scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including six food-filled events, gowanus open studios, pumpkins on governors island, a look back on the east village of the 1980s, seven film fests/series, and more.


fri + sat: learn to up your tv, film, and podcast game at bric’s brooklyn media maker weekend. the media center at bric house (fort greene), free (rsvp). >>

fri + sat: check out the workspaces of more than 70 artists at the annual elizabeth foundation for the arts studio program’s open studios. efa center (midtown west), free. >>

fri + sat: the 15th annual garment district arts festival offers gallery exhibitions, open studios, receptions, performances, and public installations. free. >>

fri + sat: the annual house of peroni pop-up, curated by art production fund, includes an interactive and dynamic installation from artist and architectural designer, jenny sabin. ramscale studio (west village), free (rsvp). >>

fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a quiet place. john paul jones park (fort hamilton). >>
ghostbusters. john golden park ( >>
invasion of the body snatchers (1978). cooper park (east williamsburg). >>

fri 1-8pm (+ sat 11am-6pm): refresh your wardrobe and/or get halloween costume inspiration with the help of more than 80 vintage clothing + accessories dealers at the semi-annual manhattan vintage clothing show + sale. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

fri 5-7pm: shudder to the spooky music of john carpenter’s halloween original motion picture soundtrack at a release party with complimentary trick-or-treat bags and a raffle to win a copy of the orange and black starburst colored lp. rough trade (williamsburg), free admission. >>

fri 6pm: cult filmmaker john waters will be in-person at rizzoli bookstore (flatiron) to sign copies of his new book, indecent exposure, a catalogue to his exhibition now on view at the baltimore museum of art. >>

fri 6pm doors, 7pm show: located at a riverside urban farm, david drake and kenny deforest’s campfire storytelling show features tales by richard cardillo (risk!), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), and master lee (the moth). north brooklyn farms (williamsburg), $5 adv, $10 door. >>

fri 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (+ 10/9): the financial district’s st. paul’s chapel brings back its seasonal neighborhood movie nights series, this time with an ‘underdogs’ theme. tonight: the natural (1984). bonus: free snacks! free admission. >>

fri 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: a drinking game nyc casts actors in a live staged reading of a beloved 80s or 90s movie and turns the whole thing into– you guessed it, a drinking game. tonight, stumble with them through ghostbusters. the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

fri 7pm: photography duo herring + herring, a.k.a dimitri scheblanov and jesper carlsen, will be in conversation with metallica’s lars ulrich to discuss their collaborative work together, the process of creating art, and more at the great hall at cooper union (east village). free (rsvp). >>

fri 7pm (biweekly thru 12/14): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by authors jana grcevich and olivia koski (vacation guide to the universe), followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again for its three-year anniversary show with performances by aaron jackson (the opposition with jordan klepper), rebecca shortall (bbc), andrés govea, dylan adler, and mila myles. bonus: free cupcakes! hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and will benefit the anti-violence project). >>

fri 7pm (ends today): the momenta quartet presents its annual music festival with four distinct programs curated by each member. the tenri cultural institute, free. >>

fri 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): comedians give their take on a different book each month at the book club comedy show. this month’s book: the poems of emily dickinson. hosted by blythe roberson and colin stokes. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri 7:30pm: space out with learning, drinks and stargazing at the intrepid’s astro café lecture series. tonight, learn about the iss u.s. national laboratory orbiting the earth. intrepid sea, air + space museum (pier 86), free (rsvp). >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): improvisers talk over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, tonight featuring halloween episodes of sabrina the teenage witch and step by step. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

fri 7:30pm (ends today): three live performances of david bowie’s ‘berlin trilogy’ of albums will be performed by past and present members of deerhoof, xiu xiu, shearwater, dirty projectors, battle trance, and the wordless music orchestra as part of the ‘new sounds live’ music series, curated by wnyc’s john schaefer. brookfield place winter garden (fidi), free. >>

fri 7:30pm, 10pm  (+ 10/20): cozy up to rsvp, an intimate variety show held at the arlo hotel in nomad. hosted by dara jemmott and featuring cellist malcolm parson, spoken word performers kristine haruna + jen goma, married comedians jess salomon + eman el-husseini, burlesque performer twinky boots, and others. the arlo hotel (nomad), $5-35 admission includes a drink. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters at the awkward sex…and city storytelling show, held in the basement of a sex shop. tonight’s edition features gabe gonzalez (remezcla), alexa atamanchuk, host natalie wall, and more. bonus: free beer + wine, plus save 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’, or $15 at the door if you mention the skint (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

fri 8pm: jump around at secretformula’s 90’s + 00’s hip-hop + rnb sing-along, where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos. themed attire encouraged. schimanski (williamsburg), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

just added: fri 8pm (+ 10/20 and select fridays + saturdays thru 1/5): fate still rests, an immersive theatrical experience featuring new music, live performance and the classic silent film phantom of the opera, comes to the muse brooklyn (bushwick). $18-$45. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by katie hannigan (colbert), ian lara (comedy central), brett davis (the special without brett davis), ahri findling, and pamela ross. hosted by naomi karavani. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 10pm: music video time machine presents rock + pop videos of the 80s/90s on the bell house front bar’s big screen, plus a midnight showing of michael jackson’s ‘thriller’ to celebrate the video’s 35th anniversary. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

fri 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over a screening of 1989’s teen witch (top that!), at tonight’s edition of the ‘movies r dumb’ series. hosted by chris gersbeck. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

fri midnight (+10/20): get liquored up at drinking game screenings of what we do in the shadows (fri) and beetlejuice (sat). $5 beer + shot specials will be available. videology (williamsburg), $12. >>


Author, musician, and National Book Award nominee John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats, Wolf in White Van) returns to Symphony Space just in time for Halloween to curate and introduce an evening of speculative, spooky, sensational stories, read by Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Peter Jay Fernandez (Luke Cage), Molly Ringwald (Riverdale), and Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water). This eclectic evening also features a special musical performance from Darnielle, debuting the brand-new song “Skeleton’s Tooth.” Tickets starting at just $16. BUY TICKETS


sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
goosebumps. mccarren park pool deck (williamsburg). >>
hotel transylvania 3. dyker beach park. >>

sat 7am: cheer on the runners and get inspired at the brooklyn marathon + half marathon. starts near the brooklyn museum (prospect heights). >>

sat 9am-3pm: brooklyn public library’s annual big brooklyn book sale brings plenty of chances to expand your own library, with a bounty of donated books selling for just $1-3. brooklyn public library’s central library plaza (prospect heights), free admission. >>

sat 11am-4pm browse and shop handmade local wares, including jewelry, accessories, clothing, stationery, art, ceramics, knits, bath and body products, children’s items, pet products and more at ny handmade collective’s annual crafts in chelsea market, a fundraiser for ps11. w 21st street between 8th and 9th avenues (chelsea), free admission. >>

sat 11am-4pm: feed your house envy at the 40th annual self-guided brownstoners of bedford-stuyvesant self-guided house tour. $20 adv, $25 day of. >>

sat 12pm-midnight: watch eight low-budget cult horror flicks from the 1950s-1990s at spectacle theater’s eighth annual shriek show. spectacle theater (williamsburg), $5 per film or $25 for all. >>

sat 12-3pm: at the annual my dog loves central park fair, your pup can learn new tricks, eat treats, meet a vet, get licensed and microchipped, meet new furry friends, and more. central park’s naumburg bandshell, free admission. >>

sat 12-4pm: find your way to the 10th annual marco polo festival, a celebration of the chinese and italian communities on mott and mulberry streets with a procession of large-scale marionettes, a silk-road banner parade, traditional music and cultural performances, and more. starts at 62 mott street and winds its way to grand street (les/chinatown/little italy) free admission. >>

sat 1-6pm: the hanger project presents an art market 4 reproductive justice, featuring 10 local artists selling unique artwork, prints, knitwear, jewelry, pins, body care products, vegan treats, and more with a portion of proceeds going to planned parenthood. nydof warehouse (prospect heights), free admission. >>

sat 4:30-9pm: navigate your way through the amazing maize maze by starry night or flashlight. queens county farm museum (little neck, queens), $12. >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): animators, cartoonists and other artists project their on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines at the picture this! show. hosted by ian fidance. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: family astronomy night at the intrepid: learn about the lunar reconnaissance orbiter’s findings about the moon, followed by stargazing on the flight deck. free admission (rsvp required). >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (quarterly): the bitchcraft variety show returns with a sequin-filled, glitter-tastic evening of music, comedy, storytelling, and leotards with music by killy dwyer + tim girbach, characters from angel yau, and stand-up from bobby hankinson, frank liotti, tawanda gona, and katrin hier. hosted by selena coppock (red oaks) and lauren maul (brooklyn magazine‘s ’50 funniest people in brooklyn’). sid gold’s request room (chelsea), $5. >>

sat 7:30pm: 3 dollar bill hosts a one-night queer comedy festival, featuring ‘unapologetically queer comedy for an unapologetically queer audience and their friends,’ with all proceeds will go to the ali forney center. 3 dollar bill (east williamsburg), $7. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): musicians, comedians, comedy musicians and musical comedians take the stage at the odd rock comedy hour, a funny fusion hosted by rob paravonian. tonight’s show features andrew kapfer (sirius xm), caitlin cook, and more. q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv with promo code ‘orchvip’ (reg. $10). >>

sat 7:30pm (weekly thru 12/15): violinist itamar zorman performs dvořák, ben-haim, kreisler, brahms, and chaplin/m. zorman at tonight’s installment of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $16. >>

sat 8pm (various dates thru 5/18): the all-volunteer, community-based new york repertory orchestra‘s 2018-19 concert season kicks off with a program of works by mendelssohn, mussorgsky, and clyne. the church of st. mary the virgin (times square), free ($15 suggested donation). >>

sat 8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): mix and mingle with the local artist community at an arts on site performance party. byob or partake of the donation bar. 12 st. marks place (east village), $10 suggested donation. >>

sat 8:15pm: her-icane comedy, an all female stand-up show benefiting hurricane relief for the carolinas, features stand up by ashley brooke roberts, milly tamarez, eman el-husseini, and maddie fischer. hosted by kate villa (the break with michelle wolf) and jenny gorelick (jenny’s birthday show). mad tropical (bushwick), $10 suggested donation. >>

sat 9:30pm: the armory comedy group’s shot4shot remake series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. tonight, the group takes on shaun of the dead. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 10pm: toss and turn and can’t sleep at night? you’ve got to get away to the tainted love 80’s dance party. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

sat 11pm: more life: drake’s birthday night: dance to all things drake with dj sets by quiana parks, odalys, and yamez. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10. >>


sun 11am: aclu president susan herman will join leader of the new york society for ethical culture anne klaeysen for a discussion on the aclu’s work challenging trump administration policies in many areas including immigrants’ rights, and continuing work in the states. ceremonial hall at the new york society for ethical culture (uws), free. >>

sun 11:30am-7pm: draken harald hårfagre, the largest viking ship built in modern times, returns to nyc for just a short time. tour the ship and learn about the crew’s responsibilities and the craftsmanship used to build the vessel. north cove marina at brookfield place (fidi), $14. >>

sun 12-3pm: creatively costumed canines compete at the annual halloween howl + healthy hound fair in carl schurz park. free. >>

sun 12-6pm: moma ps1’s fall open house celebrates the opening of bruce nauman: disappearing acts, featuring live performances by artist and composer jeremy toussaint-baptiste inspired by nauman’s work. moma ps1 (lic), free admission. >>

sun 1-3:30pm: go corgi crazy at a corgi meet up at the riverside + w 72nd street dog run. >>

sun 1-4pm: meet reps from 200+ colleges and universities at the big apple college fair. jacob k. javits convention center (midtown west), free. >>

sun 4pm: the funny sexy sad reading series becomes the funny spooky sad series for halloween, presenting works that are just that. hosted by nate waggoner and amira pierce. branch ofc. (crown heights), free. >>

sun 6pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): the visit. carroll park (carroll gardens). >>

sun 7pm: horror writer and lecturer j.r. pepper will explore femme fatales + final girls: a history of women in horror films in a talk at  quimby’s bookstore (williamsburg). $7. >>

sun 7pm: hear the scores from well-known sci-fi and fantasy worlds in movies and television at the lesbian + gay big apple corps symphonic band’s fall concert, there and back again: a sci-fi and fantasy voyage. queens museum (flushing meadows), free. >>

sun 7pm doors, 8pm show: don’t be a subterranean homesick alien, leave your apartment for the portland cello project’s performance of radiohead’s ok computer at le poisson rouge (greenwich village). $20 adv, $25 dos. >>

sun 8:30pm (1st + 3rd sundays): the show’s name might be cold pizza, but at least the slices (and admission) are free. hosts aimee rose ranger and micah walsh get things started in featherweight’s attic with sets by lucas connolly (comedy central), brendan eyre (seth meyers), cailtin peluffo (colbert), ian fidance (sirius xm), lucie steiner (hbo), and more. featherweight (east williamsburg), free. >>

all weekend

fri thru 10/25: get your fill of film with these film fests/series:
• fri thru sun: the annual margaret mead film festival. the museum of natural history (uws), $12-15 general, $10-13 students/seniors. >>
• fri thru sun: the sixth annual chelsea film festival. amc loews 34th street (midtown west), $13. >>
• fri thru sun: the cinema of immigration (thursdays thru 12/27). mnn studio (uws), $5. >>
• fri thru sun: the crown heights film festival. fivemyles, free. >>
• fri thru sun: the annual new york showcase of contemporary irish film. nyu’s cantor film center (greenwich village). $15+. >>
• fri thru 10/24: the shaw brothers horror. the metrograph (les), $15. >>
• fri thru 10/25: the annual wildlife conservation film festival. cinema village theater (greenwich village), $18 adv, $25 door. >>

fri thru sun: bushwick’s syndicated gets ready for halloween with nothing but hocus pocus screenings thru the weekend. $7. >>

fri thru sun: stock your craft box with gems and jewels from 40 vendors at the annual new york whole bead show. hotel pennsylvania (midtown west), $5/day, $12/four-day pass. >>

fri thru sun: photographer and animal advocate sophie gamand props pups with pit bull flower power, a photography book launch and immersive exhibit featuring portraits of shelter pit bulls wearing flower crowns. dogs welcome. the invisible dog (boerum hill), free admission. >>

fri thru sun: twenty-four galleries all within walking distance of each other will showcase a female artist or artists as part of the focus for the inaugural l.e.s. arts week. free. >>

fri thru sun: 350+ brooklyn artists will open their studio doors for the 22nd annual gowanus open studios. kickoff party friday 6-9pm at gowanus loft, open studios sat + sun 12-6pm. free admission. >>

fri thru sun: the annual new york musical improv festival and nyc sketchfest return for another long weekend of music and funny scenes created out of thin air. magnet theater and the pit, $5-15.

fri thru 10/31: found footage, a new immersive installation in a governors island house, takes audiences on a multimedia, multi-floor discovery about the disappearance of the crew of a low-budget paranormal investigation tv show. house 403 at colonels row (governors island), free. >>

fri thru 10/31 (10/19-20, 10/25-31): city tech’s resident theatrical troupe, theaterworks, brings back their annual gravesend inn haunted hotel attraction for its 20th year. voorhees theatre (downtown brooklyn), $10 general, $5 students. >>

fri thru 11/1: tompkins square library presents ’a look back on the east village of the 1980’s,’ an exhibition on the creative counter culture of the surrounding neighborhood during the period, including highlights from the night club, music, theater, and art scenes. in a related program on 10/19 at 6pm, performance artist penny arcade, photographer clayton patterson, and composer chris rael will host a talk. tompkins square library (east village), free. >>

sat + sun various times: eat all the food at the malaysia food fest (sat + sun 12-5pm, confucius plaza in chinatown, free admission), the ninth annual court-smith street soup festival (sat 1-4pm, 5 tastings for $10 / 12 for $20), bierhaus nyc’s annual bratwurst eating championship (sat 5pm, midtown east), the queens international night market (sat 6pm-midnight, new york hall of science in corona, free admission), grand bazaar nyc’s artisanal sweet treats bazaar (sun 10am-5:30pm, uws, free admission), and the casserole takedown (sun 12-2pm, royal palms shuffleboard club in gowanus, $25).

sat + sun various times: volunteer in your community for it’s my park day parks and public spaces service projects. >>

sat + sun 10am-5pm (+ 10/27-28): purchase the perfect pumpkin at pumpkin point, governors island’s second annual pumpkin patch that will also include pumpkin painting, live music, a beer garden, food, and more. nolan park at governors island, free admission. >>

sat 11am-5pm, sun 2pm: celebrate cherished memories and embarrassing moments at the museum of the moving image’s home movie weekend. saturday, get tips from archivists on the best ways to preserve anything from film strips and vhs tapes to digital formats; sunday, watch a selection of amateur home movies filmed in nyc, followed by a screening of the film urban peasants. museum of the moving image (astoria), free admission. >>

sat 12-4:45pm, sun 10am-4:45pm: the instagrammable dessert goals dessert fest returns to lic’s sound river studios. admission includes my/mo mochi ice cream, sugarfina candy, salty snacks, coffee, coconut water, and more. additional exclusive desserts are available for purchase from 22 top nyc dessert vendors. $12-17 (skint readers can save 50% on admission to the sunday 10am time slot with promo code ‘theskint’). >>

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