Events

Everything You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC This Weekend

Updated On 04/19/2018 at 05:35PM EST Updated On 04/19/2018 at 05:35PM EST
Pupleria Drag Performance
Pupleria Drag Performance | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
oddfellows
Katie June Burton
Friday - Sunday
Apr 27-29
Nolita
Usher in the warm weather with a trip to OddFellow’s latest outpost, where ice cream and coffee are served with equal esteem. Beyond your standard affogato, the place slings coffee milkshakes loaded with Stumptown cold brew and the ice cream of your choosing, fruit and yogurt-packed coffee smoothies, and lattes prepared with flavored milk (think burnt marshmallow and smoked raisin). It’s the weekend; skip the coffee and head straight for a sundae.
Cost: Specialty ice cream/coffee beverages start at $4
Friday - Sunday
Apr 27-29
SoHo
The bar at Arlo SoHo is pushing cocktails inspired by remarkable women in history now through Mother’s Day. Head bartender Megan Lazar incorporates a spirit produced under female leadership into each beverage, all of which are named for women of note. Sip the Jane Goodall, the Nina Simone, or the Elizabeth Windsor, and try to intuit how chipotle-tequila with lime and strawberry commemorates Frida Kahlo.
Cost: Specialty cocktails are $17
Saturday
Apr 28
Lower East Side
For all the Michelin-starred open kitchens in the city, there is still no cooking quite like grandma’s. Says grandma. Test the theory in an East Village townhouse with Grandma Lumen, a Philippines native. She’ll let you in on her culinary secrets, while preparing a feast of crepe-encrusted vegetables, succulent chicken adobo, sweet purple yam, and a Filipino lime cocktail. As is custom in grandma’s kitchen, expect plenty of storytelling along with your ube halaya.
Cost: Tickets are $75
narcbar
Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Saturday
Apr 28
Citywide
In recent years drag has shifted from a fringe lark to a central tenet of entertainment in NYC. Get in on the scene and check out some of the coolest drag shows around. We’re talking Ru Paul’s Drag Race screenings, drag queen story hours, drag brunches, and bingo games -- so no matter your proclivity, there’s a drag show out there you’ll enjoy. Check out our guide to narrow down the options.
Cost: Prices vary
Saturday
Apr 28
Greenpoint
Prep your margarita palate in advance of Cinco de Mayo. This Saturday, tequila giant Don Julio will transform an enormous Greenpoint events space into a battle arena, where 15 local bars and restaurants will duke it out to see who shakes the best blue agave. Sip as many as you can to live DJ tunes, then cast your vote for the margarita king.
Cost: Tickets start at $45
Saturday
Apr 28
Williamsburg
On the last Saturday of every month, Williamsburg dance hub Baby’s All Right dials down the tireless cool, and ushers in an evening of shameless catchy, dancey, bubblegum pop. Get down to guilty pleasure throwbacks by Christina Aguilera and Destiny's Child and keep it current with Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift tracks, confident that dancing in NYC is still a strangely rebellious act.
Cost: Tickets are $10 at the door
the world's fare
The World's Fare
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 28-29
Flushing Meadows
Named in a nod to the 1964 bash that took place nearby, the World’s Fare is a culinary festival in celebration of global cuisine. More than 100 food vendors will dole out grub at Citi Field over two days. Hang out in the beer garden, groove to live music, and gorge on the most diverse spread of affordable international eats you’ve ever seen.
Cost: Tickets start at $45 (food is extra)
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 28-29
Williamsburg
Remember the haunting jingle of an encroaching ice cream truck, its repetitive melody infecting your brain? Catch some sweet summer nostalgia at the opening of Mister Dips. The shiny airstream trailer-turned-ice cream truck is kicking off cold treat season in the elevated William Vale Park this weekend. Don’t expect mutant-Spongebob-on-a-stick. Prepare for extravagant $5 creations like the Aunt Edna -- cinnamon soft-serve loaded with green apple, creme fraiche, and caramel.
Cost: Soft serve ice cream sundaes start are $5
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 28-29
Crown Heights
Each year during cherry blossom season, the Japanese practice hanami (flower viewing) -- a tradition to remind oneself that beauty is fleeting, and that each passing moment is precious. Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden grants New Yorkers a chance to literally stop and smell the flowers, for once -- before racing off to one of the 60 events, talks, and performances the Garden has planned in honor of the cultural tradition.
Cost: $30
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 28-29
Dumbo
All day Saturday and Sunday, Dumbo artists will open their doors to the public, giving folks a behind the scenes look at their studios and workspaces. Traipse your way across the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood, and drop in to see in-progress sculptures by Blane De St. Croix, paintings by Jennifer Riley, and installations by Anne Patterson, and plenty of others.
Cost: Free
Ilana Glazer on Broad City
Ilana Glazer on Broad City | Flickr/SexyandhotTV
Sunday
Apr 29
Williamsburg
Self-proclaimed “besties from another pair of testes” Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens) will grace the stage of Williamsburg Music Hall this Sunday with their standup routine YQY (aka Yaaas Queen Yaaas). Make sure you pee yourself laughing at least once before they clear out of NYC for the rest of their tour.
Cost: Tickets start at $30
Sunday
Apr 29
Lower East Side
The Attraction Lab at Caveat NYC is basically Tinder IRL. So, better. Tie on a blindfold at the “intellectual nightlife” venue, and learn the rules of attraction. The evening’s activities will explore how sight, touch, smell, taste, and movement influence romantic desires. Purchase a singles ticket, and meet some new conquests (sans vision) or opt for the group ticket, and stick with your friends. Who knows how you’ll feel when the blindfolds come off.
Cost: Tickets are $25