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15 incredible things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 1

Wasabassco’s Unstripped Mysteries Littlefield; 8pm; $15–$25
Mulder and Scully couldn't take this scintillating night of bizarre burlesque, featuring sexy and silly investigations into the Loch Ness monster, Big Foot, UFOs and beyond. Nasty Canasta leads a crew that includes Angie Pontani, Delysia LaChatte II, Peekaboo Pointe, Penny Wren, Sapphire Jones, Sydni Deveraux, Tiger Bay and other performers. 

Electric Zoo Festival Randalls Island Park; 3pm; $89–$260
New York’s biggest electronic music festival’s “Sixth Boro” theme turns the urban jungle into a party animal’s playground. Experience the EDM madness as headliners DJ Snake, Galantis, Above & Beyond, Zedd, Armin Van Buuren, and deadmau5 with Eric Prydz perform amid epic stage effects and art. Who doesn’t want to snap a pic with the infamous neon animal sculptures?

Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco Lakeside at Prospect Park; 7:30pm; $20
Have you ever wanted to dress up like a character from XanaduThe Great Gatsby or the “Thriller” video and dance in a park with like-minded people? Join the insanity at Coney Island icon Lola Star’s infamous Friday-night skating party, where you can unleash your inner Roller Blade vixen. Serve frilly sleeves, outrageous sunglasses and plenty of deep purple for the Purple Rain: Prince Tribute on Fri 25, then bring on your baggy pants, crop tops and leopard print for Just a Girl: Gwen & ’90s Women on Fri 1. 

2Scoops: Legally Olbig8ted Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $20, plus $12 minimum
Aaron Fuksa and Adam Enright play former bandmates from 2Scoops, a fictional ’90s pop duo better known for its breakups and comebacks than for its music. Watch the divas rap and battle like it’s 1996 at this outrageous show, which features special guest appearances from Allison Guinn and Anna Marquardt, and plenty of sass.

Alive After Five Happy Hour Cruise Pier 15; 6pm; $32.15
Everyone loves a good New York happy hour, but on a boat? Why yes please. For two hours you can party on the highseas with Hornblower's Alive After Five Happy Hour Cruise, complete with a DJ and drink packages to assist your good time.  

Tribeca Drive-in Dinner and Movie on Oculus Plaza Westfield World Trade Center; 7:30pm; free
Westfield World Trade Center has been cranking out alfresco movie nights at Oculus Plaza all summer. September’s program includes screenings of two darling NYC romances, the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Fri 1 and Amy Adams’s self-parodying Disney princess fantasy Enchanted on Sat 2. 

Sat 2

MoMA PS1 Warm Up; 3pm; $18–$22
The alfresco music series returns for the season bringing new sounds and DJs from all around the world. This year's highlights include bands, DJs and producers like Jackmaster, DADRAS, Jacques Greene, DJ Voices and more. This one is as reliable as they come. 

Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition Coney Island USA; 6pm; $20
Host Adam RealMan invites you to grab a dog and witness the waxed and combed creations New York’s most ostentatious have cultivated on their faces. Awards include Best Moustache (both Natural and Styled), Best Fake Beard and Worst in Show. Can we ask for a lice check?

Selena Sing-Along Videology Bar & Cinema; 7pm, 10pm; $18
It’s been 20 years since Jennifer Lopez starred as the luminous Tejana singer who changed Latina representation in American music forever—and whose musical legacy still inspires devotion from fans. Sing-along to your favorite ballads from the movie, like “I Could Fall in Love,” and be sure to keep tissues on hand at this night of fan adoration. Embroidered bras are always appreciated.

Comedy at Stonewall The Stonewall Inn; 8pm; $5, at the door $10, plus two-drink minimum
The always delightful Chrissie Mayr hosts this monthly showcase of dope queer and queer-appealing comics at the historic Stonewall. September's edition features Jessica Kirson, Alex English, Lucas Connolly, Shalewa Sharpe and Veronica Garza.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Washington Square Park; noon; free
This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.

Bey is Bae! Baby’s All Right; midnight; $10
I’mma let you finish, Labor Day, but September 4th is one of the best birthdays of all time. In celebration of the “Flawless” Queen Bey’s birthday, practice your “Single Ladies” dance and be ready to get drunk in love with a night of all things Yoncé, from “Say My Name” to “6 Inch.”

Sun 3  

Paradise Garage Reunion Schimanksi; 8pm; $35 in advance, $40 at the door
The Paradise Garage club once ruled New York’s nightlife with unparalleled dancing and appearances by the likes of Grace Jones. The iconic club celebrates its 40th anniversary with an ode to its fabulous history. Be a part of the legendary scene as DJs David DePino and Joey Llanos honor their mentor Larry Levan with 10 hours of his famous postdisco musical selections at the finest scene since 1977.

Coney Island Reggae on the Boardwalk Coney Island Boardwalk; 3pm; free
If you’re getting baked on the beach, time your sunbathing to coincide with Carter Van Pelt’s monthly skankathon, which welcomes local selectors and legends. Stake out a spot on the sand and you’ll still be able to hear the ska, rocksteady, dub, lovers rock and early dancehall emanating from the booming speaker stack. 

Slippery Sundays Burlesque Slipper Room; 8pm; $15, at the door $20
Join some of the city’s most brazen burlesque divas, including Fancy Feast, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Gal Friday, Jo Boobs and Poison Ivory for a wicked night of dancing and drinking. 

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