Fall is the most glorious time of the year in New York City, so get out and enjoy the things that are going on around town. Start with one of these events.
Conversation and Cocktails, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street, Friday, 6 p.m.
For $18, guests can sip a vintage cocktail at one of Manhattan’s oldest buildings and learn about life in this city in the 1830s. The event will include a talk from “British tourist and time traveler” Fanny Trollope. This is one of Manhattan’s secret treasures. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the museum.
Oktoberfest 2014, The Frying Pan, Pier 66 at 207 Twelfth Avenue, Saturday, noon
Schnitzel, pretzels, and German brews will keep the boat rockin’ at The Frying Pan’s inaugural Oktoberfest bash. Look for a costume contest, stein-hoists, and the traditional German drinking game of…just drinking. For $9, guests receive a 16-ounce mug — with the first beer included — and the right to discounted refills all night long. For $26, guests receive the above as well as a dinner plate. Both offers include VIP admission.
“The Carbon Foodprint”: How the New School Is Reducing Its Impact, The New School, 65 West 11th Street, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Consider spending your Saturday afternoon learning about food sustainability issues from a panel of well-informed individuals. Representatives from Corbin Hill and Hudson Valley Harvest farms will be in attendance, along with the New School’s director of dining. Stick around for a Q&A session. The event is free to attend — you’ll just need to register.
Il Buco’s “Sagra del Maiale” Outdoor Pig Roast, Il Buco, 47 Bond Street, Sunday, 1 p.m.
One of Noho’s longest-tenured residents is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Sunday feast. The main attraction? A 300-pound heritage hog prepared three different ways, plus sides like pasta Genovese and apple ricotta fritters. Tickets are $25 per plate for adults, with a prosecco option also available for a few bucks more.