Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 09/25/2013

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Weekends in NYC are packed with festivals, performances, exhibitions and more—many of them free. See what's in store below, plus check out our events and Save the Date tool for even more things to do.

September 27–29


Friday, September 27
DJ Jess and Alex Malfunction helm this long-running evening in the basement of East Village party palace Webster Hall. Expect punk, new wave, indie, Brit pop and the like, plus a crowd that's ready to boogie every Friday night.

DUMBO Arts Festival
With its industrial spaces easily converted to studios, DUMBO underwent a radical transformation over the past decade into an edgy but upscale enclave populated by art lovers and creators. Starting Friday, the DUMBO Arts Festival honors that connection with three days of family-friendly performances and installations as well as open studios and galleries.

New York Film Festival
Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has showcased the latest work from the world's most venerable filmmakers—the likes of Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar and Alain Resnais, to name just a few—and introduced some of the most innovative international talent to New York audiences. The 2013 installment begins Friday. Organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the fest presents classics, a full slate of documentaries and full-length features and other special events.

Saturday, September 28
A Queer History of Fashion
There's no denying the tremendous impact gay male designers have had on the fashion industry. Yves Saint Laurent gave the world Le Smoking suit (the first women's tux); Cristóbal Balenciaga created the baby-doll dress; and Alexander McQueen's avant-garde designs and exotic runway shows have inspired a slew of would-be designers. A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk explores gay fashion designers' contributions to the industry. The exhibition showcases more than 100 pieces, displayed in chronological order.

Richard Lewis
One of the world's leading pessimists, the sometime Curb Your Enthusiasm star is best known for his stand-up act. On Saturday, he performs at Carolines on Broadway, in Times Square.

An Evening with Sting
The former Police frontman plays a 10-night stand to benefit the Public Theater. Concertgoers can expect to be treated to an evening of Sting’s signature sounds (and storytelling), featuring songs from his forthcoming album, The Last Ship. The venue writes on its website that this is the only chance fans will have to hear the artist play these songs live. A limited number of free tickets will be distributed via lottery for each show.

Sunday, September 29
Rock and Roll Poster Bowl
Throughout the '60s and '70s, San Francisco–based artist Bonnie MacLean created a series of psychedelic posters for rock 'n' roll shows at that city's famed Fillmore Theater. Her colorful work, touting acts such as The Who and The Doors, will be on display at this event. Get the chance to meet MacLean herself, as well as to view and bid on her iconic posters. (Prices range from $95 to $900.) Other artists attending the event include John Warner and Jermaine Rogers.

New York Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The Mets won't be playing in October, but their last game of the 2013 season still offers a big draw for fans: the team plans to induct Mike Piazza—one of the greatest catchers in baseball history—into its Hall of Fame this afternoon. Piazza is scheduled to be in attendance for the ceremony.

Comedy Night at the Knit with Hannibal Buress
The cerebral Hannibal Buress—who's written for Saturday Night Live and made memorable appearances on 30 Rock—hosts this free weekly stand-up showcase in Williamsburg. Special guests stop by every week, and many of them are famous. Don't bring the kids, though—it's 21-plus.

related venues/(8)

  1. 1
    Webster Hall
    125 E. 11th St.
    Manhattan – East Village
    NY 10003
  2. 2
    The Film Society of Lincoln Center
    70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 4th fl.
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023
  3. 3
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001
  1. 4
    Carolines on Broadway
    1626 Broadway
    Manhattan – Times Square
    NY 10019
  2. 5
    The Public Theater
    425 Lafayette St.
    Manhattan – East Village
    NY 10003
  3. 6
    Brooklyn Bowl
    61 Wythe Ave.
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11249
  1. 7
    Citi Field
    126th St. and Roosevelt Ave.
    Flushing – Flushing
    NY 11368
  2. 8
    Knitting Factory
    361 Metropolitan Ave
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11211

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