We’re well into fall and festival season now. Among our picks for the best in eating, drinking, and merrymaking this weekend are the city’s first Dog Film Festival, the annual New Yorker Festival, and the spectacular New York Film Festival. Read on for details. By Jessica Allen.

Now in its 53rd year, the annual New York Film Festival is probably the best and most prestigious film festival in the US. Anything you can get tickets for is likely worth seeing, but here are some of the festival’s most anticipated movies: Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks; Steve Jobs, with Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet; and The Walk, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Friday, September 26, through Sunday, October 11, see schedule for details, tickets required.

The New Yorker Festival offers us, mere mortals we may be, the chance to get close to the stars of the magazine’s pages, as well as actors, models, directors, producers, artists, and writers. Events at the 16th annual festival include talks with and performances by Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, Aleksandar Hemon, Malcolm Gladwell, Sigourney Weaver, Haim, Adam Driver, and many others. Friday, October 2, through Sunday, October 4, see schedule for details, tickets required.

(credit: Cheers NY)

(credit: Cheers NY)

Brooklyn’s first of its kind craft beer and food festival, Cheers NY takes over Industry City on Saturday and Sunday. A ticket gets you unlimited tastings during whichever tasting session you’ve signed on for (there are two on Saturday and one on Sunday). Scheduled vendors include Brooklyn Republic Vodka and Brooklyn Oenology Winery. You can also hang out at the Outdoor Beer Hall or wander the Brooklyn Eats Marketplace. Saturday, October 3, 12 to 3 pm and 5 to 8 pm, and Sunday, October 4, 5 to 8 pm, $50, tickets required.

The city’s first film festival celebrating the very special bond between humans and canines launches this weekend. All told, there are 40 films to be screened in two Short Programs. The films are a mix of documentaries, narrative, and animation from around the world, and range in length from 1 to 30 minutes. It’s family friendly to boot! Alas, dogs aren’t welcome in the theater, but the festival recommends Ruby & Jack’s Doggy Shack nearby for dog-sitting. Saturday, October 3, at 12 pm and 4 pm, $25, tickets required.

“We can pickle that,” goes the sketch on Portlandia. Find out what they mean by “that” at the annual Pickle Day on the Lower East Side, featuring local vendors, activities like face painting, a brine dunk tank (!), and a pickle relay race, and live music. Oh, and there will be pickles and other eats from such folks as Speedy Romeo, Russ & Daughters, Mission Cantina, Spur Tree, and La Newyorkina. “It’s kind of a big dill,” says the website. Get it? Sunday, October 4, 12 to 5 pm, free to attend.

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