scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including the brooklyn americana music festival, art book fairs, the queens county fair, places to celebrate oktoberfest, and more.


fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
coco. seaside wildlife nature park (staten island). >>
padre nuestro. maria hernandez park (sunset park). >>
sherlock gnomes. naples playground (staten island). >>
the greatest showman. ferry point park (bronx). >>
the last dragon. governors island parade ground (governors island). >>
toy story. courtney callender playground (harlem). >>
wonder. bayside fields (queens). >>

fri 6-8pm: score a free slice at sauce pizzeria in the east village. >>

fri 5-10pm: do-si-do and promenade at the annual bryant park square dance. free. >>

fri 5:30pm: commemorating the united nations’ international day of peace, the sound of 500 harmonicas performing david schroeder’s climate change-inspired ‘the oceans’ will flood washington square park tonight. garibaldi stage at washington square park (greenwich village), free. >>

fri 6pm: professor and author susan shapiro, author and activist renée watson, and contributors share their success stories about getting short pieces and books published at a launch event for the byline bible: get published in five weeks. barnes + noble union square, free. >>

fri 6pm (weekly): members of the greater new york city chapter of the society for neuroscience set up stations at a ‘your ever changing brain’-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

fri 6pm + 7:30pm (+ sat 12-5pm, 6pm, 7:30pm): the ninth annual making moves dance festival presents a variety of emerging and established choreographers and dance companies  performing original works and offering master workshops, showcases, and discussion sessions. jamaica center for arts and learning, free-$10. >>

just added: fri 6-9pm: during the frick collection’s college night, the museum opens its doors to undergrad and grad students for free after-hours viewing, live music, gallery talks, and sketching. valid school id required. (reg. $22 general, $17 seniors, $12 students, free first fridays 6-9pm) >>

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

fri 7pm (monthly): the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by addie weyrich (adult swim), gabe morales (netflix), eman el-husseini (sirius xm), jess salomon (ifc), and drew lausch. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and will benefit immigration equality). >>

just added: fri 7:30pm + 10pm (+ sat): cozy up to ‘rsvp,’ and intimate variety show held at the arlo hotel in nomad. tonight, host dale sever leads you through a 90-minute showcase featuring jazz band irini res + the jazz mix, burlesque performer mandarine moon-fly, dancer kellz zada, comedian shalewa sharpe, and improvised 40s sci-fi radio show x plus one. the arlo hotel (nomad), $5-35 admission includes a drink. >>

fri 7:30pm: bojack horseman producer/production designer and award-winning cartoonist, lisa hanawalt, launches coyote doggirl at books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

fri 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): you’ll be skatin’ alive at lola star’s saturday night fever-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 7:30-11pm (+ sat 2-11pm): 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 started. brooklyn waldorf school (clinton hill/bed-stuy), $20. >>

fri 7:45pm doors, 8pm show: get your kix at the cereal milk comedy show, featuring sam taggart (comedy central), carmen lagala (colbert), adam wade (20-time moth storyslam champion), maria wojciechowski (the new yorker), jes tom (reductress), and eudora peterson (the special without brett davis). hosted by brantley brice and ben wasserman. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 8pm (biweekly thru 12/14): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by mihir kulkarni on clocks of the universe, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

fri 8pm, 9:45pm, midnight: celebrate bill murray’s birthday with a tribute + trivia show (8pm, $15), followed by boozy screenings of rushmore (9:45pm, $22) and caddyshack (midnight, $12). videology (williamsburg). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by dan st. germain (conan), doug smith (conan), devon walker (comedy central), paris sashay, and kelsey caine. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: get saved from sadness at church night, a religious parody show ‘reminiscent of a prairie home companion on acid’ and including guest stand-up comedians, burlesque + drag performers, and musicians. gutter bar (williamsburg), $10 suggested admission. >>

fri 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over a screening of cool as ice, the 1991 film starring vanilla ice with an 8% rotten tomatoes rating, at tonight’s edition of the ‘movies r dumb’ series. hosted by chris gersbeck and featuring frank conniff (mst3k). q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>



Wed, Oct 3 at Symphony Space

A founding member of Monty Python and creator of Spamalot discusses his absurdly funny memoir of his remarkable journey from childhood in an austere boarding school, coming of age as a writer and comedian during the sixties and seventies, and his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. In conversation with David Hyde Pierce.
(Added bonus: Eric is bringing his guitar, and there just might be a sing-along….)
All tickets include a copy of the book.  BUY TICKETS 


sat smithsonian magazine‘s museum day returns. the 14th annual event offers free admission to more than 20 nyc-area museums, including asia society and museum, museum of arts and design, the intrepid sea, air + space museum, the jewish museum, the national lighthouse museum, and more. note: most of the participating institutions already offer suggested or free/reduced admission hours on select days. >>

sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. crotona park (bronx). >>
black panther. baruch playground (les). >>
captain underpants. msgr. mcgolrick park (greenpoint). >>
moana. astoria heights playground (astoria). >>
rampage. willowbrook park (staten island). >>
star wars: the last jedi. the intrepid sea, air + space museum (midtown west). >>
the greatest showman. westerleigh park (staten island). >>

sat 11am-4pm: fly fill the air at the annual kite flight for peace, held in honor of the united nations general assembly and international peace day. free kite-making workshops and kites will be given out while supplies last. franklin d. roosevelt four freedoms park (roosevelt island), free. >>

sat 11am-6pm: add to your vinyl collection and shop from 60 record labels and stores at the annual brooklyn flea record fair. next to smorgasburg in east river state park (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat 12-4pm: take in 360º panoramic views and learn about local conservation initiatives while you tour a half-acre green roof habitat and native plant garden at the third annual kingsland wildflowers festival. food and beer will be available for purchase. 520 kingsland ave (greenpoint), free admission. >>

sat 12-5pm: summer sets sail at the fourth annual poseidon’s parade, a family-friendly take on the mermaid parade. rockaway beach boardwalk from 106th street to 95th street, $5 for marchers, free for spectators. >>

sat 5pm: nine traditional and cultural dance ensembles perform in the drained swimming pool at highbridge park for the annual danza highbridge festival. highbridge park (washington heights), free. >>

sat 7pm: bronx documentary center hosts a screening of stephen maing’s crime + punishment, followed by a discussion with maing, two of the film’s subjects, members of the nypd, and the new york times metro reporter ashley southall. bronx documentary center, suggested donation: $10 general, $5 for bronx residents. >>

sat 7-10pm: get a better look at planets, the moon, stars, and other objects in the night sky at the amateur astronomers association’s autumn urban starfest. the annual all-ages event includes guest speakers plus free raffles and gift bags + glow sticks for the first 250 folks. central park’s sheep meadow (enter at w. 67th st. + cpw), free admission. >>

sat 7pm doors, 8pm show: metropolis burlesque gives their take on archie and the gang at riverdale’s vixens. bizarre bushwick (bushwick), $10 suggested donation. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): funny folks from all over share stories about where they’re from and the journeys that led them to nyc at the transplants comedy show. tonight: courtney maginnis (comedy central), atheer yacoub (gotham comedy live), darius davies (bbc), brendan eyre (kimmel), and more. hosted by christiana jackson. q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: the clash tribute band straight to hell’s annual joe strummer birthday bash celebrates the legacy of the punk band’s co-founder. knitting factory (williamsburg), $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

sat 9:30pm: instead of making your own way awkwardly through a blind date, watch and laugh as someone else does it. on stage. at in a world: the dating show, host emma vernon sets two pairs of single folks up on blind dates in an environment created by a group of improvisors. the pit (flatiron), $10 adv, $12 door. >>


sun thru 9/30: the harlem comedy festival celebrates people of color in comedy with a week-long series of standup showcases and competitions across eight harlem venues, including a barbershop and a sneaker store. $10-15. >>

sun various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
hanging with the homeboys. habana outpost (fort greene). >>
neruda. cooper park (east williamsburg). >>

sun 12pm: journalist sarah smarsh discusses her new book, heartland: a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on earth, with chelsea clinton, followed by a signing. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), $10 admission (book extra). >>

sun 12-6pm: nyc’s largest street festival, the atlantic antic, returns for a 45th year with 500 food and merch vendors, live music, and chef one’s annual dumpling eating contest. brooklyn’s atlantic avenue between 4th avenue + hicks street, free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

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

sun 4pm doors (monthly): in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the beatles’ white album, the movies at the palace series at united palace (washington heights) screens richard lester’s a hard day’s night (1964), preceded by a concert by tribute band strawberry fields. $10+ ticket fees here (reg. $20 general, $15 students/seniors). >>

sun 6pm: authors legs mcneil (punk magazine founder) and gillian mccain revisit please kill me: the uncensored oral history of punk with readings and discussion at the cooper union’s frederick p. rose auditorium (east village). free (rsvp). >>

sun 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: move over, webmd. at the i’m a doctor now! show, storytellers and comedians who can’t stop self-diagnosing describe their ailments to an actual doctor. hosted by sarah burton and allie kokesh. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): big irv’s storytelling roadshow returns with short stories told by harmon leon (this american life), david drake (risk!), tiana miller (funny or die), will watkins, jennifer glick, sammie james, nick padilla, and maybe you (there will be two open mic slots). hosted by adam selbst. byob. big irv’s (williamsburg), free. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news: it’s a comedy show returns with alingon mitra (last comic standing), emily panic (the break with michelle wolf), j.p. mcdade (comedy central), david spector, and raghav mehta. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): jenny’s birthday variety show: comedian jenny gorelick (improv everywhere’s subway sweet sixteen video) throws herself a birthday party and variety show with best friend addie weyrich (adult swim) every month, and tonight’s ‘game night’-themed shindig of a show includes mary beth barone (viceland), milly tamarez (bet), duo britanick (snl), x mayo (ucb), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), and ms. golden delicious. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun 8pm: slankets and night cheese at the ready: a group of comedians portraying liz lemon and co will make their way through an improvised episode of 30 rock based on an audience suggestion and with live musical accompaniment and special guest todd buonopane (aka jeffrey weinerslav). the pit (flatiron), $9. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: 50 world touring bands bring folk, bluegrass, jazz and more to two outdoor and seven artist owned and operated indoor establishments in dumbo and red hook for the fourth annual brooklyn americana music festival. new this year: the women’s stage in the archway under the manhattan bridge. free admission. the skint is proud to be a media sponsor for this festival. >>

fri thru sun: meet astronauts, explore exhibits by nasa, stargaze, and more during the annual space + science festival at the intrepid sea, air + space museum (midtown west). $24-33, $19 for nyc residents with valid id. >>

fri thru sun: the third annual independent art book fair brings more than 80 publishers, bookmakers, and artists to williamsburg’s villain. free admission. >>

fri thru sun: printed matter’s 13th annual ny art book fair at moma ps1 (lic) will host over 360 exhibitors from around the world featuring a wide variety of works – from zines and artists’ books to antiquarian books and contemporary art editions. free admission. >>

fri thru sun: the annual photoville pop-up photography ‘village’ takes over brooklyn bridge plaza with 85 exhibitions in and around 60 repurposed shipping containers. the indoor/outdoor event also includes talks, demos, workshops, tours, and a food + beer garden. brooklyn bridge plaza (dumbo), free admission. >>

fri thru october: murphguide rounds up the best places to celebrate oktoberfest in nyc. >>

ongoing: looks can be deceiving at the museum of illusions. the traveling exhibit brings an assortment of visual tricks to nyc. 77 eighth ave (west village), $19 general, $17 students/seniors. >>

sat + sun: the fifth annual lungs (loisaida united neighborhood gardens) harvest arts festival brings a weekend of music, dance, performance, films, workshops, and more to 50 east village and alphabet city community gardens. free. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm: the 36th annual queens county fair returns with traditional fair fare like hayrides, carnival rides, midway games, blue ribbon competitions, and performances, plus the opening weekend of the amazing maize maze (weekends 11am-4:30pm thru 10/27, $10 separate admission). queens county farm museum (little neck, queens), $10 admission. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm (+ 9/29-30): 80 artists each took over a room across eight former military homes for the 11th annual 4heads governors island art fair. free admission. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm: it’s ok to get the blues at the new york denim days festival. the second annual weekend shopping event includes new and established denim designers, workshops, demos and speakers, plus a street bazaar on sunday. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $10 adv, $15 door ($5 students). >>

sat thru 9/30: museum of broken windows: artists take a look at the ineffectiveness of broken-windows policing at a pop-up presented by the new york civil liberties union, which will also include a series of discussions throughout the week. 9 w eighth street (greenwich village), free. >>

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