October Events in Brooklyn

Hello dear fall! The leaves are starting to change color on the treetops, the temperature is beginning to cool down, and Brooklynites are being invited to festivals, events and conferences in indoor spaces all over the borough. While Oktoberfests are in full swing, we want to focus on the booze-free, cultural events that will leave you with new perspective.



Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Crown Heights
October 1

Courtesy: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

For the past 25 years, Brooklynites have celebrated the change in seasons in spicy fashion at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Chile Pepper Festival. Visitors can enjoy outdoor performances by artists from around the globe and sample an array of delicacies, including chile peppers from nearly 50 food artisans. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite chile and bring it home. Visitors of all ages can also learn more about the cultural and culinary uses of chiles across six continents!



Brooklyn Boulders, Gowanus
October 7

On October 7, Brooklyn Boulders and Grand Army will host a night of giving. There will be augmented reality climbing, a raffle with enticing prizes, food, and drinks. While you have fun and engage with this unique Brooklyn business, you will do well, as proceeds will directly benefit the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos fund. Whether you are looking to donate capital or talent, Brooklyn Boulders is opening up the floor for residents to give in any way possible for this night of giving.



Various Locations, Bushwick
October 12 – 15

The 10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival is one of the borough’s most influential cinematic events. It supports Brooklyn’s artistic, cultural and economic growth by shining a light on Bushwick as a creative hub, attracting film and entertainment industry leaders from all corners of America and the world. At the festival, emerging independent filmmakers will represent Brooklyn and some 30 countries. Filmmakers and film lovers will be able to connect with each other, boost their networks and mingle with people from all backgrounds.  For a full list of films and artists, please visit the Bushwick Film Festival website and use code ExploreBK for a 25% discount!



Various Locations, Downtown Brooklyn
October 14 – 24

This 10-day festival celebrates the deep artistic and cultural roots of Brooklyn, by inviting locals and visitors to a number of talks, panels, concerts and galleries throughout the festival’s duration. Including programming from over 15 cultural organizations, the festival pays tribute to the incredible hub of culture and arts that the Downtown area has become. So, look at the calendar, find an event you like and get ready for some live performances!



Prospect Park
October 14

Courtesy: Brooklyn Rock N’ Roll

Bring out your running shoes and get running throughout the park this fall weekend! Run alongside hundreds of Brooklynites as they dash toward the finish line. Here are some of the things worth looking for to keep your mind occupied and your eyes focused on the next kilometer mark. For sign-ups, please see the Brooklyn Rock N’ Roll website.



October 14 – 15

For this weekend, enter the doors of off-limits buildings, parks and areas of Open House New York. Some locations are ticketed, other are free, and if you wish to skip the lines all weekend – grab an OHNY Passport!  In Brooklyn, there are tons of free adventures to embark on: Gowanus canoe voyages, Five Boroughs Brewing tours, Mary A. Whalen visits, Brooklyn Glass’ glass blowing demonstrations, a look inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Palm House tours, Turnstile Tours’s trips to the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and more!


Brooklyn Museum,  Prospect Heights
October 19 – 21

Join community voices, such as elected officials and community activists, as they get together with Brooklyn artists, filmmakers, writers and performers for creative thinking about social change. With topics exploring the intersections of art and social justice, while shining a light on what unites and separates people in today’s society, The Brooklyn Conference hopes to inspire a more connected, civic and empathetic world. For tickets, please visit the Brooklyn Museum’s website.


Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights
October 20

Kick off your weekend with a free Friday at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Friday like this tends to end up with wine or bourbon tastings and history, adult coloring books, museum tours and more! For more information about Brooklyn Historical Society events in October, please visit the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Facebook page.



October 1 – 31

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