What? Go camping without renting a car or buying a tent? Yep, if youre willing to brave the wilds of the Gowanus (which, we agree, can be scarier than facing down a grizzly), Campfire by the Canal is the best way to get your outdoor fix without leaving the city. Providing the requisite campfire songs is neo-folkster José González, who, thankfully, is more likely to cover Joy Division and Massive Attack than sing a round of Kumbaya. Members of the Upright Citizens Brigade tell jokes and stories; free beer, snacks, and a 46-issue subscription to New Yorkmagazinethe sponsors of the eveningall come with the price of admission. And if you enter the raffle, benefiting New York Cares, you might walk away with a new Gibson guitar on which you can make campfire music of your own.
Sun., Sept. 28, 5 p.m., 2008