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14 Things To Do in Your Brooklyn Neighborhood This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | October 8, 2015 8:09pm 

 Doug E. Fresh performed at last year's Restoration Rocks outdoor music festival in Bedford-Stuyvesant. This year, Rakim is set to hit the stage on Fulton Street as part of Bed-Stuy Alive!
Doug E. Fresh performed at last year's Restoration Rocks outdoor music festival in Bedford-Stuyvesant. This year, Rakim is set to hit the stage on Fulton Street as part of Bed-Stuy Alive!
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Friday, Oct. 9

Bed-Vyne Wine Pinot Noir Class

Where: Bed-Vyne Wine, 370 Tompkins Ave., Bed-Stuy
When: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sample a selection of wines at Bed-Vyne Wine’s Pinot Noir class. The business opens their new tasting room with this $15 session, and visitors get discounts on the wines tasted. RSVP to clara@bed-vyne.com, walk-ins are welcome depending on space.

Akichi Night Bazaar    

Where: 1181 Fulton St., Bed-Stuy
When: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Check out vintage goods and local vendors at Bed-Stuy’s night market. The owners of Akichi Flea, which operates out of a lot on Fulton Street and Spencer Place, will bring DJs, food and drinks this Friday to join their collection of old Airstreams.

Margaret Atwood at St. Francis College

Where: 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights
When: 7 p.m.

Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood discusses her new book "The Heart Goes Last" during a free public discussion.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Bed-Stuy Alive! Kick-Off Festival

Where: Fulton Street between Brooklyn and New York avenues, Bed-Stuy
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate the Bedford-Stuyvesant community with this day-long festival on Fulton Street. The event kicks off with community awards honoring local residents for their contributions to the neighborhood, followed by games, food, vendors, and music. See rapper Rakim perform for free, along with finalists from “The Voice” and “American Idol.”

North Brooklyn Farms Harvest Carnival and Square Dance

Where: North Brooklyn Farms, 320 Kent Ave., South Williamsburg
When: 2 p.m.

Celebrate the harvest season at South Williamsburg’s community-driven farm, a riverside plot of land with a stunning view of the bridge and Manhattan. The carnival is open to all ages and includes a watermelon eating contest, games and live music. Tickets cost $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.

Lloyd Kaufman and “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 2”

Where: Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., South Williamsburg
When: 11:59 p.m.

Prolific director and screenwriter Lloyd Kaufman will be paying a visit to Williamsburg for a focus group screening of one of his works-in-progress: “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 2.” It’s the second part to a tale of two lesbian lovers who are fighting corrupt and evil forces, including a demented CEO of an “organic food” company.

Meet Your Makers at Art & Artish

Where: Art & Artish, 272 Fifth Ave., Park Slope
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Meet artists including jewelry designer Erin Claus and textile designer Kathleen Cunningham at this party at Park Slope boutique Art & Artish. The other title for the event is “Girl Circles” because all of the artists are women who make circles, according to owner Julie Raimondi.

How-to Hot Toddy

Where: Branch Ofc., 225 Rogers Ave., Crown Heights
When: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Learn how to make a killer hot toddy in a special fall-themed drink-making session at Crown Heights bar Branch Ofc. on Rogers Avenue. The watering hole will hold monthly mixology lessons for $40 each (drinks included) throughout October.

Big Break Comedy

Where: Bluebird Cafe, 504 Flatbush Ave., Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
When: 8 p.m.

This comedy show put on by two PLG locals features four comics — Josh Gondelman, Leah Bonnema, Lukas Kaiser and Doogie Horner — at local cafe Bluebird. Tickets at $5.

Kings County Fiber Festival

Where: Old Stone House, 336 Third St., Park Slope
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Calling all knitters, crochet artists, quilters, weavers and other textile-inspired artisans. The Kings County Fiber Festival is an annual celebration “to raise awareness of both historic and contemporary approaches to the fiber arts,” according to the festival’s website. Vendors will include the Brooklyn Knit & Crochet Guild, Felt Like Sisters and Crochetfina.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Meow Day

Where: Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave., Bushwick
When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Meow Day is back with a flea market that features all things kitty, from cat illustrations to cat jewelry. Kitty lovers can spend money without guilt: The event doubles as a fundraiser for Bushwick-based rescue A Tail of Two Kitties.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation 10K Run/5K Bike Ride & Walk

Where: Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., Bed-Stuy
When: 9 a.m.

Run your best race at Restoration’s 33rd Annual 10K. The course brings you through Bed-Stuy’s brownstone-lined streets, and this year’s event also includes a 10K run for kids, a 5K bike race and 5K walk. Online registration for adults for the 10K run and 5K walk is $40. For more information, visit the NYCruns website. The Kiddie Run begins at 9 a.m., and the 10K and 5K runs begin at 10 a.m.

Feast Bed-Stuy, Lewis Avenue Brunch Crawl

Where: Restaurants along Lewis Avenue from Fulton to Halsey streets, Bed-Stuy
When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Check out the best places to chow down on Lewis Avenue, including spots like Peaches and The Jerk Shop. This food and beverage crawl will take you to several eateries in the neighborhood, which will offer specials along with live music. A $5 ticket will get you discounts at the local restaurants.

Pioneer Works Second Sundays

Where: 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook
When: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Live music and poetry will fill Red Hook's art center Pioneer Works Sunday. Zenen Zeferino will play the jarana, an instrument from Veracruz, Mexico, and Zozo Afrobeat will bring "cascades of horns, hypnotic Benino-Nigerian rhythms," according to the show's website. $10 suggested donation for admission.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Brooklyn reporters Camille Bautista, Leslie Albrecht, Serena Dai, Rosa Goldensohn and Rachel Holliday Smith.