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15 wonderful things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 4

Theater of the Resist The Met Breuer; 6pm; suggested admission $25
The Met Breuer invites queer and other politically conscious artists and performers to share work every weekend this summer. Friday's bill includes Lifers Group president Maxwell Melvins and rapper Picard "Original" Galette in a discussion moderated by Nicole Fleetwood. Saturday features singer-songwriter and playwright Stew followed by British comedian Gina Yashere.

First Fridays: House Music Edition Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; 6pm; free
This edition of the Schomburg Center's monthly night of drinking, dancing and networking is dedicated to the memory of dance floor don Larry Levan, the resident DJ of New York's legendary Paradise Garage and grandfather of house music. The night features the groove-inducing selections of DJs Missy B, Craig Nice and Frankie Paradise, plus a special live performance from Krystine Walker. Wear comfortable shoes—you're unlikely to stop dancing all night.

Jurassic Park Drinking Game Videology Bar & Cinema; 11:59pm; $12
Jurassic Park is a tried-and-true crowd-pleaser—as is booze. Put the two together for this midnight drinking game, where viewers are encouraged to sip when they hear certain lines or see specific dinosaurs. There will be $5 beer and shot combos to get you ready for the main event, so indulge in your shirtless Jeff Goldblum v. Tyrannosaurus Rex fantasies and enjoy a night of high quality boozing and even higher quality cinema. 

Tribeca Drive-In Dinner and a Movie Westfield World Trade Center; 7:30pm; free
Westfield World Trade Center is cranking out alfresco movie nights at Oculus Plaza all summer long. The program includes the classic musical romance flick, West Side Story on Friday August 4, and 2016’s female-driven remake of Ghostbusters on Saturday August 5th. Whether you want to see Jets v. Sharks or humans v. spirits, there’s some good brawling for everyone to enjoy.   

Queens Art + Beer Run Rockaway Brewing Company; 6:30pm; $25
You might have to slow your pace to enjoy all of Welling Court Mural Project’s works on this 10K run. The route features more than 150 murals from international and local street artists. A free beer awaits each participant after the run at Rockaway Brewing Co. in Long Island City—giving you double the reason to hit the ground running. 

Discotechnique: Soul Train House of Yes; 9pm; free–$25
Break out your sexiest jumpsuit, your widest flare denim, and your flashiest gold for this disco-attire-required Soul Train-themed party. Disco-DJs The Juan Maclean, Eli Escobar, Mira Fahrenheit, and Cecil B will be bumping the grooviest beats all night long. Oh, and musician Panooc will be bringing the funk live on the Saxophone, so come ready to get down and boogie like it’s 1979.

Sat 5

Get Summered at Riis Park Beach Bazaar; 8pm; free
The folks behind Brooklyn Night Bazaar are back at the people’s beach, a.k.a. Jacob Riis Park, with their annual summer-long market and concert series. The historic boardwalk is filled with tasty outposts of food vendors like Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Ed & Bev’s diner and Ample Hills Creamery, while the beach is your place for sunbathing, ocean frolicking and live music. August's editions of the Get Summered Beach Parties boast sets from DJ’s DIRTY Boogie, Big Vic, DJ Edward Askew + Black Space Odyssey, (u)nity, Corina Corina and more. 

Party Like its 1999: 25 Years of Single Females The Bell House; 10pm; free
It’s been 25 years since the release of Single White Female, and we haven’t looked at a red pixie cut the same way since. To celebrate, this ’90s throwback party singles out the best solo-singing ladies of the decade. Leave your psycho roommate at home, and grab your best flannel for a night of dancing to Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morissette, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Monica and more. 

Target First Saturdays: CaribEING in Brooklyn Brooklyn Museum; 5pm; free
Brooklyn Museum presents a night chock-full of Caribbean celebration. Jam out to RIVA & Bohio Music, Sol Nova, Young Devyn, Ting & Ting and others, or make use of the museum’s happy hour and guided tour.  Be sure to catch the exclusive screenings and live Q&As for films Crown Heights and Bruk Out!, along with readings and more.

Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance C’mon Everybody; 3pm; free
Make sure you don’t look as if you’re going to a hoedown at this day party inspired by the brilliantly subversive Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. DJ Bright Light Bright Light plays a vinyl mix that will give you life, featuring hits and B-sides from Grace Jones, Spice Girls, Scissor Sisters, Ethel Merman and more. Be sure your interpretive-dance game is strong, or you won’t survive Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.”

New York Renaissance Faire at 10am; $12–$23, season pass $175
Get medieval on your weekend. Now in its 40th year, the immersive Elizabethan re-creation delivers jousting knights, fairies, pirates and more, as hundreds of actors take you back to the days of yore. The festival’s food offering includes steak on a stake, funnel cake and plenty of ale. Don’t forget your cloak. 600 Rt 17A, Tuxedo Park NY. 

Total Request Late Baby’s All Right; midnight; $10, at the door $15
Return to the high-volume, product-driven pinnacle of pop music at this millennium party. DJ Y2K serves you a roundup of your favorite divas from the era, including Eve, Missy Elliot, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore and more, all brought to you in a classic top-ten countdown. 

Sun 6

Wes Anderson Bingo: The Royal Tennenbaums Videology Bar & Cinema; 5:15pm; $18
Deadpan deliveries, vintage glasses, precocious children, animal-print wallpaper—we know a Wes Anderson film when we see it, and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) is no different. In this extra-special bingo game, you can use your Anderson knowledge to spot some of those whimsical quirks for a chance to win.

Ecofest Times Square, Duffy Square; 10am; free
Budding environmentalists can get their fill of earth-friendly entertainment with magic, performances, instrument making and plenty of facts about going green.

International Day of Friendship Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza; 1pm; free
Celebrate the cultural diversity that makes up Brooklyn at the fourth annual International Day of Friendship festival. Complete with a Unity Flag parade consisting of banners from 195 countries and a slew of international music performances, the festival aims to show how so many different cultures have contributed to the borough’s many neighborhoods. New this year is Brooklyn Fusion: A Cultural Conversation, a highlight that explores cultural identity, and the Global Village, where attendees can use their five senses and interact with a number of cultures that call Brooklyn home.

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