curated by Sara Maher

Maybe you’re wrapping up your first summer as a college grad (read: going broke), the thought of another winter in the same cubicle gets your still-tan arms feeling antsy, or your kid has been asking a lot of deep questions for their “what do you want to be when you grow up?” assignment. Preparing for a career transition is no easy task, so make sure you’ve performed adequate, erm, “market research” before updating your list of interests on LinkedIn.

Street Vendor/Performer

The Annual Atlantic Antic is the oldest and largest street festival in New York City, covering four Brooklyn neighborhoods with food, art, music, shopping, and more. Vendors and performers come from all over the country and represent all cultures and interests. There is also an entire block dedicated to kiddos, with pony rides, a bounce house, face painting, and other family-friendly activities. The street food scene is especially fulfilling, as noted by the Antic’s favorite saying, “Eat it at the Antic, Walk it off on Atlantic!”

F downtown to Jay St-MetroTech and walk south to Atlantic Av Antic on Atlantic Av from Hicks St to Fourth Av. Sun Sep 27 12-6. Free, but with fees for food and some activities.

Transportation Engineer

While you’re at the Atlantic Antic, swing into the New York City Transit Authority Bus Festival, showcasing the Authority’s collection of vintage buses and surface-transportation vehicles, plus hands-on activities for kids. As a bonus, the Transit Museum itself is just one block away and is offering $1 admission on the day of the Antic. The promise of an abundance of “bus-related gifts” is also wheely intriguing… but seriously, who doesn’t enjoy climbing around in big old buses?

F downtown to Jay St-MetroTech and walk southeast to Boerum Pl between State St and Atlantic Av for the bus festival; Transit Museum is at Boerum and Schermerhorn St. Sun Sep 27; festival 11-6 and museum open 11-5. Festival is free and museum admission $1 on day of festival. ­

Female (!) Filmmaker

Making a film is hard, but getting someone to see it is even harder, especially if you are of the female variety (stats don’t lie!). New York Women in Film and Television Presents is a screening series that gives members a chance to show their work in a theater. September’s program is Narrative Shorts and includes six films ranging from 7-21 minutes. Screenings are followed by a Q&A session at a nearby bar, so you can network, network, network.

F downtown to 2nd Av and walk northeast to the Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Av). Tue Sep 29 at 7pm. $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 ages 12 and under; tickets available for purchase at the AFA box office day of screening.

Fashion Photographer

Celebrate New York Fashion Week without having to toss away a single paycheck. Fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier presents his first retrospective, with more than 75 of his images, including those gracing his iconic Vogue covers, on display at Christie’s. If you are willing to toss your funds in favor of the fab, the portraits will be auctioned off, including Demarchelier’s personal favorite of his dachshund, Puffy.

F downtown to 47-50th/Rockefeller Center and walk to Christie’s Special Exhibition Gallery at 20 Rockefeller Plaza. Oct 2-12, with auctions on Oct 5-6. Mon-Fri 9-5:30; call 212-636-2000 for specific weekend hours. Free, but wear something nice.

Modern Artist

Not everyone can obtain icon status with a can of soup, but the aspiring artist can dream. Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953-1967 features the 32 paintings that make up Campbell’s Soup Cans arranged in a line, as they were first exhibited in 1962, rather than in a space-saving grid as shown in most museums. The “other works” include drawings and illustrated books made at the beginning of Warhol’s career as a commercial artist in the ‘50s, and paintings and prints made during the ‘60’s Pop art movement.

F downtown to 57th and walk southeast to MoMA (11 W 53rd St). Now through Sun Oct 18; open Sat-Thu 10:30-5:30 and Fri 10:30-8. $25 adults, $18 seniors, $14 students, free ages 16 and under; free admission Fri 4-8.

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