Things to do in New York City this weekend
Washington Square Park Folk Festival: Since 2011, when music producer Eli Smith teamed with parks administrator Rebecca Ferguson, the Washington Square Park Folk Festival has taken place every September. This year on Sept. 24 and 25, the free event features some of the best local and national folk musicians. Catch string bands, Klezmer music and New Orleans Jazz. Washington Square Park was a site for American folk music as far back as the 1940s. Performers include The Tillers and the Freakniks. Sunday ends with square dancing at 4 p.m. Check www.wspfolkfest.com for the full list of performers.
Feast of San Gennaro: The 90th annual Feast of San Gennaro comes to an end Sept. 25. Every year, the 11 day feast attracts more than one million people to celebrate the early Italian immigrants. The celebration runs along Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston. There is free music and food demonstrations from 2-5 p.m. every afternoon and live music every night from 7-9:30 p.m. Visit www.sangennaro.org for a full list of activities and events.
The Big Bacon Picnic: The Old Pfizer Factory in Williamsburg hosts The Great Big Bacon Picnic Sept. 24-25. The gourmet bacon festival offers unlimited bacon and booze from more than 100 chefs, brewers and craft distillers. On Sept. 24, brunch is from 12-2:30 p.m. with VIP access at 11 a.m. and happy hour from 5:30-8 p.m. On Sept. 25, brunch is from 1-3:30 p.m. Tickets include access to Bacon Park where unlimited bacon will be handed out with nine flavors to choose. Craft beers and spirits are located all over festival grounds. Early entry gets you in 30 minutes earlier for private bars and seating areas, special tastings and full pour privileges. VIP ticket holders enter an hour early, have access to private lounges and bars and can enjoy tastings of rare spirits and cocktails. Tickets start at $79. Visit greatbigbacon.com for tickets.
Pickle Day: The Lower East Side Pickle Day takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 on Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston. More than 20 picklers will offer pickled and non-pickled foods. Local boutiques and restaurants will sell crafts and food. There will be live music, games and other activities. The day feature the world’s first home pickling/dancing content. Visit www.pickleday.nyc for more information.