various times: smithsonian magazine‘s museum day live! offers free admission to 15+ nyc museums, including the bartow-pell mansion museum, the morgan library + museum, storm king art center, the jewish museum, asia society and museum, and more. register for free tickets on their website, one ticket admits two. bonus: registration includes a one-year subscription to the digital edition of smithsonian magazine. note: several of the participating institutions already offer free/reduced admission hours on select days. >>

various times: cassette store day: music stores carry new limited edition cassettes. the current list of participating stores includes rough trade, vinyl fantasy, turntable lab, and rock and soul electronics. also, a rooftop flea market and tape art exhibition with cassette djs goes down 3-9pm at 1087 flushing ave., brooklyn. free admission. >>

10am, 12pm: sustainable flatbush and sacred vibes apothecary offer free workshops on using herbs for health and wellness at flatbush reformed church. bring a clean 2 oz. baby food jar if you’d like to bring some home. free (rsvp). >>

11am-2:30pm: get a free bike helmet, fitted properly, courtesy of the dot. 177-01 baisley blvd, jamaica, queens. >>

11am-4pm: make, buy, or bring your own at the governors island kite festival. parade grounds, free admission. >>

11am-6pm: the annual brooklyn flea record fair at smorgasburg features 50+ vendors and five djs spinning all day. free admission. >>

11am-6pm: the 22nd annual chile pepper festival at the brooklyn botanical garden features 45 food vendors of hot sauce, salsa, pickles, kimchi, jams, chocolates, fresh peppers, and more. $20 general admission ($15 students/seniors) includes full access to the gardens as well. >>

12pm (every tues + thurs @ 5pm, sat @ 12pm): raaka chocolate moves to a new factory in red hook and offers 45-minute chocolate tasting tours. chocolate is certified organic, certified fair trade, soy free, nut free, gluten free, and vegan. $10. >>

12-4pm: join artist christian in coloring the folks in his coloring book, including andy warhol, karl lagerfeld, oprah, and more. the corner of 10th ave + 20th st., free. >>

12-5pm: grand central oyster bar’s 12th annual oyster frenzy includes a professional shucking contest, a ‘slurp off’ eating contest, a beer-shucking contest, and chef demos with free tastings. pay-as-you-go. >>

12:30pm doors, 1pm show: fletcher c. johnson, boytoy, and las rosas play a free show at rough trade. >>

3-6pm: academics and entrepreneurs gather to discuss and debate the concept of luxury in contemporary society. the museum of arts and design, free. >>

3, 7pm: get tickets to spike and mike’s classic or sick and twisted festival of animation at symphony space for $5-7 (plus ticket fees, reg. $14).

3-5pm (+ 10/4): the mad. sq. music studio series celebrates folk, blues and americana music with free concerts in madison square park. today: julian lage and chris eldridge and front country. >>

4:30pm (ends today): part performance, part excursion, ‘the secret architecture of loss’ takes you on a fictional story-filled walking tour that starts in front of the high line hotel. $15 with promo code ‘nnyc’ (reg. $20). >>

6pm: the reproductive health access project hosts a fundraiser at soda bar in prospect heights with comedians naomi ekperigin and alise morales, raffles (1/$1, 15/$10), and a free goodie bag with rsvp. free admission (donations welcome). >>

7pm: the monthly bitches brew comedy show at lucey’s lounge in gowanus features stand-up by michelle wolf (seth meyers), naomi karavani (‘summer camp’ co-host), trey galyon, maria heinegg, matt schwartzer, reggie conquest, and musical comedy duo reformed whores. hosted by eliana horeczko, meghan o’keefe, and zee arthur. free. >>

7pm-1am (fri-sat, ongoing): the weekly brooklyn night bazaar night market brings bands, food, breweries + wineries, vendors, light installations, and mini golf, ping pong + skeeball to a 24,000 sq ft warehouse. this week’s music comes from mothxr, rathbone, the midnight hour, prelow, hollis brown, the hollows, and last good tooth. free admission. >>

8pm: the third annual morningside lights procession: a fleet of handmade lanterns and instruments made during the last week marches from morningside park (116 street + morningside avenue). >>

8pm: tv hangover at videology: try your luck at trivia and a drinking game and celebrate the 10th anniversary of lost while watching the pilot and finale. $5. >>

8pm: the story pirates normally perform family-friendly musical versions of stories written by kids. tonight they do an adults-only show at the drama book shop’s theater. $15 admission includes an open bar. >>

8pm-2am: williamsburg coffee shop + bar the west celebrates its fourth anniversary with free cocktails, beer, food, and trivia. >>

8pm doors: wit’s end and the dorothy parker society’s monthly jazz age soirée features live music from emily asher’s garden party. cocktail attire, dapper suits, and other vintage wear encouraged. free dance lesson @ 8:30pm. flute midtown, $12. >>

9pm: there’ll be free beer at the ‘press record’ comedy show, with 30-minute sets by comedians lukas kaiser (chapelle’s show, spike tv, college humor) and doug smith (just for laughs). brit pack theater, free admission (email rsvp required for entry). >>

10pm: ‘what i did for love’: ucb improvisers interview an audience member about their love life, then spin their stories. ucbeast, $10. >>

10:10pm: fireworks! look at the skies over the hudson river, near pier 60 of chelsea piers. >>

10:30pm doors: canon logic, downbeat keys, and stargazy play mercury lounge. $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

midnight-ish movies:
asmodexia @ ifc. $14. >>
escape from new york @ ifc. $14. >>
friday @ ifc. $14. >>
the holy mountain @ ifc. $14. >>
the room with tommy wiseau in person @ landmark sunshine. $15. >>
three on a meathook (fri) and invasion of the girl snatchers (sat) @ spectacle. $5. >>
you’re next @ nitehawk. $11. >>


11:30am-6pm: the 30th annual medieval festival celebrates, knights, ladies, jesters, jousting, period music, turkey legs, meade, beer, wine, and more. fort tryon park and the area surrounding the cloisters, free admission. >>

12-6pm: nyc’s the largest street festival, the 40th annual atlantic antic, takes over a mile of brooklyn’s atlantic avenue from fourth avenue to hicks street with 500 merchants and vendors, food, beer, live music, and more. plus, the dot will be giving away free bike helmets (12-3:30pm), and the transit museum brings out its collection of vintage buses + offers $1 admission 11am-4:30pm. >>

12-7pm: videology screens star trek episodes featuring the borg all day. free admission. >>

12:30pm doors, 1pm show: rockabilly singer imelda may plays a free in-store performance and signs albums at rough trade. free admission. >>

2pm: obsolete cinema’s monthly screening series at freddy’s presents out of bounds (1986), starring anthony michael hall, and tuff turf, starring james spader and robert downey jr. (1985), on craptastic vhs. plus, trivia + prizes, happy hour prices. free admission. >>

3pm (+ 10/5): the northside concert series comes to the brooklyn flea at 50 kent sundays thru 10/5 with performances by marnie stern, twin peaks, small black, and more. free. >>

3-9pm (sundays thru 10/26): the weekly mister sunday outdoor dance party with djs justin carter and eamon harkin returns to the courtyard between warehouses in sunset park’s industry city. tacos + booze will be available for purchase. all ages. $10 before 6pm with rsvp, $15 otherwise. >>

4, 10pm: the way station in prospect heights screens the new episode of doctor who 2-3 times every sunday. nerd karaoke starts at 10pm. $5 suggested donation. >>

4pm doors, 5pm show: lin-manuel miranda (author of broadway’s in the heights) presents a screening of the fisher king (1991) at the united palace of cultural arts. screenwriter richard lagravenese does q+a following. free. >>

4pm: bushwick’s traditional okinawan karate of brooklyn offers a free 2-hour women’s and trans-inclusive self-defense class (rsvp). refreshments follow. free classes are also offered to all genders on different dates. >>

6pm: ‘bakwas’ (hindi slang for ‘rubbish’) is a new semi-regular mix of modern and traditional indian performances. tonight: comedians aparna nancherla and nimesh patel, brooklyn raga massive’s neel murgai and mike lukshis, kathak dancer anisha muni, and storyteller deepa ambekar. bowery arts + science, $15. >>

6-10pm (thru 9/28): the high line hosts free opening week activities: wellness programs (yoga, tai chi, meditation), talks, tours, lunchtime music performances, a volunteer fair, and more. tonight, a screening of fritz lang’s metropolis (1927) with a live, electro-acoustic soundtrack from flutist-composer yael acher ‘kat’ modiano. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: beth morrison projects presents ‘the difficulty of crossing a field’, an opera based on an 1888 ambrose bierce story about a slave owner who walks across his field and disappears, written by pulitzer prize-winning composer david lang and librettist mac wellman. roulette, $20. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: 10 comics write and perform on the fly at bryan cook’s competitive erotic fan fiction show. tonight: alex koll, lynn bixenspan, dave hill, eli sairs, and more. union hall, $10. >>

8pm: this week’s ‘if you build it’ comedy show with host kara klenk features stand-up by myq kaplan (comedy central, letterman), jeff maurer (john oliver, last comic standing), brad austin, ryan reiss, kristin rand, tyson karrasch, and julia johns. ucbeast, $5. >>

8pm: beiju and varick play cameo. $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

9pm: mystique boutique, an evening of ‘mind bending magic, enchanting music, and other acts’, presents a free show at the manderley bar at the mckittrick hotel. no drink minimum. free admission. >>

all weekend

9am-7pm sat, 10am-5pm sun: the nyc big flea debuts with 600 vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, collectibles, and more. pier 94 (12th ave @ 54th st.), $10 admission includes both days. >>

11am-8pm (thru 9/29): 50 galleries offer artwork starting at $100 at the annual affordable art fair. the tunnel (chelsea), free-$5 tickets here (plus ticket fees, reg. $15 adv, $20 door), free hours 9/26 6-8pm. >>

11am-9pm sat, 11am-7pm sun (ends sun): the ninth annual ny art book fair features 350 international booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and institutions, plus workshops, readings, signings, and more. moma ps1, free admission. >>

12-9pm sat, 12-6pm sun (ends sun): 400+ artists, 100 studios and 50 galleries and stages make up the massive 18th annual dumbo arts festival, featuring indoor and outdoor installations and exhibitions, large scale projections, open studios, theatrical performances, and more. free. >>

12-10pm sat, 12-8:30pm sun (ends sun): shipping containers are transformed into 50 temporary photo exhibition spaces for the annual photoville art event that includes talks, workshops, nighttime projections, a smorgasburg-curated food + beer garden, and more. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 5. free admission. >>

2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9pm sat, 1, 2, 4, 5, 8pm sun (ends sun): 75 dance companies from around the world perform at the 14th annual dumbo dance festival. john ryan theater (25 jay st.), free. >>

2-7pm (ends sun): seven actresses in seven white beds whisper vivid childhood memories to individual audience members in the everything by my side installation and performance. part of fiaf’s crossing the line festival. hudson river park’s pier 45, $5. >>

8:30pm (ends sun): the caravan stage company performs ‘hacked: the treasure of the empire’, an experimental opera told through song, aerial acrobatics, video and huge puppet heads, aboard a 98-feet-long tall ship at gowanus bay terminal. $10. >>

ends sun: get revved up as the second annual motorcycle film festival wraps up with more screenings and a closing party at the gutter. $10. >>

ends sun: the 12th annual new york burlesque festival, featuring 100 international performers at six manhattan and brooklyn venues, shimmies and shakes at various locations. free+$30. >>

thru 10/2 (+ 10/10 at nitehawk): björk’s biophilia live concert film screens at ifc. 9:20pm shows include the documentary when björk met attenborough. $14. >>

thru 10/4: get tickets to see a jazz-age interpretation of macbeth at the players theatre in the village for $8.50-20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25-60). >>

thru 10/5: bamcinématek presents ‘retro metro’, a 16-film retrospective of the subway in the movies from the 1930s to the 1970s: the warriors, beat street, just another girl on the i.r.t., the taking of pelham one two three, saturday night fever, and more. $14 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 10/6: film forum pays tribute to playwright tennessee williams with a 14-film series, including a streetcar named desire (introduced by author john lahr fri @ 8pm), baby doll (with star carroll baker in person 9/29 @ 8pm), the fugitive kind, the glass menagerie, cat on a hot tin roof, and more. $13. >>

thru 10/7: during the elastic city walks festival, artists lead eight participatory walks and four talks. free (rsvp required). >>

thru 10/12: the 52nd annual new york film festival features screenings, talks, events, and more, including a 30th anniversary screening of this is spinal tap with writer/star christopher guest in person. $15-25. >>

check our website for ongoing events, including some ending this weekend: governors island, the new york clown theatre festival, nico: underground, three sisters, blondie exhibition. >>

sales, deals, freebies

grub street shares 10 excellent places to get apple cider doughnuts in nyc, from $1-3.95. >>

ticket deals

get free tickets to see the catalyst quartet perform at carnegie hall 10/29 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25-80). >>

go on a fall foliage cruise up the hudson river with a stop at cold spring 10/4-11/16 for $28-45.50 (plus ticket fees, reg $40-65). >>

get free tickets to the dwell magazine on design event 10/11 at 82 mercer (plus ticket fees, reg. $35). >>

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