7 Things to Do in NYC This Weekend: Sep. 18th-20th

Couldn’t find a show to attend this weekend? First, be sure you’ve adequately consulted our upcoming concerts in NYC calendar. And if you’re still unsatisfied with what the city has to offer on the live music front this weekend, we have you covered with plenty of other things to do, because just like you, we want to make the most of our days off. Here are 7 Things to Do in NYC this weekend, whether you’re artistically inclined, a fervent foodie, or just a twenty-something looking to be entertained (perhaps with a cocktail in hand).

1. The 89th Annual Feast of San Gennaro

Feast of San GennaroLast week, Little Italy’s annual food festival set up shop in Lower Manhattan’s historic neighborhood, bringing live music, ethnic delicacies, and special contests to the streets of New York. The Feast of San Gennaro holds a special place in the hearts of NY natives who can trace their ancestry back to the Italian immigrants who came in search of a better life in the early 20th century. This year, Official Feast Day takes place on Saturday, September 19th, and will feature high mass in the early afternoon, a mid-afternoon religious procession through the streets of the Feast, and the unveiling of the world’s largest gelato cone by Ferrara. But the fun doesn’t begin or end on Official Feast Day. From today until September 20th, you can stop by the Feast streets for live music and food vendors which run from 10AM- 11PM. So, if you’ve been craving a cannoli and just haven’t made it over to the LES, swing by the Feast of San Gennaro this weekend and be surrounded by joyous Italians and their all too delicious food.

More Info: San Gennaro Website

2. BAMCafe Live! 

BAMCafe Live!If you’re looking for a new venue to catch some live music this weekend, we suggest heading over to BAMCafe Live!, where the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts some pretty amazing musicians in their bar/cafe every weekend. This Friday and Saturday night, BAMCafe Live! is hosting the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra. The BRC has been reviewed by dozens of music mags on their powerful, inspiring tributes to African American artists of the past, and since their inception back in ’85, the BRC has become a great fact of the NYC music scene. For their upcoming performance at BAMCafe Live!, the BRC will be paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s live seminal album Band of Gypsys, a record which carried influence into both the rock and blues genres, while featuring some of Jimi’s most iconic guitar solos. Not many combos can pull off live Hendrix, but from what we hear, audiences are in good hands with the BRC. Oh, and did we mention it was free?

More Info: BAMCafe Live! Website

3. Berg’n 

Berg'nIf you’ve lived in New York for the past couple of years, then there’s no way you haven’t heard of Smorgasburg, Brooklyn’s premier, ongoing food festival that has now spread to three different locations. And you probably also know that since it’s inception back in 2012, the festival has (unfortunately) become a meeting ground for tourists and Manhattanites, with wrap-around lines for a handful of fries or a ramen burger. But, even this New Yorker didn’t know of their latest project, a beer hall/ live music venue called Berg’n. Every weekend, Berg’n is host to live bands and DJs while featuring a rotating bar of craft beer and what we consider the cream of the crop of food vendors. Berg’n is open from 9Am- til late, and though we’re not sure how late, we can vet that Berg’n will be a fun place to be until at least 2AM. Not many people know about Berg’n and their well curated, always hoppin performance/ vendor space. And we’d bet that the authenticity of it wanes with time as did with Smorgasburg. But, at least for this weekend and the foreseeable future, Berg’n will be a great time.

More Info: Berg’n Website

4. Brooklyn Book Festival 

Brooklyn Book FestivalLiterature lovers, this is the event you’ve been waiting for all year. And those of you who are just beginning to dip your toes into the world of literature, what better way to experience the worlds of writers than to just dive right in? The annual Brooklyn Book Festival takes place this Sunday, September 20th, from 10AM to 6PM. All festival events are free, and there is no ticketing required to enter the festival. Living on as one of the premier literary events in the country, the Brooklyn Book Festival brings over 100 acclaimed authors to host talks, give readings, and lead discussions on current events and the state of literature today. For a full schedule of events, go here, and for a smaller, more in-depth look on what not to miss at the 2015 Brooklyn Book Festival, go here. For those of you with kids, don’t deny them the festivities of Brooklyn Book Fest’s Children’s Day on the 19th for dozens of picture and pop-up book readings!

More Info: Brooklyn Book Festival Website

5. Blocktoberfest 

BlocktoberfestThere are tons of opportunities to celebrate Oktoberfest in the city this year, including Blocktoberfest. Brought to you by the New York City Brewer’s Guild, Blocktoberfest will bring local breweries from five boroughs to Clinton Hill for one big block party. For just 30$, you can create your own beer sampling consisting of five 12 oz. beers (and you get to keep a glass!). The craft selections will be brought to you by Bronx Brewery, Greenpoint Ale and Brewing Company, Heartland Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery, Rockaway Brewing Co, and more. And when the booze starts to ignite hunger, you won’t have to go very far, as there will be local vendors present, including the Lobster Joint and Papaya King. The block party only runs from 1PM-5PM, and we suggest getting there early. And those of you who aren’t drinking, don’t worry, general admission tickets are a third of the price, so that you can be around your drinking buddies (and perhaps be designated subway navigator) on what will be a lovely Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn.

More Info: Tickets

6. Kite Festival + Photoville @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

PhotovilleAs the summer comes to an end, it seems that Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting dozens of events to help us forget that our favorite season is almost over. This weekend, Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park is giving itself over to the kids. From 11Am-3PM, the grounds and skies will be intended primarily for the Kite Festival. Feel free to bring your own, but kites will be available for purchase on site. And definitely don’t forget a camera, for there will likely be plenty of precious moments to be captured between the kids and those high-flying neon animals.

In addition to the kite festival, the park’s art exhibit Photoville will continue its residency. Located on Pier 5, Photoville features 60+ re-purposed shipping containers filled with curated art from all over the world. During the day, you can catch panel discussions of the artists involved in the exhibit in addition to workshops where you can test your own photography prowess. And we suggest sticking around until night, where the Smorgasburg Beer Garden will take over playing host of the exhibit, providing multi-media projections around the park while the skyline illuminates the east river. So head on over to Pier 5 with a date or a group of friends and enjoy a brew, local vendors, and the beautiful views of our one and only Manhattan.

More Info: Brooklyn Bridge Park Website

7. Boozy Painting @ Painting with a Twist

Boozy Painting ClassesIf you haven’t heard of boozy painting classes, let me begin with you’re welcome. Now, let me explain. There are several art classes offered around the city, but how many of them provide cocktails and appetizers? Better yet, how many are BYOB?! Painting with a Twist has just arrived to NYC, and in addition to providing art supplies and space to learn from a professional instructor, the business also allows customers to bring their own booze of choice. Classes begin at just 45$, and in our opinion, it’s well worth it for an afternoon’s worth of painting and drinking in comfy digs, while being surrounded by other artists indulging in a wine glass or two (or three…or five…). If you’re looking for a better deal, or a location more convenient for you, check out this blog, featuring a few other notable boozy painting classes that would make for a perfect weekend afternoon with friends, or on your own. Either way, since there’s an opportunity to be creative and tipsy at the same time, we say take it.

More Info: Painting with a Twist Website

Have a great weekend, New York.

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