You can feel it in the air–fall is really here. Be sure to take advantage this weekend at these three outdoor events: Grab a local bite at the pumpkin-and-music-filled Harlem Harvest Festival Festival, celebrate the iconic Little Red Lighthouse, and get your pet blessed (and ready for the afternoon costume parade) at St. John the Divine. See you there!
St. Nicholas Ave between W 117th and W 118th Sts
Saturday, October 5 11am-4pm
Explore some of Harlem's best food vendors, artisans and restaurants–from Little Hot Dog Wagon to Royal Jelly Harlem, plus newcomer Fieldtrip by JJ Johnson–while swaying to the beats by DJ Stormin' Norman. Bring the kids–there will be face painting, pumpkin carving and more.
Photo: Harlem Park to Park
Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park
Saturday, October 5, noon-4pm; free
Celebrate the iconic Little Red Lighthouse–on the banks of the Hudson River underneath the George Washington Bridge–with readings of the eponymous children's book, live music, fishing clinics and more. Not quite sure how to get there? These handy videos show the path from W 158th and W 181st Streets.
The grounds of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St
Sunday, October 6, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Whose pet will win Best Mythical Creature? Find out this Sunday at the Cathedral's Great Animal Costume Parade, coinciding with an afternoon of Pet Blessings in honor of St. Francis Day. Due to extensive cleaning and conservation, there won't be a traditional animal procession inside the Cathedral this year.