‘New York City Weekend  October 18, 2013-October 20, 2013.  Below, find 15 GREAT activities plus a TON of music and OVER 64 STREET FAIRS in New York City. AGAIN, THIS WEEKEND IS A WHOPPER! 

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Buy Your Tickets: Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis at the Frick Collection

On it’s final leg of a global tour, fifteen masterpieces usually not accessible to New York art lovers (in fact, some that have not traveled in nearly thirty years) from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Netherlands will be on display at the Frick Museum starting Tuesday, October 22, 2013. These masterful artworks, created during the Dutch Golden Age, include favorites such as “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (c. 1665) by Johannes Vermeer and Carel Fabritius’s Goldfinch (1654). 

Timed tickets are required, and are included in paid museum admission of $10-$20. Pay what you wish on Sunday morning will still be applicable to the exhibit (without the need for timed tickets), but there is NO GUARANTEE of admission.  Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

October 22, 2013 to January 19, 2014

Frick Collection, 1 East 70th St on the corner of Fifth Avenue

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Gowanus Open Studios

Once a year, artists working in the former factories and warehouses in Gowanus, Brooklyn invite the public to view their work and talk about how their art is processed. This weekend, over 200 artist studios will welcome visitors on this self-guided *FREE* tour. In addition to the daytime tour, this year the schedule will also include several evening music and dance performances . Click HERE for the special events calendar.

October 18 and 20, 2013, 12 noon-6pm.

Click HERE for a directory of artists and a map of participating studios. 

Click HERE for subway directions to Gowanus

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Keith Haring: All Over

Iconic artist Keith Haring not only did chalk drawings on subway station walls and city streets in the early 1980’s, but he left his mark on everything he touched. From every day items to clothing, furniture and even the skin of other artists, Keith Haring painted his signature. This installation includes those items along with photographs, videos, a jacket worn by Madonna and many other displays of his extraordinary art work as well as his collaborations with  other artists such as Bill T. Jones and Grace Jones. *FRIDAY NIGHT PAY WHAT YOU WISH*

Through November 13, 2013

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th St


Riverside Skate Jam

Got skills like Tony Hawk? Well, then head on over to Riverside Park on Sunday and join Summer on the Hudson and Sk8108 as they celebrate New York’s first skate park. There will be judged competitions for girls’, juniors, wall climb, masters’ vertical and under 40’s vertical. Bring the whole family to this *FREE* event where there will be prizes, open skate time and food & drink (you can purchase).

October 20, 2013. 12pm-5pm

Riverside Park and 108th St


Ice Skating Rinks

Yep, it’s officially Fall heading into Winter….Rockefeller Ice Rink is NOW OPEN and many of NYC’s other outdoor rinks will be opening in the next 2-3 weeks. Get your ice skates sharpened, and get ready to take a spin around the ice. Click HERE for a full list of ice skating rinks in NYC.

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New York City Wine & Food Festival

Tickets are still available to the annual NYC Wine and Food Festival, presented by the Food Network THIS WEEKEND October 17-20, 2013. Enjoy seminars, NY Times Talks, demonstrations, meet your favorite “foodie” celebrity, food/drink events and much more at this gastronomic bonanza.

Click HERE for event details and to purchase tickets


Cider Week NYC and Hudson Valley

Crisp, Fall days are here and what better way than to rejoice than with Cider?? In celebration of Cider Week, over 200 restaurants, including Momofuko Noodle Bar, Stinky Bklyn, Cookshop and Smorgasburg, in the NYC and Hudson Valley region are joining in the “Cider Craze” by offering Cider tastings, apple pies, apple inspired pairings and many more events. 

Tonight, October 18th, swing by the Union Square Market Greenmarket for the Autumn Night Festival, on October 19th head to the 2nd Annual Cider and Beer Session at Jimmy’s 43 or the 1st Annual Oktoberfest in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Click HERE for a full list of Cider Week events. 

October 18-27, 2013

 aviator-sports1st Annual Oktoberfest at Aviator Sports

Aviator Sports is hosting its first Oktoberfest and it’s sure to be a blast! Enjoy authentic German cuisine (code for lots of beer and perhaps bratwurst??), games/contests such as Beer Pong as well as live music by the Mike Scala Band (you might know them from CBGB’s, Troubadour, or the Viper Room). Included in the $35 General Admission price is a Sam Adams Stein Hoisting competition and a FREE shuttle from the Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College Junction subway stop.

October 19, 2013, 1pm-6pm

Aviator Sports, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Harvest Festival is sure to be a hoot! Show up in your Halloween costume, check out the pumpkin patch, play volleyball, get your face painted and/or make a mask, and then take a picture at the photo booth, take a Zumba class and be entertained by Audra Rox and the Bilingual Birdies. This year, the Atlantic Ave BID is providing an old fashioned trolley bus that will make stops along the B63 bus route.

October 19, 2013. 10:30am-1pm

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6

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Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade

Dress your pup in his/her finest Halloween duds and head to Wolfe’s Pond Park for the 13th annual canine costume contest where prizes will be awarded for the longest tail, shortest tail, fluffiest tail, longest ears, best costume and more!  *FREE*

October 19, 2013. 11am-2pm

Wolfe’s Pond Park, Hylan Boulevard and Cornelia Avenue, Staten Island 


35th Annual Bedford Stuyvesant Open House Tour 

The 35th Annual Bedford Stuyvesant Open House Tour will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013. This self-guided tour will walk you through some of Brooklyn’s finest architectural jewels. The tour begins at “Old Boys High School” at 832 Marcy Avenue at the Putnam entrance, where brochures will be handed out at 11am.  You MUST have a brochure to enter homes.-no exceptions. $25

October 19, 2013 11am-4pm

Tour Begins at Old Boys High, 832 Marcy Ave

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Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park

Spend the day at Socrates Sculpture Park at the annual Halloween Harvest Festival where you can participate in a costume-making workshop, vie for the top spot in the GrowNYC Greenmarket Apple Pie Bake-Off, enjoy Harvest delicacies from The Queens Kickshaw, get your face painted by Agostino Arts, enter your pooch into the annual canine costume contest and bring Halloween lore back-to-life through spooky stories, dance and puppetry. *FREE*

October 19, 2013. 11am-3pm

Socrates Sculpture Park32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City

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Old Home Day

A New England tradition started over 100 years ago, experience traditional crafts as they are recreated and demonstrated in the ways that define American life in previous centuries. At Old Home Day at Historic Richmond Town, you will get to see the people and daily activities that defined that traditional lifestyle including: Making Butter, Beekeeping, Blacksmithing, Dyeing, Chaircaning and more! In addition, your admission INCLUDES entry to Decker Farm Pumpkin Picking. $8-$10

Historic Richmond Town441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island

October 20, 2013. 11am-5pm


Halloween and Harvest Festivals

Here’s a Sampling of This Weekends’ Halloween and Harvest Festivals. Click HERE for over 15 EVENTS throughout the five boroughs 

Blood Manor  October 4, 2013-November 2, 2013
163 Varick Street between Prince and Van Dam
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Luna Park Halloween Harvest  Every Weekend in October  12pm-8pm
Luna Park, 1000 Surf Avenue, Coney Island

Fall/Fest Pumpkin Carving South Street Seaport  October 19, 2013 2:30pm and 4pm
South Street Seaport

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch  October 20, 2013  11am-6pm
Queens Botanical Garden

Boo at the Zoo, Dragons and Dinosaurs  Weekends October 5-November 3, 2013
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd

Halloween Extravaganza  October 19, 2013  11am-4pm
Outside Conference House Park, Hylan Blvd. and Satterlee Street

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Grub Street Food Festival at Hester Street Fair 

Once again, Hester Street Fair and New York Magazine are teaming up to present the 4th Annual Grub Street Food Festival featuring over 70 of your favorite local food vendors and restaurants. In addition to every type of food and sweets imaginable, be sure to partake in the Grub Street Beer Garden, the Bud Light Tailgate zone (where you can watch Sunday football). Among the vendors at “The Lower East Side’s biggest and baddest food fest” you will find Doughnut Plant, Brooklyn Taco, S’amore, Davey’s Ice Cream, Asiadog and many more!

October 20, 2013. 10am-5pm

Grub Street Food Festival at Hester Street Fair, Corner of Hester and Essex St

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