Hone your culinary chops.
Le Fooding Brooklyn Fling
What: Snag one of the last few tickets to the much-anticipated weekend of epicurean events and find yourself rubbing elbows with up-and-comers from both the borough and globe alike.
Why: Might we suggest the $15 tasting menu picnics at the Brooklyn Flea with Swedish sweetheart Magnus Nilsson, French standout Bertrand Grébaut, and the Van Leeuwen crew?
When: Thru Sun.
Where: Locations and tickets ($15-$60) at lefooding.com.
Fox & Boy Braid Bar
What: Seek shelter from the San Gennaro masses and dip into the salon for a complimentary French, fishtail, or otherwise fancified style. Feeling especially colorful? Scoop up a chalking package and streak away.
Why: Meander down Mulberry to show off your new do (and grab a zeppole or two).
When: Fri., 3-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 280 Mulberry St., b/t Houston & Prince Sts. (212-965-0369).
Brooklyn Book Festival
What: Authors, publishers, and critics of all walks and genres descend upon Downtown Brooklyn for a marathon of events, including readings, discussions, and workshops.
Why: Find us settled in a pew at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church at 3:30 p.m. listening to Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, and Bernice L. McFadden read their respective selections.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Locations and more info at brooklynbookfestival.org.
What: Spend an afternoon on the patio slurping unlimited oysters; jamming to bluegrass bands; and cheersing with ever-flowing beer, wine, and bloody marys.
Why: Aw, shucks. Half the proceeds from each ticket goes to Citymeals-on-Wheels.
When: Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Aureole, 135 42nd St., at Broadway. Tickets in advance ($75) at 212-319-1660 or email@example.com; also at the door ($85).
The Row Sample Sale
What: The CFDA women’s wear designers of the year knock buckets off leather leggings, tees and tanks, tailored jackets, cashmere coats, sweaters, dresses, sunglasses, and — yes — handbags.
Why: Your pockets aren’t lined with gold.
When: Today-Sat., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Soiffer Haskin, 317 W. 33rd St., b/t Eighth & Ninth Aves. Credit cards only.
I’ll Be Your Mirror Curated by Greg Dulli & ATP
What: A brainier music festival with under-the-radar acts (Jose Gonzalez, The Antlers, Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees), laughter (Janeane Garofalo), films (The Royal Tenenbaums, Something Wild), and whiskey tastings.
Why: One of your last chances to get up close to Frank Ocean (he rocked SNL) before he sells out arenas.
Where: Pier 36, at FDR Dr. Tickets ($60-$75 per day) at atpfestival.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Le Fooding