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15 fabulous things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 15

Speed Racer Videology Bar & Cinema; 11:59pm; $5
Head to Videology for a late-night showing of this eye-popping action flick based on a Japanese anime and manga series and starring Emile Hirsch and Christina Ricci.

Le Bain presents Ivan Smagghe The Standard; 10pm; free
Sit high atop the highline on the glorious roof-deck of the Standard and enjoy New Jersey the way it was meant to be enjoyed—from a distance. Come for the highly ’gramnable view and stay for some French Fried Funk from Parisian party-starting DJ and moustache connoisseur Ivan Smagghe. Boogie to all manner of electro, disco, house and everything else in between as you sip cocktails 18 stories above the crowd below and, just for a minute, pretend you’re somewhere in France. 

Sat 16

Freddy’s Bar Doggy Fashion Show Freddy’s Bar; 6pm; free
All the most fashion forward Fidos will be strutting their stuff on the red carpet when Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue closes down for this third annual event. Dog owners are encouraged to bring their furry friends dressed in elaborate costumes, decked out in bedazzled collars or just as they are. In addition to the cat—ahem, dog—walk there will be beer specials and jokes by the event's emcees Mike Drucker and Jess Dweck (comedy writers for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). 

Uncorked: NY Wine Fest Metropolitan Pavilion; VIP 2pm, GA 3pm; $60–$70
National wine fest series Uncorked—which has hosted events in San Francisco, Chicago and Phoenix, to name a few—brings its vinotopia to New York. Sample more than 100 wines provided by more than 50 wineries from across the globe, including Taittinger from France and Napa Valley's St. Supéry. Go crazy for bubbly at the Champagne bar, or test your palate at the blind tasting bar. A food bazaar features pairing-friendly snacks from the likes of Murray's Cheese and East Coast Poke. Spring for VIP admission to get an extra hour of tasting and access to some exclusive wines.

Running with the Beef Solar One; noon; $55, VIP $80
It’s named for Spain’s famed Running of the Bulls, but the beasts at this large-scale outdoor grilling extravaganza take the form of Spanish-style steak dishes by NYC chefs, like Robbie Richter, who use grass-fed beef. Dig into seared grilled steaks, brisket, sausages and tapas, and enjoy Solar One’s scenic views of the East River while sipping on wine or Spanish brews from Iberian Beer United.

Bulletin Market North 8th St and Driggs; 11am; Free admission
Just when you thought Williamsburg couldn't get any more saturated with fantastic food, stunning clothing and funky accessories, a new market has taken over a long-vacant lot at the corner of North 8th and Driggs. Bulletin Market, a pop-up food and design fair that will vend booze, snacks, home decor and jewelry, promises a different kind of hang—think a relaxed, block-party vibe where you can grab a craft beer and play lawn games between wallet-endangering shopping missions.

Full Moon Party The Knickerbocker; 9pm; free
The five-star Knickerbocker Hotel hosts this roaring shindig on its rooftop bar St. Cloud, and much like traditional Full Moon parties held on the beach, this bash is complete with live entertainment, guest DJs, a theme with appropriate décor to match, exclusive cocktails and a special moonlit surprise. After ogling the spectacular sight of Times Square—totally safe from all the dodgy Elmos wandering down below—you won’t even miss the ocean view. 

Warm Up 2016 MoMA PS1; 3pm; $22–$25
If there's one thing you can depend on, it's that every Saturday from June through August MoMA PS1's courtyard will be packed with top-notch music talent—and sweaty revelers.

Astoria Flea and Food Night Market Kaufman Astoria Studios; 7pm; Free admission
Fulfill your “night shop” quota every Saturday and Sunday evening this summer at Astoria’s open-air bazaar, and pick up all the latest in handcrafted accessories like jewelry and knits, refurbished furniture, vintage ephemera and local brews from the only “all-Queens beer garden.” Just be careful not to get too turnt beforehand, or you may need some“refurbishing” of your own the next morning. Luckily, there will be plenty of tasty grub to help you soak up  all those suds.

Out in the Streets Onderdonk House; 1pm; $24/day, weekend pass $38
Get pumped for this rad outdoor assortment of indie bands like TEEN, Frankie Rose and Guerilla Toss.  

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; 1pm; free with online registration
This annual fest celebrates American musical icon Louis Armstrong with tunes and treats in Flushing Meadows—Corona Park. Catch live performances from Dr. John, Soulive and Kermit Ruffins, plus a number of killer local acts.

Hester Street Fair presents: Ice Cream Social; 11am; free
The outdoor LES bazaar invites a bevy of local ice cream vendors to peddle their delicious frozen treats in celebration National Ice Cream Month. Post-brunch sundae, anyone?

Gotham Girls Roller Derby Doubleheader Abe Stark Arena; 4pm; $20
Haven’t roller-skated since the ’80s?  Well, watch the badasses from Gotham Roller Derby remind you how it’s done! Witness Manhattan Mayhem take on Bronx Gridlock, immediately followed by Queens of Pain versus Brooklyn Bombshells. We can’t guarantee that your local OTB is taking bets on the matches, but you can count on hours of incredible, aggressive athleticism—and alcohol! 

Sun 17

Governors Island Storytelling Governors Island; 1pm; free
This island has endured tons of wild rumors: Walt Disney served time on the island’s prison (false); almost every “historical plaque” there contains factual errors (ugh, true); there’s a secret escape tunnel that stretches out to Brooklyn (oh, come on!). But one actual fact is that on Sundays in Nolan Park, the island now has its very own storytelling festival with a rotating cast of world-renowned tellers of tales, complete with music and even the occasional puppet show. 

Rubin Museum of Art Block Party; 1pm; free
The Rubin throws itself a true stormer of a party based on its exhibit “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual.” This celebration of meteorological proportions lauds the art, culture, nature and ideas of Nepal through music, dance, Himalayan street food, family yoga, Nepali-dress demonstrations and good old-fashioned henna tattoos. Other highlights include a photo booth and art activities like DIY bird rattles. BYO prayer flags. 

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