The Chinese New Year — The Lunar Year — starts tomorrow, Friday, January 31. 500,000 firecrackers will be lit in the Lower East Side’s Sara D. Roosevelt Park on January 31, 11pm. If you can’t make the firework show, there’s always the Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade Festival on Sunday, February 2, 1pm.
The 6th Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is a multi-night, multi-venue takeover on North 6th Street and the surrounding blocks in the heart of Williamsburg on November 8th, 9th and 10th. Since its inception in 2008, BEMF has established itself as Brooklyn’s most influential genre bending musical event by bringing together fans from across the US to celebrate this city’s electronic musical landscape proudly featuring both emerging and established artists from the Boroughs and beyond sharing the same stage.
Considering a move to Harlem? Join Park to Park, Studio Museum of Harlem, Corbin Hill Food Project, Harlem World and HP2P as they celebrate Harlem Oktober Fest, a welcoming festival intended to attract non-harlemnites. The festival will host free events between October 10 – October 23.
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.
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.
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.
Join Global Citizen Festival 2013, Cotton On Foundation, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and John Mayer as they celebrate success and accelerating progress to a world without extreme poverty by 2030. The campaign focuses on health, education, women equality and global partnership. The free-ticketed festival is taking place on Saturday, September 28, in Central Park (Great Lawn). Gates open at 2pm; concert starts at 4pm.
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. The BBF is a hip, smart, diverse gathering that attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s literary marketplace. Sunday, September 22, 10am – 6pm. Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza. 209 Joralemon Street, BK.
The inaugural New York Beer Festival will take place Saturday, September 21st, 12pm – 4pm, at Randall’s Island. The festival will feature dozens of breweries, hundreds of beers, food trucks, live music, and much more. Admission includes unlimited beer sampling, with VIP attendees getting an extra hour of admission and some specialty beers poured during the first hour.