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Escape Music Festival
Oct. 11-12, 1 p.m.
Governors Beach Club
1 Carder Rd., Governors Island
$80-$259, 212-896-4600

The weather is a bit more brisk this time of year, but Governors Island is still a great place to pretend NYC is far away. Enjoy two days of food, art installations, photo booths, lounges and more, set to the tunes of Girl Talk, Yeasayer, The Crystal Method and others.



Mercato Notturno
Oct. 10, 4 p.m.
Union Square

The city of Bologna, Italy, is taking over part of GrowNYC’s Union Square Greenmarket to celebrate the two cities as capitals of food and sustainability. Taste your way across Italian culinary history, with dishes made from imported and local ingredients, as well as live music, family activities and a beer, wine and cider garden.

Morbid Flea Market
Oct. 12, noon
The Morbid Anatomy Museum
424A Third Ave., Gowanus
Free, 347-799-1017,

Satisfy your morbid sweet tooth at Morbid Anatomy’s spooky early Halloween/Day of the Dead market. Add to your taxidermy collection, dig through obscure books, pick up unusual antiques and more. Indulge in Deadly Chocolate by Curious Candies. You probably won’t die, but you might get a wicked stomachache.

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Oct. 14, noon; Oct. 15, 7 a.m.
Grand Central Terminal
Vanderbilt Hall, 89 E. 42nd St.
Free, 212-340-2583

It’s the 150th anniversary of Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous boulevard, so the appropriate celebration is free Austrian coffee and sweets. What are boulevards for if not enjoying the fare and people-watching at sidewalk cafes? Make a new virtual friend during a Coffeehouse Conversation with Vienna locals via webcam.


Aziz Ansari
Oct. 9, 7 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
$35-$65, 212-465-6741

Madison Square Garden knows how you like to treat yo’self, adding a second chance to catch comedian Aziz Ansari after the initial 7 p.m. show sold out. As Tom Haverford on “Parks and Recreation,” he’s a goofy entrepreneur with a gift for style; for his stand-up … well, he’s kind of the same.


Gowanus Wild Walking Tour
Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Ground Floor Gallery
343 Fifth St., Park Slope
Free, 646-801-3338

Artist Miska Draskoczy spent two years documenting his search for nature and wilderness in industrial Gowanus, and the results are in. Join him for a discussion and walking tour featuring some of his favorite spots in the area, no hiking boots required.

Harlem Art Walking Tour
Oct. 11-12, noon
Various Locations
Free, 212-722-8577

Take a walk through the Mount Morris Historical District of Harlem and check out the work of more than 80 artists and 40 galleries in the area.

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Total Prospect HeightsImmersion
Oct. 11, noon
Meet at Woodwork Bar
583 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights
$20, 718-857-5777

Learn the nabe’s food scene by experiencing it as you eat and drink your day away at some of the most popular neighborhood joints. Upon meeting at Woodwork Bar you’ll pick up your Walking Around Money, which will entitle you to four free beers from your choice of bar and free lunch at either Dean St. or Citrico.

The Feast Fest
Oct. 11, 8 p.m.
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St., Red Hook
$50, 718-596-3001

Music and food make the world go ‘round, and at the closing of Feast Fest 2014 there’ll be plenty of it. With a portion of proceeds going to the Red Hook Initiative, the folks at Feast are contributing to the post-Sandy rebuilding of Red Hook. Local food vendors, craft beers and wines, live bands, DJs and the ferry ride from Manhattan to Red Hook is free.

Pumpkin Beer Fest
Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Clinton Hall
90 Washington St.
Free, 212-363-6000

Pumpkin beer isn’t just an October/Halloween gimmick to sell more booze. It actually dates back to colonial times when settlers crafted beer with their main source of fermentable materials: pumpkins! Join Elysian Brewing Co. for 11 different pumpkin beers like Punkaccino, Hansel & Gretel and a bunch of other hilarious names, priced $8-$13.


‘Never Can Say Goodbye’
Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St., Ft. Greene
Free, 718-246-0200

Remember what it was like to love New York City as author Sari Botton and her contributors share stories from “Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers On Their Unshakable Love for New York” about the many things we all feel for the city on a daily basis — and why leaving may the hardest part.

Battle of the DJs
Oct. 10, 9 p.m.
Bohemian Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave., Astoria
$5-$10, 718-274-4925

Quiet Clubbing takes the party up a notch while bringing the volume down – if you’re a spectator without a clue! Attendees are given a set of headphones with a switch to toggle between three live DJs. Every headset has an LED light that indicates which station you’re tuned into making it easy to pick a dance partner digging on the same vibe.

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