, visit the New York Botanical Garden, where the largest gourds from all over the country will be on display. (It's also your chance to take in the Chihuly exhibition before it closes at the end of the month.)

Cider Week NYC

Those of us who never got used to the taste of beer (your first collegiate game of King's Cup will do that to you) can look forward to the return of this weeklong ode to America's oldest libation. Hop around the city's most notable bars and restaurants, sampling New York State's most refreshing craft ciders.

The Food Film Festival

If you're going to ignore the sunshine and spend your weekend binge-watching movies, do so at this annual cinema fest, where dinner and a movie gets taken to a whole new level. Films including a James Beard biopic and a chopped cheese sandwich documentary are accompanied by the actual dishes you see on screen. 

Sunday, October 21

The Brew Hop 5K Race + Beer Fest

Once you cross the finish line of this scenic run through Randall's Island, you'll be greeted by a cold beer and snacks from some of the city's finest breweries and food trucks. Part of the proceeds will benefit Oceanic Global to help its mission of ocean conservation.

8th Annual Taste of the Seaport

Forty of Lower Manhattan's best food and drink vendors will fill South Street Seaport's brick-paved streets for this yearly block party. Sales from the family-friendly event will go toward funding the arts programs at two local elementary schools.