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15 fantastic things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 12

Babeland’s Summer BBQ Babeland; 7pm; free with registration
If you’re a grown-up who loves beer, hot dogs and multicolored hot-dog–shaped “toys,” then let feminist sex shop Babeland welcome you to its annual summer bash. The evening hosts multiple free 15-minute workshops and also covers some new erotic trends and topics. One lucky customer goes home with $200 worth of naughty toys after the raffle, and the first 10 people to arrive receive sexy door prizes. Either way, you’re getting lucky tonight. 

Paint and Pot Cute Succulents Kollabora HQ; 7pm; $33–$50
This beginner class has all the materials you need to enhance your creativity and improve your green thumb. Snacks are provided, but feel free to BYOB since “crafting is paired best with your favorite drink!”

One Night in Bangkok House of Yes; 9pm; $15, before 11pm free
This party haven seems hell-bent on creating Bangkok in Bushwick by providing locally themed food, drinks, massages and, of course, “ladyboy shows.”

Murder Mystery & Reception Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden; 7:30pm; $34–$39
NY Adventure Club takes you on a haunted tour of the historic Mount Vernon Hotel with a murder mystery game and wine and cheese in its not-haunted garden.

TEEN + Softspot + Laser Background Mercury Lounge; 6:30pm; $10
Local indie art-pop act TEEN, which balances kaleidoscopic elements with crisp drumming and girl-group harmonies, plays from its lush, dancey new full-length, Love Yes. 

Sat 13

ELEMENTS by BangOn!NYC 699 Columbia St, Brooklyn; 1pm; $30–$140
Four stages featuring electronic music acts, 3D projections, food trucks, vendors, death-defying aerialists, circus performers and a giant inflatable slide: It looks like BangOn!NYC is going all out for this bash. Get pumped for DJs such as Sweater Beats, LE YOUTH, Prince Fox and plenty more. This mind-blowing music and arts festival is not one to be missed, so grab your tickets and keep your eyes peeled for the secret location announcement.  

Perseid Meteor Shower Inwood Hill Park; 8pm; free
Look up in the sky. Way out beyond the birds and the planes are massive celestial bodies that are way too distant to see with the naked eye. But with the help of binoculars, telescopes and local astronomers, you can observe one of the most jaw-dropping events deep in our solar system—the Perseid meteor shower. Bring a blanket, sit back, learn the wonders of the universe and get some science dropped on you.

Rooftop Reds Tour and Tasting Rooftop Reds at the Navy Yard; 3pm; $30
The “world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard” is a 15,000-square-foot space with a greenhouse, recreational lawn space, hammocks and, of course, plenty of space to drink and eat. Come on down, head up and learn how they do it.  

Warm Up 2016 MoMA PS1; 3pm; $22–$25
Already an established house and techno producer and DJ for more than a decade, Leeds, U.K., native Paul Woolford took on the Special Request alias in 2012 to channel a more rugged, raw sound. The project was inspired by years of listening to pirate radio shows during the first wave of jungle—the fast-paced rave subgenre related to drum ’n’ bass—in the early ’90s, and the resulting releases combine the genre’s boundless, organic energy with Woolford’s pristine production techniques. Fellow Brits Mumdance and Logos also join the lineup, trading textural ambient, murky grime and breakneck hardcore for a back-to-back set.

The Avett Brothers Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk; 7:30pm; $45
North Carolina's Avett Brothers, formed around brothers Scott and Seth, bring their anthemic, bluegrass-toned roots rock to Coney Island in support of a new disc, True Sadness—the follow-up to 2013's breakthrough seventh album, Magpie and the Dandelion.

The Go-Go’s + Best Coast Central Park, SummerStage; 5pm; $50–$60
In 2011 the Go-Go's, those spunky Californians of the early MTV era, announced that they were packing it in after a final victory lap. Five years and a couple tours later, the claims turned out false—no complaints here—so it's up in the air if Belinda, Jane, Charlotte, Kathy and Gina will stick to their goodbyes on this "Farewell Tour" (we hope not). Tonight the band plays SummerStage in the company of Bethany Cosentino’s sun-soaked, ’90s-era-alt-rock-harkening outfit, Best Coast.

Jazz Age Lawn Party Governors Island; 11am; various prices
Slap on your spats and practice the Charleston because the Jazz Age Lawn Party is returning to Governor’s Island. Sip on Prohibition-era cocktails like a classic St-Germain with mineral water and a twist or a glass of bubbly and none of the back-alley hooch of the day. Food vendors will be on hand to keep your Lindy Hop hoppin’.

Sun 14

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course Alley Pond Park; 9:30pm; free with registration
Who says team-building and trust-falling are just for corporate field trips and schoolchildren? Certainly not the Urban Park Rangers, who put together environmentally educational recreation throughout the city. This event features outdoor fun both high in the air and down on the ground for all sneaker-wearing solo and group adventurers, so be prepared to get a little dirty.

Bulletin Market Williamsburg; 1pm; 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.

Mister Sunday Nowadays; 3pm; $20
The sun is finally out and teasing you to get out and have some fun! Justin Carter, an avant-garde DJ-composer, and Eamon Harkin, with a flare for Detroit techno, know how to get a party started. This year, the weekly Mister Sunday summer series moves from its previous Industry City location to the outdoor bar-meets-restaurant venue, Nowadays, located on the edge of Bushwick. There’ll be plenty to eat from with Country Boys Taqueria and Nowadays’ vegan and veggie-friendly kitchen, some fresh, locally brewed beer and sangria, sodas from Brooklyn Soda Works and no restrictions on dogs or kids!

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