5 Things to Do in the South End This October

Many would argue that October is the best time to be alive in New England. Stunning foliage, the cooling, crisp fall air and bright golden sunshine all come together this month to replace the stifling heat of the summer season. Celebrate October in our neighborhood in style with these South End events!

South End House Tour

Join the South End Historical Society for the annual South End House Tour, the oldest tour of its kind in Boston! Take an inside look at restored and renovated private homes in the largest Victorian rowhouse district in the United States. All proceeds from the House Tour are used to support the South End Historical Society's ongoing efforts to preserve the neighborhood's architectural integrity and to promote its rich social history.

When: Saturday, October 17

Where: Boston Center For The Arts - 539 Tremont Street, Boston

Fall Harvest-Fun for Kids

Join the Haley House Fall Harvest-Fun for Kids between 3 and 6 p.m., and help support the Haley House, soup kitchen and food pantry. Bob for apples, build your own scarecrow, toss a beanbag, and more! All this while enjoying pizza, cider, popcorn, homemade soups, and beer and wine.

When: Saturdays, October 17

Where: Montgomery Street, Boston

Craft Beer Fest

Gather with hundreds of Boston's young professionals at the Fall Craft Beer Fest to sample brews from some of the city's finest vendors. Celebrate the Fall season with bite-sized food samples, fantastic beer and great music, and enter for the chance to win prizes valued at over $1,000! Just make sure you bring your I.D.

When: Sunday, October 18

Where: Cyclorama/Boston Center For The Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston

SoWa Halloween Costume Contest

Join the South End Open Market for its 12th annual Halloween costume contest! Titled "Area 460," this year's event is alien-themed. So shop around more than 150 decked out, spooky vendors, feast on some delicious local food, and don't miss the chance to win cash prizes for your costumes!

When: Sunday, October 25

Where: 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston

Boston Wine Tasting and Walking Tour

Starting at the South End's Gaslight Brasserie, take this walking tour and explore the gastronomical diversity of Boston's 'Restaurant Row' with a unique and eclectic sampling of Southwestern, Modern American and French cuisine. Enjoy a handpicked selection of wine from Burgundy and Rhone in France, Patagonia in Argentina, and Puglia in Italy, combined with an old-world rustic French culinary style and new-world American innovation. Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group of like-minded wine lovers.

When: Saturdays, October

Where: Gaslight Brasserie, 560 Harrison Avenue, Boston