The best things to do in NYC this week

Check out the very best things to do in NYC this week including cultural events, fun trivia nights, concerts and more

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Are you frantically searching for the best things to do in NYC this week? We get it. New York is a big city, so it can be a real challenge to find the coolest happenings or create the perfect itinerary (especially when you're stretched for time). Luckily, we’re here to help! Our editors have awesome recommendations and great picks for things to do this week. Rage at one of the best parties going down in Brooklyn. Get cultured and view some free art exhibitions. And shop until you drop at some sample sales in NYC.

Best things to do in NYC this week

Sunset Sail Happy Hour

You’re king (or queen) of the world! Hop aboard Hornblower’s Sensation and cruise along the Hudson while taking in unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline. Each ticket includes one beer—and access to a nearby cash bar—to loosen you up to hit the dance floor with live DJs on all three of the Sensation's decks. The party also includes light bites, games, giveaways and more. And, yes, we’ll forgive you if you say, “I’m on a boat!” all night long. 

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Pier 15 Wednesday June 27 2018

Bryant Park Movie Nights

Grab a blanket, stake out a place on the grass and kick back in everyone's favorite Midtown oasis at this summer series featuring Hester Street Fair food vendors and classic flicks like A League of Their Own and The Princess Bride. Movies start at sundown, but space goes quick so it's best to show up when the lawn opens at 5pm. Tue 18's feature is 1985 teen dram-com The Breakfast Club.

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Bryant Park , Midtown West Until Monday August 20 2018


The Irish rockers headline these stadium dates for its Experience + Innocence tour (not to be confused with 2015's Innocence + Experience tour). The occasion?—the recent release of the band's new album, Songs of Experience, the follow-up to the band's 2015's Songs of Innocence (yes, the album notoriously released unconsensually onto millions of unsuspecting iTunes users' music libraries).

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Until Sunday July 1 2018

The Voidz

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas plays with his other band, the Voidz, a group's that released two albums of unabashedly weird indie-rock. The crew settles in for a monthlong weekly residency at Elsewhere, with opening sets by rising indie bands including Surfbort, Dilly Dally and Priests.

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Elsewhere , Bushwick Wednesday June 27 2018

Seal at Beacon Theatre

(SPONSOR CONTENT) See the acclaimed singer-songwriter behind hits like “Crazy” and “Kiss From A Rose" at Beacon Theatre this month! Seal will be accompanied by an enchanting 15-piece orchestra for a very special evening you won't want to miss.

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Beacon Theatre , Upper West Side Tuesday June 26 2018

The Roast of Your 15 Year-Old Self

If you can’t hate yourself, how in the hell are you going to hate somebody else? Comedians exorcise their shame over their teen years through scorching receipts of the hair, music and bad kissing that once defined them. Alise Morales—NYC’s loveliest roastmaster—welcomes guest-host Milly Tamarez, Carly Ann Filbin, Ayo Edebiri, Mike Drucker and Rachel Pegram to take deep, dark looks into their high school diaries.  

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Union Hall , Park Slope Monday June 25 2018


Very campy hexes abound at this redoubtable night of free comedy, consecrated in honor of supreme witch Stevie Nicks. Hosts Drew Anderson, Sam Taggart and Marcia Belsky summon their funniest friends to join in, with Shalewa Sharpe, Dewayne Perkins, Sandy Honig, Ziwe Fumudoh, Greta Titelman and Natalie Walker taking the stage. Worship your new dark overlords!  

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Our Wicked Lady , Williamsburg Tuesday June 26 2018

All Female Reboot

Liz Magee and her crew of very funny women give male-starring (and often overrated) movies their own spin in this hilarious and ingenious sketch show. Show up to watch some of the city's top comics rip apart beloved patriarchal films from every generation. This month's show includes Ariel Elias, Tahlia Robinson, Julia Johns, Carmen Lagala, Sarah Lazarus, Alyssa Limperis, Sharron Paul, Suni Reyes, Molly Ruben-Long, Jennie Sutton, Milly Tamarez, Karolena Theresa, May Wilkerson, Emily Winter and Maria Wojciechowski. 

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Littlefield , Gowanus Wednesday June 27 2018
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By: Jennifer Picht


richard s

Is there something nice we can do inside because there is a lot of rain in New York City right now !

Are there any special events this week (music, sports etc.) ?

Mark M

Taste of Science Presents: SNIFF (Tuesday, November 29th) -Science for non-scientists in a bar setting!

In this Taste of Science, Prof. Feinstein will discuss his recent research on creating super-sniffer mice that could be used as land-mine detectors or to sniff out disease while Prof. Glendinning will discuss his research on the relationship between taste and feeding and how your gut can tell you when you've had enough while !


Annmarie W

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The horses are coming to New York City!  Check out the 2016 NYC EQUUS Film Festival.

A home to storytellers of the horse around the world and also cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature.

VoyagerMed G

If you're interested in healthcare or medical technology, check this out:

Jessica R

Can I add one more interesting event of next week? It's Young New Yorkers Spring Diversion Program, which is the final exhibition. Briefly, It is a large-scale, participatory art project that is designed to generate a conversation around our young New Yorkers' experiences with, and hopes for, the criminal justice system. You can check the details on and.. you're invited! 

Michael L

Doesn’t this New York place, ever sleep? Mike from Indiana, USA

Margo R

Fredrick Rzewski Festival at Bargemusic! The People United Will Never Be Defeated (text by Oscar Wilde) and other chamber works. Composer in residence at the piano!

Stephen M

Stephen Morris, the author of WHEN BROTHERS DWELL IN UNITY: BYZANTINE CHRISTIANITY AND HOMOSEXUALITY, is reading-signing copies of the book at the Columbia university bookstore (Broadway at West 114th Street; take the #1 train to the West 116 Street subway station) on Tuesday, APril 12 at 6 p.m.

Carrie C

Also check out the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair - This Greenwich Village tradition draws the serious collectors as well as the curious browsers – who invariably find wonderful treasures: rare and vintage books spanning the 17th through 21st centuries, including children's series and illustrated books, modern first editions, art, photography and design, maps & prints, political flyers, unusual paper ephemera and memorabilia; also Dickensiana, paleontology, architecture, autographs, African American studies, film history and comics.

Explore the world of paper this Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday during the day - PS3, 490 Hudson Street

Josh S

@Olga L Thanks! Get a profile on Iceberg ( to meet some locals and other travellers. We love NYC!!!!!

Chris O

Is anyone going to any of these? Possibly in Brooklyn? 

Cecily O

"Drinking with Dorothy" is at the Player's Theatre, Macdougal St. on June 5 & 6 at 10pm. Tickets : $12. 

Based on Dorothy Parker's stories, this in an evening of alcohol-fuelled romance and music, presented by 2Time Theatre.

Claire B

Basque Cider House is this Sunday at Txikito! Michelin rated James Beard nominated Chefs prepare a Curated dinner highlighting Basque cultural appreciation through specially crafted Ciders and Art including projections and documentary film. Eder Montero, Alex Raij, Emily Lobsenz and Leah Rinaldi invited me to unique experience of a tradition. This Sunday, March 29th at 6, Totally worth sharing!

Mark W

The BEST, and longest-running, Dueling Pianos show in NYC - SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL DUELING PIANOS - 10pm every Saturday night.  All request rock n roll party.  Part concert, part cabaret, part comedy - all fun!

The Cellar @ 22 Warren St. NYC 10007 for tix and info!

Beatrice B

Have to see Queen. Lambert is no impersonator! I saw them in Chicago and again in Vegas, now MSG. This show deserves a 4 star !!! That if you like great music and a front man with an amazing voice and commands the stage. Its like hearing Queen for the first time . Go see this show, if you can get seats !

Blair Y

how about the Spike Lee block party in Brooklyn...