Your perfect Saturday

May 28

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Prepare for a weekend of overindulgence

Memorial Day weekend is not necessarily the time to try and better yourself with a new fitness regimen or a spring cleaning project. No, this three-day stretch should be about relaxing, getting crunk and eating a bunch of unhealthy—but delicious—food (might we suggest our favorite ice cream spots in the five boroughs?). That said, you have three full days to indulge, so it's probably a good idea to do at least one healthy thing. The outdoor yoga classes at Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd at Broadway, Long Island City, Queens; 718-956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org; 9:30, 11am; free) are a good bet: You don't have to wake up too early, the setting is relaxed, and it's free. Think of it as a warm-up for all of the partying you'll be doing later.

Explore an enormous food court

Instead of waiting in line at your neighborhood grocery store for provisions, head to Smorgasburg (27 North 6th St between Kent Ave and the East River, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; smorgasburg.com; 9am--5pm; opens May 21). Organized by the folks behind the Brooklyn Flea, the all-food market will set up shop on the Williamsburg waterfront every Saturday. The organizers promise a bevy of gastro goodies, including Greenmarket produce, prepared foods (from vendors such as Blue Bottle Coffee and Anarchy in a Jar) and kitchen utensils; plus, there will be cooking demonstrations for the culinarily challenged. You can't get that at your local C-Town.

Sail to a car-free oasis

Hop on the free ferry to Governors Island (212-440-2202, govisland.com; Fri 10am--5pm; Sat, Sun, holiday Mondays 10am--7pm), which opens for the season on Friday 27. Among the offerings this year are "Mark di Suvero at Governors Island: Presented by Storm King Art Center," an exhibit of the sculptor's massive steel works; the opening of the Burble Bup Pavilion, a seating area constructed out of soil-filled tubes and a balloonlike cover; and the return of Figment's minigolf course and Bike and Roll's bicycle rentals. Meanwhile, we're hoping to run into the Island's newest resident: a kitty newly christened Molly Brown who washed up on its shores in April, and has since been adopted by the Trust for Governors Island. (Okay, she's not out roaming the island or anything, but we can dream.)

See tiny frogs and giant dinos

Another reason to love holiday weekends: the city empties out, so normally packed destinations are suddenly less crowded—and therefore less annoying to navigate. One such institution, the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 79th St; 212-769-5100, amnh.org; daily 10am--5:45pm; suggested donation $24, seniors and students $18, children 2--12 $14, children under 2 free), opens its recurring amphibian exhibit, "Frogs: A Chorus of Colors," today. The show features more than 200 of the creatures, including the itty-bitty golden mantella, which isn't even an inch long. While you're there, gawk at the 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus model in "The World's Largest Dinosaurs," devoted to massive sauropods.

Take a Spanish vacation (sort of)


You don't need to spend tons of money or sit on a plane for five hours to get away from the city this weekend; instead, head to New York Botanical Garden and visit its latest exhibit, "Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra" (Bronx River Pkwy at Fordam Rd, Bronx; 718-817-8700, nybg.org; Tue--Sun 10am--6pm; $20, seniors and students $18, children 2--12 $8, children under 2 free; through Aug 21). Inspired by the 14th-century Alhambra in southern Spain, the institution has constructed replicas of the lush Moorish-built gardens and fountains. Spend an hour wandering around the exhibit, and pretend like you've taken a mini-vacay to Spain (at least until you have to catch the subway home).

Watch a book-to-film done right


As part of its film series "Great Adaptations," which looks at stories that made a successful transition from books to film, the Museum of the Moving Image will screen Persepolis (36-01 35th Ave at 37th St, Astoria, Queens; 718-777-6888, movingimage.us; Sat 28, Sun 29 at 1pm; $10, seniors and students $7.50, children 3--18 $5, children under 3 free). The 2007 film (featuring the voices of Catherine Deneuve and her daughter, Chiara Mastroianni) was adapted from Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels, which detail her experiences growing up in Iran during the '70s and '80s.

Groove at a weird art party

You have to appreciate an event that bills itself as being "wowtastic." Artists Muffinhead (whose outrageous outfits earned him the title of one of TONY's Most Stylish New Yorkers) and Eric Schmalenberger throw another of their semiregular BANZAI!!!!! parties (Red Lotus Room, 893 Bergen St between Classon and Franklin Aves, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; muffinheadland.com; 8pm--3am; $15, advance $10), featuring burlesque performers, art installations and a special DJ set from former Deee-Lite frontwoman Lady Miss Kier. (And if these photos are anything to go by, coming in costume is strongly encouraged.)

Fete one of Brooklyn's coolest neighborhoods

The annual Fort Greene Festival won't happen until June, but its organizers have planned a pretty sweet party leading up to the main event: Hip-hop legends Q-Tip and Pete Rock will deejay at Sanders Studios (525 Waverly Ave between Atlantic Ave and Fulton St, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn; fortgreenefest.com; 9pm; $15, advance $10), and local luminaries—including actor Rosie Perez and writer Tour—are expected to attend.

Everything sounds better when it's analog

Celebrate the second birthday of LP-only shindig I Love Vinyl ([Le] Poisson Rouge, enter at 187 Sullivan St between Bleecker and W Houston Sts; ilovevinyl.org; 10pm; $10, before 11pm $5), with a special edition of the monthly bash at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The six members of the all-star ILV collective—DJ Scribe, Amir, Jon Oliver, the Twilite Tone, OP! and Ge-Ology—will be spinning an eclectic mix of house, hip-hop, salsa, funk and even more well into the night. Now, aren't you glad you went and got all limber this morning?

Booty-shaking beats

New Orleans sissy-bounce artist Big Freedia headlines Brooklyn Bowl tonight (61 Wythe Ave at North 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com; 11:55pm; $5), and if you're planning to hit the show, know this: You will be expected to dance. (One of her most famous songs, "Azz Everywhere," extols the virtues of sticking your booty in the air and shaking it wildly.) Prepare by watching YouTube clips of her past performances; that'll give you an idea of how hearty you will be expected to party.

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Laura Manske
Laura Manske

FREE outdoor concert by David Ippolito, known around the world as That Guitar Man from Central Park. Folk/Rock FUN! He's playing all Saturday afternoon from 12:30 on. Enter Central Park on West 77th St. and walk South a couple minutes on the road. To your left side is a gentle hill in front of a bucolic lake. Hundreds of people will be smiling and singing along with David. It's an amazing and awesome event you'll long remember! For map with exact location and more info on this very talented and funny musician: http://www.thatguitarman.com/