curated by Sara Maher
New Year’s Resolutions are made to be broken, but Summer Resolutions are made to be enjoyed. Squeeze as much as you can into these warm September days by rounding out your beach-filled bucket list with these hot happenings. Summer ain’t over until it drops below 85, right?
Find a New Favorite Food
Need a little nightlife or a new family outing? Sad that Smorgasburg doesn’t set up shop anywhere near the F? Whether you need new entertainment or are seeking the next food fad, our neighbors in Queens have you covered. The Queens International Night Market is a huge open-air farmer’s market-style gathering, featuring independent vendors of food and art as well as family-friendly entertainment. Midnight momos, anyone?
F Queensbound to 169th St and walk southwest to 90-02 168th St (at 90th Ave; look for two parking lots between two churches and a Cookies.) Saturdays from 6pm-midnight. Free. Some vendors cash-only. queensnightmarket.com
Do Something Spontaneous
Improv Everywhere is bringing its YouTube-loved life interruptions to Brooklyn. Be a part of the group’s next antic, presented as part of the BEAT Festival, at an undisclosed location in Prospect Park (no worries – the west and southwest sides are F train-friendly!). All you need to do is sign up, download an original mp3 to your personal device, and show up willing to follow some silly instructions. The event is completely family-friendly, so feel free to bring as many people as you have headphones!
F downtown to 7th Ave, 15th St/Prospect Park, or Fort Hamilton Parkway, depending on location within Prospect Park. Fri Sep 18, 7pm. Free. Sign up at improveverywhere.com/2015/08/21/the-mp3-experiment-twelve-save-the-date-2015
The Brooklyn Book Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and you’d better believe it’s up to its top shelf in bookish fun. If you are interested in attending writing workshops, hearing authors speak, and collecting a book bag’s haul of literary swag, head to the festival itself, split between Children’s Day on Saturday the 19th and the Festival on Sunday the 20th. Both days feature famous authors such as Drew Daywalt, David Levithan, Joyce Carol Oates, R.J. Palacio, and Salman Rushdie speaking on panels and signing books. Booksellers and publishers large and small will be showing off their latest literary offerings. The week before the Festival is filled with Bookend Events, including the opening night party (hosted by PEN America and Tumblr); a night of music and performance art inspired by A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; a “Low Brow Literary Trivia Challenge” and, of course, a variety of poetry, short story, and play readings.
Children’s Day: F downtown to Jay St-MetroTech and walk north on Jay St; events at MetroTech Commons (1 MetroTech Roadway) and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Auditorium (5 MetroTech Roadway). Brooklyn Book Festival: F downtown to Jay St-MetroTech and walk west on Willoughby St to Borough Hall Park (209 Joralemon St). Bookend Events: at various locations, but all listed events can be reached by F. Sep 14-21 at various times. Children’s Day and Book Festival events are free; Bookend Events free to $15. brooklynbookfestival.org
Experience Another Culture
October seems like a long way off, but Oktoberfest will soon be in full swing! This celebration of German food and culture officially runs from September 19-October 5, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. Kick things off with the German-American Steuben Parade, named after a Prussian-born general who served with George Washington in the Revolutionary War. The parade showcases German groups in traditional costumes, floats, marching bands, dancers, and other performers. After the parade, enter Central Park at 72nd Street to join the Oktoberfest celebration. If you prefer your ’Fest a little less family-friendly, New York City Oktoberfest gives you eight different bars and eight different beers in as many hours. Prost!
Steuben Parade and Oktoberfest: F downtown to Lex/63rd and walk west to find a spot on Fifth Ave; parade runs north to 86th St. Sat Sep 19; parade starts at noon and is followed by the Oktoberfest celebration. Free. germanparadenyc.org. NYC Oktoberfest: F downtown to 2nd Av and walk southwest to Paulaner (256 Bowery). Sat Sep 19, noon-10. Tickets are $50 and include eight 12-oz beers; must be purchased in advance from newyorkcityoktoberfest.com
See a Painting That Isn’t in the Met
There are plenty of museums that offer free or discounted admission… as long as you’re willing to peer over the shoulders of a thousand other broke New Yorkers at 9:00 p.m. on a Tuesday. Skip the late-night lines and instead get tickets to Museum Day Live! Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, the Smithsonian Museum spirit of free admission for all is extended to participating museums for one day only. Just go to their website and download a free ticket. Each ticket is good for two admissions, so you can finally call up that friend who’s always too broke to go out with you. Museums off the F include the Museum of American Illustration (Lex Av/63rd St), the Morgan Library (34 St-Herald Sq), the Rubin Museum of Art (14th St), and the Ukrainian Museum (2nd Av).
F downtown to various stops. Sat Sep 26 at various times. Tickets are free and are good for you and one guest, but must be downloaded in advance from smithsonianmag.com/museumday