Festivals in NYC: From music to beer, there's a festival for you

No matter your interest, there's a festival for you.

Several events are on the horizon. From RuPaul's Drag Con to the New York Pizza Festival, there is much to do coming up.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city — and remember that New Yorkers buy tickets quickly.

Queens Beer Festival (Oct. 13-15)

Sample brews from more than a dozen local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Coney Island Brewing Co., LIC Beer Project and Greenpoint Beer & Ale at this three-day festival. ($29 to $39, noon to 6 p.m., LIC Flea, 5-25 46th Ave., Queens,

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (Oct. 11-18)

Get freaked out at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, which is opening with Yann Gonzalez's Cannes retro-style slasher film, "Knife + Heart" (pictured), and closing with the North American premiere of "The Rusalka," a spooky film about neighbors who discover that their new friend could be the spirit of a drowned woman who haunts the woods. The festival has a new spotlight, "Head Trip," which will show films that push the boundaries and expectations of horror films.

FringeNYC (October 12-28)

This multi-arts festival is bringing together about 200 theater and performance companies to venues across the city, including a political satire "The War Party," inspired by Republican Linda Smith's 1998 senatorial race, and "Crime of the Hour," stand-up and improv about crimes of the century.


Architecture & Design Film Festival (Oct. 3, 16-21)

The nation's largest film festival devoted to architecture and design is back for its 10th year with a long list of screenings, talks and interactive installations this October. Check out humanistic documentaries about creative visionaries including the opening night film and world premiere of "Leaning Out," which is about the Twin Towers engineer Leslie E. Robertson. The festival kicks off on Oct. 3 with a "short films walk," which is an evening of showroom hopping, drinks and a curated viewing of short films by ADFF.

White Light Festival (Oct. 16-Nov. 18)

This multidisciplinary festival performs at six venues across the city, including world, U.S., and New York premieres. Don't miss the U.S. premiere of "XENOS" about the shellshocked dreams of a colonial soldier, the critically acclaimed Druid production of "Waiting for Godot," (pictured) by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, and the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho's chamber opera "Only the Sound Remains," which is based on two Noh plays and will close the festival. The full lineup is at

New York Comedy Festival (Nov. 5-11)

"Queer Eye's" Jonathon Van Ness and Antoni Porowski are joining about 200 other comedians like Tracy Morgan, Conan O'Brien, Bill Burr, Jimmy Carr and Gabriel Iglesias, in a week of standup performances during the New York Comedy Festival this November. Choose from a 100 shows across the city and hit up some of the festivals podcast and radio broadcasts, panel discussions and more.

Nitehawk Shorts Festival (Nov. 7-12)

Nitehawk's six-day festival will feature short films under 20 minutes, special events and parties, which will include prizes, workshops and the cinema's new second location. Films will span genres, from animation, documentary and narrative to artist films, music videos and more -- all by local, national and international filmmakers. The festival's opening night and weekend matinee programs will include a speciality music program called "Music Driven," the popular "Midnite horror program," and a "Contenders" secret screening.