Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 09/04/2013

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Weekends in NYC are packed with festivals, performances, exhibitions and more—many of them free. See what's in store below, plus check out our events and Save the Date tool for even more things to do.

September 6–8


Friday, September 6
Depeche Mode
Just can't get enough of Depeche Mode? Good news. The legends of electronica bring their Delta Machine World Tour to Barclays Center. For more info, visit

Tracy Morgan
The sometimes controversial 30 Rock star performs stand-up in Times Square. For more info, visit

Iran Modern
Opening on Friday at Asia Society, this fascinating exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, photography and works on paper by the most noteworthy Iranian artists of the three decades leading up to the country's 1979 revolution. In examining a period when the Tehran Biennial was a stop on the art trail, the exhibit also provides a new perspective on Iran's culture and history.

Saturday, September 7
Yankees vs. Red Sox
The Yankees and Red Sox meet in the Bronx during baseball's stretch run. The teams have a storied rivalry, and the bleachers are never more animated than when Boston comes to town. Bonus incentive (as if that were necessary): this fall marks fans' last chance to see legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera pitch in pinstripes; he's planning to retire after the season is over.

PaleyFest Fall TV Previews
If you're at the edge of your couch anticipating the season's new network television programs, the wait is over. Get a preview of selected fall shows at the New York City segment of PaleyFest, a bicoastal celebration of the small screen. During the NYC event, viewers can catch previews of fall premieres from the CBS, NBC and CW networks, including The Michael J. Fox Show, We Are Men and Reign. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served bas.   

The Vision of George Stavrinos
The late illustrator George Stavrinos, whose work appeared in Bergdorf Goodman advertisements, The New York Times and Cosmopolitan, is the subject of the Society of Illustrators' latest exhibition. The artist was considered an exceptional draftsman, and his bold illustrations remain influential to this day. More than 100 of Stavrinos' illustrations, including a graphite pencil sketch for an Oscar de la Renta ad, will be on display.

Sunday, September 8
West Side County Fair
Looking to escape big city life for a day? Head to Riverside Park for a country hoedown, complete with carnival rides, games, live performances and even a reptile show. Kids can watch the aerialists and sideshow acts of the Lady Circus or learn about how they can protect the ecosystem in the "Green Acre" environmental corner. Paleface, Tumbling Bones and Laura Dunn are among the performers set to play. The fair runs inside the park between West 66th and West 72nd Streets.

Perhaps the most famous of all NYC improv comedy performances, this show often draws big names like Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz and others from Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and The Colbert Report. The 7:30pm performance will set you back $10. If you don't mind waiting in a long line and arriving very early, the 9:30pm show is absolutely free (tickets are distributed at 8:15pm).

Jets Home Opener
Gang Green hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their first home game of the 2013 season. An injury to Mark Sanchez means that rookie Geno Smith—who was viewed as a possibility for the job anyway—will get the start at quarterback. Regardless of who starts, though, opening day is always a festive occasion.

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  1. 1
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217
  2. 2
    Carolines on Broadway
    1626 Broadway
    Manhattan – Times Square
    NY 10019
  3. 3
    Asia Society and Museum
    725 Park Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10021
  1. 4
    Yankee Stadium
    1 E. 161st St.
    Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10451
  2. 5
    The Paley Center for Media
    25 W. 52nd St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  3. 6
    Riverside Park
    Riverside Drive to Hudson River
    72nd St. to St Clair Pl.
    New York – Upper West Side
    NY 10115
  1. 7
    Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
    307 W. 26th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011

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