The New Yorker's annual off the pages, into the streets festival celebrates 15 years this October, with some luminaries from the theater, journalism, fine art, food and culture scenes. Running October 10th through 12th in NYC, The New Yorker Festival offers interviews and lectures with folks like composer Stephen Sondheim and Bill Hader, but also an opportunity to leave a scholarly setting for more a more practical one, especially with their well-curated culinary events.

As he has for the past 12 years, author and humorist Calvin Trillin leads a "Come Hungry" walk from Greenwich Village to Chinatown with stops at his favorite eateries along the way. Over the years, the three-hour walks have become legendary, often selling out within minutes after being put up for sale. Last year, a mere 40 people were treated to a stops at Murray's Cheese Shop, Di Palo's, Xi'an Famous Foods and Full House Cafe, with plenty of quips and anecdotes along the way. Sunday, October 12th, 11 a.m.; Tickets $150

Trillin pulls double duty this year with another food-centric event at LES institution Russ & Daughters, where he'll speak with third-generation owner Mark Russ Federman, as well as fourth-generation owners Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper. The Fresser's Feast includes an opportunity to enjoy the quartet's conversation, where they'll discuss history, smoked fish and their newly opened Russ & Daughters Cafe. Also included, dinner at the Cafe, which should include some of the family's most delicious noshes. Saturday, October 11th, 7 p.m.; Tickets $200

Culinary adventure seekers should hang with Tables for Two as they pick and deliver their favorite dishes and drinks at different restaurants around town. Editors Amelia Lester, Shauna Lyon and Hanna Goldfield take participants on tours of Uptown, Downtown and Brooklyn restaurants (respectively) for a different cocktail, appetizer, main course and dessert at four different eateries. Wine is also included in the evening, which makes the included transportation all the much sweeter. Saturday, October 11th, 7 p.m.; Tickets $275 (Uptown), $250 (Downtown) and $225 (Brooklyn)

Tickets for all the events go on sale Friday at noon and many of them go FAST; if you happen to hold a MasterCard, you get access to some early ticket sales beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Some events (like the Trillin walk) have had wait lists in year's past, so be on the lookout if you're beat out on sale day.