scroll all the way down to find events that occur on both sat + sun, including open house weekend, open studios, the queens beer fest, lin-manuel miranda at the people en español fest, and more.


11am-2pm: protect your noggin with a free bike helmet, courtesy of the department of transportation. today’s giveaway takes place at thomas greene park in gowanus. >>

10am-3pm: the old becomes the new (to you) at brooklyn central library’s great american book drive, where you can drop off your gently used books and pick up new finds for just $1 each. free admission. >>

11am: sweet treats motivate the runners at the annual nyc cupcake run. astoria park, free to watch. >>

11am-3pm: the eighth annual marco polo festival takes over manhattan’s grand street bet. mott + mulberry to celebrate the chinese and italian american communities in chinatown and little italy with a parade, performances and food. free admission. >>

11am-4pm: see the beauty behind the brownstones at the 38th annual self-guided bedford-stuyvesant house tour. $20 adv, $25 day of. >>

11am-4pm: fall crafts in chelsea: 40 local etsy designers and artisans sell hand-made products to benefit chelsea’s ps11. free admission. >>

11am-7pm: san francisco-based bag and accessory company timbuk2 opens its first nyc store today in noho, and the first 100 folks to bring in a gently used bag will get a limited edition one in return. >>

12-6pm: punks gotta shop sometimes, too. the punk metal flea offers vinyl, clothing, jewelry, cult vhs tapes, and more. sage bar (williamsburg), free admission. >>

12-7pm: housing works opens a new thrift shop at second ave + 64th street with hourly giveaways and an instagram sweepstakes. >>

1pm: margaret atwood, author of the handmaid’s tale and most recently angel catbird and hag-seed, will be signing books at barnes + noble fifth ave. wristband  for entry will be provided with purchase of either new title. >>

1:30pm-late (+ 10/17, 10/21-22): the 10th annual korean american film festival new york returns to wythe hotel (williamsburg) and ifp media center (dumbo). free-$14 (save 10% with promo code ‘skint10’). >>

2pm: forget cheerleaders, be a jeerleader: the gotham girls roller derby’s all-volunteer, body-positive, co-ed cheer squad is holding tryouts for new members for the 2017 season. location given with rsvp, $10. >>

3:30pm: get spooked by the ghosts of queens past and more at marie carter’s ghosts of the boroughs lecture, featuring creepy tales of nyc ghosts and hauntings, including some nearby. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

3:45pm, 5pm: explore the 60’s + 70’s at a greenwich village folk scene walking tour, leading up to a launch party for the blocks nyc greenwich village coloring book. tour meets at the washington square park arch at 3:45pm, book launch at lomography gallery store follows at 5pm. >>

4-8pm: nyc dyke bar takeover commandeers friends and lovers (crown heights) for a day filled with artists, performers, music, and pumpkin-related activities. a portion of the proceeds benefit queer detainee empowerment project. $7-10. >>

4pm-late: the 10th annual zombie crawl limps and groans across the lower east side. free-$12. >>

5-7pm: mingle with d.i.y. robotics and electronics hackers, makers, and artists at geek forest’s maker gallery fair, which also includes performances and art for sale. geek forest (williamsburg), free. >>

5-11pm: ridgewood market’s saturday night bazaar offers wares from more than 40 independent and local vendors, plus food and booze. gottscheer hall, free admission. >>

6pm-midnight (saturdays thru 10/29): the queens international night market returns with more than 40 vendors offering food for $5 and under. new york hall of science (flushing meadows corona park), free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

7pm, 9pm: it’s game over as the usual rejects presents a staged reading/parody/drinking game of aliens (1986) with $4 beer to help you along. producers club (midtown west), $15. >>

7-10pm: the lit neon pop-up party brings a slew of interior neon lights (and sake) into con artist collective (les) for one night only. free. >>

7:30pm: violinist jennifer koh and pianist shai wosner open the 117th season of peoples’ symphony concerts with music by debussy, kurtág, beethoven, saariaho, and fauré. washington irving high school (gramercy), $14. >>

8pm: cinema under the influence presents a screening of george a. romero’s night of the living dead (1968) with a live score performed by morricone youth. dctv (chinatown), $10 with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $15). >>

8pm: dutchess says plays an album release show at elvis guesthouse (east village/alphabet city). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8-11pm: lightsaber glow sword battle! washington square park, free admission ($10 gets you a sword). >>

10pm (monthly): scotland green and alison zeidman host the monthly banter comedy show, where five pairs of comedians entertain the audience with improvised banter, and are given a random topic suggestion when there’s a lull in conversation. $5. >>

10pm doors: don your best medieval garb and get ready to slay on the dance floor at the kingdom of yes royal ball dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free with rsvp before 11pm, $15 otherwise. >>

midnight (monthly): comedian dan king hosts test pilots, a live table reading of a (possibly terrible) new sitcom pilot he wrote that will probably never make it to television. the creek and the cave (lic), free. >>

midnight-ish movies:
audition @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
halloween @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
last house on the left @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
phantasm: ravager @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
scream bloody murder (friday) and daydream (saturday) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
the greasy strangler @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
the hunger (friday only) @ videology (williamsburg), $5. >>
train to busan @ ifc center (west village). $15. >>


10am-6pm (+ 10/17): noodle makers stretch out over for two blocks at the japan fes and ramen contest, fka japan block fair. broadway bet. 92nd + 94th streets, free admission (pay-as-you-go). not enough noodles? get seconds at a midtown indoor location on monday. >>

11am-5pm: the queens botanical garden’s harvest fest and pumpkin patch features pumpkins (obvi), live music, a petting zoo, kids activities, food and drinks, and more. $12. >>

12pm (+ 10/22): jeepers creepers, you can become an ace leaf peeper with local expert lisa nett as your guide. prospect park, $13. >>

12-3pm: 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff at the carl schurz park conservancy’s annual halloween howl + healthy hound fair. yorkville/upper east side, free. >>

12-6pm:  just in time for halloween, stock up on authentic spooky stuff like taxidermy and artful bones at the morbid anatomy halloween flea market. the bell house (gowanus), $1 admission. >>

1pm (+ 10/22, 30): unsuspecting pumpkins get catapulted at the new york hall of science’s annual pumpkin chuck. included with admission: $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

1-4pm: byop (bring your own pumpkin) and prepare for halloween at a self-guided pumpkin hacking workshop with help from the techie folks at nyc resistor (boerum hill). $10. >>

1-6pm: get inspiration for halloween at gemini + scorpio’s ‘goldmine’ costume, vintage, thrift and craft shopping party. g+s loft (gowanus), free admission. >>

2pm: take a (non-boozy) beer barons tour of woodlawn cemetery (bronx) and learn about the founders of shaefer, ebling, and hell gate brewery buried there. $15 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

2pm, 5pm, 8pm: have some high times at the annual new york city cannabis film festival. wythe hotel (williamsburg), $19. >>

2-9pm: a giant diwali festival takes over times square with indian music, performances, vendors, and food + drinks. free admission. >>

4pm (weekly): the sunday moving pictures series at the way station (prospect heights) returns with screenings of marvel films. today: iron man and the avengers, with or without rifftrax. free. >>

4pm: little sister filmmaker zach clark and star ally sheedy do q+a following a screening at the metrograph (les). $15. >>

7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show: visuals, fee lion, and anna mcclellan play an intimate show at manhattan inn (greenpoint). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm: who killed laura palmer? if you don’t know the answer to that, then we’ll bet on the other team at twin peaks trivia. videology (williamsburg), free. >>

8pm (monthly): the macaulay culkin show (which mr. culkin has absolutely nothing to do with) features stand-up performances by christian finnegan (black + white), joel kim booster (conan), john ambrosio (the special without brett davis), emmy blotnick (not safe, billy on the street), lucas connolly (guest room), and james dwyer (ucb). hosted by sally burtnick + brett davis. shea stadium (east williamsburg), $5. >>

8pm: test your pop, rock and general music knowledge to win prizes at the new sid’s sunday quiz show, hosted by leslie goshko and gary burton. live piano karaoke follows. sid gold’s request room (chelsea), free. >>

8pm: the string orchestra of brooklyn performs works by bach, rodriguez, takemitsu, and webern. good shepherd-faith presbyterian church (uws), $16 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

all weekend

in case you’ve forgotten where you are, dumbo’s new instagram-ready mirrored sign will remind you. it’s dumbo. you’re in dumbo. >>

sat + sun various times: more than 275 nyc historic landmarks and private residences open their doors for tours and talks for the 14th annual open house new york weekend. free. >>

sat + sun various times: volunteer in your community for it’s my park day parks and public spaces service projects. >>

sat + sun various times (ends sun): the brooklyn horror fest hosts independent horror screenings and events across several williamsburg and greenpoint venues. $15. >>

sat + sun various times (ends sun): the annual chelsea film festival celebrates emerging filmmakers with a focus on global issues this year. $18. >>

sat + sun various times (ends sun): spontaneous song or scripted snickers? this week you don’t have to choose, with the annual nyc sketchfest and the new york musical improv festival returning to the pit and the magnet theater, respectively. $5-35. >>

sat + sun various times (ends sun): the onassis cultural center new york presents antigone now, a four-day festival of music, dance, talks and film events, all pertaining to the greek play. free. >>

sat + sun various times (ends sun): the 40th annual margaret mead film festival, named in honor of the museum anthropologist, features virtual reality, installation art, and a variety of documentaries depicting different cultures and lifestyles. american museum of natural history (uws), $12-15 general, $10-13 students/seniors. >>

sat+sun various times (thru 10/23): get tickets to chris gethard: career suicide at culture project’s lynn redgrave theater for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $48+). >>

sat + sun 9:30am-5pm: people en español hosts its fifth annual festival celebrating hispanic culture with complimentary musical performances, interactive panel discussions, celebrity meet and greets, and more. scheduled to appear: lin-manuel miranda, daddy yankee, dascha polanco, and many more. jacob javits convention center’s north pavilion (midtown west), free. >>

sat 10am-6pm, sun 11am-5pm: jewelry makers make a bead-line to the whole bead show, where 40 vendors will sell all kinds of beads, wire and tools for your accessory-making projects. hotel pennsylvania (midtown west), $10 (2 for $16 with printable coupon). >>

sat 10am-9pm, sun 11am-6pm: the first 50 customers at the new saks off 5th in sunset park will receive a sweet treat that may contain a $100 gift card. >>

sat + sun 12-5pm: visit more than 70 artist studios during the annual chashama open studios at the brooklyn army terminal. free. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: more than 350 artists open their doors and display work at the 20th annual gowanus open studios. free. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: take a self-guided tour of 75 chelsea artists’ work spaces in 10 buildings during the annual high line open studios. free. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: hundreds of books, magazines, dvds, cds, and vinyl records are discounted up to 75% off at moma ps1’s annual artbook stoop sale. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: sample suds from every queens-based brewery, along with selections from brooklyn, the bronx, long island, and staten island at the first-ever queens beer festival in long island city. $29+. >>

sat 2pm, sun 3pm (+ 10/19-23): the annual st. luke’s chamber ensemble subway series brings one-hour concerts to each borough. this weekend: snug harbor (staten island) and pregones theater (bronx), free admission (bring nonperishable food to benefit city harvest). >>

sat 2pm + 8pm, sun 1pm (thru 10/16): you’ll swear the play’s magically changed in midsummer, tiltyard theater company’s adaptation of a midsummer night’s dream that incorporates text from every shakespeare play. the american theatre of actors’ john cullum theater (hell’s kitchen), $18 with promo code ‘changeling’ (reg. $22). >>

sat 2pm + 8pm, sun 2pm (ends sun): danish dance theater performs tim rushton’s futuristic ‘black diamond’ set to the music of philip glass, alexander balanescu, and electronic music composer anders trentemøller. the joyce theater (chelsea), $10+. >>

sat 4-9pm, sun 11am-6pm: the annual inspiration vintage + fashion gathering returns to the brooklyn expo center (greenpoint) with 100 exhibitors. $25 sat, $10-15 sun. >>

sat 7:30pm, sun 5:05pm: filmmaker kelly reichardt (wendy and lucy, old joy) does q+a at select screenings of certain women, starring michelle williams, kristen stewart, and laura dern. ifc center (west village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

sat 8pm, sun 3pm (thurs-sun thru 10/30): drama desk-nominated radiotheatre presents its eighth annual h.p. lovecraft festival, featuring lovecraft’s stories told with an original orchestral score and sound effects. the kraine theater, $15 here (plus ticket fees, reg. $30 general, $15 students). >>

sat 8pm, sun 7pm: circus, nerd-cus: games, dames, and acromobiles: a nerdy circus revue offers aerial tricks, cosplay, artificial intelligence, music, magic, and more. big sky works (williamsburg), $15 adv with promo code ‘nerdybutbroke’ (reg. $25). >>

sat + sun 8pm: chrysta bell, longtime musical partner of david lynch, plays an ep release show at berlin (sat, $12 adv, $15 dos) and at the top of the standard hotel (sun, rsvp required) .

thru 10/21: the ninth annual imagine science film festival, which promotes dialogue between filmmakers and scientists in order to make science more accessible, returns with screenings, workshops, panels, and more. various venues, free-$7. >>

sponsored thru 10/22: get tickets to new york shakespeare exchange’s ‘the rape of lucrece’ at the clemente (les) for $16 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $20). >>

thru 10/23: you can have films and field trips at the sixth annual wildlife conservation film festival, featuring ten days of screenings, trips, panels, and more having to do with conservation and biodiversity. various locations and prices. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: $30 tickets for ages 30 + under for anna deavere smith in notes from the field at second stage thru 11/6 ($80 value). >>

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