scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including bushwick open studios, the brooklyn book festival, the brooklyn americana music festival, ghost stories, and more.


fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
aladdin. vidalia park (bronx). >>
avengers: endgame. brookville park (rosedale). >>
creed ii. j. hood wright park (washington heights). >>
daughters of the dust.  st. nicholas park (west harlem). >>
grace jones: bami + bloodlight. marcus garvey park (harlem). >>
teen titans go! to the movies. p.o. reinaldo salgado playground (bed-stuy). >>

fri 10am-5pm: focus on your finances and learn from the experts at the new york public library’s biannual financial planning day, where you can get free, private, one-on-one financial advice and attend short talks on a wide range of money-related topics. nypl sibl (midtown east), free. >>

fri 12-5pm: as part of the global climate strike, a climate march and rally + puerto rico day of action with activist greta thunberg will assemble at foley square and march to battery park. >>

fri 6-9pm: body-positive clothing brand smartglamour (forbes‘s ’40 companies changing plus-size women’s clothing’) hosts its annual runway show and a pop-up shop featuring small businesses run by women and non-binary people. new women space (east williamsburg), free admission. >>

fri 6pm + 7:30pm (+ sat): the 10th annual making moves dance festival presents 11 emerging and underrepresented choreographers and dance companies from across nyc. opening party with the illustrious blacks thursday. jamaica center for arts and learning, free-$10. >>

fri 6pm doors, 7pm show: tonight’s summerstage concert with bloc party performing 2005’s silent alarm at central park’s rumsey playfield is a benefit ($49.50), but many folks on a budget tend to throw down a picnic blanket and listen/hang outside the venue. >>

sponsored: fri 6:30pm: bbq films’ green screen, a series for high-minded cinema fans, presents reefer madness: the movie musical, featuring an interactive screening of the movie, special guests from the original film, live musical numbers from the broadway stars of the upcoming revival, and more. house of yes (bushwick), save $5 with promo code ‘skint’ >>

fri 6:30pm: a panel of journalists, scholars, and other experts will debate the electoral college in a discussion moderated by msnbc’s lawrence o’donnell at the great hall at the cooper union (east village). free (rsvp). >>

fri 7pm (monthly): the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by danny artese (3x moth storyslam winner), tessa skara, krishna istha, chewy may, and patrick j. reilly. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations are welcome and will benefit immigration equality). >>

fri 7pm: to mark the return of george and ira gershwin’s porgy and bess to the metropolitan opera, film at lincoln center presents a special screening of vincente minnelli’s an american in paris. walter reade theater (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

fri 7:30pm: percussionist bobby sanabria and his grammy-nominated multiverse big band perform at tonight’s installment of the ¡vaya! 63 latin dance music series at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

fri 7:30pm: bite-sized explorations of art and technology are served up at culturehub’s indeterminate forms performance series. culturehub (noho), free (rsvp). >>

fri 7:30pm: the relationsh*t show provides comfort from a panel of comics and actual therapists that’s way more fun—and cheap—than a session on the couch. tonight’s five-year anniversay show is hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli, q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri 7:30pm (thru sat + 9/26-28): triskelion arts’s annual collab fest celebrates performance collaborations in their myriad forms. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $18 adv, $22 door. >>

fri 7:30-11pm (+ sat 2-10:45pm): country dance new york and brooklyn contra team up for contrashock, an annual two-day contra dance festival with live music and dance lessons to get you up to speed. ps 56 (clinton hill/bed-stuy), $20. >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: jo firestone and aparna nancherla won’t ghost you at their 41 days til halloween comedy show, which includes a lineup of guest comedians and an actual ghost hunter. the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the lab, a new comedy show showcasing black performers doing new and experimental work, returns with mamoudou n’diaye (comedy central), devon walker (comedy central), charles mcbee (mtv), wes hazard (stories from the stage), and karolena theresa (handmaid’s tale: the musical). guest hosted by nick chambers. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 8pm (+ 9/21): the chelsea symphony opens its 14th season with a concert of works by copland, bernstein, gershwin, crosmer, ewazen, and boyman. the dimenna center for classical music (midtown west), $20 suggested donation at the door, $25 adv for reserved seats. >>

fri 8pm-4am (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring more than 30 live electronic music and visual artists. the deep end (ridgewood), free. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by teresa degaetano, jordan jensen, wilfred padua, sam evans, and ian hunt, plus music by caitlin cook. hosted by alison leiby. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): secret loft’s comedy show features nimesh patel (snl), stavros halkias (comedy central), dina hashem (conan), zilla vodnas, eman el-husseini, and jay jurden. hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 admission includes pizza (advance purchase required). >>

fri 9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): the adult sex ed show aims to plug the holes in your sex education through a line-up of storytellers, scripted sketches, and exploratory deep dives into sexual topics. hosted by dani faith leonard. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

fri 9:30pm: live la vida loca at secretformula’s 90’s pop sing-along, a communal karaoke where you can sing and dance along to two hours of music videos, participate in a dance-off, drink themed drinks, and score some sweet 90’s swag. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

fri 9:30pm doors: dude york, desert sharks, and qwam play mercury lounge (les). $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

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

fri 11pm: get down to 80s-00s party jams, dance hits, and pop classics at the everybody, everybody dance party’s five-year anniversary at c’mon everybody (bed-stuy). $5. >>


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sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a dog’s way home. paul raimonda playground (ditmars steinway). >>
aladdin. scarangella park (gravesend). >>
avengers: endgame. carl schurz park (yorkville). >>
creed ii. ferry point park (bronx). >>
the secret life of pets 2. clove lakes park parkhouse (staten island). >>
the edge of seventeen. msgr. mcgolrick park (greenpoint). >>

sat various times: smithsonian magazine‘s museum day: this year’s event offers free admission to more than 20 nyc-area museums, including akc museum of the dog, asia society and museum, cooper hewitt, museum of arts and design, museum of food and drink, the jewish museum, and more. registration required. note: most of the participating institutions already offer suggested or free/reduced admission hours on select days. >>

sat 9am-5pm: the top teams from early september’s borough matches will compete in the annual citywide bocce championships today. borough park bocce courts (borough park), free to watch. >>

sat 9:45am-3:30pm: art becomes a literal drag with artist pope.l’s conquest, a performance where a relay of 140 people will crawl and drag themselves through 1.5 miles of manhattan streets. starts at john a. seravalli playground (west village) and ends at union square park. >>

sat 10am-5pm: shop clothing, jewelry, household items, books, cds, dvds, home-baked goods, and more from more than 60 stalls at the 30th annual 104th street block association yard sale. 104th st bet. west end ave  + riverside dr. >>

sat 11am-6pm: sip and snap at the third annual hello taiwan bubble tea pop-up. $10 admission includes samples, a brown sugar bubble tea ice pop, and an insta photo opp. additional drinks will be available for purchase. 127 8th ave in chelsea (possibly outdoors), next to japanfes. >>

sat 11am-6pm: plant-based purveyors plant themselves at the hester street fair, which will feature six vegan food vendors today. hester street fair (les), free admission. >>

sat 11am-6pm: expand your music collection at the nyc punk + underground record fair (the beauty bar near union square, $3 admission) and the brooklyn flea record fair (next to smorgasburg in williamsburg, free admission).

sat 12pm: not done with summer? the annual poseidon’s parade, a family-friendly take on the mermaid parade, returns to rockaway beach boardwalk, from 106th street to 95th street. $5 for marchers, free for spectators. >>

sponsored: sat 12-4pm: the seventh annual taste of gramercy neighborhood food festival boasts 40 top local and international restaurants and sponsors, libations, and raffles on irving place in gramercy park. net proceeds will go to benefit local schools, and all unconsumed food will be donated to the bowery mission. save $10 in advance with promo code ‘skint6′ or ‘skintfull’ >>

sat 12-7pm: celebrate culture (and food!) at the annual german-american steuben parade (sat 12-2pm, fifth ave from 65th to 86th streets in manhattan) and the viva la comida street festival (sat 12-7pm, 82nd street bet. roosevelt ave + baxter ave in jackson heights/elmhurst).

sponsored: sat 1pm-4:30pm + 6-9:30pm: travel the world of wine at nyc wine fest, and enjoy wine samples paired with live entertainment, interactive games, and food available for purchase. the tunnel (chelsea), save $20 online with promo code ‘theskint’ >>

sat 1-5pm: see glassblowing, flameworking, and neon tube bending demos, talk to artists and tour 17,000 sq. ft. of studio space at the seasonal urbanglass open house. optional activities will be available for free-$65. urbanglass (fort greene), free admission. >>

sat 1:45-7pm: dive into conversation with the young chefs, sustainability experts, architects, and artists who are creating china’s new food and lifestyle culture at china institute’s food + ideas festival, which culminates in a mid-autumn festival night market at 5pm. china institute (fidi), $10 admission. >>

sat 2-7pm: joe’s pub hosts astor alive!, an afternoon of outdoor performances by ailey extension, imani uzuri-revolutionary choir, bulla en el barrio, and celisse. astor place near the cube, free. >>

sat 2-8pm: astoria’s kaufman arts district’s backlot festival celebrates art, music, and community with a day including an all female brazilian samba drumline, a performative fashion show, a ‘best mutt in queens’ show, live ice sculpting, artist-designed mini-golf, live music, and more. free admission. >>

sat 2-9pm (ends today): soak up backyard party vibes at the final str8 west coastin’ party of the summer. project parlor (bed-stuy), free admission. >>

sat 6-10pm: switch between three djs and control your own dance party at quiet clubbing’s outdoor silent disco at pier i in riverside park south. free admission (a credit or debit card is required for the check in process to use the headphones). >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: everyone’s a pop star at ziwe fumudoh’s pop show, where comedians will perform original pop songs and give pop presentations. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sat 7pm doors, 8pm 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 7pm doors, 8pm show: just in time for the season four premiere, metropolis burlesque presents riverdale’s vixens: a tribute to archie. bedlam (alphabet city), $10. >>

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. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

sat 8pm: to honor 80 years of the dark knight, the spire of the empire state building will shine batman yellow, and across the east river in williamsburg, the bat-signal will be projected on the domino sugar refinery. >>

sat 8pm: a procession of 50+ community-made giant lanterns makes its way through morningside park to columbia university for the eighth annual morningside lights. free. >>

sat 9:30pm doors, 10pm show: the revolution, a music series spotlighting brooklyn and harlem-based artists, continues with performances by niya levon, liberation era, and ryan egan. national sawdust (williamsburg), $15. >>


sun various times: 71st annual primetime emmy awards screening parties: parklife (gowanus, free), sva theatre (chelsea, free), syndicated (bushwick, free), and caveat (les, $15-18).

sun 10am-7pm: meet broadway stars and purchase theatre memorabilia from more than 50 tables at the annual broadway flea market + grand auction, an annual fundraiser for broadway cares/equity fights aids. autographs tables + photo booths will be open 10am-2pm ($20-35 minimum donation). shubert alley (bet. w 44th + w 45th sts and broadway + 8th ave), free admission. >>

sponsored: sun 12-5pm: see the new york knicks and broadway performers at 92y’s street fest! it’s a new york city tradition—and it’s unlike any other street festival. now in its 26th year, 92y brings its programs out to the community so you can experience activities across theater, art, fitness, and more. lexington ave from 79th to 94th sts, free admission. >>

sun 3pm (+ 9/26 8pm): audience members are cast in small roles alongside the actors at brooklyn theatre club’s immersive reading of my fair lady. the front bar at knitting factory (williamsburg), $16. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news returns with aparna nancherla (corporate), dan wilbur (ifc), drew michael (hbo), hannah boone (adult swim), and guitler raphael (‘the alley’). hosted by alex ptak, brittany carney, sam evans, and carmen lagala. cherry tree (gowanus), $5. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: walt, a new comedy show named after a certain lost character, returns with sets by jo firestone (fallon), fumi abe (mtv), luke mones (comedy central), and tessa skara (high maintenance). hosted by tracy soren, angela palladino, and julian edward williams. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun 8pm: professional comedians test works-in-progress and give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at their process at nat towsen’s new material night. tonight: myq kaplan (netflix) and jeff simmermon (moth grandslam champ). the pit underground (gramercy), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: the 13th annual bushwick open studios returns with three days of art shows, parties, and performances. various bushwick locations, most events are free. >>

fri thru sun: 90+ repurposed shipping containers turn into art galleries for photoville, a pop-up photography ‘village’ at brooklyn bridge plaza. the annual event includes artists from across the globe, plus talks, workshops, family-friendly activities, and a beer garden. free admission. >>

fri thru sun: peruse arty books at printed matter’s 14th annual ny art book fair at moma ps1 in long island city (fri thru sun) and the fourth annual independent art book fair at industria studios in williamsburg (sat + sun). free admission.

fri thru sun: the 16th annual animation block party, the largest animation fest on the east coast, returns with three days of indie, professional, and student films of all sorts. free opening party at dsk. bam rose cinemas (fort greene), $16. >>

fri thru sun: the school of visual arts’s annual after school special film and animation festival highlights recent work of alumni with a series of free screenings and q+as. highlights include spider-man: into the spider-verse, springsteen on broadway, ralph breaks the internet, halloween, a shorts program, and more. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

fri thru sun: 50 world-touring bands bring folk, bluegrass, jazz and more to seven outdoor and artist-owned and operated indoor establishments in dumbo and red hook for the fifth annual brooklyn americana music festival. opening gala at jalopy theatre thursday ($25), then all shows friday thru sunday are free. the skint is a media sponsor for this festival. >>

fri thru 9/23: the 14th annual brooklyn book festival, the largest free literary event in nyc, continues a week of more than 60 ‘bookend’ events across the boroughs, and culminates with a children’s day saturday and a festival day + marketplace featuring hundreds of authors and booksellers on sunday. >>

fri thru 9/27: the cinema of gender transgression: trans film series at anthology film archives (east village) explores the intersection of cinema and transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming lives and communities. $12 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

thru 10/16: taglialatella galleries presents the art of friends, a solo exhibition of artworks by burton morris inspired by his paintings that were seen hanging in the friends central perk coffee shop. taglialatella galleries (chelsea), free. >>

fri thru 10/20: the museum of the moving image’s ghost stories screening series looks at ghost stories from the past 100 years, from a sinister silent classic to supernatural hollywood romances of the 40’s, to classic japanese kaidan adaptations, to contemporary scare machines. museum of the moving image (astoria). $11-15 tickets include same-day admission to the museum. >>

fri thru 10/21: murphguide and am new york round-up the best places to celebrate oktoberfest in nyc.

fri thru 10/31: lower manhattan cultural council’s arts center at governors island opens to the public with inaugural exhibitions by yto barrada and michael wang, as well as events and participatory program ‘the take care series.’ free admission. >>

sponsored: fri thru 11/10: second stage theater presents steppenwolf’s production of pulitzer prize and tony award winner tracy letts’s linda vista at the hayes theater. discount tickets starting at $30! >>

fri thru 5/10/2020 11am-6pm (thurs-sun): go for a spin on historic jane’s carousel, which starts fall/winter hours today. brooklyn bridge park (dumbo), $2/ride, $20/12. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm: have an a-maizing time at the the 37th annual queens county fair, which also includes the opening weekend for the amazing maize maze (weekends thru 10/26, $10-15 separate admission). queens county farm museum (floral park, queens), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm (+ 10/19-20): the lic flea + food outdoor market opens for the weekend with vintage, handcrafted, and food vendors as well as a beer + wine garden. 5-25 46th ave (lic), free admission. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm: pick up some good vibrations at the annual sex epo. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), free adv, $30 door. >>

sat + sun 1-6pm (on view weekends thru 10/27): brooklyn waterfront artists coalition’s (bwac) fall art show presents three exhibitions in a 25,000 square foot gallery on the brooklyn waterfront. opening reception saturday. bwac gallery (red hook), $5 suggested donation. >>

want more? check our website for a list of more than 50 ongoing events. >>

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