scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including an exhibit inspired by nicole richie’s 2007 memorial day bbq, free summerstage concerts, animation block party, the 39th annual thunderbird american-indian mid-summer pow wow, and more.


fri various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
buddy (1997), narrows botanical gardens (bay ridge) >>
elena and her men  (1956) and the trip to the moon  (1902), riverside park’s pier i (uws) >>
finding dory (2016), crocheron park (bayside) >>
kubo and the two strings (2016), hudson river park’s pier 46 (greenwich village). bonus: free popcorn. >>
moana (2016), transmitter park (greenpoint) >>
the good dinosaur (2015), white park playground (east harlem) >>

fri 6-10pm: bqes and betas: sample a new brooklyn quarterly experiment (bqe) beer and play seven new nyu game center games (betas) at brooklyn brewery (williamsburg). free admission. >>

fri 6pm doors, 7pm show: free summerstage show tonight: la india at st. mary’s park (bronx). >>

fri 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: andrew bird and esperanza spalding play a bric celebrate brooklyn! festival show at prospect park bandshell. early arrival recommended. free ($5 suggested donation). >>

fri 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: family astronomy night at the intrepid: robotic glove developers give a presentation and demonstration of the latest prototypes, followed by stargazing on the flight deck. free admission (rsvp required). >>

fri 7pm (thursdays-saturdays thru 8/12): free outdoor shakespeare season takes many forms, as evidenced by the drilling company’s adaptation of henry vi, part 3, set in the clemente parking lot (les). free. >>

fri 7pm, 7:30pm: the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues with the paul taylor dance company performing to live music by vocal trio duchess at damrosch park (7:30pm), plus a tribute to composer pauline oliveros by international contemporary ensemble at hearst plaza (7pm). arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. free. >>

fri 7-9pm reception, 9-10:15pm screenings (+ 7/29 7-8:30pm reception, 8:30-10:45pm screenings): surf’s up for the fifth annual women’s surf film festival, featuring two-nights of outdoor screenings of short + mid-length women’s surfing films, plus an underwater photography exhibition. drinks and tacos from the tacoway taco truck will be available for purchase. rockaway beach surf club, free admission. >>

fri 7pm-midnight: projector party! byo projector and some media to display along with other video artists at superchief gallery (ridgewood). free with projector, $10 otherwise. >>

fri 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): comedians perform their ideas for pulitzer prize submissions and the audience votes on which will actually get submitted at the pulitzer surprises show. tonight’s guests include john reynolds (search party), jason o. gilbert (mcsweeney’s), ziwe fumudoh (above average), cassidy routh (visual artist), and an actual pulitzer prize winner. hosted by eliza cossio (the daily show) and caroline schaper (full frontal with samantha bee). union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): improvisers talk over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, this month featuring episodes of family matters and who’s the boss?. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

fri 8pm (+ sat): afropunk battle of the bands: 16 bands compete for a chance to go to the finals on 8/11 and then on to the annual festival. knitting factory (williamsburg), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

fri 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the backfat comedy/variety show returns with performances by rob cantrell (colbert), mike brown (mtv), chanel ali (seeso), dewey lovett (standup showdown winner) and andrew casertano. hosted by emily winter and larry mancini. 61 local (boerum hill), free (donation-based). >>

fri 8pm doors: the annual rooftop films series continues with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. tonight: amman abbasi’s dayveon, with pre-show live music by honeychild coleman, post-show filmmaker q+a, and an after party with free drinks. the courtyard of industry city (sunset park), pay-what-you-can ($15 suggested donation). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by brendan fitzgibbons (comedy central), rob cantrell (comedy central), kate willett (comedy central), clark jones (trutv), and brad howe (funny or die). hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>


sat various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
fantastic beasts and where to find them (2016), dongan lawn in fort tryon park >>
net positive: internet health shorts with live music, post-screening discussion, and an afterparty with free drinks, industry city (sunset park) >>

sat 10am-4pm: bomb magazine’s fourth annual small press flea showcases almost 30 small and indie publishers and magazines outside brooklyn public library’s central branch (grand army plaza). free admission. >>

sat 11am-6pm: see who truly has the coolest of brews at hester street fair’s iced coffee competition, where you and your taste buds decide which of nine local blends is best. $10. >>

sat 12-3pm: williamsburg all-female boutique bulletin broads will have free rosé and host artist jane beaird (quiet creature), who’ll be doing $10 portraits with proceeds going to planned parenthood. >>

sat 12-9pm (saturdays thru 9/2): moma ps1’s popular ‘warm up’ outdoor music parties continue the summer season with performances by françois k. + dj spinna (nyc), dj spun vs jonah sharp (nyc + san francisco), wrecked (brooklyn), andrás (melbourne), and dj voices (brooklyn). moma ps1 (lic), $18 adv, $18-22 dos. >>

sat 12pm-11:30pm: stuff your face with buy-one-get-one free ice cream at the grand opening of stuffed ice cream (east village), home of the donut ice cream sandwich. >>

sat 2-6pm (saturdays thru 8/26): the annual summer thunder backyard concert series at union pool (williamsburg) continues with los rubinoos, baby shakes, and danny laj + the looks, presented by wfmu + the three chord monte show. free admission. >>

sat 6pm doors, 7pm show: admiral t, tabou combo, and dj spike t.i. play a bric celebrate brooklyn! festival show at prospect park bandshell. free ($5 suggested donation). >>

sat 7-9pm (thru 9/15): wellness culture goes experimental when ‘the soothing center,’ an interactive ‘alternative spa’ and art exhibition, has its opening reception tonight at trestle projects (gowanus). free. >>

sat 8pm: jaws.… entirely from memory: eight performers attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added. videology (williamsburg), $10. >>

sat 9:30pm: lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence perform a reading of ian doescher’s the empire striketh back, and the audience votes on who gets cut off. and who doesn’t. q.e.d. a place to show & tell (astoria), $8 >>

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

sat 11:30pm doors, midnight show: belle + sebastian’s richard colburn and chris geddes dj at knitting factory (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>


sun various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
friday (1995), habana outpost (fort greene) >>
my bodyguard (1980), athens square (astoria) >>

sun 10am-7pm: it’s a piece of cake to get something sweet on the cheap on national cheesecake day: save 50% on all cheesecakes at eileen’s special cheesecake shop in nolita all day. >>

sun 11am-3pm: dig this. the second annual rockaway times sandcastle contest returns to the boardwalk between beach 116th and beach 117th. free. >>

sun 12-8:30pm: the annual harlem week, which actually runs through the end of august, kicks off with ‘a great day in harlem,’ a family-oriented outdoor festival including concerts, a fashion show, arts + crafts, vendors, food, and more. ulysses s. grant national memorial, free admission. >>

sun 1pm-midnight: get schwifty at dromedary bar’s rick and morty day, a day-long marathon screening of season 2 episodes, raffles, trivia, a costume contest, themed food and drink specials, art, and more leading up to the 11:30pm season 3 premiere. dromedary bar (bushwick), free. >>

sun 2pm (ends today): the annual laughter in the park wraps up this year’s series of free outdoor comedy shows with michelle buteau (last comic standing), anthony devito (colbert), saurin choksi (brown privilege), harrison greenbaum (gotham live), and charlie pickering (the weekly) at central park’s mineral springs. >>

sun 2-8pm: dub-stuy records brings its annual backyard hi-fi sessions party to trans-pecos (bushwick/ridgewood) for six hours of hip-hop, reggae, and contemporary bass music played through a custom-built 15,000w jamaican-style sound system. $5 before 4pm with rsvp, $10 otherwise. >>

sun 3pm: mozart experts illuminate the musician’s early years at a free mostly mozart festival panel discussion held in stanley h. kaplan penthouse at lincoln center. >>

sun 5:30pm doors, 6pm show: the just a show comedy/variety show, hosted by harris mayersohn (colbert) features melissa villaseñor (snl), brandon scott wolf (best time ever with neil patrick harris writer), lucy randall, noah findling, and improv group the postmen. sunnyvale (east williamsburg), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

sun 7pm: forget fancy stuff like the oculus rift. at the retro bits video game show, comedians brian mcguinness and tj del reno play mostly terrible video games with their funny friends and you. q.e.d (astoria), $5. >>

sun 7pm doors, 8pm show (ends today): stay artsy after gallery hours when the museum of modern art’s sculpture garden opens up for the annual summergarden jazz and contemporary music series. this year’s series is titled ‘new music for new york,’ and concludes tonight with grammy-nominated saxophonist and jazz musician patrick bartley, jr. and ensemble. free admission. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: avant-pop musician arthur moon (lora-faye åshuvud) plays baby’s all right (williamsburg), with support from baroque pop group hite, electronic artist raia was, and a dj set by gracie + rachel. $10. >>

sun 8pm: for the second annual second annual boundless in brooklyn 48-hour dance film contest, 13 teams produced original dance films in just two days. see the results at tonight’s screening and awards gala at mark morris dance center (fort greene). $15. >>

sun 8pm, 10pm: comedian kenny deforest (comedy central ‘comic to watch,’ co-host of comedy at the knitting factory) records his debut stand-up album at his home venue, with opening sets by sasheer zamata (snl) and saurin choksi (comedians you should know show). hosted by will miles + clark jones. the knitting factory (williamsburg), $10. >>

all weekend

fri-sun 11am-8pm: the 50th annual loiza festival in el barrio celebrates african influence of the puerto rican and latino communities in the city’s east harlem neighborhood through traditional costumes, dance, live music, djs, handcrafts, food, children’s activities, and more. east 109th street between 2nd and 3rd avenues (east harlem), free. >>

fri-sun 6:30pm (every thurs-sun thru 8/20): hudson warehouse theater company presents an outdoor production of shakespeare’s henry v at the soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in riverside park (w 89th st. + riverside drive). pay-what-you-can admission. >>

fri-sat 7pm, sun 3pm: drilling company shakespeare presents a production of twelfth night at bryant park (midtown west). free. >>

fri-sun 7pm: duende theater group + playful substance’s ’that’s what.’ she said, a megaphone for female voices presents five short plays written by women, followed by a panel discussion on women’s representation in the arts. the city reliquary (williamsburg), $10 suggested donation. >>

fri 7-10pm, sat 12-5pm + 7-10pm, sun 12-5pm: the 39th annual thunderbird american-indian mid-summer pow wow features three days of dance competitions from more than 40 indian nations. crafts, jewelry, food, and more will be available for purchase. queens county farm museum (little neck, queens), $10. >>

fri-sun various times: animation block party, the largest animation festival on the east coast, returns for its 14th year with independent, professional and student animation including 2007’s bee movie, an evening of bojack horseman,  sneak peeks of new cartoon network pilots, and more. industry city (sunset park) and bam (fort greene), $15. >>

sat-sun 11am-6pm: word up. the annual new york city poetry festival returns to governors island with 75 poetry organizations, 250 poets, booksellers, a beer + wine garden, and headliners including sapphire, deborah landau, aja monet and patrick phillips. governors island’s nolan park, free. >>

sat-sun 12-7pm (weds-sun thru 8/11): the tonya harding and nancy kerrigan 1994 museum and @popculturediedin2009 teamed up for an exhibit inspired by nicole richie’s 2007 memorial day bbq. thnk 1994 museum (bed-stuy), free-$6 suggested donation. >>

sat-sun various times: blerd city, convention by and for black nerds, makes its debut with two days of panels, readings, screenings, workshops, gaming demos, and more. various dumbo venues, $28. >>

sat-sun various times: body heat, double indemnity, surf nazis must die, the goonies, king creole, and the beguiled screen at the roxy cinema (tribeca). $10 (free midnights). >>

sat-sun various times (thru 8/13): the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival continues a three-week series of free outdoor concerts, parties and family-friendly events with singer-songwriter rumer performing songs by burt bacharach and hal david with a special guest set by dionne warwick (sat 7:30pm) and a two-day double dutch celebration (sat-sun various times). arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. free. >>

sat-sun various times: free summerstage shows this weekend: frankie negrón (sat 5pm, st. mary’s park), taiwanese waves: fire ex, dadado huang + berry j, and sangpuy (sat 7pm, central park), rock steady crew 40th anniversary featuring mobb deep (a tribute to prodigy), havoc, mc lyte, mc eight with dj premier + more (sun 3pm, central park), and lisa lisa and marlon b (sun 5pm, st. mary’s park). >>

thru 7/30: let virtual reality become your reality at the taiwan excellence product showcase, where you’re free to check out and try new vr experiences, gaming computers, alternative transportation methods, and more. the second floor of time warner center (columbus circle), free. >>

thru 7/30: when the lights go off, darkfest begins. the annual performance festival raises awareness of sustainable ways to do theater tech, with five shows lit using flashlights, glow-in-the-dark objects, and more. the tank (midtown), $10-15. >>

thru 8/5: the 40th asian american international film festival (aaiff) features 11 days of world premiere films, shorts, panel discussions and screenplay readings by and about asians and asian-americans across three manhattan and queens venues. $15 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

thru 8/13: re-live the real horror of ‘ghosting’ with unpacking: a ghost story told in the dark, a new play (lit by flashlights in the audience!) that follows a couple who starts seeing the ghosts of their past failed relationships after moving in together. here arts center (south village), $18 thru 7/30 with promo code ‘firstweek’ (reg. $25). >>

ticket deals

get tickets to the skint’s cruel summer 80s + 90s dance party 8/11, featuring music by 10-piece band the engagements and dj steve reynolds of party like it’s 1999, plus music videos and a sing-along by secretformula and music video time machine, a costume contest, drink specials, and more for just $5 with promo code ‘summertime’ (reg. $10). >>

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