What’s Happening: Bronx Fashion Week, Funk Flex celebration and Oktoberfest

Empty catwalk and seating for fashion show
Bronx Fashion Week will hold its “Making Strides Survivor Fashion Show,” in partnership with the American Cancer Society on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 at the Mall at Bay Plaza.
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Bronx River Art Center

Pick Me Up, Put Me On

Sept. 22-Oct. 28

Pick Me Up, Put Me On is a visual conversation between Estelle Maisonett and Oscar Morel, two Bronx-born artists who exemplify the enduring resonance of collage through themes of community, identity and place. Their works celebrate everyday scenery, familiar objects and subjects deeply personal to the artists yet resonant with a broader shared experience that transcends borough bounds. While Maisonett and Morel work in different stylistic manners, the Bronx can be noted as a foundational inspiration origin. Pick Me Up, Put Me On invites us to transcend boundaries, explore the intricate tapestry of community, and celebrate the many dimensions of home — get your free tickets here


The Mall at Bay Plaza

Bronx Fashion Week

Sept. 30, 4 p.m.

Bronx Fashion Week invites you to join them in a celebration of life at the Mall at Bay Plaza in partnership with the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Survivor Fashion Show,” presented by Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center. Amidst the vibrant fashion, you will witness the stories of bravery and strength that have touched the lives of cancer survivors and their loved ones. From survivors’ inspiring testimonies to heartfelt speeches of gratitude, every moment will be a testament to the power of the human spirit. Throughout the event, you’ll find opportunities to engage with cancer support groups, health care professionals and organizations dedicated to research and treatment advancements. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis — you can find more information here

Join hip-hop DJ Funkmaster Flex for a community giveaway on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023. Photo courtesy Getty Images

The Anne Hutchinson School

Funk Flex Feeds the Block

Sept. 26, 5-7 p.m.

Pop out to the Bronx this Tuesday for an evening of community celebration and giving back! Bronx native and hip-hop legend Funk Flex will be on the mic and Grassroots Grocery will be giving away fresh produce, delicious takeaway meals and an abundance of books. All are welcome, including anyone who would be interested in volunteering. Find out more information here

Bronx Brewery

Bronx Cultura Bash — Tragos x Target Launch Party

Oct. 5, 6-10 p.m.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Bronx Cultura Bash hosted by Tragos Games! Come and celebrate the launch of multiple Tragos Games at Target stores nationwide, with the chance to play and win them as giveaway prizes, among other goodies. Dance to the rhythm of a live DJ and indulge in delicious food and drinks available for purchase through The Bronx Brewery and Empanology. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, meet new people and discover el sabor del Bronx — get free tickets here

Backyard of Bronx Brewery where events are held, including Top Borough Comedy performances. Photo ET Rodriguez

52 Park

Boogaloo in the Bronx

Oct. 1, 12-5 p.m.

Celebrate 5 years of Latin Boogaloo music, dance and history with an afternoon full of fun, dance and community! The invited artist this year is the New Swing Sextet: A product of New York City and the excitement and turbulence of the ’60s, the New Swing Sextet made its professional debut performing in the Singer Bowl at the last New York Worlds Fair in 1965. The band has been a popular and innovative exponent of Latin jazz, salsa and pop music for nearly six decades. Find more information here

Bronx Music Heritage Center

Bronx Rising! The 50-Year Legacy of Victor Jara

Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m.

Celebrate the life and legacy of Chilean musician and activist Victor Jara and the Latin American music movement, trova. Music will be by Fernandito from Puerto Rico and Natalia Bernal & En Diablada from Chile; there will also be a historical presentation by Rodstarz of Rebel Diaz. The Bronx Rising! series is curated by City Lore award-winning folklorist Elena Martínez and multi Grammy-nominated Bronx musician Bobby Sanabria, and is co-sponsored by City Lore. The series takes place the third Saturday of each month, and it showcases Bronx artists, music genres that have a home in the Bronx, and themes relevant to the Bronx’s cultural, historical and musical legacy. Events include artist presentations, comedy, poetry and book readings, as well as film screenings with Q&As, followed by musical performances. Admission is $10, with more information here


Ewen Park 

Bronx Coast to Coast Walk

Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Dip your feet in the Hudson and the Sound on the same day on the same walk — and celebrate with drinks and lunch on City Island after. This 18-mile walk starts at the northwest corner of Broadway and West 231st Street at the 1 train stop at 9 a.m. Join the FreeWalkers at Ewen Park and walk west with them towards the Hudson River, pass one of the Kennedys’ homes, go to a hidden park by the Metro-North tracks, explore Fieldston and its numerous mansions, and more. The event is free — get your tickets here!

Travel the Bronx on an 18-mile walk from the Hudson River to the Long Island Sound on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. Photo courtesy Getty Images

Bronx County Historical Society

Exhibit: The Death of Edgar and Virginia Poe

By appointment and select weekends through September

Join The Bronx County Historical Society and the Edgar Allan Poe House Museum in Baltimore for the Deaths of Edgar and Virginia Poe. The exhibit explores Poe’s infamous death and is on loan from Poe Baltimore. It will be displayed at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage through September.

Bronx Zoo

Pumpkin Nights at the Bronx Zoo

Sept. 28 -Oct. 29, 6-10 p.m. Last entry is at 9 p.m. 

Pumpkin Nights at the Bronx Zoo, with more than 5,000 carved, animal-themed pumpkins over a half-mile jack-o’-lantern trail, will debut Thursday, Sept. 28 with live pumpkin carving demonstrations, games, festive fall treats and food trucks and fun for all ages. 

Tickets are $34.95 for adults 12 and up, and $24.95 for children ages 3-12 on Thursdays and Sundays, and $36.95 for adults and $26.95 for children on Fridays and Saturdays. Children under 3 are free. Wildlife Conservation Society members will receive a 40% discount.

New York Botanical Garden


Sept. 16 through Nov. 12

The New York Botanical Garden becomes the region’s pumpkin headquarters during NYBG Fall-O-Ween, offering a fun and engaging array of activities, programs, and photo opportunities for all ages. Experience hundreds of pumpkins and gourds on display; food and beverage talks, demonstrations and tastings; and two family-friendly Spooky Garden Nights, offering Halloween-themed entertainment for adults and children alike. Fan favorite Adam Bierton returns to NYBG to create his intricate and nature-inspired pumpkin carvings and to host a master carver competition. Once again, the Botanical Garden is the place to see giant pumpkins during the last two weeks of October, culminating in the exciting Giant Pumpkin Carving Weekend. 

Weekend Beer Garden

Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29

Every weekend through October, enjoy seasonal brews on tap at the Visitor Center’s Beer Garden, at the Hudson Garden Grill Bar and at pop-ups across the Garden grounds. Sip on seasonal IPAs, stouts, and lagers from local Bronx breweries, chill out with a frozen apple cider cocktail, and snack on a variety of savory and sweet treats. Enjoy a beer or two at any one location, or take flight across the Garden by purchasing tickets redeemable for additional draft beers at locations throughout the grounds. For heartier fare, sit down at the Hudson Garden Grill, featuring fall-inspired farm-to-table dishes, or stop by the Pine Tree Café for artisanal panini, Neapolitan-style pizza and signature salads.

Witness the beauty of fall foliage at the Botanical Garden this season. Photo courtesy Getty Images

Fall Foliage

Explore the largest remaining expanse of New York’s original wooded landscape as the Thain Family Forest’s seasonal transformation takes hold. 

Farmers Market

Every Wednesday through Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit the New York Botanical Garden Farmers Market to enjoy locally grown produce, baked goods and other speciality items. The NYBG’s farmers market is one of the top 10 farmers markets in NYC, and it is located near the Mosholu entrance. Find out more here.

Fordham Plaza

Bronx Night Market

Sept. 30, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

Indulge in good food, drinks, and music at the second-to-last Bronx Night Market of the year. The Bronx Night Market hosts more than 60 vendors from all around the world every month to celebrate culture, cuisine, and community. Reserve a spot here and celebrate the beginning of Oktoberfest Bronxtoberfest featuring food vendors, incredible performances, Bronx Is Reading, Me Zone by Montefiore, special games and prizes!

For more things to do in the Bronx, visit our Bronx Times Events page.