scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including free hot dogs, the big apple bbq, open studios, the northside festival, a synth expo, an escher exhibition, and more.


various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black panther. old stone house (park slope). >>
bruce! fort greene park (fort greene). >>
captain underpants. the painter’s playground (rego park). >>
escape from new york. governors island. >>
fences. clove lakes park (staten island). >>
ferdinand. paul raimonda playground (ditmars steinway). >>
mulan. columbus park (chinatown). >>
saturday church. mccarren park pool deck (williamsburg). >>
the lego batman movie. bonus: free popcorn. paradise on earth community garden (bronx). >>
the scent of green papaya. washington square park arch (greenwich village). >>
wonder woman. bonus: free popcorn. the great lawn at astoria park (astoria). >>
wrestle. metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn). >>

fri 5-10pm (ends today): dance to salsa, swing, bachata, bhangra and more with live music at bryant park’s annual dance party series. tonight’s latin festival season finale features live music performed by grammy-nominated new swing sextet and percussionist luisito quintero. bryant park’s fountain terrace (midtown west), free. >>

fri 6pm (weekly): members of lady parts justice league set up stations at a reproductive rights-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour science-based speed lessons at caveat (les). tonight’s edition also features burlesque, sketch comedy, and music. free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

fri 6pm (+ sat 4pm, 6/14-17): barefoot shakespeare company and occupy verona team up for ‘she doth persist,’ a season celebrating feminism and activism. first up: all one forest, a new play that explores what happens when famous characters from shakespeare’s plays meet each other outside of their stories. summit rock in central park (near w 83rd st + cpw), free. >>

fri 6-8pm (fridays thru 6/29): contemporary roots musical duos take to a waterfront stage to perform acoustic, outdoor sets in anticipation of the upcoming brooklyn americana music festival. tonight: pete lanctot and ginger dolden. rain or shine. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 3 granite terrace (brooklyn heights), free. >>

fri 7pm (+ sat 11am-7pm): the 12th annual anarchist book fair spotlights anarchist artists on friday, and publishers, filmmakers, and more on saturday. judson memorial church (greenwich village), free admission. >>

fri 7pm (+ sat 1:30pm): director/co-writer brett haley and stars nick offerman and kiersey clemons will do q+a following select screenings of their new film, hearts beat loud. the landmark at 57 west (midtown west), $18.50 general, $16 seniors. >>

fri 7pm: caution: dancers may appear to walk on water at the fourth annual outdoor hudson river dance festival, featuring acclaimed dance companies showcasing styles ranging from tap to modern and even genderbent ballet. pier 63 at hudson river park (west village), free. >>

fri 7:30pm: actors steve buscemi and john leguizamo plus producers amy lo and michelle cameron will do q+a following a screening of their new film, nancy, at the landmark at 57 west (midtown west). $18.50. >>

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

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): comedians and ‘experts’ explore a new scientific topic each month at the scientists comedy show, hosted by blythe robinson (the new yorker) and madelyn freed (the annoyance). tonight’s theme: ‘contraception.’ union hall (park slope), $10. >>

sponsored: fri 8pm: new york philharmonic tickets from $35: immerse yourself in esa-pekka salonen’s foreign bodies, a multisensory event featuring music, movement, sights, and more. program includes wayne mcgregor’s obsidian tear with boston ballet, music by daníel bjarnason, and violinists pekka kuusisto and simone porter. >>

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: alise morales (the roast of your 15 year-old self), marti gould cummings (shade queens of nyc), devin bockrath (comedy crib), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), shannon coffey, and sandy honig. the mockingbird (alphabet city), $10. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by joe pera (adult swim), kareem green (comedy central), george civeris, carmen lagala, eman el-husseini, donnie sengstack, and katie que. hosted by naomi karavani (redacted tonight). 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 erik bergstrom (comedy central), leonard ouzts (conan), adrienne iapalucci (last comic standing), chanel ali, anya volz, and norlex belma. hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 9:30pm: sparkles fly at the sparkle zone, a night of original comedic works of theater, song, and dance. featuring cole escola (at home with amy sedaris), aaron jackson (the opposition with jordan klepper), jo firestone (fallon), drew anderson (reductress), molly gaebe (ucb), and more. hosted by philip markle. the brick (williamsburg), $10. >>

fri midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with standup by greg stone (the break with michelle wolf), and eman el-husseini, storytelling by anita flores (arty of two), and burlesque by ember flame and fem appeal. ucb (east village), $9. >>

fri midnight (+ sat): quench your thirst for blood and booze at vampire-themed drinking game screenings of blade (friday) and the lost boys (saturday). videology (williamsburg), $12.


sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black panther. brookville park (rosedale). >>
ferris bueller’s day off. field 81 in randall’s island park. >>
field of dreams. la tourette park (staten island). >>
the wizard of oz. hunter’s point south park (lic). >>
wonder woman. john jay park (ues). >>

sat 11am-2:30pm: safety first! the department of transportation will once again be distributing free bike helmets to anyone who needs one at 6th ave and greenwich ave (west village). can’t make it? there’ll be plenty of other giveaways throughout nyc during the next several months. >>

sat 11am-6pm: shop housewares, stationery, self-published books, apparel, accessories, and more created by 25 alumni at the annual school of visual arts makers market. artists + fleas (soho), free admission. >>

sat 11am-5pm festival, 7:30pm parade: the annual brooklyn pride street festival and parade takes over park slope’s fifth avenue, with after parties at the bell house (gowanus, $10), littlefield (gowanus, $10-15), lot 45 (bushwick, $15-20), and house of yes (bushwick, $20-30). >>

sat 12-7pm: rock your purple for the third annual prince born day purple people party, an outdoor celebration of prince’s birthday hosted by filmmaker spike lee and mtv’s sway with musc spun by dj spinna. restoration plaza (bed-stuy), free. >>

sat 12-8pm: check out 150+ works of new street art at the ninth annual welling court mural project block party in astoria. free. >>

sat1pm, 3pm: ensemble connect opens the eighth annual rite of summer classical-contemporary music series at governors island’s colonels row. free. >>

sat 1-6pm (+ 6/16): local artists open their professional or home studios for the annual uptown arts stroll open studios, set for inwood today and west harlem + washington heights next week. free. >>

sat 2pm: 25 pets and their proud owners will be judged on style at the eighth annual pet day and costume contest at deno’s wonder wheel park in coney island. free to watch. >>

sat 4:30pm: participants sound their barbaric yawps at the 14th annual marathon reading of walt whitman’s ‘song of myself,’ held at brooklyn bridge park’s granite prospect. free. >>

sat 6pm (monthly): happy hour gets happier at the bowery comedy show, an earlier comedy show to start your night off with a few laughs. tonight’s lineup includes stand up by steven castillo (snl writer), andy haynes (conan), daniel simonsen (bbc), wendy steiner (refinery29), and courtney maginnis (collegehumor). hosted by carolyn busa and chelsea taylor. the bowery electric (east village), free. >>

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: bowie symphonic: ensemble lpr and cellist maya beiser perform an orchestral version of david bowie’s blackstar album. central park, free. >>

sat 7pm: ‘midnight city crawl,’, an evening showcasing urban and adventure photographer mj (@mjinnyc), with raffles, prints for sale, and complimentary wine 7-8pm. studio 301 nyc (east williamsburg), $8 adv and at the door. >>

sat 7:30pm doors (thru 8/25): 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: love is weird: romantic short films, live music by queen of jeans, q+a, and an after party with free drinks. new design high school (les), $16. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): die laughing at the killing joke comedy show, featuring saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy), eman el-husseini, kenice mobley, george civeris, and others. hosted by casey james salengo and scotland green. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 9:30pm: the armory comedy group’s shot4shot remake series takes a movie script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. tonight, the group takes on legally blonde. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 10pm: shades of burlesque, nyc’s only all-black burlesque revue, presents the black panther-inspired show, wakanda forever. coney island usa, $15. >>

sat 11pm: flash back to the days of 90’s industrial and dark techno at the minimal industrial noise dance party. saint vitus (greenpoint), free before midnight with rsvp. >>


sun various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
kubo and the two strings. ehrenreich-austin playground (forest hills). >>
mulan 2. homecrest playground. sheepshead bay. >>
rocky. john paul jones park (fort hamilton). >>
selena. habana outpost (fort greene). >>

sun various times: four places hosting tony awards watch events: caveat (les, free), syndicated (bushwick, free), q.e.d. (astoria, $5), and sva theatre (chelsea, free), which is also screening classic movie musicals prior to the broadcast.

sun 9:30am: have a side of poetry to go with your yoga class, or vice versa, at a yoga + poetry session, held in the lobby gallery of the brooklyn public library’s central library (prospect heights). bring your own mat. free. >>

sun 10am-5pm: 100 food vendors offering tastings? seems fair to us! the fairway food festival offers just that, all for just a fiver. the armory (washington heights), $5. >>

sun 11am-5pm: the 61st annual national puerto rican day parade marches up fifth avenue from 44th to 79th st. >>

sun 12-4pm: domino park opens: six more acres of new public parkland open on the williamsburg waterfront at the former domino sugar refinery site. for today’s ribbon-cutting celebration, enjoy the space and performances, music, food trucks, yoga and salsa dancing. >>

sun 12-5pm: meet adoptable dogs at the annual badass brooklyn animal rescue street fest, featuring canine and people activities, vendors, and snacks. president street at 3rd ave (gowanus), free admission. >>

sun 12-6pm: shop 25+ punk, rock, goth, kawaii, and lolita fashion/jewelry/art vendors at the fascination street summer market. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), free admission. >>

sun 2pm: the scandia brass quintet performs a series of contemporary and traditional scandinavian compositions at fort tryon park’s billings lawn. free. >>

sun 2pm doors, 3pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by los lobos. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

sun 3pm (+ monthly thru 9/9): bang on a can music collective curates a series of live music in the noguchi museum’s outdoor sculpture garden (lic). today: erik friedlander’s black phebe trio. free with museum admission ($10 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

sun 4-10:30pm (monthly): this month’s second sunday open studios at red hook’s pioneer works features open studios with current artists in residence, music by riobamba, screenings inspired by mary shelley’s frankenstein, solar and stargazing with the amateur astronomers association, and more. free with rsvp ($10 suggested donation). >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news: it’s a comedy show returns with tom thakkar (conan), jake flores (the new york times), connor mccausland (collegehumor), and katie rose leon. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: the annual astoria park carnival returns to the waterfront area with rides, games, and food. astoria park, free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

fri thru sun: parts of rockaway beach may be closed, so why not enjoy some sandy excitement in manhattan? the annual association of volleyball professionals new york city beach volleyball open returns with players spiking their way to the top. hudson river park’s pier 25 + 26 (tribeca), free. >>

fri thru sun: nars open studios: the 66+ artists of the new york art residency and studios (nars) foundation open their studios to the public thru the weekend. nars foundation (sunset park), free. >>

fri thru sun: brace yourself for ‘weird, eclectic and outlandish’ shorts at the bad film fest. cloud city (williamsburg), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

fri thru sun: more than 300 bands and 150 speakers come together across 30 brooklyn venues for the annual northside festival. various locations + prices. >>

fri thru sun: see an array of dance styles at the 32nd annual performance mix festival, presented by new dance alliance. university settlement (les), $15-20. >>

fri thru sun: chelsea repertory lab and the directing workshop present their annual one-act play festival, director’s choice: springfest, featuring seven plays on two bills at shetler theatre 54 (midtown west). $15 suggested donation. >>

fri thru sun (thru 7/1): hudson warehouse theater company presents an outdoor production of shakespeare’s romeo + juliet at the soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in riverside park (w 89th st. + riverside drive). pay-what-you-can admission. >>

fri thru sun: get tickets to path new music theater’s simulacrum, a combination of opera, dance, and visual wearable technology, at 3ld art + technology center for free-$10 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>

fri thru 6/13: indie is in at the annual lower east side film festival, a showcase of noteworthy independent films, from a local burlesque documentary to a 10th anniversary screening of nick + norah’s infinite playlist, shorts and more. various locations, $18.50+. >>

fri thru 6/16: inspired by johann sebastian bach’s 333rd birthday, the chelsea music festival delves into the composer’s legacy through performances, walking tours, discussions, and more. various locations and prices, including free. >>

fri thru 6/17: the motor company theater company presents laundryfest, a series of four new site-responsive/site-specific works performed in a laundromat. the soap box (bed-stuy), free (donations welcome). >>

fri thru 7/1: interdisciplinary artist nick cave’s installation ‘let go’ creates a dance-based town hall—part installation, part performance—to which visitors are invited to ‘let go’ while immersed in a multi-colored, 100-foot-long mylar sculpture. park avenue armory (ues), $17 admission to visit the installation, $35 for performances. >>

fri thru 2/3: escher: the exhibition + experience: a traveling exhibit featuring more than 200 works by artist m.c. escher comes to nyc, along with interactive installations, immersive photo booths, relativity and infinity rooms, and more. industry city, $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

sat + sun 10am-6pm: west side eats: 20 local eateries will set up shop on pier 86 at the intrepid museum. free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>

sat + sun 11am-6pm: 15 of the country’s best pitmasters bring all the food to the annual big apple barbecue. madison square park (flatiron), free admission, $12/plate (pricey fastpasses are also available). >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: browsing, shopping, and eating await at the cut + crafted summer market, featuring 60 local makers. industry city, free admission. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm (weekends thru 8/26): hot dog bus: score yourself a free hotdog from artist erwin wurm’s transformed vintage volkswagen microbus, parked along pier 1 at brooklyn bridge park. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: make your way through 45 artist’s workspaces in 13 buildings during the annual self-guided west chelsea gallery district artists’ open studios tour. free. >>

sat + sun 12-6pm: go south to the south brooklyn open studios and check out the galleries and workspaces of artists in gowanus, red hook, greenwood heights, sunset park, and bay ridge. free. >>

sat 12-7pm, sun 10am-5pm: get your buttons bushed at the brooklyn synth expo, the fifth interactive synthesizer pop-up featuring 30 manufacturers large and small. absurd conclave (bushwick), free admission. >>

sat + sun 6-10pm: change channels and control your own dance party at silent discos in robert f. wagner jr. park in battery park (sat) and lic landing (sun). free (credit or debit card required to borrow headphones).

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