scroll all the way down to find events that occur on both sat + sun.


various times: free outdoor movies:
angry birds, the caton school (prospect park south) >>
frozen, white park (east harlem) >>

10am-5pm: bonjour! french institute alliance française (fiaf) opens its doors for previews of fall classes and a trivia party, including 30-minute travel language lessons and wine. no prior french required. free. >>

11am: giving new meaning to ‘eating on the run,’ participants of the seventh annual pizza run aim to complete a two mile race while stopping to eat three slices of pizza along the route. tompkins square park, free to watch. >>

11am: summer ain’t over yet, and the rockaways’ second annual poseidon’s parade is out to prove it with costumed marchers and floats. beach 106th st., $5 for marchers, $30 for floats, free to watch. >>

11am-2pm: pick up free costumes, props, furniture and more items from past village theatre productions at the bi-annual fourth arts block ‘load out!’. 11 east 3rd street (east village), $5 general admission, free for artists + students. >>

11am-5pm: catch a buzz at the annual honey fest, the final event of honey week featuring tastings, food, demos, activities for kids, and more than 20 vendors. boardwalk 86th (rockaway beach), free admission. >>

11:30am (thru 9/25): draken harald hårfagre, the largest viking ship built in modern times, sails into nyc today accompanied by a ceremony and nordic entertainment. you’re welcome to come aboard for $10 deck tours starting sunday. north cove marina at brookfield place (fidi). >>

12-3pm: the 59th annual german-american steuben parade celebrates german culture with floats, music and dance groups, traditional outfits, and more. fifth ave from 68th to 86th street. free. >>

12-5pm: the taste of east village culinary festival features food from 15 east village restaurants and live music, with proceeds benefitting the cooper square committee. east 7th street bet cooper square + 2nd ave, $25-30 admission includes four small plates. >>

12-7pm: viva la comida! get a taste of queens at this fifth annual street festival featuring international cuisines, live music, dancing, kids activities and more. 82nd st. + roosevelt ave (jackson heights). >>

1pm: multiple exhibitions of work by pratt institute fine arts alumni are on display and open to the public during alumni day. 200 willoughby ave (clinton hill), free. >>

1:30pm doors, 2pm show: gainesville, florida punk band against me! performs tracks from their new album in-store at rough trade (williamsburg). pre-order the record for entry. >>

2pm: ‘ghost card’, a site-specific dance theater performance, features 28 true crowdsourced stories that were prompted by the word ‘table,’ and are revealed in chance order through an interactive card game. socrates sculpture park (lic), free ($5-10 suggested donation). >>

2-4pm: ben affleck aside, the dark knight fans can celebrate the third official batman day with events and giveaways at comic book stores and bookstores across the county. locally, we’ve got signings by frank miller at midtown comics, klaus janson at jim hanley’s universe, and more. >>

2-8pm: raaka chocolate takes over red hook’s seabring street for a block party packed with more than 10 food vendors that call the area home, including red hook lobster pound, hometown bar-b-que, la newyorkina, baked, and more. activities for kiddies and chocolate factory tours young and old alike make it extra sweet. free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>

sponsored 3pm (ends today): special skint discount for shakesbeer, nyc’s original shakespearean pub crawl. admission includes four drinks! >>

3pm: be the comic expert, not the comic relief when writers lorraine cink and john sazaklis lead a game of marvel comics trivia and sign copies of their new book, marvel: absolutely everything you need to know. astoria bookshop, free admission. >>

3pm (saturdays thru 10/1): the annual mad. sq. music studio series presents outdoor concerts featuring a mix of americana, jazz, blues, and folk artists, continuing today with a set by old 97’s frontman rhett miller. madison square park, free. >>

3pm doors, 3:30pm show: a dance extravaganza takes over a drained swimming pool for the first time in ten years: the danza heights festival features flamenco, swing, hip-hop, musical theater, and a group salsa class. highbridge park (washington heights), free (rsvp). >>

5-7pm (thru 11/5): cartoonist lynda barry‘s comics, paintings, and drawings go on view at her solo show, ‘the marlys show of comic strips,’ with the artist in-person at tonight’s opening reception. adam baumgold gallery (ues), free. >>

6pm-1am: the fifth annual rock the pulaski north brooklyn boat club benefit celebrates the end of summer with bands (including sasha dobson and former b-52 pat irwin), beer, bbq, and a bonfire. food + drinks will be available for purchase. north brooklyn boat club (greenpoint), $5 before 7pm, $10 after. >>

7pm: director robert kenner and author/producer eric schlosser (fast food nation) will be at screenings of their new documentary, command and control, that examines the flaws in the human and technological systems that have been put in place to prevent nuclear catastrophe. film forum (west village), $14. >>

7pm, 8:30pm (monthly): nerd nite returns for its 11th season of informative and entertaining presentations on a varied range of topics. tonight, hear talks on killer stars, the placebo effect, and crowd scenes in movies. littlefield (gowanus), $14 admission includes trivia at 7pm, $10 for presentations only at 8:30pm. >>

8pm: art, fashion, and sustainability blend at esab*tchin’, a showcase of three ethically-conscious fashion designers’s work paired with performances, music, and art. downtown art (east village), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

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. >>

10:30pm: let it all out at you are heard: an interactive comedy show about feelings. mitra jouhari and betsy kenney co-host this show where comedians and audience members share and deal with their emotions in whatever way they choose – dancing, singing, screaming, hugging, eating, breaking stuff, etc. the annoyance (williamsburg), $5. >>

midnight(monthly): romance-hater carly ann filbin hosts a comical dating show that’s fit for the cynical singleton or questioning couple, let me break you up: an anti-dating game show, where a series of games tests the strength of real couples’ partnerships. the losing couple ‘has’ to break up! ucb chelsea, $5. >>

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:
aliens @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
beyond the doors (friday) and vintage erotica: anno 20 (saturday) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
princess mononoke @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
species @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
super fly @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
the fifth element @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
the holy mountain @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
the thing (1982) @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
twin peaks: fire walk with me (friday) and the happening (saturday) @ videology (williamsburg), $5. >>


various times: free outdoor movies:
ant-man, owl’s head park (bay ridge) >>
bulworth, habana outpost (fort greene) >>

9am-4pm: angel count: there are angels in our midst, and they need your help being counted. volunteer for a shift recording the monuments at woodlawn cemetery (bronx), many of which are vulnerable to storms and are marble angel statues. lunch provided. >>

10am-6pm: discover what binds us together at the 11th annual brooklyn book festival, a day where bibliophiles and casual readers can hear and meet 200 authors including margaret atwood, ralph nader, joyce carol oates, salman rushdie, touré, jacqueline woodson, and many more. brooklyn borough hall and surrounding area, free admission. >>

11am-4pm: 700 acres and eight miles of trails of staten island’s freshkills park (formerly the world’s largest landfill) are open for explorin’ during today’s discovery day.. free admission. >>

11am-4pm: hay rides and hogs (of the machine kind) will be aplenty at the queens county farm museum’s 36th annual antique motorcycle show. $5. >>

11am-5pm (thru 9/24): dream of the day you’ll own a car while you check out the latest big wheels at the ninth annual motorexpo. brookfield place (fidi), free. >>

11:30am-6pm: jousters, jesters, and jugglers bring the middle ages to life at the 32nd annual medieval festival. fort tryon park and the area surrounding the cloisters, free. >>

12-5pm: sample the health and wellness programs at jcc manhattan’s health club open house. free admission (registration suggested). >>

12-5pm: adoptapalooza: in the market for a new furry friend? the pet adoption event returns to union square with more than 300 dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and rabbits in need of a home (fees vary). the event also includes pet care advice, microchipping, dog licensing, pet photographers, giveaways, and more. >>

12-5pm: pups and people are welcome to badass brooklyn animal rescue’s fall festival, where proceeds will benefit animal rescues from high-kill shelters. expect raffles, a photo booth, adoptions, beer, activities for dogs and kids, and more. president st. bet. 3rd ave and nevins (gowanus), free admission. >>

12-5pm: the 15-block, multi-stage 92y annual street festival includes performances from six broadway musicals and international dance companies, plus raffles, fitness demos, free health screenings, kids activities, and more. lexington ave bet 79th + 94th sts, free admission. >>

1-3pm: color your face red (with booze) and pages any color (with provided markers, crayons and pencils) at a brunch edition of the coloring club drink and draw extravaganza, an adult coloring club featuring drawings of drag queens, celebrities, 90’s nostalgia and more at bierhaus nyc (midtown east). skint offer: save 40% in advance on admission + coloring book ($10.20, reg. $17) with promo code ‘skint’. >>

2-6pm: edible games: have your game and eat it too at an afternoon of board games that involve eating the (totally edible) pieces. babycastles (chelsea), $15 admission includes a drink. >>

3pm: learn about the fascinating world of japanese school lunch, known to be one of the ‘most model school lunch systems in the world.’ q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

3pm: prepare for halloween at a self-guided costume workshop with help from nyc resistor (boerum hill). $10. >>

4pm: watch a screening of sofia coppola’s the virgin suicides (1999) the way one should: with a mini bottle of peach schnapps (included with admission) to keep you company. videology (williamsburg), $16. >>

4pm (weekly): the sunday moving pictures series at the way station (prospect heights) returns with screenings of movies released in 1986. today: ferris bueller’s day off and top gun. free. >>

5-7pm: sculpture center (lic) hosts the opening reception of two solo exhibitions, cosima von bonin’s ‘who’s exploiting who in the deep sea?’ and aki sasamoto’s ‘delicate cycle. free. >>

6-8pm (thru 10/30): artist lillian f. schwartz, known for her groundbreaking work in early computer-generated art, will be honored in a solo show of her work made between 1968-2013. opening reception tonight. magenta plains (les), free. >>

7pm: watch live screenings of the 68th annual emmy awards at sva theatre (chelsea) and syndicated (bushwick). free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (+ 9/21-10/8) the 12th annual new york gypsy festival features six evenings of live music by performers from bulgaria, macedonia, hungary, turkey, and the us. drom (east village/alphabet city), $12-15 adv, $18-20 door. >>

7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show: gold child, anni rossi, and ellayo play an intimate show at manhattan inn (greenpoint). $5. >>

8pm: the older you get, the better you get. unless you’re a banana. hopefully you’re not too old to remember the answers to some golden girls trivia. videology (williamsburg), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the if you build it stand-up comedy show with guest host jo firestone includes performances by harrison greenbaum (last comic standing, andy kaufman award winner), john rudnitsky (snl), emily maya mills (key + peele), jacob williams (adam devine’s house party), danielle perez (jimmy kimmel), amber nelson (almost genius), and al park. ucb (east village), $5. >>

10pm (thru 9/25): bushwick’s syndicated screens a series of films by david lynch all week, starting tonight with eraserhead. $3. >>

all weekend

sat + sun various times (ends sun): the 11th annual brooklyn book festival returns sunday, bringing a week of more than 50 ‘bookend’ events to bookstores, theaters, libraries, and open spaces to whet your literary appetite. this weekend’s events include the comedy book fair  (sat 2:30pm, $6-8), yoga + poetry (sun 8:30am, free), a roald dahl celebration for kids + families (sun 1:30pm, free), and more. >>

sat + sun various times (ens sun): the school of visual arts’s after school special 2016 alumni film and animation festival features a wide range of works, from and deadpool to documentaries and shorts. this weekend: a 25th anniversary screening of beauty and the beast (sun 2pm), the 68th annual emmy awards (sun 7pm), and more. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

sat + sun various times (ens sun): catch indie and experimental shorts, docs, horror films, comedies, and more at the 16th annual coney island film festival, including the traditional screening of 1979 cult classic the warriors. $8-10/screening, $12-15/day pass. >>

sat + sun various times (ens sun): the cinder block comedy festival aims to present a more diverse set of performers than normally found in fests. everything from sketch to stand-up to improv to musical comedy takes place across several williamsburg venues. $15/show, $30 day pass. >>

sat + sun various times (ens sun): the jalopy theatre + school of music celebrates 10 years with an extended weekend of roots, folk, and blues music. $5-15. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm (weekends thru 9/25): 100 nyc artists each take over an entire room of the former military barracks at the ninth annual governors island art fair. free. >>

sat + sun 11am-7pm (ends sun): the inaugural independent art book fair brings work by artists, galleries, and independent publishers to greenpoint terminal warehouse. free admission. >>

sat 11am-9pm, sun 11am-7pm (ends sun): the 11th annual ny art book fair, featuring over 370 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries, returns to moma ps1 (lic). free. >>

thru 9/22: the independent filmmaker project film week offers free public programming in dumbo including a krush groove screening + dance party, sneak peeks at new tv + web series, digital projections at the archway, a virtual reality experience, and more. various locations, free (some events require rsvp). >>

thru 9/23: the fifth annual brooklyn beat (brooklyn emerging artists in theater) festival showcases diverse performing artists throughout the borough in ‘majestic and unusual spaces,’ like dance in a lobby and theater in a distillery. free-$20. >>

thru 9/24: for the fifth annual morningside lights, sign up for handmade lantern-building workshops that culminate in an illuminated parade on 9/24 at morningside park. columbia university’s miller theatre, free (rsvp required). >>

thru 9/25 (11:30am-11pm sun-thurs, 11:30am-midnight fri-sat): get ready for cannolis, the annual italian feast of san gennaro returns to little italy with over a week of carnival games, rides, festivities, and of course food. and yes, that involves a cannoli-eating contest (fri afternoon). >>

thru 9/25 (weds-sun): beam aboard a 50 years of star trek celebration at the paley center for media (midtown west) with an art exhibition, screenings, klingon lessons, a captain kirk impersonation contest, and more. $10 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

thru 10/2: the life and work of actor philip seymour hoffman will be honored through a 16-film retrospective, beginning with jack goes boating, the master, the savages, boogie nights, owning mahowny and almost famous, and including special guests at select screenings. museum of the moving image (astoria), $12 admission may be applied towards same-day admission. >>

thru 11/20: the annual united solo theatre festival, the ‘world’s largest,’ returns to manhattan’s theatre row for its seventh year with more than 100 one-person shows. $20.25. >>

thru 2/5: normally touching the art is strictly off-limits, but at the ‘take me (i’m yours)’ exhibition, work from 42 international and intergenerational artists will be on display to touch, participate in, and even take home for yourself. the jewish museum (ues), $15 general, $12 seniors, $7.50 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 5-8pm, free saturdays. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: 60 bands bring folk, roots, blues and more to the 2nd annual brooklyn americana music festival 9/23-25. free! >>

get tickets to chris gethard: career suicide at culture project’s lynn redgrave theater 10/9-23 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $38+). >>

get admission to the museum of sex thru 12/31 for $12.95 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20.14). >>

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