This week explore the international offerings in New York with events like the New York Gypsy Festival and African Restaurant Week. Learn all about bees and the sweet nectar they produce at Wave Hill’s Honey Week, or grab a spot at the pier and watch a parade of boats go by. If the autumn chill is already too much for you, hop on a flight to temperate Bermuda.
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September 29–October 3 | Music
New York Gypsy Festival
The 12th annual NY Gypsy Festival, which started last weekend, is going strong every weekend through October 8. With performers from Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and the United States, the festival provides a wonderful glimpse into the lively musical cultures of Eastern Europe. This weekend, catch any of three unique performances, including Bagpipes from the Rhodope Mountains (featuring Bulgarian bagpipe phenom Kaynak Pipers Band) or Electric Sweaty Balkan Brass (with Zlatne Uste and Tipsy Oxcart).
Times vary | Drom, 85 Ave. A, New York | From $15 | website
October 1–2 | Food
Beekeepers are the new culinary stars when it comes to buzz-worthy specialties (pun intended), and this weekend Wave Hill celebrates bees, the people who keep them, and the amazing honey they produce. Meet local beekeepers, taste artisanal honey, make your own beeswax candles, watch honey extraction demonstrations, and take part in art projects. A perfect weekend activity for the whole family, the event takes place at scenic Wave Hill in the Bronx, which is worth a visit in its own right. If you have time, stroll through the 28-acre public garden that overlooks the Hudson River and Palisades.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. | Wave Hill, W. 249th St., Bronx | $10 | website
October 1–2 | Escape the city
The weather is getting cooler by the day, so why not escape to the sun? Flights to Bermuda are only about two hours, making it a totally doable weekend getaway, and weather this time of year should be in the 70s and 80s. Get your fill of pink sand beaches, partake in water sports, indulge yourself with a little self-care and pampering, and take in some of the island’s arts and culture. Check out our guides on where to eat and where to stay in Bermuda—the options are impressive!
October 2–16 | Food
New York African Restaurant Week
The fourth annual New York African Restaurant Week, which actually runs two weeks, begins this Sunday, giving you plenty of time to catch a great meal at any of the 25 participating restaurants. Representing a range of cuisines from the African diaspora, this deal gets you three courses, at either lunch or dinner, for between $19.95 and $35.95. From Ethiopian to Moroccan and French-Senegalese to Caribbean, it’s an excellent opportunity to expand your international culinary repertoire while supporting African businesses in New York. On Tuesday, October 4, there is a special “Taste of South Africa” event at Madiba restaurant in Brooklyn, with food, poetry readings, and art.
Times and locations vary | From $19.95 | website
October 5 | Festival
Parade of Boats
Maritime lovers will get a kick out of the annual Parade of Boats, in which a variety of vessels from sailboats to fireboats float in procession across the Hudson River by Pier 62. Anyone walking along the waterfront can view the flotilla for free, so grab a bench or a picnic blanket and enjoy the show. For the full VIP experience, shell out the $750 or more to snag a seat with Heroes of the Harbor, the signature fundraising event for the Waterfront Alliance. Held at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, the evening includes cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and an award ceremony celebrating this year’s Heroes of the Harbor.
6 p.m. | Piers 61 and 62, Manhattan | Free | website
A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.