Dumbo Arts Festival
Where: Dumbo, Brooklyn; (718) 488-8588
When: All weekend. Friday, 6PM-9PM; Saturday, 12PM-8PM; Sunday, 12PM-6PM; For all outdoor projections, 6PM-12AM
This year's Dumbo Art Festival brings together over 500 artists to showcase the very best in both local and national art including the giant, video spectacle 'Immersive Surfaces," a life-sized papier-mâché sculpture of Walt Whitman, musical performances, workshops, and much more. Luckily for you, the festival is going on with the show, rain or shine!
Dine Out Irene
Where: Various restaurants
Get out and dine out, and in turn, help support New York farmers who have been affected by August's Hurricane Irene. Restaurants all over the city, including al di la, Fatty 'Cue, Gramercy Tavern, and much more, are donating 10 percent of sales made on Sunday to hurricane relief to help local farmers get back on track.
Great American Pie-Off
Where: Reunion Surf Bar, 630 Ninth Avenue at 44th Street
When: Saturday, 4PM-7PM
Price: $10, includes two samples. Additional samples $1
The New York Theatre Experiment opens its doors for the third annual Great American Pie-Off, where Top Chef: Just Desserts Johnny Iuzzini, Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff of Big Gay Ice Cream, and Jordana Rothman of Time Out New York, judge the very best in delectable pies. Sample away!
Coney Island Film Festival
Where: 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn; (718) 372-5159
When: All weekend
Price: Varies: Full festival pass, $55; Individual screenings, $6
Hot dog contests and beach time weather might not be in season any longer, but make your way down to the 11th Annual Coney Island Film Festival, where "carny culture" will be the backdrop to a wide range of films being showcased.
Where: IFC, 323 6th Avenue at W. 3rd Street; (212) 924-7771
When: Friday and Saturday
Add a surrealist, monochromatic theme to your rainy weekend with David Lynch's 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead. IFC is hosting the cult favorite for just two days, so make the most of the gloomy weather with this classic Lynchian film. Hope you can handle the baby feeding scene that the Boston Globe once said "might go down in history as the single most disturbing movie scene ever."
Charles Dickens at 200
Where: The Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street; (212) 685-0008
When: Starts Friday-February 12, 2012
Price: $15 adults , $10 children
2012 will mark what would have been Charles Dickens's 200th birthday and starting Friday, The Morgan Library and Museum is beginning a celebratory look at the prolific author's work with original manuscripts, letters, and more.