CBGB Music & Film Festival
Hilly Kristal’s dump of a bar came a long way, turning into the punk capital of the world before succumbing to the gentrification of the Bowery in 2006. Alongside music from Jane’s Addiction, Devo, Surfer Blood et al, educate yourself about the punk genre with screenings of “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Hardcore Devo Live” and more.
Grub Street Food Festival
Oct. 5, 11 a.m.
Hester and Essex streets
The foodie section of New York Magazine takes over this regular street festival to gather local restaurants and vendors with special menus, giveaways and a beer garden with tailgating and TVs, because it’s football season). Brooklyn Taco Co., Mayhem & Stout, Deviant Chef and Roberta’s are among the more than 70 participants.
Brooklyn Hot Sauce Takedown
Oct. 8, 7 p.m.
79 N. 11th St., Williamsburg
Because some like it hot, and others? Well, they’re wimps. But don’t worry, after taste-testing hot sauces prepared by 20 competing chefs, local NYC ice cream joints including Adirondack, Luca and Bosco, and Mikey Likes will be there to quell the flames in your mouth. And you’re at the Brooklyn Brewery, so feel free to douse your mouth fire with BEER!
Rock out for two days as one of China’s best music fests makes its U.S. debut. Some of the biggest names in Chinese rock and electronica made the trek to the States to play alongside domestic favorites like Cat Power and The Blood Brothers.
Oktoberfest Midnight Yacht Cruise
Oct. 4, 11:30 p.m.
Harbor Lights Yacht
SkyPort Marina, 2430 FDR Dr.
Don’t let October’s crisp late-night weather put a stop to your midnight cruising, especially if you’re aboard this themed party. The multilevel boat will be hopping with house, top 40 and reggaeton compliments of DJs E.M. and ISH. Dress sharp — no baseball hats, sneakers or shorts — and bring cash for the bars and buffet.
Autumn Crafts Festival
Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-12; Saturdays
11 a.m., Sundays 10 a.m.
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
Browse more than 250 juried craft displays from around the country, plus demonstrations, food and entertainment.
Rogue Taxidermy Fair
Oct. 5, 3 p.m.
The Bell House
149 Seventh St., Gowanus
Indulge your morbid curiosity at this fair celebrating the release of Robert Marbury’s book “Taxidermy Art” with live demos, artist panels, booths and music by The Lucky Chops Brass Band.
New York City Challenge Race
Oct. 5, 8 a.m.
Randall’s Island Park
1 Randall’s Island
For fans of “American Ninja Warrior” who’ve always wanted to give it a go, here’s your (less extreme) chance. There will be climbing walls, water jugs, ropes, cargo nets, sandbags, monkey bars and more.
Power Play: Steampunk and the Transit System
Oct. 2, 7 p.m.
It’s an after-hours gathering at a decommissioned subway station better known as the Transit Museum. Spend the night checking out handpicked items from the museum’s permanent collections as you explore the transformation from steam to electric power in the early 20th century. Plus an open bar of Victorian-inspired cocktails, a band and lots of classy outfits – period wear is encouraged.
A Night of Pen & Ink
Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
126 Crosby St.
Everyone should have a good story behind their tramp stamp, tribal tat and the infamous Black Flag bars, and now you will with the release of “Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them.” Tao Lin, Saeed Jones and Lori Petty will be among the storytellers of the evening. Get your own temporary tattoo while there and never have to share a story about it!