fri thru sun: cultural fests / food events / markets / shopping events (free admission, unless noted otherwise):
• fri 5-7pm: book swap after hours at jefferson market library (greenwich village). >>
• fri 8-11pm: chinatown night market at forsyth plaza. >>
• sat 10am-4pm brooklyn bike jumble used bicycle and bicycle accessories flea market at washington / jj byrne park (park slope). >>
• sat 12-4pm: friends of greenpoint library fall book sale >>
• sat 1-4pm: the shulastic (cook)book fair at farm to people kitchen + bar (bushwick) >>
• sat + sun (10am-4pm): west side community garden’s annual arts and crafts festival >>
• sat + sun (sat 11am-3pm, sun 1-7pm): korean cultural center new york’s maum market and hangawi korean festival at denizen bushwick (sat) and samsung 837 (sun). >>
• sun 10am-5pm: nyc handmade bazaar at grand bazaar nyc. 100 w 77th st at columbus ave (indoors and outdoors). >>
• sun 12-6pm: 26th annual ferragosto festival: arthur avenue from east 187th st to crescent ave. >>
• sun 3-8pm: foxy vintage fair at tv eye (ridgewood) >>

fri thru 9/24: the village trip festival: celebrate arts and activism across the east and west village with more than two weeks of music, literature, tours, talks, architecture, comedy, food, and more. this year’s signature concert in the park brings together people of earth, the peace poets, and rock trio betty. free and various prices. >>

thru 9/23: caitlin cook: the writing on the stall: ever read a piece of bathroom graffiti and wondered, ‘i wonder who wrote that? what’s their story?’ in her one-woman musical, the writing on the stall, caitlin cook transforms graffiti scrawled stalls into the lyrics of her original songs. soho playhouse, $25 with promo code ‘graffiti’ (reg. $30). >>

fri thru sun: queens county fair: the queens county fair returns for its 40th annual weekend filled with pie eating and corn husking contests, hayrides, carnival rides, midway games, craft and food vendors, and the opening of the amazing maize maze, a three-acre cornstalk labyrinth (open weekends thru 10/28. free with fair admission this weekend, $16 thru the rest of the season.). queens county farm museum (floral park, queens), $15+. >>

fri thru sun: curtain up: give your regards to broadway at the annual ‘curtain up,’ a three-day outdoor event for broadway fans to sing, dance, and enjoy interactive events and performances across two stages on the broadway plazas. highlights include sondheim, chicago, and wicked sing-alongs, a celebration of chita rivera featuring performances and stories by laura benanti, charlotte d’amboise, bebe neuwirth and others, and the finale featuring 20 current and upcoming shows, including & juliet, hadestown, six: the musical, spamalot, the shark is broken, and many more. duffy square and broadway between 45th + 47th streets, free admission. >>

thru sun: armory arts week: galleries from around the world head to nyc to kick off the fall art season with a weekend of shows including the armory show, art on paper, clio art fair, independent 20th century, photofairs, salon zürcher, and spring/break art show. various venues and prices (free-$55). >>

thru mon: commemorating 9/11: the tribute in light, the 9/11 heroes run, the table of silence project, and other events in nyc to mark the 22nd anniversary of the september 11 attacks. >>

fri (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
aladdin at hunters point south park (lic) >>
leap! (ballerina) at mcgolrick park (greenpoint) >>
soul at hamilton fish park (les) >>

fri 6pm (monthly): you are not alone: an uplifting show about depression: improvisers and artists that battle depression and mental illness in their day-to-day lives create scenes inspired by their personal experiences and show how laughter can be the best medicine. hosted by aaron gold and michael serpe. magnet theater (chelsea), $10. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): vocabaret: the 90s: everything’s coming up proses at this monthly variety show for language lovers, where five of the the city’s best wordsmiths present slideshows, games, and other raucous entertainment inspired by a theme. tonight, the gang takes on the 90s. hosted by sam corbin, tim donnelly, jerzy gwiazdowski, ally spier, and nikolai vanyo. caveat (les), $15 with promo code ‘caveator’ (reg $20). >>

fri 7pm (+ 10/8): mx nobody pageant: only the strangest will survive at this annual all-style, all-gender, all-skill level drag and performance art competition. round 3 goes down tonight at purgatory (bushwick). $17. >>

fri 7-10pm (fridays thru 10/27): dreamland roller disco: miami vice: roll with it at lola star’s weekly themed outdoor skate party at prospect park. tonight’s theme: bowie vs freddie90s hip hop. $25 admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): laugh it off – a comedy show in a dog cafe: bring your problems and your pups to the laugh it off variety show, where audience members submit their everyday problems and comedians try their best to ‘fix’ them. drinks and food will be available for purchase. boris and horton (williamsburg), $13.75. >>

fri 8pm: tinder disrupt: performers give powerpoint presentations to ‘pitch’ their single/available friends in front of a live audience. brooklyn art haus (williamsburg), $25. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): school of rock drink-along: a drinking game nyc casts actors in a live staged reading of a beloved 80s/90s/00s movie and turns the whole thing into a drinking game. join them tonight as they stumble through richard linklater’s school of rock (2003). the bell house (gowanus), $20 adv, $25 day-of. >>

sponsored: fri 8pm: not my wedding party dance party: a wedding reception-themed dance party without all the buying presents // church and junk. leave the fine china and shitty family expectations at the door, because we’re here to boogie and let loose with other hot people on the dance floor. there will be toasts! there will be balloon arches! there will be cake! there will be a cash bar! dress code: the bridesmaid’s dress that’s been sitting in your closet, the tux you got divorced in, or what you wished you wore to your cousin’s wedding but your mom told you ‘don’t you think that’s a bit much?’ littlefield (gowanus), $5 adv, $8 day of. >>

fri 8:30pm: drop up video: a panel of comedians roast the music videos that we love to hate at pine box rock shop (bushwick). hosted by justin thompson. $5. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): bitches brew comedy show: see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at this women-produced and -hosted comedy show, returning to the back room at halyards (gowanus) with stand-up by dave ross (conan), kath barbadoro (comedy central), kc shornima (snl), natalie norman, victor tran, and dylan palladino. free admission (a tip jar will be passed around at the end of the show). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): live from outer space comedy show: john f. o’donnell, myka fox, and max bruno host an evening of out-of-this-world stand-up at the cobra club. tonight: clare o’kane (comedy central), brittany carney (adult swim), henry sir (comedy central), joe esch, and jared waters. the cobra club (bushwick), $5. >>

fri 9pm (monthly): music video time machine presents: ‘do you remember september?’: dance and sing along to old school music videos from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s at tonight’s edition of music video time machine’s monthly bash. the front bar of the bell house (gowanus), free admission. >>


This fall, Trinity Church Wall Street will continue its tradition of presenting world-class concerts—most of which are free to attend. The schedule includes classical and contemporary orchestral music, solo performances, and jazz featuring some of New York City’s most talented ensembles and performers. Emphasizing social issues and the inclusion of historically underrepresented voices, the schedule combines brave new works with well-known classics.

Highlights include Trinity’s free midday series Concerts at One returning October 2 to St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway and Fulton St). On Mondays, Jazz at One will bring us the likes of legendary drummer Jonathan Blake and Jazz Times Bassist of the Year Linda May Han Oh. On Tuesdays, immerse yourself in the sounds of our Noack Opus 161 organ at the hands of some of the world’s best keyboardists for Pipes at One. On Wednesdays, Bach at One returns featuring Trinity Baroque Orchestra and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street.


sat + sun: so much more art! (free admission, unless noted otherwise):
• sat + sun (10am-5pm): gracie square art show at carl schurz park (yorkville). >>
• sat + sun (12-6pm): 93rd annual washington square outdoor art exhibit: fall show: university place from east 13th street to west 4th street + schwartz plaza (greenwich village). >>
• sat + sun (12-6pm): high line open studios >>
• sat + sun (12-6pm): flatbush artists studio tour/artwalk >>
• sat thru 10/8: three new exhibitions at brooklyn waterfront artists coalition (redhook) >>

sat thru 9/24 (weekends at 2:30pm): communal spaces garden play festival: the motor company theater’s 11th annual theater arts festival, communal spaces, plants roots in moore jackson community garden (woodside, queens) with two plays, music performances, a community picninc, and more. free admission. >>

sat + sun (11am-4pm): parade of trains: all aboard for a ride back in time as vintage subway cars run between the brighton beach and kings highway b/q line. free with a metrocard swipe or omny tap. >>

sat + sun (sat 6:30pm, sun 4pm): i cannot not grieve: cry scream shout sing by freya powell: more art presents a newly commissioned performance by multidisciplinary artist freya powell, performed by a chorus of women who will move between speech and song, that speaks to the state of grieving we’ve experienced during the pandemic. central park’s east meadow (sat) and green-wood cemetery (sun), free. >>

sat + sun (various times): solocom encores: 15 solo comedic performances from the people’s improv theater’s spring solocom fest return for two days. the pit (chelsea), $13.99. >>

sat (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
42 at frederick johnson playground (harlem) >>
dom salvador + abolition at sunset park >>

sat 10am (+ 9/16, 10/14): outdoor yoga on the brooklyn museum’s stoop: for a morning of yoga, meditation, and museum-going, head to the brooklyn museum. start the day with a yoga and meditation class held on the plaza steps, and follow it up with an optional visit to the museum’s exhibits. $16 ticket includes the class and museum admission. >>

sat 12-2pm: beastie boys square unveiling: adam ‘ad-rock’ horovitz and michael ‘mike d’ diamond celebrate the official renaming of the corner of ludlow + rivington (the site of their famed 1989 paul’s boutique album cover photo) as beastie boys square with a guest dj set, a pop-up shop, screen printing, and more. free admission. >>

sat 12-4pm: vma block party: in anticipation of tuesday’s video music awards, mtv is taking over oculus plaza (fidi) with a block party featuring performances from amaarae, alexander stewart, and jenna raine, plus photo opps, swag, yard games, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. free admission. >>

sat 12pm-11pm: second annual indieplaza: rough trade and rockefeller center host a full day of independent music with performances by nation of language, narrow head, video age, death valley girls, crime in stereo, and many more. free admission. >>

sat 3-7pm fort greene park jazz festival: local jazz icon eric frazier hosts the annual fort greene park jazz festival, featuring performances by afua danso, kevin d. cummings, kentucky parkis, and dave dawson. free admission. >>

sat 5pm: time to kill: a sketch comedy show: amidst the writers’ strike, a lineup of writers and producers at the drew barrymore show, the daily show and more come together for a sketch comedy variety show at union hall (park slope). $10 adv, $12 door. >>

sat 7pm citizenship live!: a comedy show ‘inspired by nightmare that is the u.s. customs and immigration service,’ citizenship live! challenges a team of immigrants and a team of u.s. citizens to answer trivia questions about america and the world. hosted by felipe torres medina and taylor kay phillips. caveat (les), $15 with promo code ‘lincoln’ (reg. $20). >>

sat 7pm: bryant park picnic performances: bryant park’s outdoor performance series continues with gaye su akyol and the secret trio. free admission. >>

sat 7pm doors: live band pop-punk/emo karaoke: pick from 130+ songs at this night of pop-punk/emo karaoke backed by brooklyn’s all killer no filler. a myspace-age dance music set by dj tk follows. the rooftop at our wicked lady (bushwick), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 7:30pm: boba gays take lincoln center: queer korean-american comedians alex kim and kenny park yi bring their all-asian, all-queer comedy/variety show to lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

sat 9:30pm: ian lockwood’s girlfriend pageant: through a series of rounds including talent, gown + age, verisimilitude, and emotional support, 15 comedians and improvisers will ‘compete’ to be performer ian lockwood’s girlfriend. and with 1,000 hot dogs for a prize, you can be sure that things will get a bit nuts. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $15 day-of. >>

sat 9:30pm: books and burlesque: summer novels edition: published authors and burlesque, boylesque and drag performers team up for a nerdy, sexy, and literary evening hosted by fortune cookie. caveat (les), $20 with promo code ‘bbvip’ (reg. $30-40). >>

sat 11:30pm: bey day: celebrate beyoncé’s b-day at’s dance party. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $15+. >>


sponsored: sun 11am: tickets for the 20th annual fall for dance festival (9/27-10/8) at new york city center go on sale today: 15 companies. 8 premieres. 10 performances. all tickets are only $20 (plus fees) to this beloved new york dance tradition, a showcase of the best in dance today. >>

sun 11am (+ 10/8, 10/28): queer history walking tour of the lower east side: trace the queer history of the lower east side back to the 1800s on a walking tour co-created by natalie hill, salonee bhaman, daniel walber, erin reid, jimmy fay, and henry street settlement public historian katie vogel. henry street settlement (les), free-$15. >>

sun 12-6pm: bric house bloc party + family day: to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop and 10 years at bric house in fort greene, bric is throwing a block party filled with family art making, musical performances, panel talks, and workshops inspired by the building blocks of hip-hop. free admission. >>

sun 12-7pm (monthly): pioneer works second sundays: art, music, science, and technology collide during pioneer works’ second sunday event series, featuring live music, food, artists’ open studios, and other programming. pioneer works (red hook), free admission ($10 suggested donation). >>

sun 12-7:30pm: 30th annual clubhouse jamboree: djs spinna, musclecars, merlin bobb, del from philly, and eddie s rule the decks at nyc’s longest-running outdoor house music party. the music pagoda in prospect park, free admission. >>

sun 1pm: america’s first plague lecture: robert p. watson discusses his new book, america’s first plague: the deadly 1793 epidemic that cripled a young nation, at fraunces tavern museum (fidi). $10. >>

postponed to 9/17: sun 1-6pm (rain date 9/17): west side county fair: the annual west side county fair returns with live music, square dancing, sideshow performers, carnival rides and games, food and merch vendors, cotton candy, and more. pier i in riverside park south (uws), free admission. >>

sun 2pm: music under the willow: three arists come together under a willow tree for an intimate concert celebrating open space and the legacy of live music in the east village: mutual benefit, elora, and caroline kuhn. bonus: free food and refreshments. creative little garden (east village), free admission (donations welcome). >>

sun 3-7pm: walt whitman initiative’s 20th annual ‘song of myself’: contribute your barbaric yawp to the 20th annual marathon reading of walt whitman’s epic poem ‘song of myself,’ held outdoors at brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 granite prospect. free. >>

sun 7pm doors: a night at the sinema: summer blockbuster: betty brash presents a burlesque homage to our favorite big budget, explosion-packed popcorn flicks at secret pour (bushwick / bed-stuy). $15 adv, $20 door. >>

sun 8pm (rescheduled from 8/6): gay church: join comedian/musician tessa skara and their house band gaytears as they ‘worship at the altar of queerness’ along with a lineup of comedians and drag performers. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $14.84. >>


mon 2:30pm + 7pm (monthly): 35mm series at angelika: experience a series of classic films in their original format–35mm–at village east by angelika (east village). tonight: stanley kubrick’s 1975 period classic barry lyndon, starring ryan o’neal, marisa berenson, and patrick magee. $18-20. >>

mon 7pm: trophy wife, mood room, and trinket: indie bands trophy wife, mood room, and trinket play purgatory (bushwick). $13.60. >>

mon 7:30pm (monthly): crystal queer comedy show: co-hosts griffin leeds and will morrison present a lineup of lgbtq+ and ally comedians at crystal lake (williamsburg), including shalewa sharpe (comedy central), nico carney (netflix), joe castle baker (hbo), kate sisk (the onion), alex kim, and kayla kirk. bonus: $6 happy hour all night. $10 adv, $15 door. >>

mon 7:30pm: phoebe + calise thot they were gonna be hella famous by now: comedians phoebe robinson (2 dope queens) and calise hawkins (fallon) bring along some of their favorite comics and friends for this workout show where they’ll all try out new material. union hall (park slope), $15. >>

mon 8pm (monthly): franklin park reading series: the crown heights bar and beer garden presents an evening of new fiction with authors jamel brinkley (witness), rachel heng (the great reclamation), kim coleman foote (coleman hill), tom comitta (the nature book), and james sturz (underjungle). books will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

mon 8pm (weekly): butterboy comedy: the comedy show helmed by jo firestone and maeve higgins with dj donwill returns with stand-up by sydnee washington (comedy central), chris turner (colbert), solomon georgio (2 dope queens), erin jackson (conan), and deanna ortiz (chicago reader‘s best stand-up. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 day-of. >>

mon 8:30pm; adam wade’s storytelling class student spotlight show: 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade presents a curated show of magnet theater storytelling students presenting the stories they worked on in his class. magnet theater (chelsea), $5. >>

mon 10pm: kenice mobley: don’t kill yourself yet: comedian kenice mobley takes look at depression, inherited trauma, and the will to be a better person in her one-woman show that starts with her lifelong impulse to destroy herself, and how that changed when she had a stroke. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $15 door. >>


our roundup of 60+ ongoing events and attractions: free shakespeare in parks, free outdoor concerts and performances, night markets, art exhibitions, film screenings, and more. >>

stay safe and healthy
– the skint