pencil it in: a crisp fall weekend

October 11-14: An (extended) Weekend Full Of Laughs

The annual Comic Con fan convention is back at Javits for what promises to be a weekend full of all things comics. The mega-event dedicated to comics, anime, video games, movies and more has been known to feature celebrity guests, screenings and book signing opportunities. For event lineup, ticketing and information visit the official Comic Con site here. Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street (at 11th Ave), various times

October 13: Celebration in the Streets

The Public Theater is finally ready for public view and to celebrate the occasion, they are closing off downtown’s Lafayette Street for what promises to be an incredible fete. Previews of upcoming shows, snacks and music will take the place of cars for this blowout celebration. The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, 12- 5 PM, free

October 13: An Urban Harvest

The Battery Conservancy’s Urban Farm is celebrating the harvest season with a festival this Saturday. Farm tours, workshops, food samples and cooking demonstrations will be accompanied by live music at this afternoon affair. Battery Urban Farm, State Street at Pearl Street, 11 AM- 3 PM, free

October 13: Leave the Kids at Home

While apple cider usually conjures up childhood memories, the New Amsterdam Market has something else in mind. This Saturday the market will host a Hard Cider Revival showcasing the best hard ciders around along with a assortment of delicious dishes to go with them. Tickets for the event start at $40 for six tastes and go up depending on how many you want to try. Full event info and pre-ticket purchase (last years event sold out!) can be found here. New Amsterdam Market, South Street and Beekman Street, 11 AM- 4 PM

October 16-20: See the Greats Before They Are

Over 1,300 acts will descend on New York City for this five day indie rock festival that gives the stage to those on the brink. The past 31 years (this is the festivals 32nd in NYC) have featured acts we’ve all now grown to know and love including Lady Gaga, U2 and R.E.M. For a full artist line-up, schedule and badge purchase information visit the marathon site. Time Out New York also does a pretty awesome blow-by-blow of all things CMJ you need to know.  Rock on. Various locations and times, free-$549

October 17-21: Theater Food Just Got A Whole Lot Better

The New York City Food Film Festival allows guests to participate in the eating they see on screen. Outside of the theater tastings, workshops, parties and lecture will go on all weekend. Many of the events are sold out but the tickets that are left can be bought here or through associated agents (click the link for agent information). Locations, times and prices vary per event

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