You know its fall when the Chile Pepper Fiesta arrives at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). The air is cooler and crisper, and the yellows and reds of the surrounding trees complement the red and green of the peppers. Accordions are pumping away to a Cajun two-step. The artisanal hot sauce and other vendor goods (like the Chocolate Room's Spiced Dark Hot Chocolate) bring pain and pleasure. Kids can learn about chile pepper varieties and then choose one from the garden's local farm stand. The entertainment includes eight bands from chile-loving countries around the world, fire breathers, cooking and food demonstrations, and a tour of BBG's herb garden, where the chilies are growing out of control!
October 1, 11-6pm. All ages. $15; $10 seniors and students; free children younger than 12.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Avenue, Crown Heights.
Get in on the Antics
Throngs descend on Atlantic Avenue for food, antiques, and fun at 37th Annual Atlantic Antic. Spanning four neighborhoods through the heart of brownstone Brooklyn, the Atlantic Antic is the largest and most celebrated street festival in New York City, with more than 500 artists, craftspeople, musicians, and food merchants. With local and national vendors intertwined with trendy restaurants and boutiques, the Atlantic Antic features live music stages that showcase free performances from various cultural genres. Families enjoy pony rides, storytelling, and face painting on an entire block dedicated solely to kid-friendly activities.
October 2, 12-6pm. FREE.
Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to Hicks Street, Brooklyn Heights/Boerum Hill. www.atlanticave.org.
Run Like Wild
Turtles reside right here in Brooklyn, sunning themselves on fallen trees that have landed in the Prospect Park lake and paddling happily among the koi that live in the Botanic Garden's pond garden. Nevertheless, turtles are endangered-overhunted and the victims of fishing by-catch and coastal development and its toxic fallout. In the past decade, the population of more than 100 turtle species has been declining.
Enter the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which oversees New York City's zoos and aquarium. Established in 1895, WCS's mission is the protection of animal species. The annual WCS Run for the Wild, a 5K (just over three miles) fundraising race, is among the ways WCS raises money, and it happens again this month, this time with the goal of protecting turtles. There's also a shorter Family Fun Run/Walk. Participants are encouraged to raise money for the cause, and prizes will be given for different levels of fundraising (like a turtle plush for $100, and a kiss from a sea lion for $500). Advance registration required. October 9, 7-11am. $30; $20 children ages 4-12 and seniors 65 and older.
New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue and West 8th Street, Coney Island. www.wcsrunforthewild.org.
Direct From Beijing
The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China was established by Chairman Mao back in 1950, no doubt part of Communist China's display of military might and the resources of its people. In October, the troupe will visit the United States for the very first time, after having visited 40 other countries. When it swings into Brooklyn, you'll see theatricality and skill that bespeaks years of training and a requisite ability for precision, concentration, and physical strength. China regards the Acrobats as something on par with an Olympic team. The group has a huge schooling facility in Beijing where some 500 truly dedicated students train, many vying to become part of the troupe's 150 resident artists. Clearly, they take this stuff very seriously.
October 29, 1pm. All ages. $20.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Road, Flatbush.
For even more kids events in Brooklyn and the NYC area, go to our Calendar of Events