scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including the buswig drag festival, mad. square eats outdoor food market opening weekend, the art of the tee handmade t-shirt art show + market, the brooklyn antiquarian book fair, last call for beaches + outdoor pools, and more.


fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. concrete plant park (bronx) >>
black panther. hansborough recreation center (harlem). >>
brave. paul raimonda playground (ditmars steinway) >>
cars. ocean breeze park (staten island). >>
love beats rhymes. st. nicholas park (harlem). >>
school daze. herbert von king park (bed-stuy). >>
the lego ninjago movie. wolfe’s pond park (staten island). >>

fri 10am-10pm (+ 9/14): just two more chances to catch the sunset at governors island, which stays open late every friday thru summer. >>

fri 1:30pm (fridays thru 10/26): point yourself in the direction of bryant park for free group beginner fencing lessons, returning for the fall season today. equipment provided, pre-registration required. >>

fri 6pm-midnight: the paley center for media opens paleygx, a free gaming center featuring popular games and consoles. tonight’s launch party features djs, notable gamers, and chances to play games on nintendo, playstation, xbox, and other systems. the paley center for media (midtown west), free (rsvp). >>

fri 7pm: play new games at the nyu game center incubator showcase, a chance to sample six original games and hear about their creation from the developers themselves. nyu game center (downtown brooklyn), free (rsvp). >>

fri 7pm: sex and campus culture expert and writer donna freitas discusses her new book, consent on campus: a manifesto, at bluestockings bookstore (les). free. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): the new york society for ethical culture (uws) hosts a screening and discussion of the ethical issues presented in the film ghost world (2001), directed by terry zwigoff. $5 suggested donation includes snacks and beverages. >>

fri 7pm (+ sat at 7pm): author sybil rosen, director/co-writer ethan hawke, and stars benjamin dickey + charlie sexton will do q+a following select screenings of their film blaze, based on rosen’s book living in the wooden tree: remembering blaze foley. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

fri 7pm: bushwick’s traditional okinawan karate of brooklyn (east williamsburg) offers free women’s and lgbtq self-defense classes, with refreshments to follow. rsvp required. >>

fri 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): after work work work work work work, skate away at lola star’s rihanna-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: ismael loutfi, liza treyger, anthony devito, danish maqbool, atheer yacoub, and wary nichen. hosted by noa osheroff and julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

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 natasha vaynblat (comedy central), emily fleming (@midnight), dan perlman (trutv), scotland green, and jericho davidson. 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: the mid riff comedy show features belly buttons and laughs from molly ruben-long (viceland), robert dean (comedy central), courtney fearrington (siriusxm), jess salomon (siriusxm), eman el husseini (cbc), and kevin saucier. hosted by alissa may atkinson and lauren vino. precious metal (bushwick), free. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring standup by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), daniel webb (comedy central), alington mitra (conan), liz barrett (laughs), and eddie morrison. hosted by shelby taylor. 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 addy weyrich (crashing), mark vigeant (comedy central), becky abrams (mtv), and jes tom (reductress). caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

fri 9:30pm: no one’s gonna steal your sunshine at secretformula’s 90’s one-hit wonders sing-along, where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos and score some sweet 90’s swag. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

fri 10pm: lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence will perform a reading of richard brinsley sheridan’s the school for scandal (1777) while the audience plays drinking games. the players theatre (west village), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint10’ (reg $12) admission includes a drink. >>

fri 11pm: be a part of the rhythm nation at miss jackson if you’re nasty: a janet jackson party. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

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sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. carl schurz park (yorkville/ues). >>
black panther. cortelyou road + east 17th street (flatbush – ditmas park). >>
black panther. seton falls park (bronx). >>
black panther. vidalia park (bronx). >>
friday night lights. cpl. thompson park (staten island). >>
the mummy (2017). midland field (staten island). >>

sat (+ 9/15) 8:30am-4pm: players will compete in the annual borough-wide nyc parks bocce tournament today, with the best teams advancing to the citywide championship on 9/15. various locations, free to compete or watch. >>

sat 10am-4pm: get some new or used wheels at the brooklyn bike jumble, a seasonal outdoor bicycle flea market for all things bike-related. the old stone house at washington square park (park slope), free admission. >>

sat 11am-6pm: the hester street fair’s vintage day will bring out 40+ vendors of vintage clothing, accessories, books, records and more to seward park (les). free admission. >>

sat 12-6pm + 9pm: the bell house celebrates its 10th anniversary with the gowanus block party outside the venue today (12-6pm), featuring food + drink vendors, games, music, and unique gowanus experiences, plus a free evening show in the venue with music by bodega, the gotobeds, and savak (8pm doors, 9pm show). >>

sat 12-3:30pm: safety first! the department of transportation will once again be distributing free bike helmets to anyone who needs one at baruch playground (les). >>

sat 12pm-4am: the folks from the lot radio throw their annual bbq, with music provided by a selection of resident djs as well as a live performance by barrie. the lot radio (williamsburg/greenpoint), free admission. >>

sat 12:30-9:30pm: summer may be winding down, but you can still attend a summer camp for creatives, a daylong event to meet other local artists, learn about resources in the community, participate in art-making workshops, see performances and live painting, drink donation-based daiquiris, and more. paradice palase (bushwick), free with rsvp, $5 without. >>

sat 1-5pm: folk yeah. the eighth annual washington square park folk festival returns with an afternoon of live music performed by four bands, and ending with a square dance. free. >>

sat 3-6pm: harlem stage kicks off the season with its second annual harlem stage open house, offering venue tours, performances, a community sing, a drum circle, and music. free. >>

sat 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: chicago-based 30+ moth slam winner nestor gomez brings his chicago-based storytelling show, 80 minutes around the world: immigration stories, to caveat (les). $12 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 7pm: protect your neck for the game theatre’s ‘night falls,’ an interactive vampire-themed party game. talon bar (bushwick), $15. >>

sat 7pm: the tree party comedy show takes root in the backyard of project parlor (bed-stuy), with ross parsons and lauren vino hosting a night of stand-up by megan gailey (conan), monroe martin (fallon), rob cantrell (comedy central), kenice mobley (2 dope queens), and more. free. >>

sat 7-9pm: 25 artists put their unique spin on our feline friends at gristle tattoo + art gallery’s second annual cult of meow cat appreciation art show. opening reception tonight. gristle tattoo + art gallery (east williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): laugh and wince knowingly at someone else’s dating experiences at the party of two storytelling and comedy show. tonight’s show features joyelle johnson (seth meyers), gastor almonte (comedy central), elena lancaster, and tracie osborn. hosted by anita flores and vanessa valerio. the pleasure chest (ues), $8 adv, $10 door admission includes wine. >>

sat 8pm: a procession of community-made giant lanterns resembling birds carrying suitcases, which were inspired by migration, will make its way through morningside park to columbia university for the seventh annual morningside lights. free. >>

sat 8pm: no close shaves here. the annual coney island beard and mustache competition returns, where, in true coney fashion, even the weirdest and worst can be eligible for a prize. sideshows by the seashore (coney island), $25 to compete or watch. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): die laughing at the killing joke comedy show, featuring brian parise (last week tonight), maria wojciechowski (comedywire), clark jones (comedy at the knitting factory), and more. hosted by casey james salengo and scotland green. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 8pm: 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 clue. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $15. >>

sat 9:30pm: you’ll find no fab five at queer eyerl, a live parody of the netflix show, but you will find a slew of questionable advice given to an audience member from comedians. the brick (williamsburg), $10. >>

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

sat 9:30pm doors, 10pm show (monthly): comics reveal their most devilish deeds at the see you in hell comedy show, hosted by ‘hell’s senior operations managers’ doug smith and matt wayne. tonight: mike recine (comedy central), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), kenny deforest (comedy at the knitting factory), and caitlin peluffo. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sat 10:30pm (monthly): ten-foot rat cabaret, nyc’s long-running dance/music/comedy/art show, celebrates its fifth anniversary at under st. marks theater (east village). hosted by jillian thomas. $10. >>

sat 11pm:  diy venue secret loft hosts another ‘sweet tooth’ house and techno dance party, with free candy for all. bright/shiny/candy-themed attire encouraged. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders, $5 adv, $10 day of (advance purchase required). >>

sat 11pm: flash back to the days of 90’s industrial and dark techno at the minimal industrial dance party. saint vitus (greenpoint), free before midnight with rsvp. >>


sun various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
rogue one: a star wars story. randall’s island park field 42. >>
thelma and louise. habana outpost (fort greene). >>

sun 7:30am-3:30pm: transform your body and mind at the annual wanderlust 108 festival, an outdoor ‘mindful triathlon’ consisting of a 5k run/walk, yoga classes, and guided meditation. prospect park’s nethermead, free for yoga + meditation tickets, $55+ for premium tickets. >>

sun 11am: tickets go on sale today for new york city center’s 15th annual fall for dance festival (10/1-13), where 20 world-renowned dance companies will perform for just $15. note: these tend to sell out quickly. >>

sun 12pm: tickets for the 56th annual new york film festival (9/28-10/14) go on sale to the general public today. various prices. >>

sun 12-4pm: show your mets pride at the annual mets jam music festival, where you can meet veteran players, test the speed of your pitch, see a performance by jack + jack, and more. summerstage in central park, free. >>

sun 12-6pm: can jam: canned beer lovers will have options from 25 breweries to choose from at threes brewing’s semi-annual back yard drink fest. threes brewing (gowanus), free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

sun 12-7pm: the essence street style fashion week event celebrates community, culture and style with a day including food and product vendors, runway walks, performances by teyana taylor and yemi alade, and more. this year’s event, hosted by amanda seales, honors kelis, kellie brown, and yvonne oriji. duggal greenhouse (brooklyn navy yard), $25+. >>

sun 1-6pm: carnival rides, games, circus and sideshow performances, live music, a grow nyc stop ‘n’ swap, and food are all fair game at the annual west side county fair, returning to pier i in riverside park south (uws). free admission. >>

sun 1-6pm: uplift lgbtq+ people of color at the eight annual bed-stuy pride, hosted by the audre lorde project’s safe outside the system program and featuring health and wellness activities, workshops, performances, art, and vendors. herbert von king park (bed-stuy), free admission. >>

sun 2pm + 7pm (+ 9/12): the sound of music (1965) comes back to select movie theaters for two days only. various movie theaters and prices. >>

sun 3pm (ends today): bang on a can music collective curates a series of live music in the noguchi museum’s outdoor sculpture garden (lic). today: yumi kurosawa. free with museum admission ($10 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

sun 4-10pm: detroit-based label country club disco and local party producers meanred throw a block party with music by questlove, golf clap, and more. 99 scott ave (east williamsburg/bushwick), $10 before 5pm with rsvp, $15-20 otherwise. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news: it’s a comedy show returns with emily fleming (@midnight), liza treyger (comedy central), john rosenberger (wfmu), pedro salinas (laughs), gabe pacheco (sirius xm), and lucie steiner (hbo). sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

all weekend

sponsored: east river bbq boat cruise w/ live music + beer: spend your sunday afternoon cruising down the east river listening to live music while eating bbq and playing outdoor games. one free fat tire beer plus a cash bar. get 30% off with code ‘boat30’ 9/23. >>

fri thru 1/5 (tues-fri 12-8pm, sat 10am-5pm, closed mon-tues): ‘pink: the history of a punk, pretty, powerful color,’ the museum at fit’s latest clothing exhibition, features 80 ensembles from the 18th century to present, with examples by designers christian dior, yves saint laurent, and many more. the museum at fit (chelsea), free admission. >>

fri thru sun: yay clay! the second annual brooklyn clay tour features 30 exhibitions, events, talks, and presentations highlighting 275 ceramics artists in 25 galleries, shops, and studios across the borough. >>

sat + sun: last chance to hit the beaches and outdoor pools, which close for the season after sunday.

sat + sun 10am-5pm: enjoy art in the park at the 46th annual gracie square art show, bringing paintings, photographs, and sculptures from more than 100 artists to carl schurz park (ues). free admission. >>

sat + sun 11am-9pm (daily thru 10/5): 25 diverse vendors bring tasty food and drink options to the seasonal mad. sq. eats outdoor food market at worth square (flatiron). >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm (weekends thru 9/30): 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 12-6pm: the twice-yearly washington square outdoor art exhibit sidewalk art show returns for its 88th year. university place from e. 13th street to waverly place (greenwich village). free admission. >>

sat 12-7pm, sun 11am-4pm: browse 50,000 rare and vintage books, prints and photos from 100 dealers at the fifth annual brooklyn antiquarian book fair, which also includes talks (rsvp required) and an appraisal clinic (sun 11am-4pm, rsvp recommended). brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $10 adv / $15 door for saturday or a weekend pass, $5 adv / $10 door for sunday only. >>

sat + sun 12-8pm: shop unique, wearable designs at bushwick print lab’s ninth annual art of the tee handmade t-shirt art show and market. opening party sat 7pm. sideshow gallery (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat + sun 1-4:30pm (weekends thru 9/23): the motor company theater company presents communal spaces, a series of four plays performed in four manhattan community gardens. free. >>

sat 1pm-2am, sun 1-11pm: drag race favorites and local darlings return to the annual bushwig drag festival, two packed days of shows, shows, shows from 150+ performers, plus pop-up shops, food, drinks, live music, and more. knockdown center (maspeth), $35+. >>

sat + sun 3pm (+ 9/16 7pm): theater meets improv at ‘act one, scene two’, where the first scene of an unfinished play will be performed, and then finished by a cast of improvisers. the tank nyc (midtown west), $10 >>

ticket deals

sponsored: the new york philharmonic performs there will be blood‘s score to the complete film at lincoln center 9/12-13. tickets from $30, use code twbb45 for select $45 orchestra seats. >>

get tickets to octfest, featuring music by vince staples, the flaming lips, yo lo tengo, jeff tweedy and more at governors island 9/8-9, for $37.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $75). >>

get tickets to escher: the exhibition + experience at industry city thru 2/3 for $20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $35). >>

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