Among your options for fun this weekend are a movie festival, an improvised theater festival, and a craft beer festival. Watch, listen, drink, and be merry. Sounds like a good plan to us. Read on for our suggestions for the best in eating, drinking, and merrymaking this weekend. By Jessica Allen.
The 52nd annual New York Film Festival continues this weekend, after kicking off last week with Gone Girl, the much-anticipated movie adaptation of the super-successful novel. Other highlights include Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie based on the Thomas Pynchon novel. This is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, and anything you get tickets for is likely worth seeing. Friday, September 26, through Sunday, October 12, see schedule for details, tickets required.
Unscripted New York celebrates “artists who work without a script and tell their stories in the moment.” All told, the five-day festival features 20 improvised theatre groups and more than 150 performers. In addition to 15 stage shows, five improvised movies will be screened, panels will be held, workshops will be conducted, and parties will be thrown and attended. Not knowing what might happen is all part of the fun. Wednesday, October 1, through Sunday, October 5, $8 per show, tickets required.
The tenth annual New York Gypsy Festival once again brings performers from all over the world to the city for several weeks of music. This year, you can hear musicians from Mexico, India, Serbia, Slovakia, and elsewhere, playing bhangra, brass, and other gypsy styles. Make sure to get your tickets early for the Pakava It Orchestra, which purports to be Russia’s happiest band. Thursday, October 2, through Friday, October 17, see schedule for details, $15, tickets required.
The countdown to Halloween begins on Saturday, when Boo at the Zoo opens for the season. On Saturdays and Sundays through November 1, the Bronx Zoo gets into the spirit of the season with pumpkins, performances, parades, hay mazes (with treat stations), “creepy craft” workshops, and other activities for grownups and kids alike. Weekends from October 4 through November 1, $28.95 for adults (with online discount), tickets required.
The first annual Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival takes place on Sunday, with the goal of “recognizing some of the greatest small to mid-sized brewers in our own backyard.” Scheduled brewers include Spider Bite Beer Co and Radiant Pig Craft Beers. (Your ticket gets you samples from every brewer there.) You’ll get to meet, mix, and mingle with like-minded souls, as well as gobble food from Carpe Donut, Hops and Hocks, and others. Sunday, October 5, 12 to 6 pm, $45, tickets required.