Saturday, August 18: Check out the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival today, where local kids will read alongside big name writers like Jennifer Egan (pictured) and Gloria Naylor. If it goes well, the park could install a coffee maker and Wi-Fi, insuring that local writers never leave.
4:30 pm in Fort Greene Park (enter at DeKalb Avenue and Fort Greene Place). Free. For information, visit www.fortgreenepark.o....
Out of the pool
Sunday, August 19: The City’s pools might stay open until Labor Day but today’s the last party at McCarren Park’s pool until next summer. Say goodbye to the hard concrete floor, the slip-n-slide and all your other summertime friends while Ghostland Observatory (pictured) plays on the stage.
2 pm at the McCarren Park Pool (Lorimer Street at Bayard Street in Williamsburg). Free. For information, visit www.mccarrenpark.com.
Do the gou
Monday, August 20: It’s August and everyone seems to be leaving town. If you’ve already cashed in your vacation days, take a night off yourself and head to Cafe Steinhof for a taste of Austria — and a cheap one at that. The Austrian eatery’s trademark goulash is only $5 a bowl from 5 pm-11 pm, so pair it with a frosty mug of Gaffel Kolsch and enjoy a brief but satisfying getaway.
5 pm at Cafe Steinhof (422 Seventh Ave. at 14th Street in Park Slope). $5 for a bowl of gulash. For information, call (718) 369-7776 or visit www.cafesteinhof.com.
Wednesday, August 22: Presidential hopeful — and former Brooklynite — Barack Obama heads to the Marriott tonight for his second fundraiser in the borough. This time, instead of $1,000, it’ll only cost you $25 to meet the future president of the United States (though maybe not the next president of the United States).
5:30 pm at the Brooklyn Marriott (333 Adams St. between Tech Place and Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn). $25. For information, call (212) 763-4853.
Friday, August 24: “Riverdale Sock Hop” sounds more like something that would happen in the Bronx than Williamsburg, but tonight at Galapagos, the Inbred Hybrid Collective is hosting the wholesome-sounding bash in honor of comic book hero Archie. Expect burlesque, music, art, magic and more all in celebration of Reggie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and the redheaded cartoon who made them what they are.
7:30 at Galapagos Art Space (70 N. Sixth St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg). Free. (718) 782-5188.