Some Fun, FREE NYC Events This Columbus Day Weekend

7 Oct

First, a couple of noteworthy thoughts before veering into a few great events going on around NYC this weekend:

Yesterday’s small memorial at the 5th Avenue Apple store, for the late, great Steve Jobs.

And, today marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan – 10 long years…

Thank you troops – now come home!!


Okay, now on to some of the fun things to do this weekend in New York City:

* The Harlem Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 8, 10:00 – 4:00

2nd Annual Harlem Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 8th from 10 am to 4 pm!
The outdoor street festival will take place on St. Nicholas Avenue
between 116th and 117th Streets and includes Farmers Market, Wine tastings, Taste of Harlem.10am Tai Chi
10:30 Kidberry Music & Dance class
10:30 Pumpkin Carving by Master Carver Hugh McMahon
11:00 Bikram Yoga East Harlem yoga class
11:30 Land Yoga yoga class
12:00 Community Board Cook off
1:00 pm Orquesta Majica Latina (Salsa Band)
2:00 pm Samba Dance Instruction
2:30 pm Capoiera
3pm Dance Theatre of Harlem
3:30 Lead Singer of the Legendary group “The System” Mic Murphy

Fun Children’s Activities like Pumpkin Art, Face Painting, Apple Stamping
and Gardening! Hosted by Dj Stormin Norman of Sundae Sermon!

* Oktoberfest at The Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9 (last day!)

The Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden is the oldest Beer Garden in New York City – it’s been serving the community for 101 years, and it is the last original remaining Beer Garden in all of NYC!)

29-19 24th Avenue
Astoria, New York 11102

Phone: (718)274-4925

N or Q to Astoria Boulevard (second to last stop). Walk 1 block to the intersection of 24th Avenue and 31st Street. We are located between 29th Street and 31st Street.

* You could visit the Astoria Market, also at The Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden.

Sunday, October 9, 1:00 – 7:00

At the Main Hall in Bohemian Hall
(Next to Beer Garden)
29-19 24th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11102

Admission: FREE

Astoria Market brings together artists, bakers, and designers to showcase the creativity and talent that’s brewing in Queens. The market is based out of the Main Hall of the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden.

 Astoria Market is coming to Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. We will be open an hour earlier at 1pm and the show will run to 7pm. This Sunday will be the final day of Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden’s 9 day Oktoberfest celebration, so after checking out all the wonderful vendors at the market, head down to the garden for a pitcher of your favorite beer while enjoying the music from the live brass band. We look forward having you come by to check out the Oktoberfest event!

* There’s the  Pier 84 Pet Parade

Sunday October 9  1:00 – 4:00

Bring the family dog or cat or fish or hamster or whatever else you call a pet to our annual pet parade in Hudson River Park. Compete for prizes in various categories such as best dressed pet, most exotic pet and best pet trick. Registration is FREE.

1:00 – Registration

2:00 – Grand Prominade

2:30 – Judging

3:30 – Prizes

@ West 44th Street at The Hudson River (West Side Highway)

* The 67th Annual Columbus Day Parade

Monday, October 10, 11:30 – approx. 3:00

On Monday, October 10, 2011 the annual Columbus Day Parade will be taking place along Fifth Avenue. The parade begins at  44th Street and ends on 72nd Street, and starts at 11:30 AM and lasts until approximately 3 PM. The grandstands will be located on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets.

This year’s parade features 35,000 marchers and over 100 groups, including bands, floats and contingents. Nearly one million spectators are expected! 

Get out and enjoy this long weekend! The weather here is going to be lovely!



P.S. Below are some cutie pies from one of the past pet parades I went to:


2 Responses to “Some Fun, FREE NYC Events This Columbus Day Weekend”

  1. Ellen Girone October 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Is Sammy going to participate in the Pet Parade? AR wants no part of it! We have an Apple store in the mall and flowers, etc. were lined outside the store too. I saw the pictures on our local paper on-line. Talk soon!

    • sallanscorner October 8, 2011 at 10:59 am #

      No way – Sammy wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole! He and AR are smart to stay in their nice, safe homes! xoxoxoxo to you three.

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