What? Go camping without renting a car or buying a tent? Yep, if you’re 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 York magazine—the sponsors of the evening—all 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

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