scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including the hong kong dragon boat festival, film fests, the metrograph film book fair, east harlem’s giglio festival, lincoln center out of doors, free summerstage concerts, and more.


fri + sat: the eighth annual new york no limits film series summit presents more than 20 indie films over three days at the wild project (east village). $12 adv, $16 door. >>

fri: celebrate national s’mores day with a free campfire sundae from dō cookie dough confections at chefs club counter in nolita, plus s’more options. >>

fri various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black panther. beach 59th street and boardwalk (rockaway beach). >>
black panther. wnyc transmitter park (greenpoint). >>
coming to america. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>
dirty dancing. west side community garden (uws). >>
dunkirk. fdr boardwalk and beach (staten island). >>
ghostbusters. the intrepid (hell’s kitchen). >>
ghostbusters. governors island parade ground. >>
malcolm x. hansborough recreation center (harlem). >>
my big fat greek wedding. narrows botanical garden (bay ridge). >>
peter rabbit. twenty four sycamores park (ues). >>
spice world. pier 46 (greenwich village). >>
star wars: the last jedi. pellham bay park (bronx). >>
the greatest showman. mcgolrick park (greenpoint). >>
the incredibles. westerleigh park (staten island). >>

fri 5pm (ends today): carnegie hall citywide presents a series of free concerts at bryant park, wrapping up tonight with music from around the country and the globe performed by les grands hurleurs
, jordan officer, ismael + the radiant select, trinut baharú, and the campbell brothers. bryant park (midtown west), free. >>

fri 6pm (weekly): members of the nyclu set up stations at a civil rights-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

fri 6pm doors, 8pm show: mirage cinema presents an outdoor screening of the fifth element, with 360-degree projection, 3d immersive sound, photo booths, an ice cream social, and more. the brooklyn mirage, $14-16. >>

fri 6:30pm: change channels and control your own dance party at a silent disco under the unisphere in flushing meadows corona park. free (credit or debit card required to borrow headphones). >>

fri 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/14): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by godspeed you! black emperor and emel mathlouthi. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

fri 7pm: the march for our lives: road to change tour comes to nyc for a town hall discussion and voter registration drive. new york society for ethical culture (uws), free (rsvp). >>

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 (thru 9/27): the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight: peridance contemporary dance company. east river park, free. >>

fri 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): the world is yours at lola star’s 90’s hip-hop-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: afropunk battle of the bands: four finalists compete for a chance to play the mainstage at this month’s festival. knitting factory (williamsburg), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

fri 8pm: smaller is mightier at the small victories variety hour, recluse theater company’s showcase of storytelling, poetry, art, and more centered on tiny triumphs. new women space (williamsburg), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

fri 8pm: soundtrack at the knockdown center: an evening of performances and dj sets by participating artists from soundtrack, a new work of collaborative sound art by mel chin with jace clayton (aka dj /rupture) in conjunction with the exhibition ‘mel chin: all over the place’ on view at the queens museum. knockdown center (maspeth), free. >>

fri 8pm doors: get into the groove at the skint’s annual cruel summer dance party, an all night long 80s and 90s dance party taking over two rooms of the bell house with with 80s anthems performed by 10-piece cover band the engagements, 90s hits spun by party like it’s 1999’s dj steve reynolds, music video sing-alongs by secretformula, 80s + 90s music videos from music video time machine, and a costume contest. $5 in advance online with promo code ‘bananarama’ (until 5:30pm friday), or $8 when you mention ‘salt-n-pepa’ at the ticket booth. $10 otherwise. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring standup by sean patton (comedy central), janelle james (netflix), greg warren (last comic standing), naomi karavani (redacted tonight), and albert kirchner, plus music by caitlin cook. hosted by shelby taylor. 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 dean edwards (snl), kendra cunningham (last comic standing), chloé hilliard (last comic standing), seaton smith (seth meyers), tom thakkar (conan), and robert dean (comedy central). hosted by petey deabreu. 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, tonight’s show features mark pagan and erin lynn o’connor. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri 9:30pm (+ 8/12 7:30pm at union hall): queer comedian zach zimmerman confronts conservative christian parents, contemporary gay culture, and more in his stand-up special, ‘zach zimmerman: started as a bottom, now i’m here.’ the brick (williamsburg), $10. >>

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

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 emma willmann (colbert) and brian parise (last week tonight), storytelling by richard cardillo (risk!), and burlesque by miss cherry delight, hard cory, and pearls daily. ucb (east village), $9. >>

friday night!

Pounding the pavement in a New York City summer can feel like Walkin’ On The Sun. But don’t go chasing Waterfalls, because we’ve got all the Ice, Ice Baby you’ll need at the skint’s annual 80s + 90s Cruel Summer dance party! On Friday, August 10, get Into The Groove at an All Night Long dance party set to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s. Once again, we’ll be taking over both rooms of The Bell House with Good Vibrations of all kinds: 80s anthems performed by kick-ass 10-piece cover band The Engagements, 90s hits spun by Party Like It’s 1999’s DJ Steve Reynolds, music video sing-alongs by SecretFormula, and 80s + 90s music videos from Music Video Time Machine.

the skint presents:
Cruel Summer: 80s + 90s Dance Party
Featuring The Engagements, Party Like It’s 1999’s Steve Reynolds, SecretFormula, and Music Video Time Machine

Friday, August 10 8pm doors
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn (directions)
F, G or R to 4th Avenue/9th Street

Tickets are $10 at the door, or just $5 in advance with promo code “Bananarama” here (until 5:30pm Friday), or $8 when you mention ‘Salt-N-Pepa’ at the ticket booth.

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sat various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
autumn sonata. washington square park (greenwich village). >>
coco. beach 94th street and shorefront parkway (rockaway beach). >>
elf. oculus plaza (fidi, rsvp required). >>
ready player one. cpl. thompson park (staten island). >>
the greatest showman. soundview park (bronx). >>
wait until dark. great kills park (staten island). >>

sat 7am-1pm (+ 8/18): explore seven miles of car-free manhattan streets during the summer streets festival. running from the brooklyn bridge to central park, the annual festival includes five rest stops filled with activities including a 30′-high zip line (register at foley square before 8pm to secure a timeslot), bouldering, fitness classes, free bike rentals, bike helmet giveaways (until noon at 24th street between park + madison aves), historical walking tours, dance and music performances, and more. free admission. >>

sat 10am-5pm: black vegfest, a black-led brooklyn-based vegan festival, comes to grassroots artists movement / (bed-stuy). free (donations welcome). >>

sat 10am-6pm: got an axe to grind? the second annual fear the riff effects pedal and gear expo‘s got you covered, with more than 70 companies exhibiting guitars, pedals, amps, and accessories, plus appearances and clinics. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $10 admission. >>

sat 11am-6pm: have a ball at hester street fair’s balls bistro, a ball-shaped food festival featuring meatballs, cheese balls, takoyaki, arancini, chocolate truffles, and other globes of goodness. seward park (les), free admission, $10 tickets get you 7 balls. >>

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 12-9pm (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: omar-s, axel boman, jon bap, jennifer cardini, standing on the corner, molly, and dj sanna. 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 combo chimbita plus dj bembona. union pool (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat 2-6pm: coney island’s eighth annual history day celebrates the area’s immigrant heritage with a diverse array of performances including mariachi, italian opera, haitian drumming, russian ballet, and ukrainian folk dance, plus a live radio show about the area’s history, and more. rain date sunday. deno’s wonder wheel park + the coney island history project (coney island), free. >>

sat 2-10pm: spend your weekend doing anything but working at the return of the annual fool’s gold day off festival, where brooklyn-based indie label fool’s gold records will host performances by 20 hip-hop artists at knockdown center (maspeth). $10-20. >>

sat 4pm (+ 8/18, 8/25): dancemakers and their companies perform on a stage set on the east river waterfront for the sixth annual norte maar’s dance at socrates series. socrates sculpture park (lic), free. >>

sat 5-10pm: summer is a good time for lemonade, a beyoncé vs. gucci mane dance party, with plenty of bey and gucci alongside other r+b and trap beats. our wicked lady rooftop (bushwick), $5. >>

sat 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (thru 8/14): the annual bric celebrate brooklyn! festival continues its 41st season with a concert by the breeders and speedy ortiz. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

sponsored: sat 7pm + 10pm: 20th anniversary big lebowski event: parody drinking game! fend off nihilist marmots, teach little larry a lesson, get donny to finally shut up – but under no circumstances do you roll on shabbos! audience participation, trivia, and prizes! 2 free beers with ticket! >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: petey deabreu and christi chiello’s white chocolate comedy show boasts its own hype man (david rey martinez) and features stand-up by shane torres (comedy bang bang), giulia rozzi (chelsea lately), sam taggart (colbert), dc benny (comedy central), and more. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

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: thunder road, q+a, and live music by champagne superchillin. new design high school (les), $16. >>

sat 8pm (monthly): die laughing at the killing joke comedy show, featuring graham kay (cbc), courtney maginnis (collegehumor), chris daniels, and more. hosted by casey james salengo and scotland green. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

sat 9:30pm doors, 10pm show: the ever-changing backfat comedic variety show returns with stand-up and other funnies from josh gondelman (last week tonight), kate willett (comedy central), sam taggart (ifc), brian bahe, and ethan sp. hosted by emily winter and larry mancini. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 door. >>

sat 10:30pm (monthly): ten-foot rat cabaret, nyc’s long-running dance/music/comedy/art show, returns to under st. marks theater (east village). hosted by jillian thomas. $10. >>


sun various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
grease. habana outpost (fort greene). >>
mulan 2. homecrest playground (gravesend). >>

sun 12pm: the 36th annual dominican day parade marches up manhattan’s sixth ave from w 35th to w 56nd sts. free. >>

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: string noise. free with museum admission ($10 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

sun 3-9pm: have some fermented fun at kimchipalooza 8, mama o’s annual day of kimchi with a spicy kimchi eating contest, and a chance to make your own kimchi, and live music. arrogant swine (east williamsburg), free admission. >>

sun 4-8pm (ends today): soul summit dj collective brings two sundays of house music and community to fort greene park. free. >>

sun 4-10pm (monthly): this month’s second sunday open studios at red hook’s pioneer works features open studios with current artists in residence, music by abdu ali, performance by nic kay, chelsea knight, autumn knight and jaime branch, an underwater vr installation, diy foldable microscopes to take home, 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 mary houlihan (adult swim), courtney maginnis (comedy central), courtney maginnis (collegehumor), geoff asmus, and ronnie fleming. hosted by alex ptak, kevin froleiks, and carmen lagala. sing sing karaoke bar (alphabet city), $5. >>

sun 8pm: the macaulay culkin show (an alt-comedy show with no association to the actor) returns for a night with its fifth annual summer comedy fest, a marathon show with more than 30 performers from stand-up to sketch to performance art. hosted by brett davis and sally burtnick. h0l0 (ridgewood), $5. >>

sun 9:30pm (weekly thru 8/26): what does your instagram feed say about you? improv team higgins will make up their own stories about audience member photos at the instagram show. ucb east village, $9 >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: shop thousands of rare, vintage, and out-of-print books, periodicals and ephemera on cinema at the metrograph film book fair. the metrograph (les), free admission. >>

fri thru sun: east harlem’s annual giglio festival returns with food vendors, rides, games, music, and the group lifting of a four-ton religious statue (sun 1:30pm). pleasant avenue bet 114th + 116th streets. >>

fri thru sun: the annual lincoln center out of doors festival returns for its 48th year of free music, dance, film, and more. fri: west side story reimagined by bobby sanabria multiverse big band; sat: mavis staples and joe henry; also sat: ‘in the name of the earth’ by john luther adams featuring hundreds of singers (note: this is in central park); sun: margo price, lukas nelson + promise of the real. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

fri thru sun: the all-ages latinx punk fest brings bands from mexico, colombia, norway, canada, and across america to brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint). $8-16. >>

fri thru sun: the inaugural international puppet fringe festival nyc brings over 40 performances from national and international puppet companies to the les, plus cabarets, films, artist talks, and more. the clemente cultural center (les), free-$15. >>

fri thru 8/16: spotlighting a diverse array of female artists, activists and intellectuals from audre lorde to marsha p. johnson, bam’s women at work: radical creativity series features 20 full-length and short films including losing ground, free angela and all political prisoners, persepolis, and more, plus post-screening q+as. bam (fort greene), $15. >>

fri thru 8/16: the film society of lincoln center presents flat is beautiful: the strange case of pixelvision, a series of films shot on the fisher price pxl-2000 by michael almereyda, sadie benning, richard linklater, and more, as well as a free talk with almereyda, coonley, and dougherty about pixelvision’s legacy. film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

fri thru 8/19: the sixth annual chain nyc film festival presents never-before-seen indie films across categories and talkbacks following each screening, plus a 20th anniversary staged reading/parody/drinking game of the big lebowski (sat, $20 includes two beers). 312 w 36th st (midtown west), $10. >>

sat + sun 9am-5pm: annual hong kong dragon boat festival, the oldest and largest event of its kind in the us, returns for a 28th year of with more than 200 teams competing, plus traditional dance, music, and martial arts performances, arts + crafts demos, and an international food court. rain or shine. flushing meadows corona park (queens), free admission. >>

sat 11am-9pm, sun 11am-6pm: the ethereal pop-up exhibition showcases visual art, performances, and film from new york-area asian-american artists. 9 w 8th st. gallery (greenwich village), free. >>

sat + sun: get tickets to the play nyc video game convention at hammerstein ballroom for free-$16.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $33). >>

sat + sun (thru 9/27): the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. this weekend: porches, sunflower bean, and crumb (sat 5pm, east river park), korea gayoje: tokimonsta, dumbfoundead, and kero one (sat 6pm, central park), jerry rivera and nuyorican poets cafe: la bruja and chembo corniel (sun 4pm east river park), dej loaf, iamddb., and quiñ (sun 7pm, coney island). free. >>

sat + sun: how to see the perseid meteor shower, even in bright nyc. >>

sat thru 8/18: 30 international dance companies bring performances with a sunset view of the harbor and the statue of liberty to the battery dance festival. the 37th annual festival kicks off saturday night with a screening of moving stories, and also includes free workshops at battery dance studios throughout the week, and a closing event at pace university. robert f. wagner, jr. park (battery park city), free admission. >>

sat thru 8/19: save 50-70% on footwear, apparel, and accessories at the kenneth cole warehouse sale. the garage 611 (hell’s kitchen/midtown west), free admission. >>

sat thru 9/1: get tickets to the annual unfringed festival at the secret theatre (lic) for $9 (plus ticket fees, reg. $18). >>

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