Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 08/07/2013

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


Friday, August 9
Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers
Enjoy America's pastime as Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and the Tigers visit the Bronx Bombers, who hope to make a late playoff push. For tickets, visit

Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work at the Museum of American Illustration
The highlight of this exhibition is more than 200 never-before-seen Sendak originals, including sketches, photos and previously unpublished artwork from Where the Wild Things Are. The collection covers the artist's career, during which he created children's books, illustrations and commercial and theater designs.

Trash! at The Studio at Webster Hall
DJ Jess and Alex Malfunction helm this long-running evening in the basement of East Village party palace Webster Hall. Expect punk, new wave, indie, Brit pop and the like, plus a crowd that's ready to boogie.

Saturday, August 10
Summer Streets
For three Saturdays in August, the sounds of honking horns and idling engines will be replaced with contented sighs and the cling-cling of bicycle bells on select streets throughout the City. From 7am to 1pm, and from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, Park Avenue and connecting streets will be closed to traffic and open to the public for anything from biking to strolling to dancing. This year's edition will also include a 160-foot zip line at Foley Square, plus an opportunity for pedestrians to experience interactive public art in the Park Avenue Tunnel. Summer Streets events are great for your health (and the Earth's), so check them out.

They Might Be Giants at Prospect Park
Brooklyn's own thoroughly quirky rockers play a free show—for adults—behind new LP Nanobots. Moon Hooch opens. This concert closes out this year's series of free Celebrate Brooklyn! events, so it's your last chance 'til 2014 to enjoy no-cost rock 'n' roll in the park.

On the Dotted Line: Design and Drawing at the Museum of Chinese in America
Join the staff of the Museum of Chinese in America for a family discussion about its two exhibitions Shanghai Glamour and Front Row, followed by a creative work session where participants can sketch and personalize designs of their own. The event begins at 11am; admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children. RSVP by email to

Sunday, August 11
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
In addition to the athletes speeding their boats through Meadow Lake, this event features an array of entertainment to mark the fifth month of the lunar calendar. Past years have included kung fu demonstrations by the Shaolin Temple warrior monks; traditional music, dance and art from China, Mexico and Peru; and a diverse, delicious selection of international foods. Expect a similarly fun-filled, multicultural weekend this time around as well. Of course, the central happenings are still the dragon boat races themselves, during which more than 170 teams pilot long, colorful vessels in pursuit of trophies and cash prizes.

DJ Kool Herc at 5Pointz
Jamaican-born DJ (and Bronx resident) Kool Herc—credited with creating modern-day hip-hop in the 1970s—performs in Queens as part of a hip-hop celebration. If this date doesn't work for you, he's also playing on Saturday in Central Park.

If You Build It at UCB East
This stand-up show is massively cheap ($5, with no drink minimum), so it's no wonder it usually sells out. Hosted by local comic Kara Klenk, its lineups have included boldface names like Janeane Garofalo, Colin Quinn and Sarah Silverman alongside a worthy roster of up-and-coming comedians.

related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    Yankee Stadium
    1 E. 161st St.
    Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10451
  2. 2
    Museum of American Illustration
    Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10065
  3. 3
    Webster Hall
    125 E. 11th St.
    Manhattan – East Village
    NY 10003
  1. 4
    Prospect Park
    95 Prospect Park West
    Multiple Locations
    NY 11215
  2. 5
    Museum of Chinese in America
    215 Centre St.
    Manhattan – multiple locations
    NY 10013
  3. 6
    Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    111th St to Van Wyck Expy
    Queens – multiple locations
    NY 11375
  1. 7
    UCB East
    153 E. 3rd St.
    Manhattan – Alphabet City
    NY 10009

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