Things to do in New York City this weekend

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New York Comic Con: From Oct. 6 to 9, the Jacob Javits Convention Center transforms into a mecca for fans of comics, sci-fi, manga, anime and sci-fi. Fans can attend panels, screenings, meet artists and writers and get autographs from favorite stars. Tickets start at $40. Guests include “Doctor Who’s” Matt Smith, Adam West, Andrew Lincoln from “The Walking Dead,” and Bruce Campbell. To see a schedule of events, visit

The New Yorker Festival: The famous magazine brings together icons from the literary world. From journalists to poets, screenwriters to authors, meet some of the greats from the print world. From Oct. 7 to 9, enjoy film screenings, tastings, walking tours and comedy at various venues across Manhattan. Highlights include a talk with Bruce Springsteen, a conversation between Jeffrey Eugenides and Zadie Smith, as well as panels about TV comedy and writing. Visit to see the full list of events and to purchase tickets.

Columbus Day Parade: On Oct. 10, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture will take place on Fifth Avenue. There will be over 100 groups marching, along with floats and bands. This year, the grand marshal is Robert LaPenta, founding general partner of Aston Capital Partners. The parade stretches up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street. Red carpet performances take place on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets. The parade celebrates Christopher Columbus’ 1492 expedition, as well as the contributions Italian-Americans have made to the U.S. Visit for more information.

Tugboat Race: The Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition takes place Oct. 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Boarding starts at 9 a.m. and Pier 83 (West 43rd Street and Hudson River Park). Watch the tugboats race and engage in nose-to-nose pushing and line-toss contests. Attendees can compete in the amateur line-toss competition and spinach-eating contest. Adult tickets are $25. To purchase, and see the full schedule, visit

Indigenous Peoples Day Native American Festival: This free event is designed to rethink Columbus Day. On Sept. 10, head to Wards Meadow Field on Randall’s Island. The day begins with a sunrise ceremony at 7 a.m. Festivities go until 4 p.m. See artists, singers, dancers and enjoy authentic tribal cuisine. Bring lawn chairs! Visit to learn more.