By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

Heading to New York City? Here are 10 things to check out

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Fall is in full swing. October is here and along with that comes Oktoberfests galore. There are quite a few interesting options for those wishing they could be in Germany, and also a fun round up for lovers of jerk, coffee, spooky stuff and even pickles.

NYC Craft Coffee Festival: New Yorkers take their coffee very seriously as the rise of craft coffee brews have taken over. With more than 20 coffee roasters and coffee shops participating on Oct. 3 at the Villain Café, coffee lovers will be able to come together with like-minded java heads.

Miss Lily’s Jerktoberfest: Only in New York can your Oktoberfest celebration be fused with some downhome Jamaican food. Every Monday night, head to Miss Lily’s for an Oktoberfest inspired menu. $38 per person will fill up your belly with family-style jerk platters, jerk sausages, jerk potatoes, and even apple strudel hand pies. Don’t miss the interest mash-up. Available at both the SoHo and East Village locations.

Zum Schneider: This is the Oktoberfest celebration to end all Oktoberfest celebrations. The only other place to be is Munich. Known to many as the “Munich on the East River,” this Bavarian Bierhaus simply cannot disappoint. From Oct. 2-11, snag a $25 admission ticket and head to the tent.

Boo at the Zoo: Starting this weekend and continuing every weekend through October, this spooky Halloween tradition combines music, magic, mystery, mischief and, of course, animals! Discount tickets available. Check out the schedule of events to plan your trip

Maze by Moonlight at Queens County Farm Museum: Forget about the haunted houses, this year try your fright at a spooky maze in the moonlight. If you can’t bear not running through at least one haunted house, the Queens County Farm Museum has one of those too. And, for the trifecta of fun, get there early to squeeze in some time in the pumpkin patch.

Lower East Side Pickle Day: Pickles for everyone! From noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 4, head to Orchard Street on the Lower East Side to taste pickled creations from over 30 vendors. There will be food, games, live music and even a fashion show.

Cheers NY: Presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, this is Brooklyn’s first craft beverage and food festival. Boasting unlimited food and beverage samples, DJs, Beer Hall, Games and more, head to Industry City Oct 2-4. For tickets and more info

Oktoberfest Midnight Yacht Cruise: Oktoberfests are everywhere, even out at sea. Climb aboard this midnight cruise at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 3. Dance and drink the night away with world famous DJs and breathtaking NYC views. Docking from SkyPort Marina, 23rd & FDR Drive, tickets here

New York Film Festival: Presented by the Film Society at Lincoln Center for the 53rd year, this festival runs through Oct. 11. Screenings, talks, documentaries and more, all right here:

Off-Broadway Week: If Broadway shows are out of your budget, there are a ton of off-Broadway shows to choose from. Through Oct. 4, score 2-for-1 tickets to some of the hottest up-and-coming shows.

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brooklyn, New York. You can email her at

By Stacey Leigh DiPillo

For Weekender

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brooklyn, New York. You can email her at