If you’re looking to change up your plans this weekend, then you’re in luck: The New Yorker Festival is taking over the city from October 6th-October 8th.
Now in it’s 18th year, the three-day-long event is filled with speakers and discussion panels that will engage a variety of age groups, backgrounds and interests. Whether you’re looking to get political with former U.S. director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper or are interested in a more light hearted chat with Canadian pop icon Carly Rae Jepsen, this festival has something for every taste.
Program highlights include: a spotlight on Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, Jeffrey Tobin’s interview with Preet Bharara and a discussion with author and activist Naomi Klein about her recent book, “No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need.”
Film fiends will be treated to a variety of screenings at this year’s fest including LBJ, a biopic about former President Lyndon B. Johnson and The Meyerowitz Stories, a drama-comedy featuring Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman.
For any bibliophiles out there, the festival will also play host to a variety of book signings from October 7 and October 8, with literary big-wigs like Edwidge Danticat, George Saunders, Sherman Alexie and Arlie Hochschild all in attendance. These signings will take place at McNally Jackson in SoHo and a complete schedule of authors can be found here.
Events are held at a variety of venues across the city including The New York Society of Ethical Culture, Gramercy Theatre and the Director’s Guild Theatre. Tickets are available via the festival’s website as well as at the box office at each location besides the Frick Collection. Limited edition New Yorker T-Shirts are also available for purchase, so you can remember your time at the festival for years to come!