Things to Do This Weekend in NYC


by staff, 07/31/2013

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

August 2–4

Friday, August 2
Beatles Blast
Staten Island's second annual Fab Four tribute takes over Richmond County Bank Ballpark for a night of classic tracks. Performers include Billy J. Kramer, who made his musical debut in the 1960s during the British invasion; The Voice contestant Garrett Gardner; and Ken Dashow, the host of Q104.3 FM's "Breakfast with the Beatles."

Watch That Man: David Bowie, Movie Star
Famous for his decades-spanning music career and a lasting legacy of eccentric style, David Bowie is also a film star in his own right, having appeared in more than 25 movies over the past 46 years. The Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates some of the legend's best silver-screen roles, showing well-known films like Labyrinth along with rarely seen works and filmed concert performances. Friday night's showing of the vampire flick The Hunger begins at midnight. Single-screening tickets are available for $13; a three-film package is $30.

First Fridays! Africanísmo 7!
The Bronx Museum, together with the African Film Festival, is celebrating African culture with a night of movies and music. The evening features outdoor screenings of Soul Boy and the Ethiopian short film Lezare. Soul Boy tells the story of a Kenyan teen's attempt to get his father's soul back from a local witch. There will be performances from Speaking in Rhythms’ Project Syncopated New York and K5! Azonto; DJ Asho will provide music. The event, which runs from 6 to 10pm, takes place at Joyce Kilmer Park (in case of rain, it will move to the Bronx Museum).

Paper's Super(Duper)Market
Downtown lifestyle magazine Paper presents another edition of its Super(Duper)Market—a food-centric event featuring some of the country's top tastemakers (and they mean that both literally and figuratively). Sample delectable items from the likes of Momofuku Milk Bar, Sour Puss Pickles and Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies. Wares will also be available from some of Paper's favorite people, including doppelganging DJ duo Andrew Andrew and the urban woodsman's go-to retailer, Best Made Co. The event runs through Sunday, August 4.

Saturday, August 3
Summer Streets
Spend Saturday enjoying all the wonders of a car-free city street. On select streets in Manhattan, idling engines will be replaced with contented sighs and the ding-ding of bicycle bells. From 7am to 1pm, from the Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street at 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. 

Beyoncé at Barclays Center
Ubiquitous pop star Beyoncé makes a stop in her husband's home borough for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The opening-night gig will surely be full of glitz, glam and lots of hand-turning.

Kickstarter Film Fest 2013
Since its launch in 2009 Kickstarter has successfully raised over $618 million for various creative projects. At their third annual festival the online crowd-funding giant will screen some of the independent films it has helped finance. Everybody Street, a documentary about New York City street photographers, and various comedic shorts are among the featured clips. The event runs from 7pm to midnight at Havemeyer Park.

Sunday, August 4
Beck Benefit Concert at Celebrate Brooklyn!
The Prospect Park Bandshell plays host to LA-based alternative singer-songwriter Beck. Proceeds from this show help fund the season of free shows at Celebrate Brooklyn!.

Pretty in Pink at Habana Outpost
Relive the golden age of teen movies at Habana Outpost with a screening of Pretty in Pink. The showing of this quintessential romantic comedy begins at 8pm, but we suggest arriving earlier since the space fills up quickly.

Astoria Park Shore Fest
Astoria Park is home to the City's oldest and largest swimming pool as well as bocce courts, playgrounds, a running track and a skate park—not to mention sweeping views of the East River and Manhattan. Just outside the 60-acre park on Shore Boulevard cars will be off-limits for the Astoria Park Shore Fest, which celebrates the neighborhood's cultural offerings. Aside from live music, sports, games and hands-on activities, the We Heart Astoria Food Fest will provide grub from local vendors such as the Astor Room and Malu. The fun starts at 1pm and goes till 6:30pm.

related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    Richmond County Bank Ballpark
    75 Richmond Terrace
    Staten Island – St. George
    NY 10301
  2. 2
    The Film Society of Lincoln Center
    70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 4th fl.
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023
  3. 3
    The Bronx Museum of the Arts
    1040 Grand Concourse
    Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10456
  1. 4
    Barclays Center
    620 Atlantic Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11217
  2. 5
    Prospect Park Bandshell
    Prospect Park West
    NY 11217
  3. 6
    Habana Outpost
    757 Fulton St
    Brooklyn – Fort Greene
    NY 11217
  1. 7
    Astoria Park
    Enter at 21st Ave and 23rd St
    Queens – Astoria
    NY 11102

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