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15 glorious things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 15 

Green Festival Expo Javits Center; noon; Single day pass $12, run of show $32
Consider this expo your crash course on how to go green in an urban environment. The festival welcomes sustainable living and foodies to help attendees discover thousands of products from the worlds of fashion and wellness to transportation and renewable energy. But don’t fret: It’s not just for die-hard vegans. Bikers can test ride Stromer’s innovative e-bikes, yogis can take a class at the Sonic Yoga Pavilion, and animal lovers can adopt homeless dogs and cats on-site, thanks to the Humane Society. 

Tribeca Film Festival at various locations and times; various prices
Looking to go from average moviegoer to hard-core cinephile? A ticket to Robert De Niro’s spectacular, showing buzzworthy premieres, under-the-radar docs and breakout indies, will do the trick. A 12-day Hub Pass ($550) gives you unfettered access to virtual reality experiences, storyscapes and star speakers such as Tina Fey and Tom Hanks, but ticket prices for essential screenings ($20) and several Tribeca Talks ($40) are thankfully a lot more budget-friendly.

Artexpo New York Pier 94; noon; $20, run of show $40
As if NYC weren’t enough of an art mecca, this annual convention of more than 400 leading galleries, artists and publishers packs Pier 94 with stunning works from around the globe. Peruse halls of multimedia pieces, and engage with rising artists during talks and seminars held throughout the day. 

Roseanne Party at Videology; 9:30pm; $6
Flip a bird to the IRS, and drink away your refund at this tribute to the paragon of working-class America, Roseanne Barr. Enjoy classic and hilarious episodes as well as trivia from the nine-season series, including the Tax Day–themed “April Fools Day.” Just prepare to take a shot every time the sassy housewife whacks Dan with the frying pan. Be warned: It happens a lot.   

80s Night Howl at the Moon; 5pm; free
Descendants of the 80s—and folks who know the moves to Thriller—grab your leg warmers and prepare to dance like it’s Risky Business. Howl at the Moon is hosting a totally righteous bash, complete with prizes, drink specials and a costume contest. Shake your rump to the best hits of the decade while guzzling Jell-O shots. 

Sat 16

Wasabassco’s 70s Van Show The Bell House; 9pm; $20
Foghat on the eight-track, window down, Fu Manchu mustache rustling in the wind, a bottle of Southern Comfort in your shiftin' hand and a pair of babes on the faux polar-bear rug in the back—the van life was a good one back in the ’70s. Doc Wasabassco and his gang salute that halcyon scene, with Evelyn Vinyl, Mala Morrigan, Medianoche, Sapphire Jones, Stormy Leather, Sydni Deveraux and more revving up your engine. Remember: If the van's a-rockin', don't come a-knockin'.

Dancing on My Own 80s-00s Prom Littlefield; 10pm; $5, at the door $8
Have a much better prom than you did in high school at this party that celebrates music eras of yore. Whether you graduated during the reign of Madonna or BSB, you’ll feel the nostalgia.

Beyoncé vs Rihanna (A Tribute Party) Brooklyn Bowl; midnight; $15
Batman and Superman have faced off, now make way for the real showdown of the century. Worship the illuminati queen and the dark princess of pop at this epic party, where you can shake it to “7/11” and weep to “Take a Bow.” The DJs only spin originals, so nobody can throw off the choreography of “Survivor” you learned in middle school. 

Artists & Fleas Vintage Show; 10am; free
If you love scouring for retro wares at this popular Brooklyn flea, then get ready to hit the jackpot in throwbacks! The market is hosting a two-day vintage showcase, featuring 15 of the best vintage vendors in New York. Check out threads from Amarcord, La Poubelle, Gypsy Nation, Omnia and more. 

You Are Heard Annoyance Theatre; 10:30pm; $5
Unleash your inner demons and get through some of your emotional turmoil at this cathartic comedy hour, where comedians and audience members are welcome to vent to an accepting room. Feel it out with guests Jo Firestone, Tim Platt, Lida Darmian and Bowen Yang.

Sun 17

Earth Day at Union Square; noon; free
Helping the environment doesn’t have to feel like a chore—it can be a celebration! At Earth Day Initiative’s awesome block party in Union Square, you can learn about environmental campaigns while trying eco-friendly products and listening to local bands. Do your part by bringing any used clothing and electronics for the Department of Sanitation to repurpose. And if you’re feeling peckish, snack on samples of healthy sustainable grub from loads of vendors. 

NYC Sleep Symposium; Root NYC; 2pm; $50, VIP $85
Casper—a brand that’s considered the connoisseurs of bedtime—is hosting a day-long event filled with conversations and explorations surrounding the activity everyone is familiar with: Sleep. Have you heard about the Slowave trend? (We haven’t either). Well, you can learn all about it during a special panel, including other discussions led by keynote speaker Arianna Huffington (author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night a Time). Special guests such as Reggie Watts, Michael Rapaport and Benjamin Walker will be in attendance, too. But the best part? The talks end with an open bar and DJ Set by St. Lucia, so you’ll certainly be wiped and ready for a good night’s sleep after an evening of cocktails and dancing. Use the code TimeOut40 to receive $10 off ticket prices. 

Greenpointers Spring Market Greenpoint Loft; 1pm; free
Spring in New York calls for fleas and craft fairs, which is why we’re excited for one of the most action-packed markets in town: Greenpointers Spring Market. Join Brooklyn blog,, for a day of sipping craft beer and delicious IPA’s, getting henna tattoos, decking out your digits with nail art, enjoying a massage and shopping over 60 vendors.  

Tulip Festival West Side Community Garden; 9am; free
Every Spring, the West Side Community Garden overflows with tulips, and with over 13,000 in bloom this year, the neighborhood space will be alive with color. Visit the free garden for horticulture tours, flower arrangement courses and live performances or to just enjoy the verdant scents and serene views. 

LIC Flea & Food; 11am; free
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?

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