Fall has fallen, and with the changing of the seasons come some beloved festivals, including the 53rd annual New York Film Festival and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Chile Pepper Festival. Read on for our other picks for the best eating, drinking, and merrymaking events this weekend. By Jessica Allen.
New York owes much to the oyster, considered by many to be the quintessential NYC food. Oyster Week celebrates the bivalve with lectures, eating and drinking specials, food-and-wine pairings, regattas, parties, and all-around merriment. You’ll also get to meet farmers and purveyors. Thursday, September 10, through Sunday, September 27, see schedule for details. (For those of you keeping track, Oyster Week lasts for far longer than one week.)
Friday begins the 53rd annual New York Film Festival, probably the best, 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.
On Saturday, Pop Up New York will transform a stretch of Eighth Avenue into a high-end street fair. The organizers are taking “the classic ‘tube sock and sausage’ street experience” and turning it into “a themed, high-end gastronomic concept that captures the [city’s] unique personality. The event will feature live music, dance performances, artisanal food from Mighty Quinn’s BBQ and Duck Season, among others, and shopping. Saturday, September 26, 11 am to 6 pm, free.
Some like it hot, as the saying goes, while some like it OMG-my-mouth-is-on-fire. Where are you on the spectrum? The annual Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will help you figure it out. One of the festival’s highlights is the “Chocolate Debauchery” area, where you can sample artisanal chocolate that uses the chile pepper; another is the live music and performances by belly dancers, sword swallowers, and drummers. Saturday, September 26, 11 am to 6 pm, $20, tickets required.
On Saturday, the Village Voice welcomes more than 100 craft beers to Greenpoint, as part of its fifth annual Brooklyn Pour. While the beers (and their makers) come from all around the US, the event focuses on adult beverages from in or near the tri-state area, including Coney Island Brewing Company, Other Half, and Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ales. It probably goes without saying, but you need to be 21 to attend. Happy sipping! Saturday, September 26, 3 to 6 pm, $55, tickets and ID required.