Best museum parties
Kick out the jams at these festive affairs.
Tue Jul 21 2009
Cielo Abierto at El Museo del Barrio
The museum may be under construction till fall, but the rooftop is still bumpin’. This monthly party features DJs spinning ska and reggae, as well as live bands and bubble blasters. When the sun sets, stick around for screenings of Latin American indie flicks. Party: Aug 15, Sept 19 4--7pm; free. Screening: 8--11pm, $9.
Free Music Fridays at the American Folk Art Museum
Socialize, drink and dance to live bands with other twenty- and thirtysomethings at this popular weekly series. Fri 5:30--7:30pm, free. Ongoing.
K2 Lounge at the Rubin Museum of Art
Seeking a more sophisticated museum outing? Immerse yourself in Himalayan art, Asian-inspired small plates, jazz performances, free gallery access after 7pm, and storytelling and movie screenings till the late hours. Fri 6--10pm; $10 before 7pm, free after 7pm. Ongoing.
Passport Fridays at the Queens Museum of Art
This internationally minded program visits a different country each week (Bangladesh! Taiwan!), exploring its culture through dance and musical performances, film screenings, exhibits and more. Fri 6:30--10pm, suggested donation $2.50--$5. Through Aug 28.
Summer Soirees at the Chelsea Art Museum
The CAM’s rooftop offers an unobstructed view of the Hudson River, perfect for a romantic evening. The Summer Soirees are the seasonal highlight, featuring four hours of an open bar and live music. Aug 6, Aug 20, Sep 3 5-11pm, $20.
Summer Thursdays at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
It’s always a picnic (literally—so BYO snack-stuffed wicker basket) on Thursday nights, when the museum stays open till 7pm and revelers hang out on the lawn, watching free dance performances, playing stickball or enjoying 19th-century-style cooking demos. Thu 5--7pm, free. Through Aug 27.
Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
This long-running shindig has it all: movies, crafts, gallery talks, dance performances and live music. And you’ll have no problem making new friends, since it draws approximately 6,500 people each week. Sat 5--11pm, free. Ongoing.
Warm Up at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
Get a taste of the Queens scene (okay, with plenty of interborough interlopers) at Warm Up, the museum’s kick-ass summer music series. Throw down in the museum’s courtyard, while sipping beers, noshing barbecue, and dancing to DJs, live bands and a cavalcade of skronky experimental musicians. Sat 2--9pm; $10, free for residents of Long Island City. Through Sept 5.
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