This Weekend: Oct. 10 to 14

Ilona Tuominen, Staff Writer

Fall break has arrived, and many students are leaving town to return to their families or venture out on exciting trips. Those staying in the city, however, will be far from bored. From parades to art and music, the city has something for everyone this upcoming long weekend.

1. Zombie Crawl: Parades are taking over Manhattan this weekend with the Hispanic Day Parade on Sunday, Oct. 12 and Columbus Day Parade on Monday, Oct. 13. One that is certainly unmissable is the Zombie Crawl, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 11. The crawl also encourages New York Comic Con goers to join in the festivities, so it will be a party for people dressed as zombies, as well as entertainment for men and women of all ages in superhero costumes. The event starts by the Javits Center at 4 p.m. and ends at Bowlmor Lanes by 8:30 p.m.

2. Art in Odd Places: Artists will come together for the annual Art in Odd Places festival located along 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River until Oct. 12. The goal is to get the public thinking about the effects of rising living costs on their personal creativity. The theme, “Free,” highlights a contrast between modern day and old New York to show the difference in the cost of living in the city. Spectators are invited to walk down 14th Street to decide what creativity means to them.

3. Central Park Skate Circle: During one of the last warm weekends of the year, take advantage of free roller skating in Central Park. Every Saturday and Sunday there is free roller skating where you are able to rent skates or bring your own. Join the fun and bop along to the old school R&B music.

4. Little Red Lighthouse Festival: Head uptown to Washington Heights to celebrate the last remaining lighthouse in Manhattan.  The festival, on Oct. 11, is located at Riverside Drive between 155th and 179th streets and includes readings of the children’s book “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,” food vendors, live music, tours of the lighthouse, as well as views of the river.

5. Queercopia: A celebration for LGBTQ New York Comic Con writers is being held after Comic Con on Friday, Oct. 10. Located at the LGBT Community Center on 208 W. 13th St. between Greenwich and Seventh avenues, Queercopia will include readings by acclaimed authors Maria Burnham, Dylan Edwards, Jeff Krell, Amber Love and Jennie Wood. The event starts immediately after Comic Con at 7 p.m., with the readings commencing at 7:30 p.m.

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