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15 awesome things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 8

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show Metropolitan Pavilion; 1pm; $20 at the door, $15
This two-day expo is every retro-sifter’s dream, featuring more than 90 clothing and textile dealers. As always, you can browse a range of price points starting around $20. Trendheads should beeline for styles from our local favorites, including La Poubelle Vintage, Claw & Co. and Amarcord. But the $15 ticket is definitely worth it, since you’re getting access to prime vintage from out-of-towners. 

Brooklyn Folk Festival St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church; various times through Sun 20; $20–$25; three-day pass $80
Transport yourself to a land of fiddles and banjos with three days of performances from bands with names like Happy Valley Pals playing bluegrass, Balkan music and plenty o’ jugs. If you feel like jamming out yourself, take a workshop to learn how to play your first few chords on the strings, or show your strength during the Banjo Toss contest.

TEEN + Roya + Showtime ft. Jen Goma Baby’s All Right; 8pm; $10–$12
Local indie art-pop act TEEN balances kaleidoscopic elements with crisp drumming and girl-group harmonies, playing from its lush, dancey new full-length, Love Yes.

Saved by the ’90s: A Party with the Bayside Tigers Webster Hall; 11pm; $20
Clinton-era nostalgia looks like it's here to stay, and the Saved by the ’90s: A Party with the Bayside Tigers is a great bash to revel in it. Check out the Bayside Tigers—a four-piece cover band that specializes in songs of all genres (well, as long as they're from the ’90s)—as the group makes Webster Hall's dance floor feel like a genuine house party. Dressing up is encouraged: snap bracelets, Converse, big hair and overly baggy JNCO jeans—you name it, somebody will probably be wearing it. 

1920s Gatsby Themed Party Hudson Station; 10pm; $15, at the door $25
Make sure you can fit headphones over your cloche and top hats for this century-deep throwback on the popular silent disco series. Dance to current hits and jams from the past thirty years while bumping elbows with people who look like they walked out of the Hamptons in 1925. If you don't love the song you're hearing, check out what the other DJs are playing on your headphones. 

Sat 9

National Pet Day LOFT Sale in Flatiron; noon; 30 percent off
In honor of National Pet Day, the Flatiron store of this chic chain is having a puppy bonanza. Bring your four-legged friend into the store, pose for selfies in the photo booth and enjoy snacks (for dogs and humans) provided by Shake Shack while you shop duds up to 30 percent off. Don’t have a furry companion of your own? Don’t worry—Chloe the adorable Mini Frenchie will be there to cheer you up.

Rainbow Book Fair John Jay College of Criminal Justice; noon; suggested donation $3
More than 80 publishers, booksellers and authors will be hawking their literary goods at this queer book fair, which also includes panel discussions, book signings and a marathon poetry salon.

Drunk TED Talks: Guilty Pleasures Littlefield; 6pm; $5
It's funny how a little alcohol can make our opinions seem really important, huh? Get drunk with a group of deep thinkers as they present PowerPoint talks on guilty pleasures. Explore Limp Bizkit, Instagram stalking, terrible reality shows and more with Meredith Graves, Dan McCoy, Suzy Exposito and more. Drink, it makes you smarter. 

NYC BBQ Cook-Off Historic Richmond Town; noon; $12.75, at the door $15
Spring is here, so bring on the barbecue! Staten Island has a heaping dose of smoky meats and treats at its annual cooking competition, with chefs from the tristate area firing up chicken, pork ribs, pork butt and brisket for the hungry masses. Taste the rainbow and see who wins—the victor gets $1,000!

Party Like It’s 1999: No Scrubs Edition The Bell House; 9pm; free
You definitely don’t want no scrubs, but you’ll certainly shake your rump to TLC’s chart-topper the second those minor chords chime through the speakers. Celebrate the three fierce femmes who taught us to be wary of broke-ass busters by dancing to their best tracks. DJ Steve also serves up the usual mix of pop, R&B and hip-hop tunes from the ’90s to keep you grooving till dawn.

Sun 10

Chocolate Fest 2016 92nd Street Y; 7:30pm; $35
Chocoholics will find get their fix at this cacao-dusted event. Expect chocolate-and-cheese pairings from Chocolat Moderne and Lucy's Whey, tiny ice cream cones from Penny Lick Ice Cream, and vino-and-chocolate pairings from Gotham Wines & Liquors and Guittard. 

New York Antiquarian Book Fair Park Avenue Armory; noon; $25
If you've got a thing for musty old books, this is your fair, with literary works from approximately 200 vendors displayed inside one of NYC's grandest halls. Look out for tomes dating back to the 14th century, including illuminated books of hours and other hidden gems. 

The Bloody Mary Festival Grand Prospect Hall; 1pm; $53.74–$89.61
Trick out your brunchtime cocktailing at this afternoon fest hosted by the tomato-obsessed Bloody Mary Liberation Party. During the event, you'll sample six inventive pours from Kings County watering holes: Park Slope’s Iron Station offers one sporting bacon-infused vodka, candied bacon and sopressata, and Best Bloody 2014 winner Lucky Luna flavors its rendition with sriracha, jugo de maggi and kimchi. In between sips, get down to beats by local legend DJ Shakey and tuck into bagels from a Brooklyn Bagel bar, as well as offerings from homegrown shops like McClure’s Pickles, Brooklyn Brine and Grady’s Cold Brew.

NYC Paws Parade Madison Square Park; 11am; free
Marching from Madison Square Park down to Union Square comes the cutest, sloppiest, most glorious doggy parade ever, all in celebration of the ASPCA's 150th anniversary. Witness the march of NYC's loveliest dogs and the people who devote their lives to their protection at this first annual parade led by internet-famous critter Marnie the Dog. What’s better than watching dogs tromp through Manhattan? Adopting one of those four-legged cuties! After the parade, head to a fee-waived adoption party in Union Square. 

Good Deeds Sunday Herald Square; 10am; free
Here's a fun, feel-good event that will make you feel like a super human. The 10th annual Good Deeds Day—a volunteer initiative—is heading to Herald Square for a day-long celebration of, well, good deeds! There will be 20 notable non-profits in attendance, plus events sponsored by Scholastic, Macy's and KIND Snacks. Highlights include a Food Citizen Action Commitment and Photo Booth by actor Adrian Grenier's Mobile Kitchen Classroom, a buy-one-share-one book drive, on-site yoga, Frisbee golf toss and more. 

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