All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free.
Saturday, Oct. 21: Central Park: Olmsted’s Vision, 11 am-12:30 pm. Frederick Law Olmsted was the park designer. Join the Ranger’s for a stroll. West 72nd and Central Park West in Central Park, Manhattan. Another Central Park event below.
Bric JazzFest Marathon Saturday, 7:30 pm-midnight, $30 ($25 in advance). Featuring Maceo Parker, BRIC Arts Media House, 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place.
Yoga and Reiki in Solidarity with Puerto Rico, 1:15–3:45 pm. An afternoon of yoga, reiki, divinations, and consultations to raise relief funds for Puerto Rico. Loom Yoga Williamsburg, 783 Driggs Ave. at S. Fourth Street.
It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks, 11 am-3 pm, Central Park, Manhattan, East Pinetum, East 70’s or 80’s behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NYC Parks is transforming Central Park into a stage, museum, and art studio for a free day of public art to celebrate this milestone. Art lovers, families, and park-goers will be delighted by free art exhibits, performances, and hands-on art workshops. See other park event listed on top. More than 100 artworks, workshops, and performances.
Spooky Safari, the Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center in Queens, 1-4 pm at The Zoo in Forest Park. Go batty for ghosts and goblins, skeletons and spiders. The Zoo in Forest Park have plenty of creepy crawly creatures, from tarantulas to Madagascar hissing cockroaches. There are 150 exotic and indigenous animals, trick-or-treat, paint pumpkins, partake in games, and participate in a costume contest. The candy trail will be open from 1-2:30 pm, with story time from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. At 2:45 p.m., pumpkins will be set up in the goat enclosures as well as in the leopard exhibit, where visitors will be able to watch as animals interact with these seasonal delicacies. The Zoo will host a costume contest at 3 p.m., where participants can win prizes. Finally, a raffle drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m., just before the event closes. Admission for Spooky Safari is $10 for adults, $5 for children (12 and under) and $7 for seniors (62 and over).
Several Days: The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, 12-3 pm, Suggested Donations is $5 at the door. It claims to be the the largest dog costume parade in the world with hundreds of dogs in costumes and thousands of spectators. Thousands of dollars in prizes. Runway competition begins at Noon. There is no need to pre-register. A parade of all contestants and spectators will follow after Best In Show is announced. Contestant and Raffle winners must be present at the end of the competition to receive their prize or it will be donated to charity. Tompkins Square Park, (East Village) Manhattan.
Flatbush Artists Group Open House. Visit the studios and shows of 21 artists in Flatbush and Ditmas Park and various locations. Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 pm.
Brooklyn Oktoberfest, 21+, $40–$45 ($100 VIP). A Greenpoint warehouse will become a German bierhalle for five sessions of German beer, wursts, oompah music, dancing, and more. Ticket price includes your first liter of beer. Saturday, 1 pm and 7 pm. Sunday, noon and 6 pm. Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse, 73 West St. at Milton Street.
Vigil, Leigh Davis presents a multi-channel audio work inside the chapel in Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street. Saturday, 9 am-7 pm, Sunday, 9 am-5 pm.
“Trump This!” open studio, Saturday, Sunday, noon-6 pm. Artist Daniel Genova shows his paintings. MadArts, 255 Eighth St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.
Ongoing: see past descriptions of Halloween Harvest, Music in Motion, Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?, Treetop Adventures.
Sunday, Oct. 22: Tour de Bronx, 10 am-6 pm. Join nearly 6,000 cyclists as they hit the road for the Tour de Bronx, the largest free cycling event in New York State. With a choice of either a 25 or 40 mile course through the borough’s 61 neighborhoods, there will be fun for families, casual riders, and avid bicyclists. Cyclists of all ages, as well as children, participate in this annual event. Every year local, national, and even international visitors make their way to the Bronx just to be a part of the “Big Bronx Ride!” Concrete Plant Park, Bronx.
Astronomy: Orionids Meteor Shower, 9-9:30 pm. Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. The Orionids is an average shower, producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. Owl’s Head Park House in Owl’s Head Park, Bay Ridge. Enter at 68th Street and Colonial Road.
Howl-O-Ween Bark Block Party, noon to 5 pm, $10 ($5 in advance). Sean Casey Adoption Agency, 153 East 3rd St., between Ft. Hamilton Parkway & Caton Avenue.
Margaret Mead Film Festival, various times, $12+. The theme is Activate. The documentary-oriented fest honors the famed anthropologist’s desire for attaining a fuller understanding of the human condition. The four-day program will include screenings, dialogues with filmmakers, parties, and a special installation (by the stop-motion-animation artist Amanda Strong). As for the movies themselves, there will be, among others, a piece about a man documenting his own impending blindness and another about an Iroquois lacrosse team fighting struggling for recognition. American Museum of Natural History, Manhattan.