Friday: Downtown Festival, 6 pm ending Sunday, Tickets $30-$55, Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. New York, NY. Brittany Spanos and Kiesza, this year’s breakout star with her one-shot music video for house-pop jam “Hideaway,” is headlining the three-day, two-venue event alongside Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Jungle, and Autre Ne Veut. The festival takes place at both Irving Plaza and Webster Hall, which means that the venues will be close enough for you to hop between with your weekend pass. Billi Shakes: Modern-day hip-hop with cabaret styling, Rock Shop, 249 Fourth Ave. between Carroll and President Streets, http://www.therockshopny.com, 7:30 pm, $8.
Saturday: Halloween Harvest: Visitors are invited to paint pumpkins visit with costumed characters, participate in contests, and enjoy seasonal food and more. Sweets will be distributed within the park. Each weekend participants are asked to guess the weight of the welcoming giant pumpkin at the front gates. The winner will receive $1,000 in cash. Admission to park is free but rides and attractions are extra. Luna Park • 1000 Surf Ave. at West 10th Street, Coney Island. Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–8 pm until Sunday, Oct. 26, http://www.lunaparknyc.com. Targets First Saturday: a day of free music and entertainment, Brooklyn Museum, 5 pm – 11 pm events listed on http://www.brooklynmuseum.org. Dachshund Octoberfest, Washington Square Park, Manhattan, 11 am–2 p.m. Dog-lovers of all ages will meet between the Washington Square Arch and the fountain. This event is free and open to all. Bryant Park Games, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. This event repeats every day till 10/31/2014. Take a break with an eclectic selection of favorite tabletop games, from Scrabble and mancala to dominoes and Jenga. 40th Street Plaza in Bryant Park, Manhattan. Central Park Tour: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond, 6th Avenue and Central Park South (in Central Park), Manhattan, 12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Space is limited; advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available for purchase onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees). Bike Ride Celebrate Park Communities, 2 –4:30 p.m. A bike ride and a photography exhibition featuring portraits of community members and park stewards. The bike ride will visit community gardens, local nonprofits, and explore East River Park and Pier 42. Highlights will include a visit to the labyrinth in the Dance Oval with artist Diana Carulli, and an open house at the Fireboat House with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Bring your own bike and helmet. RSVP online. Green Map System, 220 A E. 4th Street, Manhattan, http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/10/04/bike-ride-celebrate-park-communities. Pumpkin fest: The block long event offers free hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream, candies, and more. Children visit with clowns and enjoy musical entertainment, face painting, pony rides, pumpkin painting, and lots more fun – don’t forget to don those costumes. Mazzone’s Hardware • Fourth Pl. between Court and Clinton Streets, 10 am–4 pm, Free. Take a hike: Enjoy the fall in this light hike walk; suitable for older children. Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Avenue U, Bklyn, 11 am, Free. Oktoberfest: Beer, music, games, and a free shuttle from the Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn College subway station. $45 ($35 advance). Aviator Sports and Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Ave. in Floyd Bennett Field, (718) 758–7500, Noon–6 pm. Modern Sky Festival: 5:00 p.m. October 4, 8:30 p.m. October 5, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, 5th Ave. in Central Park, $48-$150, http://modernskyfestivalnyc.com/. WATCHING THE SKIES: The Chinese music fest comes to America The two-day event kicks off this afternoon with Deserts Chang, a poetic folk experimentalist akin to our own Cat Power, who headlines tomorrow’s lineup. Picks to click include Beijing’s self-critical post punk funk group Rebuilding the Rights of Statues, Gang of Four devotees who really know from the Gang of Four. Seattle punk refugees and Brooklyn meta-rockers Liars fill out a bill topped by “Atomic Bomb!” The Luaka Bop label’s wonderful tribute to the brilliant Nigerian Afrofunk recluse William Onyeabor features Sinkane and the Mahotella Queens. Art-folkies Omnipotent Youth Society, surf-rockers Queen Sea Big Shark, and Peking-operatic glam fetishists Second Hand Rose open tomorrow’s day-long bill all in Central Park.
Sunday: Wheelchair Football League, 8 am –12 p.m. This event repeats every week on Sunday ending 11/30/2014. Bulova Park, Queens. Birding: Fall Migration, 10 a.m. Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. To enhance your experience they encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. Van Cortland Park Nature Center, Bronx. Enter the park at West 246th Street and Broadway. Bryant Park Ping 11 am –6 pm. This event repeats every day between ending 11/30/2014. Test your ping pong skills at one of two state-of-the-art tables. Paddles and balls provided free of charge to all skill levels. Bring a friend, or sign up with our park attendant, who can arrange a friendly game, near 42nd Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan. Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco: I Feel Love – The Divas of Disco Skate Party, 8:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets are available for purchase online. The DJ will spin 80s tunes from John Hughes film soundtracks, roller disco grooves, and Disco classics. Come enjoy dazzling performances, a costume contest with a fabulous prize from Lola Star Souvenir Boutique on the Coney Island Boardwalk, and a dance skate competition with moves that will blow your mind. Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Bluestone Cafe at Lakeside. Guests must be 21+ (Valid Photo ID required for entry). Skaters flock to Dreamland’s themed skate parties dressed in glittering 80’s roller disco attire to be dazzled by the best roller disco DJs in the country, fabulous skate dance contests, roller dance lessons, and a dazzling array of fabulous burlesque and carnival arts performers. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Indoor wheels recommended. Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park, 171 East Drive, Brooklyn. Big ‘Rig’: The Regina Opera Company performs one of Verdi’s most popular operas, “Rigoletto,” at Regina Hall in Dyker Heights through Nov. 25. Raptor Fest: Learn about hawks, falcons, and owls, and see some of the birds in flight. Prospect Park Audubon Center, enter park at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, http://www.prospectpark.org/audubon, Noon–3 pm, Free. Inner City Stories: Featuring artwork exploring various aspects of inner city life, House of Art Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd. between Halsey and Macon Streets, http://www.hoagallery.com, Tuesdays – Sundays, Noon–7 pm until Friday, Oct. 17, Free. Igor Butman’s Moscow Jazz Orchestra, Kingsborough Community College, http://www.onstageatkingsborough.org, 3 pm, $35 ($30).
Comedians tell stories and play games with the audience.
Katharine Heller, Janeane Garofalo, Mara Wilson, Jeffery Cranor, Jordan McDonough at Union Hall, 702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue, Bklyn, http://www.unionhallny.com, 3:30 pm, $10.