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15 awesome things to do in NYC this weekend

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Jennifer P
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Fri 27

Intrepid Summer Movie Series: Top Gun, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; 6pm; free
Could there be a more atmospheric place to relive the tower-buzzing highs of Top Gun than the deck of the Intrepid? We can’t think of one—barring a trip to vaguely identified hostile waters. Bring a blanket or chair, some snacks and nonalcoholic drinks for the 1986 blockbuster, which stars Tom Cruise as a volleyball-loving Navy pilot, Val Kilmer as his jaw-chomping rival and Kelly McGillis as a Ph.D.-equipped flight instructor who’s all too easily impressed by barroom karaoke. 

Stargazing at Lincoln Center, The Fountain; 7pm; free
Astronomers Association sets up its high-powered telescopes by the fountain at Lincoln Center every Friday and Saturday through the end of July, so come take a look at the planets and the moon and other celestial wonders. Gazing begins at sunset and continues until 11pm. 

Live Dubbed Sitcoms, Videology Bar & Cinema; 8pm; $5
Watch improvisers live-dub over muted sitcoms, giving shows like Full House and Family Matters random and hilarious new story lines. This installment features comedians Evan Altshuler, Zach Cherry, Becky Chicoine and others dubbing hilariously over two of the most curious entries of the reboot era: Fuller House and Girl Meets World. 

Full House! The Musical, Theatre 80; 7pm; $25–$50
Bob and Tobly McSmith, the auteurs behind previous unauthorized musical goofs onSaved by the Bell and Showgirls, take on the cheesy family sitcom Full House.

Drake Night: Back 2 Back, Arlene’s Grocery; 10pm; $15, at the door $25
If you’re reading this, then it’s not too late to nab a ticket to this buzzworthy Drake fest, during which Drizzy fiends shake their rumps to the rapper’s best hits, including bangers from his new album Views. Sip thematic cocktails like the Double Cup Love or the Wheelchair Jimmy while DJs Frensze and RawBeatz spin a mixture of ’90s hip-hop, R&B and, of course, Drake. 

Sat 28

Smorgasburg, East River State Park, 11am; free admission
At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 10,000 visitors per day with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors. Our pro tip? Make sure you peruse the lineup before you go—those mouthwatering scents and the bevy of choices can make you dizzy (and the dense crowds can make you hangry). Highlights include Vietnamese food from Bep, Goa Taco’s avant-garde fare as well as incredible sandwiches from newbies Heros and Villians and Red Table Catering. Go on, give into gluttony. (We won’t judge.)

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Washington Square Park; noon; free
This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft. 

Brooklyn Flea-Fort Greene, 10am; free admission
Arguably the granddaddy of the borough’s slate of bazaars, the Fort Greene Brooklyn Flea is still in full swing. The location is jam-packed with more than 150 vendors selling retro jewelry, tchotchkes and everything you don’t need (but want anyway). 

Hester Street Fair, 11am; free
The outdoor LES bazaar kicks off its seventh year, with veteran vendors like Luke’s Lobster and Macaron Parlour. More upstarts join the fray each week. 

Wasabassco’s House of Deveraux Presents: Bordello, House of Yes; 7pm; $30–$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 Chris McDaniel, Stormy Skin and Genie Adagio—to show some skin. 

Sun 29 

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, The Bell House; noon; $1
Collect rare books and antiques, eerily cute taxidermy and repurposed skulls at this bustling fair full of morbid curiosities. The Morbid Anatomy Museum has culled together some of its favorite artists to bring you jewelry and decor from beyond the grave. Just make sure it's dead before you wear it. 

Horse Meat Disco, Cielo; 10pm; $25, at the door $35
The disco daddies of HMD come to us all the way from London for a bit of long-weekend revelry. Join hundreds of handsome men from all five boroughs and get ready to sweat. Joining the bill for this Memorial Day shindig is New York's legendary DJ Spun.

Jewish Food Tour of New York at various locations; noon; $50
Explore the Lower East Side of the early 20th century, which was home to one of the largest populations of Jewish refugees in the world. Taste knishes, bialy, matzo ball soup and many other hearty Jewish delicacies on this rad walking tour, which will give you a new appreciation for some of the city's most iconic bites.  

LIC Flea & Food; 11am; free admission
This open-air bazaar is Queens’ answer to the Brooklyn Flea, as both markets offer a wide array of retro wares and antiques, finger-licking–delicious eats and gorgeous skyline views that could bring a tear to the eye of the most jaded New Yorker. But it certainly pays to take a train or ferry to enjoy the Flea’s all-Queens Beer and Wine Garden, serving eight beers from spots like SingleCut Beersmiths and Queens Brewery; the suds will come in handy when you need to wash down Butcher Bar’s wood-smoked BBQ and red velvet funnel cake from A Lil’ Bit of Fun. More like a Lil’ Bit of yum, right?

Thank Your for Everything: Dance Candy Spectacular, House of Yes; 9pm; $15, free before 11pm with RSVP
Gorge on sweet treats like cotton candy, break a pinata and groove to funky house music during this sugar high extravaganza. 

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