Things to Do Festivals in NYC: From music to beer, there's a festival for you By amNY.com staff Updated September 13, 2018 4:28 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email 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. Photoville (Sept. 13-23) Photo Credit: Sarah Blesener / The Alexia Foundation / Catchlight Fellowship, in partnership with CIR / Reveal / Sarah Blesener 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. photoville.com Crossing the Line Festival (Sept. 18 - Oct. 13) Photo Credit: Live Arts Bard 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. crossingthelinefestival.org World Maker Faire (Sept. 22-23) Photo Credit: Maker Faire 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, makerfaire.com) City of Science Festival (Sep. 23) Photo Credit: World Science Festival / Greg Kessler Learn about the properties of science, technology, engineering, and math with a day of interactive demos, activities, tours of the Astrophysical Observatory, among other fun things. This year, you'll be able to power a motor with mind control. (Free, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd., worldsciencefestival.com) Taste of Iceland (Sept. 27-30) Photo Credit: Iceland Naturally Visit Iceland without leaving the city at this Icelandic culture festival by Iceland Naturally. The four-day festival will give you a chance to enjoy authentic cuisine at Norman, learn how to craft drinks like this "Into the Glacier" cocktail, hear live music at the free Reykjavik Calling concert and more. Find out more at icelandnaturally.com. RuPaul's Drag Con (Sept. 28-30) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chelsea Guglielmino 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. rupaulsdragcon.com Bacon and Beer Classic (Sept. 29) Photo Credit: Bacon and Beer Classic 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, baconandbeerclassic.com) New York Hot Jazz Festival (Sept. 30) Photo Credit: Aiden Grant for The McKittrick Hotel Head to the McKittrick Hotel's rooftop garden, Gallow Green, and its venue The Heath, to witness performances by world-class jazz musicians across three stages. About 100 artists will take the stage for 12 non-stop hours of jazz and swing music. All of this kicks off with Hot Jazz Brunch, with performances and tunes by a DJ spinning 78 records, and finishes with a Midnight Speakeasy Party. Gallow Green will feature Hot Jazz Sunday sets to rev up to the festival at 7 p.m. on Sundays. nyhotjazzfest.com Queens Beer Festival (Oct. 13-15) Photo Credit: LIC Flea & Food 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, eventbrite.com) Hang out at Nowafest Photo Credit: Nowadays Bushwick/Ridgewood's backyard at Nowadays is throwing its own version of Oktoberfest from Sept. 21 through Oct. 6. The hangout space will have special beers from Threes Brewing and other local breweries as well as German staples, like sausages from The Meat Hook. For the first night, Nowadays will have a casual dinner -- for $25, you'll get all-you-can-eat sausages and sides and some "extra-hard-to-get" beer from Threes. (Noon to late, 56-06 Cooper Ave., nowadays.nyc) Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (Oct. 11-18) Photo Credit: Ella Herme 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. brooklynhorrorfest.com FringeNYC (October 12-28) Photo Credit: Martha Granger Photography 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. fringenyc.org Architecture & Design Film Festival (Oct. 3, 16-21) Photo Credit: Architecture & Design Film Festival 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. adfilmfest.com White Light Festival (Oct. 16-Nov. 18) Photo Credit: Valerie O'Sullivan 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 lincolncenter.org. The New York Pizza Festival (Oct. 6-7) Photo Credit: Settebello 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. New York Comedy Festival (Nov. 5-11) Photo Credit: New York Comedy Festival "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. nycomedyfestival.com Nitehawk Shorts Festival (Nov. 7-12) Photo Credit: Nitehawk Cinema 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. nitehawkshortsfestival.com By amNY.com staff Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.