scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including free pizza, blerd city con, music and film fests, and more.

fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
after hours. governors island parade ground (governors island). >>
aya of yop city (aya de yopougon). tompkins square park (east village/alphabet city). >>
captain marvel. crocheron park (bayside). >>
crazy rich asians. southpoint park (roosevelt island). >>
blerd city presents ganja + hess and juju. herbert von king park (bed-stuy). >>
mamma mia! here we go again. ball fields in morningside park. >>
newsies. morris-jumel mansion (washington heights). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. pier 46 (greenwich village). >>
incredibles 2. john hancock playground (bed-stuy). >>
incredibles 2. transmitter park (greenpoint). >>
venom. willowbrook park (staten island). >>
wreck-it ralph. narrows botanical garden (bay ridge). >>

fri 12pm-midnight: converge: submerse yourself in conversation on the intersection of technology, art, and music with curated ‘technology-enhanced’ interactive installations, panels, workshops and a performance by chvrches. pioneer works (red hook), free (rsvp). >>

fri 3:30-5:30pm: the cooper hewitt opens its terrace and garden for a free disability pride poster making session ahead of sunday’s parade. cooper hewitt (ues), free (rsvp). >>

sponsored: fri 6pm (+ 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9): carnegie hall citywide presents a series of free concerts at bryant park, continuing today with le vent du nord. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

6pm (+ sat): get into the swing, salsa, rhythm + blues, and disco of things at lincoln center’s annual midsummer night swing, an outdoor series of retro dance parties with live music. fri: maria muldaur; sat: lc kids dance (3pm, free) and harlem renaissance orchestra/lindy hop dance contest (6pm, regular admission). dance lesson at 6:30pm, live music at 7:30pm. damrosch park at lincoln center (uws), $18 adv/$22 dos, but there’s usually plenty of room to watch/dance outside the main space for free. >>

fri 6pm doors, 7pm show: the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 42nd season with gaby moreno + friends, enjambre, and el david aguilar. prospect park bandshell, free admission ($5 suggested donation). >>

fri 6pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm (+ sat): opera on tap presents this is the ground, an interactive musical walk through america’s volatile political history that will feature live performances of songs from the 1790s to now. old stone house (park slope), free (rsvp). >>

fri 6:30-9:30pm: switch between three djs and control your own dance party at quiet clubbing’s outdoor silent disco under the unisphere at flushing meadows corona park. free admission (note: a credit or debit card is required for the check in process to use the headphones). >>

fri 6:30pm-1am: prohibition productions presents casino savoy, a film-noir inspired speakeasy casino with live hot jazz bands, swing djs, burlesque, pro-dealers and tables (no cash gambling), and dancing. big deal casino (nomad), $20. >>

fri 7pm: the lights for liberty vigil to end human concentration camps, occurring in locations across the country and world, convenes at foley square with speakers and a candlelight vigil. >>

fri 7pm (fridays thru 8/23): hudson river park’s annual sunset on the hudson concert series continues the season with ska/reggae project kevin batchelor’s grand concourse. pier 45 (west village), free. >>

fri 7pm (+ 7/27, others): moma’s poprally series hits each of the five boroughs with art, music, food, film, and more this summer. tonight: a participatory performance by ray ferreira and miatta kawinzi, music by salsa masala and dj marty mcsorley, and a pair of food vendors from queens night market. trans-pecos (ridgewood), $10. >>

fri 7pm: with more than 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in 18 parks across nyc, there’s something for everyone at the annual summerstage event series. tonight: a palo seco at queensbridge park (lic), free. >>

fri 7pm: versus, savak, and big bliss play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

fri 7-10pm: dust off your dancing shoes for a cajun music night, kicking off with a jam and followed by live music by the hi-lo aces. jalopy (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront), $15. >>

fri 7pm-2am (+ 7/19, 8/2): air, a new rooftop party series, takes over bogart house (east williamsburg). free before 10pm with rsvp, $15+ otherwise. >>

fri 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: dark tank, a podcast where white ‘gentripreneurs’ pitch shark tank-style solutions for racism to a panel of black comedians, records a live episode at union hall (park slope). hosted by yedoye travis. $10 adv, $15 door. >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): comedians, writers, and performers nominate their favorite queer icons for sainthood at hail mary: our queer saints (‘the kennedy center honors for divas and deviants’). hosted by tim kov and david perez. the footlight (ridgewood), $5 suggested. >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): escape from your parents who just don’t understand at a ’teen angst’ edition of cat’s eye cabaret, bringing rebellious burlesque, aerial, and variety artists to the deep end (ridgewood). $15 adv, $20 door. >>

fri 7:30pm (fridays thru october): lola star’s dreamland roller disco parties return to prospect park with a different theme/focus every friday night through mid-october. tonight: saturday night fever. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $20-22 admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters at the awkward sex…and city storytelling show, held in the basement of a sex toy shop. bonus: free beer + wine, plus save 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’ or $15 at the door if you mention the skint (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

fri 8pm: your first beer is free at the not quite midnight talk show, featuring performances and interviews from comedians nick vatterott (conan), bowen yang (snl), eudora peterson (comedy central), ben wasserman (side ponytail), and more. hosted by chris calogero and courtney maginnis. friends and lovers (crown heights), free admission. >>

fri 8pm doors (thru august): the annual rooftop films series continues with saint frances, plus filmmaker q+a, live music from renata zeiguer, and an after party with free drinks. industry city, $16. >>

fri 8pm doors, 9pm show: detroit-based indie rock musician stef chura plays rough trade (williamsburg) with openers french vanilla. $12 adv, $14 dos. >>

fri 8:20pm (+ sat 8:21pm): see the sun set in alignment with the manhattan street grid during the twice-annual manhattanhenge celestial event. best viewed when skies are clear from the far east ends of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, and 57th sts. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by daniel simonsen (seth meyers), kate willett (netflix), menuhin hart (joking off), natasha vaynblat (comedy central), and naomi karavani (redacted tonight), plus music by big willy nelson. 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): the big weird comedy show pairs free pizza with jokes by courtney maginnis (comedy central), shalewa sharpe (comedy central), raanan hershberg (nbc), and ethan simmons-patterson. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-10 (advance purchase required). >>

fri 9:30pm: sing it out at secretformula’s 90’s + 2000’s music video sing-along, a communal karaoke where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos from the recent past. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

fri 10:10pm: writer-director-star john cameron mitchell will introduce a screening of a new 4k restoration of hedwig and the angry inch at ifc center (greenwich village). $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

fri 11pm: pay tribute to your favorite european songstresses at a róisín murphy, robyn, and björk dance and drag party. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy). $5 adv, $8 door. >>


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sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
captain america: the winter soldier. corporal thompson park (staten island). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. frederick douglass playground (uws). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. scarangella park (gravesend). >>
teen titans go! maria hernandez park (bushwick). >>
the dark crystal. riis park bath house ($10 suggested donation) >>

sat 9am-6pm: refresh your mind and body at soulfest, an annual community yoga and wellness fest offering free yoga, capoeira, and meditation sessions all day. adam clayton powell state office building plaza (harlem). free admission (donations welcome). >>

sat 10am-4pm: quench your thirst for nature at the annual city of water day, a family-friendly waterfront festival filled with boat tours, a cardboard kayak race, science experiments, and more. piers 16 + 17 (south street seaport) plus other locations in ny + nj, free. >>

sat 10am-4pm: find magic at the eighth annual witchsfest usa pagan street faire. a parade kicks things off at 9am. astor place bet. broadway + lafayette (greenwich village), free admission. >>

sat 10am-6pm: eight grills of food, three stages of performers, and more await at the annual go africa carnival, a street fair highlighting african, african-american, and caribbean culture. w 116th street bet adam clayton powell boulevard + frederick douglass boulevard, free admission. >>

sat 11am-5pm: the nuyorican poets cafe hosts its seventh annual block party, featuring an open mic, music, inflatable boxing, bouncy houses, and free food and refreshments. nuyorican poets cafe (alphabet city), free admission. >>

sat 12-6pm: brooklyn based’s total greenpoint immersion helps you affordably experience the area’s eateries, watering holes, and shops. a $15 ticket gets you four brooklyn brewery beers and access to deals; $10 more includes lunch. >>

sat 12-9pm (saturdays thru 8/31): moma ps1’s outdoor ‘warm up’ summer music series returns to the museum’s courtyard with day-long live and electronic music parties featuring musicians and djs from around the world. today: dj blass, equiknoxx, mark ernestus, mina, bad gyal, ms. nina, and lil c. moma ps1 (lic), $18 adv, $22 dos. >>

sat 12-10pm: inspired by asian open air bazaars, the second annual happy family night market celebrates the asian diaspora through food, a marketplace, music performances, screenings, panel discussions, and more. abrons arts center (les), $15 admission includes a drink. >>

sat 1pm: encounter furry tails (and tales) when journalist peggy gavan reads from and discusses her book, the cat men of gotham: tales of feline friendships in old new york, followed by a chance to meet adoptable cats from astoria cat rescue. astoria bookshop, free admission. >>

sat 2-7pm: libations and literature mingle at pete’s annual mini zine fest, featuring 20+ creators and publishers at pete’s candy store (williamsburg). free admission. >>

sponsored: sat 4pm: join director and executive producer brian henson to celebrate vinyl weekend and the release of the barnes + noble exclusive lp soundtrack of farscape at barnes + noble tribeca. >>

sat 4-6pm (on view thru 8/10): silent music, a mixed media exhibit by artist kara smith that utilizes player piano music rolls, opens at chashama at 266 w 37th street (midtown east). opening reception today. free. >>

sat 4-10pm (+ select saturdays thru october): the bronx night market returns with 40+ local food, drink, and craft vendors and food prices that range $3-7. fordham plaza (bronx), free admission. >>

sat 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 42nd season with salif keita and courtnee roze. prospect park bandshell, free admission ($5 suggested donation). >>

sat 7pm + 9pm: comedians anders lee and naomi karavani give free performances of their upcoming edinburgh festival shows, ‘dummy’ and ‘fail university,’ in the back room of halyards (gowanus), free. >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: everyone’s a pop star at ziwe fumudoh’s pop show, where comedians will perform original pop songs and give pop presentations. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sat 7pm doors, 8pm show: located at a riverside urban farm, the campfire storytelling show features a fire and tales by jo firestone (fallon), andy haynes (comedy central), petey deabreu (comedy central), and musical comedian rebecca vigil. north brooklyn farms (williamsburg), $5 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 7:30pm (+ 7/20, 7/25, 7/27): gibney dance company’s annual dance-mobile series brings outdoor performances to parks this month. tonight: 2nd best dance company at brooklyn bridge park’s harbor view lawn. free. >>

sat 8pm (saturdays thru 7/27): have a swingin’ saturday night at kingsborough’s annual hot summer nights! free outdoor concert series. tonight: fantine and the french horn collective. cuny kingsborough’s lighthouse bandshell (manhattan beach), free. >>

sat 8pm: native sun, the muckers, and fruit + flowers play the sultan room at the turk’s inn (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

sat 8pm doors (thru august): the annual rooftop films series continues with mickey and the bear, plus filmmaker q+a, live music from yohuna, and an after party with free drinks. industry city, $16. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting. tonight’s show features guests bonnie mcfarlane (comedy central), samantha ruddy (colbert), and merritt k (fanbyte). hosted by lane moore (comedian and author of how to be alone: if you want to and even if you don’t). littlefield (gowanus), $15 adv, $18 door. >>

sat 8:30pm: get a behind-the-scenes look at designer isaac mizrahi with a screening of 1995 documentary unzipped and in-person q+a with mizrahi and film forum repertory director bruce goldstein. following the event, mizrahi will sign copies of his memoir i.m., which will be available for sale. film forum (south village), $15 for the film and discussion. >>

sat 9:30pm: the armory comedy group’s shot4shot remake series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. tonight, the group takes on harry potter and the half-blood prince. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

sat 9:30pm doors, 10pm show: her-icane comedy, an all female-identifying stand-up show benefiting disaster relief, features stand up by karen chee, abbi crutchfield, mariah smith, emily winter, and natasha vayanblat. hosted by kate villa (the break with michelle wolf) and jenny gorelick (jenny’s birthday show). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 10pm: go your own way and take a chance on afleetwood mac vs abba dance party. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $12. >>

sat 10:30pm (monthly): ten-foot rat cabaret, nyc’s long-running dance/music/comedy/art show, returns to under st. marks theater with live music by samantha echo, dance by leesa liquidsteel, circus by aneya marie, comedy by elyse delucci, and more. hosted by jillian thomas. st. marks theater (east village), $10. >>

sat 11pm: rock out at the metal af heavy metal night party. saint vitus (greenpoint), free before midnight with rsvp. >>


sun various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
liar liar. habana outpost (fort greene). >>
mary poppins returns. bill brown playground (sheepshead bay). >>
mary poppins returns. beach 94th street plaza (rockaway beach). >>
sister aimee. fort greene park (fort greene). >>
spider-man: into the spider-verse. randall’s island park field 42 (randall’s island). >>

sun: various times: celebrate all things french with food, wine, music, pétanque, and more at massive annual bastille day street fêtes held in the upper east side and boerum hill.

sun 11am: this year’s disability pride parade starts at madison square park and makes its way down broadway to union square park for a festival with live music, food, and information booths (12-3pm). free admission. >>

sun 12-5pm: more than 25 queens-based makers will sell their wares at the queens craft brigade‘s two-year anniversary pop-up. rocco moretto post (astoria), free admission. >>

sun 12-7pm: the 13th annual arab-american bazaar returns to shore road park + 79th street (bay ridge) with food, performances, and vendors. free admission. >>

sun 2-6pm (sundays thru 8/25): union pool’s annual summer thunder backyard music series continues with bill orcutt + chris cosano duo and ava mendoza. union pool (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sun 2pm + 5pm: as an alternative to shakespeare in the park, cage in the park provides a comedic, shakespearean update of john woo’s face/off at prospect park’s peristyle. free. >>

sun 3pm (+ 8/11, 9/6): bang on a can music collective presents its annual series of live music performances in the noguchi museum’s outdoor sculpture garden (lic). today: percussion-guitar duo 75 dollar bill. free with museum admission ($10 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

sun 4pm doors, 4:30pm show: the movies at the palace series at united palace (washington heights) presents an 80th anniversary screening of mr. smith goes to washington, with a pre-show discussion with congressman adriano espaillat. $15 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

sun 5pm (+ 7/28): byo-book to a quiet happy hour for readers, hosted by the center for fiction (fort greene). free. >>

sun 7pm: laugh and scream at hoff’s horrorfest, where comedian hoff matthews will host a screening of the blair witch project interspersed with comedy bits and prize giveaways. cantina royal (williamsburg), $5. >>

sun 7pm (+ 7/21): the harlem opera festival brings performances by four winners of opera ebony’s annual vocal competition to richard rogers amphitheater in marcus garvey park (east harlem), followed by the classical theater of harlem’s adaptation of euripides’s the bacchae. free. >>

sun 7pm (sundays thru 7/28): the amplified sundays live music series returns to riverside park south’s pier i (uws) with four concerts this month. tonight: rob curto’s forró for all. free. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news returns with khalid rahmaan (conan), subhah agarwal (comedy central), kelsey caine (the special without brett davis), matt koff (the daily show), and matt reiser. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. cherry tree (gowanus), $5. >>

sun 8:30pm (monthly): the show’s name is cold pizza, but at least the slices, laughs, and admission are free. hosts chloe radcliffe and micah walsh get things started in featherweight’s attic with sets by chanel ali (girl code), myq kaplan (comedy central), sagar bhatt (standup nbc), pamela ross, derek humphreys, and dan wickes. featherweight (east williamsburg), free. >>

sun 9pm: some of the month’s juiciest pop culture moments will be performed live by comedians, musicians, and magicians at popop! a pop culture cabaret. hosted by jenny gorelick. club cumming (east village), free admission. >>

all weekend

fri thru 8/3: get your fill of film at these three film fests/series:
fri thru sun: terry gilliam films at syndicated (bushwick). $7. >>
fri thru mon: dance on camera festival at film at lincoln center (uws). $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>
fri thru 8/3: keanu: the works at nitehawk cinema (williamsburg + prospect park). $13 general, $10 seniors. >>

fri thru sun: hear all the tunes at these music festivals:
fri + sat: the annual afro-latino festival at city point brooklyn. free-$36. >>
fri thru sun: the inaugural jamaica downtown jazz festival. various locations, free-$30. >>
fri thru sun: the annual rock! away! music festival at rockaway beach. prices tba. >>

fri thru sun: star marc maron and director lynn shelton will do q+a with ira glass at select screenings of sword of trust at ifc center (greenwich village) and the landmark at 57 west (uws). $13-18.50.

sat + sun 11am-6pm (+ 7/27-28): fad market, a curated fashion, art and design pop-up marketplace, returns to the invisible dog art center (boerum hill) with 50 local makers, designers, and small businesses. free admission. >>

sat + sun 11am-11pm: enjoy free margherita pizza at the grand opening of midici in williamsburg. dine-in only. >>

sat + sun 12-7pm: nerds of color convene at the annual blerd city con, a weekend spotlighting afrofuturism, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, comic books and gaming with panels, workshops, screenings, cosplay, and even a station where you can get $20 bills stamped with images of harriet tubman. st. francis college (brooklyn heights), $30. >>

sat 6pm, sun 4pm: brooklyn cyclones baseball season continues at coney island’s mcu park. special promotions this weekend include seinfeld night (sat 6pm) and marvel superhero day (sun 7pm). $17-20. >>

sat + sun various times: with more than 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in 18 parks across nyc, there’s something for everyone at the annual summerstage event series. this weekend: a 20th anniversary latin grammy’s celebration (sat 3-7pm, central park), a latin alternative music conference showcase (sat 5-9pm, queensbridge park), family day with railroad earth and ranky tanky (sun 3:30-7pm, central park), and avery*sunshine and dj p.u.d.g.e. (sun 6-9pm, queensbridge park). free. >>

want more? check our website for a list of more than 60 ongoing events. >>

ticket deal

rsvp for free tickets to a free screening of the season 3 finale of stranger things at ipic fulton on monday, july 15 at 7pm. very limited number available. >>

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