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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 April page. 

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Things to do in NYC this weekend

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Lola Jean
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Love Thyself: Self-Pleasure Workshop

icon-location-pin 3F Studios, Flatiron
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Supreme sex educator Lola Jean hosts this class for women and trans/non-binary-identified individuals, which provides two hours of vaginal meditation, self-love affirmation and lessons on pleasure. The High(er) Love edition features a collaboration with holistic hemp company Mágū Medicinals, and will give you a chance to infuse your erotic involution with some divine herbal assistance. 

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Hash Bar
Things to do

Smorgasburg

icon-location-pin East River State Park, Williamsburg
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At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 20,000 to 30,000 visitors per week, with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors doling out everything from Dutch waffles to pasta doughnuts. For everything you need to know about NYC's ultimate outdoor food bazaar, hit the read more button. 

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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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Mixxy Brunch, the General Public
Photograph: Courtesy J Martin Visuals
Things to do

Mixxy Brunch

icon-location-pin Schimanski, Williamsburg
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At their DopeBBQ bash, Trice LeDon Laquinte and Lenny James of the General Public assemble Brooklyn's POC community to get down in style. And for their "mixxy" brunch, you never know who will come to eat or perform. The 4/20 edition promises a bounty of munchies on the brunch menu and an all-star lineup of DJs, including Trueblends, L Squared, Mike Nasty, Proper Edakit and Steph Cakes. Reserve your brunch table online, scrub your shoes and come ready to move for this marathon banger. 

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Tessa Skara
Photograph: Courtesy Emily Bolles
Comedy

Tessa Skara: High Notes

Tessa Skara takes leave of her duties as intergalactic hard rock superstar and rockets down to Brooklyn for this banging queer variety show. Blast off to life-affirming musical comedy from Skara's well-curated assembly of stars. This month's lineup is quite a banger, with Rebecca O'Neal, Ana Fabrega, Friends Who Folk, Nika Z and Karolena Theresa tearing up the stage. Geronimo! 

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The Exhibition
Photograph: Courtesy Cesar Soto
Comedy, Stand-up

The Exhibition

icon-location-pin Public Arts, Lower East Side
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Mary Beth Barone and Michael Kayne's well-curated comedy showcase at Public Arts has emerged as an always-lit, high-class affair every month. Grab your tickets early, and be sure to dress sharp for a dope after party with some of the hotel's guests.

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Sarah Sherman
Photograph: Courtesy Luke Taylor
Comedy

Helltrap Nightmare

icon-location-pin Baby’s All Right, Williamsburg
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New Yorkers may think of themselves as immune to blood, skin and viscera onstage, but Chicago's most deranged comedy collective has come to challenge our stability. Join the fabulously satanic comedy crew of Helltrap Nightmare—Sarah Sherman, Shrimp Boys, and Scott Egleston, and NYC's own Ruby McCollister—for a night of gooney, gorey delights.

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House of Yes
Photograph: Courtesy Yulia Skya
Things to do

Earth Love Festival

icon-location-pin 99 Scott, Bushwick
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The party masterminds at House of Yes are behind this Earth Day celebration featuring live performances, jamming tunes, a sustainable market, a beauty parlor with biodegradable glitter, sound meditation and panels on eco-friendly topics like "Living a Plastic-Free Lifestyle" and "Art and Climate Change." And get this: it's free all day and proceeds go to sea-loving non-profit Oceanic Global.

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ionnalee
Photograph: Courtesy John Strandh
Music

ionnalee with Allie X

Dance pop futurists are in for a rapturous night as Sweden's grand dancefloor witch, ionnalee, previews new songs from her forthcoming album Remember the Future. She's joined by the ubiquitous Canadian dream princess Allie X, who performs singles from her 2018 album Super Sunset. 

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Tommy Genesis
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Tommy Genesis

icon-location-pin Elsewhere, Bushwick
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A member of Atlanta collective Awful Records, Tommy Genesis first gained recognition in 2015 collaborating with labelmates like Abra. Nowadays the Calvin Klein model and self-proclaimed “art-hoe” and “fetish rapper” is star in her own right, performing behind her duality-themed self-titled debut (see the sensual cover featuring her face-to-face with her own double).

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Leonard Cohen Exhibit
Photograph: Courtesy Richard-Max Tremblay
Things to do, Exhibitions

"Leonard Cohen: A Crack In Everything"

icon-location-pin The Jewish Museum, Upper East Side
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The late poet turned singer-songwriter’s legend lives on in this tribute, which makes its way to the States from Cohen’s homeland of Canada. In it, a dozen artists have been commissioned to create new works that interpret the lyricist’s themes. Spread over two floors, the exhibit, which was green-lighted by Cohen before his death, will also feature original drawings by the man himself, as well as a multimedia area where you can listen to Cohen covers by the likes of the National, Feist, Moby and Sufjan Stevens.

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Arlo Blooms
Photograph: Courtesy Arlo Soho
Things to do

Spring Fest at Arlo Blooms

icon-location-pin Arlo Soho, West Village
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Arlo Soho is raising the bar to help you lead your best #GardenParty life at its outdoor courtyard/garden dubbed Arlo Blooms. In honor of Earth Day, the hotel is hosting a free environmentally-focused festival and fundraiser during Earth Day weekend (which also coincides with Easter weekend and 4/20). During the fest, check out live music and DJ sets all day, eco-friendly shopping opportunities, CrafJam's flower crown workshops, as well as free sound bath meditations, Cryofuel facials (first come, first served) and more.

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Castle Hotel and Spa
Photograph: Courtesy Stanley Jesudowich
Things to do

Casino Royale Wine & Dine Gala at The Castle

icon-location-pin Castle Hotel and Spa,
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Passover, Easter and 4/20 all coincide during the same weekend, so we’re seeing this perfect storm of events as a sign to allow ourselves to overly indulge from April 19 through April 21. Another way you can succumb to your inner hedonist is by attending a decadent dinner party at one of the most stunning historic castles in New York. Yes, a real-life castle. Take a quick Metro-North ride to Tarrytown for Castle Hotel & Spa’s gala on Saturday, April 20. Party people who love a good theme should dress to the nines for the event's Casino Royale theme. Picture a scene straight out of James Bond with martinis, casino tables and fancy cars, minus the license to kill. Tickets to the affair include cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, a five-course tasting and wine pairing dinner as well as live music entertainment. Tickets will run you $225 (okay, we warned you, it was a splurge), but it’s seriously worth considering treating yourself to a bougie evening inside a gorgeous castle rather than just paying the same (if not more) for a fancy meal in the city followed by a night of drinking. 

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Joy Jacobs Photography Standard Easter Petting Zoo Egg Hunt
Photograph: Courtesy Joy Jacobs Photography
Things to do

Easter at the Standard High Line

icon-location-pin The Standard Biergarten, Meatpacking District
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The Standard High Line hosts its annual family friendly Easter celebration in its beer garden featuring face painting, games and, of course, an egg hunt. Easter isn't Easter without brunch, so grab a reservation at the hotel's Grill Café and partake of a special menu put together for the occasion.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Dusty Rose Vintage 4/20 Pop-up

icon-location-pin Dusty Rose Vintage, Greenpoint
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Brooklyn brands gather under one roof to celebrate smokers’ special day with vintage roach clips and stash boxes, CBD bath soaks and more CBD tastings from Shea Brand. Peep a selection of smoking vessels from brands like Demetria Chappo and Caitlin Rose Sweet. Get a 4/20 tattoo from St. Kenia or some heady crystal advice from Maria of Grateful Gem Head or aromatherapy offerings from Morphologically. It’s all in celebration of the sticky icky, so come by for a chill shopping experience.  

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