Beer, music, and food are on the menu at OctFest, taking place on Governors Island on September 8 and 9. On Saturday, the music lineup boasts Vince Staples, Jeff Tweedy, NAO, Saba, Preoccupations, Vagabon, Standing on the Corner, Hatchie, Flasher, and Madison McFerrin, while taking the stage on Sunday are the Flaming Lips, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Yo La Tengo, Girlpool, Hop Along, No Age, Kamaiyah, Shopping, Julie Byrne, and the Courtneys. Food will be available from Best Pizza, Cervo’s, Hank’s Juicy Beef, Island Oyster, KronnerBurger, Los Viajeros Food Truck, Mission Chinese Food, Oddfellows Ice Cream Co., Sweet Chick, STUF’D Truck, and Roberta’s Pizza, curated by Bon Appétit. Presented by Pitchfork and beer culture website October, the second annual festival also features suds from nearly one hundred craft breweries from some twenty countries, including Rogue Ales, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, Bogota Beer Co., Boxing Cat Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing, DC Brau, Wedge Brewing Co., Four Peaks Brewing Co., Wild Beer Co., Birra del Borgo, Brouwerij Bosteels, La Virgen, Cerveza Patagonia, Cucapá, Nicaragua Craft Beer Co., 4 Pines Brewing Company, Taihu Brewery, the Hand & Malt Brewery, and Karbach Brewing Co. In addition, money will be raised for the Billion Oyster Project.
Hester Street Fair
Hester & Essex Sts.
Saturday, September 1, free admission, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Hester Street Fair continues on September 1 at the Saturday Street Market with the fourth annual Lobster and Beer festival, pairing the elegant crustacean with frothy brews. Taking place from 11:00 to 6:00, the event features lobster rolls from DownEast Lobstah and Lobster Joint alongside four-dollar Old Blue Last pale ale. The vendor lineup also includes Aimee McLaughlin, Feels NYC, Gigi’s Mimos, Handprint NYC, Hatzumomo, Janie Bakes, Joe’s Apron’s, Katmama Accessories, Manju, MassPop, Megan Phillips Collection, NYC Botanica, Ovando Salvi, Phyla, Popped, POPTEA, Rollie, Rosey Jamaican, Stax, Tribeca Trinkets, What We Eat, WHAMMEES, and Village Psychic. Last year some seven thousand people devoured the lobster until there was none left, so get there early if you need a late-summer fix.
The nineteenth annual Hudson River Park Blues BBQ Festival is set for August 18 at Pier 97, where blues and soul food and drink come together from 2:00 to 9:00. The former includes dishes from Brother Jimmy’s, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Mighty Quinn’s, Pig Beach, Ben & Jerry’s, and Melt, with beverages from Sixpoint and Glenfiddich and live music by the Slam Allen Band (2:00), Danielle Nicole (3:15), Welch-Ledbetter Connection (4:30), Dawn Tyler Watson (6:00), and Vieux Farka Touré (7:30). Admission is free with advance registration; chairs, blankets, beach umbrellas, pets, bicycles, and other items are prohibited.
West 135th St. between Malcolm X Blvd. & Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, free, 12 noon – 10:00 pm
Festival continues through August 25
The theme of the 2018 Harlem Week festival is “Women Transforming Our World: Past, Present & Future,” along with the subtheme “The Community within the Community,” saluting LGBTQ rights. The festivities continue August 18 with “Summer in the City” and August 19 with “Harlem Day,” two afternoons of a wide range of free special events along West 135th St. Saturday’s programs include Harlem Senior Citizens Synchronized Swimming, the NYC Children’s Festival in Howard Bennett Playground (with a parade, exhibits, games, arts & crafts, live music and dance, health testing, and sports clinics), the Harlem Week Higher Education Fair (with more than fifty colleges and universities), “Dancing in the Streets” with live performances and WBLS DJs, the International Vendors Village, the Fabulous Fashion Flava Show, the “Uptown Saturday Concert” (with Sarah Vaughan National Competition winner Ashleigh Smith, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Raheem Devaughn, and the Jeff Foxx Band), and the Imagenation Outdoor Film Festival in St. Nicholas Park. Sunday’s “Harlem Day” celebration features live performances on three stages, the International Vendors Village, the Upper Manhattan Auto Show, Our Health Village, the Upper Manhattan Small Business Expo & Fair, USTA Children’s Tennis Clinics, and the second day of the NYC Children’s Festival (with a Back to School theme).
The second annual Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema and the Queens Museum have teamed up for a kickoff event on July 31, prior to the festival’s opening night on August 3. “A Midsummer Night’s Feast: A Celebration of Food, Art, and Cinema” features more than twenty food booths and free admission to the museum, which currently has on display “Mel Chin: All Over the Place” in addition to the long-term Panorama of the City of New York and others. The food vendors, who will be selling dishes and cocktails from $5 to $10, consist of Mums Kitchen, Scoops N Cahoots, Cristians Rice Pudding, Memphis Seoul BBQ, Forward Roots, Mama Lam’s, Panda Eats World, Queens Bully, Bliss Street Creamery, Coffeed, Bagelites, Queens Curry Kitchen, Samosa NYC, Hold My Knots, Silk Cakes, Casa del Chef, Perci’s Jamaican Jerk, Roast N Co, Rib in a Cup, the Guac Spot, and Arepa Lady.
There will also be trailers from many of the films participating in the festival, meet-and-greets with directors, and a red-carpet photo spot. The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema runs August 3-12 at the museum and the United Artists Midway on Queens Boulevard; among the special events are a midweek red carpet and after-party with the August 8 screening of A Violent Man and The Invaders, Midnight Madness and Grindouse Horror on August 10, a closing night red carpet and after-party with the August 11 screening of Virginia Minnesota and La Rose et la Pivoine (The Rose and the Peony), and the awards dinner and gala August 13 at Terrace on the Park.
U.S. Grant National Memorial Park
Wes 122nd St. & Riverside Dr.
Sunday, July 29, free, 12 noon - 8:30 pm
Festival continues through August 25
More than forty thousand people are expected to converge in U.S. Grant National Memorial Park on July 29 for the annual Great Day in Harlem festival, part of the summer Harlem Week celebration. This year’s theme is “Women Transforming Our World: Past, Present & Future,” with the subtheme “The Community within the Community — Saluting the LGBTQ Community.” A Great Day in Harlem will feature an International Vendors Village from 12 noon to 8:00, the Artz, Rootz, and Rhythm International Cultural Showcase at 1:00, the Gospel Caravan at 3:00 with Hezekiah Walker, the McDonald’s All-Star Gospel Choir, and other gospel greats honoring Mahalia Jackson, a Fashion Fusion Showcase at 4:30, and “A Concert under the Stars” at 6:00, with Peabo Bryson, Harlem Week music director Ray Chew, and the Harlem Music Festival All-Star Band paying tribute to Phyllis Hyman and Minnie Riperton. Harlem Week continues through August 25 with such other events as Summer in the City on August 18, Harlem Day on August 19, and Harlem Restaurant Week on August 21.