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13 amazing things to do in NYC this weekend

A birthday party for Drake, the world's biggest dog costume parade, fight cancer in your underwear and more things to do in NYC.


Real Housewives 101

Whether you don’t know your Dallas Wives from New Jersey or just want to get together and talk about the reality TV indulgence of your heart, this talk by Jezebel’s Madeleine Davis will recap all the biggest moments, get you caught up on the nine franchises the show now boasts and get you ready for brunch — promise! Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m., THNK 1994 Museum, 1436 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, $6


Cider Week NYC

There’s more than beer brewing in New York state. The cider scene is booming, and Cider Week NYC celebrates the best ranging from tastings and food pairings to panels and game nights. In addition to those, this weekend you can check out pie, donuts and non-boozy cider at the Cider in the Square Market or try over 30 apple varieties at the Ultimate NY Apple and Cider Tasting. Oct. 20-29, Multiple locations and times, prices vary, ciderweeknyc.com


Kweendom Birthday Bash

For once, you can laugh your way through the Terrible Twos: Kweendom marks two years this weekend with some of its best comedians delivering too-true quips about queer life in NYC. Not only is the show celebrating its anniversary, it’s also a birthday party for host Bobby Hankinson (Awkward Sex and the City), so there will be mini cupcakes. And you can’t complain about the “mini” part: It’s all free, or you can donate to the Montrose Center’s LGBTQ hurricane relief fund. Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m., Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, free, petescandystore.com


Paula Cole

If you’re still wondering “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” it’s because Paula Cole was a fixture of radio — and karaoke bars and our showers — in the ‘90s. She’s still going strong with a ninth studio album, Ballads, which came out this fall, and she’ll be promoting it at City Winery in an intimate concert this weekend. You can also add a pre-show meet-and-greet for $50. Yes, we know what you’re thinking: “I Don’t Wanna Wait.” Don’t worry, it’s almost Friday. Oct. 20, 8 p.m., City Winery, 155 Varick St., $30-$90, citywinery.com


Brooklyn Nets Takeover

The Brooklyn Nets take on the Orlando Magic for their Opening Night on Friday. If you’re a fan but don’t have tickets, you’re in luck: Bounce is hosting a takeover of the Billboard Lounge at the Barclays Center, with an official after-party. You can get access to the post-game hangs and snag seats with one ticket, starting at $75. The cost scales up for better views, but everyone should have an equally great time at the party, hosted by DJ Khaled. Oct. 20, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Billboard Lounge, Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, $75-$275, joonbug.com


Taste of the Seaport

It’s not all fish and chips at this waterfront food fest (although someone should get on that, stat). You can try a variety of foods as FiDi and the Seaport District show off the best of the area’s eats, with over 40 participating purveyors, including Black Tap, Clinton Hall and the Paris Cafe. Start with five tastes or go up to a family pack with 20 (sure, let’s say that’s for our “family”). Or enjoy the live music and kids activities for free. Proceeds support local schools. Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-4p.m., Front St. between Fulton St. and Peck Slip, $5-$125, tastepftheseaport.org


Drake Night: Happy Birthday 6 God

There’s only so long you can host a Tribute Night series before there’s at least one full evening devoted to Drake. This Saturday, you can be on your Worst Behavior at Brooklyn Bowl while paying homage to the 6 God himself. DJ Ronin Roc will be spinning nothing but Drake, three eves ahead of the rapper’s birthday. The party has made claims to play every one of his tracks from beginning to end, and we think some Aubsessed fans should be there to hold them to it. Oct. 21, 11:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, $10-$15, brooklynbowl.com


My Dog Loves Central Park Fair

Grab your most festive leash and bring your furry friends to Central Park for an afternoon of activities geared toward families walking on two legs or four. At the 15th annual My Dog Loves Central Park Fair, there will be live performances at the Naumburg Bandshell, training demos, contests with pup-friendly prizes and games for all ages. There’s also a boutique, hydration station and agility course, plus the chance to mingle with fellow dog-lovers in the community. Oct. 21, noon-3 p.m., Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, free, centralparknyc.org


Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

There’s no flashier doggie runway than this annual parade of costumed pooches (and their coordinated owners) in Tompkins Square Park. Hundreds of pups turn out, with thousands looking on as prizes — and more importantly, barking rights — are up for grabs. No preregistration needed, and everyone is invited to take part in a parade after Best in Show is revealed. Oct. 21, noon to 3 p.m., $5 suggested donation, 500 E. Ninth St.


Reel Sisters of the Diaspora

For its 20th anniversary, the Reel Sisters film fest — which features works written, produced and directed by women of color — is screening over 30 films at both the AMC Magic Johnson 9 in Harlem and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn. The latter hosts the Reel Sisters Family Day on Saturday, with short films selected to empower young viewers and talks on the process of filmmaking. The Kick-Off Party takes place Friday at 8 p.m. at Aloft Hotel, free with RSVP. Oct. 21-22, multiple venues and times, $12-$45, reelsisters.org


The Bonobos Undie Run

It’s been properly chilly this week, but the weekend is looking sunny enough to have a run around the park in your underwear one last time. Menswear company Bonobos is teaming up with the nonprofit F*uck Cancer for its first-ever NYC Underwear Run to raise money and awareness about men’s cancers. Anyone 18+ can participate in the 2-mile fun run, and the $20 registration fee goes directly to the charity. Stick around for the afterparty at Houston Hall. Oct. 21, noon-4 p.m., Pier 40, Picnic House, 353 West St., Hudson River Park


FAD Market

FAD Market heads back to Brooklyn with its biggest collection yet of handcrafted art from jewelry and housewares to fashion and skincare. This year, there will also be a featured solo exhibition, Wood and Wool, by sculptor Abraham McNally, in addition to displays throughout the market, ranging from images of NYC by J Chen Photography to woven textile paintings by Michelle Parascandolo. There will also be workshops, a lounge and an interactive coloring wall. Oct. 21-22, 11 a.m.-4p.m., City Point, 445 Albee Sq. West, Brooklyn, free, fadmarket.co


The Brew Hop 5K & Craft Beer Fest

If you’re going to punish yourself running, you definitely deserve a reward. Like maybe an afternoon of beer tasting? The Brew Hop brings together the best of both worlds — but you can buy tickets to the 5K or the Craft Beer Fest separately (if, like us, you prefer your carb-loading without all that pesky exercise first). There will be over 15 breweries present, mostly regional, as well as live music, lawn games and local food vendors. Oct. 21, noon-4 p.m., Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randall’s Island Park, $44.95-$74.95, thebrewhop5k.com

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