scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including free croissants and mini donuts, free bike helmet giveaways, the wfmu record fair, open studios, the brooklyn botanical garden’s cherry blossom festival, and more.


fri + sat: with online and irl blurring more every day, and the eighth annual theorizing the web conference gathers journalists, scholars, activists, artists, and technology practitioners to delve into the interrelationships between the internet and society. museum of the moving image (astoria), pay-what-you-wish admission. >>

fri 10am-5pm: get free one-on-one financial advice from professionals and attend workshops on a wide-range of life issues at the new york public library’s annual financial planning day. nypl sibl (midtown east), free. >>

fri 12-8pm: browse and buy posters, prints, zines, books, and more at sva’s risolab print slam, an end of the semester showcase and shop of printed matter created by students and artists-in-residence. risolab (chelsea), free admission. >>

fri 1-4pm: add some poetry to your day at the eighth annual shakespeare’s birthday sonnet slam where 154 participants will each read one of the bard’s 154 sonnets. central park’s naumburg bandshell, free admission, $10 to register as a reader. >>

fri 6-9pm (+ sat 1-7pm): the international studio + curatorial program’s (iscp) annual spring open studios features the works of 36 artists and curators from 22 countries currently in residence. iscp (bushwick), free. >>

fri 6:30pm: gun reform in black + white: student activism and #neveragain: a panel of white student activists from parkland, florida and black student activists from chicago and new york come together to share their experiences with gun violence, activism and organizing for gun reform laws. the new school’s theresa lang student center (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

fri 7pm: laugh cry at epic, a storytelling and standup show dedicated to making a big deal out of nothing, featuring comedy and dramatic retellings of ‘everyday, trivial problems’ set to classical music. hosted by amamah sardar and laura merli. the tank (midtown west), $10. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): em’s damn good rogering is a show with standup, characters, and music aplenty, with demonstrations of said things by amy zimmer, matt barats, max wittert, fareeha khan, and eliza hurwitz. hosted by emma rogers. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

fri 7-10pm (runs thru 5/25): brooklyn-based artist stickymonger, aka joohee park, presents ‘dayp (do as you please),’ a multimedia group show highlighting works from 22 artists. opening reception tonight. myplasticheart toy store + gallery (les), free admission. >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): improvisers talk over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, tonight featuring episodes of boy meets world and the new roseanne. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

fri 7:30pm doors: lazyeyes, the midnight hollow, cosmonaut, and colatura play berlin (east village/alphabet city). $10. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): hosts betsy kenney and dara katz round up some of their favorite performers for everybody hates us (but not tonight, baby!), a comedy variety show born out of one question: what would you do on this stage if you stopped caring about how other people felt about you? tonight: tim baltz (the opposition with jordan klepper), jo firestone (fallon), mike kelton (shade: queens of new york), karolena theresa, benny polanco, and megan patsel. the mockingbird (alphabet city), $7 adv, $9 door >>

fri 8pm (+ sat): wandering bark theatre company presents you / emma, a ‘postmodern fever dream of flaubert’s madame bovary,’ at irt theater (west village). $15 adv, $18 door. >>

fri 8pm: boytoy plays a record release show with support from metalleg and the muckers. secret project robot (bushwick/bed-stuy), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by kate willett (this is not happening), josh gondelman (last week tonight), nicole aimée schreiber (comedy central), chris thayer (adam devine’s house party), alexis guerreros (the cooligans), and samantha ruddy. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features ryan donahue (kimmel), jo firestone (fallon), usama siddiquee (50 central), kerryn feehan (comedy central), courtney fearrington (siriusxm), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), and sarah gaul. hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 9:30pm (monthly): female storytellers, stand-ups, improvisers, and character actors perform at the she makes me laugh show, celebrating its two-year anniversary tonight with krystyna hutchinson (guys we f*cked), janelle james (@midnight), jamie lee (crashing), and more. $1 from each ticket sold will go to let america vote. the pit (flatiron), $11 adv with promo code ‘smmlnyc’ (reg. $16). >>

fri 9:30pm (ends today): the rubin museum of art’s latest cabaret cinema series features films that play with the concept of time. tonight, the series concludes with richard kelly’s donnie darko (2001) introduced by neuroscientist aniruddha das. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $10. >>

fri 10pm: tune in and flash back at the art school acid dropout show, where hosts grant lindahl (comedy central) and ian kitchen (the hard times) will present surreal comedy sketches including animated cartoons, puppets, and experimental videos. this month’s theme: high school. bonus: attendees get a free pbr tallboy (while supplies last). the creek and the cave (lic), $5. >>

fri 10pm: the arkham gothic dance party celebrates walpurgis night with goth/industrial/ebm/darkwave/post-punk djs, horror projections, and absinthe cocktails. bizarre bushwick (bushwick), free admission. >>


sat various times: nyc thankfully has no shortage of indie bookstores, so pop into one or several during the annual independent bookstore day for special programming, exclusive items, happy hours, and more. >>

sat 10am-1pm: ‘choose your own wellness adventure’ at sig socials: self-care, a day of free all-level yoga, pilates, meditation, chiropractor consultations, healthy snacks, and more hosted by signature theatre. bring your own mat. the pershing square signature center (hell’s kitchen), free admission (rsvp). >>

sat 1-6pm: the annual sikh day parade marches from madison ave + 39th street to 24th street at madison square park. details are slim this year, but previous years have included a festival with free vegetarian food and non-alcoholic drinks in the park. >>

sat 10am until close: 46 galleries along madison avenue and adjacent streets will host programs including curator talks, artist talks, and exhibition tours during the second annual artnews madison avenue gallery walk. free admission, rsvp for events. >>

sat 11am-2pm: celebrate world tai chi day with an afternoon of free classes offered at bryant park (midtown west), which will also kick off a season of free morning classes every tues + thurs starting 5/1. >>

sat 11am-7pm: save up to 70% on bags, backpacks, luggage and accessories at san francisco-based timbuk2’s warehouse sale (noho location). bonus: gift with purchase for the first 25 customers >>

sat 11am-8pm: pokéworks celebrates the first anniversary of their union square location with buy-one-get-one free poké bowls all day. >>

sat 11am-10pm: cyclists and runners compete at the 11th annual red hook criterium. brooklyn cruise terminal (red hook), free admission for spectators. >>

sat 12-6pm: get a taste of rockaway when 28 rockaway beach food spots offer tastings during this annual food crawl. $15 adv, $20 dos. >>

sat 1-5pm: see glassblowing demos, talk to artists and tour 17,000 sq. ft. of studio space at the seasonal urbanglass open house. a guided tour of the ‘unresolved (issues): new glass from israel’ exhibition kicks off at 3pm, and optional 30-minute hands-on lessons will be available all day for free-$25. urbanglass (fort greene), free admission. >>

sat 2-7pm: the mayday collective presents the third annual mayday festival of resistance, returning to maria hernandez park (bushwick) with live musical acts–all fronted by women of color–in a free outdoor celebration of the local community and grassroots groups fighting for justice. free admission. >>

sat 5:10pm, 7:30pm: french filmmaker claire denis will do q+a moderated by actor/filmmaker ethan hawke (5:10pm) and filmmaker ira sachs (7:30pm) following select screenings of her latest, let the sunshine in, starring juliette binoche. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

sat 6pm-midnight (saturdays 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. the mega-popular destination returns for the season with another $5 admission sneak preview tonight (free admission starting 5/5). new york hall of science (corona). >>

sat 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: pretend it really is ‘your song‘ at secretformula’s moulin rouge sing-along, an interactive rocky horror picture show-style screening and sing-along of baz luhrmann’s 2001 musical for drinking adults. the bell house (gowanus), $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

sat 6pm doors, 7pm show: art battle! 12 artists compete in timed rounds of live painting at le poisson rouge (greenwich village). $7.50 plus ticket fees here (reg. $15 adv, $20 dos). >>

sat 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: rape jokes: by survivors: more than a dozen comedians who identify as survivors of sexual assault and harassment share their experiences in an effort to change the narrative of how we joke about rape. nore: this event will be filmed as part of a documentary. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

sat 7pm: con artist collective celebrates eight years in the lower east side tonight with a party full of live painting, drinks, music, and more. con artist collective + gallery (les), free admission. >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): make george soros proud at paid protest, a comedy fundraiser for the democratic socialists of america. tonight: courtney fearrington (the new yorker), saurin choksi (fuse tv), dewey lovett (wtf with marc maron), george civeris, katie boyle, and ben wasserman. hosted by alex ptak, anders lee, kath barbadoro, and raghav mehta. verso books (dumbo), pay what you want ($10 suggested). >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): funny folks from all over share stories about where they’re from and the journeys that led them to nyc at the transplants comedy show. tonight: irene morales (siriusxm), sam taggart (ifc), julia shiplett (crashing), fumi abe (decoded), david drake (sirius xm), and more. hosted by katie boyle. q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: (monthly): animators, cartoonists and other artists project their on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines at the picture this! show. hosted by ian fidance. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): keep an eye out for the camouflage comedy show, returning tonight with jokes from corinne fisher (guys we f*cked), shane torres (conan), shalewa sharpe (fallon), andy haynes (comedy central), kate willett (this is not happening), and more. hosted by lucas connolly. bonus: free pizza from two boots and donation-based beer. new location: gamba forest gallery (east williamsburg), $5-10. >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): see what’s on display on stage at the exhibition, a comedy show set in the public arts space at the public hotel. tonight: janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), christi chiello (roast battle), joyelle nicole johnson (lady parts justice), and co-hosts michael cruz kayne, dave mizzoni, matt rogers, and bowen yang. happy hour prices until 8:30pm. public arts at pubic hotel (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $15). >>

sat 8pm (monthly): the side ponytail comedy show‘s monthly saturday edition features stand up by keisha zollar (the opposition with jordan klepper), daniel simonsen (bbc), nicole aimée schreiber (comedy central), and stavros halkias. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

sat 10pm: get rubbed the right way at the young adult friction indie/alt dance party. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), free. >>

sat 10pm: the xoxa queer party celebrates it’s one-year anniversary with a blowout including five djs, performances, cake, a raffle benefiting the nyc anti-violence project, and more. the keep (ridgewood), $10-15. >>

sat 11pm: get a sugar rush at candi pop, a bubblegum pop dance party whose main ingredient is pop music guilty pleasures. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>


sun 10am-5:30pm: 30+ vegan and plant-based vendors from the seed will be setting up shop at today’s grand bazaar nyc (uws). free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>

sun 12-2:30pm (+ 5/20): see some local color while on a street art bike ride through williamsburg and bushwick, including the history and social implications of street art. meet at time’s up!’s williamsburg space. free. >>

sun 2pm (thru 5/12): juilliard string quartet performs haydn, bartók, and dvořák at tonight’s installment of the peoples’ symphony concerts classical music series. the town hall (midtown west), $15-19. >>

sun 2pm, 7pm (+ 5/1-2 7pm): labyrinth (1986) comes back to select movie theaters with new introductions by brian henson and jennifer connelly, plus an excerpt from fantasy series ‘the storyteller.’ various locations, $12.50. >>

sun 3pm-7pm: get new dazzling duds at swapgasm, a costume, clothing, fabric, and accessories swap at house of yes (bushwick). one bag of stuff to swap or $5-15 gets you in. >>

sun 4pm: author leila sales launches if you don’t have anything nice to say, her new ya novel about public shaming in the internet age. there’ll be cookies, wine and discussion, and attendees are also invited to read social media criticism they’ve received for a cathartic group rendition of ‘celebrities read mean tweets.’ mcnally jackson (nolita), free admission. >>

sun 4pm (ends today): in honor of sakura matsuri, the way station bar screens anime and anime-inspired movies all month. today’s finale: ranma 1/2. bonus: free popcorn and $4 well wine and draft beer. the way station (prospect heights), free admission. >>

sun 4pm doors (monthly): the movies at the palace series at united palace (washington heights) screens elia kazan’s on the waterfront (1954), preceded by a discussion on the history of preservation and the new york waterfront, and followed by q+a with actor tom hanley and fort lee film commission founder tom meyers. $10 adv/$15 door general, $5 adv/$10 door seniors. >>

sun 5pm: jack quartet performs music by philip glass, erin gee, mark applebaum, and amy williams at a free carnegie hall-sponsored neighborhood concert hosted at our saviour’s atonement lutheran church (washington heights). >>

sun 5:30pm (monthly): it’s just a show (a comedic variety show, that is), with sets by jo firestone (fallon), alex ptak, ayo edebiri, david agyekum, jess salomon, meghan strickland, and tim lamphier. hosted by harris mayersohn and jessy morner-ritt. sunnyvale (east williamsburg), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news: it’s a comedy show returns with jeffrey joseph (fallon), kaitlyn bailey, sallie smith-fitch, and chris daniels. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

sponsored sun 8:30pm: delight in schubert’s much-loved masterpiece mass no. 2 in g major at legendary carnegie hall with the masterwork festival chorus and professional soloists, the new york city chamber orchestra, and esteemed conductor jefferson johnson. just $7 in advance with promo code ‘tsk28419’ (value $110). >>

all weekend

sponsored fri thru sun: the second annual bric open, a free arts and ideas festival, brings people together to radically imagine a more equitable future through four days and nights of art, music, film, performance, readings, conversations, neighborhood tours, and shared meals. this year’s festival theme, ‘borders,’ kicks off with a conversation between paola mendoza, former artistic director of the women’s march, and darnell l. moore, one of the original black lives matter organizers. >>

fri thru sun: it’ll be wall-to-wall vinyl, cds, dvds, books, posters, collectibles, and more at the annual wfmu record fair, featuring 150 record dealers, screenings, and live broadcasts of bands and djs. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $5 admission with coupon (reg. $7). >>

fri thru sun: bamcinématek presents the eighth annual new voices in black cinema series, showcasing 10 feature length films and three shorts programs from new and established voices in black independent cinema. bam (fort greene), $15. >>

fri thru 5/1 8-11am: in honor of national butter day on may 1, start your day à la française with a free croissant at the french cheese board (nolita). one per customer, while supplies lasts. >>

fri thru 5/6: the film society of lincoln center hosts the fifth art of the real festival of nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking, featuring new works and artist spotlights, including several premieres and many of the filmmakers in person. film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

fri thru february 2019: public art alert: sculptor kathy ruttenberg’s ‘in dreams awake’ brings six fantastical statues to locations on broadway from 64th st to 157th st. >>

sat-sun: 10am-6pm sat + sun: the brooklyn botanic garden’s annual sakura matsuri cherry blossom festival celebrates japanese culture with 60 events and performances, including taiko drumming, a cosplay fashion show, tea ceremonies, samurai sword fighting, and more. due to the popularity of this event, advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. $30 general, $25 students/seniors. >>

sat + sun: du’s donuts + coffee (williamsburg) celebrates its first anniversary by giving away free birthday cake mini donuts. while supplies last. >>

sat + sun: dig in at understory, an urban ecology fair offering workshops, art exhibits, a citizen science fair, a plant and soil sale, and more. 99 scott (bushwick) $15. >>

sat + sun dawn till dusk: take in the view of thousands of tulips and spring flowers at the annual west side community garden tulip festival. free admission. >>

sat + sun 10am-6pm: japan fes, a recurring japanese street fair, brings back its annual ramen contests to chelsea (sat) and astoria (sun). the ramen is $10/bowl, so it’s probably a good idea to share. >>

sat 11am-2:30pm, sun 10am-1:30pm: safety first! the department of transportation will once again be distributing free bike helmets to anyone who needs one at two locations this weekend: the upper west side (sat 11am-2:30pm) and fresh meadows (sun 10am-1:30pm). can’t make it? there’ll be plenty of other giveaways throughout nyc many weekends for the next several months.

sat 12-2pm, sun 2-5pm: dog days! dachshund spring fiesta (sat 12-2pm, washington square park arch in greenwich village) and corgi meet up (sun 2-5pm, hillside dog park in brooklyn heights).

sat + sun 1-6pm: over 100 local artists working in all disciplines open their doors for the annual dumbo open studios, this year also including vinegar hill. free admission. >>

sat + sun 1-6pm: south slope studio tour: 60 artists in 10 south park slope locations will open their work spaces for all to see. free admission. >>

sat thru 8/4 (tues thru sat): on the 60th anniversary of the familiar danish building blocks, the american-scandinavian foundation presents ‘lego bricks: a celebration!‘ an exhibition featuring sculptures, mosaics, history, interactive play zones, and children’s workshops. saturday’s family-fiendly opening party features 30,000 loose lego bricks for all to play with. scandinavia house (midtown east), free admission. >>

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