Festivals and food in the Ridge!

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Bay Ridge is working off its Halloween candy by getting out and about this weekend!

Kick off your post-Halloween weekend by dancing over to Greenhouse Café (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets), where the Windsor Terrors will play a free show featuring their favorite British rock tunes, including hits from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Kinks. The set starts at 10 pm.

For lunch on Saturday, stroll to Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Fourth Avenue between Bay Ridge and Ovington avenues) for the Autumn Festival. The event, hosted by the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, combines many different Scandinavian celebrations from this time of year, including the Baltic Herring Festival, Denmark’s 850th Golden Days Festival, and the start of moose-hunting season in Norway! What could be better! The four-hour fest starts at noon, and will feature Nordic eats — hopefully including some herring — along with games, music, and a raffle. The $30 ticket ($20 for kids) includes a meal, a drink, and dessert, and proceeds will benefit the Museum. Call (718) 748–5950 for a reservation.

And for dinner, hit up St. Patrick’s Academy (97th Street between Fourth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway) for a pizza party fund-raiser for the school. The night will also star the Rhapsody Players, an eight-piece playing hits from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Your $25 ticket includes pizza, coffee, and desserts, and you can confirm your spot by calling the band at (646) 335–2710. The event kicks off at 7:30 pm.

On Sunday, hustle to Fourth Avenue to see thousands of runners log their first few miles in the New York City Marathon. The earliest runners will step off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge around 8:45 am and run the length of the Ridge.

Then end your weekend with a jog to Narrows Botanical Garden (Shore Road and 70th Street), where you can catch local musicians Casey Jost and Brian Bonz play, alongside a display of artwork from Thomas Pitilli, John de la O, and others at the first Autumn Park Serenade. The free four-hour event starts at 1 pm.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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