5 free events: Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival, Shocktoberfest and more

5 free events: Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival, Shocktoberfest and more

Each week, ALL ARTS rounds up a selection of free performances and presentations taking place in New York City and beyond. Find this week’s top picks below!

Movies Under the Stars: Shocktoberfest
Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center, Brooklyn
Oct. 3; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Watch the 1998 hit film “Blade,” starring Wesley Snipes, as part of Shocktoberfest, an iteration of Movies Under the Stars dedicated to all things spooky.

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival
The Plaza at 300 Ashland, Brooklyn
Oct. 4 through Oct. 6
Writers, artists and performers will converge in Brooklyn this weekend for the annual Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival. Starting Friday, the Brooklyn Cultural District will host a slate of shows, including performances from Soul Tigers and an African drum circle with Mr. Fritz.

First Saturday
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
Oct. 5; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Brooklyn Museum’s weekly free day is chock-full of events that honor and celebrate Latinx heritage. A music show featuring singer-songwriter Edna Vazquez starts at 5 p.m., while film screenings and letter-writing projects are also available to attendees.

“Thresholds of Perceptibility”
Hollis Taggart, Manhattan
Through Nov. 2
The Manhattan-based gallery features the fantastical and vibrant work of Leon Berkowitz. The modern artist, a contemporary of Willem de Kooning and other abstract painters, was known for his ability to make light dance on canvas.

“Memory Places: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler “
American Folk Art Museum, Manhattan
Through Jan. 26 2020
Audrey B. Heckler, a self-taught artist and a patron of the museum, is allowing the always-free institution to display her pieces from her varied and unique collection. Artists featured include August Klett, Augustin Lesage, Martín Ramírez and more.