Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 10/09/2013

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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 page and Save the Date tool for even more things to do.

October 11–14

Monday (Columbus Day)

Friday, October 11
Museum of Modern Art
Free on Fridays from 4 to 8pm, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of the City's must-see cultural attractions. Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary—an exhibition focused on the artist's Surrealist years—is among the many reasons to visit this weekend.

New York Comic Con and Anime Festival
This annual fan convention at the Javits Center is dedicated to comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television and will feature writers and illustrators, along with celebrities like Sigourney Weaver and Gillian Anderson. Panels, screenings and the ability to have your comic book signed by your hero will all be on tap. The New York Anime Festival alliance is still in effect, too, so expect to see cosplayers (costumed participants dressed like fictional characters). The festival runs October 10–13, so be sure to check the official website to find out what's going on Friday. And if you can't find tickets there, try your luck on StubHub.

Atlas Genius and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
The Australians in Atlas Genius play danceable, synth-heavy pop rock that should please fans of bands like Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club. Openers Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., from Detroit, are named for a famed NASCAR family and perform in racing suits, but their breezy, trippy '60s-influenced tunes shaded with Beach Boys–styled harmonies are more likely to conjure convertible rides on the Pacific Coast Highway than revving engines at the racetrack. This show is the second of the bands' two CBGB Festival performances.

Saturday, October 12
Get a glimpse of NYC's rarely seen spaces with openhousenewyork. The wide variety of sites that host the event range from boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to clubs, factories to firehouses, lighthouses to lookouts, monuments to mansions, skyscrapers to substations—enough to satisfy anyone's inner snoop. Past tour spots have included Nitehawk Cinema, the St. George Theatre and the CFDA Fashion Incubator. Plus, check out the OHNY Kids tours and workshops for families. The event also takes place on October 13.

In the Air
Shot from T.J. Wilcox’s Union Square studio, In the Air creates new New York stories using his vantage point high above the City, all based (albeit loosely) on NYC history, whether transatlantic zeppelins landing on the Empire State Building or Andy Warhol showering the Pope with his silver Mylar balloons. Meanwhile, over at Chelsea’s Metro Pictures and on view through October 12, Wilcox has covered the walls of the gallery’s second floor with posters for the film, wheat pasted like outdoor advertising in the city.

Free CBGB Festival Show in Times Square
Expect a big crowd for this free, multi-stage show at Times Square, which will feature sets from My Morning Jacket, The Wallflowers and Grizzly Bear, along with DJ sets and appearances by other artists.

Sunday, October 13
Jets vs. Steelers
Led by rookie quarterback Geno Smith, Gang Green hosts the winless Pittsburgh Steelers. Between tailgating before kickoff and the charged atmosphere in the stands, attending an NFL game is a thrilling experience for any sports fan. Finally, we must remind you that the Super Bowl will take place at MetLife Stadium this season.

Central Park
Take a relaxing autumn stroll through the City's most famous green space. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux between 1858 and 1873 and currently maintained by the Central Park Conservancy, the 843-acre park is an urban oasis of trees, gardens, rolling meadows, arches, sculptures, statues and vistas. The range of outdoor activities you can enjoy there is seemingly endless, from hiking, biking and ice-skating to simply lounging on a picnic blanket and listening to a live concert. For more on what to see and do in Central Park, read our full guide.

Creaghead and Company
Eugene Mirman no longer hosts Union Hall's Sunday night comedy extravaganza (formerly known as Pretty Good Friends), but the folks there promise he'll still pop up frequently. The new show, hosted by producer Caroline Creaghead—who was behind Pretty Good Friends and the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival—has already booked the likes of Nick Turner, Jessi Klein and Dave Hill, so it's fair to say the evenings should be as funny as ever.

Monday, October 14
Columbus Day Parade
The Columbus Day Parade honors more than just its namesake explorer and the corresponding holiday itself. With fantastic floats and musical performances, this Fifth Avenue spectacle is a celebration of the bond between Italian-Americans and their city—a sentiment shared by New Yorkers of all backgrounds who've also flocked to the Columbus Day Parade for a bit of Monday revelry and camaraderie.

Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue
The restored historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, a 19th-century landmark with stunning architecture that initially opened its doors to a wave of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, is now a vibrant arts and education center for all ages and backgrounds, with exhibitions and tours of the restored synagogue. Free tours are offered every Monday from 10am to noon.

Urban Fabric
This photo exhibition traces the Garment District's growth during the 1920s. It's filled with images of the historic factories, entrepreneurs and architects who helped define the 18 blocks that would become the center of an industry.

related venues/(8)

  1. 1
    The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
    11 W. 53rd St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  2. 2
    Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
    655 W. 34th St.
    Manhattan – Hell's Kitchen
    NY 10001
  3. 3
    Irving Plaza
    17 Irving Plaza
    Manhattan – Gramercy
    NY 10003
  1. 4
    Whitney Museum of American Art
    99 Gansevoort St.
    Manhattan – Meatpacking District
    NY 10014
  2. 5
    MetLife Stadium
    One MetLife Stadium Drive
    NJ 07073
  3. 6
    Central Park
    Between Fifth Ave. and Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  1. 7
    Union Hall
    702 Union St.
    Brooklyn – Park Slope
    NY 11215
  2. 8
    Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue
    12 Eldridge St.
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002

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