There is something for everyone this week in New York City (isn’t there always?). Sports fans can give the Knicks a much-needed boost by attending their first home game of the season, while animal lovers can marvel at the adorable—and often outlandish—costumes at the Tompkins Square Park Dog Halloween Parade. Foodies will want to check out the Farm2Fork Festival and can burn off the calories with a late night indie dance party. Of course, if you need a break from city life, bucolic Bucks County may just be calling your name.
October 23 | Dance Party
Dance Yourself Clean
If the club scene makes you cringe, finding a dance party that doesn’t suck can be surprisingly difficult in New York. Dance Yourself Clean (named for an LCD Soundsystem song) is a bimonthly dance party that started in Seattle, expanded to LA and Portland, and is now finally coming east, to Brooklyn Bowl. DJs spin a fun and eclectic set of your favorite indie music, from LCD Soundsystem (of course) to Charlie XCX, Daft Punk, and Capital Cities. Expect lasers, a heavy hand on the fog machine, and, of course, lots of dancing.
11:30 p.m. | Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn | $10 | website
October 24 | Parade
Annual Tompkins Square Park Dog Halloween Parade
There is no shortage of Halloween events around the city, but the best one might be tailored for our furry friends. The Tompkins Square Park Dog Halloween Parade—now in its 25th year—is like an Internet meme come to life. Get ready to see hundreds of dogs—and their faithful owners—dressed to the nines in matching outfits, each more elaborate and eccentric than the last. There are superheroes and sunflowers, popes and ewoks. The event starts with a runway competition complete with judges and prizes and ends with a parade.
12 p.m. | 7th to 10th St. between Ave. A and B, New York | $5 suggested donation | website
October 24-25 | Food festival
Rodale’s Organic Life Presents Farm2Fork Festival
This food-focused festival has three events celebrating organic food throughout the weekend. The main event is the Bites of Brooklyn Harvest Festival, which will have tastings from a number of local farm-to-table restaurants as well as culinary demonstrations so attendees can learn how to make smoked goat shoulder or cook with beet greens. On Saturday night participants can attend a dinner hosted by Brooklyn-based restaurateur Andrew Tarlow (of Marlow & Sons fame), with dishes inspired by his mini restaurant empire. The weekend winds down on Sunday with a screening of documentary Food For Thought, Food For Life, a Q&A with the director and others, and a Dan Barber-inspired brunch.
Times vary | Villain, 50 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn | from $65 | website
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October 29 | Sports
It’s officially basketball season! The pre-season is over, and the New York Knicks are playing their first home game at Madison Square Garden against the Atlanta Hawks. (Their first game of the season is away, in Milwaukee.) This is not the time to be a fair weather fan; the Knicks didn’t do so hot last year and need all the hometown love they can get. So go cheer them on and see whether new player Kristaps Porzingis is the savior team president Phil Jackson hopes he will be.
8 p.m. | Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York | from $80 | website
Just 90 minutes from the city, it’s a wonder Bucks County hasn’t been overtaken by city dwellers. Home to covered bridges and more than its fair share of antique markets, this picturesque area, which straddles New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is particularly lovely in the fall. New Hope, on the west bank (i.e. PA side) of the Delaware River, makes a great home base. Don’t let its artsy small-town charm fool you—this place also has plenty of funk. (Take the screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and the High Heel Drag Race happening this week as evidence.) For dinner check out the seasonal New American menu at Tastebuds, a modern restaurant housed in an old 1840s building. Be sure to take a stroll across the bridge that goes across the Delaware River; you’ll land in Lambertville, NJ, an equally adorable town with plenty to explore.
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 inquisitive toddler.