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15 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner

Aug 8

The New York International Fringe Festival; various locations
It's the annual flea market of the brilliant, the banal and the batshit insane theater performances. Nearly 200 shows in 20 downtown venues, all dying for your attention.

Shakespeare in the Park; Delacorte Theater
Better than Shakespeare in the shower, we say. Go see thespians do their thing with old language in a park. A great setting for great theater. 

Washington Square Music Festival; Washington Square Park
The name speaks for itself! There's a music festival in Washington Square! What more do you need to know? 

Jeff Bridges and Lois Lowry; 92nd Street Y, Kauffmann Concert Hall
A talk about how cool it is to be The Dude, probably, hosted by Superman's beau. Wait. We mean the woman that wrote The Giver. 

The Pizza Themed 10-Minute Play Festival; Legion
Kids love pizza, but not as much as struggling creatives do. Hence this pizza-themed series of plays, written around the concept of "pizza." Because, pizza. 

Aug 9

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival; Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Legend has it that on the fifth day of the fifth moon of the lunar calendar in 278 B.C., the Chinese poet Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River in Hunan province. To prevent evil water spirits from consuming their hero’s body, local fishermen set out onto the river, beating drums and splashing paddles, and you get to watch this historic ritual.

St. Vincent; Prospect Park
A.k.a Annie Clark will rock out with her weirdly awesome indie hits in the last show for Celebrate Brooklyn. This is one you don't want to miss.

ShakesBEER; Mercury Bar
This Sheakpearean-inspired pub crawl begins at Mercury Bar and includes stops at Boxers and Lansdowne, where actors recreate the beloved plays.

Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 Summer Street Festival; Dance Theatre of Harlem
Dance Theatre of Harlem engages the neighborhood with its annual street fair. In addition to vendors, the daylong shindig includes performances by the summer-intensive students, guests artists and the company.

Modest Mouse + Brand New; Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
Hey kids! Remember the '00s? Because these two bands do. Expect lots of dudes with three-day beards and one-size-too-small t-shirts.

Summer Streets; Manhattan
It's the second Saturday of Summer Streets. Nearly seven miles of NYC turf from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to the Upper East Side are cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. 

Aug 10

LEGO Store; Staten Island
Help a real LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall model of the Hulk out of LEGO bricks during the store’s grand opening weekend.

Giglio Society of East Harlem Saint Antonio Feast; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Today's the big day, folks. Watch 120 men dancing as they hoist a three-ton tower for the century-old Giglio Feast. 

Savor Harlem 2014; Harlem Haberdashery
Come ready to dance, but make sure to leave room for the free (free, we tell ya) BBQ.

Astoria Park Shore Fest; Queens
Today's "Taste of Astoria" features tidbits from local vendors and a picnic in the afternoon.


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