There might be a rule against wearing white after Labor Day, but no one said anything about outdoor festivities! Good thing, too, because the people and places of New York City aren’t ready to say goodbye to their alfresco fun.
Local artists, designers, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, you-name-its bring their talents, passions, and creations to Grand Bazaar’s Made in NYC event. Support more than 100 of the city’s most skilled artisans, with 100 percent of the profits going directly to public schools. Sunday, September 8; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m; 100 West 77th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues), Upper West Side
Eating + Drinking
Hope you packed your pencils and your books, because you’re sure to forget to do that after Dirt Candy’s end-of-summer blowout. Amanda Cohen is delivering all of your seasonal faves—Nashville-inspired haute dogs! Fries with the works! Grilled corn! Ice cream sundaes!—and plenty of cheap beer and wine coolers to go around. Sunday, September 8; noon–5 p.m.; 86 Allen Street (between Grand and Broome Streets), Lower East Side
Leave it to Coney Island to host one of the strangest (and most fun!) contests of the year. Only the hirsute-est among us will come out on top at this year’s Beard and Moustache showdown, where a select few will take home awards such as The Brass Ring (best in show) and Man or Beast (best natural beard). Saturday, September 7; 8 p.m.; 1208 Surf Avenue, Coney Island
Big-thinking playwright Robert Schenkkan dramatizes the first year of Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in his new play, The Great Society. He returns to the best years of the Johnson administration, as the president pushed through major civil rights reforms. Brian Cox is the swaggering, Texas-tough POTUS. Friday, September 6–Saturday, November 30; Lincoln Center Theater, 150 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), Upper West Side
Literary collectors from across the country are preparing to line up at the Brooklyn Expo Center ahead of the sixth Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. If you’ve had your eye on a rare find, or simply have an appetite for first-edition tomes and vintage manuscripts, get yourself down to Greenpoint. Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8; 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint