Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 08/27/2013

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Looking to fill up your Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday? Weekends in NYC are packed with festivals, performances, exhibits and more—many of them free. See what's in store below, plus check out our events section and Save the Date tool for even more things to do on your days off.

August 30–September 2


Friday, August 30
Good Morning America Summer Concert Series: Alicia Keys
This girl is on fire, even very early in the morning (7am!), at this free performance to be broadcast on Good Morning America. For dedicated fans, it's a rare chance to see a show at no cost.

Rockaway Civic's Beach Flix: Despicable Me
Free outdoor movie screenings are a welcome New York City tradition. This summer's offerings include flicks from almost every genre—including blockbusters, indie films and cult classics. On Friday, bring the family to Beach 121st Street in the Rockaways for a showing of Despicable Me.

Llyn Foulkes
The long-overdue retrospective of West Coast painter and musician Llyn Foulkes, at the New Museum, provides more than 100 works from his long and productive career, ranging from cool western landscapes to emotional, sometimes confrontational portraits. The show also includes his recent narrative tableaux, which blend painting with found materials, creating a remarkable illusion of depth.

Saturday, August 31
Hester Street Fair
Visit the Lower East Side on Saturdays through October 26 for vintage finds, artisan creations and delicious food. The fourth season of the Hester Street Fair brings an open-air market to the corner of Hester and Essex Streets, paying homage to the historic pushcart market that was held here many years ago. The fair is open every Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

New York Red Bulls Soccer
The New York Red Bulls are one of 19 teams that make up the top professional soccer league in the United States. This weekend, Thierry Henry and company battle it out against DC United in New Jersey.

Sunday, September 1
Brazilian Day 
The Brazilian Day festival is a spirited annual celebration of Brazil's Independence Day and the country's culture in New York City and around the world. Now in its 28th year, the festivities include Brazilian music, dance, food and more (though the food isn't free, so don't forget to bring some cash if you want a literal taste of Brazil). The all-day event, which starts at 10am, features singers Gusttavo Lima and Zeca Pagodinho, as well as many other celebrity musicians from Brazil. The main stage is located on East 46th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, but the festival extends throughout the area known as "Little Brazil."

NYC Unicycle Festival
NYC's annual Unicycle Festival rolls into town this weekend (on one wheel). While the fest spans three days with tours and rides around the City, you'll find the best sights for kids at the Governors Island stop on August 31 and September 1. Check out demonstrations, races and even unicycle sports like basketball and hockey.

Richmond County Fair
There's fun for the whole family at this three-decade-old Staten Island tradition. Kids will get a kick out of circus performers, crafts and even farm animals, while parents will enjoy the live music. Rides, food and reliable county fair standbys like a pie-eating contest round out the weekend. Plus, proceeds benefit Historic Richmond Town, itself a year-round attraction that offers a window into the City's past. 

Monday, September 2
New York International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival
Get ready to salsa! Each Labor Day weekend in the City, the New York International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival comes to town, featuring four days and five nights of nonstop fun. Included are workshops, performances, competitions and live concerts with bands and DJs lasting well into the early morning hours. The 13th annual festival takes place at the New York Hilton Midtown. 

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival
Enjoy the City’s best opera for free this summer. For the fifth year in a row, the Metropolitan Opera is presenting free HD video screenings of 10 productions that showcase today's biggest opera stars. As long as the sky remains clear, you can grab a seat outdoors at Lincoln Center Plaza and enjoy some of the classics.

Last Day of the Beach Season
There are plenty of sunbathing and swimming spots open for public recreation around NYC. Head to Brighton Beach and Coney Island to people-watch; Rockaway Beach to surf; and Orchard Beach to observe its range of wildlife. Labor Day is the final day that lifeguards will be on duty from 10am to 6pm.

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    Central Park
    Between Fifth Ave. and Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  2. 2
    New Museum
    235 Bowery
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  3. 3
    New York Red Bulls
    Red Bull Arena, 600 Cape May St.
    NJ 07029
  1. 4
    Randall's Island Park
    East River
    New York
  2. 5
    Governors Island
    New York Harbor
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10004
  3. 6
    Historic Richmond Town
    441 Clarke Ave.
    Staten Island – Richmond Town
    NY 10306
  1. 7
    New York Hilton Midtown
    1335 Sixth Avenue
    Manhattan – Times Square
    NY 10019
  2. 8
    The Metropolitan Opera
    Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023
  3. 9
    Coney Island
    Surf Avenue
    Brooklyn – Coney Island
    NY 11224

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