Is October starting to feel more like Octo-brrr? Here are some events this week that will excite you and (hopefully) make you forget about the chilly weather.

Friday, October 20th

Don’t fret if you missed out on peak Oktoberfest festivities in New York! The Brooklyn Oktoberfest at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse will kick off this Friday and last throughout the weekend. The 9000-square-foot warehouse space will transform into a Munich festival tent, featuring local beers, bratwursts and live music.

The Illuminati Ball will grant your access into the former Williamsburg Savings Bank, now The Weylin. Join the surrealist soirée, featuring unique masks, live music, dance, aerialists, and fire performances.

Saturday, October 21st

Celebrate 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks this Saturday! Art lovers and park go-ers: you’re all invited to enjoy Central Park as it transforms into a stage, museum, and art studio for a free day of public art in honor of this milestone!

Who doesn’t want to see some ‘doggos’ and ‘puppers’ strut in funky costumes? The Annual Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park will feature hundreds of dogs in costumes competing for prizes.

Free. Pierogi. Samples. That’s right — the 3rd Annual Pierogi Tasting Day includes 14 different kinds of Pierogi from various East Village establishments. Nosh on traditional options like potato and cheese, as well as more adventurous flavors like pumpkin and short rib.

This Saturday, Untapped Cities is hosting a bunch of tours. Explore the Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge, where you’ll learn about Russian fur vaults, love locks, its old Cold War fall out shelter and more. Later in the day, venture out to Kearny Point, New Jersey’s equivalent of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, to see the newest developments and renovations there, or discover the various Secrets of Grand Central Terminal, including its hidden tennis court and lost armchairs.

The 5th annual Elizabeth Street Garden Harvest Festival is taking place this Saturday. Make sure to bring a costume and join in on the free games and activities planned, including arts & crafts, pumpkin decorating, face painting and more. The event is free and open to the public.

The Urban Sketchers are celebrating one of the most important events in New York City: under the Treaty of Breda in 1667, the Dutch secured a monopoly on nutmeg by trading New Amsterdam (Manhattan) to the English. In honor of this historic event, the NYC sketchers will spend the day drawing at the Dyckman House, the oldest remaining Dutch farmhouse on Manhattan Island.

Sunday, October 22nd

Get extra spooked at the Brooklyn Museum’s Soulful Creatures and Green-Wood Cemetery Trolley Tour! This includes a tour of the Brooklyn Museum’s special exhibition Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt and a trolley ride to and from Greenwood Cemetery, where you’ll find a wide variety of Victorian-era symbolic representations of animals.

Enjoy the scenic views the Bronx has to offer by participating in the Tour de Bronx! Participants have a choice between a 25-mile route and a 40-mile route, taking riders through sites such as Pelham Bay Park, Fort Schuyler, Riverdale, and more. Both routes conclude at the Botanical Gardens, where participants can relax with live music.

Looking to spruce up your Halloween decor? House of Yes in Brooklyn is hosting its Boutique Bazaar with a Halloween twist. Get buzzed from drinks at its bar, and from the excitement of shopping for crafts, vintage goods, and more.

We’re also hosting a few tours this Sunday, beginning with our tour of Gritty Old Times Square. Explore what’s left of the 1970’s, when the neighborhood was dangerous, gritty, intense, and sexually diverse place. We also have a tour of the Secrets of Central Park, where you can uncover stories, scandals and secret locations of New York City’s famous green space.

Monday, October 23rd

Untapped Cities’ founders, Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet, are offering a preview of their newest book, Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide. Join them for a sunset toast and discussion on a secret rooftop inside Brooklyn’s Kingsland Wildflowers natural habitat (located next to the Newtown Creek Digester Eggs).

Tuesday, October 24th

New York at Its Core, an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, incapsulates New York City’s 400 years of history. Join architect and exhibition designer, Wendy Evan Josephs of Studio Joseph, on an exclusive, Behind the Scenes Tour of New York at Its Core’s three galleries.

Wednesday, October 25th

Join a tasting and discussion on mead, the world’s oldest adult beverage made of honey, at New York’s first commercial meadery. The event, Mead is Magic, Wine is Medicine, will discuss the traditional beliefs of mead’s healing powers, and how made has been revered as a magical and mysterious potion for centuries.

Thursday, October 26th

The 2017 edition of theInternational Fine Print Dealers Association’s Fine Art Print Fair will be held in the River Pavilion at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The event — the largest and most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking — takes place on October 26-29th. View and purchase a diverse collection of rare works that span a range of periods and prices. For more information, click here.

Also check out our full schedule of Behind the Scenes tours in NYC.

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