By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

Heading to New York City? Here are 10 things to check out

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Fall is the best season. The weather is perfect for so many outdoor activities and this week is packed. From chilies to puppies, beer to whiskey, dance, film, and fundraisers, what more could you ask for in one week?

City of Seasons: Presented by the Indelible Dance Company, this sixth anniversary show pairs choreography with musical numbers by Vivaldi. Performances will delight in a 360-degree theatre on Thursday, Sept. 24 to Saturday Sept. 26. For more information visit

Chile Pepper Festival: Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is hosting its annual festival celebrating the fiery pepper we all love. Boasting five bands, two fire breathers, 52 food artisans and more. To check out more about the festival, visit

Global Citizens Festival: Earn tickets buy taking action against poverty or purchase VIP tickets for this event on Saturday, Sept. 26 in Central Park. Hosted by Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek Pinault, Hugh Jackman and more, the lineup features Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. For ticket info and pricing visit

New York Film Festival: Presented by the Film Society at Lincoln Center for the 53rd year, this festival runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 11. Screenings, talks, documentaries and more, all right here

Atlantic Antic: The 40th annual street festival is going down on Sunday, Sept. 27. This festival is the largest in NYC and spans 10 blocks and four neighborhoods. Food, drinks, music, vendors and more check out this website:

Whiskey Fest: The 18th Annual Whiskey Fest comes to NYC on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the New York Marriott Marquis. The grand tasting is 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Seminars by Master Distillers and Blenders begin at 7 p.m. Entry tickets include commemorative Glencairn crystal nosing glass, gift bag, program and more. For more information visit

Off-Broadway Week: If Broadway shows are a bit out of your budget, there’s always a ton of off-Broadway shows to choose from. From Sept. 24 to Oct. 4, score 2-for-1 tickets to some of the hottest, up and coming shows. To find out which shows or for more info about the event, visit

Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival: The Village Voice’s Fifth Annual Craft Beer festival is happening Saturday, Sept. 26th at the Brooklyn Expo Center from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $55, but that ticket gets you samples of more than 100 different beers. For more info, visit

PROST! Oktoberfest: This beer fest is brought to you by Brewminaries, a club made up of home brewers. Featuring 20 different assortments of Germen style brews, tickets are just $30 and you get to take your glass home. Check out this website for more info

Puppies n’ Pints: Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., the Brooklyn Brewery is hosting the fundraising event to help support Zani’s Furry Friends, an organization that rescues pups from kill shelters. Beers are $5 and yes, the pups will be there too. Check out this website for info and some really cute pictures

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brookly, New York. You can email her at

By Stacey Leigh DiPillo

For Weekender

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brookly, New York. You can email her at