Fourth Annual Run the River 5K at Randall’s Island

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Register now for the fourth-annual Run the River 5K, returning to Randall’s Island on Saturday, October 26. Hosted by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Run the River has become one of New York’s most popular races. The certified course begins and ends in Icahn Stadium; it takes runners along Randall’s Island’s scenic waterfront pathways and offers views of the New York City skyline and East River.

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Banksy Art Exhibition in NYC

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The unidentifiable, London-based, Oscar-nominee (Exit Through the Gift Shop) street artist, Banksy, has established residency in NYC and has turned the city into a street art pop-up exhibition. To date, he has showcased art sales in Central Park, a moving truck with stuffed animals in LES and converted a delivery truck into a mobile garden that includes a rainbow, waterfall & butterflies (last spotted in Williamsburg, BK). The show is said to run through October 31st. Catch him if you can. (And if you do, please share with the ishtodo team at info@ishtodo.com.)

To learn more about the Banksy NYC scavenger hunt, see the exclusive Village Voice article.

For more information and a list of Banksy’s ongoing projects, click ish.

KiKu: The Art of the Japanese Garden at the New York Botanical Garden

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Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden presents chrysanthemums in homage to hanami, the traditional custom of enjoying the ephemeral beauty of flowers. Hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden. Complement your visit with a special taste of Japan in Stephen STARR Event’s limited-run Japanese Pop-Up Restaurant. Show runs through October 27, open on Sundays.

All-Garden pass tickets start at $20 for adults; $8 for kids 2-12.

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Spectrum Contemporary Art Fair at Jacob Javits Center

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Discover Spectrum New York—a juried contemporary art fair featuring high-quality artwork by talented mid-career artists who have experience working with galleries. Featured artwork will original paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, glass and limited edition prints. 655 W. 34th Street (11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets).

Saturday, Oct. 5
11AM-7PM: Open to the Public

Sunday, Oct. 6
11AM-6PM: Collectors Showcase

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¡Viva Brooklyn! at the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays

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At the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment. This month, Saturday, October 5, the museum will feature ¡Viva Brooklyn!, which will highlight the Spanish American identity through music, curatorial talk, film, a pop-up gallery, a social justice forum and a book club. The day starts at 5pm and ends at 11pm. Free and kid friendly.

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NYC Affordable Art Fair at The Tunnel in Chelsea

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Art is being revolutionized at the Affordable Art Fair. A fun four-day event hosting over 50 galleries and a huge array of contemporary art, the fall edition of the New York City Affordable Art Fair will take place from October 3 – 6, 2013, at The Tunnel in Chelsea (269 11th Avenue 222 12th Avenue (b/w 27th and 28th Streets).

Its a friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000. The work of young, emerging artists hangs alongside some of the biggest household names, while the Recent Graduates Exhibition provides a chance to pick up work by a future art world star.

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Randall’s Island Fall Festival (kid friendly)

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The kid friendly Randall’s Island Fall Festival is taking place on Saturday, October 5, at the Urban Farm. Join the festivities as attendees hunt for pumpkins, enjoy apple cider demonstrations and tastings, participate in arts and crafts activities, and get their faces painted. 

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Free Yoga at the VW Dome at MoMA PS1

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MoMA PS1, Flavorpill and EmblemHealth are collaborating to offer a free yoga class on Saturday, September 28, 11am – 1pm. The class will be held at the VW Dome at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue (Long Island City). The class is being conducted by the inspiring Rima Rabbath and will be followed by a tai chi class led by the Thomas Droge. Beginners and pros alike are welcome. Complementary Vita Coco, Balance Water, and KIND bars. Free yoga mat for the first 250 guests.

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Mad. Sq. Eats at Madison Square Park

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Mad. Sq. Eats and UrbanSpace will once again bring food vendors from all around NYC to Madison Square Park. The market will be open daily from 11am-9pm, September 27th – October 25th.

For a list of vendors and more information, click ish.

Dumbo Art Festival this Weekend (Free)

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The Dumbo Art Festival is a free, three-day celebration of art, music and performance in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Art revelers can enjoy outdoor and indoor visual art installations and exhibitions; experience digital art and large scale projections; visit artists in their studios and watch dancers, poets and performers throughout the neighborhood. The festival attracts over 200,000 people and has upwards of 400 artists from a variety of disciplines who participate.

Friday, September 27, 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, September 28, 12pm – 9pm

Sunday, September 29, 12pm – 6pm

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