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The best things to do in NYC this weekend

There are a ton of great things to do in NYC this weekend, but don't worry—we've whittled the list down to our top recs

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By Jennifer Picht and Time Out New York contributors |
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TGIF! There are some incredible things to do in NYC this weekend including some of the best things to do to in winter. Aside from all the concerts, comedy shows and parties you'll find on this list, make sure to check out what's to come later this month by clicking on our NYC events in May page. 

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Things to do in NYC this weekend

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Things to do

Dope BBQ 2019

icon-location-pin Knockdown Center, Outer Queens
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It's not summer until the General Public deems it so. The reliably excellent party crew lights off another Memorial Day rager with this jumbo warehouse party, at which free bites, drink specials and dancing abound. Show up in a fly look you can sweat through; DJs Trueblends, L Squared, Proper Edakit and DJ Olivia Dope will be spinning epic beats all day.

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The Roller Wave
Photograph: Courtesy Mike Schmidt
Things to do, Quirky events

The Roller Wave: Roller Disco

icon-location-pin House of Yes, Bushwick
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The ever-popular roller-disco party returns for another night of freewheeling fun at House of Yes. Show up in your flyest cape, hit the floor and show off those slick skate moves. Or, if you're like us, just try not to go ass over tea kettle in front of a cutie. If you don't have your own wheels, show up early; rental skates are first-come, first-served.

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Photograph: Courtesy Paramount Pictures
Things to do, Film events

Top Gun on the Intrepid

icon-location-pin Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Midtown West
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Before America was great again and Tom Cruise was super weird, there was this gem of pop Americana featuring hot pilots high-fiving on the beach (we're sure that some other stuff happens too). And now you can watch it from the flight deck of an actual aircraft carrier? GTFO! Get there early (the flight deck opens at 5pm) to stake out a good viewing spot. 

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Things to do

Sunday Night Fever: Memorial Day Weekend

icon-location-pin House of Yes, Bushwick
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This pre-Memorial Day rager pays homage to all things boogie-woogie-oogie. Don your platforms, your disco pants and get down to some of the best funk, soul, rhythm and blues tunes that will keep you "Stayin' Alive" until the party ends at three o'clock in the morning. Deejays Bruce, Rimarkable and Mike Simonetti provide the toot-toot-beep-beep. Bonus: Dancing kings and queens attend for free with an R.S.V.P. in advance. 

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Lincoln Center silent disco
Photograph: Courtesy Kevin Yatarola
Things to do

Fleet Week Silent Disco

icon-location-pin Bar 13, Greenwich Village
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Service men and women boogie for free at this silent disco party serving cocktails. When you go, you’ll don wireless headphones and get down to three live DJs playing either Top 40 tracks, throwbacks from the early aughts or hip-hop and reggae grooves.

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Anita Flores, Vanessa Valerio
Photograph: Courtesy Tine DiLucia
Comedy, Stand-up

Party of Two

icon-location-pin The Pleasure Chest, Lenox Hill
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Survivors of dating horrors and f*ckboy nightmares exorcise the ghosts of ghostings past at this riotous comedy and storytelling show. Hosts Anita Flores and Vanessa Valerio invite the city's fiercest comedians to exhume their dating histories, and you get to sit back and toast the spoils. For the May edition, they're joined by Tessa Skara, Fumi Abe, Jessica Henderson and Alexis Guerreros.

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American Football
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Music

American Football

icon-location-pin Warsaw, Greenpoint
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Since ‘90s mid-western emo is experiencing somewhat of a modern revival, it's only fitting that legend Mike Kinsella (of Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc and Owen fame) would reconvene his short-lived but genre-defining project American Football. The band's new album—the second self-titled followup to its beloved, classic self-titled debut—features the likes of Hayley Williams (Paramore) and Rachel Goswell (Slowdive) accompanying its wistful explorations of middle-aged ennui. Now faced with the responsibilites of work and family two decades later, the band strays farther from its original mythology (based in college music scenes, fiery teenage romances and heartbreak) in search of new, maturer ground.

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Photograph: Courtesy Greg Kessler
Things to do, Festivals

World Science Festival

icon-location-pin Various locations, New York
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Nerds, rejoice! The World Science Festival is back with another round of debates, films, workshops, interactive installations and discussions featuring leaders in astronomy, neuroscience, robotics and more. Get a new perspective on the intelligence of other animals, learn about the promising effects of psychedelics, stargaze with professional telescopes in Brooklyn Bridge Park and top it all off with a free street fair in Washington Square Park.

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Freedom Dance Party
Photograph: Courtesy Sherwin Dyer
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The Freedom Party NYC: Memorial Day Weekend

icon-location-pin Le Poisson Rouge, Greenwich Village
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This throwback party aims its focus entirely on old-school bangers from the '80s, '90s and early 2000s, and yes, it is a rager worthy of all five House Party movies. Get down to No Doubt, Salt-N-Pepa, Mariah Carey and other icons, as provided by DJ Herbert Holler. Serve your finest Punky Brewster realness. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Daniel N. Johnson
Things to do

Side By Side: A Celebration of Service

icon-location-pin Rockefeller Center | Manhattan, NY, Midtown West
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Northwell Health plans to honor military service members in a major way: A jam-packed bash at Rockefeller Center featuring major music performances, military exhibitions and panels. Kicking off at noon on Saturday, May 25, all are welcome to experience performances by Boyz II Men, Gavin Degraw, The U.S. Navy Band as well as cast members from Broadway hits Jersey Boys and Wicked. There’s a chance to get interactive with U.S. Navy equipments as well as meet and hear stories from veterans like Dusty Kirby, Northwell Health’s 2019 Patriot Award recipient. Later that evening, Imagine Dragons plays at Radio City Music Hall. Get your tickets here.

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Photograph: Courtesy The Color Factory
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The Color Factory

icon-location-pin The Color Factory, West Village
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The Color Factory NYC is officially open to the public as of Monday, August 20, and the experience is red hot. Actually, it covers a spectrum of hues, and it is guaranteed to be one of the most vibrant, educational and downright enjoyable Instagrammable moments you’ve encountered in New York. It really blue us away. The interactive exhibition, which is located in Soho, was designed and launched by event planner Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day (a crafts and celebrations blog) to help visitors explore the fun and importance of color. There are 16 rooms to explore throughout the 20,000-square-foot space which showcase immersive artwork from local writers, poets and musicians. The event got its start in San Francisco, but the Gotham iteration is very much an ode to New York, as there are various poems and tips for folks who live in the Big Apple throughout. Similar activiations such as a baby-blue ball pit remain in addition to a disco-themed dancefloor, oddball artifacts (think puke-inspired art) presented by the Mmuseumm and more. Best of all, you can wander through the installation phone-free (if you want.) Upon entry, you are given a card to scan at each of the various photographic experiences inside. The photos will be sent directly to your email, so you can focus on enjoying the art versus panicking over taking the perfect picture. That’s pretty convenient, but what we really love is that this ticketed attraction ($38) is worth the price in freebies alone. During your visit

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Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani
Photograph: Courtesy Jenni Walkowiak
Comedy, Stand-up

Comedy at the Knitting Factory

icon-location-pin Knitting Factory, Williamsburg
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Forget Game of Thrones, forget laundry night, forget your dayjob in the morning: Sunday nights now belong to Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani. The trio of stand-up supremes give you looks, life and a top-tier comedy showcase every week. Stay sharp and look fresh. You're about to witness the best night of comedy in New York. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Gillian Todd
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Bronx Night Market

icon-location-pin Fordham Plaza, The Bronx
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This open-air, food-centric market features Bronx-based vendors serving up tamales, soul food, latkes, ice cream, pastries, elotes and vegan creations, plus libations from the Bronx Brewery and others. In addition to all of the delicious provisions, the market offers nifty wares from local artisans and live music performances from Bonx musicians. Come appreciate all that NYC's northernmost borough has to offer.

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Queens Night Market
Photograph: Courtesy Queens Night Market
Things to do

Queens Night Market

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science Design Lab, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
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Consider yourself a travel-loving foodie? Queens Night Market is your one-stop shop in NYC to discover bites from 80 countries. Try a diverse range of grub that runs the gamut from Middle Eastern stews and Barbadian fishballs to Romanian-Hungarian chimney cake and tacos al pastor. The open-air bazaar operates from 5pm to midnight every Saturday, but the market has more to offer aside from fulfilling your late-night food cravings. Plus, stick around for the performances of Bollywood dancers, Indian electronica tunes, DJs and more.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco

icon-location-pin Lakeside at Prospect Park, Prospect Park
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Channel your best Donna Summer or Bee Gees look and shake your groove thing to sexy hits like “I Feel Love” while attempting to do the hustle on four wheels at this roller rink shindig. Skating (and dancing) queen Lola Star brings a new theme to her Industry City every weekend. Check dreamlandrollerink.com for additional getdowns on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

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