scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including jane’s walk, art fairs, film fests, free zumba and tai chi classes, cherry blossoms in full bloom at the brooklyn botanical garden, and more.


fri various times: may the fourth be with! feel the force at these star wars-day themed events:

► various times: the empire strikes back (despecialized edition), movies r dumb presents the star wars holiday special, star wars drink n’ draw, and star wars: the psychedelica awakens at q.e.d. astoria. free-$10. >>

► 6pm: the science of star wars at caveat (les). free. >>

► 7pm the last jedi screening at syndicated (bushwick). $7. >>

► 7pm: the force awakens and the last jedi screenings at gemini + scorpio loft (gowanus). $10 suggested donation. >>

► 8pm: may the 4th laser tag at bowlmor lanes (chelsea piers). $10 adv, $20 door. >>

► 10pm: the empire striketh back drinking game  at the players theatre (west village). $12 admission includes a drink. >>

► 10pm: a galaxy far far away silent disco at the well (bushwick). $5-15 adv, $20 door. >>

► midnight: the george lucas talk show at ucb east village. $9. >>

fri 10am-8pm (+ sat 9am-6pm): in anticipation of sunday’s td five boro bike tour, 100+ exhibitors take over red hook’s brooklyn cruise terminal for the annual bike expo new york. free admission. >>

fri 12-4:30pm: nyu’s student-run program board presents the strawberry fest, an annual outdoor concert featuring performances by men i trust, crumb, mike, beshken, and wnyu djs. plus a super-long strawberry shortcake. sweet! w 3rd street + laguardia place (greenwich village), free admission. >>

fri 6-9pm: asia society celebrates asian pacific american heritage month with a night of free admission, tours, sake + beer tastings, and more. asia society (ues), free. >>

fri 6-11pm: the rubin museum kicks off artist and museum fellow chitra ganesh‘s residency with a night of gallery tours, discussions, music by dj rekha, 2-for-1 happy hour 6-7pm, a screening of 1956 sci-fi classic forbidden planet introduced by ganesh ($10), and more. part of the museum’s ongoing k2 friday nights series. rubin museum of art (chelsea), free admission. >>

fri 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: three years after interplanetary space probe new horizons reached pluto, lead scientist alan stern and astrobiologist david grinspoon discuss their new book, chasing new horizons: inside the epic first mission to pluto, followed by a signing. beer and wine will be available for purchase. intrepid sea, air + space museum (midtown west/hell’s kitchen), free. >>

fri 7:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): get sasha fierce at lola star’s dreamland beyoncé-themed roller disco party at prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): writers of comedic punk news site the hard times and their friends present a stand-up comedy showcase at tender trap (greenpoint). $5. >>

fri 7:30pm (ends today): following a 26-night run at the edinburgh fringe festival, performer and author mindy raf (the symptoms of my insanity) brings her her critically acclaimed solo show not the one: a love story to theaterlab (midtown west). $15 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $23). >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): speak american: a comedy show with an accent celebrates everyone that’s come here from a different place. tonight, sydnee washington, usama siddiquee, bryan yang, radhika vaz, and yotam tubul. hosted by noa osheroff  and drew anderson. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 7:30pm doors: bauhaus and love and rockets bassist david j plays berlin (east village/alphabet city) with twin guns, beechwood, and hot jam factory. $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

fri 8pm: blush, double winter, and absolutely yours play alphaville (bushwick). $8. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by ryan donahue (kimmel), loyiso madinga (the daily show), fumi abe (mtv), tori piskin (mtv), kerry coddett (crashing), and steph tolev. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedians become authors real and imaginary and read selections from made up books at literati: a comedy show about books and the idiots who write them. hosted by colin o’brien + michael wolf, and featuring dylan marron (welcome to nightvale), marcia belsky (handmaid’s tale the musical), alex song (asian af) and lucas michael (miracle workers). caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by anthony devito (comedy central), mike abrusci (the chris gethard show), solomon georgio (conan), tommy mcnamara (onion sports), and katie hannigan (collegehumor). hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri midnight (fridays + saturdays thru 5/26): have a lynchian evening with late night lynch, nitehawk’s series of midnight screenings of  blue velvet, twin peaks: fire walk with me, lost highway, and eraserhead. nitehawk cinema (williamsburg), $12 general, $9 seniors. >>


sat various times: water you doing today? join the seventh annual riverkeeper sweep in helping clean up the hudson river’s shoreline, with 26 projects located in brooklyn, manhattan, queens, and the bronx. >>

sat various times: free comic book day: score free comics from local shops, and find other new and back-catalog items to purchase while you’re there. various locations. >>

sat various times: celebrate cinco de mayo with food and drink events and deals rounded up by am new york (here and here), grubstreet, metro, and time out new york.

sat various times: breakout the seersucker and giant hats for these free/inexpensive kentucky derby viewing events:
berg’n (crown heights) >>
fawkner (boerum hill) >>
harlem haberdashery (harlem) >>
humboldt + jackson (williamsburg) >>
mable’s smokehouse (williamsburg) >>
maison premiere (williamsburg) >>
parklife (gowanus) >>
pete’s candy store (williamsburg) >>
pier a harbor house (battery park) >>
public hotel (les) >>
tanner smith’s (midtown west) >>
the bell house (gowanus) >>
the bonnie (astoria) >>

sat 7am-7pm: wear comfortable shoes to the shorewalkers’ 33rd annual great saunter, a 32-mile walk along manhattan’s shoreline. $25. >>

sat 9am: holy rollers! get protection from above at the 20th annual non-denominational blessing of the bikes, which also features a moment of silence to honor the cyclists we’ve lost in the past year. the cathedral church of st. john the divine (morningside heights), free (donations accepted). >>

sat 11am-5pm: the annual nyc cannabis parade and rally returns with a call to end marijuana prohibition, stop racially motivated arrests, and improve the state’s medical marijuana program. march starts at broadway + 31st street, rally at union square. >>

sat 11am-7pm: the annual bronx book fair returns with readings, workshops, panels, vendors, and children’s activities. bronx library center/nypl (fordham manor), free admission. >>

sat 12-2:30pm: prepare for liftoff at a waterfront kite festival, a family-friendly afternoon of kite flying and s.t.e.a.m. activities. kites will be available for purchase, or byo. brooklyn bridge park’s harbor view lawn, free admission. >>

sat 5-10pm (monthly): this month’s free target first saturday at the brooklyn museum celebrates the exhibition ‘radical women: latin american art, 1960-1985’ with music by batalá new york, combo chimbita, and jarina de marco, dance by flamenco vivo carlota santana, a talk by when the spirits dance mambo author marta moreno vega, screening of experimental films by female latin american directors, and more. food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. free admission (note: programming does not include admission to the ticketed ‘david bowie is’ exhibition). >>

sat 6pm: 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade celebrates the release of his second comedy storytelling album, adam wade live at the magnet theater, with a launch show at the magnet theater (chelsea/midtown west). $7. >>

sat 6pm-midnight (saturdays 6pm-midnight thru 8/18, + 9/29-10/27): eat traditional street foods from around the world for $6 and under at the queens international night market. new york hall of science (corona), free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

sat 7:30pm (+ 5/12): dover string quartet and violist steven tenenbom perform haydn, borodin, and mozart at tonight’s installment of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. washington irving auditorium (gramercy), $14. >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): ride into the ranger zone, a comedy + poetry variety show hosted by twin sisters aimee rose and april ranger. tonight: comics clare o’kane and sonia denis, and more. branded saloon (prospect heights), free admission (drink or food purchase suggested). >>

sat 8pm: self-proclaimed ‘america’s #1 party girl’ courtney maginnis hosts one comedian, two tits, a night of standup, sketches and drinking games with guests wil cope, will winner, casey james salengo, and patrick schroeder. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 8pm-midnight: night at the museum: moma ps1 opens its doors for after-hours viewing of its exhibitions, sets by dj black helmet (aka azikiwe mohammed) and dj shraf, and a beer garden with suds from local breweries. moma ps1 (lic), $15. >>

sat 10pm (monthly): at this month’s party like it’s 1999 dance party: cinco de matthews edition, dj steve reynolds plays 90’s rock, pop, dance, r+b and hip-hop all night, plus an extra dose of the dmb in honor of the 20th anniversary of these crowded streets. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

sat 10pm: make hoppy new high school dance memories at hot rabbit’s annual gay prom: djs, drag performances, a photo booth, drink specials, and more. formal/semi-formal attire encouraged. lot 45 (bushwick), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

sat 10:30pm: depeche mode fan club new york celebrates the 25th anniversary of the band’s songs of faith and devotion with music spun by dj ash and dj shred. drom (east village/alphabet city), $10 adv, $15 dor. >>


sun 7:30am-6pm: the annual five boro bike tour rolls through nyc today, so here’s the list of road closures to expect. >>

sun 10am-5:30pm: 40 ny handmade collective members set up shop with the regular vendors at grand bazaar nyc (uws) for one day only. free admission. >>

sun 10am-6pm: coffee/record shop black gold breaks out a stash of thousands of lps and 45s for just $1 each. black gold (carroll gardens), free admission. >>

sun 12-3pm: stop ’n’ swap: bring your clean, reusable, portable items, and leave with something new (to you) at grow nyc’s community reuse event. ps 9 schoolyard (prospect heights), free admission. >>

sun 12-4pm: the parade + rally for love brings celebration, meditation, performances, music, and a whole lot of flowers to foley square (free). afterparty in dumbo ($17+). >>

sun 12-5pm: unicorns are real (at least for today) at crafty unicorn horn shop brooklyn owl’s first anniversary celebration, featuring tastings from local businesses, a prize wheel, unicorn art projects, and more. bonus: free goody bags for the first 50 people. brooklyn owl (park slope), free admission. >>

sun 12-5pm: can jam: canned beer lovers will have over 60 options from 25 breweries to choose from. threes brewing (gowanus), free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

sun 12-6pm: the fourth annual greek jewish festival celebrates the community’s culture through kosher foods and pastries, traditional dancing and live music, vendors, and more. located in the front of kehila kedosha janina synagogue and museum (les), free admission. >>

sun 12:30pm: soccer fans will have a ball at an outdoor viewing party of real madrid c.f. vs f.c. barcelona at hudson river park’s pier 26. free. >>

sun 12:30-4:30pm: plant-powered vegan food fest learn about the benefits of plant-based living with a day of speakers, recipe demos, vendors, raffles, a cupcake contest, and of course food. all net proceeds will go to catskill animal sanctuary. mayday space (bushwick), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

sun 1-6pm: get jiggy with it at the 17th annual irish arts center dance festival, a day of dance performances, live music, language lessons, activities for the kids, and more. pier i at riverside park south (uws), free. >>

sun 4pm doors (monthly): the movies at the palace series at united palace (washington heights) screens james cameron’s aliens (1986), preceded by a pre-mother’s day tribute to sigourney weaver by the palace players. $10 adv/$15 door general, $5 adv/$10 door seniors. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): big irv’s storytelling roadshow returns with short stories told by gastor almonte (this is not happening), marc abbott (moth grandslam champ), rob penty (risk!), drew prochaska (story collider), anders lee, amy oestreicher, momoh pujeh, jay stewart, and maybe you (there will be two open mic slots). hosted by adam selbst. byob. big irv’s (williamsburg), free. >>

sun 7pm doors, 8pm show: still feeling the force? prove it at five rounds of star wars trivia, covering all of the films. videology (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sun 7pm doors, 8pm show: in jo firestone’s a hastily written masterpiece starring the audience, comedians write a silly musical script filled with songs from popular artists, and members of the audience perform them. tonight’s show takes on the songs of lady gaga. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: thug passion presents celebrates and skewers classic black films through commentary, movie clips, music, and live table reads by comedians. tonight’s show takes on above the rim (1994). hosted by shalewa sharpe and courtney fearrington. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun 8:30pm (monthly): hosts evan forde barden and patrick cartelli interview guests about important songs from their lives for repeater: a little show about big songs. tonight: comedian + illustrator branson reese (collegehumor) and punk rocker matt costabile. q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

all weekend

skint psa: missed the brooklyn botanic garden’s cherry blossom festival? there’s still time to take in the scenery, as the main rows of cherry blossoms (100 trees!) are now in first and peak bloom. $15 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

fri thru sun: the eighth annual jane’s walk: explore the city with one or several of 200+ citizen-led walking tours inspired by urban activist jane jacobs. various locations in all boroughs, free. >>

fri thru sun: the annual frieze art fair returns to randall’s island park with almost 200 international contemporary art galleries. as in past years, the frieze ticket price is out of the skint’s range, but there are several lower-priced satellite fairs around nyc that are more affordable, including cultural traffic at the hester street fair (free), salon zürcher at zürcher gallery (free), superfine! in the meatpacking district ($12-17), fridge art fair at nu hotel ($15), and others. >>

fri thru sun: yes, he’s talkin’ to you. screenwriter and director paul schrader will introduce and/or do q+a following select screenings of taxi driver, light sleeper, the walker, and american gigolo. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

fri thru sun: get your fill of film at the annual harlem international film festival (amc magic johnson + dwyer cultural center, $11+) and the greenpoint film festival (wythe hotel, $10).

fri thru 5/8: the 29th dusty film + animation festival presents more than 100 screened works by sva bfa film + bfa animation students. sva theatre (chelsea). free. >>

fri thru 5/25: the annual red bull music festival returns for a sixth year with concerts, talks, exhibitions, and screenings from the likes of harry belafonte, fever ray, robyn, and more. various locations and prices. >>

fri thru 10/28: see early work of stanley kubrick from the period when he was a young photographer for look magazine at the museum of the city of new york’s newest exhibit, through a different lens: stanley kubrick photographs. museum of the city of new york (east harlem), suggested admission: $18 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

extended sat + sun 10am-4pm: take in the view of thousands of tulips and spring flowers at the annual west side community garden tulip festival. free admission >>

sat 11am, sun 8am (thru 9/29): take a free zumba or tai chi class in the great outdoors as part of riverside park and west harlem piers park’s annual summer on the hudson festival. zumba (saturdays at 11am thru 9/29, west harlem piers) and tai chi (sundays at 8am thru 8/12, soldiers’ and sailor’s monument in riverside park).

sat + sun 12-6pm: celebrate dutch culture at the second annual new amsterdam festival, featuring activities for children, beer, mead and cider for adults, and live music, tours, and games of knockerball for all. historic vander ende-onderdonk house (ridgewood), free admission. >>

sat + sun 12-7pm: shop from more than 20 plus size brands at the body positive p.s. bklyn plus size fashion market. city point (downtown brooklyn), free admission. >>

sat 12-7pm, sun 12-5pm: the 25 artists of the invisible dog art center become quite visible for their ninth annual artists’ open studios. invisible dog (cobble hill), free. >>

sat + sun: you don’t have to be religious to get to know the history, art, and architecture of the city’s houses of worship at this year’s sacred sites open house, sponsored by the landmarks conservancy. this year’s theme, ‘sacred sounds and settings,’ focuses on music and performances. various locations, free admission. >>

sat thru 6/1 11am-9pm: the bi-annual mad. sq. eats outdoor food market returns to the flatiron’s worth square with 25 specialty vendors. >>

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