Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free


Leaf peeper map of New York State


Stinky Cheese Man author Jon Scieszka and five others read at Books of Wonder.

Hayrides at the Carl Schurz Park Harvest Festival.

Mask making at Kate’s Paperie.

Craft fair, Chelsea, with PS11 and a group of local Etsy sellers.

Madison Square Fall Kids Fest, with clowns, music, Halloween activities and a costume swap for parents.

Make a pirate ship at the South Street Seaport Museum, free with admission.

Oktoberfest, now indoors, with free pumpkin decorating.

Washington Square Festival.

Opening day of the renovated Museo del Barrio, with live music and tours.

Oktoberfest at Snug Harbor.

Gowanus Canal Cleanup.

Judge the First Annual Craig Murphey Memorial Hummus Cookoff with a $5 tasting ticket. Benefits the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.


Uptown Treasures a day of free events at ten northern Manhattan locations, including live music tours, re-enactors at Trinity Church Cemetery, and fresh apple cider at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.

The Great Third Avenue Fair.

Times Square Dog Costume Contest — Animal Haven will have pets for adoption onsite.

Harvest Festival with crafts, pony rides, costume making and a petting zoo in Park Slope.

Apple Day on (go figure) Orchard Street.

All weekend

The original art from Where the Wild Things Are, at the Morgan (with admission).

Diwali and Where the Wild Things Are at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (with admission).