New York trips on the bus from nearby communities have become one of the most convenient ways to travel. You don’t have to worry about New York’s legendary traffic problems and the nearly impossible task of finding a place to park anywhere you go. Martz Trailways bus drivers know the city well, and they can negotiate traffic problems easily. The bus is roomy, comfortable and large enough to schedule most members who are traveling in a group.

The Best of New York in October

October ranks as one of the ideal months to visit New York. The weather is mild, and events are located everywhere in the city. You can choose from dozens of food festivals, neighborhood celebrations and simple tourism of all the attractions that visitors travel to the Big Apple to see. Five of the top draws for October, 2019, include:

1. New York Times Food Festival

The New York Times Food Festival will be held October 5-6, 2019, in New York’s Bryant Park. This will be the inaugural event of a food festival that’s sure to become a top draw for foodies and culinary professionals. The event will feature some of the world’s most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs and top food editors and writers.

The New York Times has a long history of publicizing food and chefs, and this new festival brings the chefs to New York in one place. The festival incorporates an outdoor festival in Bryant Park where chefs will serve food and tastings and demonstrate preparation techniques. Live panel discussions with chefs and New York Times journalists comprise the second part of the event. The third aspect of the festival is a curated dining experience in one of ten New York restaurants.

2. Margaret Mead Cultural Film Festival

The Margaret Mead Cultural Film Festival takes place between October 17-20 at the American Museum of Natural History. The festival features films, documentaries and other media that explore the diversity and cultural philosophies of people throughout the world. These films were inspired by Margaret Mead’s use of film and photography to chronicle people, culture and new technologies all over the world. The event features films, parties and conversation over the four days of screenings of more than 40 nonfiction films.

The Museum of Natural History is located at Central Park West at 79 Street. The festival is designed to increase empathy and understanding in an increasingly insular world where many political movements foster distrust and insularity. Increased information about people and their cultures can promote better understanding of thousands of communities throughout the world.

3. The Bomb Shelter Comedy Show

Visitors can enjoy a free comedy show every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at the Gaf West bar in Hell’s Kitchen. The Bomb Shelter Comedy Show is also presented on the first and third Saturdays, and the free show features some of the best standup comics in New York. The venue is located at 401 W. 48 Street, and each week the lineup of comics changes. Comics have appeared on The Late Show, Conan, Comedy Central, MTV and NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

The show is free, and there is no cover charge or minimum drink order. There’s even free pizza for a limited number of people – first come, first served. The show lasts for 2 hours, and the testimonials of attendees praise the show and often find it more entertaining than high-priced sets. Seeing a comedy show is one of the must-do events when visiting New York, and this is a great way to begin.

4. Candlelight Ghost Tours

What better time is there than October to hear tales of hauntings, phantoms and banshees calling out in the night? Visitors can explore the Merchant’s House Museum at 29 E. 4 Street or schedule a Candlelight Ghost Tour in New York and other related tours throughout October including:

  • A Walking Tour of Historic 19th Century Noho: Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Candlelight Ghost Tours: October 17-19, 2019, from 6:30 to 9:30, which start every half hour
  • Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Murder at the Merchant’s House: October 31, 2019

5. PhotoPlus Expo

The New York PhotoPlus Expo takes place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from October 24 to October 26, 2019. The event is a great attraction for anyone interested in photography, videography, art and publishing. The event is wholly immersive and is an ideal attraction for students and educators. Attendees can use the latest technologies to improve their skills. The event features live photoshoots and the ability to consult with manufacturers and experts on all aspects of photography, videography and VR.

More than 200 leading brands in the industry will be represented, and in-booth educational experiences provide opportunities to take photographs, film videos and edit materials like a pro. You can learn about new imaging systems by touching and using the latest equipment – even if you leave your cameras at home. You can craft top-notch visual imagery with the most powerful tools available.

Weekend Getaway or Extended Vacation

Taking the bus beats every other method of travel because it’s cheaper, safer and more convenient. Your extended family or group can travel together. You don’t have to worry about parking, designated drivers and other common travel problems. It’s easy to get anywhere in New York by bus, subway, taxi or Uber. Book your travel for a last-minute getaway or an extended trip on Martz Trailways to enjoy the show from start to finish.