Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 10/04/2013

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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.

October 4–6


Friday, October 4
To the design world, October is Archtober, or Design and Architecture Month, in New York City. For 31 days, the entire city opens its doors for design tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character. More than 50 organizations are participating this year, including the Museum of Arts and Design, Queens Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. 

New Yorker Festival
This annual festival gathers together the biggest and most exciting names in fiction, journalism, poetry, graphic novels, screenwriting, directing and all-around culture-making—Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith and The New York Times' Jill Abramson, to name a few—for a weekend of panel discussions, readings, film screenings, musical performances, walking tours, food tastings and other events celebrating contemporary arts and entertainment. An advanced screening of the Aziz Ansari comedy special Buried Alive and a talk with actor Michael Shannon are among Friday's events.

Picturing Central Park 
Janet Ruttenberg's love of Central Park is well documented. In this exhibit, the artist uses watercolors, oils and video to highlight the Park's beauty and its role as a New York City icon. Of special focus in Picturing Central Park are Ruttenberg's depictions of Sheep Meadow, the Literary Walk and its statue of Shakespeare, and the statue of General Sherman that stands in Grand Army Plaza.

Saturday, October 5
Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K.
Andrew W.K. joins Marky Ramone on stage for a night of full of Ramones classics and, presumably, partying.

Chile Pepper Festival 
One of the world's most widely used culinary ingredients is once again the focus of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Chile Pepper Festival, which features musical performances, dancing and tongue-tingling food. Test your taste buds with hot sauces, spicy pickles, salsas and the star of the show, the chile pepper. Those looking to add some sweetness to their spicy edibles can peruse creations from area chile-chocolate masters.

Gotham Girls Roller Derby Championship Bout
The competitors of Gotham Girls Roller Derby skate fast and hit hard. You may not know what a jammer, blocker and pivot are when you enter the gym, but longtime followers can attest: this is adrenaline-pumping, cheer-inducing stuff. As if the action in the rink weren't enough, the event also features spirit-boosting jeerleaders. In this bout, the Queens of Pain and the Manhattan Mayhem square off for the league title.

Sunday, October 6
Boo at the Zoo 
Get into the Halloween spirit with Boo at the Zoo, taking place at the Bronx Zoo every weekend in October and into early November. Enjoy family and kids' activities, including magic shows, scary stories, costume parades, a hay maze, pumpkin painting and more. And, of course, get an up-close look at all the creepy critters on display.

Edgar Allan Poe: Terror Of The Soul 
Inspired by the preface to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, the exhibition explores Edgar Allan Poe's poetry, fiction and literary criticism, including his influence on later writers. Highlights include one of the earliest printings of The Raven; the first printing of The Cask of Amontillado; and three copies of Tamerlane, Poe's earliest published work and one of the rarest books in American literature.

Fall Flowers of Japan
This exhibition highlights the incredible diversity of fall-flowering plants from Japan. It begins with Japanese maples and toad lilies amid ferns and ornamental grasses, and continues with camellias and anemones. The exhibit culminates in an unforgettable display of kiku—Japanese chrysanthemums—trained to grow in a variety of shapes and styles.Other programming during the exhibit includes traditional Japanese music and dance performances, bonsai Q&A and ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Irving Plaza
    17 Irving Plaza
    Manhattan – Gramercy
    NY 10003
  2. 2
    Museum of the City of New York
    1220 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  3. 3
    Bronx Zoo
    2300 Southern Blvd.
    NY 10460
  1. 4
    New York Botanical Garden
    2900 Southern Blvd.
    Bronx – Bedford Park
    NY 10458
  2. 5
    Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    1000 Washington Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11225
  3. 6
    The Morgan Library & Museum
    225 Madison Ave.
    Manhattan – Murray Hill
    NY 10016

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