Critical 5 things to do in NYC: get rowdy, October 12-14
The temperature and the leaves may be dropping, but this city is pretty consistent when it comes to offering an array of events to keep you happy, healthy, and occasionally a little bloody.
Now in its fifth year, the NYC Wine & Food Festival brings Food Network celebs to the streets, with endless tastings, panel discussions, classes, and parties from the BBQ and blues pairings on Friday night to free Illy single origin coffees all day Saturday and Sunday. Although events are selling out fast, foodies can still treat their palette at the Grand Tasting Saturday and Sunday, try a little of everything at Sunday’s food cart festival, or indulge in Paula Deen’s Sunday Brunch. The thirstier bunch will find peace of mouth at Godiva's Dessert & Wine Party, Spiegelau & Captain Lawrence’s beer tasting seminar, and Allen Katz’s Gin Revolution.
This Sunday, get soused in blood and booze for the sixth annual NYC Zombie Crawl. Meet up at Webster Hall for the fake blood and drink deals before heading out at 6:30pm to scour the East Village for your next victims — or just happy hours. Once you’ve had enough drunk, undead stumbling, head to the after-party for some horror burlesque, zombie theater from La Petite Morgue, a Hot Zombie Contest, and “live” metal music from Thunderbox NYC, Nine Inch Elvis, and Mutant Supremacy.
Head to the People’s Voice Café in the Community Church of New York for some community building and politically-charged tunes. Through song parodies and satire, The Raging Grannies have been promoting peace and socioeconomic equality throughout the world since 1987. This Saturday, New York’s chapter — NY Metro Raging Grannies and Their Daughters — will perform alongside OWS’s own bluesy rock band, The Occuponics.
In honor of their four-decade commitment to bringing modern and contemporary art to the Bronx, the Bronx Museum is hosting a multicultural party from 7:30pm to midnight this Friday. Featuring artists as diverse as its attendees, the event includes dance, music, spoken word, a DJ set, and multimedia performances from the likes of Rokafella FC, The Ghanaian Rhythmic Drummers, DJ Lightbolt, and Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. If you don’t feel much like dancing, there will be food and drinks from local vendors, along with a silent auction of local artists’ work.
Enjoy an adrenaline-fueled tour of the Bronx this Sunday for New York State’s largest free cycling event. Now in its eighteenth year, the Tour De Bronx offers a 25-mile and a 40-mile course that allow casual riders and avid cyclists alike to experience all the Bronx has to offer — from its historic buildings and expansive green spaces to its sprawling shoreline. After pumping your way down the Sheridan Expressway, relax with an end-of-ride festival at the New York Botanical Garden.