scroll all the way down to find events that occur on both sat + sun, including bushwick open studios, the autumn crafts festival, and more.


10am-1pm: undergrads interested in careers in science and sustainability can hear from eight speakers and the unusual paths that got them to where they are today at a mini-career day at the explorers club (ues). free (rsvp). >>

10am-6pm: overcome the chilly weather at the 24th annual chile pepper festival, where there’ll be 62 spicy food vendors serving up sauces and condiments, chocolates and sweets, pickles and kimchi, and more. plus, six bands, fire breathers, and activities for kids. brooklyn botanic garden, $20 general, $15 students/seniors (includes garden admission). >>

10am-6pm: feel the beats at the 3rd annual nuyorican block party, featuring two stages of live poetry, hip-hop, and djs, plus food, games, and rides. east 3rd street between avenues b and c, free admission. >>

11am-2pm: ropers get radical at the 8th annual punk rope games, where costumed teams compete for prizes in 10 fun and/or jump rope events. murphy’s brother’s playground (alphabet city), after party at otto’s shrunken head to follow. free to watch. >>

11am-3pm: head to the park with your pooch for the 14th annual my dog loves central park fair, sure to be full of (leashed) dogs of many sizes, all eager for treats, training workshops, and even the ‘world’s largest dog selfie.’ naumburg bandshell (mid-park from 66th to 72nd streets), free. >>

11am-5pm: it’s a festival inside a fair! the 7th annual grub street food festival returns to the hester street fair with bites from more than 70 local spots like oddfellows, doughnut plant, harry + ida’s, taiyaki, and more, as well as a beer garden and games. free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

11am-5pm: sage the date: it’s rime for the annual pagan pride day harvest festival, where anyone from druids to wiccans will be representing and partaking in rituals, workshops, performances, and more. washington square park (greenwich village), free. >>

12-6:30pm: more than 20 local small press artists bring their works to the sixth annual paper jam small press/mini-comic/’zine fair. the silent barn (bushwick), free. >>

12-10pm: the pretzels and sausages are free (while supplies last) at brouwerij lane’s oktoberfest in greenpoint. free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>

3pm (ends today): the annual mad. sq. music studio series presents outdoor concerts featuring a mix of americana, jazz, blues, and folk artists, coming to an end today with a set by grammy-nominated soul artist jamison ross. madison square park, free. >>

5-11pm (monthly): this month’s free target first saturday at the brooklyn museum celebrates hispanic heritage month with tours, talks, screenings, art-making, and live music. food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

6pm, 7pm, 8pm: get lit at the annual lit crawl nyc, a roaming bar crawl that takes over 15 east village and lower east side bars, cafes, and galleries with readings, wordy games, and of course booze. free admission. >>

6-9pm (thru 11/27): visual artists from the brooklyn drag scene present works at the ‘coney island babies’ exhibition, which takes its name from a lou reed song. opening reception tonight. bureau of general services-queer division (west village), free. >>

6:45pm: free outdoor movie: ghost, john paul jones park (fort hamilton). >>

7pm: charly bliss, arms, left + right, and true dreams play brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint). $12. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: laugh and wince knowingly at someone else’s dating experiences at the party of two storytelling and comedy show. tonight: sam escobar (beauty editor), christian polanco (knockin’ boots comedy show), mark pagan, angel yau, and hosts anita flores and vanessa valerio reassure you that there’s hope for us all… or not. the experiment comedy gallery (williamsburg), $5. >>

7:30pm: explore what gets lost and gained in the making of a single memory at ‘the heat of memory,’ a participatory installation by author will chancellor (a brave man seven storeys tall), artist alaska mcfadden, and neuroscientist dr. ben okaty. dctv (chinatown), $20 admission includes a drink. >>

7:30pm (ends today): f*it club’s ‘tales from the club: stuff nobody likes’ presents three short plays about the mundane stuff of life (like sex) hosted by drag queen tipsy von tart. new ohio theatre (west village), $12. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): bring an old trophy, a souvenir shot glass, your sticker collection, or anything with a story for a chance at winning $20 cash at the show/tell show, a night of stand-up comedy and show + tell. tonight’s guest performers include tim duffy (comedy central), lukas kaiser (comedy central), rachel lenihan (comic strip live), jeff simmermon (this american life), dan fisher, niles turner, kyle turner, and ali reingold. hosted by melissa stokoski. over the eight (williamsburg), free. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): hear ‘the dirtiest, most-unsafe-for-prime-time jokes, bits, and riffs’ at the dirty show. tonight’s performers include steve whalen (not quite midnight), brett davis (the special without brett davis), leah bonnema (comedy drop), and charles gould (the dan, charles, and joe show). hosted by ben conrad and lucas connolly. q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

9:15pm: roast marshmallows during the stay puft marshmallow man scene at a screening of ghostbusters. marshmallows included. videology (williamsburg), $15. >>

9:30pm doors, 10:15pm show: comedian jen kirkman (drunk history, i know what i’m doing) tapes a live show at bowery ballroom (les). $12. >>

10pm (monthly): comedians perform their darkest, saddest, and most traumatic–but funny–bits at the dark spots comedy show. this month’s installment features alex grubard (mtvu), leah bonnema (comedy drop), myq kaplan (comedy central), julia johns (‘girls are roommates’), dina hashem, bryan yang, ian fidance, and jake head. hosted by shane torres, nate fridson, and alison zeidman. the creek + the cave (lic), $5. >>

10pm: dance to beats by juan maclean, tim sweeney, ivan berko, and lloydski at good room (greenpoint). free with rsvp before 1am. >>

11:30pm: expect to hear grimes, lcd soundsystem, elastica, belle + sebastian, and more at the young adult friction indie/alt dance party, spun by djs doug dealer and persona grata. alphaville (bushwick), free. >>

midnight-ish movies:
beyond the doors (friday) and scream bloody murder (saturday) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
jurassic park @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
nausicaä of the valley of the wind @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
se7en (seven) @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
train to busan @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
wolf creek @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
vampire’s kiss (friday) and wild at heart (saturday) @ videology (williamsburg), $5. >>


sun thru 10/16: more than 25 restaurants offer 3-course prix fixe lunches and dinners for $19.95-35.95 during new york african restaurant week. >>

various times: free outdoor movies:
casper, msgr. mcgolrick park, (greenpoint) >>
the fog (2005), bushwick inlet park lawn >>

10am: be careful of what you dig up while going urban mushroom foraging with members of the new york mycological society at woodlawn cemetery (bronx). $5 donation. >>

10am-6pm: see art again, and again, and again at ‘loop dreams,’ giphy’s exhibition of contemporary gift art, which includes 25 gif commissions, interactive installations, vr (12-3pm), and a panel discussion hosted by rhizome (4pm). 201 mulberry st. (nolita), free. >>

11am-4pm: creatures great and small are welcome at the 32nd annual all-faith blessing of the animals service, performance, procession, and fair at the cathedral church of st. john the divine (morningside heights). check out photos from 2014 here. >>

12:30-7pm: the 29th annual celebration of deepavali, aka diwali, takes over south street seaport with indian food, vendors, music, dancing, and more, culminating in a fireworks display. free admission >>

12:30-6pm: the 79th annual pulaski day parade marches up fifth ave, from 39th to 56th streets. >>

4pm (weekly): the sunday moving pictures series at the way station (prospect heights) returns with screenings of gene wilder movies. today: the producers and blazing saddles. free. >>

5pm: comedian/writer mindy kaling (the mindy project, the office) signs copies of her book, why not me?, at barnes + noble (tribeca). wristbands for entry provided with purchase of the book today at barnes + noble tribeca. >>

6:30pm: ‘the godfather of american avant-garde cinema’ jonas mekas hosts a 50th anniversary screening of andy warhol’s the chelsea girls. anthology film archives (east village), $11 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

7pm: skip the synthehol and go straight for the real stuff at a discussion on the fantasy alcohols and inebriates of star trek. honey’s meadery and cocktail bar (bushwick), free admission with drink purchase. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: tacocat, dude york, and very fresh play music hall of williamsburg (williamsburg). $13 adv, $15 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): brave comedians share embarrassing footage of their earliest material and then perform current material at the ’first set’ comedy show, hosted by giulia rozzi (chelsea lately, comedy central). tonight’s guests: victor varnado (conan, my name is earl), rebecca vigil (your love, our musical), joe zimmerman (ferguson, comedy central), and christian polanco (knockin’ boots comedy show). union hall (park slope), $7. >>

8pm (weekly): the if you build it stand-up comedy show with guest host jo firestone includes performances by dan soder (comedy central), emily heller (inside amy schumer, conan), seth herzog (fallon, ‘sweet’), steve forrest, tanael joachim (night train), and turner sparks. ucb (east village), $5. >>

8pm: daddy issues, fruit + flowers, and desert sharks play berlin nyc (east village/alphabet city). $7 adv, $9 dos. >>

all weekend

sat + sun 7am-10pm (thru 11/30): it’s starting to get dark earlier, which means that the high line’s fall hours begin this weekend. >>

sat + sun 10am-5pm: 44th annual gracie square art show includes paintings, photographs, and sculptures from more than 100 artists . carl schurz park (ues), free admission. >>

sat 11am-8pm, sun 11am-5pm (ends sun): 70 international galleries feature artwork from over 500 artists starting at $100 at the affordable art fair. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $9.75 tickets here (plus ticket fees, reg. $18-20 general, $10 students/seniors, free hours 9/30 6-8pm). >>

sat + sun 11-8:30pm sat, 10am-6:30pm sun (+ 10/8-9): the annual autumn crafts festival returns to the grounds of lincoln center (uws) with 280 vendors. free admission. >>

sat + sun 11-7pm : tons of artists open their doors for viewings and parties at this annual bushwick open studios, all within walking distance from each other. >>

sat + sun various times (ends sun): 70 contemporary dance companies from around the world perform at the 16th annual dumbo dance festival. gelsey kirkland artscenter, free/pay-what-you-will. >>

sat + sun various times (ends sun): get cinematic at the ninth annual bushwick film festival, which this year showcases 26 films alongside panels and workshops. various locations, $9+. >>

sat + sun various times (ends sun): the 14th annual new york burlesque festival brings dozens of international performers to five manhattan and brooklyn venues. various prices. >>

sat + sun various times (ends sun): irish screen america new york, fka irish film new york, features three days of contemporary irish film, tv, web, games, and animation. nyu’s iris + b. gerald cantor film center (greenwich village). $15. >>

thru 10/16: the 54rd annual new york film festival features screenings, special events, filmmaker and talent appearances, and free talks. $15-20. >>

thru 10/31: architecture + october = archtober. the sixth annual archtober celebrates nyc’s architecture + design month with more than 100 talks, exhibitions, screenings, tours, and more. various locations and prices. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

ticket deals

nile rodgers presents: freak out! let’s dance featuring bette midler,  nile rogers + chic, the village people, and earth, wind + fire at forest hills stadium 10/8. a limited number for free tickets are available with promo code ‘thankyou2016’ and there is also a buy-two-get-two free option. >>

take a cruise up the hudson river to bear mountain thru 11/6 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg $65+). >>

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