This Weekend on Staten Island (Oct. 13&14)


This weekend on Staten Island: A Boat Tour, a Bus Tour, a Jazz Festival, and plenty of events to get you ready for Halloween!

See a sampling of what's happening on Staten Island below!

See our full Events Calendar

I Love You Because

Thursday,Friday & Saturday, October 11,12 & 13 at 8pm, Sunday, October 14 at 2pm. Veteran's Memorial Hall, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace.

"I Love You Because" is a sweet and funny romantic comedy about contemporary dating in New York City. Tickets: $25 (discounts available). Order at or 718.916.9011.

You Don't Know Staten Island Till You've Been There: Bus Tour

Saturday, October 13, 10:00am – 4:30pm. Tour starts in Lower Manhattan, travels around Staten Island, and ends at the St. George Ferry Terminal.

Augment the experience of visiting "From Farm to City" by joining the Museum of the City of New York for a bus tour of Staten Island. Along the way, Jim O'Grady, reporter for WNYC and "Transportation Nation," and Georgia Trivizas, tour guide and former shipping agent, will reveal the history and treasures of Richmond County.
Stops include Fort Wadsworth, High Rock Park, Sandy Ground, Historic Richmond Town, Freshkills, the Staten Island Museum, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.
RESERVATIONS AND PREPAYMENT REQUIRED $50 Museum members; $65 general public *Ticket prices include lunch and transportation. Exact meeting location will be disclosed within 3 business days of registration.
For more information or to register by phone, please call 917-492-3395 or go to

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm Stand

Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 11am – 4pm. Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue.

Visit historic Decker Farm and enjoy a guided tour through the 1810 farmhouse and a hayride. Purchase a pumpkin to bring home!
Free shuttle bus service from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.
Admission: $5 per person, $16 for a family of 4. Additional cost for pumpkins.
For more information, go to or call 718.351.1611

Harvest Tea Party

Saturday, October 13, 12pm – 4pm. Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd.

The Conference House Association Auxiliary invites you to a harvest tea party in the Conference House kitchen. Space is limited so reservations are required. Contact phone: (718) 984-2491

Sssecond Sssaturday Sssnakes!

Saturday, October 13, 12pm. Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace.

Meet, greet & touch exotic snakes! Go to or call 718.273.2060 for more information.

Lighthouse Boat Tour

Saturday, October 13, 1pm. Tour departs from Slip #6 at Battery Park, New York, NY.

Ahoy, there! Join the National Lighthouse Museum and experts in the navigation and lighthouse worlds will be on board the New York Water Taxi for a boat trip around Staten Island. They will relate tales of the working harbor and the lighthouses surrounding Staten Island that helped build the harbor and shipping industry into one of the world's greatest ports. Snacks and drinks are available onboard - or bring your own. Don't forget your camera!
If you need additional information regarding this fun trip, please contact the National Lighthouse Museum:,, or 855.NLM.SINY (855.656.7496)

Mark Weinstein Quartet

Saturday, October 13, 2:30pm. Richmond Town Library, 200 Clarke Avenue.

Mark Weinstein plays world-based jazz and post-bop with world-class musicians rooted in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, African, Jewish and Indian traditions. A Latin jazz innovator, Mark was among the first jazz musicians to record with traditional Cuban rhythm sections. His classic recording, Cuban Roots, released in 1967, with Mark on trombone and Chick Corea on piano, transformed Latin jazz, as have his Latin jazz recordings on flute.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Saturday, October 13, 6:30pm. Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay Street.

A costumed poetry promenade, hosted by Staten Island OutLOUD, inspired by Wallace Stevens’ haunting poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. Music by WaFoo and Allergic to B’s. Join your neighbors, who’ll be costumed in flowing black robes, dramatic masks and other imaginative garb. We’ll promenade as night begins to fall on our community. We’ll carry feathery banners and twinkling lights. We’ll sing. We’ll read poetry. And yes, there will be blackbirds.
Free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Dread of Night

Saturday, October 13, 7pm. Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue.

True - or almost true - stories based on archival material. A self-guided tour leads you through some of the "hauntingly lonely" buildings where you'll meet some very interesting characters.
Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children and SIHS members. Reservations required, call (718) 351-1611 ext. 281.

Jazz Festival! Two nights of music, including David Sanborn

Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 7pm. St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street.

It's "Staten Jazzland" at the St. George Theatre! Enjoy two nights of jazz beginning on Saturday with Staten Island's most talented musicians:

  • Al Lambert trio featuring Janice Friedman
  • Michael Morreale Quartet
  • Ray Scro and his Big Band
  • Paul Corn's Modern Jazz Workshop
  • Alex Leonard Trio
  • Tom (Bone) Petrone
  • Gabe Garcia
  • Kris Kaiser
  • Vinnie Ruggieri
  • Bill Crow
  • The Don Hahn Group
  • ...and more!

Tickets: $25 (all tiers).

On Sunday see David Sanborn in concert! One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s, David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Noted as one of the most influential saxophonists, David Sanborn is an artist who pushes the limits and continues to make music that challenges the mind and goes straight to the heart. Tickets: $68. $48, $28 For tickets and more information, go to or call 718.442.2900.

Sailing to Staten Island:

A Study of Cultural Synthesis through Song at Sea

Saturday, October 13, 7:30pm. Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terrace.

Local musicians and songwriters Bob Wright, Bob Conroy, and Jan Christiansen will present a new show about the “Snugs” of Sailor’s Snug Harbor.
Headlining the show is the legendary Liverpudlian Hughie Jones, New York maritime legend Frank Woerner, and All-Ireland Sean Nos singer Jim Macfarland. Frank Hendricks, most notably a member of Stout but also an actor, will be in character as William Main Doerflinger.
For more information, go to or call 718.447.6490.

Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 14, 12pm – 4pm. Willowbrook Park, Eton Place

Celebrate autumn under a golden tree canopy in Willowbrook Park. There will be free puppet shows by Puppets in Parks and a visit from the “Recyclarium”. Enjoy a visit and healthy cooking demonstration from our friends at GrowNYC Greenmarket throughout the day. Face painting and environmental education activities will be on hand. And of course, pumpkins for sale!
For more information go to

Opening Reception: Colman Rutkin: A Visual Journey

Sunday, October 14, 1pm – 4pm. Staten Island Musuem, 75 Stuyvesant Place.

Colman Rutkin's paintings, drawings, and prints are intimate journeys through nature, memory, and myth. They explore an interior world of poetry and philosphy through forms rendered in rich and subtle tones. Rutkin has chosen fascinating specimins from the Museum's Art & Natural Science collections, including a Durer engraving, ancient Greek pottery, a black fossilized starfish, and a ribbed cockle shell.
$5, Museum members free.
For more information, go to or call 718.727.1135

Monarch/Dragonfly Migration

Sunday, October 14, 1pm – 3pm. Great Kills Park Ranger Station (Opposite Main Parking Lot A).

Join National Parks Rangers for a hike to view the migration of the monarch butterflies and dragonflies. Call for reservations: 718.987.6790.

French Folksongs by Helen Levin

Sunday, October 14, 2pm. Noble Maritime Collection 1000 Richmond Terrace.

In honor of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, the Noble Maritime Collection will present a one-hour program of French folksongs by artist Helen Levin called, “The Water Voyage in French Folksong.”
Daniel Pearl World Music Days is a month long tribute to Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was killed in Pakistan in October 2002.
Free and open to the public.
For more information, go to or call 718.447.6490.

Staten Island Philharmonic presents: Cultures in Harmony

Sunday, October 14, 3pm. Springer Concert Hall, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd.

  • José Alejandro Guzmán, Conductor
  • Michael Sirotta: World Premiere
  • Bruch: Violin Concerto
    Julie Metz, Violin
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 ("Scottish")

Tickets: $30/$20/$10
For more info, call (718) 273-3250 or e-mail

Five Boroughs Music Festival: The Pierrot Project (Part I)

Sunday, October 14, 4:30pm. Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place.

Featuring the Proteus Ensemble with mezzo-soprano works by Debussy, Ravel, and Schoenberg.
Admission: $25, $15 for Museum members and students.
For more information, go to or call 718.727.1135

??Ongoing Exhibits

From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012. Museum of the City of New York. 10am-6pm daily. Suggested Admission: $10 Adults, $6 Seniors/Students. More Information

Haunted Houses: Photographs & Oral Histories by Connie May Botz. Alice Austen House. Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. $3 donation is requested.More Information

"Faces" by Lorenzo Hail. 60 Bay Street. Friday, 12pm-3pm, Sat & Sun, 12pm-6pm. More Information

Tara Israel & Colin Todd. Newhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art. Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students & seniors. Children under 12 free. More Information

Island Sounds: A 500 Year Music Mash-up. Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Admission: $5 Adults, $4 Students/Seniors and kids 12 and under are Free. More Information

Titanic: Centennial Exhibit of Contemporary Art. Noble Maritime Collection. Thursday through Sunday, 1pm-5pm. Admission by donation. More Information

After Hours. CPG Gallery. Saturday & Sunday, 1pm-5pm. More Information

The Modern Art of Marjorie Martinez. Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Wednesday through Saturday, 1pm-5pm. Admission: $5. More Information