Saturday: Riverside Skate Jam. Join Summer on the Hudson and Sk8108 for a day celebrating New York’s first skate park, Riverside Park’s Skate Park at 108th Street, built by NY skateboard legend, Andy Kessler (1961-2009). There will be judged competitions with prizes, open skate time, and food & drink for purchase at this family friendly free event. Competitions begin at 1:00 p.m. and include girls’ mini ramp, juniors’ mini ramp, wall climb, masters’ vertical, and under 40’s vertical. Red Hook International Film Festival. Two-day showcase of shorts and features, Brooklyn-centric documentaries, fiction, and experimental films from Brooklyn and beyond. Where: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, 499 Van Brunt St. near Reed Street• (718) 596-2506 http://redhookfilmfest.com Saturday, Oct. 12, 1–6 pm, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1–6 pm. Oktoberfest: A celebration of dachshunds and schnauzers to support Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter. 261 Smith St. between Degraw and Douglass Streets, Brooklyn http://www.bybrooklyn.com 2–5 pm.
Sunday: Church Avenue Street Fair featuring food, crafts, games, rides, and more from Ocean Parkway to E. Fifth Street. Church Avenue 11 am–6 pm. Raptor fest: Urban park rangers invite you to learn about these fascinating creatures. Prospect Park Audubon Center, enter park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue http://www.prospectpark.org/audubon Noon–3 pm. Harvest Festival: featuring a pumpkin patch, dancing, and a canine costume contest. Narrows Botanical Garden, Shore Road at 71st Street, Noon–5 pm. Underground Thrift Store. Browse a curated collection of upscale and designer clothing and accessories as well as collectibles for the home. A percentage of proceeds benefits organizations that fight human trafficking. Plymouth Church, 65 Hicks St. between Orange and Cranberry Streets http://aki.smugmug.com/Brooklyn/Plymouth-Underground-Store/19205133_Tv5Lkh#1497281739_4r2dz3B 12:30–4:30 pm
CMJ Music Marathon till Oct 13. The Festival, which will immediately precede CMJ (and whose film lineup is as robust as its musical offerings). It is confusing the information and dates so double check. New York Comic Con and Anime Festival till October 13. With geek culture having established an undeniable influence over mainstream entertainment, Comic Con is always a much anticipated event. This annual fan convention at the Javits Center is dedicated to comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television and will feature writers and illustrators, along with celebrities like Sigourney Weaver and Gillian Anderson. Panels, screenings and the ability to have your comic book signed by your hero will all be on tap. The New York Anime Festival alliance is still in effect, too, so expect to see cosplayers (costumed participants dressed like fictional characters). They’ll provide plenty to gawk at, even if you don’t hit the fest’s many booths, panels and screenings. Open House New York till October 13. Get a glimpse of NYC’s rarely seen spaces with openhousenewyork. The wide variety of sites that host the event range from boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to clubs, factories to firehouses, lighthouses to lookouts, monuments to mansions, skyscrapers to substations—enough to satisfy anyone’s inner snoop. Past tour spots have included Nitehawk Cinema, the St. George Theatre and the CFDA Fashion Incubator. Plus, check out the OHNY Kids tours and workshops for families. ohny.org.
Monday: Columbus Day Parade. The parade honors more than just its namesake explorer and the corresponding holiday itself. With fantastic floats and musical performances, this Fifth Avenue spectacle is a celebration of the bond between Italian-Americans and their city—a sentiment shared by New Yorkers of all backgrounds who’ve also flocked to the Columbus Day Parade for a bit of Monday revelry and camaraderie. 11:30 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. It’s on Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and continues north along Fifth Avenue to 72nd Street. The grandstands will be located on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets, Brooklyn. CMJ Festival Oct 15-19 1000 bands. It’s the 21st century, and we have more tools than ever with which to discover new bands. But all the Spotifys, Pandoras and SoundClouds in the world can’t equal the impact of live music. In that spirit, this October brings a bounty of live music to the five boroughs, thanks to the CMJ Music Marathon—back for its 33rd year—and the CBGB Festival, which will immediately precede CMJ (and whose film lineup is as robust as its musical offerings). You’d better mark your calendars, pack your earplugs and free up your vinyl budget, because it’s going to be a busy week-plus for New York City’s music fans. Read on for our show picks, plus more on music in NYC. http://www.cmj.com/marathon/