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16 sensational things to do in NYC this weekend

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Jennifer P
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Fri 17

Arcade Classics: Video Games from the Collection Museum of Moving Image; 10:30am; $15
Take a break from Fruit Ninja and revisit the good ol' days of gaming at the Museum of the Moving Image's Arcade Classics exhibit featuring more than 30 iconic vintage video games including Centipede, Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, Q*bert and Tron. Museum admission includes four game tokens—and no parents telling you to go play outside.

Why Can’t I Be You? 1980s Cure Videography Morbid Anatomy Museum; 7pm; $15
Music anthropologist Andi Harriman leads you through the looks that made the Cure an eternal goth institution. Pack platforms to wear for the postlecture Cure dance party.

Movies Under the Stars: Jaws South Beach; 8pm; Free
Sure, watching a movie about a savage shark tearing through beachgoers may seem like an insane activity for a night at the boardwalk, but the proximity to the ocean will only add to the suspense at this outdoor screening event. Show up early at Timoshenko Soccer Field, and come ready with a blanket and a hand to hold— you're going to want someone to hold onto. 

Sat 18

Coney Island Mermaid Parade at Coney Island; 1pm; free
After spending nearly a year getting sequins and glitter out of their bedsheets, NYC’s mermaids and seamen are ready to undo all their hard work. Join a packed crowd on Coney Island’s streets for an epic procession of wild floats, barely clad revelers and beachside celebrating. Now in its 34th year, the world’s largest arts parade welcomes partyers of all ages to rejoice in kitsch, camp and craft, but those who are serious about their scales can register to win iconic titles, including best sea creature, best motorized float, King Neptune and Queen Mermaid. 

Adventures NYC Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park; 11am; free
Finally, you can prove to your noncity friends that New Yorkers can handle the outdoors (for an hour or two). Head to the Bandshell for a free sweat-soaked escapade of your choosing, whether it’s sublime yoga on the grass, a stand-up paddleboard ride, mountain biking, kayaking or some old-school rock climbing. By the time you triumphantly finish up for the day, you’ll have Instagram proof that you’ve got what it takes to survive a few hours without air-conditioning. 

RECESS Lawn Badminton Challenge Governors Island Colonels Row; noon; Free, $100 per team
32 coed teams compete for the bragging rights and vie to become the best shuttlecockers in New York City. You don’t even have to be into sports to enjoy the event…all you have to do is dish on yummy snacks, taste a few different wines, and watch as the madness unfolds on the field. Who knows? You may walk away a master of the birdie. 

New York City Bourbon Bash at various locations; noon; $65
If you had no idea that June 18 was National Bourbon Day, you’re unlikely to forget—or, depending on your tolerance, maybe you’ll certainly forget—after this full day dedicated to the Kentucky-style whiskey. Pick up a tasting pass, then head to eight different venues in the East Village and the Lower East Side to sample the likes of Knob Creek, Charred Oak and Four Roses Single Barrel.

Renegade Craft Fair East River State Park; 11am; free entry
Browse imaginative maker-designed goods from 200-plus creators, indulge in bites from Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream and take pics in the photo booth with crafty friends. By the time you leave, you'll have enough DIY crafts, home knick-knacks and artisanal ingredients to totally redecorate your home. 

Summer Solstice Celebration Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine; 4:30am; $40
Witness a momentous concert to ring in the summer on the longest day of the year. A classical band will open the show in near total darkness, and build up to a powerful crescendo as sunlight begins to blast through the massive church's stained glass. It may be an early morning, but it's one you'll never forget. 

Body Painting Art & Music Party The DL; 3pm; $20
Enjoy a kaleidoscopic celebration of earthly delights at this rooftop rager, where body paint artists will be remaking game guests in celestial images. As the paint drips, you can jam to beats from multiple continents and even grab some barbeque to keep you going into the night. 

Brooklyn Makers Market, Williamsburgh Savings Bank; 11am; free
You and your pops can get inspired at this bazaar showcasing the work of craftspeople across Brooklyn. Among the American-made goods that you can gawk at (and potentially purchase), you'll find crafts, furniture, knits and more. There will also be some finger-licking grub to fuel your shopping endeavors. 

New York Pet Expo Brooklyn Expo Center; 10am; $8
Animal lovers, beware: You’ll likely break into tears at some point during this massive dog and pony show (or should we say dog and cat show?), whether while visiting adoption booths or witnessing the glory of dancing pugs at the talent show. The Brooklyn Expo Center will be packed wall-to-wall with training courses, volunteer information and vendors shelling out irresistible apparel for your furry soul mate. Whether you’re treating your best pal to a new wardrobe or looking to meet a new companion, you won’t leave this expo empty-handed. 

Wasabassco’s The Thing with 10,000 Pasties The Bell House; 10pm; $25, $20 at the door, $35 VIP
The endlessly inventive minds of the Wasabassco burlesque troupe have constructed a new slew of absurd, obscene and absolutely titillating costumes for this new show, all inspired by B-horror movies, campy villains and extraterrestrial creatures that go bump in the night. Expect gory, gooey striptease glory from Sydni Deveraux, Ben Franklin, Nasty Canasta and the rest of the crew at this over-the-top night of sickening thrills. 

Sun 19

30 Rock Trivia Videology Bar & Cinema; 7:30pm; free
You’ll need every Mickey Rourke reference you learned at the Royal Tampa Academy of Dramatic Tricks to climb to the top of this cutthroat 30 Rock fan competition. Assemble a team of up to four nerds, and prove that you have the drive, intelligence, humility and chaos (DIHC) to survive five rounds of obscure trivia, including tests on clips, pictures, general knowledge and a surprise quiz in the screening room. Afterward, go home and work on your night cheese.

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival Museum at Eldridge Street; noon; free
Immerse yourself in the cultural delights of the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of Chinatown and the Lower East Side at this block party. While Peking Opera performers and klezmer bands take the outdoor stage, you can catch free language lessons, master your mah-jongg game and, best of all, learn how to prepare empanadas, Chinese dumplings and kreplachandchallah bread. Endless grub will be available for sale. 

Talk to Me: Father's Day with the Huffington Post; Shake Shack; noon; free 
Bring your family to Shake Shack and join The Huffington Post's live event, in which parents and kids can share advice, memories and insight with one another on Facebook Live. Participants receive a $10 Shake Shack gift card. What better way to bond with your parents than over a frozen custard?  

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