Saturday, Oct. 1: All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Free Brooklyn Museum Target First Saturdays, art and entertainment, 5–11 pm, Salsa Party and Lessons 7:30–9:30 pm, video https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays/. Chile Pepper Festival, 10 am to 6 pm, $20, $15 students, bands from around the world, including African, Cajun, Latin, and Moroccan beats. Feel the burn as you sample hi-scoville sauces from Brooklyn and beyond, spices at Sahadi’s souk, chile-chocolatiers, fire breathing, sword swallowing, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., at Eastern Parkway. Ragamuffin Parade as kids dress up in costumes and march down Third Avenue, 1 pm. Registration starts at 11 am, Third Avenue, from 76th Street to 92nd Street. Oktoberfest! 3:30–8 pm, free (dinner $20). The church celebrates German culture with food, live music, dancing, children’s activities, Zion German Evanglical Lutheran Church, 125 Henry St. between Clark and Pierrepont Streets. Ensemble 4.1 Piano Windet 8 pm, four wind soloists and a pianist play early 20th century music and launch the new season of Music at the Center, East Midwood Jewish Center | 1625 Ocean Ave. between Avenues K and L. Urban Starfest as you see stars and planets from Central Park, 7-10 pm, Amateur Astronomers Association stargaze, share views through astronomer’s telescopes of planets, star clusters with guest speakers offering short presentations, Sheep Meadow in Central Park, Manhattan, enter from 67th street and Central Park West.
Several days events: Boo at the Bronx Zoo, five weekends in October pumpkin carving, a costume parade, live music, magic shows, Hands-on Crafts, a Hay Maze and treat stations throughout the park, 10 am to 5 pm, 2300 Southern Blvd. at Boston Road, Bronx, free with general admission ($33.95; $23.95; $28.95. I am Art NYC Kids pavilion, 12–4 pm, instructor-led arts and crafts activities, creative storytelling, canvas free-paint, face and finger painting, and a performance from metal band Unlocking the Truth on Oct. 1, Industry City, 220 36th St. between Second Ave, Saturday and Sunday, $20 ($11 teens, kids free). (movies) Shocktober Fest in Brooklyn. https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/film. Harvest Fest in the parks https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/fall-festivals.
Appropriating Revolution: Pick It! Create your own protest signs. Learn about the history of protest signage, consider issues important to you, 1 pm, The Old Stone House, 336 Third St, Fifth Avenues. Halloween Harvest including a petting zoo, pony rides, best pumpkin patch, magicians, face painting, arts and crafts running through October 30th, Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave. at West. 12th Street, Saturdays, noon to 11 pm, Sundays, noon to 8 pm. Park entry is free; Rides are extra.
Sunday, October 2: Astoria Park Highlights, 1-2:30 pm, Urban Park Rangers tell its history and diverse flora and fauna. This park has history dating back to early 1900”s, parking lot in Astoria Park, 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue North, Astoria, Queens. Nature Exploration Hike: Bugs and Butterflies (Light), Marine Park, 11 am-12:30 pm, hiking guides, Salt Marsh Nature Center, Avenue U and East 33rd Street. The Blessing of the Animals, 10:45 am, bring your pets for a blessing on St. Francis’s Day. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave. at 75th Street. Columbus Parade Brunch, 12 pm, honorees are State Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblymember Pamela Harris, Nicholas Caiazzo Esq., and Thomas Sorrentino CPA, Dyker Beach Golf Club, 1030 86th St. at 13th Avenue, call for tickets (718) 259–2828.