This Weekend In NYC – The Best Things To Do

Wondering what to do this weekend? Well, wonder no more, friend, because we’ve cherry-picked the best events going on in New York City on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find music, dance, beer, kayaking, and a whole lot more. By Jessica Allen.

This Weekend In NYC - The Best Things To Do

River to River
Various venues
New York, NY
(212) 219-9401
River to River offers 11 jam-packed days of “intimate and provocative dance, music, visual art, and new media projects in public parks, in historic landmarks, on Governors Island, and along the waterfront,” with the goal of inspiring attendees with the abundance of creativity and imagination displayed by artists both local and international. The festival also seeks to revitalize and celebrate Lower Manhattan. All told, more than 90 artists will put on more than 30 free events. (Note: some events require RSVPs.) Thursday, June 16, through Sunday, June 26, see schedule for details.

This Weekend In NYC - The Best Things To Do

NYC Craft Beer Festival
Lexington Avenue Amory
68 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(646) 424-5500
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Here’s a public service you don’t see every day: the fine folks behind the NYC Craft Beer Festival want you to find the craft beer, mead, and/or cider that’s just right for you (assuming you’re 21 or older, of course.) The annual Summer Seasonal features 150 samples from 75 breweries, including Port City, Original Sin, and Full Sail, as well as Q&As, interactive seminars, and a participatory Sense Lab—all of which will teach you to know your hops, heads, and foams. Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, three sessions, tickets required.

Adventures NYC
Central Park
Bandshell Area (enter at 72nd Street)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 501-7809
Adventures NYC seeks to promote the great outdoors in the Big Apple. For going on 12 years, this organization has put on an outdoor extravaganza in the middle of Central Park. This year, you can kayak, rock climb, run through obstacle races, learn to stand-up paddleboard, do some yoga poses, and mountain bike. Note: all ages are welcome, but an adult/guardian must be present for kids younger than 18—and some activities require participants to sign a waiver. Saturday, June 18, 11 am to 4 pm, free.

Mermaid Parade
West 21st Street and Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224
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Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade welcomes summer to the city with wackiness, weirdness, and nudity, led by King Neptune (Carlo A. Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce) and Queen Mermaid (Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hailey Clauson). More than 1500 people participate each year, and thousands more come out to watch. Get there early if you want to snag a spot, and be prepared for boisterousness, as well as eye-popping costumes. Not for the very young or the easily offended. Saturday, June 18, parade begins at 1 pm, free.


Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival
Eldridge Street Museum
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 219-0302
The Lower East Side’s Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival has been going on for 15+ years. You can learn about yarmulke making, create your own Puerto Rican and Chinese masks, play dominoes and mah jongg, dance to mambo and klezmer music, practice writing in Chinese and Hebrew, and, of course, nosh on all the egg rolls, egg creams, and empanadas you care to eat. As the festival organizers explain, “These folk arts, juxtaposed one next to the other, illustrate cultural commonalities while preserving the distinctive voices of each.” Yes! Sunday, June 19, 12 to 4 pm, free.