NYCitty Things to Wing This Week: April 20 - April 26

It’s time to wing some things this week, and the weather in NYC is on your side. Some of these events simply cannot be missed, but if you’re a little late to attend, no worries; there’s something for everyone.

Green Festival

Whether you’ve been going green for quite some time or just recently converted, you should know that America’s largest, longest-run green festival is here and happening April 24–26 at the Javitz Convention Center. There will be tons of vendors and businesses in favor of living and promoting health, wellness, and sustainability. Single day pass: $12. Weekend pass: $22. Three day special: $32.

Sakura Matsuri

This annual celebration takes place April 25 and 26, from 10am–6pm, at Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden. Sakura Matsuri honors Japanese culture amidst beautiful blooming cherry blossoms. There will be traditional taiko drumming, samurai sword fighting, lots of kimonos, manga drawing, folk-dancing performances, traditional fashion accessories for sale, and a lot more. Cosplayers welcome! Tickets can be purchased in advanced. Admission for adults is $25; students with valid ID and senior citizens pay $20. Children under 12 are free.

Games for Change Festival

From April 21–23 and 25, at NYU’s Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place, you can spend the day – or all four days – gaming, talking, and networking with other gamers in Manhattan. The schedule is different each day. Some activities include panels where you can learn about collaborations between filmmakers and game creators, Board Game Night, or even the G4C public arcade at the Tribeca Family Street Fair. Ticket prices vary.

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

Are you in the mood for a street fair, especially now that the weather in NYC is finally warming up? Well then, you’re in for a family treat. On April 25, starting at 10am is the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair. There will be plenty of free games, activities, that the entire family can enjoy. The event is completely free, so stop by: Greenwich Street, from Hubert to Chambers.

Bacon and Beer Classic

Does “bacon and beer” ring melodious notes of utter desire and satisfaction? You might be interested in taking a trip to Citi Field, April 25 at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave for a Brunch Session 12-3pm, or Evening Session 7–10pm. There will be live cooking demonstrations by Manila Social Club and Bacon Bites. “Learn to make Bacon Adobo: A slab of rich smoked bacon braised slowly in a rich stock of dark soy sauce, coconut vinegar, garlic, and peppercorn, finished a la planche served with sunchoke purée, micro shiso and crispy puffed red rice.” If that doesn’t entice you, no worries –carry on to the next NYCitty event. General admission is $79, exclusive is $115, VIP is $139, and designated driver admission is $29. Check out the site for ticket details.

Ballet Hispanico

From April 21–25, the Joyce Theater in Chelsea will be exhibiting rich Latino culture through dance. Ballet Hispanico was founded in 1970 by Tina Ramirez as an outlet for underrepresented Latino youth with dreams of becoming professional dancers. The performance is a fusion of dance from Spanish culture, contemporary and classical technique, and ballet. Tickets start at $10.

From Here to There

Brooklyn’s Children Museum, within walking distance from Prospect Park, exhibits hands-on learning about gravity, friction, movement, and air pressure, 10am-5pm until Sunday, April 26. Kids can ride hovercrafts, launch hot-air balloons and play with (learn about) hydraulics, levers, and pulleys. General admission is $7.50 and free for children under 1.