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15 fantastic things to do in New York this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 25

New York International Auto Show Javits Center; 10am; $16
Whether you're in the market for a new ride or just like to look, this annual convention offers a peek at the newest 2016-7 models, motorcycles, concept vehicles and restored classic cars.

Full Bunny Contact Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center; 4pm, 6pm; $5–$25
If bonnets and pastels aren’t your thing, take an alternate approach to Easter with this bizarre four-day carnival by the creator of Nightmare Haunted House. Games like “Chicken Scratch” (where you must beat a giant chicken at tic-tac-toe) and “The Keister Bunny” (which involves pulling candy from an Easter bunny’s backside) lead up to the main event, an egg-hunt cage match where participants must battle rabbit-costumed challengers in a 16-by-20-foot steel cage. There will also be food trucks and an on-site bar if you prefer to simply observe the guaranteed pandemonium.

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. 

NYC Craft Beer Festival 2016 Lexington Avenue Armory; 8pm; $55–$75
Ring in spring at this two-day, 75-brewery bacchanal offering beer buffs unlimited samples of 150 rare and seasonal brews, ciders and meads from outfits like Oklahoma's Prairie Artisan Ales, New York's Radiant Pig and Massachusetts' Bantam Cider. Geek out at seminars led by Sense Lab and others. Still thirsty? Spring for VIP tickets to get an extra hour of boozing. Balance your liquid intake with for-purchase snacks such as links from Rosamunde Sausage Grill and empanadas from Jessy's Pastries.

Carly Rae Jepsen Terminal 5; 8pm; $27.50, at the door $28
Carly Rae Jepsen wormed her way into ears hipster and poptimist alike with her undeniably infectious breakout single, "Call Me Maybe," back in 2012. Though Jepsen was pegged as a one-hit wonder, singles like "Run Away with Me" from her new album E-MO-TION, full of chintzy digital-sax and '80s-pop-shimmer, demonstrate an unforeseen versatility.

Sat 26

Holi in the City Stage 48; noon; $35
Wear white and brace yourself for four stories of rainbow delight as Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, hits NYC. Dance in kaleidoscopic ecstasy with hundreds of strangers while you get covered in tinted powders, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and live music. There’s no more cheerful way to usher in springtime. 

Brooklyn Dance Festival 2016 BAM Fisher; 2pm, 8pm; $35–$100
BAM invites 12 outstanding and up-and-coming dance companies to take the stage for its fifth annual one-day festival. This year's lineup includes SynthesisDance, 10 Hairy Legs and more. 

Walt Drinking presents Smart House Videology; 11pm; $10
Is 1999's Smart House a stealth critique of antiquated gender roles, a bananas Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Star Trek's LeVar Burton, or both? Only those who gather (and get wasted) for this communal rewatch will know for certain. 

Pop-up Coloring Bar Strand Book Store; 11am; free
Find some mental bliss in Union Square with the help of the Real Art Therapists of New York. Head to Strand's Rare Book room to check out the new book of therapeutic, relaxing coloring pages and the artists who met them. Try your hand at the colored pencil set and let the good vibes wash over you. 

The Great Egg Hunt Masha and the Bear; 2pm; free registration online, at the door $5
Seven Grand Street Bars will be waiting for you and your new pub crawl buddies to show up, search for eggs, and celebrate your finds with endless drink specials. Make sure you have the stamina to make it all the way. 

Sun 27

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival at various locations; 10am; free
Sunday best gets new meaning during this annual procession, wherein participants show off elaborately constructed hats—we’re talking noggin-toppers shaped like the NYC skyline and the Coney Island Cyclone, not just a boring old fedora. The tradition started in the mid-1800s, when high-society ladies would promenade in their Easter finery after church, and has since evolved into a showcase for millinery. Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts.

The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt Slattery’s Midtown Pub; 2pm; $25
Assemble your best team for an egg hunt that goes beyond looking in some shrubs. The city is your backyard and to fill your basket, you’re going to have to use your brains and physical prowess to solve the clues and complete the hunt first. The winning team receives tickets to Quiet Clubbing, Shake Rattle & Roll and other local activities. If your friends can’t handle the challenge, individual participants can be assigned a team. There is an adults-only version as well as a family-friendly option. 

East Sunday Yacht Party Pier 40; 8pm; $60
Board the Hornblower for a naughty Easter night of drinking, dining, dancing and did we mention drinking? You'll meet other well-dressed revellers who'd rather take their scavenger hunt to the sea. 

Winter Flea + Smorgasburg at Industry City; 10am; free
When the weather gets really cold, this alfresco flea is held indoors for warmth. Don’t fret—apart from a new location in Sunset Park and an enclosed shopping space, not too much has changed. The market still hosts more than 100 vendors, including popular eateries from Smorgasburg. Remember, this is among the most visited fleas in the city, so arrive before noon to fulfill your vintage dreams.

Macy’s Flower Show Macy’s; 10am; free
You could easily spend hours sniffing the aromatic blooms at this popular annual two-week floral exhibition, this year dubbed “America the Beautiful.” The ground level of Macy’s Herald Square transforms into a not-so-secret garden that’s covered in floor-to-ceiling greenery depicting the purple mountain majesties and fruited plains that we’re so, er, unaccustomed to in the concrete jungle.

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