scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including the new york empire state tattoo expo, witchsfest, blerd city, and more.


various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
cars 3. bloomingdale park (staten island). >>
coco. pelham bay park (bronx) and east elmhurst playground (queens).
desperately seeking susan. governors island. >>
friday the 13th. the flight deck of the intrepid (midtown west). >>
hook. baber park (staten island). >>
inside out. wnyc transmitter park (greenpoint). >>
men in black 3. hancock park (harlem). >>
moonstruck. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>
queen of katwe. frederick johnson park (harlem). >>
romantics anonymous. tompkins square park (east village/alphabet city). >>
star wars: the last jedi. crocheron park (bayside). >>
the lion king. narrows botanical gardens (bay ridge). >>
wonder woman. macombs dam park (concourse village). >>

fri 6pm (+ 7/20): the annual contemporary dance series brings movement of all styles from more than 20 companies to the bryant park stage. tonight: diva dance studio, bryn cohn + artists, kinetic cabaret productions, kate weare company, and tina croll + company. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

fri 6pm doors (+ sat): dance bands turn lincoln center’s damrosch park into an open-air dance party for the annual midsummer night swing series. fri: the james hunter six; sat: lc kids dance with dancing classrooms (3pm, free) and harlem renaissance orchestra/lindy hop dance contest (6pm, regular admission). damrosch park at lincoln center (uws), $17 admission, but there’s usually room to watch/dance outside the main space for free. >>

fri 6pm doors, 7pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by mala rodriguez, ana tijoux’s roja y negro, and girl ultra. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

sponsored fri 7pm: party time! excellent! 25 years after wayne campbell and garth algar’s epic waynestock musicfest, bbq films invites you to garthapalooza​, featuring a screening of 1992’s rockin’ comedy, wayne’s world, and a killer lineup of female-fronted bands who really wail at the music hall of williamsburg. >>

fri 7pm: coauthors mark andersen and ralph heibutzki launch we are the clash: regan, thatcher, and the last stand of a band that mattered, their chronicle of the influential band’s final years. word bookstore (greenpoint). free. >>

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

fri 7pm: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: calpulli mexican dance company at queensbridge park and tito rojas and andy montañez at coney island’s ford amphitheater. free. >>

fri 7-10pm (runs thru 8/12): members of robots will kill art collective and their friends host their third annual group exhibition of street art, illustrations, toys, and more opening tonight. bonus: the first 50 attendees will receive a swag bag. myplasticheart (les), free. >>

fri 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): sometimes what goes around comes around: lola star throws a justin vs britney-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door 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 shop. tonight’s edition features ayanna dookie, calvin cato, sarah kennedy, and host natalie wall. 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: mom and dad find the funny at the parental approval comedy show, where comedians perform sets aimed to please host emily winter’s parents, who’ll be judging the fun. tonight: mary mack (conan), pedro gonzalez (standup nbc), martin urbano (kimmel), caitlin peluffo (siriusxm), ayo edebiri (the rundown with robin thede), and ahri findling. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

fri 8pm: artist and experimental musician julia santoli continues her 2018 issue project room residency the premiere of a new work staged within a sculptural landscape. issue project room (downtown brooklyn), free ($10 suggested donation). >>

fri 8:21pm: see the sun set in alignment with the manhattan street grid during the twice-annual manhattanhenge celestial event. best viewed 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 standup by aparna nancherla (corporate), nimesh patel (snl), alington mitra (conan), courtney maginnis (npr), crystian ramirez, and chris donahue. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 9pm, midnight: touch the fear at a screening of friday the 13th part 3: 3d (9pm, $12) and/or at a friday the 13th: the final chapter drinking game (midnight, $12). videology (williamsburg). >>

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 dos. >>

fri 10pm: gives the boys a hand when an all-male cirquelesque revue comes to coney island usa. $15. >>

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 tom thakkar (conan) and jess salomon, storytelling by anita flores (party of two), and burlesque by dottie dynamo and vada james. ucb (east village), $9. >>


sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
big fish. rockaway beach. >>
coco. playground 89 (uws). >>
lady and the tramp. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>
peter rabbit. cedar grove park (staten island). >>
rogue one: a star wars story. cpl. thompson park (staten island). >>
star wars: the last jedi. cooper park (east williamsburg). >>
the lego movie. watson gleason playground (bronx). >>

sat 10am-4pm: make a splash at city of water day, a family-friendly waterfront festival offering boat tours ($5), cardboard kayak races, hands-on activities, reduced admission to the south street seaport museum, and more. piers 16 + 17 in the seaport district and dozens of neighborhood locations in ny + nj. free admission. >>

sat 10am-5pm: learn simple ways to turn recycled materials into unique puppets and characters at a puppet making workshop run by a group of professional makers. for kids and adults. 164 meserole street (williamsburg), free (donations accepted). >>

sat 10am-6pm: go africa harlem, a street fair celebrating african, african-american, and caribbean cultures, brings two stages of music and entertainment, eight grills cooking up food, and more to w 116th street bet adam clayton powell boulevard + frederick douglass boulevard. free admission. >>

sat 10am-11pm (thru 9/1): icymi, governors island is now open late on saturdays thru the summer. >>

sat 11am-6pm: play, learn, and celebrate diversity in games at the game devs of color expo, featuring 25+ speakers and game creators, three floors of playable games, and more. afterparty at babycastles (free with expo badge). schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem), $5-20 sliding scale admission. >>

sat 12-3pm: stop ’n’ swap: bring your clean, reusable, portable items, and leave with something new (to you) at grow nyc’s community reuse event. ps11 schoolyard (lic), free admission. >>

sat 12-3pm: reduce, reuse, and let it fly at a kite-making workshop utilizing recycled materials and bearing messages of positivity. socrates sculpture park (lic), free. >>

sat 12-4pm: check out childish gambino‘s summer park ep while enjoying free ice cream at fort greene park. >>

sat 12-5pm: the hanger project presents an art market 4 reproductive justice, featuring 15 local artists selling unique art and wares with a portion of proceeds going to planned parenthood. nydof warehouse (prospect heights), free admission. >>

sat 12-5pm (monthly): shop 20 local, cruelty-free food + goods vendors at the vegan shop-up pop-up market. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free admission (under 21 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian). >>

sat 12-6:30pm: for the fifth annual nyc bodypainting day, 40 artists will paint 50 nude models in full public view, followed by a march and double-decker bus tour around the city. washington square park (greenwich village), free to spectate (don’t be a creep). >>

sat 12-9pm (saturdays thru 9/1): moma ps1’s outdoor ‘warm up’ summer music series returns to the museum’s courtyard for a season of live and electronic music parties. today: a-trak, sahbabii, florentino, buddy, amber mark, iglooghost, and dj taye. moma ps1 (lic), $18 adv, $22 dos. >>

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

sat 2pm, 5pm: indulge at the fly in july beer, chocolate, and donut tasting, where admission includes a flight of four tastings from finback brewery, chocolates from fine + raw, and doughnuts from dun-well. precious metal (bushwick), $25. >>

sat 2-6pm: pay a little respect to the music of synthpop duo erasure at an afternoon dance party hosted by nu-disco musician bright light bright light. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), free. >>

sat2-7pm: the small but mighty annual pete’s mini zine fest returns with over 20 zine makers and comic artists. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat 3-6:30pm: 80 broadway stars are set to join hello, dolly! co-stars bernadette peters and victor garber for the 20th annual broadway cares/equity fights aids broadway barks dog and cat adoption event and fundraiser. shubert alley (bet. w 44th + w 45th sts and broadway + 8th ave), free admission. >>

sat 3pm-midnight: inspired by asian open air bazaars, the happy family night market celebrates asian-american culture through food vendors, film, music, art, performance, and panel discussions. 99 scott ave (east williamsburg/bushwick), $7-22 admission. >>

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 aparna nancherla (corporate), kenice mobley (laughs), ryan schutt (gotham comedy live), and anya volz (the hard times). hosted by carolyn busa and chelsea taylor. the bowery electric (east village), free. >>

sat 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/12): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by kronos quartet and trio da kali. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

sat 7:30pm: comedian molly brenner debuts her new webseries, human resources, which follows a human resources manager moonlighting as a porn writer. tonight’s screening also features live performances by members of the cast and crew. videology (williamsburg), free. >>

sat 7:30pm 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: short films by and about bold women, q+a, live music by fern mayo, 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 anthony devito (comedy central), kath barbadoro (roast battle), khalid rahmaan (conan), and matt koff (the daily show). hosted by casey james salengo and scotland green. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 8pm (saturdays thru 7/28): on these hot summer nights, cool down with some swinging tunes at kingsborough’s outdoor concert series. tonight: new orleans-style swing from professor cunningham + his old school. cuny kingsborough’s lighthouse bandshell (manhattan beach), free. >>

sat 8pm: though it’s called 3rd party, this monthly music showcase is making it’s debut with ‘psychedelic dream sequencers, garage punk superstars, ambient pop queens, bubbling rap crews, and everything in between.’ muchmore’s (williamsburg), $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

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. this month’s show features guests scott rogowsky (hq trivia), emmy blotnick (colbert writer), and mike drucker (fallon writer). hosted by lane moore (the onion, brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

sat 10pm: be discovered at ‘i found you,’ open eyes nyc collecitve’s dance party at ivy house studio (east williamsburg). $7 adv, $10 door (admission includes a drink). >>

sat 11pm: 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 its first tv show, the office. the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

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


sun various times: eat all the ice cream with these national ice cream day deals and events:
• 16 handles (all locations): free fro-yo (app download required) >>
• baskin-robbins (at participating locations): bogo cones (app download required) >>
• carvel (at participating locations): bogo cup or cone >>
• dairy queen (at participating locations): free small blizzard (app download required) >>
• godiva (at participating locations): bogo 50% off >>
• grand bazaar nyc (uws): third annual ice cream blizzard pop-up event >>
• milk + cream cereal bar (nolita and chelsea): free for the first 50 customers >>
• polosud (little italy): bogo small cone >>
• taiyaki (chinatown + williamsburg): bogo cups >>
• wowfulls (les): $1 wowfuls for the first 50 customers, $5 for the rest of the day >>

sun various times: 30 places to watch the world cup final! >>

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

sun 10am-5pm: residents of seward park coop, one of the largest in nyc, host a yard sale at hester street market with free food from the pickle guys, saluggi’s, and fine fare to fill you up while you shop. free admission. >>

sun 10am-6pm: no plane ticket needed to enjoy the cuisines of korea, japan, indonesia, and china… the asia bites street festival has you covered. broadway between 47th and 48th streets, free admission. >>

sun11am-7pm: the 12th annual arab-american bazaar fills shore road park (fort hamilton/bay ridge) with food, performances, and vendors. free admission. >>

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

sun 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. >>

sun 2-10pm: meat and greet at papi juice‘s annual bbq and dance party celebrating queer and trans people of color. elsewhere (bushwick), free with rsvp. >>

sun 2pm 7pm (+ 7/18): penny marshall’s big comes back to select movie theaters in honor of its 30th anniversary. various movie theaters and prices. >>

sun 3pm (monthly thru 9/16): joseph alexiou, historian and author of gowanus: brooklyn’s curious canal, continues his lecture series on the storied past of the area with ‘gangs of gowanus: 150 years of locally organized crime.’ parklife (gowanus), free admission (optional $10 and $20 tickets include food and drink). >>

sun 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: three comedians try to guess what a distinguished scientist studies at chris duffy’s you’re the expert show and podcast recording. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘yteskint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

sun 7pm (sundays thru 7/29): the amplified sundays live music series returns to riverside park south’s pier i (uws) with caribbean rock band galipote. 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 aparna nancherla (corporate), mary mack (conan), carolyn busa (side ponytail comedy), saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy), and chris donahue. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

sun 7pm doors, 8pm show (sundays thru 7/29): the annual after-hours summergarden jazz + classical music series at moma’s sculpture garden returns with the grammy-nominated michael rodriguez quintet. museum of modern art (midtown west), free admission. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): sasheer zamata’s party time! variety show, hosted by former snl cast member sasheer zamata, puts on its final show before she moves to la, featuring stand-up sets by wyatt cenac (wyatt cenac’s problem areas), emmy blotnick (colbert), and liza treyger (comedy central), plus music by anya marina and dj zephyr ann. bonus: free vegan snacks from vspot. the bell house (gowanus), $10. >>

sun 8pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): the last dragon. habana outpost (fort greene). >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: buy-one-get-one free at the williamsburg grand opening of taiyaki nyc, the ice cream shop with adorable fish-shaped waffle cones. >>

fri thru sun: the annual inked magazine new york empire state tattoo expo returns to the new york hilton midtown. $30. >>

fri thru sun: tales of all types will be told at storyfest, an annual storytelling festival helmed by harmon leon (meet the deplorables) and featuring more 20 different story-filled shows, live podcast recordings, and solo performances. the pit (flatiron), $10/show, $25/pass. >>

fri thru sun: film society of lincoln center presents a complete retrospective of cinema’s dancing duo, fred astaire and ginger rogers. presented chronologically in 16mm and 35mm, the 10-film series includes shall we dance, the story of vernon and irene castle, the barkleys of broadway, and more. film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors, free friday at 12:30pm. >>

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: jorge drexler trending topics, ìfé, and dj raff (sat 3pm, central park), ro james (sat 4pm queensbridge park), family day with rebirth brass band and big chief monk boudreaux (sun 3pm), and jungle brothers and friends, o.c., kool dj red alert, dj kool flash and more (sun 4pm, queensbridge park). free. >>

sat 10am-4pm, sun 9am-5pm: have a magical time at the seventh annual witchsfest usa pagan street faires, returning to astor place (saturday) and hell’s kitchen market (sunday) with vendors, workshops, rituals, and more. free admission. >>

sat + sun 12-7pm: blerd city, a conference celebrating all things black and nerdy, goes beyond wakanda with two days of panels, workshops, readings, and screenings on gaming, comic books, technology, afrofuturism, and more. st. francis college (brooklyn heights), $20/day. >>

sat + sun 12-8pm: shop creepy dolls, mutant art, goth jewelry, and other peculiar paraphernalia at the dog days of summer vendor market, a collaboration between serpentinas craft and the jersey city oddities market setting up shop at coney island usa for the weekend. free admission. >>

sat 6pm-midnight, sun 11am-6pm (monthly thru october): the astoria flea + food market sets up at the astoria kaufman studios backlo. free admission. >>

sat 6pm, sun 4pm: baseball at the beach: brooklyn cyclones baseball season continues with special promo events this weekend: grateful dead night, vegan night, and fireworks (sat 6pm), super hero day, grandparents day, and black panther bobblehead (sun 4pm). mcu park, $12-15. >>

sat + sun 8pm: rule of 7×7: 7 playwrights premiere 10-minute plays that had to follow 7 rules. the tank (garment district), $13 adv, $15 door (admission includes a drink). >>

sat thru 7/31: save 40% off select titles at the printed matter summer warehouse sale in chelsea. >>

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