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15 sensational things to do in NYC this weekend

Written by
Jennifer Picht

Fri 1

Governors Ball Randall's Island Park; 11:45am; $115–$315
Now on its eighth year, the annual Randalls Island event that is Governors Ball brings the goods for three days straight, with headliners Eminem, Jack White and Travis Scott leading daily lineups that include Khalid, Halsey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Post Malone, Diplo, Mark Ronson and many more. Single day or three day passes are available as well as VIP packages. Check out this year's food lineup as well as the just announced performance schedule!

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Summer Nights Burlesque Sail The Clipper City; 9:45pm; $39–$79
Party aboard a Civil War–era schooner at this series of soirees hosted by NYC nightlife mavens Dances of Vice and featuring a boatload of burlesque and boylesque hotties. Each event involves a unique theme; the June 1 edition throws down the gauntlet with "60s: Mods vs. Rockers." Eli Rose handles MC duties and performances come from Dolly Dagger, Voodoo Onyx and Cassandra Rosebeetle, with DJ Saiko Mikan doling out the sultry tunes. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the docks. Bon voyage!

Astor Blaster Silent Disco Astor Place Cube; 6pm; free
At this free outdoor silent dance party you don wireless headphones (provided on a first come, first serve basis) and get down to three live DJs. If top 40 hits, throwback jams or hip hop and reggae tunes don't do it for you, pop on your own headset and dance to the beat of your own drum. After the music stops, the party continues with specials at local bars.

Underground Science Festival Caveat; various times and prices
This fest offers comedy nights, drinking games, storytelling performances, lectures and multimedia talks on scientific breakthroughs and theories that were swept under the carpet due to sexism and racism. There are sixteen different events to choose from, but no matter which you attend, count on learning about kick-ass scientists doing kick-ass things, and having a kick-ass time doing it.

Disney Prom with the Little Mermen Gramercy Theatre; 8pm; $15–$25
Finally, a live rendition of "A Whole New World" that isn't sung by your wasted friends (read: you) at a karaoke bar. This NYC-based cover band takes on all the hits from blockbusters like The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Frozen and Beauty and the Beast, plus some deeper cuts (The Rescuers Down Under, anyone?) in full regalia. Odds are you'll still end up singing at the top of your lungs, but at least everyone around you will be doing the same.

Sat 2

Bushwick Collective Block Party; 11am; free
A chunk of Brooklyn’s top-notch outdoor artists stage a Bushwick street takeover, fully armed with food trucks, live jammin’ and Instagram-worthy graffiti to celebrate the nabe’s trendy art scene. Watch spray-can masters create new masterpieces in real time, while music makers like Ja Rule and DJ Evil Dee provide the backdrop tunes.

Target First Saturdays Brooklyn Museum; 3pm; free
The Brooklyn Museum's monthly free party goes queer for Brooklyn Pride. Items on the agenda include a performance from the NYC Gay Men's Chorus, a dance party with Brooklyn Boihood and DJ Rimarkable, a drink and draw session with DapperQ and a screening of the Vice documentary My House, plus community talks and poetry readings. Show up at 5pm to grab a free ticket to design your own pride notebook inspired by the museum's David Bowie Is and Radical Women exhibits.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Alamo Drafthouse City Point; 10pm; $15
Relive one of the great masterpieces of the queer cinema canon as Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp set the Australian outback ablaze while wearing fabulous frocks. Feel free to say lines like "don't darling me, darling!" out loud; you'll be among fans. A portion of proceeds benefit Brooklyn Pride.

NYC Multicultural Festival Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell; 11am; free
Vendors and performers from all five boroughs and around the world serve up food, education and entertainment at this lively annual fest. Show up to watch live performances, participate in wellness activities, browse fashion, play giant video games and sample delicious dishes from around the globe. The fest goes down in two locations: May 19 on St. Nicholas Ave between 141st and 145th streets and June 2 at Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell.

Broadway Cruises Pier 40; 6:30pm; $150
Well, Hello Dolly! Hornblower’s Broadway Cruises running from June through October offers you the chance to see live performances of your favorite Broadway shows during a three-hour cruise that includes a pre-fixe four-course dinner, DJ and after dinner dancing. And just think of all the instagram opps of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge and plenty more.

Aloha Nights New York Botanical Garden; 6:30pm; $38
Head to the New York Botanical Garden for an evening of tropical delights. Take an after-hours look at the garden's new exhibit, Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, learn how to hula, watch lei-making demos, explore installations by Hawaiian-Chinese sculptor Mark Chai, listen to live music and fuel it all with a poke bowl and a cup (or two) of Passiflora Punch.

Jacques Greene + Suicideyear Elsewhere; 2pm; $15
This chameleonic producer has released a variety of tracks on Night Slugs, LuckyMe and his own Vase label, ranging from R&B-inflected tunes to dusky techno bangers and garage-tinged house. Last year—and fairly far into his career—the producer released a debut album, Feel Infinite, which amalgamates those many styles into one cohesive effort. Here he takes over Elsewhere's newly opened rooftop space for an afternoon dance party.

Sun 3

Quickie Fest Anthology Film Archives; 7pm; $16
Twice per year, cineastes with short attention spans gather for one night to celebrate movies lasting 60 seconds or less. Comedians Mike Muntner and Anna Roisman host films of all genres during the three-hour event, which concludes with cash prizes for the audience favorite and special jury selection. Don't blink.

PS 132’s 14th Annual Kite Festival East River State Park; noon; free–$45
There's a lot more than just flying bits of cloth and string at this annual fest on the Williamsburg waterfront. You can participate in field day activities, watch live performances, learn how to double dutch, decorate your own kite and snack on tasty eats and sweets, or just lie back and take in the stunning cityscape.

Primus + Mastodon Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk; 8pm; $50–$55
Back in the late ’80s, it was easy to write off Primus as just another self-indulgent thrash-funk novelty act, but no one could deny the band’s sheer musicianship. The weirdo-crew visits for a sure-to-be-bonkers Coney Island show behind its latest album, The Desaturating Seven.

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