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15 amazing things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 14

Les Inferno Open Mic Night DCTV; 9pm; $10
Don your finest disco jumpsuit and enter Les Inferno, a fictional ’70s hip-hop nightspot. Watch as fabulously costumed storytellers, musicians, dancers and artists share tales and perform new work at this immersive open-mic night. 

Emo Night Brooklyn Brooklyn Bowl; midnight; $10–$14
This banquet of angst serves up the infectious, cacophonous jams that made high school bearable for so many millennials. Come ready to shout along to classic jams from Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and Dashboard Confessional at this Brooklyn Bowl edition, which is sure to have a big, lively crowd and a surprise DJ or two (previous guests have included New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik and Yellowcard’s Ryan Key). Get ready to leave it all on the dance floor, including, probably, your voice.

Marie Antoinette with Pastries and Champagne Videology Bar & Cinema; 7pm; $40
Relive Sofia Coppola’s divine feminine fantasy of fashion, matrimony and hard partying in Versailles, France, starring Kirsten Dunst as the empress of opulence, and featuring one of the best soundtracks of the 2000s. You’ll be pampered like a queen with a glass of champagne and an exquisite puff pastry from Ladurée.

Coney Island Fireworks Coney Island Boardwalk; 9:30pm; free
Don’t bother with Orlando. Coney Island serves free, sensational fireworks every Friday night through September 1st. Grab a frank and get yourself a comfortable spot on the boardwalk to celebrate the end of the work-week every week. 

Sat 15  

City of Water Day at various locations; 10am; free
Anyone who’s spent time in landlocked parts of the country will tell you that a city without water is like, er, a city without water. The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance celebrates NYC’s best accessory at Governors Island (and other locations, too!), offering activities that remind us just how good we have it. Get gratis access to a plethora of water-going vessels, including canoes, kayaks and rowboats; or fish, bike or kick back with food and music on dry land. Locations vary; visit for details.  

MoMA PS1 Warm Up at MoMA PS1; 3pm; $18–$22
The alfresco music series returns for the season bringing new sounds and DJs from all around the world. This year's highlights include bands, DJs and producers like Jackmaster, DADRAS, Jacques Greene, DJ Voices and more. This one is as reliable as they come. 

Str8 West Coastin’ Projet Parlor; 2pm; free
Looking for a California-backyard-party vibe, complete with carne asada and élotes on the grill? Well, then head to Str8 West Coastin’, where you’ll find expert selectors Still Life, Eleven and Dopeshoes playing only West Coast tuneage from the likes of Dre, Snoop, Cube, E-40 and Too Short. Snag top-notch swag like W-shaped foam hands (for Westsiiiiide), Tupac beer coozies, temporary tattoos while munching on some finger-lickin' BBQ. The party is totally free, but make sure to R.S.V.P. in advance. 

Deep Beats: Deep House Yoga House of Yes; noon; $20
Come down from your hangover with this intoxicating vinyasa-flow practice that’s set to mesmerizing music in one of Brooklyn’s greatest clubs. While DJ George Faya spins pulsing ambient beats, you can breathe deeply and get down with the help of guest instructors. After the session, grab a cool down beverage provided by Revive Kombucha.

Freddy’s Bar Doggy Fashion Show Freddy’s Bar; 5:30pm; free
All the most fashion-forward pups strut their stuff on the red carpet at this annual competition and street party. In addition to the cat—ahem, dog—walk, the event features bites, beer specials and jokes by the event’s MCs Courtney Maginnis and Jim Search. May the best pooch win! 

Back To The Future with Boozy Milkshake Videology Bar & Cinema; 9:10pm; $25
“Give me a milk...chocolate.” A spiked shake, some vintage Michael J. Fox, and a smokin’ hot DeLorean make for the perfect summer night for you and a date —as long as the date is not your mom.  

R.I.Party Brooklyn Night Bazaar; 8pm; free
The Angels (Ellie Fallon, Kat Imperial and Ashley Sabol) serve up dark, synth-laden tunes at this creepy dance party that goes down every other Saturday night at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. 

Gotham Girls Roller Derby Abe Stark Rink; 4pm; $24–$30
Haven’t roller-skated since elementary school? Well, watch the badasses from Gotham Roller Derby remind you how it’s done! Wear the right colors and show up early to witness some incredible—and aggressive—athleticism, courtesy of the city’s best brawlers. This Coney Island doubleheader brings all four teams—Manhattan Mayhem, Bronx Gridlock, Queens of Pain and Brooklyn Bombshells—to play.  

Mister Twin Peaks Pageant Coney Island USA; 10pm; $15
Watch bizarre stripteases from burlesque pros dressed as Special Agent Dale Cooper, Pete Martell, BOB and other characters from David Lynch’s cult series.

Sun 16

Hella Brunch with Insecure Season 2 House of Yes; noon; free
Celebrate the return of Issa Rae's hilarious and relatable HBO series at this free bash, featuring brunch and drinks worthy of Molly's approval, a sneak-peak screening of the season premiere, music by DJ Kitty Cash and a nail art station by Paintbox.  

The Rubin Block Party The Rubin Museum of Art; 1pm; free
The Rubin shuts down the block for this cheerful “Sounds of the Street” edition of its annual street bash. Enjoy aurally mesmerizing performances by the Brooklyn Express Drumline, the Bhakti Center and more; check out poetry and language workshops; and experience sound-based meditation during free museum tours. 

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