By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

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

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Enjoy a weekend in NYC.


    One weekend left until Halloween! These weekly events get you in the Halloween spirit with mazes, pumpkin carving and zombies. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of arts, food and culture this week too.

    Zombie Masquerade Ball

    Celebrating Michael Jackson and “Thriller,” the Thrill the World NYC Zombie Masquerade Ball is happening Oct. 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. Join this Michael Jackson tribute dance group and dance along the in the simultaneous, record breaking, worldwide event. Tickets and info here

    NYC Food Film Festival

    This festival combines two of our favorite things: food and movies. Starting Oct. 22 through Oct. 25, expect film screenings of over 20 films, parties, food and drinks that you’re seeing in the films.

    Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend

    The weekend before Halloween must be spent preparing and what better way than to head over to the New York Botanical Garden for the annual Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend.


    Among other things, October celebrates Architecture and Design Month in NYC. If you’re a lover of architecture and design, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

    BAM Next Wave Festival 2015

    Staring back in September, this festival runs until November. Choose from cutting edge theatre, music and dance performances at the historical Brooklyn Academy of Music.

    Special Edition of Brooklyn Bowl featuring Biz Markie

    Thursdays at Brooklyn Bowl, Questlove’s weekly residency combines music, dancing and bowling. This Thursday, Oct. 22, you can see special guest DJ Biz Markie. Doors at 11 p.m., show at 11:30 p.m.

    Miss Lily’s Jerktoberfest

    Only in New York can your Oktoberfest celebration be fused with some down-home 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. Grab 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 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.

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

    By Stacey Leigh DiPillo

    For Weekender

    Enjoy a weekend in NYC. a weekend in NYC.

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