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Six festivals to check out this weekend.

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You, too, can take old-timey pictures at the Steampunk Saloon.   

Steampunk Saloon
Water Street Restaurant & Lounge; 9/25 and 9/26 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 66 Water St., nr. Main St., Dumbo; 718-625-9352
The Brooklyn Indie Market’s two-day celebration of drinking, techno music, and Victorian fashion takes over Dumbo this weekend (hence all the corsets and top hats). Even the waxed-mustache-averse might enjoy the Tsirkus Fotografika booth, where photographer R.A. Friedman will be shooting moody black-and-whites of attendees on vintage peel-apart film ($15 for a solo or group portrait).

World Maker Faire
New York Hall of Science; 9/25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9/26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 47-01 111th St., nr. 47th Ave.; 718-699-0005
Think of the World Maker Faire as a county fair for creative tech geeks. At the New York Hall of Science, participants can play with robots, listen to the soothing sounds of TV cello, climb aboard the mobile science laboratory BioBus, and learn new uses for a dead computer (ex: build a terrarium). Especially fun for kids, but adults can benefit, too.

Le Grand Fooding
MoMA P.S. 1; 9/24 and 9/25 at 6 p.m.; 22-25 Jackson Ave., at 46th Ave., Long Island City; 718-784-2084
It's a food fight of coastal proportions when the mischievous movement Le Fooding hosts a two-day “competition” between chefs from New York and San Francisco. Ticket-holders will sample delicacies from New Yorkers like David Chang (Momofuku) and Dan Barber (Blue Hill Farm), while SF brings in contenders like Daniel Patterson (Coi, Plum, Cane Rosso) and Mourad Lahlou (Aziza). The soundtrack for the weekend will be another throw-down: Dan the Automator repping S.F., and Grizzly Bear in the corner for N.Y.

Atlantic Antic
9/26 from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.; Atlantic Ave. between Fourth Ave. and Hicks St., Brooklyn Heights; 718-875-8993
The only street fair to be immortalized by the Beastie Boys, in their song "Shadrach" (“So I'm out pickin' pockets at the Atlantic Antic”), the 36th installment of the iconic festival features everything from face painting to belly-dancing and delicious treats like baklava, funnel cake, grilled sardines, and pulled-pork sandwiches (this is a street fair, after all). Have a blast, but some advice: If you see a Beastie Boy, hide your wallet.

Feast of San Gennaro
Through 9/16; Mulberry St. between Canal St. and Houston St.
Have you checked out the 84th Annual Feast of San Gennaro yet? The eleven-day outdoor food and religious celebration (with carnival rides, concerts, and much more) culminates this weekend, but not before and the Grand Procession on Saturday, which takes over the streets with parade floats, marching bands, and the Statue of San Gennaro. Look out for the Honorary Grand Marshal, actor Tony Lo Bianco of French Connection fame.

Dumbo Arts Festival
9/24-9/26; Between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, including the Waterfront; 718-488-8588
Art permeates the streets in this three-day event that incorporates over 150 studios, 30-plus galleries, and 40-plus arts organizations in Dumbo. Wander into the open studios or check out the multitude of theater, literary, and musical events. Also on hand: digital offerings like the website showdown, or the panel with NASA scientist Dr. Gavin Schmidt discussing the role of art and science in climate change.


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