How is the weather in New York in October?

This post is a summary of the October weather in New York City, with tips on what clothing to pack and suggestions of things to do.  October is a colorful time in New York City, with the leaves changing color and Halloween festivities and pumpkins all around the town. The skies are mostly blue with brisk temperatures that are comfortable to enjoy one of our pay-what-you-like walking tours.  During October, the fall colors, especially in Central Park, will be at their peak from mid-October into early November.  Bring your camera and join one of our Central Park walking tours.  You could also check out our other monthly weather reports.

How Much Sun and Rain

Things to Do in October

Tourist Passes

Average Temperatures

What to Wear

Free Tours by Foot


TIP:  Be sure to read our post comparing the tourist discount passes as well as the different New York City bus tour companies.




Daily temperatures range from about 55f (13C) in the early morning to near 70f (21C) during the afternoon hours early in the month, cooling to 46f (8C) to near 60f (16C) by month’s end. By October the hot days of summer are gone and it is very rare to see temperatures reaching 90f (32C) or falling below freezing this month.



On average, 19 days this month will be either sunny or partly sunny with cloudy days and some rain likely on about 9 days. Rainy days with 0.5 inches (13mm) of rain or more occur on 2-3 days during this month.

October Weather in NYC


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What to wear in October

Depending on when in October you are coming, your What to Pack list may vary.  The picture to the right is from our Harlem tour on a mid-October day.  Our guests are wearing typical clothing that is appropriate for October.

Early to Mid October

  • For men and women, long pants, slacks, and jeans are all good. Light wool or heavy cotton is
    recommended. For women, heavy leggings or medium weight skirts are fine.
  • Mostly long-sleeve shirts. Throw in a short-sleeve top for a surprise warm day. 
  • A medium weight coat or jacket is necessary. Pack a warm sweater or thick hoodie for layering. 
  • Closed-toe shoes are best – the sandal days of summer are gone.
    It can’t hurt to have waterproof shoes or boots in case there is a bit of rain.
  • Having a small umbrella never hurts, though there are many places to buy very cheap umbrellas if the skies turn gray.

Mid to Late October  

  • The same items above, but made of warmer material such as wool or heavy cotton. 
  • Sweaters are cozy for layering.
  • If you tend to get cold easily, bring a light scarf. 

If you find out too late you didn’t pack correctly, you can pick up some cool clothes on one of our shopping tours.  You could also go to the outlets in Woodbury Commons and get a load of discount designer fall clothing.


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Here are just a few of the great things to do in NYC during October. To see the complete details of these events, as well as even more things to do during October, see our post of Things to Do in October as well as our master post on Things to Do in NYC.

Village Halloween Parade  October 31    
The wackiest wildest and biggest Halloween Parade in the World! You can watch from the sidelines or march in the Parade, as long as you wear a costume. The route goes right through the heart of Greenwich Village.



Columbus Day Parade   October 9  
A celebration of Italian-American Heritage. The parade has over 130 marching groups including bands, floats and Italian heritage and cultural groups marching proudly along the route through Midtown Manhattan.


Open House New York (OHNY)   October 14 – 15th
An annual event much loved by locals and tourists alike, OHNY weekend gives the public FREE access to over 275 of the city’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings and spaces that are not generally open to the public.


Marco Polo Festival   October 15 

A family-friendly event, this festival celebrates the Italian and Chinese communities of New York. There will be a colorful parade, giant puppets, live performances and much more. This is a great way to see both neighborhoods for you and the kids.


For year-round activities, see our post Things to do in New York City with over 200 suggestions on ways to spend your time in NYC!


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