scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including bonnie raitt at the lincoln center out of doors finale, free summerstage concerts, an art exhibit for dogs, the hong kong dragon boat festival, and more.


fri various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
a bug’s life (1998), crocheron park (bayside) >>
central intelligence (2016), courtney callender playground (harlem) >>
daughters of the dust (1991), brower park (crown heights) >>
fantastic beasts and where to find them (2016), hudson river park’s pier 46 (greenwich village). bonus: free popcorn. >>
feral love (2016), 72nd track and lawn (riverside park) >>
get out (2017), knockdown center (maspeth) >>
grease (1978), transmitter park (greenpoint) >>
lion (2016), west side community garden (uws) >>
power rangers (2017), owl’s head park (bay ridge) >>

fri 5:30-10pm (+ 8/18): governors island stays open late for a rare chance to catch the sunset from our city’s oasis. food + drinks will be available for purchase. free admission, $2 round-trip ferry ride. >>

fri 6pm (+ 8/25): relax with some free yoga in sunset park, hosted by nyc yoga project and atlas: diy. byo mat or borrow one there. open to all levels. sunset park, free. >>

fri 6pm: free summerstage show tonight: andy montañez (‘el godfather de la salsa’ at the amphitheater at east river park (les). >>

fri 6-10:30pm (+ sat 12-10:30pm): the 18th annual tromadance film festival, hosted by troma president and the toxic avenger creator lloyd kaufman, returns with 25+ shorts, 3 features, animations, a panel on how to succeed as an indie, raffles, and after-parties. the pit (flatiron), free admission. >>

fri 6pm doors, 7pm show: whitney, moses sumney, weyes blood, and dr. ashley jackson play tonight’s celebrate brooklyn! festival show. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

fri 7-10pm: life’s a beach, and so is love at photographer erica reade’s ‘beach lovers’ exhibition, depicting romantic moments between couples at nyc beaches. a portion of print sales will be donated to the surfrider foundation. picture farm gallery (williamsburg), free admission. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: afropunk battle of the bands: five finalists compete for a chance to perform at the annual festival at the end of the month. knitting factory (williamsburg), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: 50 comedians take one minute each to go off on culture at i don’t think so, honey!, a live taping of the las culturistas podcast. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

fri 8pm doors: you won’t need ice, ice, baby to stay cool at the skint’s cruel summer 80s + 90s dance party, a two-room extravaganza with throwback hits played by 10-piece cover band the engagements and party like it’s 1999’s dj steve reynolds, music video sing-alongs by secret formula and music video time machine, drink specials, and more. and don’t be a karma chameleon if you want to stand out for the costume contest. the bell house (gowanus), $5 adv online with promo code ‘summertime’ (until 5pm friday), or $8 when you mention ‘jump’ at the ticket booth. $10 otherwise. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by anthony devito (comedy central), matt mcclowry (gotham live), jennie sutton (letterman), sam evans, and justin flannagan. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors: free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at the secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight: jennie sutton (comedy central), andy sandford (conan), aimee rose ranger (the ranger zone), rob haze (last comic standing), will watkins (seeso), pat brown (colbert), and sam morril (colbert). hosted by gabe pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-15 (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. tonight’s guests include jolenta greenberg and jenn tisdale. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

fri 9:30pm (select fridays thru 10/27): the rubin museum of art’s (chelsea) latest cabaret cinema series features flicks with notable soundtracks. tonight: the coen brothers’s barton fink (1991), selected and introduced by writer and director pamela romanowsky. $10. >>

fri midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with stand-up by josh johnson (fallon, comedy central), storytelling by marie faustin (the unofficial expert, tall tales in the city) and ginny leise (sj + ginny), and burlesque by puss n boots and gogo incognito.. ucb (east village), $7. >>

fri midnight: a cubicle becomes a boozicle at an office space drinking game, where mentions of staplers, tps reports, and michael bolton will get you in the business of imbibing. $5 beer + shot specials will be available. videology (williamsburg), $12. >>

our next event!

On Friday, August 11, go Back in Time for a night of Dancing in the Dark set to the soundtracks of the 80s and 90s. We’ll be taking over two rooms of The Bell House with 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 and Party Like It’s 1999’s Steve Reynolds
Friday, August 11 8pm doors
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn (directions)
F, G or R to 4th Avenue/9th Street
Tickets are just $5 in advance with promo code “summertime” here (until 5pm friday), or $8 when you mention ‘jump’ at the ticket booth. $10 otherwise.
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sat various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
finding dory (2016), rosemary’s playground (ridgewood) >>
sully (2016), al oerter recreation center (flushing meadows corona park) >>
13th (2016), and a soul train tribute, marcus garvey park (east harlem) >>

sat 7am until ?: watch a life-sized ice sculpture of an elephant melt in the manhattan heat, calling attention to the african elephant population on world elephant day. 17th street + broadway (union square), free. >>

sat 7am-1pm (+ 8/19): feel like will smith in i am legend, but without the zombies, when seven miles of manhattan’s streets turn car-free and are open to the public to play, run, walk, and bike. the annual summer streets festival runs from the brooklyn bridge to central park, and includes six rest stops filled with diversions like a water park (register on-site early for a timed wristband), water slide (fully booked, registration for 8/19 opens 8/14 at noon), a zip line (first come, first served), mini golf, yoga + fitness classes, free bike rentals, bike helmet giveaways (8am-12pm at 24th street between park + madison aves), and more. free admission. >>

sat 12pm: brooklyn based’s total gowanus immersion helps you affordably experience the area’s eateries, watering holes, and shops. a $15 ticket gets you four brooklyn beers and access to deals, a $25 ticket includes beers, access to deals, and lunch. >>

sat 12-5pm (monthly): shop more than 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 9/2): moma ps1’s popular ‘warm up’ outdoor music parties continue the summer season with performances by total freedom (miami), cardi b (bronx), asap ferg (nyc), hitmakerchinx (brooklyn), lotic (berlin), and yatta (houston). moma ps1 (lic), $18 adv, $18-22 dos. >>

sat 1-7pm: find your next festival or desert party outfit at the house of yes playa costume bazaar. house of yes (bushwick), free admission. >>

sat 1:30-9pm: the first annual coney island music festival takes over the streets with bands hawthorne heights, bc jean, mark ballas, and more alongside vendors, food, games, and more. stillwell avenue at surf avenue (coney island), free admission. >>

sat 2-6pm (saturdays thru 8/26): the annual summer thunder backyard concert series at union pool (williamsburg) continues with pill, running, and gold dime. free admission. >>

sat 2-8pm: tap+cork’s brooklyn beer + wine fest returns for its fifth year with more than 60 types of beer and wine for your sipping pleasure. restoration plaza (ned-stuy), $35 adv, $40 dat of. >>

sat 2:30pm, 6:30pm (ends today): join in a buffy the vampire slayer ‘once more with feeling’ musical episode sing-along, the sixth annual fundraiser by gay geeks of new york with all proceeds going to the trevor project. parkside lounge (les), $18. >>

sat 4pm (+ 8/19): norte maar for collaborative projects in the arts’s dance at socrates returns for its fifth season with three pairs of resident choreographers premiering new work outdoors at socrates sculpture park (lic). free. >>

sat 6pm (monthly): happy hour gets happier at the bowery comedy show, an earlier comedy show to start your night off with smiles. tonight’s lineup includes stand up by ester steinberg (funny girls, selena coppock (the news rules for blondes) josh gondelman (last week tonight), and ryan schutt (live at gotham). hosted by carolyn busa and chelsea taylor. the map room at the bowery electric, free. >>

sat 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show (ends today): senegalese singer and songwriter youssou n’dour closes out the celebrate brooklyn! festival season tonight. prospect park bandshell, free ($5 suggested donation). >>

sat 7-10pm (thru 8/18): more than 30 artists created works envisioning a better future for the ‘a future we can vibe with’ art exhibition, with proceeds benefitting the global greengrants fund. opening reception with live music tonight. gowanus print lab (gowanus), free admission. >>

sat 7:30pm doors: the annual rooftop films series continues with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. tonight: liu jian’s chinese animated neo-noir film, have a nice day (hao ji le), with pre-show live music and an after party with free drinks. new design high school (les), $15. >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: have time to see a show but no time for reading? the book club comedy/variety show has you covered. hosted by blythe robertson and colin stokes. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

sat 8pm: experimental internet art platform and artist collective felt zine presents felt superhd, a digital art showcase featuring video art, virtual reality, and installations. superchief gallery (ridgewood), $10. >>

sat 8pm: the usual rejects presents ‘there is no spoon, a staged reading/parody/drinking game of the matrix (1999), with audience participation and trivia. wythe hotel (williamsburg), $15. >>

sat 8pm: frankie rose plays an album release show at  baby’s all right (williamsburg) with support from tempers and war bubble. $12 adv, $14 dos. >>

sat  8pm doors, 9pm starts: stage your own intergalactic battle scenes at newmindspace’s annual saber battle, which will light up washington square park (greenwich village) with glowing, color-changing plastic swords. free admission, $10 for a saber or byo. >>

sat 8:30pm: where’s the party? at madonnathon, the 14th annual tribute show and birthday celebration for all things madge. more than 15 performers and a band dance and sing, get up and do their thing, and best dressed fans (there’ll be a makeover booth, too) win prizes and get to sing on stage. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $15 adv, $18 dos. >>

sat 9pm (biweekly): the human citizen comedy show, hosted by koshin egal and ben totushek, features stand-up sets by sean mccarthy, dean massello, dan harumi, wanjiko eke, and sam rhodes. art cafe and bar (prospect heights), free before 8pm, $5 after. >>

sat 10pm: you may want to cover your ears but not your eyes as burlesque performers strip to their least-favorite songs at the annual ‘maim that tune’ show. coney island usa, $15. >>

sat 11:15pm doors, 11:30pm show: cockwood comedy (rockwood music hall’s only comedy show) features improvised piano songs by hosts abby feldman and tyler fischer between stand up sets by jo firestone (fallon), aparna nancherla (master of none), mehran khagani (last comic standing), rob cantrell (last comic standing), and molly austin (trutv). rockwood music hall stage 3 (les), $7 adv, $10 door. >>


sun various times: free outdoor movie screenings:
dirty dancing (1987), owl’s head park (bay ridge) >>
flashdance (1983), habana outpost (fort greene) >>

sun-mon (times not announced): pick up theater costumes, props, furniture and more on the cheap at cherry lane theater’s garage sale. cherry lane theater (west village), free admission. >>

sun 11am (+ 8/15, 8/29 at tony dapolito recreation center): learn the skills to stand up and fight back at a feminist self-defense workshop, led by young feminists + allies co-founder and tedx speaker rachel piazza. grand army plaza (prospect park), free-$10 donation >>

sun 12-5pm: score deeply discounted one-offs, seconds and overstock in ceramics, jewelry, clothing, beauty products and other household items from nyc brands at the annual dusty rose vintage sidewalk sale (greenpoint). >>

sun 2-6pm: pups can shake it off at bushwick bark’s third annual doggy pool party fundraiser, treats and drinks for canines and humans, photo ops, and plenty of splashing. 100% of proceeds will be donated to sugar mutts rescue. norwind’s (east williamsburg/bushwick), free admission. >>

sun 2-10pm: bushwick art/community space the living gallery opens an east village outpost with a byo art show to kick things off. the living gallery outpost (east village), $10-20 suggested donation (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). >>

sun 3pm (+ 9/10): bang on a can music collective curates a series of live music in the noguchi museum’s sculpture garden (lic). today: east african retropop group alsarah + the nubatones. free with $10 general, $5 student/senior museum admission. >>

sun 4pm (monthly): classic album sunday: learn the story behind and listen to michael jackson’s landmark album off the wall (1979) from start to finish on vinyl + super-hi-fi equipment. magick city (greenpoint), $10 adv, $10 door. >>

sun 4pm (weekly): the moving pictures screening series at the way station (prospect heights) returns with a double feature of star trek: into darkness and mission: impossible – rogue nation. free. >>

sun 4-9pm (monthly): this month’s second sunday open studios at red hook’s pioneer works features open studios with current artists in residence, djs set by chances with wolves and stud1nt, live improvised music by the earth tongues ensemble, stargazing, and exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology, and education. free admission ($10 suggested donation). >>

sun 6pm (monthly): the sundays at erv’s reading series features both established and emerging writers at erv’s on beekman (prospect-lefferts gardens). this month’s gathering includes alexandra watson (apogee), nina boutsikaris (i’m trying to tell you i’m sorry), chuck carlise (in one version of the story), and yz chin (though i get home). hosted by al guillen. free. >>

sun 7pm (thru 8/18): get charged up for the 36th annual battery dance festival, beginning a week of 30 outdoor performances today at robert f. wagner, jr. park, plus free open-level movement workshops at battery dance studios, and a closing event and reception at pace university. robert f. wagner, jr. park (battery park city), free. >>

sun 8:30pm (monthly): we may be on the brink of an apocalypse, but the not dead yet comedy/variety show wants to remind you that we’re still alive.  tonight’s show features comedy by dylan marron (, shalewa sharpe (thug passion), myq kaplan (comedy central), and clare o’kane, readings by ana božičević (lambda literary award winner), performance by pasic + platt (ars nova), videos by colin burgess, edy + eliza, and qieer wang, and music by maybird. hosted by lorelei ramirez. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $7 door. >>

all weekend

fri-sun various times: the 47th annual lincoln center out of doors festival ends the season with natalia lafourcade and vagabon (fri 7:30pm), the fourth annual americanafest nyc with headliners the jayhawks (sat 6pm), don bryant and bonnie raitt (sun 7pm), and more. arrive early to secure a seat in the main area. damrosch park at lincoln center (midtown west), free. >>

fri-sun 8am-1pm, 4-8pm: art is going to the dogs. literally. ‘dogumenta,’ which claims to be the first american art exhibit for dogs, features 10 works from nyc artists created to appeal to canine sensibilities. owners, of course, are welcome. brookfield place (fidi), free. >>

fri-sat 5:30pm, sun 2pm (+ 9/7-8 5pm at the king jagiello statue in central park): prospects are high that you’ll see some skin at torn out theater’s all-nude, all-male production of shakespeare’s hamlet, being staged in prospect park’s music pagoda. free. >>

fri 6-11pm, sat-sun 12-11pm: east harlem’s annual giglio festival returns with food vendors, rides, games, music, and the group lifting of a five-ton religious statue (sun). pleasant avenue between 114th + 116th streets. >>

fri thru 9/5: get a double dose of cinema (and air conditioning) at film forum’s second annual summer festival of double features, a 56-film series of classic films playing over 26 days. all films are two for the price of one. film forum (west village), $14. >>

sat-sun various times: free summerstage shows this weekend: family day with they might be giants and bill childs (sat 2pm, central park), khalid (sat 5pm, the amphitheater at east river park), funkbox with tony touch and danny krivit (sun 4pm, the amphitheater at east river park), and the tak mahal + keb’ mo’ band and jontavious willis (sun 4pm, central park). >>

sat-sun 9am-5pm: the annual hong kong dragon boat festival returns for a 27th year with championship dragon boat racing, a dragon dance and other cultural performances, arts + crafts, and a food court. rain or shine. flushing meadows corona park (queens), free admission. >>

sat-sun 11am-6pm: lic and food’s international food and beer weekend promises beer and sake from more than 10 countries, plus global food vendors. free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>

sat-sun 12am-4pm: get acquainted with conflicts of the past at the national park service’s civil war weekend, featuring costumed re-enactors, cannon and musket demos, period music, and more. governors island, free. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

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