Weekend To-Do List: Things To Do In the NYC Area October 3-6 (Some Are FREE!)

October 3, 2019
Homemade pizza

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NEW YORK – You made it through the workweek, and although the weather has cooled down, your plans don't have to. Now's your chance to relax with the best food, drinks, shows, and music the area has to offer. Skip surfing the internet because WCBS-FM has your weekend plans here...

The New York Times Food Festival

The NYT Food Festival is made up of three events: The Park, The Talks, and The Nights. There are so many reasons to stop by each. Whether you're there for the Cooking Stage programming or for the panels, this event is as delicious as it is informative. A portion of Bryant Park will be non-ticketed and open to the public with additional food and drinks available for purchase. See you there!

Where: Bryant Park

When: Oct. 5-6, check site for times

Cost: Prices vary 

Chef Giada De Laurentiis
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Bike Ride and Picnic Through Central Park

Enjoy Central Park's scenery as you pedal along comfortably at your own pace. If you don't own a bike, renting is a very easy and affordable option. Explore attractions like Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, Alice in Wonderland, Bethesda Fountain and once you build up an appetite take in the sights and relax with a picnic. Don't forget your camera and comfortable shoes.

Where: Central Park

When: Oct. 3-6

Cost: Free, Bike rental $15

Rental bikes in NYC
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Oktoberfest Under the Archway

Can't make it to Munich this year? Bring the whole family to Brooklyn for the next best thing. The Dumbo Archway will be transformed into a traditional German Beer Hall this weekend. Try some limited edition steins, traditional Oktoberfest themed food and try out the "Pick-your-own-apples" photo experience while the Oompah bands play in the background. This event will definitely be a crowd-pleaser.

Where: Dumbo Archway - 50 Adams Street

When: Friday, Oct. 4, 5 - 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, 1 - 9 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

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New York Comic-Con

Celebrate the best of pop culture at New York Comic-Con. Be inspired by the awe-inspiring costumes of your favorite TV and film characters. Watch celebrity interviews, panels, gameplay, and completely geek out during these four days of fun! Cosplay highly encouraged.

Where: Jacob Javits Center - 429 11th Ave

When: Oct. 3-6, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Prices vary

Comic Con Attendees
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New York Film Festival

The 57th New York Film Festival will be in full swing this weekend. Choose from 29 of the most exciting new feature films from around the world; screenings, documentaries, or attend the daily free talks. This festival has something for all film buffs. 

Where: Lincoln Center

When: Oct. 3- 5, Times vary 

Cost: Prices vary

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro at 'The Irishman' press conference
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Strut Your Mutt NYC

The New York chapter of Best Friends Animal Society is teaming up with other rescue groups, shelters, and animal welfare organizations to help save the lives of homeless cats and dogs at this year's Strut Your Mutt event. All funds raised go directly to lifesaving programs, such as spay and neuter services, adoption events and more. The event features also features doggie yoga and reiki, paw painting, a Smooch Your Pooch photo booth and humans can enjoy the Six Point Brewery beer garden. 1010 WINS is the official media partner for the event, with Midday Anchor Susan Richard serving as emcee.

Where: Manhattan's Pier 84, Hudson River Park

When: Saturday, Oct. 5, Registration begins at 10 a.m.

Cost: Donation-based

Adoptable puppy
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New York Pizza Festival

The second annual New York Pizza Festival brings the most renowned pizza from around the United States, including some of the best from New York and some of the best from Naples, Italy, to one place at one time! Crescent Avenue will be lined with over 30 Pizza stations where you can partake in some of the delicious celebrations.  

Where: Crescent Ave, The Bronx

When: Oct. 5 - 6, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free to enter, Tickets start at $25

Homemade pizza
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L.E.S. Pickle Day

A neighborhood-wide celebration of all things pickled takes place every fall in the heart of the old Pickle District. Enthusiasts can head to this street fair on Orchard Street to samples renowned pickle vendors from India, Haiti, Malaysia Brooklyn, and of course the kosher dills from the LES are will not disappoint! 

Where: Orchard Street between Delancey and E. Houston

When: Oct.4, 12 - 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Pickles in a jar on a table
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Harvest Festival

Join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for a free, family-friendly celebration of fall! The whole family can enjoy the live musical performances, and the activities like face painting, kite making and of course pumpkin decorating. 

Where: Randalls Island Fields 62 & 63 and the Urban Farm

When: Sunday, Oct. 6, 12 - 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Harvest Festival
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2019 NYC Korean Parade and Street Festival

Each year, about 100,000 viewers and participants head over to Midtown Manhattan for a day of festivities at the 39th annual Korean parade and street festival. Enjoy cultural entertainment, music, and great food. Watch the parade which will feature floats, marching bands, and traditional Korean cultural performances and then head over to the street festival for the best of what local businesses and vendors have to offer. 

Where: Parade: 38th Street to 27th Street, down 6th Avenue, Festival: 32nd Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue

When: Saturday, Oct. 5, Parade: 12 - 2 p.m., Street Festival: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Eating pork ribs with vegetables
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Phil Collins “Still Not Dead Yet Tour”

United Kingdom native Phil Collins hits the stage for a 15-city tour that will take him across the United States for his “Still Not Dead Yet Tour”. The tour was named after his autobiography which was released on October 2016. This weekend, the crooner will be back in the big apple at Madison Square Garden belting out some of his sit songs like "Against all odds". There are still some tickets left. 

Where: Madison Square Garden

When: Saturday, Oct. 6, Monday, Oct. 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Prices Vary

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