Weekend Fun

Presto! What You Should Do in NYC This Weekend: October 12–14, 2018

Do you believe in magic?

Photo courtesy of New York Magic Lab

Live dangerously this weekend. Enter a medieval dance battle at the Met, fight off vampires at the theater, and eat way too many pickled things.

Eating + Drinking

Pick a peck of pickled…everything! Only at Pickle Day, the largest pickle festival in the world. Top food vendors of the fermented fruit (yes, fruit) will line Orchard Street alongside DJs, carnival games, and a life-size pickle mascot. Sunday, October 14; Orchard Street (between Delancey and East Houston Streets), Lower East Side

Photo courtesy of the Lower East Side Partnership
Free Stuff

Enter to win this week’s ridiculously good Fall Fridays prizes: studio art classes at Art Students League of New York, breakfast for two at River Cafe, four tickets to Top of the Rock, and four seats on The Ride.

Virtual Reality

From the world premiere of the touching documentary about legendary photographer Bill Cunningham to Elisabeth Moss’s rock-star-gone-bad in her explosive new film, Her Smell, the New York Film Festival slate is cinematic gold. But before it comes to a close, make sure to check out NYFF’s seventh annual VR experience, Convergence, a digital storytelling lab featuring new projects from Walt Disney Animation and Columbia University School of the Arts. Through Sunday, October 14; Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), Upper West Side, and Rose Studio,165 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway), Upper West Side

Photo courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center

Bram Stoker’s horror classic, Dracula, is the inspiration behind Patricia Lynn’s feminist retelling, Your Invisible Corset. In this daring rewrite, the emphasis is on Mina Murray Harker, who wakes up in the woods in the middle of the night with no recollection of how she got there. Follow her as she tries to piece the mysterious events together and come to terms with her trauma at the hands of a bloodsucking creature. Through Saturday, October 27; Flamboyan Theater, 107 Suffolk Street (between Delancey and Rivington Streets), Lower East Side


Step into the world’s first magic-themed art exhibition, the pop-up “New York Magic Lab,” featuring interactive installations and revolutionary experiences powered by the latest emerging technologies. Pick a card, any card, inside the Poker Tunnel; try not to get lost as you stroll through the Wander Space; and ready yourself for some abracadabra on Magical Nights as magicians perform impromptu tricks and illusions. Through Sunday, October 28; 344 West 14th Street (between Hudson Street and Eighth Avenue), Greenwich Village


The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s armory gallery, featuring a troupe of metal-plated horses and a sizable squad of knights, is the setting for a modern joust of wordplay and fresh moves with members of the B-boy dance collective It’s Showtime NYC. The Met will be outfitting artists with modified armor, which the dancers will use to their best advantage in the most outrageously up-to-date ye olde dance battle you’ve ever seen. Friday, October 12; 5–8 p.m.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side

Photo courtesy of Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art‎/Facebook

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