Fall is the time when you breathe a sigh of relief that short shorts season is over, and then set about getting ready for winter by eating. A lot. So eat well, my friends, with these events this weekend. Plus, you can get your tickets now for a fabulous benefit late next week. See the bottom of the post!

new amsterdam marketNew Amsterdam Market

Sun. 09/29 @ South Street Seaport

This treasured, haute farmer’s market is probably not going to be back next year, due to–you guessed it–developers. So stop by why you can to sample some of New York’s best foodie treasures and maybe get some protesting in while you’re at it. Giant foraged mushrooms. Oolong tea. Chili. Freshly baked bread. Local jam. A whole selection of cheeses. Nom nom nom nom …

South Street and Peck Slip | Manhattan 


Through 09/29 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

Peruse a 1,000-foot installation, more than 40 exhibits, seven after-hours photography screenings, twenty workshops, and a food and beer garden with Brooklyn Brewery on tap—all set in and around 45 repurposed shipping containers. Nine photojournalists’ snapshots from the 2003 war in Liberia and pics of Nick Zinner’s early days with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are some of the things on display.

Pier 5, Joralemon St., at Furman St. | Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

Admission is free. More info at website. 

lic-wemeLIC Flea

Every Sat. and Sun. | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. @ A “great big parking lot,” 46th Avenue and 5th Street | Long Island City, Queens

A dude once told me that he thinks Long Island City will be the next Williamsburg. Debatable, but the second step toward hipster domination (PS1 Warm Up being the first, see below) has already arrived: a weekly flea market. While the vintage and shopping pickings are very slim, the food is a slam dunk. (It is Queens).

Nearest address to Google map it is  5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City. 

More info at LICFlea.com

governorsislandGovernor’s Island

Every Sat. and Sun. | 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. @ Governor’s Island

Do you miss your college campus, with its lawns, brick houses and protection from the real world? Then ferry out to Governor’s Island, a car-free place south of FiDi so bucolic it makes your heart hurt. It’s got a composting education center, mini golf course, bikes for rent, handmade craft market, innovative architecture exhibit, collaborative art projects, and historic tours. Bring your bike, because the line for the ferry is shorter for those with two wheels with them!

Free ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building in the Financial District and from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 every half hour. See the calendar of events


Every Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. @ Williamsburg Flea and DUMBO

If you are going to attend this weekly festival of Brooklyn-made food, I suggest you bring four friends, walkie talkies, and cash so you can split up and attack the stalls, and then share your findings. And then come back at least a few more times this summer, because there is just way too much food here.

Saturday at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St.) | Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

Sunday at Tobacco Warehouse (30 Water St.) | Brooklyn 

Find out more info and drool over the food vendors at smorgasburg.com

birdingGo Birding

Sat. 09/28 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. @ Van Cortlandt Nature Center | Bronx

It’s time you use those binoculars for their intended purpose, instead of creeping on the rich couple across the way. Zen out in nature by listening and searching for birds that have carved out an existence in this hard scrabble city (much you like you have). Don’t panic, but your Instagram will be utterly useless here. You’ll only have peaceful memories to take away.

Free. More info here.


Every day @ Everywhere in NYC

Sidetour is a place to find a dizzying array of NYC experiences by eclectic experts. Want to  cruise past Manhattan on a sailboat? Go on a hike to an orchard for apple picking? (OMG FALL!) See Brooklyn’s urban art scene, do a brunch crawl or explore Brooklyn’s waterfront by bike? Cook an aphrodisiac meal with a chef? Sidetour has all these sustainable and unique experiences, plus many more. But you had better sign up fast, because this stuff sells out super quick. (The tour of 5 Pointz is already sold out.)

HikingwithadopteddogHike With Adoptable Hounds

Sat. 09/28 | 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

The true measure of a dog’s character is if he is a pleasant hiking partner. Put potential new family members to the test this Saturday. The morning begins at Animal Haven in Soho, where you’ll get a private volunteer orientation from Animal Haven’s staff. Then you’ll hop into a van full of puppies (can’t guarantee it will look like that scene from Bridesmaids–we can only hope) and head of for a day-long romp through the woods.

$105 per person. Register here. 

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 3.06.15 PMAtlantic Antic

Sun. 09/29 | 12 to 6 p.m. @ Atlantic Ave

Spanning four neighborhoods from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, the Antic is the largest street festival in New York City. Sample from local and national vendors, intertwined with the offerings and sales of trendy restaurants and boutiques. (Kaight is having a sale, too!) Pause in between shopping and eating to enjoy live music from several cultural genres.

Between Henry Street and 3rd Ave on Atlantic Ave

habana outpost movie nightMovie and Mexican Food

Sun. 09/29 | 8 p.m. @ Habana Outpost

You love movies, but hate genetically modified popcorn and all the “blockbusters” in theaters right now. The solution is movie night at the Habana Outpost, a thoroughly green restaurant with rainwater collections systems, solar panels, a composting station, biodegradable/compostable plates and cutlery, and other green initiatives. Nosh on delicious Mexican food while, this week, you watch Back to the Future!

757 Fulton Street (The corner of Fulton & South Portland). Schedule here

pouring_ribbonsManhattan Slur

Mon. 09/30 | 7 to 9 p.m. @ Pouring Ribbons

The Slow Food NYC monthly Happy Hour! It’s fun, social, and informal. But it’s also your opportunity to talk to the leadership of Slow Food NYC and let them know what you think. Got a great idea for an event? Looking for ways to get involved? Want to learn more about Slow Food? Just looking to have a relaxing drink with other “Slow”-minded people? The Slur is your opportunity. And this month it’s at the stylish Pouring Ribbons.

Free. 225 Avenue B (btn. 13th and 14th St.) | Manhattan

adderlyMeet the Farmers Dinner

Mon. 09/30 | 7:30 p.m. @ The Farm on Adderly 

Community is important to the folks at The Farm on Adderley.  Supporting local farmers, artisans, and entrepreneurs, “The Farm” makes delicious, accessible food and serves it in a completely honest way.  Come share a five-course dinner with three innovative farmers who are at the forefront of a local, sustainable movement that will directly shape the future of the regional food system.

$65 (+ beverages, tax & gratuity) Make a reservation:  thefarmonadderleyevents@gmail.com 

More information. 

Get Your Tickets Now

mercadoEvening to Support Innovative Solutions to Poverty & Sustainable Sourcing Practices Worldwide

Thurs. 10/03 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. @ Center for Social Innovation

Hear from the best when it comes to empowering women, with Lilian Xinico, Rural Women’s Cooperative Promoter for Mercado Global, and Ruth DeGolia, Executive Director of Mercado Global. Sip on FAIR cocktails and beer selections from Brooklyn Brewery, nibble on Latin-inspired hor d’oeuvres, listen to music by Numasbala, and get an exclusive view of Mercado Global’s latest collections. ( Can’t attend the event? Support opportunity for indigenous women here.)

Starrett-Lehigh Building | 601 West 26th St, Suite 325 | Manhattan

$50 Young Professional, $75 MG Ambassador, $250+ Leadership Levels | Purchase your ticket  

Is there anything I forgot that you’re going to this weekend? Comment below!