Things to Do This Weekend in New York City


by staff, 11/20/2013

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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 page and Save the Date tool for even more things to do.

November 22–24


Friday, November 22
Jonathan Richman
The Boston-area proto-punker and Velvet Underground superfan grew up to be a folky sort of guitar whiz, but that hasn't altered his intensity or, it seems, his sense of humor. See him touring on the strength of his last release, O Moon, Queen of Night on Earth, which includes practically titled material like "If You Want to Leave Our Party Just Go" and "My Affected Accent."

Uniqlo Free Fridays at the Museum of Modern Art
Many of New York City's museums offer free admission (and some great programming to go along with it)—you just need to know when to look. Kick off your Friday night at one of the City's most noteworthy institutions, where entrance to galleries, exhibitions and special film screenings costs nothing between 4pm and 8pm. In addition to seeing the museum's modern and contemporary art classics like van Gogh's Starry Night and Warhol's famous Campbell's Soup Cans, visitors can wander through revelatory short-term exhibitions such as American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe, New Photography 2013 and Cut 'n' Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City. Screenings at MoMA are also free on Friday nights, with tickets handed out from 4pm to 8pm. For a complete list of films, check the museum's calendar. Due to the popularity of free Friday night programming, it's best to line up early so you'll have ample time to explore.

Battle of the Badges
New York City police officers (the "Fighting Finest") and firefighters ("Bravest Boxing") slug it out in the ring during this event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program and the Building Homes for Heroes Organization.

Saturday, November 23
Free Tours by Foot: SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown
Get a glimpse of three of Manhattan's eclectic neighborhoods on this downtown tour of SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. A guide will lead tour goers through two hours of storied stops and photo-worthy locations, including Lombardi's Pizza, which claims the title of first pizzeria in America, and Chinatown's Canal and Mott Streets, where an enthusiastic brood of street vendors line the blocks. Other stops on the expedition include SoHo's historic cast-iron district, home to the Haughwout Building, and well-known area mafia spots and locations from popular TV shows and movies. Reservations are required. To sign up, choose your date on the Free Tours by Foot booking page.

Theory Sample Sale
This sale promises deep discounts on fall and winter merchandise for both women and men from the New York–based contemporary brand.

Saturdays at Le Baron
Expect a well-heeled crowd of high-energy revelers at this Chinatown hotspot, frequented by a variety of folk whose names aren't quite boldfaced yet (but likely will be, if they stick around NYC long enough). Recent guest DJs include Lawrence Lee and Grandlife's Steven Rojas; recent guests' apparel include very high heels and very short skirts. For more info, follow Le Baron on Twitter.

Sunday, November 24
Spin Into Hanukkah at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
This event, which features musical performers David Grover and the David Grover Gang, includes songs, crafts and family-friendly tours and is geared toward children ages 3–10. Crafts and tours begin and 1 and the concert is at 2. For more information and tickets, visit

Kanye West
Modest, ascetic, perpetually under-the-radar hip-hop artist Kanye West is playing a few small local shows this week. (You might have seen the chaste, low-budget video for "Bound 2" that he quietly slipped onto the Internet earlier this week. If you didn't, all you need to know is that it's about West taking a nice, wholesome road trip with his fiancée, who, for some reason, seems to hate shirts.) This, the last of four NYC performances, takes place at Madison Square Garden.

Hannibal Buress
The cerebral Hannibal Buress—who's written for Saturday Night Live and made memorable appearances on 30 Rock—hosts this free weekly stand-up showcase in Williamsburg. Special guests stop by every week, and many of them are famous. Don't bring the kids, though—it's 21-plus.

related venues/(8)

  1. 1
    Bowery Ballroom
    6 Delancey St
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  2. 2
    The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
    11 W. 53rd St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  3. 3
    The Theater at Madison Square Garden
    4 Pennsylvania Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10001
  1. 4
    Theory Showroom
    520 Fifth Ave
    Manhattan – Midtown East
  2. 5
    Le Baron Chinatown
    32 Mulberry St.
    Manhattan – Chinatown
    NY 10013
  3. 6
    Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
    36 Battery Pl.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10280
  1. 7
    Madison Square Garden
    2 Penn Plaza
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10121
  2. 8
    Knitting Factory
    361 Metropolitan Ave
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11211

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