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15 awesome things to do in NYC this weekend

Jennifer P

Fri 19

The ’90s Summer Jams Sing-Along Union Hall; 9:30pm; $10
Revisit the hits of the past at this epic greatest hits throwdown. Attendees are welcome, nay, encouraged, to belt along to projected music videos such as Will Smith’s “Miami” and Ace of Base’s “The Sign” without fear of ridicule. Prep for the ’90s costume contest with a grunge-band tee or by coiffing your hair into a J. Timb–style frosted mop, and practice your Roger Rabbit and Running Man for the dance-off (prizes include free drinks and concert tickets). Special cocktails ($7) include the Walkin’ on the Sun, a rum-and–St. Germain lemonade that’s sure to get you smash(mouth)ed.

Wasabassco’s House of Deveraux Le Poisson Rouge; 8pm; $20–$40
Many NYC performers may claim to be glamazons, but none can touch Sydni Deveraux, the sequin-shaking burlesque bombshell with some of the longest legs in show business. The diva welcomes fellow muses from the fabulous Wasabassco troupe—including Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Nina LaVoix, Puss N Boots and more. 

Swing Into Spring Edison Ballroom; 7:30pm; $100–$150
Celebrate the season with big bands and big dancing at this Edison Ballroom blowout. Show off your jitterbug to Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band, enjoy an excellent dinner from chef Mina Newman and meet other jazz fiends who are ready for a wild summer of fox-trotting. 

Five Points Festival Pier 36; 8pm; Saturday $30, Sunday $25, Weekend Pass $40, VIP $150
This designer toy and comics festival presents indie comic book discoveries, vinyls and art to discerning collectors, with food trucks and craft breweries to keep guests hanging around all day. Meet creators like Annie Wu, Cliff Chiang, James Tynion IV and don't miss the Designer Toy Awards on Friday night. 

Pop Up Nation Presents: SPRINGDAZE!; 11am; Free with R.S.V.P.
This Soho pop-up hosts the ultimate spring party where you can indulge in warm-weather delights. Guys and gals can shop for awesome apparel from brands such as Her Velvet Vase, Standard Deviation, THINX and more while gorging on treats like Wowfulls—a fluffy waffle stuffed with ice cream. Wash the sweets down with cold-pressed elixirs from Press Juicery and java by Proof Coffee. After you're done shopping and munching, pose for photos inside the Fujifilm INSTAX photo booth. Don't forget to R.S.V.P. if you want a gratis swag bag filled with Dr. Jart+ and Harmless Harvest coconut water. 

Sat 20  

BeautyCon 2017 Brooklyn Cruise Terminal; noon; $49–$249
If you shop at Sephora just as much as you do at your local bodega, spend hours watching beauty gurus on YouTube and know the difference between contouring and strobing, Beautycon is your motherland. (Welcome home, fellow beauty junkie!) And after the success of the first-ever pamper fest in 2015, the selfie nirvana keeps coming back to NYC for a full-day of glamorous fun. Explore interactive booths featuring new and unique cosmetic, skin-care and hair-care brands, celebrity meet and greets and empowering panels that discuss themes such as entrepreneurship, social media and how the beauty industry is changing for the better. You’ll walk away with free beauty swag, too, of course!

Vulture Festival at various locations; 9am; $32
The sharp minds at Vulture have stacked up their best lineup of panels, tributes, performances and fan events yet for this annual cultural mecca. Check out talks with Neil Patrick Harris, Connie Britton, American Gods creator Bryan Fuller, Desus and Mero and more; and head to panels and screenings with the casts of ShamelessThe Carmichael Show and many more. The weekend features jam sessions with Waxahatchee and Cat Power. 

New York Asian Burlesque Extravaganza Highline Ballroom; 8pm; $20–$40
Now in its fifth year, Thirsty Girl and Calamity Chang's massive showcase of some of the world's most spectacular striptease artists continues in NYC. Join host Wang Newton and performers UmA Shadow, Joyen, Coco Ono, Frankie Fictitious, Minx Arcana, Kitana Louise, Dame Cuchifrita, Edie Nightcrawler and Suwasit for a night of international tassel-twirling extravagance. 

Smiths Brunch Schimanski; noon; with R.S.V.P. free $10
It's been 30 years since the breakup of one of the U.K.'s most influential bands of all time. Grab a complimentary mimosa (or two) and enjoy waffles, eggs benedict and more while DJs spin some of the most gloriously melancholic jams from Morrissey and the gang. 

Coney Art Walls Greenwood Beach; noon; free to attend
Art lovers and those who enjoy taking pictures in front of masterpieces must head to Greenwood Beach—a 500-square-foot, open-air space at Coney Island—where you can view incredible street art curated by Joseph Sitt and Jeffrey Deitch. After posing in front of the vibrant walls presented by creatives such as Lady Pink, Tristan Eaton, Aiko and more, hit up the food vendors on-site—think Chick-N-Cone and Coney Shack—for a quick bite before hitting the surf. 

Bike the Branches Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch; 10am; $10–$20
For the past two years, bikers have scavenged through Brooklyn for this daylong event. This year you can investigate new bike paths filled with awesome destinations and pit stops, like Smorgasburg, Sixpoint Brewery, the Brooklyn Museum, and Prospect Park. If you don’t have a bike, don't worry—registrants get a 24-hour Citi Bike pass or have the option of walking or running the paths. After your trek, check out the block-party at Central Library where live musicians will play and prizes will be awarded.

Sun 21

Twin Peaks Season 3 Premiere Party Videology Bar & Cinema; noon; free
Ring in the much-awaited revival of David Lynch’s cult series at this fan celebration. Before the 9pm premiere, Videology hosts a marathon of favorite episodes, along with a costume contest and trivia.

AIDS Walk New York Central Park; 9am; registration required
More than 890,000 trekkers—including David Hyde Pierce, Audra McDonald and Nick Jonas—have participated in this 10K stroll through Central Park and the Upper West Side. The annual jaunt raises awareness and money for more than 40 HIV/AIDS organizations in the tristate area, including the organizer Gay Men’s Health Crisis. (You don’t have to pledge your own fund-raising minimum to join, although it’s recommended.) At 10am, the walk commences, and by noon you’ll have gotten in a little exercise and contributed to a good cause. Be sure to head to the afterparty at Rumsey Playfield, featuring Kathy Griffin and fan-favorites from Rupaul's Drag Race. 

Pouring Green-Wood at Green-Wood Cemetery; 11am; $30
Joy Doumis and Jeremy Hammond share how they harvested apples from the cemetery's over 150 apple trees to create their own brand of the hard stuff, Proper Cider. Hear about their fermentation journey and enjoy sips of their brew at this special talk. 

Spring Clean ’17: A NYC Ladies Clothing, Accessory and Book Swap! Location TBA; 2pm; $10
The Camaraderie (an empowering young women’s group in NYC) wants you to embrace the “out with the old, in with the new” mentality by attending this awesome clothing swap! Ladies are invited to register in advance and bring gently-worn wares, accessories and old books to exchange for new treasures provided by other women on-site. While you peruse the offerings—and make new friends—enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks to fuel your thrifting endeavors. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a bazillion dollars to fill your closet and shelves with new goods as tickets are only $10! Now that’s a bargain.


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