Things to do in New York City this weekend

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Blue Moon Burger Bash: On Oct. 14, Rachael Ray hosts Blue Moon Burger Bash, an incredible burger competition at Pier 92 (52nd and the West Side Highway) from 7-10 p.m. Attendees must be 21 and older. Celebrity judges include Michael Strahan, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Chef Josh Capon. The evening includes live music, Blue Moon beers, wines and spirits, and of course, burgers. Dancing while taking in views of the city skyline and the Hudson River complete the evening. Tickets are $225 and can be purchased at

The 8th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Festival: Award-winning group Radiotheatre performs eight horror stories by famous author H.P. Lovecraft. The professional storytellers will tell the scary tales, accompanied by an original orchestral score and sound FX, at the Kraine Theatre on East 45th Street. The weekend’s stories include The Horror in the Museum, The Call of Cthulhu, The Lurking Fear and the Beast in the Cave. Adult tickets are $30, students are $15. Tickets can be purchased at

8th Annual Marco Polo Festival: Celebrate both Chinatown and Little Italy and the relationship between the Chinese and Italian American communities in Manhattan from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15. The festival highlights the ancient Chinese silk road which Venetian merchant, Marco Polo, traveled on to meet Kublai Khan, the famed Mongolian monarch. This historic encounter is mirrored by the experiences of Chinese and Italian immigrants. The festival takes place on Grand Street between Mott and Mulberry. The schedule of events can be found at, and on social media.

Harvest Party: The flavors of autumn will be on display at the Highline Stages in the Meatpacking District from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 15. Enjoy turkey dishes, pumpkin pie, apple cider, butternut squash ravioli and heart greens. Live music will set the stage and wine, beer and cocktails will be available. Hosted by Katie Lee and Marcela Vallodolid, the afternoon costs $110 and allows attendees to stroll around tasting all their fall favorites. Visit for tickets.

Dog Film Festival: The Dog Film Festival festival takes place Oct. 15 at Symphony Space at 95th and Broadway. The program showcases relationships between dogs and people through canine-themed movies. The day consists of four themed programs that last two hours each which includes a longer film preceded by animated, narrative and documentary shorts. Half of all ticket sales go to the Alliance for NYC’s Animals. The day starts at 11 a.m. with Dogs British Style: The English View of Dogs. At 2 p.m. Dogs in the Outdoors: Adventure and Sport; at 5 p.m. Love Makes the World Go Round: Who Rescued Whom; and at 8 p.m. The Champions: An uplifting tale of redemption. Programs are $40 with a Dog Lover’s VIP All Access Dog Tag. Dogs can be dropped off at Camp Canine at 46 West 73rd and Columbus Avenue. Visit for more info.