howl_sm.jpgArtwork by Jim Jarmusch, Nan Goldin, Anton Van Dalen and others up for bid; screenings and performances in community gardens; Charlie Parker tribute jazz festival; hip hop arts; readings; live music; parties; theatre; burlesque; art shows; films; Rooftop Rants; Beat poetry; Latino music and dance; Hebrew trivia; performance art; semi-nude live models in Tompkins Square Park; a Vomitorium; Wigstock with Boy George and RuPaul; and, of course, all things Allen Ginsberg.

There are so many activities and events at this year's East Village Howl! Festival - over 400 at 60 venues - if Gothamist were to describe them all, we'd be here all day. We suggest clicking over to the Howl! site for the exhaustive schedule of the festivities and descriptions of all the goings-down.

Counterculture isn't just for adults: take the little ones to Howl! Jr. in the Tompkins Square Park basketball courts for kid-friendly live music, performances, arts and crafts, the ever-popular face painting, playing dress-up and Swedish marionettes.

The Howl! Festival kicks off today, August 17 and continues through August 24. Howl! Jr. runs Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22.