scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including free summerstage concerts, the world cup at rockefeller plaza, the new york asian film festival, the new york woman film retrospective, nyc’s free pools, and more.


various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
baadassss! marcus garvey park (harlem). >>
e.t. the extra terrestrial. mckinley park (dyker heights). >>
garçon. wny transmitter park (greenpoint). >>
smiles of a summer night. mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint). >>
spider-man: homecoming. concrete plant park (bronx) and willowbrook park (staten island).
the last dragon. columbus park (chinatown). >>
wonder. paul raimonda playground (ditmars steinway). >>
wonder woman. the flight deck of the intrepid (midtown west). >>

fri various times (+ sat): contemporary music collective ensemble mise-en’s fifth annual music festival presents the work of 25 composers from 15 countries, including 24 premieres. various locations, free-$20. >>

fri 12pm (+ 7/13, 7/27): performers from current broadway productions entertain the lunchtime crowds at free broadway in the boros concerts. today: once on this island and beautiful: the carole king musical at the backlot at kaufman astoria studios (astoria). free admission, plus free admission to the museum of the moving image following the show. >>

fri 12-8pm (+ sat 12-6pm): 47 art galleries from around the world temporarily exhibit works in 21 manhattan art spaces for the annual condo new york collaborative exhibition. free admission. >>

fri 3-5pm: thinking about a career change? it’s not too late. assess your interests, values, and skills from your past jobs at a workshop designed to help you determine a new path. nyp sibl (midtown east), free. >>

fri 4pm until sunday 11pm: the largest improv festival in the world, the annual del close marathon, celebrates the legacy of the father of improv with more than 50 hours of non-stop shows across 11 stages. $12-25/show, $45/pass. >>

fri 6pm (fridays weekly thru 7/20): the annual contemporary dance series brings movement of all styles from more than 20 companies to the bryant park stage. tonight: peridance contemporary dance company, now dance project, mindy dancin jackson, and clifton brown dance. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

fri 6pm (ends today): contemporary roots musical duos take to a waterfront stage to perform acoustic, outdoor sets in anticipation of the upcoming brooklyn americana music festival. tonight: will scott and charlie burnham. rain or shine. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 3 granite terrace (brooklyn heights), free. >>

fri 6-8pm (runs thru 7/2): the leslie-lohman museum of gay and lesbian art presents ‘alternate routes,’ a group exhibition featuring the work of 11 artists from their inaugural queer artist fellowship. leslie-lohman museum of gay and lesbian art’s prince street project (soho), free admission. >>

fri + sat 6pm doors (tues-sat thru 7/14): dance bands turn lincoln center’s damrosch park into an open-air dance party for the annual midsummer night swing series. fri: gerard carelli and his orchestra; sat: the glenn crytzer orchestra. dance lesson at 6:30pm, live music at 7:30pm. damrosch park at lincoln center (uws), $17 admission, but there’s usually room to watch/dance outside the main space for free. >>

fri 6:30pm check-in: leading up to sunday’s new york city triathlon, 500 athletes strip down for the annual 1.7-mile underwear run in central park. $5 to participate, free to watch (don’t be a creep). >>

fri 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with branford marsalis and frederick douglass now, roger guenveur smith’s one-man show. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

fri 7pm: l.a. trio automatic performs at rough trade (williamsburg), with an appearance from kevin haskins, drummer of bauhaus, love and rockets, and poptone, to celebrate the release of his new book bauhaus – undead: the visual history and legacy of bauhaus to follow. free admission. >>

fri 7pm (fridays thru 8/24): hudson river park’s 20th annual sunset on the hudson free concert series continues with high + mighty brass band. pier 45 (greenwich village), free. >>

fri 7pm (ends today): the metropolitan opera’s annual summer recital series brings six free outdoor concerts to parks in every borough. tonight: socrates sculpture park (lic). >>

fri 7pm doors: the annual rooftop films series returns with more than 45 indie film screenings, live music performances, q+a, and after parties at outdoor venues across the city. tonight: family, introduced by star taylor schilling and writer/director laura steinel, and an after party with a performance by insane clown posse. the well (bushwick), $16. >>

fri 7-10pm (+ sun 12-6pm): 3 dot zine’s second annual brown paper zine + small press fair spotlights more than 20 zine makers and artists of color who work in self-publishing and printed mediums. launch party with performances and installations at the langston hughes house (harlem) on friday, fair at barnard hall (morningside heights) sat + sun. free admission. >>

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

fri 8pm (monthly): the character assassination series returns with the roast of martin scorsese, where comedians will take on the roles of famous scorsese film characters and make fun of the director, who’ll be portrayed by eli sairs. hosted by raanan hershberg as jake lamotta from raging bull. the creek and the cave (lic), $5. >>

fri 8pm: catch two nights of new choreography for a cause at danspace project’s artist-as-curator series, ‘food for thought.’ danspace project (east village), $5 + two cans of food to benefit the momentum project, or $10 with no cans (cash only). >>

fri 8pm: choral chameleon vocal ensemble premieres new pieces developed over seven days by 10 students of various musical backgrounds and career stages. bonus: free cake, prosecco and beer. st paul’s episcopal church (carroll gardens), free (donations accepted). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring standup by anthony devito (comedy central), gordon baker bone (brooklyn magazine’s ’50 funniest in brooklyn’), chloe radcliff (comics to watch), james creelman, caitlin peluffo, and will winner. hosted by melissa stokoski. 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 brian parise (last week tonight), jennie sutton (trutv), reggie conquest (roast battle), nathan macintosh (conan), emma willmann (colbert), jared freid (mtv), and mark normand (fallon). hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 9:30pm (monthly): the relationsh*t show provides comfort from a panel of comics and actual therapists that’s way more fun—and cheap—than a session on the couch. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

fri 9:30pm: singer-songwriter sondre lerche plays an intimate show at pete’s candy store (williamsburg). free (rsvp). >>

fri 9:30pm (fridays thru 8/31): light up your night with fireworks at coney island, every friday through the summer. >>

fri 11:30pm: dance to justice, mstrkrft, chromeo, and more electronic music from 2007-2009 spun by alex english, flying horse, and computer magic at d.a.n.c.e. blog haus night. knitting factory (williamsburg), free before midnight with rsvp, $10 otherwise. >>

fri midnight (+ sat): fly high at drinking game screenings of con air (fri) and independence day (sat). $5 beer + shot specials will be available. videology (williamsburg), $12.


sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a league of their own. schmul park (staten island). >>
an american tail. rory staunton field (jackson heights). >>
black panther. macombs dam park (bronx), parkside playground (prospect-lefferts gardens), and scarangella park (gravesend).
jumanji: welcome to the jungle. corporal thompson park (staten island). >>
women filmmakers: immigrant stories screening series. conference house park (staten island). >>
wonder woman. fort tryon park. >>

sat 10am-2pm: new york joins with dozens of other cities in a national day of action to fight for families belong together. meets at foley square and marches across the brooklyn bridge to cadman plaza. >>

sat 10am-6pm: the fourth annual women in comics con (winc-con) showcases more than 50 women artists, writers, and content creators, proving that comic books are not just a guy thing. brooklyn public library – central library (prospect heights), free admission. >>

sat 12-9pm (saturdays thru 9/1): moma ps1’s outdoor ‘warm up’ summer music series returns to the museum’s courtyard with 10 saturdays of live and electronic music parties. today: cashmere cat, venus x + asmara, burna boy, valee, and more. moma ps1 (lic), $18 adv, $22 dos. >>

sat 12pm-10pm: color block party: the new pier 17 heineken riverdeck unveils a large-scale balloon installation by artist geronimo overlooking the brooklyn bridge with an all-day party including giveaways, contests, food trucks, and a cut copy dj set at 6pm. pier 17 (south street seaport), free. >>

sat 2pm: the undead to drag themselves down the coney island boardwalk for the 12th annual nyc zombie crawl. zombie makeovers for those in need start at $10. free to crawl, $10 afterparty. >>

sat 2pm (saturdays thru 8/25): union pool’s annual summer thunder backyard music series continues the season with live music by the sadies and mandingo ambassadors. union pool (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat 2-7pm: the crime victims treatment center sets up an outdoor pop-up with vendors and programming centered around trauma-informed meditation, movement, and healing. la plaza cultural community garden (east village/alphabet city), free ($ donations benefit the center). >>

sat 2:30-3:30pm: artists + fleas market’s annual cutest pup in the pool contest welcomes canines of all kinds to wade in a mini puppy pool, with treats and prizes from local merchants awarded to the most adorbs. artists + fleas (chelsea market, soho, and williamsburg locations), free. >>

sat 4-9pm (monthly thru october): the first-ever bronx night market, offers an array of local food, drink, and craft vendors that exemplifies the diversity of the borough. boasting edible bronx as one of its presenters, the market’s prices will range from $3-7 an item. fordham plaza (bronx), free admission. >>

sat 6pm doors, 7pm show: feel good at the feel good show, a comedy fundraiser with proceeds benefiting featuring alex english (bet), emmy blotnick (colbert), anna drezen (snl), and emma willmann (crazy ex-girlfriend). hosted by sam grittner and mike brown. the bell house (gowanus), $10. >>

sat 6pm doors, 7pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by ricky skaggs + kentucky thunder, sierra hull + justin moses, and mamie minch. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: question your beliefs and eyes when luke babylon, the christian magician (‘recovering evangelical comedian’ zach zimmerman) performs close-up satirical evangelical ‘miracles’ at union hall (park slope). $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): keep an eye out for the camouflage comedy show, returning tonight with jokes from joe pera (adult swim), adrienne ipapalluci (last comic standing), myq kaplan (comedy central), negin farsad (high maintenance), dewayne perkins (the break with michelle wolf), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), and martin urbano (kimmel). hosted by lucas connolly. bonus: free pizza from two boots and donation-based beer. gamba forest gallery (greenpoint), $5-10. >>

sponsored sat 8pm: usual rejects presents 90s bingo night! but this isn’t your grandma’s bingo… this is drinking, lip-syncing, audience participation. everything your 90s kid soul can handle. braham yoga studio (501 west 145th street, harlem), $20 includes a free drink ticket. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): the side ponytail comedy show‘s monthly saturday edition features stand up by tyler fisher (younger), chelsea davison (madtv), michael nguyen (asian not asian), chelsea davidson (madtv), and jen o’neil smith. hosted by emily winter. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

sat 8pm: it’s your chance to rhyme at hip hop karaoke, where you’ll be backed up by beats, a dj and even a hypeman. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

sponsored sat 9pm: brooklyn brewery and captured tracks present brooklyn sound: a night of beer and live music by b boys, wax chattels, and gel set at williamsburg’s rough trade on saturday at 9pm. more than your average concert, brooklyn sound features games, new tech, and prizes, plus the b boys set will be recorded and pressed on limited-edition vinyl, available for pre-order saturday only! >>

sat 9:30pm: live la vida loca at secretformula’s 90’s pop music video 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. >>

sat 11pm: london-based party r + she: the queens of hip hop and r+b returns to brooklyn for a night of dancing to fierce jams. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $8 dos. >>


sun thru various dates: summer means art in new and nautical places, including nada’s exhibitions in a governors island house (thru 7/29), yayoi kusama’s ‘narcissus garden’ in an abandoned fort tilden train garage (thru 9/3), and tauba auerbach’s fireboat-based installation (various locations, thru 5/12/2019). free.

sun various times: wear your red and white at these canada day celebrations:
mama’s bar (east village/alphabet city): music, strange brews. >>
summerstage (central park): broken social scene, mélissa leveaux, the east pointers. >>
the well (bushwick): free pancake brunch, canadian booze, live music by the rural alberta advantage, hollerado, and more. rsvp. >>
upnorth (bushwick): music, molson brew, free poutine. >>

sun 2-10pm: uniondocs center for documentary art hosts field day, an all-day party packed with music by pleasure jams, juan maclean, and others, plus film installations, bbq, and drinks. uniondocs center for documentary art (williamsburg), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

sun 7pm (sundays thru 7/29): the amplified sundays live music series returns to riverside park south’s pier i (uws) with the brothers footman. 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 casey james salengo (conan), brian mitchell (ucb), julia shiplett (the moth), and james creelman. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

sun 8pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): top gun. habana outpost (fort greene). >>

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 kerry coddett (wyatt cenac’s problem areas) and  strange parts (attia taylor solo). q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: use your nerdy knowledge for good at the third annual immigrant heritage month hackathon, where developers, data scientists, web designers, and others will brainstorm for 48 to create solutions that make it easier for immigrants and advocates to communicate quickly. nyu magnet (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

fri thru sun: playing thru the weekend at the roxy cinema (tribeca): the red shoes, tron, and  miami blues. $12. >>

fri thru sun: the metrograph’s nine-film gus van sant retrospective includes a sneak peek of his latest, don’t worry, he won’t get far on foot, plus drugstore cowboy, my own private idaho, to die for, and more. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

fri thru 7/12: the ‘savage seventeenth’ annual new york asian film festival features 50+ contemporary and classic films of all types from east asia, plus in-person appearances and q+as with filmmakers + actors. walter reade theater at lincoln center (uws) and sva theatre (chelsea), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

fri thru 7/19: the new york woman retrospective at the quad highlights the female protagonist’s experience in the big apple over the years, with a series of 50 films including baby face, breakfast at tiffany’s, gloria, just another girl on the i.r.t., manhandled, moonstruck, rosemary’s baby, and many more. quad cinema (greenwich village), $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

sat + sun various times: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. this weekend: talib kweli and oshun (sat 6pm, betsy head park), 3 sides of damien sneed: classical, jazz + sanctified soul with brandie sutton, stefon harris, keke wyatt, and jazzmeia horn (sat 7pm, central park), northern beat: broken social scene, mélissa leveaux, and the east pointers (sun 3pm, central park), and melanie fiona and dj moma (sun 7pm, betsy head park). free. >>

sat thru 7/4: world music, dance workshops, a marketplace, a documentary film festival, food vendors, and more fill commodore barry park (downtown brooklyn) for five days during the annual international african arts festival. $5 suggested donation. >>

sat thru 7/15: telemundo transforms rockefeller plaza into a giant world cup viewing party, with giant screens showing the matches (in spanish), bleachers, a custom-built soccer field, and a vintage soccer shirt exhibition. free admission. >>

thru 8/3: the racial imaginary institute presents on whiteness, a series questioning and checking whiteness through a group art exhibition, performances, residencies and a symposium. the kitchen (chelsea), free admission. >>

thru 8/18: new ohio theatre’s 25th annual ice factory festival presents eight unique new theater works over the next seven weeks. new ohio theatre (west village), $20 general, $16 students. >>

thru 9/3: neue galerie opens the season with two new exhibitions: ’gustav klimt and egon schiele: 1918 centenary’ and ‘highlights of german art from the collection. $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, free first fridays 6-9pm. >>

thru 9/9: just in time for the warm weekend, the city’s 54 free outdoor pools are now open for the summer season. >>

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