Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 07/24/2013

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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 on your days off.

July 26–28


Friday, July 26
Brasil Summerfest  
Sample the best of Brazil’s art and booming music scene at Brasil Summerfest—a weeklong event throughout the City. Experience the sultry sounds of samba, bossanova, forro and Brazilian hip hop. The fest opens with a free show at Central Park’s SummerStage with Tecnobrega artist Gaby Amarantos along with rapper Emicida and rap rockers Planet Hemp. The (mostly free) set of shows take place all over the City.

Iron Man 2
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. This Friday, catch a screening of Iron Man 2 at Rockaway Beach's amphitheater at Beach 27th Street.

Trampled by Turtles
Bluegrass is back, and the Minnesotans in Trampled by Turtles bring an indie-rock energy to the tried-and-true genre. The show takes place at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Saturday, July 27
The Cat Show
The Cat Show, at White Columns through today, collects cat-centric work from 50 different artists, ranging from late-20th-century artists as diverse as Mike Kelley, Marilyn Minter, Andy Warhol and Barbara Kruger to more recent figures like Rob Pruitt, Rita Ackermann and Michele Abeles. But the centerpiece of the show occurs on Friday and Saturday, when visitors will even be able to pick up cats for adoption at the gallery as part of the "Cats-in-Residence" program, where feline creatures who need homes will be set loose in the space and given artistic "purr-sonas."

Shakespeare in the Park: Love's Labour's Lost 
Shakespeare in the Park, one of New York City's most treasured summertime traditions, continues its mission of bringing art and culture to Central Park by presenting Love's Labour's Lost, (July 23–August 18) directed by Alex Timbers. The Public Theater has presented free Shakespeare in the Park productions at the Delacorte Theater since 1962. 

MoMA PS1 Warm Up
Long Island City's long-running dance party returns for another season of Saturday-afternoon DJ shindigs and musical performances. This party, which takes place in the courtyard of MoMA PS1, consistently offers up some of the music industry's best and brightest. This week enjoy sets by A Guy Called Gerald and Majical Cloudz, among others.

Sunday, July 28
Visit the Newly Opened Intrepid Space Shuttle Pavilion
Following the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum was temporarily closed. Happily, the museum will be reopening the pavilion this summer, allowing visitors to once again get an up close and personal look at some of space exploration’s greatest accomplishments, while gaining a better understanding of the science and technology behind space travel. Inside the pavilion is the shuttle Enterprise, fitted with images, texts, special lighting and video footage that give museumgoers a firsthand look at one of NASA’s greatest prototypes.

Hannibal Buress at the Knitting Factory 
The cerebral Hannibal Buress—successful comic and Saturday Night Live writer—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. The show starts at 9pm.

Bronx Calling: The Second Artists in Marketplace Biennial
The 2013 Artists in the Marketplace Biennial includes an outdoor sculpture installation on the south end of Randall’s Island (as a part of Flow.13) and exhibitions at three other locations. The biennial's goal is to showcase new artists whose works include sculptures, works on paper, video installations, paintings, photographs, and performances, Bronx Calling will be at the Bronx Museum (through September 8), Wave Hill (through September 8), 1285 Avenue of Americas Art Gallery (through September 20) and the southern end of Randall's Island along the water (beginning June 15).

related venues/(9)

  1. 1
    Rockaway Beach
    Beach 2nd St (to Beach 149th St)
    Queens – The Rockaways
    NY 11693
  2. 2
    Prospect Park
    95 Prospect Park West
    Multiple Locations
    NY 11215
  3. 3
    White Columns
    320 W 13th St
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10014
  1. 4
    Delacorte Theater
    Mid-park at 80th St
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  2. 5
    MoMA PS1
    22-25 Jackson Ave.
    Queens – Long Island City
    NY 11101
  3. 6
    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Pier 86, Twelfth Ave. at 46th St.
    Manhattan – Hell's Kitchen
    NY 10036
  1. 7
    Knitting Factory
    361 Metropolitan Ave
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11211
  2. 8
    The Bronx Museum of the Arts
    1040 Grand Concourse
    Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10456
  3. 9
    Wave Hill
    675 W. 252nd St.
    Bronx – Riverdale
    NY 10471

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