Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 09/10/2013

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Looking to fill up your Friday, Saturday and Sunday? 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 and Save the Date tool for even more things to do on your days off.

September 13–15


Friday, September 13
Feast of San Gennaro 
Now in its 87th year, Little Italy's Feast of San Gennaro salutes the patron saint of Naples with celebrations during the festival's 11-day run. One highlight of the traditional Italian-American street fair is the food located along Mulberry Street: cannoli, fried dough, torrone (a honey nougat candy usually flecked with almonds) and, of course, sausage-and-pepper sandwiches. (There are even pizza- and cannoli-eating contests.) Aside from the edibles—for which you'll want to bring some cash—guests can enjoy free activities, book signings and musical performances that take place on a stage located at Grand and Mott Streets. 

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
There's no denying the tremendous impact gay male designers have had on the fashion industry. Yves Saint Laurent gave the world Le Smoking suit (the first women's tux); Cristóbal Balenciaga created the baby doll dress; and Alexander McQueen's avant-garde designs and exotic runway shows have inspired a slew of would-be designers. A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk explores the contributions gay fashion designers have made to the industry. The exhibition showcases more than 100 pieces, displayed in chronological order, that focus on subjects including androgyny, idealism and styles that might be considered socially unacceptable. 

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend
Watch a parade of "anti-fashion week" duds make their way down the catwalk during this fashion show with a local focus. Ten designers are set to showcase their collections, which include eco-friendly and art-centric styles.

Saturday, September 14
September Celebration – 237th Anniversary of the 1776 Peace Conference
Staten Island marks 237 years since the 1776 Peace Conference with a full day of family-friendly entertainment at Conference House Park, a 267-acre green space steeped in Revolutionary War history that's also home to The Conference House Museum. From 11am to 4pm, stop by for tours of historic houses, reenactments, crafts, colonial-inspired dances, cooking, musical performances and activities for kids. Festivities take place just outside Conference House Park at the corner of Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street.

Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival
Jazz at Lincoln Center's fourth-annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival continues to highlight how the genre touches people of all ages. The festival celebrates legends of the form while also playing host to developing artists who may one day be among its elite. The evening's performers include jazz drummer Louis Hayes and vocalist Michael Mwenso, who will play a late-night swing-inspired session.

New York Red Bulls Soccer
This may be a very important game to see. Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls remain in a tight race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference table. Their campaign is coming to a close (October is the last month of the regular season), so getting three points each in home matches against Toronto and Dallas may be crucial to their title hopes. With a strong finish, the Red Bulls could snag the Supporters' Shield as the team with the best regular-season record in Major League Soccer, earning a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League. 

Sunday, September 15
Governors Island Art Fair
Each fall the 4Heads collective, a New York City arts group dedicated to beautifying abandoned spaces, invites more than 100 artists to transform the rooms of Governors Island’s military barracks into site-specific installations. The resulting projects encompass genres from sculpture and photography to videos and performances; each artist is given an entire room in which to create the work. Along with the indoor exhibitions and independent gallery displays, the fair features musical performances, refreshments and some larger open-air sculptures. A full list of exhibitors is available on the 4Heads website.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
The living legend plays this rare live show in advance of her latest album, Take Me to the Land of Hell. Collaborators on the new release include her son, Sean Lennon, along with local luminaries like Mike D and Ad-Rock, Questlove and Nels Cline.

Autumn Moon Festival 
Celebrate a successful summer harvest at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. Festivities take place inside the Chinese Scholar's Garden and include traditional food, drinks, dance and musical performances. Festivalgoers can also check out garden tours, calligraphy workshops and demonstrations of tai chi and martial arts. 

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    Little Italy
    Mulberry St
  2. 2
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001
  3. 3
    The Conference House Museum
    298 Satterlee St
    Staten Island – Tottenville
  1. 4
    Jazz at Lincoln Center
    Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St.
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10019
  2. 5
    Governors Island
    New York Harbor
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10004
  3. 6
    Bowery Ballroom
    6 Delancey St
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  1. 7
    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
    1000 Richmond Terr.
    Staten Island – Randall Manor
    NY 10301

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