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.

Battery Dance Festival (Aug. 12-18)

New York City's longest-running free public dance festival is back again with an entire week of performances covering a slew of dance styles from countries such as Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic, Botswana, Belgium and more. Between 10:30 a.m. and noon each day, there will be free dance workshops. Each night ends with a dance party for everyone. (7 to 9 p.m., Robert Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Park City,

Flame Con (Aug. 17-19)

This comic convention is meant to provide the entire LGBTQ community with the opportunity to experience meaningful, provocative art that reflects itself with collaborative art workshops, Two hundred queer-oriented vendors (comics, arts, crafts, clothes and entertainment) will join creators such as Sina Grace ("Burn the Orphanage," and "Li'l Depressed Boy"), Tee Franklin ("Bingo Love"), Jen Bartel, and more. ($25 to $65, noon to 6 p.m., Sheraton Times Square, 811 Seventh Ave.

Emerging Music Festival (Aug. 17-18)

Ten rising indie rock, pop, blues and soul bands from the New York City area are performing at Bryant Park for the Emerging Music Festival: Evolfo, Ohmme, Palmas, Underground System, EZTV on Aug. 17 and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton & Terry Waldo Rum House Jass Band, Madison McFerrin, Katie von Schleicher, Plastic Picnic and Native Sun on Aug. 18. (Free, starts at 5 p.m., Bryant Park,


StyleCon (Sept. 8)

Influencers, creatives and fashion and beauty lovers are coming together for the first NYC StyleCon, hosted by makeup artist and TV personality Jay Manuel (pictured), known for his time on "America's Next Top Model." The one-day event focuses on "The Beauty of Empowerment." There will be pop-up shops from top brands like Topshop, Kat Von D and boohoo; expert fashion and beauty panels from BeGlammed founder Maile Pacheco, Ambitionista blogger Heidi Nazarudin and more; and networking events, brunch and happy hour with gift bags. Tickets are selling fast. ($189-$389, noon to 5:30 p.m., Root Studios, 443 W. 18th St.,

Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair (Sept. 8-9)

Celebrate Brooklyn Book Week at the BABF, the largest regional book fair of its kind, where 100 exhibitors from the U.S., Italy, England and Canada will show off their rare and vintage books, prints, photos and other ephemera. Within the fair is another -- the Brooklyn Print & Photo Fair, which highlights exhibitors of fine prints, vernacular and found photos with works ranging from prints by such well-known artists as Milton Avery, and Paul Cadmus to Russian art that spans the early 1900s to 2007. The Morgan Library will also give a preview of its upcoming exhibition "It's Alive!" to commemorate the 200th anniversary of "Frankenstein." ($15 for a weekend pass and Sunday admissions is $10, noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St.,

Photoville (Sept. 13-23)

The free, pop-up photography village by United Photo Industries is opening its tents up to the public for photography-centric activities, from panel discussions to presentations by huge photography and media companies and fun, hands-on workshops, tours and more. It will kick off on Sept. 12 with an inaugural benefit picnic, too.

Quiet Clubbing Festival (Sept. 15)

Head to the Coney Art Walls to dance the night away for the annual Quiet Clubbing Festival, where you wear wireless headphones that pump music into your ears. Six DJs will battle for your attention (and will see what channel you're listening to based on the color your headphones glow) as LED robots, LED hula dancers and fire twirlers party alongside you. There will be face painting, glow-in-the-dark gear and some surprises... ($20, 7 p.m. to midnight and music begins at sunset, 3050 Stillwell Ave. Coney Island,

Crossing the Line Festival (Sept. 18 - Oct. 13)

This French and international arts festival will feature 12 artists and ensembles from France and eight other countries across seven venues in New York City -- many of which are world, U.S. and New York premieres. From spoken word to dance, music and theater, the weekslong festival presents an opportunity to see what international artists are doing.

World Maker Faire (Sept. 22-23)

With a nod to creativity and innovation, World Maker Faire focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math, giving budding scientists, artists, musicians, engineers and craftspeople from all around the country and the world a chance to express their talents. Don't miss the "The Hand of Man," a 26 foot-long, hydraulically actuated human-controlled hand that can lift and crush cars and a futuristic DIY fashion show. Browse exhibits, workshops, hands-on making and exploring for all ages. ($30 to $50, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Queens,

Bacon and Beer Classic (Sept. 29)

As you guessed it, this festival is all about bacon and beer. More than 50 NYC restaurants (Clinton Hall, American Cut and BarBacon among others) will serve their most original bacon dishes while pork fanatics can compete in the Hormel bacon eating contest to win a free year of Black Label bacon. In the meantime, festivalgoers can play giant Jenga, bob for bacon and drink unlimited beer. ($69 to $135, 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m., USTA National Tennis Center,

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

Rite of Summer Music Festival (May 19 - Aug. 18)

Governors Island will become a festival grounds for free outdoor concerts featuring contemporary classical music, from Sandbox Percussion, Ensemble Connect (pictured), DITHER and Collaborative Arts Ensemble. You can catch the shows at 1 and 3 p.m. for each respective date in Colonels Row.

RuPaul's Drag Con (Sept. 28-30)

Tickets for the second annual Drag Con at the Javits Center go on sale on May 14 for three whole days of fabulousness. In addition to RuPaul, the "Drag Race" darlings slated to attend include Trixie Mattel, Aja, Eureka O'Hara, Jasmine Masters and Milk.

The New York Pizza Festival (Oct. 6-7)

As many as 30 pizza makers from across the U.S., and a small contingent from Naples, Italy, will sell tastes of their signature pies and slices during the first-ever New York Pizza Festival taking place on Crescent Street in Belmont's Little Italy district over Columbus Day weekend. The outdoor festival, which will be free to attend, is modeled on one of the world's largest celebrations of cheese-y, saucy flatbread, the annual Napoli Pizza Village in Naples.

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.

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