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MANHATTAN

Pumpkin Arch

Seaport

Take a photo with a cool pumpkin arch framing a great river view. Frighteningly excellent drinks for grown-ups available at the Heineken Riverdeck Garden Bar and grab a bite to eat at Malibu Farm, The Fulton, or Cobble & Co. All restaurants are…

King Nyani

Midtown-30s

Nestle in the hand of King Nyani, a 23 ft long bronze gorilla sculpture by world-renowned public artists Gillie and Marc Schattner. Nyani will lounge in Bella Abzug Park, already a colorful, engaging place to play, near Hudson Yards for…

Sam Moyer: Doors For Doris

Central Park

Try to open massive stone doors in a massive three-part sculpture on the southeastern edge of Central Park. Moyer’s hybrid sculpture unites imported stone with rock indigenous to the New York region with beautiful inlaid marble fragments. The title pays…

Peace, Love & Happiness/Ziggy

Seaport

Come together and heal through art with this sculpture at the Seaport by Scott Gerber, artist and founder of Tube Dude. The “Peace Sign” is a signal to viewers to bring calm to one’s mind. By crafting the “Heart”, Gerber…

Governors Island

Fidi

Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island opens for shortened, socially distanced summer season. Lots of room to roam on this 172 acre former military post plus biking (rentals available), hiking, outdoor dining, birding, lounging in shady hammocks, giant slides, art installations, historic architecture…

Monster by Tin & Ed

Fidi

See a new inflatable sculpture by  New York based artists Tin&Ed of  a newly imagined hybrid flower whose gigantic bloom is over 20 feet high and 25 feet wide. For one week only, come face to face with this strange…

Pumpkin Point on Governors Island

Fidi

Pick from thousands of pumpkins in historic Nolan Park surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes. One per visitor, free of charge. No reservations needed Lots to explore on this island oasis with stunning…

Central Park Zoo

Central Park

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo. * Climb, play and pet at the interactive children’s zoo across the path. * Most indoor areas are now open including the…

Vessel

Midtown-30s

* Climb 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs — almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings -to incredible views of the city, the river and beyond. Not for those averse to physical exertion or heights. Elevator available only for disabled…

High Line

Meatpacking

Follow the green dots for a socially-distanced stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Book timed-entry passes online; new times released each Monday. Enter only at…

Fred Tomaselli

Tribeca

See Fred Tomaselli’s multimedia paintings which explode in mesmerizing and hallucinatory patterns with various components—organic matter from his garden, collaged elements from printed sources including the New York Times, and hand-painted fauna and ornament—all suspended in layers of clear, polished…

BROOKLYN/QUEENS

Photoville

This annual photography festival socially distances this year with 63 smaller outdoor exhibitions throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park and beyond to Times Square and parks across New York City’s five boroughs. All exhibitions are designed to be viewed and enjoyed at…

Domino Park

Splash in fun fountains with amazing bridge and Manhattan views at this large waterfront park (now with social distancing circles on the grass). * The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has cool features like spinning valve wheels cast…

The Fall Escape

Stroll through a series of immersive, multi-sensory floral filled installations. Pose for photo-ops with fall favorites imagined with blossoms including a life size pumpkin spice latte cup topped with a floral swirl, a giant floral butterfly or escape and an…

AnkhLave Arts Alliance at Queens Botanical Garden

Find site specific art installations by six female Queens-based artists of color in lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods. Masks required.

Halloween on the Farm

Wear your costume to historic Queens County Farm for an Amazing Maize Maze, spooky hayrides and trick-or-treating with the farm animals. Find eight stations located throughout the farm’s 47 acres to safely experience Halloween. Also Adopt-a-Worm composting program, ghastly crafts…

Halloween at the Garden

Little ones can show off their Halloween costume at Queens Botanical Garden, walk a trick or treat trail, and enjoy performances, including a magic show. Includes admission to the garden. For an extra $10, also get timed admission to the…

BRONX

Bronx Equestrian Center

Bronx

Stop by this horse farm in Pelham Bay Park Park for pony rides ($5/three rides) or reserve relaxing trail rides ($65/hour). Long pants, closed shoes, helmets required and available at the stable. Bug repellent recommended. Lessons for ages 6+ ($40/half-hour private…

Boo at the Zoo

Bronx

The spacious animal kingdom is all decked out for Halloween. * Thursday through Sunday, watch giant pumpkin carving demos, join dancers, stilt-walkers and drummers in (socially-distanced) costume parades, see magic acts, explore an Extinct Animal Graveyard, go on a MASKerade…

NYBG Great Pumpkin Path

Bronx

Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of a path on the Conservatory Lawn. Keep an eye out for a display of whimsical scarecrows throughout the gardens wand wander through gorgeous fall foliage in the…

Wave Hill

Bronx

Explore 28-acre of gardens and woodlands with more than 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants and dramatic views of the Hudson River. The delicious Café has grab-and-go items, snacks and beverages amd outdoor seating on a lovely…

Bartow Pell Family Enrichment Experiences

Bronx

Choose from two weekly outdoor experiences on the grounds of a historic mansion Join earth science-based program Walking Tours: Home Sweet Habitat for a short, gentle hike with a Museum Educator through the Bartow-Pell woods. Learn about the plants and…

Classes & Camps

Little Jay Music and Play Central Park

Central Park

Make music and learn in outdoor, socially distanced singalong music classes that incorporate music theory through play. Bring your own props (shakers, scarves, tambourine/drum and a puppet or stuffed toy) and blanket. Only 5 families/ class to ensure social distancing. Mondays at 9:30am & 10:30am at E 76th street, Fridays 9:30am & 10:30am at W…

Central Park Ballet Classes

Central Park

Dance in Central Park with a professional dancer/actress in fun socially-distanced ballet classes that incorporate movement, sound and song along with discipline and focus and leave children feeling wonderful about his/her self. Classes held at the long sloping lawn just before Shakespeare in the Park/Delacorte Theater by West 85th street). Email [email protected] to register or…

Mozart For Munchkins UWS Spooktacular

Central Park

Meet the violin and viola with some of New York’s top string players. In addition to Halloween favorites by Bach and Grieg, spooktacular Halloween tunes, and sing-alongs- there’s nothing better than little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns marching to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King.” Also at 10 am.

Mozart For Munchkins LIC

Queens-LIC

This beloved relaxed classical concert series for kids returns with outdoor, socially distanced interactive music. Join The New York Brass Duo and a special guest on the ukulele (and juggling too). Attendance is very limited. Bring your own blanket and park it 6 feet from your neighbor, wear a mask (under 2 excluded), and get…

Little Jay Music and Play Carl Schurz Park

Upper East Side-80s

Make music and learn in outdoor, socially distanced singalong music classes that incorporate music theory through play. Bring your own props (shakers, scarves, tambourine/drum and a puppet or stuffed toy) and blanket. Only 5 families/ class to ensure social distancing. Also in Central Park Monday & Friday.

Free Fall Music at Waterline Square Park

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

Enjoy free music performances will take place at a lush new three-acre green space located at Freedom Place South between West 59th Street and West 61st Street. Hear local musicians playing jazz, Bach, string trios and bluegrass.

Mozart For Munchkins West Village Spooktacular

West Village

Little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns march to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King” in a relaxed, interactive classical concert. In addition to Halloween favorites by Bach, hear spooktacular tunes, and join sing-alongs. Also at other locations on other days throughout NYC.

Mozart For Munchkins Prospect Park Spooktacular

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

Little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns march to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King” in a relaxed, interactive classical concert. In addition to Halloween favorites by Bach, hear spooktacular tunes, and join sing-alongs. Also at 10:45 am and other locations on other days throughout NYC.

Lincoln Center New Stages

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

See in-person live music performances at two outdoor venues on Lincoln Center’s iconic campus: on top of the signature sloped Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn and under the peaceful shade of the trees in Barclays Capital Grove. Each venue will house individual pods that can accommodate up to two people. Pods in Barclays Capital Grove…

Treasure Trunk Theatre Halloween Outdoor Imagination Adventure

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Celebrate Halloween with Treasure Trunk in a very special Imagination Adventure. Join energetic and engaging teaching artist to travel to exciting new places on an action-packed, magical adventure with a Halloween twist, After warming up bodies, voices, and imaginations, open the magical treasure trunk and discover items that will spark our journey for the class….