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15 excellent things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 23

So Far Gone: Drake Night Baby’s All Right; midnight; $10
DJs Dirty South Joe and Gun$ Garcia spin beats like “One Dance,” “Started from the Bottom” and “Take Care” at this wild tribute to everyone’s favorite Jewish Canadian rapper.

Emo Night Brooklyn The Bell House; 10pm; $12
Straighten your bangs and sharpen your eyeliner pencil for this banquet of angst, where DJs will spin the loud, cacophonous jams that made high school bearable for so many millennials. Study up on your lyrics to My Chemical Romance’s “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” Good Charlotte’s “The Anthem” and Avril Lavigne’s “My Happy Ending,” because you’ll want to scream along with this devoted crowd. Beyond the classic playlist, expect surprise performances from beloved emo and pop-punk greats; previous guests have included New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik and Yellowcard’s Ryan Key. 

Movies Under the Stars: The Jungle Book Bloomingdale’s Park; 8pm; free
Head to the corner of Leneva Ave and Ramona Ave in Bloomingdale park for a verdant outdoor screening of this year's Disney epic. As Mowgli and Baloo cruise through the water and scale trees, you can enjoy a lush view of your own metropolitan jungle. 

Sat 24

Dumpling Festival Sara D. Roosevelt Park; noon; free admission
Who doesn’t love a good meat pocket? (Was that sexual?). Anyways, the 13th annual Dumpling Festival rolls into NYC on September 24, and we could not be more excited. Head to Sara D. Roosevelt Park (noon to 5pm) and munch on stuffed-dough creations including Kung Pao Pork with Kimchi, Lemongrass, Buffalo Chicken, Edamame as well as Kale and Vegetable dumplings.

Museum Day Live! various locations and various times; free admission
Download a voucher from the Smithsonian museum to receive two free tickets to one of more than 20 New York City museums and cultural centers. Participating big-name institutions include the Jewish Museum, Asia Society Museum, Queens Historical Society, Fraunces Tavern Musuem and more. 

Breukelen Country Fair Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum; 1pm; free, tickets required for some activities
On this special day at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, visitors can join in on a day-long fete complete with crafting and agricultural events including planting activities, a pop-up farmers’ market and compost activities courtesy of NYC Compost Project. There will also be Wampum demonstrations, a puppet show courtesy of Puppetmobile, cider pressing, house tours, games and music! All ages.

Queens County Fair Queens County Farm Museum; 11am; $10
Get a little rural living without leaving the city limits at the 34th iteration of this down-home festival. For two days, the Queens County Farm Museum will become even more agrarian than usual with livestock competitions, pie-eating contests, awards for the fastest corn huskers and pig races and Irish and German musicians to keep your feet stomping. While there, try to make your way through the Amazing Maize Maze, a three-acre labyrinth, or take a spin on carnival rides. Glean tips on fashioning your own farm-to-table fare at a colonial cooking demo, or knock back a few at a Bavarian beer garden. You can even register online to enter your own craft, vegetable, or baked or canned goods in one of the blue-ribbon contests.

SUBMERGE NYC Marine Science Festival Hudson River Park, Pier 26; 11am; free
Forget the class hamster: Handle live stingrays, sea horses and other creatures of the ocean at this outdoor educational event. You can play with underwater robots, learn about the ecology of the Hudson River, try your hand at fishing and kayak on the water. The best part about this science fair is that you won’t be grounded!

Washington Square Park Folk Festival Washington Square Park; 1pm; free
This annual end of summer throwdown brings together several outstanding folk and bluegrass acts to make a breezy weekend in the park even better. On Saturday, check out sets from Colombian dance and percussion group, Bulla en el Barrio, country and jazz act Feral Foster and more. Sunday performances include a rowdy square dance led by banjo master Alex Kramer and flamenco vocals from Spanish jazz singer Julia Patinella.

SHE Sexual Health Expo Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse; 11am; free
Come celebrate sexual health and experience an open environment where you can learn the latest facts about sex and intimacy. The Sexual Health Expo features health professionals and leaders in sex, intimacy and romance; the two-day event delivers a crash course in understanding modern sexual relationships with must-attend workshops and intimacy product showcases. The event is Free and the first 2,000 attendees receive a free goodie bag. 

Sun 25

Flatbush Frolic various locations; 11am; free
The Flatbush Frolic may sound like a hip new dance all the kids are doing (and maybe it will be!), but it’s actually a fun street fair in south Brooklyn featuring music, crafts and kids' activities galore. An eclectic mix of bands and performers will be playing all day long on the Frolic’s mainstage. There’ll be some spicy dance productions and a smorgasbord of activities for kids, along with pizza-eating contests, a beer garden, and scores of local business and non-profit vendors along the way.

Photoville Brooklyn Bridge Plaza; various times; free
Kings County exhibition producer United Photo Industries takes over a new location this year—Brooklyn Bridge Plaza—to create a pop-up village honoring the art of picture taking. Dozens of shipping containers, which double as venues for curated gallery installations, will contain works such as "Flint is a Place," "On the Street with Bill Cunningham," and "Political Theatre." And get excited, because the Smorgasburg Beer Garden is returning this year; you'll find more than 100 vendors selling all sorts of food and drinks. Outdoor exhibitions include "Brazil's Battle Against Zika," "#OrlandoStrong," and "Where Will We Go: The Human Consequences of Rising Sea Levels."

Atlantic Antic various locations; noon; free
NYC’s largest street festival takes over Downtown Brooklyn for its 42nd year, with 10 blocks of food, performers, art and more. Peruse dozens of Brooklyn-based food vendors, craft breweries and artisanal shops, and try to catch all 12 performance stages while burning a hole in your pocket with all the provisions. Some of this year’s notable stars include members of Mark Morris Dance Center and World Martial Arts Center, the cast of Broadway’s Wicked, ’60s French–inspired band Les Sans Culottes and DJ Benny Blanco. Pace yourself.

Sunday Night Sex Talks Le Poisson Rouge; 7pm; $15
This visiting L.A. show challenges performers to share ten minute stories on a prurient theme, with past prompts including "Little White Lies" and "Unfinished Business." Previous performers include Sex and the City's Cindy Chupak and My Crazy Ex Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom, so expect some powerful voice to take the stage and bare all. 

Red Hook Regatta Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier; 1pm; free
The future-driven visual artists of Pioneer Works bring Red Hook's historic ports into the next century with this DIY racing event. Teams of creators and designers will race miniature boats constructed via 3D printers and laser cutting, and you get to witness the tiny competition from the shore. 

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