Things to do in New York today

The day's best things to do in New York—including free and cheap activities, concerts, screenings, shows, parties and more. It's your social emergency savior.

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Shantavia Beale II, 2012. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Ana and Lenny Gravier, courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Jason Wyche)
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The Color Run

Many events are described as colorful, but this one really is. White-clad runners get pelted with vivid paint (made from food-dyed cornstarch) as they traverse a 3.2-mile course in Queens' Citi Field. Billing itself as the "happiest 5K on the planet," the Color Run isn't a competitive race. Participants kick off in 15-minute intervals between 9 and 10:15am and can take their own sweet time to cross the finish line. With more than 170 events across the country and around the world in 2013, the Color Run benefits the Global Poverty Project, among other charities.

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Citi Field Saturday May 23 2015
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Electric Daisy Carnival

Critics' pick

The party of the year for the newest generation of club kids returns to MetLife Stadium for a weekend of head-pounding EDM, dazzling light shows and free carnival rides. Hundreds of thousands of ravers gather to bounce to world-class DJs, like Afrojack, Bassnectar and Benny Benassi. Expect the best acts to let loose long after midnight.

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MetLife Stadium Until Sunday May 24 2015
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Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

Critics' pick

Poets, playwrights, puppeteers, and other performers in and around the Lower East Side partake in the 20th annual gathering centered at Theater for the New City. This year, the film program lasts 12 hours inside the Cabaret Theater on May 23.

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Theater for the New City Until Monday May 25 2015 Free
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Switch n' Play: Staches & Lashes

Critics' pick

Gender-bending burlesque collective Switch n' Play bumps and grinds all over this Prospect Heights drinkery at its monthly show.

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Branded Saloon Saturday May 23 2015
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9 comments
WE F
WE F

Is there a Takashi Murakami exhibit going on or something? Why is it the feature image?

Briana P
Briana P

Do TimeOut's 'undateables' include any senior citizens?   I haven't seen any, but maybe I missed something.    If you haven't featured any yet, it would be great to see some soon.   There are plenty of us around, and many of us are single.  And please - by senior citizens, I mean those of us who have actually passed our 65th birthdays.  Far too often, those in their 20's think of anyone over 40 as a senior.

As someone who is the same age as your guest editor, Susan Sarandon, I see a distinct lack of attention paid to the social needs of those in my decade of life who are not celebrities.   It would be great to see that change. Thanks!

Kerry A
Kerry A

I have a complaint: I'm an avid reader of the "Undateable" section in Time Out, where Time Out sets up two strangers on a date. Well, last week's article featured a boy who wrote extremely cruel things about his date. I understand you want people to be honest, but I can hardly support someone ripping their date to shreds publicly.

Melodie D
Melodie D

Calle 13 is doing a signing today at 6pm at El Barrio Music Center in Harlem!

Arlene
Arlene

So many different kinds of events. Not your usual touristy stuff , and free. Love this site.