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Cheap$kate: This week's best FREE events in NYC

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Halloween parade and pumpkin sail
Flaunt those carving skills and see how far your pumpkin can float at the annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail in Central Park. Bring your own five- to 10-pound jack-o’-lantern. (Sunday, 4-7 p.m., parade at 5:45 p.m., enter pumpkin sail by 5:30 p.m., FREE, Central Park, 110th St. btwn Fifth and Lenox aves., centralparknyc.org/calendar, 212-860-1370)

Kate DiCamillo
“The Tale of Despereaux” author DiCamillo will be at the Borders in Columbus Circle to read from and sign copies of her new book, “Bink & Gollie.” (Friday, 5 p.m., FREE, Borders Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, borders.com, 212-823-9775)

Neal Adams
“Holy comic books, Batman!” Artist Neal Adams brings Gotham to, well, Gotham as he signs copies of his new “Batman” comic book and showcases more than 50 new original pieces at Animazing Gallery. (Thursday, 7 p.m., FREE, Animazing Gallery, 54 Greene St. at Broome St., animazing.com, 212-226-7374)

Science film fest
Science nerds ... um, buffs ... unite! The Secret Science Club is teaming with Imagine Science Film Festival for the third annual film fest, featuring science-inspired short films from the world over. The festival runs from Oct. 15-22 at venues throughout the city. (Monday, 7:30 p.m., FREE, The Bell House, 149 Seventh St., btwn Second and Third aves., Gowanus, imaginesciencefilms.com, 718-643-6510)

‘Mic and Cheese’
So you think you’re funny? Here’s your chance to test out those comedy chops. Head to The Creek and The Cave for “Mic and Cheese,” a new open-mic night. Or just go to see some brave souls put their skills on the line for five minutes at a time. (Friday, every other week, sign-ups at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., FREE, The Creek and The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, creeklic.com, 718-706-8783)

ACT UP New York
Get your art on, and learn a little something about the AIDS crisis while you’re at it, at “ACT UP New York: Activisim, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993,” a multifaceted exhibit presented by White Columns. (Closes Saturday, Tues. - Sat. noon - 6 p.m., FREE, White Columns, 320 W. 13th St., entrance on Horatio St. btwn Hudson and 8 aves., whitecolumns.org, 212-924-4212)

NYC VegFest
Veg out, literally, at the second annual NYC VegFest. Stop by for educational, healthy-living exhibits, as well as FREE tai chi and yoga classes. (Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., tai chi at 10:30 a.m., yoga at 11:30 a.m., FREE, Union Square Park, vegfest.webs.com)
 

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