NYC weekend picks: Beer and movie festivals and more to do

Don't have any plans for the weekend? We're here to help.

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment and experience real life.

Here are our picks for things to do in your city this weekend.

Eat chili during 'Oklahoma' at St. Ann's Warehouse

A pared-down version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "Oklahoma" has some interesting casting, a darker interpretation and new orchestrations. The audience shares a chili snack during intermission. With Damon Daunno, Mary Testa, Patrick Vaill and Rebecca Naomi Jones, pictured. (From $41, St. Ann's Warehouse, 45 Water St., Brooklyn,

Get a slice at the Museum of Pizza

Let the power of the pie compel you -- for this exhibit is not a parlor, but a fully-realized pizza-inspired experience. Watch for creative installations and art -- and yes, you'll get a free slice while checking it all out while supplies last. ($30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, The William Vale Hotel, 55 Wythe Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn,

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.

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,

‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’

Created along with the British Library, this celebration of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. debut of the boy wizard includes original drafts and drawings by real-world sorcerer J.K. Rowling, along with an array of the historical drawings, documents and works that inspired the author, including those of Leonardo da Vinci and Nicholas Flamel. ($21, New-York Historical Society,

'The Rat Pack (Undead)' (through Oct. 29)

Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra are back from the dead singing "Come Die With Me" and "Get Me to the Crypt on Time" and other ghoulish standards at this live-in-concert event at The Green Room 42. It's creepy but comical, just in time for Halloween. And don't miss the venue's Broadway Fright Night on Oct. 29, where singers will pay homage to Broadway's, and Off-Broadway's, favorite creepy characters. ($25-$60, 570 10th Ave.,

Be very afraid at ‘Blood Manor’

The Blood Manor haunted-house experience features performers doing their best to freak you out. Slated attractions include "The Crypt," "The Wake," a "Maggot Invasion" and the "Killer Clown Room." The Manor is not recommended for younger than 14, pregnant women, individuals with conditions worsened by anxiety or flashing lights, people with heart or back problems or those prone to seizures. The rest of you can go scare yourselves silly from Oct. 5 through Nov. 3 at 359 Broadway. Tickets are $25-$55; call 212-290-2825 or visit

Boo at the Zoo (weekends of Sept. 29-Oct.28)

Boo at the Zoo is back with a spooky haunted forest, creaky hayrides, a corn maze, pumpkin carving, a candy trail and a chance to get up close to vultures, owls and ravens. And don't miss the extinct animal graveyard. For the older crowd, there will be a "Bootoberfest" section with live acoustic music, lawn games, a food truck and beer. ($37, times vary depending on the activity, the Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd.,

Queens International Night Market (Saturdays)

The night market's fall season is underway. Don't miss art vendors such as Queens Threat, Unicorn of Doom, Arty Bean, Love is a Rainbow. If you're hungry, check out Tswirl, Taste of Ukraine, Karl's Balls and more. (6 p.m. to midnight, near 47-01 111th St., Queens,

See 'Fiddler on the Roof' performed in Yiddish (through Oct. 25)

"Fidler afn Dakh," the Yiddish version of "Fiddler on the Roof" directed by Joel Grey, perhaps the summer's hottest ticket, has announced an extension, through Oct. 25 (though there have been murmurs of a Broadway transfer). Everyone pretty much knows the story, but no worries, the show uses supertitles just in case. ($75, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place,

First Fridays at the Frick

This free access Friday at the Frick Collection gives you freedom to roam its galleries and check out its exhibitions. There's also gallery talks, live music and open sketching in the Garden Court. (Free, 6 to 9 p.m., 1 E. 70th St., Upper East Side,

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the Whitney on Friday evenings. The museum has 63,000 square feet of exhibition space and has about 15,000 pieces of work by artists like Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and others. (7 to 10 p.m., 99 Gansevoort St.,

Oyster Classes at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. (Sept. 14-Nov. 9)

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is bringing back informational and hands-on lessons on oysters and also how to shuck them. Guests get to shuck and taste a lot of oysters with wine, beer and light snacks. The classes are on Fridays now through Nov. 9. ($75, 8 -10 p.m., 5-43 48th Ave., Long Island City,

NYLO Secret Beach pop-up (Sept. 6-Oct. 27)

The 16th floor terrace at NYLO New York City hotel is turning into a hidden beach, where guests can grab beach-themed cocktails every Wednesday through Saturday, from 5 to 10 p.m. Pictured is the "Basic Beach" drink. (Free entry, 2178 Broadway,

Drag Queen Brunch (every Sunday)

Make your brunch a little more glamorous with Toro Loco's Sunday Drag Queen Brunch, featuring performances from the city's best drag queens and live music, like electronic saxophonist @livesax. For $50 per person, you'll get two hours of unlimited share plates and up to five signature brunch cocktails each. (15 Stone St., 917-262-0444,

Tour Ellis Island's hospital

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known as an entrance point for turn-of-the-last-century European immigrants, also has a history of holding the ill who arrived but weren't deemed healthy enough to enter. This around two-hour tour of the century-old disease wards shows how those treated and held here ate, lived and, sometimes, died. Dress for the weather; closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Not wheelchair-accessible; children must be 10 or older. ($75, 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays until the end of 2018, Ellis Island: Statue of Liberty National Monument,