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15 amazing things to do in NYC this weekend

Jennifer P

Fri 18

Beerathon various locations; noon; $85
Join fellow beer enthusiasts at this ninth annual tasting tour, during which you'll traverse the city sampling brews from 13 participating venues. Pick up your Beerathon badge (location disclosed once you R.S.V.P.) between noon and 2pm, and embark on a journey that you may never remember. Attempt to hit up all 13 bars—and down two six-ounce beers at each stop—at your (and your liver's) own risk.

Madonnathon Rockbar; 9pm; $5
Make sure you stretch at home before hitting Rockbar for this celebration of the Material Girl. You’re going to be strutting, death-dropping and high-kicking with the best of ’em to “Into the Groove,” “Hung Up” and other classics. Dress yourself up in your favorite Madge-inspired look (lace is always in season!) to win high-camp prizes and attract your lucky star on the dance floor. 

Drink More Fest! Bushwick Public House; 6pm; $15
Drink More Records hosts this three-day fest featuring Brooklyn bands Unigen, The Judy Blooms, The ’94 Knicks, Bad Citizen and many more. Throw in cheap drinks, prizes, vendors and free copies of the label's latest zine and compilation and you've got yourself one heck of a party.

Let Me Break You Up: An Anti-Dating Gameshow Pete’s Candy Store; 7:30pm; free
For the bitterheart's entertainment, host Carly Ann Filbin is determined to break down real couples in order to check if their relationship is actually up to snuff. The couple with the least amount of points has to break up. Good luck and let the meltdowns commence!

The Hunt Terra Firma; 7:30pm; $40
Something wicked this way comes. If you're fascinated by the Salem witch trials, this immersive and spellbinding theater performance brought to you by Queen of the Night alumni Kristin Yancy and Clinton Edward will blow your mind. The limited-run show is the perfect blend of mystery and seduction of dance, where the audience must go on a witch hunt and decide one of the character's fate. All puns aside, it will be magical. 

Sat 19

Cranksgiving Hudson Park; 1pm; free
Don your dopest turkey garb, bring your bike and hit the streets for this brisk mash-up of a scavenger hunt and a race. Ride to grocery stores all over town to purchase food, then deliver the goods to the Bowery Mission. You’ll help feed NYC’s hungry and get an excellent workout in the process. After the ride, join an endorphin-high after-party at Patagonia Soho to celebrate. 

Nerd Nite Littlefield; 7pm; $10–$14
This merry night of dorky drinking features boozy TED-inspired talks inspired the ’80s. Check out a lecture on the artificial intelligence media phenomenon Max Headroom by Chris Cummins; an examination by Seth Baum on shores that would provide great surfing in the wake of a nuclear attack; and a round of esoteric trivia for the most hardcore of nerds. 

American Fine Craft Show Brooklyn Museum; 11am; $16
Brooklyn Museum transforms into a road-show fantasy of jewelry, glassware, crafts, clothes and furniture. Bang out your Christmas shopping list by nabbing intricate custom broaches by Julie Shaw, ceramic lamps by Barbara Mann and textured scarves by Jane Herzenberg. You have two days to shop: Pace yourself. 

World’s End and Beer Tasting Videology Bar & Cinema; 9:15pm; $40
Watch this apocalyptic drinking comedy from the team that made Shaun of the Deadand Hot Fuzz with a beer in hand at this booze-driven screening. To celebrate the epic pub crawl of the film, Brooklyn Brewery offers its own round of beer samplings. Pace yourself. 

Whiskey Feast Brooklyn Expo Center; 1pm; $69–$125
The nationally-touring fest rolls into town offering all-you-can-drink whiskey tastings and cocktails from over 40 purveyors, including Breuckelen Distilling, Van Brunt Stillhouse, The Saint Catherine and Wheated, plus $5 fall-inspired eats from the likes of Bareburger, Brooklyn Oyster Party and Mighty Quinn's. Once you've had your fill, get loose to the stylings of brass band Hudson Horns or try your hand at a game of giant Jenga or corn hole, before going back for more. 

Online Dating Overhaul Q.E.D.; noon; $25
Dating coach Rebecca Lieb teaches you how to find the profile image, descriptions and conversation tactics to make a flawless Tinder game. 

VHS Presents: The First Film I’ve Ever Made! Videology Bar & Cinema; 7pm; free
Comedians and performers revisit their very first childhood home movies and high school projects while the audience chuckles along, and probably cringes with secondhand embarrassment. Show up and raise a glass to humble—and hilarious—beginnings.

Holiday Train Show New York Botanical Garden; open at 10am; $25-$35
The garden lights up with its collection of trains that chug along a nearly half-mile track by 150 miniature NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall, all made of natural materials such as leaves, twigs, bark and berries.

Sun 20

Trivia for a Cause Q.E.D.; 7pm; free
Trivia NYC hits Q.E.D. every month for a night of memory-crushing challenges with proceeds benefitting a local cause. This month's theme is Disney, and proceeds for October will go to Astoria Park Alliance. 

Lord of the Rings Trivia Videology Bar & Cinema; 8pm; free
It takes one ring—and five rounds of trivia—to rule them all at this showdown for fans of the seminal fantasy series. Show up with a fellowship of up to four buddies, and prove how much you know about witch kings, eleventy-first birthdays, and beards both white and gray. Winning earns you a free beer, which you may refer to as “my precious.” 


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