weekend events

Saturday: Global Citizen Festival aims to combine titanic star power with social purpose, bringing together some of music’s biggest hitmakers—Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Pearl Jam to raise awareness of the fight against poverty, hunger and climate change throughout the world. The show is a day of free music on Central Park’s Great Lawn. But getting tickets requires taking action: signing a petition to help empower women and girls, tweeting about clean water in underdeveloped countries and other steps to be entered in the drawing. Great Lawn, Central Park. globalcitizen.org. Great Irish Fair of New York 10:30 AM – 8 PM,  at 11 AM there will be a 5k Run/Walk on the Riegelmann Boardwalk and throughout the day local musicians will be playing both traditional and contemporary Irish music along with great food, dance and games at Surf Avenue & West 12th Street, Coney Isalnd. Chile Pepper Festival the hottest thing in town – sample dozens of hot sauces, pickles and salsas, as well as artisanal goods from local chile-choclate creators, and live performances with fire breathing, sword swallowing, 11 am – 6 pm, $20 ($15, seniors & students; free for children under 12 and members) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., at Eastern Parkway, http://www.bbg.org. Brooklyn Back-To-School Fair Community Day with a bouncy house, face painting, an indoor heated pool, and an obstacle course in the gym Noon–4 pm at Greenpoint YMCA, 99 Meserole Ave. at Lorimer Street, http://www.ymcanyc.org/greenpoint. Human Impact Stories of the many ways you can address climate change in NYC through movement, hands-on learning, and direct action 2–4 pm at East River State Park, 90 Kent Avenue at N. Eighth Street, Williamsburg, programs@humanimpactsinstitute.org, http://humanimpactsinstitute.org. Police Awareness Comedy Show 8 pm at Ange Noir Café, 247 Varet St. between Bogart and White Streets, http://www.angenoircafe.com. Bounce Back To School Carnival including seven bouncy houses, face painters, carnival games, barbecue and lemonade 11 am, $5 ($2 for children), PS 9, 80 Underhill Ave. at St. Mark’s Avenue, http://www.ps9brooklyn.org.  Americana Music Festival 2-8 pm, folk, blues, old time bluegrass and rock at Pier 3 – Greenway Terrace, Pierrpont St. and the Promenade, http://www.nycgovparks.org. The Motorcycle Film Festival Awards Ceremony 9 pm, free with a ticket stub from any screening at Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues,Bklyn, hhttp://www.littlefieldnyc.com.

Saturday and Sunday: Halloween Harvest Fest at Luna Park with rides and games, Creepy Crawly Crafts, Monster Mash, Kooky Spooky Karaoke, story-telling, pumpkin-picking, and a dog costume parade along the creepily-decorated boardwalk. Check out the dancers on the Monster Mash stage. Saturdays, Noon–8 pm, Sundays, Noon–6 pm till Sunday, Nov. 1. The park is free (rides extra) at Luna Park, Boardwalk and W. 12th Street, Coney Island. http://www.lunaparknyc.com. Coney Island Island Hot Rod and Tattoo Festival Day 1 12 pm -1 am. Tattooing and Pre-Party from 3 PM – 1 AM at the Freak Bar. Live Rockabilly & Rock Bands Saturdays, Noon–8 pm, Sundays, Noon–6 pm till Nov. 1. The park is free (rides extra) Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Avenue. Sunday: The Bronx Native American Festival 12–4 pm performances, exhibits, arts and crafts, food, storytelling is a celebration of the unique native cultures of the Americas at South Picnic Area in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx. Atlantic Antic is a mile-long festival showcases 500 craft, food and exhibition vendors together with over 100 local businesses and restaurants on the avenue, 16 live stages of music, dance and programming. The special zones include a block long Kids Zone, featuring pony rides, bounce houses and many more children’s activities. Noon to 6 pm. Atlantic Ave from Flatbush Ave to the highway, Brooklyn Heights.

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