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October in New York City Weather and Event Guide

October has great weather, though prices rise as peak travel time approaches.


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I'll let you know a secret: October is my favorite month in New York City. I love the cool, crisp fall air which is (in my mind) the perfect weather for exploring. The crowds (& heat) of summer are gone and the holiday visitors have not yet descended on the city, meaning you might find yourself exploring a near-empty gallery or on a tour that's not at full capacity. So, shhh... don't tell anyone!

October Weather:

  • Average High: 65°F (18°C)
  • Average Low: 50°F (10°C)
  • October is a beautiful month to visit New York City. The weather tends to be very comfortable for exploring -- warm days and cooler nights are perfect for walking around the city and there's no discomfort as you go in and out of attractions, museums and stores.

What to Wear:

  • a sweater or medium weight jacket (for keeping warm in the evenings)
  • closed toe shoes, comfortable for walking and water-resistant, if possible

October Perks:

October Cons:

  • hotel prices and airfares are starting to rise as NYC enters its peak travel time

Good to Know:

  • Columbus Day, celebrated the 2nd Monday in October creates a three-day weekend which is a popular time for visitors from the northeast

October Highlights/Events:

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