GOGO THIS WEEK FOR DOWNTOWN: Monday, Oct. 31 – Monday, Nov. 6

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Gogobot’s GoGo This Week feature empowers you to discover and take advantage of great events, openings and exhibits throughout the city each week. Visit the website or download the app for more GoGo This Week upcoming events.

Here are some exciting events and sites to check out in downtown New York this week, courtesy of Gogobot.

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Photo: Courtesy of Big Apple Film Festival

1. Big Apple Film Festival
Village East Cinemas (East Village)
Tuesday, Nov. 1 – Saturday, Nov. 5

The Big Apple Film Festival showcases films from New York City’s lively independent film community. An intimate affair, BAFF celebrates NYC films and filmmakers, holds panel discussions and presents awards. Tickets start at $20.

 

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2. Mah-Ze-Dahr Opens Shop
Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery (West Village)
Monday-Friday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery has opened its first brick-and-mortar location! The sweets from this little baked goods haven have garnered a serious cult (and celeb) following. We’d recommend their cheesecake — made with ricotta, it’s one of the city’s best. You should also grab a brownie or the brioche donut, as well as some of the bakery’s new savory treats.

 

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Photo: Courtesy of Village Halloween Parade

3. Village Halloween Parade
6th Ave at Canal St. (South Village)
Monday, Oct. 31 at 7:00 PM

Explore your dark and light sides under the cloak of night (and a rubber mask) at the Village Halloween Parade! As one would expect from New Yorkers, count on seeing crazy, one-of-a-kind costumes, floats and puppets that make personal as well as political statements. This year’s theme is reverie and we can’t wait to see what New Yorkers have dreamt up. FREE, with an official after party at Webster Hall where tickets start at $50.

 

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4. Halloween Rat Race
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden (Alphabet City)
Monday, Oct. 31 at 5:30 PM

The Haunted Adventure Garden and Rat Race Maze is a fun outdoor event that teaches kids and adults about the importance of community and how to avoid real life rat races, all while having a bit of a scare. FREE.

 

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5. New York Taste
The Waterfront (Chelsea)
Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

A carefully curated event by the food editors at New York Magazine, Taste brings together chefs and mixologists from over 40 top New York restaurants and bars for a night of decadent menus and innovative drinks. In attendance are celebrated chefs and mixologists from Bar Goto, Oiji, Marta, Maialino, Quality Eats and many more. Tickets start at $108.88.

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Photo: Courtesy of the New York Comedy Festival

6. Comedy Fest
Check website for complete list of venues
Tuesday, Nov. 1 – Sunday, Nov. 6

With over 60 shows at venues across the boroughs, New York Comedy Fest will feature stand-up, improv, sketch variety shows and raucous performances from mega comics like Bridget Everett, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah, Bill Maher and many more. Our can’t-miss events include Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, Trump Dump: The Last Rally with Anthony Atamanuik, and Bob The Drag Queen: Current F***ing Reigning. FREE and paid events.

 

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7. New 70s Disco Bar and Restaurant
The VNYL (East Village)
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For a night of 70s style and upscale glam, check out the new Clubstaurant VNYL. Multi-level, 7,000-square-foot VNYL is a vinyl shop, cocktail lounge, restaurant and dance space. It boasts fabulous retro furniture, killer signature cocktails, wood paneling throughout and plenty of disco balls — where are our platforms?

If you know of great events happening in your neck of the woods that might be a fit for a future GoGo This Week column, please send details about the event to events@gogobot.com.

-Courtesy of Gogobot