We're not sure how booked solid you are for this weekend, but there are a number of things going on that we think you ought to know.
Clearly it's getting colder out suddenly (though who knows how long that will last), but don't let that discourage you from making the most of your weekend.
In this city, it's practically a given that you'll have a great time no matter what you do, but here's some suggestions that we found particularly noteworthy.
Friday, October 13th
Well, let's be real, it was only a matter of time before cat-lovers took it to this level. Now you don't even need to be low-key about your cat obsession (not that most cat admirers are quiet about it). Instead, book an appointment to play, (or nap) at the Cat Cafe!
People of all ages are welcome, you can book by the hour, and technically stay as long as you'd like. That is, depending on how much you're willing to pay... We'll bet they get a ton of business over there, wouldn't you say? Make reservations here!
The Chihuly Exhibit at the Bronx Botanical Garden is an exciting (and incredibly Instagram-worthy) experience to add a little artistic culture to your weekend. Stunning, explosively vibrant works by the renowned artist; Dale Chihuly. And the weekends pack in special film celebrations, poetry readings, and even activities for kids.
Also a quick tip, you probably want to see the show at night, when the masterpieces are all lit up!
Join the New York Public Library this Friday the 13th, for their iconic, After Hours Halloween Masquerade. Celebrate Halloween early with this happy hour extravaganza (and make sure you're in costume). There's even a parade for you to show off your literary-inspired outfits imitating a character from your favorite book!
Sorry youngins, you must be 21+ to attend... Checkout all the night has in store, and if you'd like, you can pre-register here! The festivities begin at 7 PM, but you might wanna get their early, the line gets pretty long and the NYPL will welcome guests on a first come, first serve basis until the place is full!
Saturday, October 14th
This is one of our favorites. The Annual Brooklyn Horror Festival kicks off this year, on none other than Friday the 13th! What absolute perfect timing to "enjoy" screenings of classic horror films like Friday The 13th at various Brooklyn locations, or if you're interested in what's new, catch exclusive movie premiers. The lineup this year is killer, check it out and grab those tickets before they're sold out!
Halsey is coming to the Barclays Center this Friday, and tickets are starting at only $25! That's quite the steal, especially considering the recent hits the artist has released this past year alone. AND accompanying her, will be PARTYNEXTDOOR and Charli XCX. Sounds like a quality (and affordable) evening if you ask us.
Grab those tickets here!
The NYC Brewers Guild will host Blocktoberfest in Williamsburg this Saturday, from 12:30-6:00. This will be the 4th year of the annual event, incorporating 25 different NYC breweries for a major, celebratory, backyard bash! There will be live music from local artists, yard games, food vendors, and even raffle giveaways.
Don't miss out, get those tickets!
Oooo, this is cool. Take a leisurely, nighttime bike tour, starting at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and exploring surrounding areas. It'll be held this Saturday night at 9 PM, just meet outside Grand Army Plaza, and guess what, FREE admission!
Just bring your bike, preferably with some form of bike light. And of course, tip donations for your tour leader is always appreciated. More info here!
Sunday, October 15th
OH yes, we can never have enough of this. Treat yourself to some fine art while sipping on some vino, hosted by Bridge Street Development Corp. Start off your day, anytime between noon and 5 PM, at Richard Beavers Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, Brooklyn.
All you need is this exclusive access wristband, before you make your way around to numerous participating galleries and wine merchants, to enjoy complimentary tastings.
This just seems too good to be true!
If you haven't had the chance to check out this bold, controversial exhibit at El Museo Del Barrio, you may want to fit it into your weekend lineup. Observe artist's creative reactions and engagement with social issues. Through their work they weigh in on topics such as sexism, racism, homophobia, and violence (just to name a few).
The show incorporates various forms of art ranging from poetry to documentary photography. You have limited time go, as the exhibit closes in just a few weeks!
Check it out this Sunday, anytime from 12-5 PM @ 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. "Suggested Admission" is $9 for adults and $5 for children.
[Feature Image Courtesy flickr]