Are you new to Greenpoint and Williamsburg? The Northside Festival will be taking place all week, June 8-14, at various venues, concert halls, and screening rooms throughout the north side of two of Brooklyn’s coolest neighborhoods. McCarren Park will be the headquarters and hub of the entire event, where you’ll be able to pick up your wristbands and badges, take pictures, find out about free shows, and enjoy complimentary drinks. A film badge ($30) includes entrance to all 50 film events. A music badge ($85) includes access to all music events and 400 bands. And an innovation badge ($285) provides access to all Innovation events and 150 speakers. All options include access to exclusive parties and networking events. A premium badge ($315) guarantees access to everything.
Dear Lower East Side natives and new residents, it’s time for a festival celebrating the notable and historic LES. This Sunday, June 14, from 12-5pm, you can emerge yourself in the authentic community vibe this neighborhood has to offer. “This warm weather festival combines the best in LES food, fashion, music, games and other activities to create Your Urban Backyard on the Lower East Side.” At the festival there will be live DJs, a Holistic Wellness Lounge, match-making, giant Jenga, fitness contests, many vendors and local eateries, and so much more!
NYC is filled with many lifelong learners and museum enthusiasts, and we’re sometimes on a budget. We want to know when our museums offer free entry. The answer is the Museum Mile Festival, this Tuesday, June 9. Participating museums: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, The Jewish Museum, Neue Galerie New York, National Academy Museum and School, Museum of the City of New York, The African Center, and El Museo Del Barrio. All of these museums can be found on “Museum Mile” on Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street. Again, there is free entry all week, so all you have to do is check the business hours of participating museums.
If you live in Harlem, were around for the early years of the Apollo Theater, or are simply interested in women’s empowerment, the four-day Women of the World Festival (WOW) will be a great activity for you. There will be conversations, performances, mentoring sessions, debates, and films centered around celebrating the talents, history, and power of women from all over the world. There will be appearances by Macy Gray, Iyanla Vanzant, Naomi Wolf and many more. Tickets are between $10-$40 and can be purchased both online and at the box office.
June 13 and 14 are the days to bask in Prohibition endeavors on Governors Island. While there you can enjoy summer cocktails, dance lessons, Kidland, a 1920s motorcar exhibit, the Charleston dance contest, a pie contest, vintage portraits, antique gramophones, live performances, and amazing live music. Tickets start at $35.
Has anyone ever called you a kid at heart? If so, could it be because of your outright love for dodgeball, kickball, basketball, obstacle courses, and in general, games galore? This Saturday, June 13, from 8am-6pm at Pier 26 in Tribeca, put your game face on, get your teammates on board, and smell the sweet victory! The Hudson River Cup can be yours for the taking in the pentathlon. There’s also a 5k fun run, yoga, kickboxing, music, food, a beer garden, kids programming, and lawn games, to list a few. All ages are welcome. The prices for individual sessions are between $10-$35, and an all day pass is $150.
The 18th annual tattoo convention is taking place right here in NYC! This is a true delight for the city, as Irish immigrant Samuel O’Reilly patented the first tattoo machine in 1891 after being a NYC resident for 26 years. From Friday to Sunday, June 12-14, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, there will be over 100 vendors and 1,500 guests. There will be some serious tattooing from top artists from all over the world. Standard 1-day admission is $25, and 3-day unlimited is $60.
The Flatiron District is not necessarily known for its southern-barbecue. However, it is home to Madison Square Park, the hosting site for the Big Apple BBQ Block Party. The most talented BBQ Experts, “pitmasters”, from all over the world will be cooking smokey BBQ using handcrafted ingredients. “At the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, you’ll have the opportunity to sample barbecue from the nation’s top, award-winning pitmasters hailing from ‘cue capitals like Texas, the Carolinas, Alabama, Tennessee and more.” You probably don’t want to miss out on these meals this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14 from 11am -6pm. There is free admission for the event. But if you want to grub VIP style, the BigPiggin’ day pass is $275 (deets on the website).