Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m.
OCTOPUS! A Discussion of Animal Intelligence, Behavior and Roots

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, Manhattan

Pet owners around the city know how often we all wonder what goes on in the minds of our furry or feathered companions. (Why, oh why, must my cat passive aggressively poop in our suitcases the day we return from a long trip?) This week, Housing Works traces the animal kingdom’s mysterious ways down under water. Celebrate the cephalopod with the author of “Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea,” Katherine Harmon Courage, plus bio-robotics researcher Frank Grasso, animal intelligence scholar Robert Lurz and behavior expert Jennifer Basil. Admission is free.

Deal nearby: Prince Street Kitchen

Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5
Wine Riot NYC 2014

Center 548, 548 West 22nd Street, Manhattan

Yessir, it’s just like the name implies: 250 wines, 4 hours, 1 glass, and a bunch of thirsty New Yorkers. Pick your favorite potent potable, or choose a region around the world, and start sippin’ across the board – or chugging. (We’re not judging.) Admission is $60, and each guest gets their very own GoVino glass to take home after the boozin’. It’s said to be made of shatterproof (and, yes, wine riot-proof) medical-grade plastic. They mean business.

Deal nearby: Ken & Cook

Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6
Just Food Conference 2014

The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College
525 West 120th Street, Manhattan

The name may seem simple, but there’s a whole lot to learn at this year’s Just Food Conference. Consider it your all-you-can-eat look into the edible world. This two-day event explores everything from the ins-and-outs of CSA programs and national food issues to cooking techniques and preservation methods. Tickets are $55 to $185 for the different all-day intensives & tours happening on Saturday and $70 for Sunday’s conference.

Deal nearby: Barley & Grain

Sunday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ridgewood Market’s 1-year Anniversary

Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Avenue, Queens

With the coming of Spring, there’s more than just flowers popping up around New York. Yes, warmer weather also means the arrival of our favorite markets. While the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg open up back at their outdoor homes this Saturday, Ridgewood Market in Queens plans to celebrate its 1-year anniversary this Sunday with 40 local independent vendors. They’ll serve up brunch and booze, with a side of unique artisan gifts and vintage finds. Admission is free.

Deal nearby: El Mio Cid