Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 10/16/2013

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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 18–20


Friday, October 18
The Dismemberment Plan
Absence made the heart grow fonder for fans of respected DC post-punk quartet The Dismemberment Plan; we don't remember these guys playing venues the size of Terminal 5 the first time around. Their new album, and first since 2001, is called Uncanney Valley. Singer Travis Morrison spoke with us about how NYC helped inspire the LP.  Now, let's just see how they can manage to get this many audience members onstage for "The Ice of Boston."

Dinosaur Safari
Dinosaurs invade the Bronx Zoo! This new installation features a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods—beware the more than 20 animatronic dinosaurs (some as long as 40 feet) that move, snarl, roar and spit. The ride also highlights the physical and behavioral traits that dinosaurs share with animals today.

"Lose not heart": J. D. Salinger's Letters to an Aspiring Writer
The letters and postcards that J. D. Salinger sent to aspiring writer Marjorie Sheard between 1941 and 1943, which are on public view for the first time, provide new insight into Salinger and his early career. The exhibit includes one letter where Salinger describes "the first Holden story" about a "prep school kid on his Christmas vacation."

Saturday, October 19
The Hood Internet
Chicago-based mash-up masters The Hood Internet take the stage for the Lazerpop CMJ Party at Glasslands. Also on the bill are Chrissy Murderbot and E-603. For more CMJ shows, check out our full festival coverage.

Halloween Harvest Festival
Outdoor arts space Socrates Sculpture Park hosts its seasonal artistic celebration. Prep for Halloween by crafting a costume alongside the park's artists, listen to music and shop for seasonal foods from the likes of The Queens Kickshaw. Face painting for kids and a canine costume contest for four-legged guests are also on the agenda.

Hester Street Fair
Visit the Lower East Side on Saturday between 10am and 6pm for vintage finds, artisan creations and delicious food. The Hester Street Fair returns for its fourth season, bringing an open-air market to the corner of Hester and Essex Streets, paying homage to the historic pushcart market that was held here many years ago.

Sunday, October 20
Dave Hardy: A House with Gates
Using pliable foam, cement, glass and paint, Hardy creates structures that seem to teeter between collapse and construction, a paradoxical balance that highlights the tension in these often-overlooked materials.

Comedy Cellar Stand-Up
Every night of the week, Comedy Cellar hosts shows from a rotating cast of stand-up comedians, many of them well known. The venue is a favorite of Dave Attell, and such headliners as Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld have been known to drop by from time to time.

Kate Spade Saturday Pop-Up
Colorful label Kate Spade opens a temporary storefront for its more-affordable sister line, Saturday. Shop for cutesy threads like jeans, crop tops and denim jackets. Accessories, housewares, shoes and bags are also available at the pop-up shop, the brand's first American stand-alone store.

related venues/(6)

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    Terminal 5
    610 W. 56th St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
  2. 2
    Bronx Zoo
    2300 Southern Blvd.
    NY 10460
  3. 3
    The Morgan Library & Museum
    225 Madison Ave.
    Manhattan – Murray Hill
    NY 10016
  1. 4
    Glasslands Gallery
    289 Kent Ave
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11249
  2. 5
    Regina Rex
    17-17 Troutman St
    NY 11385
  3. 6
    Comedy Cellar
    117 Macdougal St
    Manhattan – West Village
    NY 10012

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