What To Do In NYC This Weekend October 27 To 29

Hey, not all of us are into Pennywise

Not feeling Halloween as much as that neighbor down the hall in the clown costume is? Don't worry: Here are seven NYC events that will ease the pain of having to cross paths with yet another jaywalking Wonder Woman.

All Weekend

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

Fact: Christmas can never come too early—just ask the tourists lining up for Rockefeller Plaza's ice rink right now. Bryant Park's annual festive holiday market is back for the season, brimming with all of the cheesy raclette, hot chocolate and crafty presents anyone could ever ask for.

Cider Week

The Big Apple's tribute to, well, apples might be approaching its final few days, but with enough tasting events, dinners and block parties to fill your weekend, it's not too late to take advantage of this yearly booze fest. 

New York City Horror Film Festival

Sometimes we need a reminder that there are bigger adrenaline rushes in the world than making it onto the Q train right before the doors close. For a real dose of epinephrine, partake in this weekend-long screening of more than 50 of the scariest independent horror films. 

Friday, October 27

Bitten: A Food Conversation

Just one ticket gives you access to more than 15 of New York's biggest culinary figures and restaurateurs (including former Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin), as they address various topics, including the perils of starting their first restaurant and how to get noticed in food media. 

Eat Up! Drink Up! Japan

So you never crossed "move to Japan" off the bucket list, but this event from local magazine Chopsticks NY, will sure make you feel like you did—at least, for a day. Choose between a lunch or dinner session, where you'll sample 18 dishes from throughout the various regions of the country, each paired with a regional sake. 

Saturday, October 28

Halloween Candy & Spirits Tasting

Twenty-one is definitely too old to go trick-o'-treating (and have it be socially acceptable), but it's just the right age to attend this free wine-and-candy pairing event at a trendy Flatiron wineshop.

Sunday, October 29

Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

OK, even if you could go without seeing another carved pumpkin for the rest of your life, this is NYC's quintessential Halloween event we insist you attend, as an armada of floating jack-o'-lanterns will light up Central Park.