5 Free Events: SHOCKTOBERFEST continues, an art block party and more

5 Free Events: SHOCKTOBERFEST continues, an art block party and more

Looking for something to do? Here is a selection of free events taking place in-person and online this week.

Movies Under the Stars: SHOCKTOBERFEST
When: Oct. 21, Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 at 6:15 p.m. Eastern
Where: Herbert Von King Park, Maria Hernandez Park and Commodore Barry Park; Brooklyn

The New York City Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s SHOCKTOBERFEST outdoor film series continues this weekend with three movies screening in Brooklyn. First up is the 1998 classic “Blade” on Oct. 21 at Herbert Von King Park. Next, catch 1996 cult favorite “The Craft” at Maria Hernandez Park on Oct. 22. Finally, spend your Saturday with “The Addams Family” (the 2019 version) at Commodore Barry Park on Oct. 23.


“In and Out of Time
When: Oct. 21 through Nov. 5
Where: SVA Chelsea Gallery; Manhattan

“In and Out of Time,” presented by School of Visual Arts (SVA), makes its debut this weekend. Spanning painting, drawing, sculpture and video installation, the exhibition features work from 31 SVA BFA Fine Arts students and alumni, and is curated by BFA Fine Arts Chair Suzanne Anker.

“In our global perception, time can be approached as an invisible geography of duration,” reads the exhibition description. “Is time a dreamscape? Is it living breadth? Is it a repository of historical events? This exhibition, the first ‘live’ exhibition in ‘real’ time since reopening the SVA BFA Fine Arts Department, is a peek into the time we were dispersed as fine-arts students.”

The works will be on display through Nov. 5. A full list of artists included in the exhibition and COVID-19 policies are listed on the SVA website.

Bryan Fernandez, "¿Quiere Brugal?," 2021, mixed media, 18 x 14 inches.
Bryan Fernandez, “¿Quiere Brugal?,” 2021, mixed media, 18 x 14 inches.

2nd Annual Greater Good Commission and Festival
When: Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: PRTT (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater); Manhattan

Produced by Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Latinx Playwrights Circle and Pregones/PRTT, the 2nd Annual Greater Good Commission and Festival features works from Latinx-identifying playwrights Dominic Colón, lily gonzales, Tavi Juárez, Phanésia Pharel and Andrew Rincón. This year’s festival spotlights LGBTQIA+ stories. An in-person screening of the commissioned works will be held at PRTT on Oct. 22, and the plays will be available to stream on the Pregones/PRTT YouTube channel starting at 12 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 23.

“The Greater Good lifts Latinx theater artists at a time when the entire world is thirsty for stories from the global majority,” Pregones/PRTT Associate Artistic Director Jorge B. Merced says on the festival’s event page. “A year of pandemic and social agitation only steeled the resolve of its creators to make this festival a standout occasion for creative inquiry, affirmation, and accomplishment.”


Saturday on the House Block Party
When: Oct. 23 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern
Where: 88th St. at 5th Ave.; Manhattan

In addition to free admission to the museum as part of the “Saturday on the House” series, the Guggenheim will also be hosting a block party, during which they’ll transform 88th St. into a hub for free art activities. The lineup includes live music, performances, art-making activities and more, starting with a set from DJ Mai Lê.

More information about what to expect and the exhibitions available to see inside the museum can be found on the Guggenheim website


“We the People? // Nosotrxs la gente?”
When: Oct. 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern
Where: Queens Museum; Queens

On Oct. 24, CUNY Law associate professor Julia Hernandez leads a workshop breaking down the exclusionary history of the United States Constitution, followed by an invitation for participants to “creatively intervene within the document.” The two-part event, held in both English and Spanish, is presented as part of “Year of Uncertainty” artists-in-residence Alex Strada and Tali Keren’s installation “Proposal for a 28th Amendment? Is it Possible to Amend an Unequal System?”

Though the event is free, registration is required.