Since 2011, the Downtown Festival, hosted by Downtown Records, has called NYC one of its homes on three occasions. Now with locations across the country — Cleveland and Minneapolis are hosting their inaugural fests this year — Downtown Festival boasts a pretty fantastic list of who’s been the talk of each respective town. Naturally, Kiesza, this year’s breakout star with her one-shot music video for house-pop jam “Hideaway,” is headlining the three-day, two-venue event alongside Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Jungle, and Autre Ne Veut. The festival takes place at both Irving Plaza and Webster Hall, which means that the venues will be close enough for you to hop between with your weekend pass. Whether you’ve been paying attention to burgeoning acts or not, this weekend event is a perfect way to stay in touch with what NYC has to offer.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 1. Continues through Oct. 4, 2014