Best Things To Do This Weekend In NY: October 7 And 8

By Jessica Allen

This weekend you can fall for dance, learn everything there is to know about the Little Red Lighthouse and laugh it up with Jerry Seinfeld and a ton of other funny folks. Here our picks for the best in eating, drinking and merrymaking in New York.

Fall for Dance
New York City Center
131 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-1212
www.nycitycenter.org

There’s a lot to love about the annual Fall for Dance festival, starting with the price: for just $15 a ticket, you’ll be treated to some of the best choreography this city has to offer. Throughout the festival, dance companies from all genres put on a range of performances, including many works commissioned specifically for this event. We’re especially excited about No. 1, created by two hip-hop artists and featuring a principal dancer from the New York City Ballet. Monday, October 2, through Saturday, October 14, see schedule for details, $15, tickets required.

The New Yorker Festival
Various venues
New York, NY
https://festival.newyorker.com

The New Yorker gathers together some of the world’s most notable thinkers, artists, musicians, writers, journalists, models, dancers, performers, producers, and filmmakers, and lets us listen in on what these luminaries have to say. A highlight of the season’s cultural offerings, the 18th annual festival features such legends as Jerry Seinfeld, John McPhee, Françoise Mouly, Sophia Coppola, Ai Wei Wei, and Tracee Ellis Ross. It’s an absolute must-do! Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8, see schedule for details, tickets required.

Little Red Lighthouse Festival
Fort Washington Park
Hudson River Greenway
New York, NY 10032
311
riversideparknyc.org

Decommissioned in 1948, Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse lives on in the hearts and minds of those who’ve read, and cherished, the famous children’s book (about how the Little Red Lighthouse discovers its value and abilities). Come celebrate the lighthouse at its annual festival, where urban park rangers will be on hand to offer guided tours and anglers will be hosting fishing clinics. There will also be numerous readings of The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge throughout the event. Saturday, October 7, 12 to 4 pm, free.

Diwali at Times Square
New York, NY 10036
(212) 216-9305
diwalitimessquare.com
   
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, a massive celebration of all that is bright and colorful and lovely. It’s a very joyful time, an opportunity to spread love to your family, to your friends, and beyond. From vendors selling Indian snacks and other goodies to cultural performances to a shopping bazaar with jewelry and crafts, Diwali at Times Square gives everyone the opportunity to join in the fun. Of special note are the free concerts, featuring Bollywood stars like Aamir and Sanjeeda straight from the screen. It’s the largest Diwai celebration outside of India. Saturday, October 7, 2 to 9 pm, free.   

Elsie Fest
Central Park
Fifth Avenue at 69th St.
New York, NY 10021
www.elsiefest.com

Summer may be a thing of the past, but the city’s SummerStage is still going strong. At Elsie Fest on Sunday you can catch Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Alan Cummings, and other notables of the stage and screen performing their favorite pop or show tunes. It’s the musical lover’s music festival, for sure. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Great cause, great music, great fun. Sunday, October 8, 6 to 10 pm, $59.99, tickets required.

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