75+ Free & Cheap NYC Events in October 2014

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We always get excited when leaves start to fall and temperatures cool. There are just so many amazing free events this month! Here are our top NYC event picks for October 2014.

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Top Picks for October 2014
Tuesday, October 7th: Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal
Tuesday, October 7th: Martina McBride & 'Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year'
Tuesday, October 7th: RISE: NYC Demo Night
Tuesday, October 7th: Gary Shteyngart
Tuesday, October 7th: Bushwick Burlesque & Cyclone Jack Sullivan Present: MORE BLOOD!!!
Through Sunday, October 12th: CBGB Music & Film Festival 2014
Through Sunday, October 18th: Fall for Dance 2014
Wednesday, October 8th: Free Backpacking Basics Class
Wednesday, October 8th: $1 Pizza for Charity at Slice Out Hunger 2014
Through Sunday, October 12th: Art in Odd Places 2014
Thursday, October 9th: Resumes & Cover Letters: Advice from Real Recruiters
Thursday, October 9th: Game Night Fundraiser for Letter of Marque Theater Company
Fridays Through October 10th: Free Fencing Lessons
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Through October 12th: 'Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn'
Through Sunday, October 19th: Astoria Art Festival 2014
Friday, October 10th: Strand & CoverSpy’s Super-Spooky Book Swap + Costume Contest & Free Drinks & Snacks
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Through October 12th: 'Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn'
Saturday, October 11th & Sunday, October 12th: openhousenewyork (OHNY) Weekend 2014 is Your Key to the City with Free Talks, Tours & More
Saturday, October 11th: Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York & 'Little Humans'
Saturday, October 11th: Dwell on Design New York (Get Free Tickets Now)
Saturday, October 11th: Free Icons of Horror Screenings: Sam Katzman
Weekends Through October 12th: Autumn Crafts Festival 2014
Saturday, October 11th: Free Classic Horror Film: 'The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll'
Saturday, October 11th: The Good Festival—Fall 2014 with Workshops, Tastings & Performances
Through Saturday, October 18th: HONK! NYC Festival 2014
Monday, October 13th: Cary Elwes of 'The Princess Bride'
Monday, October 13th: Free Film: 'Shaun of the Dead'
Tuesday, October 14th: Neil Patrick Harris
Tuesday, October 14th: Idina Menzel
Tuesday, October 14th: Neil Young
Through Sunday, October 19th: Architecture & Design Film Festival 2014
Wednesday, October 15th: Andrew M. Cuomo & 'All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life'
Thursday, October 16th: I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy + Afterparty
Through Friday, October 24th: Imagine Science Film Festival 2014
Through Sunday, October 19th: Gowanus Open Studios 2014
Saturday, October 18th & Sunday, October 19th: Nifty NYC at IndieCon NYC 2014
Saturday, October 18th: It's My Park Day 2014
Sunday, October 19th: Final Food Truck Rally of 2014
Sunday, October 19th: Free Pumpkin Palooza Cooking Class
Sunday, October 19th: NYC Pickle Day 2014 with Pickling Contest, Tastings & More
Sunday, October 19th: Free Film: 'The Shining'
Monday, October 20th: Free Film: 'Beetlejuice'
Monday, October 20th: Jim Gaffigan & 'Food: A Love Story'
Through Sunday, October 26th: $50 Beauty & Wellness Treatments During Spa Week Fall 2014
Through Saturday, October 25th: CMJ Music Marathon 2014
Wednesday, October 22nd: Marcus Samuelsson & Gail Simmons
Wednesday, October 22nd: Tavi Gevinson & Janet Mock
Through Sunday, October 26th: Margaret Mead Film Festival 2014
Through Sunday, November 2nd: Cider Week NYC 2014 with Free Lots of Tastings
Saturday, October 25th: Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival 2014

More Awesome Things to Do in October
Through Sunday, October 12th: 2-for-1 Tickets During Off-Broadway Week 2014
Through Sunday, October 12th: NYC Super Week 2014
Through Sunday, October 12th: New York Film Festival 2014
Through Sunday, October 12th: 'NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial'
Through Friday, October 17th: New York Gypsy Festival 2014
Through Saturday, October 18th: Central Perk Pops Up for 20th Anniversary of 'Friends' with Free Coffee, Gunther & More
Through Sunday, October 19th: 'Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans' Celebrates 75th Anniversary of the Beloved Book Series
Through Saturday, October 25th: 'Decolonized Skies' Showcases Ways Surveillance Technology Can Be Used for Public Good
Through Saturday, October 25th: Mika Tajima's 'Total Body Conditioning' Contemplates Experience of Time & Space
Thorough Sunday, October 26th: Exhibition on Amusement Park Rides & Games of the 1900s
Saturdays & Sundays Through October 26th: Hester Street Fair 2014
Weekends Through October 26th: The Amazing Maize Maze 2014
Through Tuesday, October 28th: NYC H.P. Lovecraft Festival 2014 of Theatre & Film
Through Tuesday, October 28th: 'Spectober IV': Spectacle Theater Screens Little-Known Horror Films
Through Friday, October 31st: The Brooklyn Plantology Great Pumpkin Patch 2014
Through Friday, October 31st: Archtober Architecture & Design Month 2014
Through Friday, October 31st: Free Horror Film Marathons
Saturdays Through November 1st: Harlem Eats 2014
Through Sunday, November 2nd: 50% Off NYC Ghost Tours
Through Sunday, November 2nd: Dan Graham & Günther Vogt Installation on the Roof of the Met
Through Wednesday, November 5th: 'Sleuthing the Mind'—Artistic Practice Informed by Neuroscience
Through Sunday, November 8th: 50% Off Tickets to Blood Manor Haunted House
Through Saturday, January 3rd: 'Dance & Fashion' Exhibition at FIT
Through Sunday, January 4th: 'Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond'
Through Monday, January 19th: See the Work of Mac Conner, a 'Mad Men'-Era Illustrator
Through Saturday, January 31st: Celebrate 45 Years of 'Sesame Street' with NYPL
Through Sunday, February 15th: 'Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe'

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