free art openings:
open studios at the brooklyn army terminalcolor> and nars foundationcolor> (free shuttle between the two)
bric biennial >>color>

9am: the city’s best bocce players face off in the bocce tournament finals at juniper valley park, queens. >>color>

10am: soho’s georgetown cupcake will be giving out free red velvet cupcakes (while supplies last) to promote the premiere of madam secretary. 111 mercer st., bet. spring + prince. >>color>

10:30am-8pm (+ 9/22): leading up to sunday’s brooklyn book festival, ‘bookend events’ take place in bookstores, parks, theatres and more. free. >>color>

11am-2:30pm: get a free bike helmet, fitted properly, courtesy of the dot. vernon blvd + 34th ave, astoria queens. >>color>

12pm, 1:30pm: celebrate german-american culture while the 57th annual german-american steuben parade marches along 5th ave from 68th to 86th sts (free), followed by an oktoberfest including a masskrugstemmen (mug-holding competition) in central park’s rumsey playfield/summerstage area ($20). >>color>

12, 1, 6pm: get tickets to the better booze festival at center548 in chelsea for $25-40 (reg. $70-85) with promo code ‘skintdrinkbetter’. note: ticket sales are in advance only, and end friday 9/19 at 11:59pm. none will be available at the door. >>color>

12-4pm (+ 9/27): join artist christian in coloring the folks in his coloring book, including andy warhol, karl lagerfeld, oprah, and more. northeast corner of bowery and rivington, free. >>color>

12-9pm: a diwali festival takes over times square with indian food, live music, dance classes, arts and crafts, a fashion show, photo booths, and more. festival (12-5) and concert (5:30-9pm). free admission. >>color>

12pm-9pm: ulysses folk house hosts its 12th annual oyster festival (‘nyc’s largest outdoor oyster festival’) along historic stone st. with fresh oysters, beer, live music, and djs. free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>color>

12-10pm: shiver me timbers, it’s piratecon! dress up and hit the town with stops at local watering holes. starting location tba. >>color>

1:30-5:30pm: blocktoberfest: the new york city brewers guild throws a block party in clinton hill with sour beers from 20 breweries, plus live music and djs, a bean bag toss/tournament, a raffle, and food available for purchase. kelso beer company’s 5,000-square-foot indoor beer garden (waverly avenue, bet. atlantic +fulton, brooklyn). $10 admission, $5/beer, $20/5 adv. >>color>

1-8pm: the third annual queens viva la comida! festival showcases latin american, indian, tibetan and other food vendors, plus live music, dancing, kids activities, and more. 82nd st. + roosevelt ave, queens, free admission. >>color>

2pm: here’s the fire: fdny firefighters sign the fdny 2015 calendar of heroes, which includes a woman for the first time ever. sales benefit the fdny foundation. bloomingdale’s soho. >>color>

2, 6pm: dress in a single color (other than black or white), bring an uninflated balloon and a plastic grocery bag, download the instructions, and head to fort greene park to participate in improv everywhere’s 11th mp3 experiment. free. >>color>

2-5pm: the center for book arts hosts and open house with artist demos, tours, and a preview of our the schedule. free. >>color>

3pm: pours from the first keg are free at loreley restaurant + biergarten’s 11th annual oktoberfest kick-off. >>color>

3-4pm: ‘trumpet city’: 18 or more trumpets perform outdoors on meeker ave from metropolitan ave to newton creek (williamsburg + greenpoint). >>color>

3-5pm (saturdays thru 10/4): the mad. sq. music studio series celebrates folk, blues and americana music with free concerts in madison square park. today: aoife o’donovan and cahalen morrison + eli west. >>color>

3pm doors, 5pm show (ends today): long island city’s ‘the lot lic’ music + film series ends its inaugural season with music by sugarman 3, naomi shelton and the gospel queens, and daptone records family djs. 43-29 crescent street, free admission. >>color>

4pm: michael c. gross, designer of the ‘no ghost’ ghostbusters logo and former art director at national lampoon, talks about his work, popular culture, and movie marketing and product development. pratt institute’s memorial hall auditorium (200 willoughby ave, brooklyn), free. >>color>

4:30pm (+ 9/27): 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). >>color>

4:30pm doors, 5pm show: australian stand-up comic, writer, and activist aamer rahman comes to union hall for an early show. $10. >>color>

5pm-10pm: empire salon continues its weekly summer jazz party at level r (formerly the empire hotel rooftop) with live music byron sunshine organ quartet, burlesque by legs malone, and sexy trivia. no minimum, free admission. >>color>

6pm-1am: groove to live music on the banks of newton creek at the north brooklyn boat club’s third annual rock the pulaski benefit. food + drinks will be available for purchase. $5 admission. >>color>

6pm doors, 7pm show: toshi reagon, joan as police woman, nona hendryx, martha redbone, be steadwell, and many more perform at the fourth annual ‘word*rock*+sword musical celebration of women’s lives’. lpr. $20. >>color>

7pm: fort greene’s black forest brooklyn biergarten + kaffeehaus kicks off oktoberfest with free beer from the first keg, live music by slavic soul party!, a mug-holding competition, and bavarian food and drink specials. $10 admission. >>color>

7pm: vhs presents: comedians and storytellers show the video-recorded attempts they made at being stars during their adolescence. videology, free. >>color>

7pm (ends today): the disastrous tale of vera + linus is an outdoor theatrical experience  with three stories occurring in different public spaces. ‘intimate track’ interactive tickets are $18 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $25), ‘panoramic track’ voyeur tickets are $5. >>color>

7pm (fri-sun thru 10/4): get tickets to see a jazz-age interpretation of macbeth at the players theatre in the village for $8.50-25 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25-60). >>color>

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 here we go magic, coastgaard, eastern midwestern, white bike, those darlins, landlady, heat, and dirty nil. free admission. >>color>

8pm: lizzie martinez and toby scales host the weekly showcasey jones show + tell and comedy show, with performances by lukas kaiser, merrill davis, ian fidance, nimesh patel, jimmy lechase, and john f. o’donnel. optional: bring something to show + talk about for a chance to win drink tickets, odd prizes, and $25 cash. over the eight, free. >>color>

8pm: the choral chameleon vocal ensemble sings its way through a program of music based on children’s stories and darker themes. bonus: milk and cookies! st. paul’s episcopal church (199 carroll st., brooklyn), $15. >>color>

8pm: in honor of the 35th anniversary of the clash’s concert at the palladium in nyc, tribute band straight to hell recreates the show live in its entirety. fontana’s, $10. >>color>

8pm: backwords, wild yaks, dead stars, and radical dads play baby’s all right. $8 adv, $10 dos. >>color>

8pm doors: javelin, ejecta, and the great void play glasslands. $12 adv, $14 dos. >>color>

9:30pm: ‘comedyology’ at videology = a mix of nyc film shorts and stand-up comedy with hosts ross parsons and daralyn kelleher. bonus: $4 cans of sixpoint apollo rad. free. >>color>

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

10:30pm doors, 11pm show: nerdcore rapper mc frontalot, dr. awkward, and corn mo play littlefield. $12. >>color>

11pm (+ 9/22-23): hold on to your butts… jurassik parc: 2 comedic actors and a foley artist perform a one hour shot-for-shot remake of jurassic park. the pit, $10 advance, $12 door, just $1 for students. >>color>

11pm: the monthly feeling gloomy dance party (‘the world’s only dance party devoted to sad music’) pays tribute to the music of the pixies and late 80s/early 90s college rock. the grand victory, $4 adv or if wearing pixies gear, $6 otherwise. >>color>

midnight-ish movies:
heavenly creatures @ nitehawk. $11. >>color>
the holy mountain @ ifc. $14. >>color>
she’s all that @ landmark sunshine. $10. >>color>
superchick (fri) and las vegas lady (sat) @ spectacle. $5. >>color>
taxi driver @ ifc. $14. >>color>

ends sat: bam salutes the source hip-hop magazine with screenings of notorious, dave chappelle’s block party, and more ($14), plus free music shows by female emcees nitty scott, roxanne shanté and more. >>color>

ends sat: the mini brooklyn international performance art festival features a women’s health workshop, plus performances by blipvert, antibody corporation, and wild torus. jack, free-$10. >>color>

ends sat: take an extra 30% off select groupon deals >>color>


a 21′ x 5′, 3,000-pound ice sculpture of the words ‘the future’ will melt away to draw attention to global warming. broadway @ 23rd st. >>color>

7am-11pm: the third and northernmost section of the high line opens to the public, completing the transformation of the 22-block long structure into the most popular first date site in the city. we kid! we luv you, high line. >>color>

10am-12pm: there’ll be free pancakes and pie at greenpoint’s the diamond. >>color>

10am-6pm: ‘brooklyn’ becomes ‘book-lyn’ during the ninth annual brooklyn book festival, with hundreds of authors participating in readings and panels at outdoor stages and indoor locations in and around borough hall, plus vendors from local book stores + small publishers. free. >>color>

10am-7pm: the 28th annual broadway flea market + grand auction raises funds for broadway cares/equity fights aids through the sale of theatre keepsakes (cast recordings, signed posters and playbills, props, costume sketches, etc.), a celebrity autograph table + photo booth (11am-3pm, charlotte d’amboise, lena hall, bebe neuwirth, david hyde pierce, patrick wilson, more), and more. shubert alley + w. 44th st, free admission. >>color>

11am-5pm (every 1st and 3rd sunday thru 10/19): the bi-monthly food truck rally returns to prospect park’s grand army plaza. expect around 15 trucks. pay-as-you-go. >>color>

11am-5pm: get a behind-the-scenes look at film production in nyc at the ‘new york on location’ street fair in astoria: go inside 20 working movie trailers and trucks, see live demos of stunt fighting, high falls, car stunts, weather effects, and more. events will take place on the backlot of kaufman astoria studios (current home to orange is the new black, nurse jackie, sesame street, and more), the museum of the moving image (which will have free admission all day), and on surrounding streets. free. >>color>

11:30am: the ‘world’s largest’ people’s climate march in history makes its way from central park west to 11th ave + 34th street to coincide with the un climate summit on tuesday. >>color>

1-7pm: the second annual shinnyo lantern floating for peace celebration, timed with the international day of peace and the opening of the un general assembly, will feature performers from the new york city ballet, the juilliard school, the brooklyn youth chorus, and many more, and concludes with a ceremony with hundreds of floating lanterns constructed by attendees throughout the day. lincoln center’s hearst plaza, free. >>color>

1:30pm: purchase a copy of the drums new album on any format or 7-inch single at rough trade starting at 11am to get two wristbands to an in-store performance at 2pm. >>color>

3pm (+ 9/28, 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. >>color>

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. >>color>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: ‘force majeure’, a new monthly vaudeville show, kicks off at the cobra club. $10. >>color>

7pm doors, 8pm show: the free monthly ‘presentation party night’ features six presentations followed by q+a and free brooklyn brewery beer (while it lasts) and free food (bring snacks to share). tonight’s topics: how to eff up getting effed up, an early history of plane hijackings, how to brew beer in your tiny home, how not to run a film festival, and more. new location: brooklyn desks (49 wyckoff ave, bushwick). >>color>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: at the friends of single people dating game show, your friends answer questions about you, for you… on stage… all in the name of finding you that special someone. choose your friends wisely! littlefield, $5. >>color>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: ‘what are you afraid of?’ host mara wilson (matilda, mrs. doubtfire) and comedians + performers talk about their anxieties at union hall. this month’s guests: carolyn castiglia, peter aguero, meg bashwiner, and more. $7 adv, $10 dos. >>color>

8pm: the night shift theater’s drunken shakespeare = shakespeare readings, karaoke-style, in a bar. bar 9 (807 9th ave, bet. 53rd + 54th sts), free (donations welcome). >>color>

8pm: the monthly macaulay culkin comedy and variety show — which mr. culkin has nothing to do with — features guests janeane garofalo, greg barris, good cop great cop, dave hill, lorelei ramirez, giulia rozzi, sam taggart, and hosts brett davis and sally burtnik. shea stadium, $5. >>color>

8pm: this week’s ‘if you build it’ comedy show with host kara klenk features stand-up emily maya mills, jim tews, kenny deforest, brendan mclaughlin, billy prinsell, adam sokol, and musical comedy duo reformed whores. ucbeast, $5. >>color>

8pm doors, 9pm show: simian mobile disco plays the fixed dance party at mhow. $15 adv, $20 dos. >>color>

8:30pm doors: scott + charlene’s wedding, cassie ramone, free time, and liam betson play glasslands. $10 adv, $12 dos. >>color>

all weekend

10am-7pm sat , 10am-6pm sun: the annual world maker faire takes over the new york hall of science with 700 vendors sharing projects and skills that include the world’s first 3d-printed car, a drone-flying competition, a life-sized mousetrap, and much more. $32.50 general, $22.50 students, $27.50 seniors (in advance). >>color>

11am-6pm: the 32nd annual queens county fair features a three-acre maize maze, pie-eating + corn-husking contests, hayrides, carnival rides, a midway, more. $9 admission, plus $9 to get lost in the maize maze (open thru 10/26). >>color>

12-8pm sat, 12-6pm sun (ends sun): 70+ exhibitors come to the new york art, antique + jewelry show. park avenue armory, $15 adv with discount code ‘nyfb14′ (reg. $20). >>color>

2pm (ends sun): the st. luke’s chamber ensemble performs free one-hour concerts in libraries in each borough. bring new or gently-used books for children in under-served communities. >>color>

2-6pm (ends sun): bogo starbucks: buy any fall drink (hot or spiced) at starbucks, get one free. >>color>

6-9pm sat, 1-4pm sun (ends sun): kick up your heels at the annual bryant park square dance, featuring live music, free cowboy hats (while supplies last), lasso lessons, cornhole toss, a photo booth, a raffle, more. free. >>color>

7:40pm (+ 9/26-27, 10/3-4): the midnight radio show brings an adults only shadow puppet theater + fairytale variety show to pete’s candy store. free. >>color>

8:30pm (+ 9/24-28): 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. >>color>

ends sun: custom shirtmaker proper cloth hosts a sample sale with all shirts priced at $40 (reg. $100-250). mention ‘the beggar’ at checkout to get your first two for $20 each. 450 broadway (bet. grand + howard), 2nd floor. >>color>

ends sun: the nyu game center’s fifth annual ‘no quarter’ exhibition features four new games from established and emerging independent game developers. waka waka space (26 clinton st., bet. stanton + e. houston), free. >>color>

ends sun: film festivals!
coney island film festival >>color>
greenpoint film festival >>color>
i imagine film festival >>color>
new york city short film festival (sat only) >>color>
new york film festival ‘opening acts’ (thru 9/25) >>color>
williamsburg international film festival (willifest) >>color>

thru 9/22 the seventh annual eugene mirman comedy festival takes over the bell housecolor> and union hallcolor> for five days with guests including ira glass, jessi klein, wyatt cenac, h. jon benjamin, sara vowell, neil degrasse tyson, robyn hitchcock, and many more. $10-35.

thru 9/26: the third annual morningside lights: help create a fleet of lanterns and instruments during a week of workshops that will culminate in an illuminated procession of public art in morningside park. miller theatre (at columbia university), free (registration required). >>color>

thru 9/27: the third annual queer new york international arts festival brings 10 performances to abrons arts center. free ($10-15 suggested donation). >>color>

thru 9/28: climate week nyc is 9/22-28, with tons of talks, exhibits, performances, meetings, and more. many free. >>color>

thru 9/28: 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. >>color>

thru 9/28 (weekends): 100 artists present works in individual rooms at the seventh annual 4 heads art fair on governors island. free. >>color>

thru 9/30: musician nick cave is profiled in filmmakers/visual artists iain forsyth and jane pollard’s fusion of drama and documentary, 20,000 days on earth. forsyth and pollard will be at select screenings thru 9/21. film forum, $13. >>color>

thru 10/18: a replica friends central perk pop-up coffee shop opens in soho to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the debut of the iconic sitcom with free coffee, photo ops, in-store performances, contests, special appearances by michael tyler (‘gunther’), and merchandise. 199 lafayette st. @ broome st. free admission. >>color>

thru 10/25: get tickets to sleepy hollow musical at the players theatre in the village for $15-25 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50). >>color>

thru 11/23: the world’s largest solo theatre festival, the annual united solo theatre festival, returns to nyc’s theatre district with 130 one-person shows from 6 continents. theatre row, $19.25. >>color>

thru 1/11: photographer sebastião salgado’s ‘genesis’ exhibition draws together 200+ images of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples—raising awareness about climate change. a series of climate change panel discussions, lectures, and film screenings (free-$15) continues throughout the year. icp, voluntary contribution fridays 5–8pm (reg. $14). >>color>

thru 1/31 (closed sundays): sesame street lovers of all ages will find something to love at the new york public library for the performing arts exhibition, ‘somebody come and play’, where 250+ items including 20 muppets, models, set designs, original sketches, storyboards, and more will be on display. free admission. >>color>

check our website for ongoing events. >>color>

ticket deals

get a luna park unlimited ride wristband for $19 (reg. $32). >>color>

get free tickets to the affordable art fair at the tunnel 9/26-29 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15). >>color>

go on a fall foliage cruise up the hudson river with a stop at cold spring 9/20-11/16 for $17-45.50 (plus ticket fees, reg $40-65). >>color>

take a cruise up the hudson to bear mountain to visit oktoberfest 9/27-10/26 for $28-45.50 (plus ticket fees, reg $40-65). >>color>

registration for the the new york city challenge obstacle race, including t-shirt and after party, 10/5 for $40 ($80 value). >>color>

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