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23 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner

Aug 29

Electric Zoo Festival; Randall's Island
"The popular electronic music festival returns, and once we crazy kids go a–ravin' and listen to our boop-boop music, we just can't stop," said Becky's "cool" dad. He knows what's up.

Live-dubbed Sitcoms; Videology
Improv experts will make up their own dialogue to some of your favorite shows, raising the question—aren't we all just improvising anyway? Deep thoughts by Time Out NY.

Mötley Crüe + Alice Cooper; Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Keepin‘ the scene alive after thirty years (forty in Cooper's case!), the two goth/hair metal stalwarts return for a rockin' good time. 

New York International Salsa Dance & Music Festival; Hilton New York
There is nothing more fun than a dance competition, and salsa is about the best dance to be a spectator of. More booty-shakin' fun than an earthquake in a butt factory.

Aug 30

NYC Unicycle Festival; Governors Island
As much fun as you can have on one wheel, crammed into a three-day weekend. It's all happenin' here if your idea of "happening" involves unicycles. 

Silly Dance Contest; Rockaway Beach Club
Here’s your chance to show off your amazing dance moves without the haters; the crazier the better. In case you were wondering, twerking is allowed. Sorry, not sorry.

Le Bingo; Le Poisson Rouge
Bingo can be fun when you have a great host who isn't afraid to yell out "O-69!" to a room full of strangers. 

Sweet Spot Festival; Pier I, Riverside Park South
It's your last day to get in on this weekly summer fest and it's ending with a kickass dance party. So get to it! 

Aug 31

Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition; Hudson River Park
How cool are tugboats? Whatever your answer: they're ten times cooler when they're racing, we'll tell you that. 

Nocturnal Wildlife; Inwood Hill Park
Hey, New York City isn't all rats and bedbugs. There are roaches, too! Jokey-joke. Actually, at this wildlife walk you'll get up close and personal with the herons, bats and raccoons you never thought you'd see in the city. 

Sunset Family Festival; Midland Beach
It’s your last chance to gawk at a brilliant fireworks show on South Beach in Staten Island.

Coney Island Reggae Beach Party; Coney Island Boardwalk
The title explains it all. There is a reggae beach party at Coney Island. What more would you like to know? That there'll be great Jamaican food? Well, there'll be that too. 

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation; Alley Pond Park
Head to Queens for a pseudo-getaway at this nature-y obstacle course that will make you feel like you're back at summer camp.

Jane Monheit's Jazz Party; Birdland
Birdland is ground zero for modern jazz so any party going on there is always worth attending. This one? Doubly so. Jane Monheit rocks an audience hard. 

Sep 1

Alphabet City Beer Co. Cruise; North Cove Marina
A cruise around Lower Manhattan while ya' sip some brews. What could be better? The fact that you'll be doing this on a late summer afternoon with some friends? Le duh. 

West Indian American Day Carnival; Various locations
One of the best neighborhood block parties of the year and the best way to send off summer…with loud, positive music and dancing in the street. And funnel cake.

The Moth StorySLAM; The Bell House
The Moth returns with another spoken word reading series from NYC's best writer-ly folk. 

Bryant Park Games; Bryant Park
Every Monday til the end of September you can play games like Scrabble, dominoes and Jengo, all provided by the park.

Richmond County Fair; Historic Richmond Town
A lovely county fair! Funnel cake and whimsy! Cotton candy and rides! Farm animal petting and taffy! All great American pastimes, these. 

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee; Pete's Candy Store
How do you spell "fixie"? How about "mustache"? Or another Williamsburg-centric hipster punchline? Never fear: this spelling bee takes itself seriously. 

Central Park Tango; Literary Walk (in Central Park)
"Central Park Tango" sounds like it's a codename for something else but it actually is a bunch of people doing the tango in Central Park. 

US Open at Brooklyn Bridge Park; Brooklyn Bridge Park
Come watch tennis in a place where there'll be tennis courts you can actually use. It'll be fun! You can have a drink after! 

Dream Up Festival; Theater for the New City
Is "dream up" like "drink up"? Like, should you finish all your dreaming before you get some more? The mind reels. Anyway, there's a lot of acting and plays going on here.


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