Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 10/23/2013

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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 25–27

Friday, October 25
Ray Davies, Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story
The famed singer and guitarist of The Kinks reads from his new memoir, Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story. In the book, Davies tells tales of the band's life on the road, including how The Kinks were banned from performing in the US from 1965 to 1969. (There was never a specific reason given for the embargo, but it likely had to do with the band members' wild onstage antics.) The volume also explores Davies' complex and intimate relationship with America, a country he fantasized about as a young boy growing up in England.

Wyatt Cenac, Ted Alexandro and More 
Wyatt Cenac, best known for his stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show, brings his stand-up act to NYC. Ted Alexandro, who's popped up on various network and cable shows, is among the other acts performing. For tickets, visit

NYC Food Film Festival
What happens when two of New York City's biggest passions—food and film—come together? The NYC Food Film Festival is a five-day multi-venue event where filmgoers can watch screenings of food-related films and then sample those foods. Last year's films featured elements such as Scottish whiskey, butchered meats and fine wines, Japanese cuisine, oysters and more, so you can expect a similarly culinary-inspired screening selection in 2013. And, of course, there will be tastings. 

Saturday, October 26
Halloween Festivities 
Get into the spooky spirit of the season with today's Halloween festivities, taking place across the City. Central Park's annual Pumpkin Fest features a zombie haunted house, pumpkin decorating and carving, live Quidditch matches, puppet shows, crafts and even activities for pets. Four-legged friends can participate in a costume contest, play in an off-leash area, test their skills in an agility course and freshen up at a free dog spa. At the Haunted High Line Halloween, the elevated park's past comes to life with haunted train tunnels and ghostly railroad workers. Kids can go trick-or-treating, enjoy live music, build train cars out of recycled materials and meet spooky characters along the way. For throwback-style entertainment, King Manor Museum's Fall Festival is the place to be. Kids can make their own apple cider, watch open-hearth cooking, taste old-fashioned foods, churn butter and make cornhusk dolls. Crocheron Park's Halloween Festival offers rides, a costume contest and plenty more. And in the Rockaways, every dog has its day at the Canine Costume Carnival. Expect an abundance of pulchritudinous pooches, a photo booth for their human companions, carnival games and other activities.

Lights, Camera, Astoria 
The Astoria Studio complex, home to everything from early Marx Brothers talking films to The Cosby Show and Nurse Jackie, has been a part of the NYC film landscape since 1920. It has served as the East Coast home of Paramount Pictures, the US Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era and most recently, home to the Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image. This exhibition uses films, behind-the-scenes paraphernalia, oral histories and posters to trace the complex's legacy

The Black Crowes at Terminal 5
The '90s rockers return from a hiatus, revitalized and ready to bring the heavy. For tickets, visit

Sunday, October 27 
Lower East Side Pickle Day
The Lower East Side's pickle history goes back nearly a century. At one time, more than 80 different picklers vied for business in the area. (Essex Street was once known as "Pickle Alley" for that reason.) The neighborhood honors that competitive spirit at this annual event, where dozens of vendors set up shop to wow foodies with briny treats. Amateurs can enter the home pickling contest, with celebrity judges crowning their favorite canner. There will also be live music and entertainment, including a duo of rapping grandmas, a Halloween costume contest, food and fashion vendors and more. Plus, Uber is offering free rides to and from the festivities with the code "PickleDay2013."

David Yurman Sample Sale
This four-day David Yurman sample sale features price reductions on the rarely discounted high-end jewelry line, known for its signature rope-twist textured bracelets and cocktail rings. Included are items in silver and yellow gold, plus some timepieces. Previous sales have offered markdowns that range from 30% to 70% off. Doors stay open from 3 to 8pm on Thursday, 9am to 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

Tour de Bronx
There's no feeling quite like speeding down a scenic New York City straightaway with a brisk fall breeze at your back. The Tour de Bronx is a meticulously organized, totally free event that allows cyclists to share this experience with hundreds of kindred spirits. Choose a challenging 25-mile course or a more intense 40-mile course, each running through some of the loveliest pockets of the Bronx. 

related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    Barnes & Noble Union Square
    33 E. 17th St.
    Manhattan – Union Square
    NY 10003
  2. 2
    The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club
    239 Third Ave., ground fl.
    Manhattan – Gramercy
    NY 10003
  3. 3
    Central Park
    Between Fifth Ave. and Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  1. 4
    King Manor Museum
    150-03 Jamaica Ave
    Queens – Jamaica
    NY 11432
  2. 5
    Museum of the Moving Image
    35th Ave. at 37th St.
    Queens – Astoria
    NY 11106
  3. 6
    Terminal 5
    610 W. 56th St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
  1. 7
    The Altman Building
    135 W. 18th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011

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