You could fest-hop all weekend in Brooklyn and not run out of temptations. Three major get-togethers are going down, beginning with the DUMBO Arts Festival, which starts Friday, September 26 and runs through the weekend. Hundreds of artists can be found in galleries, installations, studios, and roaming the cobblestone streets of the nabe. Kids get in on the art as they try their hands at paintings of the Brooklyn Bridge and assembling their own bugs and robots.
Keep things spicy on Saturday the 27th by paying a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for its 22nd annual Chile Pepper Festival. Balkan beats, Cajun dancehall, and Afro-soul headline a live music soundtrack for a day filled with chile-laced chocolates and mouth-searing peppers.
Sunday, September 28th brings more food, art, and music in the form of Brooklyn’s largest street fair. The Atlantic Antic celebrates four decades with shopping, art, live music on a dozen stages, and no shortage of roasted corn.
Art of the Deal
Brooklyn doesn’t have a monopoly on art this weekend: witness West Chelsea’s Affordable Art Fair. Starting Friday, September 26, former nightclub The Tunnel hosts 50 galleries showing work with price tags that won’t induce cardiac arrest. Lectures and tours dot the schedule, and if you’re trying to keep kids from getting too antsy, you can book your a tour with a docent from Art Fairy.
If you missed couturier Charles James’ extraordinary show at The Met, you need to take advantage of the second chance provided by The National Arts Club. Starting Monday, September 29, catch the exhibition “Charles James: Beneath the Dress,” with film, photography, and 60 never-before-seen sketches by the master himself.
Park Avenue Autumn was always more than its gimmick—a restaurant that changed itself over four times a year in concert with the seasons. Its latest iteration, which trades in Park Avenue for Park Avenue South, is more casual, but with the same creative approach to New American cuisine (venison tartare, halibut with black truffles, and kabocha squash confit among the highlights of fall).