Best Things to Do in NYC This Weekend (October 4-6)

(10/4-10/6) Looking for what to do in New York? We've got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC, from concerts to museum exhibitions to comedy to the best in city sightseeing. This weekend we're stoked for New York Comic Con, food and art fests, and the Met Opera's first-ever Sunday matinee.


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(10/3-10/6) NYC transforms into Gotham City as New York Comic Con comes to town. The Javits Center does the hosting for the East Coast’s largest pop culture convention, packed with the latest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, and more. (Plus a costume or two.) This year's guests include AntMan's Paul RuddFrank Miller, Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols, LOTR and Stranger Things's Sean Astin, Doctor Strange's Benedict Wong, and Star Wars: The Empire Strike Back's Billy Dee WilliamsMidtown Comics is New York City’s center for all things comic and graphic, with locations in Times Square, Grand Central, and downtown. They’ll have a major presence at NYCC: think superstar creator signings, marquee exclusive items, and fantastic savings. Public signings will be highlighted by creators InHyuk Lee and Brian K. Vaughan—visit booth #2336 to check out all the action.


(10/4) Disney Store Times Square Hosts Triple Force Friday Midnight Opening for New Star Wars Retail Collection with $20 Star Wars Product Purchase.

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(10/4-10/6) Downtown Brooklyn Arts FestivalArts organizations across the Brooklyn Cultural District open their doors for performances, talks, and tours all weekend long. Look for free programming at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, including theater, poetry, dance, and music.   

(10/5) Elsie FestUnder the balmy canopy of Central Park’s SummerStage, look for this milestone fifth incarnation of the theatre-centric outdoor bash. In addition to an eclectic lineup of stage superstars including Tony winners Gavin Creel, Anaïs Mitchell, and Cynthia Erivo, upcoming West Side Story standout Ariana DeBose, and the Grammy-winning Ambassador of the American Songbook himself Michael Feinstein, this year’s concert will also feature a sneak peek at the highly anticipated Jagged Little Pill, an appearance by the cast of Criss’ self-penned viral sensation A Very Potter Musical, and a ditty or two from the budding new video series R&H Goes Pop!

(10/5) World Championship Boxing: Gennadiy Golovkin v. Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Boxing's 'Big Drama Show' returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday when pound-for-pound superstar attraction Gennadiy "GGG" Golovkin (39-1-1, 34 KOs) and top-rated challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) clash for the IBF and IBO Middleweight titles. The Brooklyn-based Ukrainian Derevyanchenko is ranked #1 by the IBF and will be challenging for the IBF belt for the second time in his career. 


(10/5-10/6) EEEEEATSCON at Forest Hills Stadium. The Infatuation’s food festival returns to Queens for two days of food, live music, and activities.

(10/5-10/6)  2nd Annual New York Pizza Festival hosted by the Belmont Business Improvement District in the Bronx.

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(10/6) Lower East Side Pickle Day

(10/6) Pet Blessings & the Great Animal Costume Parade at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

(10/6) Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can check out Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive! This Sunday you’ll also find the fall edition of the Grand Vintage Bazaar. Find everything from mid-century furniture to  Levi’s denim, handbags, one-of-a-kind costume and antique jewelry, comic books, and more. Come hungry! There are artisanal food entrepreneurs here as well. 10am-5:20pm.

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Christine Goerke in the title role of Puccini’sTurandot. Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

(10/6) For the first time since the Metropolitan Opera’s inception in 1883, this year will see Sunday matinees. This weekend kicks off the series with a performance of Turandot on October 6th. Christine Goerke, one of opera’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos, reprises her fierce portrayal of the title princess. The Met’s music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium to conduct Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Giacomo Puccini’s final masterpiece. It’s just a part of an inspiring 2019 season, packed with opera’s most talented stars, performing across a wide range of repertoire. 


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JR (French, born 1983). The Chronicles of New York City, 2018–19 (detail). © JR-ART.NET.

(Opens 10/4!) JR is a consummate 21st-century artist. As a young man, he began taking pictures of his fellow street-artist friends and posting them around his native France. Later, his photography projects expanded in scope and deepened in tone without losing their populist flair. Now, this celebrated artist will receive the first major North American retrospective of his work, JR: Chronicles at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition, named after the artist’s new mural of New York City, will debut October 4. The mural itself, The Chronicles of New York City, portrays over one thousand New Yorkers that the artist interviewed and photographed in summer of 2018. It will be displayed in the Great Hall of the museum. Saturday night, the museum opens its doors for a Target First Saturday celebrating Latinx Pride. Enjoy a full night of film, performances, dance,  and hands-on art.


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Installation View: Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: David Heald. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

(Ongoing) For the first time in its history, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has invited artists to serve as curators, creating Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection. Drawing on the institution’s vast collection of fine art, the show is a fitting complement to the 60th anniversary of the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. The six artists are Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince, and Carrie Mae Weems, all major figures in the contemporary art world.

Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.

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(Now-1/3/20) The most significant site of the Holocaust, Auschwitz was not a single entity, but a complex of 48 concentration, forced labor, and extermination camps, at which 1 million Jews—and tens of thousands of others—were murdered. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, explores the legacy of history’s deadliest mass murder site. More than 700 original objects and 400 photographs are on display, many for the first time in North America. Among the artifacts: personal possessions, fragments of a barrack, a gas mask used by the SS, and an original German-made Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland. 36 Battery Pl. (1st Pl.), 646-437-4202,; 

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(Ongoing) You can experience the world of history’s most famous spy at Driven: 007 x SPYSCAPE, a new exhibition inside New York’s spy museum, SPYSCAPE. This immersive exhibition brings you into the Bond universe with sets, props, and insights about the creation of the ageless secret agent. Among the highlights: an Aston Martin DB5, the lab of Quartermaster (or Q), M16’s gadget master, concept art from Oscar-winning production designer Sir Ken Adams, and an exploration of 2012 Bond film Skyfall’s unforgettable final scene.


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(10/4-10/5) Leonard Ouzts of Master of None and HBO’s All Def Comedy at Gotham Comedy Club.


(Ongoing) See great new comedic talent daily at the LOL Times Square Comedy ClubUse this coupon and get half off admission!

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(Now-11/3) Kids of all ages will want to check out the new Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari. It's the biggest, most realistic dinosaur safari ride in America. Travel back in time on a guided tour to learn about dinos of the past and descendent animals of the present. The experience will take riders through 2 acres of woods, in which they will meet animatronic dinosaurs, including two 40-foot-long T. rexes, a 60-foot-long herbivore called Omeisaurus, and the Spinosaurus, one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs to ever exist. For even more kids activities, and to learn more about the brand new Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari, check out our sister site!

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(Now-Nov. 30) Just extended! Color Factory, a massive interactive art space, began in August 2017 in San Francisco. Wildly popular, the project has set up shop in SoHo and is sure to inspire lines as long as the cronut did at nearby Dominique Ansel Bakery. Designed by a wide spectrum of artists, Color Factory walks visitors through 16 rooms devoted to the wonder of color. You’re invited to compliment someone using color words, discover your signature color, and read wishes for the world written by NYC school children on varicolored balloons. Each room is equipped with a camera that can take a picture of you and send it to your phone: the better to post with!  251 Spring St.,,

(Ongoing) “Here Be Dragons,” a new interactive scavenger hunt in the American Museum of Natural History offered by Fable & Lark: Storied Adventures, draws from the menageries of creatures in both Fantastic Beasts and Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald. Participants will explore galleries throughout the museum as they answer questions, solve clues, engage in creative activities, and track down the origins of some of the creatures from both the Fantastic Beasts stories as well as other classic myths and tales. Grab your nifflers and join! Advance registration required.

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(Ongoing) Exhilarating Family Fun at Stomp NYC. Special discount packages available!

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(Through 11/10) Circle Line's Bear Mountain Cruise is back! Take a cruise up the Hudson River on weekends to Bear Mountain State park, while enjoying the autumnal sights and our on-board Oktoberfest with live oom-pah music, and German food and beer (available for purchase). Bear Mountain State Park features 50+ hiking and biking trails, a stunning lake with paddle boats, a zoo, museum and The Bear Mountain Inn restaurant (reservations recommended!). There's a 30 minute walk up a winding path to access these facilities. Adults from $65+, kids 5-12, $52+.


Bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock

Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway

(New!) Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway. Take a magical journey starting with a cocktail at the Broadway Bar, and then traveling through a kaleidoscope of your favorite musicals.  Enter the world of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, and Cats. You can sing “Memory” with Grizabella the “Glamour Cat” and wear the Dreamcoat yourself as you become a Broadway star. The Phantom of the Opera will also guide you through this dazzling backstage experience, and perhaps do a little singing himself along the way. Live actors will be on hand to enhance the rush both on- and offstage.

(Ongoing) Get the full stadium experience with Yankee Stadium Tours, which offers exclusive access to New York Yankee historic spots like Monument Park, The Great Hall, and even down to the dugout. The daily tours also bring you close to baseball artifacts like Babe Ruth’s bat, Lou Gehrig’s jersey, and rings and trophies representing the Yankees’ 27 world championships. Here is a $5 off coupon!

(Ongoing) For more than 70 years, Circle Line has been showing visitors the city, including the only cruise that goes all the way around Manhattan: Circle Line’s Best of NYC CruiseOne trip will show off five boroughs, three rivers, and more than 20 bridges on the way to 101 New York City sights. State-of-the-art Empire Class ships have recently launched, providing quieter rides, better sound for the personable onboard guides, bigger windows, improved climate control, and more outdoor deck space. (For dining and entertainment, take a ride on Hudson’s, a three-story “floating rooftop” that’s a Circle Line sibling.) 

Nat Geo Encounter Ocean Odyssey

Immerse yourself in the deep, dark depths of the ocean, where Humboldt squid fight to the death and 50-foot whales ride overhead. Play with virtual sea lions, navigate a kelp maze, and more at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean OdysseyHere's a $10 off coupon

(Ongoing) Part show. Part tour. All entertainment. THE RIDE is a one-of-a-kind experience that turns the streets of New York into a stage. Journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan as the city’s landmarks unfold before your very eyes. THE RIDE’s theatres-on-wheels also tour lower Manhattan, with THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE, which lets visitors re-live iconic moments in New York history through the magic of TimeLooper Virtual Reality Headsets. Use our coupon and save $10 off!



(10/4) KOKOKO! – In the Round at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Hear the soundtrack of Kinshasa’s tomorrow.

(Ongoing) Presenting a fresh alternative to the mundane, Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar is an intimate, full-service restaurant from the late Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson fame. This weekend's shows include Alexander the Griot & Friends (10/4) and Irini Res & the Jazz Mix (10/5).

(Ongoing) Times Square’s newest draw is The Ribbon, a spinoff of the Blue Ribbon empire of fried chicken and sushi fame. Through October 20th they'll be turning their eyes toward Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest 2019. On the appetizer list, look for fresh pretzels (served with Bavarian mustard, of course), house-made bratwurst with a sauerkraut side, and “flammkuchen,” a German flatbread with bacon, onions, and gruyere. The house’s special Oktoberfest entree is chicken schnitzel, which comes with a potato-cucumber salad. For the obligatory beer accompaniment look for bottles of Schneider Weisse Hopfenweisse, Augustiner Brau Edelstoff, and Bavarian Weihenstephan Festbier; on draft by the pint or liter is Hofbrau Oktoberfest, a full-bodied, bottom-fermented fall favorite. (You can also find these Oktoberfest favorites at The Ribbon's Upper West Side location.)


(Now-10/12) Madonna: Madame X Tour does an intimate residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Limited tickets still available.

Watermark Oktoberfest

(9/28-9/29, 10/5-10/6, 10/12-10/13, 10/19-10/20) Oktoberfest is in full gear at Watermark on South Street. 11am-midnight. Prost! 

(Now-11/4) Just extended! It’s rosé all day once again. Rosé Mansion is back for another summer residency in NYC after a successful run last year. The designs in all 14 rooms will be brand-new, and the mansion will be twice the size of last year’s iteration. You’ll get tastings of 8 different pink wines as you travel through a champagne ball pit, a mini-theme park called Roséland, and a tree house! There will also be two different rosé wine bars where you can hang out, plus grub from Taco Dumbo on hand.

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

(Ongoing) Drink, laugh, and save! Summer Savings on The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking! Choose from the evening show or Day Drinking: The Brunch Musical.  Sit back and enjoy music and three cocktails, while the cast of The Imbible give insight into the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, tracing their economic and political impact on our cultural development. They'll also conduct live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits. Save $15 off admission with City Guide's coupon.

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