NYCitty Things to Wing This Week: May 25 - 31

How was your Memorial Day Weekend? You can use today to recover from festivities. If you didn’t do much, it’s time to look forward to this week’s events!

Summer Beer Festival

Would you be interested in a 3-day festival of craft beers on the beautiful Pier 15 in the Financial District? You cannot miss summer at this seaport. Thursday, May 28, 7-10pm is the opening night of the NYC Craft Beer Festival. Following the kickoff, each day boasts at least 75 breweries and 150 craft beer selections, souvenirs, gift bags, artisanal food vendors, games, and a lot of mingling. You have until Saturday, May 30, so do try to attend one or all of the events. General admission starts at $50.


If you’d like to pay homage to the vaudeville era of the early 20th century or witness classy, comedic, adult variety art of burlesque and drag, Bawdy is a production for you. The event is Thursday, May 28; tickets sell out fast and start at $24 in advanced. Tickets will be sold at the door for $35 on a first come for serve basis at Stage 72 at THE TRIAD on the Upper West Side, where there is a two drink minimum. Beware: everything is cash only, but ATM machines are close by.

Latin Jazz Dance Party

It’s better to not miss Brooklyn Bridge Park Dance Parties this summer, especially because they are free events that are super fun, featuring leading dance bands and a crowd that’s there to move to the beat. The upcoming party is a Latin Jazz Party, Thursday, May 28. There will be a performance by grammy award-winning jazz musician, Poncho Sanchez, tunes provided by DJ Bobbito Garcia, and free salsa lessons by world-renowned instructor Jose Rivera. If you’re not much of a dancer, no worries, come for the beautiful melodies and scenic views on Pier 1.

Bike Home From Work Party

If you get off work before 6pm, you might be able to attend the 3rd Annual Bike Home From Work Party in DUMBO this Friday, May 29. The event takes place from 6-10pm at the Pearl Street Archway. Don’t forget to RSVP so you can enjoy over 40 food and drink vendors, an interactive light show, cycling accessories for sale, local brews at the Bike and Roll beer garden, and free bike valet parking (first come first serve). You might even be interested in the Bike to Work Challenge, so check it out!

One World Observatory NYC

Currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the new World Trade Center, opens the One World Observatory, located 1250 feet above ground on the 100-102 floors, on Friday, May 29. This FiDi landmarked site welcomes the public seven days a week from 9am-8pm. “The 100th Floor includes the Main Observatory, also known as the Discovery Level, where you will you will experience expansive, 360-degree views in all directions, taking in NYC’s iconic sights, surrounding waters and panoramic views of the city and beyond.” Adult tickets are $32, seniors pay $30, youth 6-12 pay $26, and children 5 and under are free.

Science Festival

Do you still think science is cool? From May 27-31, you can attend over 50 mind-blowing lectures and events dedicated to lifelong learners of science and art, students, and people of all ages. In the past, the event has featured legends such as Stephen Hawking, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Oliver Sacks, Mary-Claire King, and John Hockenberry, to name a few. Lectures and presentations will take place at venues throughout NYC, including NYU in Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hunter College in Lenox Hill, the MoMA, and CUNY Advanced Research Center in Central Harlem. Ticket prices vary for different events so check the massive schedule.

Kids’ Film Festival

The 11th Annual KidsFilmFest, organized by the Brooklyn Film Festival, will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 1pm at the Made in NY Media Center in Brooklyn. Adults pay $12 and children 12 and under are free. The film line-up is filled with delightful kid-friendly themes, such as F is for Freedom, where a kid, Freddy, tries to escape the perils of a bad grade, or A Crying Baby, “[a] short, animated, hand-drawn movie about a baby that starts crying and nothing can calm it down until it receives its mother's hug.” You shouldn’t miss this adorable film festival, especially if you have little kiddies.