By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

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

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October is the best. Oktoberfests are going strong this week, along with Comic Con, music fests and film festivals. The weather is cooling off, so grab a sweater, a beer and celebrate the change in seasons.

Restoration Rocks 2015: Presented by Bed Stuy Alive at Restoration Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 10 from noon to 5 p.m., this outdoor festival celebrates the diverse community that is Bed Stuy. Featuring performances by Rakim, DUO 1804 ft DBR, Sophia Ramos, and more.

Jazzfest at BRIC: This three-day Jazz festival kicks off Oct. 11 with performances by Ron Carter Trio and Danny Simmons, The Brown Beatnik Tomes. Get the festival pass for $60 and see all three shows.

The Edible Oktoberfest: Sponsored by Edible, this Oktoberfest is more than just beer. Going down at Brooklyn Brewery Oct. 7, you can enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest meal prepared by Emily Petersen, your ticket includes food and paired beers.

New York Comic Con: The world famous annual event for devotees needs no introduction. If you’re in town during Comic Con, you probably plan to be. From Oct. 8 to 11 at Javits Center, everything you need to know is here

CMJ Music Marathon: For the past 85 years, this music marathon has served as a platform for launching new careers in the music industry. Kicking off Oct. 13, this week long even features artists, conferences, radio appearances and more.

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. For $38 per person, bellies can fill up 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. Through Oct. 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 are available. Check out the schedule of events to plan your trip now

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. But, 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 out there early in the day and you can squeeze in some time in the pumpkin patch.

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

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