Will you survive the Bay Ridge Nights?

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Bay Ridge is under siege!

Aliens, Brits, and meteorites are invading the neighborhood this weekend. But follow our directions and you can make it out alive — and with a buzz to boot.

On Friday night, you have one obligation — to watch the greatest clown-themed horror movie of all time. Stephen King who? We are talking about “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” — in which hungry intergalactic harlequins land on Earth in a circus tent-shaped mothership and encase humans in cotton candy cocoons before drinking their sweet, sweet innards. Bring the kids! The show is at Owl’s Head Park (68th Street and Colonial Road) at 6 pm, and it’s free.

Here at Bay Ridge Nights, Saturday night will always be about the music (and leisure suits) — and Saturday night starts early this week. Head to Lonestar Bar and Grill (8703 Fifth Ave. at 87th Street) at 3 pm for British Invasion revivalists London Fogg. There is no cover, but they are taking donations for breast cancer.

Then you have two options — you can either go to No Quarter (8015 Fifth Ave. between 80th and 81st streets) and see band the Social Zoo, which bills itself as “The world’s only two-way petting zoo,” or you can get the hell as far away as you can. Good luck.

And visit a ghoulish gourd giveaway at the 69th Street Pier (Bay Ridge Avenue and Shore Road) on Sunday! The Waterfront Alliance and Councilman Vinny Gentile are throwing a pumpkin festival (no pumpkin-throwing allowed). You can scrawl on a squash, hear chilling sea chanties, and compete for the best-costume crown. Plus they are giving away pumpkins! It starts at noon, but if you come dressed as Cinderella, your chariot turns into a er, pumpkin at 4 pm.

Then get to Owl’s Head Park by 7 pm to catch a meteor shower with the Parks Department’s Urban Rangers. These space rocks have flown all the way here from Orion’s Belt without raising any alarms, but some keen-eyed Bay Ridge Nights-owl should make sure none of them are suspiciously circus-shaped.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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