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15 amazing things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 25

Dance Yourself Clean Music Hall of Williamsburg 10pm; $12
Acolytes of Purity Ring, CHVRCHES, Robyn, Empire of the Sun, and, of course, LCD Soundsystem come together for a night of rapturous dancing to hard synth beats at this summertime bash.

Native New Yorker: the Party Good Room; 10pm; $25
For those hotheads who can’t keep still, this legendary rager promises to deliver a volcano of sexual and social dynamism. Join the “master of disco soul” Nicky Siano—whose DJ résumé includes Studio 54 and the Gallery—and host Rebecca Lynn for hard beats and sweaty dancing. It’s sure to set your weekend ablaze.

Sat 26

Jazz Age Lawn Party Governors Island; 11am; $55–$5,000
Slap on your spats and practice the Charleston because the Jazz Age Lawn party is returning to Governor’s Island. Sip on Prohibition-era cocktails by Lejay Liqueur and local Bootlegger 21 New York, and none of the back-alley hooch of the day. Food vendors will be on hand to keep your Lindy Hop hoppin’ during incredible daylong jazz performances from Philadelphia’s prized Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, as well as singer-songwriter Queen Esther. Sure to mesmerize is the ultimate 1920s ensemble band Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, led by the party’s host, crooner-conductor Arenella. As the tunes blast, partake in dance lessons from instructors and perfect your fox-trot.

The Dark Crystal film screening Museum of Moving Image; 1pm; $15
To celebrate all things Jim Henson, Museum of the Moving Image invites you to take in this gem of ’80s-era imagination and weirdness in 70MM format, with an introduction by The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History author Caseen Gaines.  

Go Topless Day Parade at various locations; 11am; free
Honor Women’s Equality Day by freeing your nipples at this march for equal gender rights (protected in NYC since a 1992 ruling allowing public female toplessness). Fight body-, breast- and nipple-shaming and hypersexualization by reclaiming your right to bare chests.

Time Out NY Ultimate Restaurant Grill Off presented by Bud Light LIC Landing; 2pm, 5pm; $35, $120 for Grill Squad (4 tickets)
Get ready to get roasted and toasted! On August 26, we’ll be at LIC Landing in Long Island City for our first annual Time Out New York's Ultimate Restaurant Grill Off presented by Bud Light. We're cooking up meats, veggies, and fruits, and giving you the chance to vote on your favorite dish. So gather your friends for Bud Light, great city views, and an epic grill off- missing this event would definitely be a missed-steak!

Gotham Girls Roller Derby John Jay College of Criminal Justice; 6pm; $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. 

Percy Sutton Harlem 5K at various locations; 6am; registration required
Run (or walk) through the streets of Harlem at this NYRR-sponsored event, which honors the late Manhattan borough president Percy Sutton. Runners looking to fulfill their NYC-marathon qualifier races can do so by registering for this race. friends and family members are encouraged to snap and hashtag Instagram-worth photos for a chance to win prizes. 

Discotechnique: Gold House of Yes; 10pm; before 11pm with R.S.V.P. free, after $25
Wear gold like you're Foxxy Cleopatra for this fantasy disco party featuring DJs Eli Escobar, Mira Fahrenheit, Zephyr Ann, Will Renuart, Max Pask, Jozif and plenty of free love.

Brooklyn Jewish Deli Staples Tour Red Lantern Bicycles; 11am; $25
Nosh on deli favorites during this 8.6-mile bike tour, which stops at some of the borough’s most beloved Jewish eateries.  

ImageNation Outdoor Film Festival St. Nicholas Park; 7pm; various prices
While outdoor movies in the summertime are always great, the 15th annual ImageNation Outdoor Film Festival at Harlem Week will be especially great. Make sure to catch the featured film Queen of Katwe directed by Mira Nair, which tells the true story of a young girl who once sold corn on the streets of rural Uganda before being introduced to the game of chess, and goes on to pursue her dream of becoming an International Chess Champion.

Vendor Night at various locations; 5pm; free
There's something for everyone at this free shopping fair. The Lower East Side space at 165 Allen St. exhibits a number of local brand owners, from chefs to beauticians. Explore the offerings of vendors including Luxurious LLC's makeup and hair extensions, Pura's organic body scrubs, Lumiere by Lisa's soy candles, Cari's catering treats, and Kakadoodoo's diaper cakes.  

Queen & David Bowie Sing-Along Union Hall; 9:45pm; $10
Serve your best lightning bolt glam or leather daddy realness at this tribute party to some of rock’s most spectacular icons, featuring themed drinks, video clips and a costume contest. 

Sun 27

Battle of Brooklyn Green-Wood Cemetery; 11am; free–$25
Calling all history buffs: Brooklyn returns to 1776 and its Revolutionary War roots at this reenactment fest. Take part in two days of redcoat and patriot activities, tours, tales and 18th-century fare to taste. Visitors will experience life on the Colonial battlefield with soldiers, parades and cannon fire. 

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center); 8pm; free
The Met Opera is running nightly alfresco screenings of past live performances. With more than 3,000 seats in the iconic Lincoln Center Plaza, fans can catch classics like The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville, plus updated favorites like the contemporary-set Rigoletto and Tristan und Isolde.

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