Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 10/28/2013

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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.

November 1–3


Friday, November 1
Brooklyn Nets Home Opener 
The Brooklyn Nets open their 2013–2014 season—their second in the borough and at Barclays Center—against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Not long after falling to the Chicago Bulls in last season’s playoffs, the Nets hired Jason Kidd as their head coach—a mere week after he had announced his retirement as a player. Watch to see if Kidd and stars Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and Paul Pierce can take the team all the way this year.  

The purpose of this annual event at the former World Financial Center is twofold: families can admire exquisite structures designed entirely from cans of food (past creations have included giant electric mixers, rocket ships, cartoon characters and castles), and each can will be donated to City Harvest at the end of the exhibit. While the event is free, families are encouraged to contribute a can or two of their own to feed the hungry. 

Hansel and Gretel's Halloween Adventure
Created specifically for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure begins with the children safe at home following a ride with their pet swan. They begin to experience vivid dreams, in which Belvedere Castle and Central Park serve key roles. These dreams lead the duo on an adventure that includes mermaids, monsters, pirates and vampires on their way to an unforgettable Halloween night in New York City. 

Saturday, November 2
Performa 13 
Performa is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of 20th-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the 21st century. For its fifth biennial, Performa 13 will feature more than 100 contemporary artists, including 12 Performa commissions along with premieres and a multitude of new works by up-and-comers. This year's biennial takes place at more than 60 venues throughout New York City. For a full list of today's performances, see the event's website

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue to present The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibit of Gaultier's work. Pieces from Gaultier's recent runway shows are among those items not seen in other museums that hosted this exhibit. Made up of six thematic sections, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk  moves from fashion to pop culture with its inclusion of film, dance and concert costumes, including Madonna's iconic bra and corsets from the 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour, plus the designer's appearances in Eurotrash and Absolutely Fabulous.

Astronomy in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Space takes center stage when Urban Park Rangers gather in Brooklyn Bridge Park for a night of night sky know-how. Discover top spots for seeing the planets and learn about the stories and science behind the stars. Participants will walk away with tips on seeing meteor showers, moon phases and the Milky Way's planets clearly. Rangers will provide all necessary equipment, including telescopes and binoculars.

Sunday, November 3
Perhaps the most famous of all NYC improv comedy performances, this show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre often draws big names like Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz and others from Saturday Night Live30 Rock and The Colbert Report. The 7:30pm performance will set you back $10. If you don't mind waiting in a long line and arriving very early, the 9:30pm show is absolutely free (tickets are distributed at 8:15pm).

ING New York City Marathon
This is the big one—a sporting event that often proves to be as much a life-changing experience as a physical challenge. Like all marathons, the NYC race covers 26.2 miles from start to finish—but no other city offers competitors the sights, sounds and sheer excitement of the New York City Marathon's five-borough course, which runs from Staten Island to Central Park. Thousands will run, millions will watch. 

NYC Comedy Week: The Gotham All-Stars
This monthly showcase features the on-the-rise comedians who perform regularly at the Gotham Comedy Club, including comics with appearances on ConanThe Late Show with David LettermanLate Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, HBO and other major shows and networks under their belts. Stop in and see the names that everyone will be talking about in a year or two. 

related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217
  2. 2
    arts>Brookfield Place
    230 Vesey St.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10281
  3. 3
    The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
    79th St at West Drive, Central Park
    Manhattan – Central Park
  1. 4
    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11238
  2. 5
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    334 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  3. 6
    Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
    307 W. 26th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011
  1. 7
    Gotham Comedy Club
    208 W. 23rd St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011

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