scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including the new york pizza festival, new york african restaurant week, harry potter: a history of magic, the best of animation fest, and more.


fri + sat: immerse yourself in contemporary theater and performance during cuny’s 15th annual prelude festival, featuring performances, conversations, presentations, and studio visits. can’t make it? many of the events will be livestreamed. free. >>

fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
boss baby. crotona park (bronx). >>
coco. kissena corridor park (flushing). >>
purple dreams. jackie robinson park (harlem). >>
white knuckle and scary movie. herbert von king park(bed-stuy). >>

fri 6-8pm: pore over some page-turning art at the center for book arts fall exhibitions opening reception, showcasing three exhibitions of self-published photo books, modified astronomical diagrams, and more. center for book arts (flatiron), free. >>

fri 7pm: (un)silent film night: the new school’s college of performing arts theater orchestra performs charlie chaplain’s original score to his classic silent film, modern tmes (1936). the new school’s john l. tishman auditorium (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

fri 7pm, 9pm: some strings attached. at the latest edition of the sinking ship productions puppet playlist series, puppeteers and musicians will present original interpretations inspired by the songs of queen. the tank (garment district), $13. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: metropolis burlesque presents stripp-a-lympics, a burlesque tribute to hanna-barbera cartoons. bizarre bushwick (bushwick), $10 suggested donation. >>

fri 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): it’s you against the music at lola star’s britney spears-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): speak american: a comedy show with an accent celebrates everyone that’s come here from a different place. tonight: daniel simonsen, ayo edebiri, srilatha rajamani, andrea allan, ashton womack, and more. hosted by noa osheroff and sam morrison. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 8pm: illuminati hotties, nervous dater, and oldsoul play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

fri 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by evan m. williams (comedy central), tom delgado (comedy central), sarah tollemache (colbert), kenice mobley (laughs), and rufat agayev. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by neel nanda (kimmel), daniel simonsen (bbc), ethan simmons patterson and heather thomson, with music by caitlin cook. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedians become authors real and imaginary and read selections from made up books at literati: a comedy show about books and the idiots who write them. hosted by colin o’brien + michael wolf, and featuring eudora peterson (the special without brett davis), darcie wilder (literally show me a healthy person), maeve higgins (maeve in america), and sydnee washington (comedy central). caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

fri 9pm: mr. coney island 2018 lee valone and the beefsquad present madness: a drag and burlesque tribute to tim burton. sideshows by the seashore, $15. >>

fri 9:30pm (fridays thru 11/9): the rubin museum of art’s latest cabaret cinema series, ‘sci-fi cine club kolkata,’ takes its inspiration from director satyajit ray’s 1960’s-era sci-fi screening club. tonight: nathan juran’s first men in the moon (1964), introduced by author aseem chhabra. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $14. >>


“The quietest violin piece ever written.”
The New York Philharmonic and National Sawdust present MUTED, composed by Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe for Monica Germino after she was diagnosed with high sensitivity to sound. Experience this work for violin, “whisperviolin,” voice, and light design, with small groups of listeners in an intimate space.

Oct 8 & 9 Only, Limited Avail
National Sawdust
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets $35

Also this weekend: Sound ON: Going Dutch, a new-music concert with a view of Central Park.
Sun, Oct 7, 3 PM, The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Tickets $45


sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
avengers: infinity war. cooper park (east williamsburg). >>
black panther. thomas jefferson park (east harlem). >>
maleficent. zimmerman playground (bronx). >>

sat 10am-5pm: celebrate korean culture at the 38th annual korean parade and k-town festival. >>

sat 10-5pm: shop all that’s fit to knit at the 7th annual outdoor kings county fiber festival. old stone house (park slope), free. >>

sat 11am: the brooklyn nets head to brooklyn bridge park’s pier 2 for the second annual practice in the park, an open-to-the-public event where the entire team will take the court for drills as they prepare for the upcoming season. the day will also include a youth basketball clinic and tournament, performances by the brooklynettes and team hype, swag giveaways, and more. free (rsvp). >>

sat 12pm: hot dogs! dachshunds bring all their cuteness to washington square park for the annual dachshund friendship club’s dachshund oktoberfest meetup. free. >>

sat 1-5pm: the nyc brewers guild brings together 25 breweries for the fifth annual blocktoberfest backyard bash at the well (bushwick). $24 admission includes five 4oz samples, $35 for 15 samples. >>

sponsored sat 5pm, 7pm, 9pm: dan savage’s annual hump! film festival brings sex-positive short dirty movies made by ordinary people to nyc. roulette (boerum hill), $25 adv, $30 door. >>

sat 6-8pm (on view thru 10/28): artist scott scheidly’s solo exhibition ‘glamour shots‘ depicts notorious politicians and celebrities posing for glamour shots while wearing pink and purple outfits. opening reception tonight. spoke art gallery (les), free >>

sat 6-11pm: join other boozy bookish folks at the brooklyn lit crawl, where you can catch readings, discussions, and other literary fun + games at 10 venues including bars, cafes, and a frozen dessert shop throughout crown heights. free admission. >>

sat 6pm-midnight (saturdays thru 10/27): eat traditional street foods from around the world for $6 and under at the queens international night market. new york hall of science (corona), free admission. >>

sat 7pm (+ 10/11): bronx documentary center presents its fourth annual women’s film series, featuring three stories of women fighting for just causes against incredible odds. this year’s selections, rbg, mankiller, and hooligan sparrow, will be followed by q+a with the directors. $10 general, $5 for bronx residents. >>

sat 7pm (monthly thru december): things get poppins at the magical world of musical improv show, where clips from classic children’s films are played and performers improvise new songs to go with them. the pit (flatiron), $10. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting. this month’s show features guests maria dizzia (orange is the new black, lizz winstead (the daily show co-creator), and christian finnegan (comedy central). hosted by lane moore (the onion, brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

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 twister. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 10pm (monthly): at this month’s party like it’s 1999 dance party: a very necessary night of salt-n-pepa edition, dj steve reynolds plays 90’s rock, pop, dance, r+b and hip-hop all night, plus an extra dose of salt-n-pepa in honor of very necessary‘s 25th anniversary. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

sat 11:30pm: go around the world and dance to daft punk, cassius, giorgio moroder, etienne de crecy, and more at the daft disko french house + disco dance party. knitting factory (williamsburg), free before midnight with rsvp ($10 adv, $15 dos otherwise). >>

sat midnight: drink after every horror trope, self-aware joke, and more at a scream drinking game. $5 beer + shot specials will be available. videology (williamsburg), $12 admission. >>


sun various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
house party. habana outpost (fort greene). >>
little shop of horrors. kelly park playground (madison, brooklyn). >>

sun 10am-4pm: see and step aboard vintage buses dating as far back as the 1930s at the new york transit museum’s 25th annual bus festival. brooklyn bridge park, bridge plaza at 11 water street (dumbo), free admission. >>

sun 10:30am-4pm: holy horses: the 34th annual feast of saint francis and blessing of the animals features a service with a mass choir of hundreds of voices, modern and west african dance performances, a procession of animals, and a fair where you can get your own pet blessed. the cathedral of saint john the divine (morningside heights), free. >>

sun 11am-5pm (+ mon 7am-4pm): the annual indigenous peoples celebration rethinks columbus day with native american performances, music, dance, spoken word, vendors, a sunrise ceremony, and more. randall’s island, free admission. >>

sun 12-6pm: shop local at the colored girls hustle marketplace, a pop-up shop featuring 15 women of color vendors selling beauty products, handmade apparel + accessories, vegan comfort food, cocktails + mocktails, and more. new women space (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sun 12-6pm: bushwick open studios may be over, but the nabe will once again be filled with art, live painting, performances, music, vendors, and more at the bushwick troutman art fest. troutman street bet. st. nicholas ave + wyckoff ave (bushwick), free. >>

sun 12:30pm: the annual pulaski day parade marches up fifth avenue, from 36th to 53th streets. >>

sun 12:30-7pm: the 31st annual celebration of deepavali takes over south street seaport with music, dance, food and vendors, plus a fireworks display at 7pm. free admission. >>

sun 1-5pm: the annual momo crawl returns to jackson heights, with more than 20 eateries selling himalayan-style dumplings for $1 each. purchase of a ‘passport’ book for $10 required to participate, and funds support students for a free tibet. >>

sun 1-6pm: shop vintage and handmade stuff at metal bar saint vitus’s annual halloween flea. saint vitus (greenpoint), free admission. >>

sun 8pm: some spend their sundays at church, but at jeff cerulli and tj del reno’s first sunday show, the spirits that move you will be booze, comedy and videos, courtesy of carmen lynch (comedy central), tyler fischer (younger), brian mcguinness, jason salmon, and others. bonus: get a free plate of wings with purchase of a pitcher of beer. offside tavern (chelsea), free admission. >>

sun 8:30pm: 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 mike lebovitz (last comic standing), andy erikson (last comic standing), chloe radcliffe (tbs comic to watch), tommy mcnamara (onion sports), julia claire, usama siddiquee, and talib babb. featherweight (east williamsburg), free. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: more than 150 art spaces will open their doors to the public for the 28th annual jersey city art + studio tour, four days of art exhibits, performances, installations, curated tours, special events, childrens’ activities and more. free. >>

fri thru mon: 1,000 singers from across nyc will come together on the high line for the mile-long opera: a biography of 7 o’clock, an immersive choral work filled with personal stories about life in our rapidly changing city. free tickets were snapped up quickly, but a standby line will open at 6:30pm at gansevoort + washington sts. >>

fri thru 10/13: 28 eight-foot accessories-inspired art installations will take over madison avenue sidewalks for obsessorize, an outdoor exhibition designed by students at school of visual arts, with an after-hours shopping party 10/4 6-8pm. >>

fri thru 10/21: the annual new york african restaurant week returns with 23 restaurants in manhattan + brooklyn offering three-course prix-fixe lunch + dinner menus, plus special events and a food festival in harlem on 10/13. >>

fri thru 1/27: muggles are welcome to discover the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the harry potter stories at harry potter: a history of magic, a spellbinding exhibition of rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the british library and new-york historical society, with original material from j.k. rowling’s own archives as well as costumes and set models from harry potter and the cursed child. new-york historical society museum + library (uws), $21 general, $16 seniors, $13 students. >>

sat 11am-6pm, sun 12-6pm: whether you’re in the mood for pretzels or art, the hester street fair has you covered with the l.e.s.-style octoberfest (sat) and the third annual casual art fair (sun). seward park (les). free admission. >>

sat 12-6pm + sun 12-4pm: more than 20 pizza makers from the us and italy will be slinging dough at the inaugural new york city pizza festival, set to take place over two days at crescent avenue in the ‘little italy of the bronx.’ free admission, $25/3 slices, $35/6 slices. >>

sat + sun 12-10pm: animation nights new york’s third annual ‘best of fest’ includes two days of animation screenings, an art installation, vr, and panels. 180 maiden lane (south street seaport), free (rsvp). >>

sat + sun 1-6pm (weekends thru 10/28): brooklyn waterfront artists coalition’s (bwac) fall art show presents four exhibitions and music in a 25,000 square foot gallery on the brooklyn waterfront. bwac gallery (red hook), free (donations welcome). >>

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