scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including greenpoint open studios, an all-you-can-eat ice cream fest in bryant park, science fests, shaekespeare in the park, free kayaking, and more.


fri + sat: short and sweet: 40 indie films from emerging and established independent filmmakers, ranging from 3-30 mins in length, screen at the new york shorts international film festival. anthology film archives (east village), $15. >>

fri: it’s national doughnut/donut day! score yourself a free one at these locations:
babeland (park slope): free donut at 7pm. >>
du’s donuts (williamsburg): free mini cruller and a du’s cocktail 5-7pm. >>
dunkin’ donuts (at participating locations): free donut with purchase of any beverage. >>
edible (at participating locations): free donut. >>
krispy kreme (at participating locations): free doughnut of any variety. >>

fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black panther + a wakanda fashion show. marcus garvey park (harlem). >>
le grand restaurant. cedar hill (central park). >>
paddington. rory staunton field (jackson heights). >>
stonewall. mccarren park pool deck (williamsburg/greenpoint). >>
the lego ninjago movie. leif ericson park (dyker heights). >>
thor: ragnarok. willowbrook park (staten island). >>

fri 7am-10pm (thru 9/30): you just got another hour to enjoy the high line. summer hours start today. >>

fri 11am-7pm: feel like tom hanks at a 30th anniversary pop-up replica of the loft apartment from the film big, where you  can bounce on a trampoline, dance on piano keys, play pinball, and try your luck at a zoltar fortune teller machine with prizes from mattress and furniture company zinus, who is sponsoring the event. home studios (flatiron), free. >>

fri 6-8pm (thru 6/3): featuring all latin american-based contributors, this year’s camera club of new york zine + photo book fair highlights printed matter’s ability to enact social change. opening reception friday 6-8pm. baxter street at the camera club of new york (chinatown/little italy), free admission. >>

fri 6-10pm: this month’s edition of the schomburg center’s first fridays series celebrates gay pride with extended hours, exhibitions of materials of and by black lgbt people throughout history, dj sets, drinks, drag performances, and more. ‘fabulous’ dress code encouraged. schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem), free admission. >>

fri 7pm: broadway icon hal prince and cast members from prince of broadway give a musical performance followed by a signing at a release event for the production’s original broadway cast recording. barnes + noble 86th + lexington, wristbands for entry will be given with purchase of the cd at this location starting at 9am. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): the 44 charlton variety show, hosted by julian fleisher (wnyc’s the naked american songbook), returns with actor martha plimpton, two-time moth storyslam winner and comedian jocelyn chia, and music by the hungry march band. the greene space at wnyc (south village), $15. >>

fri 7 doors, 8 show: metropolis burlesque sends up rick and morty at bizarre bushwick (bushwick). $10 suggested donation. >>

fri 7-10pm: not all block parties come with a complimentary bike valet, but transportation alternatives’ bike home from work party does, plus food, beer, games, and vendors to kick off the summer cycling season. brooklyn brewery (williamsburg), free admission (rsvp required). >>

fri 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: wrap yourself in harmony at choiroke, a night of karaoke with an actual choir singing backing vocals along with you. the gallery bar at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: performers show their inner geeks (and a lot more) at wasabassco’s ‘get your nerd on’ burlesque show. littlefield (gowanus), $15+. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: the bell house summer series brings a season of outdoor concerts and comedy to an industry city courtyard, kicking off tonight with eight-piece new orleans brass band the soul rebels. $15. >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): improvisers talk over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, tonight featuring episodes of just shoot me and hey dude. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

fri 7:30pm: the fader-gendron-haas trio performs music by brahms and dvorak, followed by a complimentary wine and cheese reception. greenwich house music school concert hall (west village), $15 general, $10 students/seniors (save $5 at the door if you mention the skint). >>

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, eman el-husseini, samuel bronowski, sagar bhatt, rebecca o’neal, andre medrano, and pranav behari. hosted by noa osheroff and defne gencler. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

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 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), monroe martin (seth meyers), jess salomon, raanan hershberg, and damian holmes. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 9:30pm: mmmbop your way into summer at secretformula’s 90’s summer jams sing-along, where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos, participate in a dance-off, drink themed drinks, and score some sweet 90’s swag. themed attire encouraged. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

fri 10pm (monthly): lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence perform a reading of george etherege’s the comical revenge or, love in a tub (1664) while the audience plays drinking games. the players theatre (west village), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint10’ (reg $12) admission includes a drink. >>

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sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
art of brooklyn film festival – best of the fest. sunset park. >>
deep. samuel seabury playground (ues). >>
dr. suess’ the lorax. westerleigh park (staten island). >>
the greatest showman. washington market park (tribeca). >>
the lion king. lemon creek park (staten island). >>
the wedding singer. pier 45. >>
zootopia. shore park and parkway (bay ridge). >>

sat 9am-6pm: feed your soul at soulfest, an outdoor yoga and wellness festival offering a dozen classes to the community. adam clayton powell j.r state office building plaza (harlem). free admission (rsvp). >>

sat 9am-10pm: hudson river park celebrates its 20th anniversary with a day of family programming, yoga and pilates classes, salsa dancing, and a screening of the wedding singer. pier 45 (west village), free. >>

sat 11am (saturdays thru 6/30): learn about the downtown music scenes past and present at a classic, punk, and folk rock tour of the village. meet at the washington square park arch (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

sat 11am-5pm: go west and spend at the 20th annual jane street block association street sale, which fills the block with locals selling clothing, jewelry, home goods, books, and more. jane street between 8th avenue + hudson street, free admission. >>

sat 11am-6pm: the seventh annual bushwick collective block party livens up the neighborhood for a crowd of thousands with live street art, free haircuts, food vendors, beer, and dj and live music performances including headliner ja rule. free. >>

sat 12-4pm: this national gun violence awareness day, honor all those lost and injured by gun violence and demand action at the youth over guns march and rally across the brooklyn bridge. meets at the korean war veterans plaza (brooklyn heights), free. >>

sat 12-8pm: shop local at the colored girls hustle marketplace, a new monthly pop-up shop featuring a dozen women of color vendors selling beauty products, apparel, candles, herb-infused beverages, and more. new women space (williamsburg), free. >>

sat 2-6pm (saturdays thru 8/25): union pool’s annual summer thunder backyard music series kicks off the season with music by deradoorian and l’rain. union pool (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat 4pm: the funny / sexy / sad reading series presents works that are, well, you guessed it. hosted by amira pierce and nate waggoner. branch ofc. (crown heights), free. >>

sat 5-11pm (monthly): this month’s free target first saturday at the brooklyn museum celebrates the stories of pride lgbtq poets, artists, and performers with music by the nyc gay men’s chorus, talks on queer zines and trans history, poetry readings, film screenings, 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 5:30-10:30pm (+ 7/7, 9/1): change channels and control your own dance party at a silent disco. pier i at riverside park south (uws), free admission (note: a credit or debit card may be required to borrow headphones). >>

sat 6pm doors, 7pm show: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: gregory porter and victory at central park. free. >>

sat 7pm-midnight: if you didn’t find a date to your high school prom, maybe you’ll snag one in time for the sixth annual red hook community prom, a throwback night of dancing, spiked punch, and more held in an actual school gym. south brooklyn community high school (red hook), pay-what-you-can admission ($5 minimum suggested) benefits the cora dance scholarship fund. >>

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 xazmin garza, saurin choksi and connor mcgrath, and poet shawn randall. branded saloon (prospect heights), free admission (drink or food purchase suggested). >>

sat 8pm: dive in to the jackknife comedy show, celebrating its four-year anniversary with performances by janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), mike drucker (full frontal with samantha bee), alison leiby (the opposition with jordan klepper), and more. hosted by patrick hastie and gideon hambright. the creek and the cave (lic), $5. >>

sat 10pm (monthly): at this month’s party like it’s 1999 dance party: summer #1s of the 90’s edition, dj steve reynolds plays 90’s rock, pop, dance, r+b and hip-hop all night, plus an extra dose of summertime chart-toppers. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>


sun various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
fiddler on the roof. manhattan beach. >>
west side story. habana outpost (fort greene). >>

sun various times: parade season is upon us!
11am-4pm: celebrate israel parade. fifth ave bet 57th-74th st. >>
12-6pm: philippine independence day parade, street fair and cultural festival. madison ave bet 24th + 38th sts. >>
12-6pm: queens pride parade + festival. jackson heights, queens. >>

sun 10am-5:30pm: makers from the new york metro area who produce one-of-a-kind and limited-edition fashion, art, furniture, skin care, jewelry, pottery, stationery, leather bags, food and more join today’s handmade edition of grand bazaar nyc (uws). free admission. >>

sun 11am-6pm: the annual drums along the hudson native american and multicultural festival returns to celebrate native american culture with performances, storytelling, crafts, and food. inwood hill park (inwood). free admission. >>

sun 11-6pm (first sundays thru 9/2): the noguchi museum’s community days offer free admission with special programming and tours throughout the day. noguci museum (lic), free (reg. $10 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

sun 12-6pm: explore new solo exhibitions by reza abdoh, seth price and sue coe, as well as the group exhibition ‘body armor’ at moma ps1’s summer open house, which also offers performances and artist talks. moma ps1 (lic), free. >>

sun 2pm: walk in the footsteps of nyc’s rock history as crispin kott and mike katz discuss their new book the rock and roll explorer guide to new york city with ‘77 music club podcast hosts carly jordan and carrie courogen. books will be available for purchase, and a signing follows. rough trade (williamsburg), free. >>

sun 2pm: the victor goines quintet performs the music of king oliver, wc handy, and duke ellington at the woodlawn cemetery (bronx). free (rsvp required). >>

sun 2-6pm: howl happening hosts an allen ginsberg birthday celebration, featuring performances and a group reading of ‘howl.’ ginsberg’s ‘right hand man’ bob rosenthal leads the event with david amram, ed sanders, hettie jones, eileen myles, and others performing. howl happening (east village), free. >>

sun 4pm (line forms at 2pm): humorist and author david sedaris does an intimate reading and in-store signing of his new book calypso at books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

sun 4-11pm: dance under the stars to live performances by tito puente jr., soundboy cartagena, and new york salsa band at a bushwick salsa party, held at the brooklyn mirage (east williamsburg). free. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news: it’s a comedy show returns with khalid rahmaan (conan), chris calogero (not quite midnight), sallyann hall (left breast comedy hour), alex pavone, and akeem woods. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

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 chrissy shackelford (wyatt cenac’s problem areas) and musician april kae (imanigold). q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: 400 artists open up their studios to the public for the annual greenpoint open studios (sat-sun 12-6pm). launch party friday 7pm, wrap party sunday 7pm. free admission. >>

fri thru sun: eat ’til your brain freezes at ‘the nation’s largest’ all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, returning to bryant park for a second year with a baker’s dozen local and national ice cream + sorbet makers serving up 64 flavors. rain or shine. bryant park (midtown west), $25 admission benefits the jimmy fund. >>

fri thru sun: for a limited pop-up run, low-cal ice cream company halo top serves up their new peaches + cream soft serve, swirled inside a croissant-muffin hybrid, with the first 150 guests each day receiving it for free. supermoon bakehouse (les), free admission. >>

fri thru sun: the 11th annual world science festival takes science out of the lab and brings it to parks, museums, and galleries with events and talks on the cosmic riddle of existence, black holes, searching for alien life, building a better brain, and more. various locations and prices (several free). >>

fri thru sun: the second annual split screens festival celebrates the art and craft of tv with five days of screenings and discussions with directors, producers, showrunners and cast members from programs including the americans, better call saul, snowfall, westworld, younger, and more, plus obsessive panels on the outer limits and twin peaks. ifc center (greenwich village), $15. >>

fri thru sun: the people’s film festival spotlights independent filmmakers from around the world, with an emphasis on those who utilize new media and technology. various locations in harlem, $14. >>

fri thru sun: the rioult dance ny company celebrates the connection between choreographers and composers with performances of artistic director pascal rioult’s pieces dream suite (tchaikovsky) and les noces (stravinsky), plus the world premiere of an original score by polina nazaykinskaya. the joyce theater (chelsea), $10+. >>

fri thru 6/6: discover the subversive humor, experiment failures, and unsung heroes of science whose contributions were buried by racism and sexism at caveat’s week-long underground science festival. caveat (les), various prices. >>

fri thru 6/10: the annual brooklyn film festival brings 125 features, shorts, documentaries, animated and experimental films from 30 countries to seven brooklyn venues. $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

fri thru 6/16: beatles fans: prints of photographer tom murray’s ‘mad day: summer of ’68’ photos, the last publicity shoot of all four beatles together, are currently on display at soho contemporary art. free admission. >>

fri thru 6/17 (thurs-sun): 20 emerging and established playwrights will premiere new plays at the gallery players’ 21st annual black box new play festival. the gallery players (south slope), $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

fri thru 6/24) + 7/17-8/19): the annual shakespeare in the park season returns to central park’s delacorte theater with outdoor productions of othello (5/29-6/24) starring chukwudi iwuji, heather lind, corey stoll and more, and twelfth night (7/17-8/19) starring ato blankson-wood, nikki m. james, andrew kober, jacob ming-trent, and shaina taub. free tickets are available each day in-person at the theater in the park (starting at 12pm, but the line forms much earlier), at an in-person lottery at the public theater (sign-up begins at 11am, drawing at 12pm), via a digital lottery, and at various locations in each borough on specific dates (starting at 12pm).

fri thru 7/15: public art alert: brooklyn greenway initiative unveils elliott arkin’s ‘the spanish gardener,’ a 10-foot sculpture of pablo picasso mowing a lawn, at the corner of degraw street + columbia street (columbia waterfront district). opening reception 6/1 6-8pm. free. >>

sat + sun various times: volunteer in your community for it’s my park day parks and public spaces service projects. >>

sat + sun various times: free kayaking, kayak polo, and canoeing options at brooklyn bridge park’s pier 2 dock (sat + sun 10am-3pm, thurs 5:30-6:45pm, thru 8/30) and hallets cove in lic (1-4pm sundays thru 9/2).

sat 10am, sun 11:30am: take a free outdoor yoga class at garden of hope community garden in bed-stuy (saturdays 10am), jane bailey memorial garden in clinton hill (saturdays 10am), and woodland lawn in the battery (sundays 11:30am, wednesdays 6:30pm)

sat 10am-7pm, sun 10am-5pm: shop handmade items like clothing, jewelry, handbags, home decor, and more from 150 craftspeople at the craftnewyork outdoor market. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free admission. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: the twice-yearly washington square outdoor art exhibit sidewalk art show returns for its 88th year. university place from e. 13th street to waverly place (greenwich village). free admission. >>

sat 1-5pm, sun 12pm: dream big at house tours held in boerum hill (sat 1-5pm, $20-25) and prospect lefferts gardens (sun 12-5pm, $25-30).

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