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Everything You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC This Weekend

Updated On 08/10/2018 at 11:19AM EST Updated On 08/10/2018 at 11:19AM EST
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Farm to Fork Cocktail Festival | Courtesy of Secret Summer
Brasil Summerfest
Brasil Summerfest
Friday - Sunday
Aug 10-12
North Brooklyn & Greenwich Village
After twelve days of incredible food, music, and film, Brasil Summerfest goes out with a bang this weekend. Catch performances by Ava Rocha and (get ready Narcos fans) Rodrigo Amarante at National Sawdust on Friday, and Brazilian music royalty Jair Oliveira at Blue Note on Saturday. On Sunday, experience Carnival, House of Yes style. The Saravá! Wild Carnival closing party will feature live music and DJs, performances by Brazilian theater company Group .BR, and frozen caipirinhas to sip in a jacuzzi.
Cost: $20 for National Sawdust; $15 for Blue Note; $25 for House of Yes
Friday
Aug 10
Central Park
Not to name names, but the Good Morning America concert series has presented some cheesy acts this summer. Ok, we’re talking about the Backstreet Boys. But The Chainsmokers are cool. They know Halsey. They have haircuts. Bono is reportedly a fan. And they’re still just a couple of regular, EDM DJ millionaires. Give ‘em a shot bright and early this Friday morning.
Cost: Free
Friday
Aug 10
Hell’s Kitchen
Watching a movie on the Intrepid’s flight deck is like getting a pedicure in the lap of the Lincoln Memorial. When opportunity knocks, you answer. This Friday, the sea, air, and space museum will screen New York City classic Ghostbusters under the stars and amid its historic collection of restored aircraft. Who you gonna call . . . to join you?
Cost: Free, but first come first served
Saturday
Aug 11
Gramercy
There’s nothing like the New York City skyline and plastic palm trees to make you feel like you’ve been transported to the Hawaiian islands. Embrace the incongruous this weekend at a a tropical luau penthouse party. 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar guarantees a "hula-va tiki-rific" time -- which honestly we wish we’d had the chance to write for ourselves, boy does that sing. Your ticket gets you 2-for-1 drink specials, free appetizers, music, leis, and giveaways.
Cost: $23
Saturday
Aug 11
Williamsburg
Women have a lot of hops to jump through (forgive me, it’s no "hula-va tiki-rific") on their way to beer business stardom, and Hop Culture is doing its part to support ladies in the industry. Beers with(out) beards brings more than 20 woman-owned or managed breweries under one roof to wo(man)-splain the ins and outs of brews, and share their wares.
Cost: $50 if you’re tasting, $20 if you’re driving
Elements NYC
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Saturday
Aug 11
Hunts Point
Going to music festivals to hear music is for old millennials. The under-30 set expects experiential art installations, fire dancers, stilt-walkers, and probably a wellness hour for some restorative deep house yoga. The Elements Festival at the New York Expo center in the Bronx brings together live performances by Bassnectar, Snakehips, and Emancipator, art and technology exhibits, circus acts, and naturally, sound-healing and meditation sessions.
Cost: Tickets start at $99
Saturday
Aug 11
Park Slope
Fifth Avenue between Dean and Sterling will be closed to traffic this Saturday evening to make room for a mini festival. Swing by from 5 to 9pm for kid-friendly novelties like a bounce house, face painting, and giant game of chess, and adult activities like a silent disco (you wear headphones), and salsa lesson.
Cost: Free
Sunday
Aug 12
Citywide
Anybody know where we can get a weather forecast around here? Nobody seems to be talking about the weather lately, not even on the internet, where things usually get talked about. Well, it’s summer, so it’s probably hot. Check our guide and pick a pool where you can cool off. You can take a dip for free at spots like Fisher Pool in Queens, go super-luxe at the The Williamsburg Hotel's new rooftop digs, or find a splashy medium at Jimmy at the James in Soho.
Cost: From free to super-spendy
Secret Summer
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Sunday
Aug 12
Long Island City
Farm-to-fork restaurants have been drawing crowds for ages, and now the trend has gone liquid. Embrace the earthy shtick this Sunday at a farm-to-cocktail festival at The Foundry, where you’ll sample purportedly healthyish cocktails from a variety of purveyors in urban garden party-like environs.
Cost: $150
Sunday
Aug 12
SoHo
NYC is infamous for no-deal deals -- half-priced drinks if you order 11 entrees, free pizza if you sacrifice the keys to your apartment and a lock of hair, a sip of absinthe of you answer me these riddles, three. But the summer-special from the Public hotel is for real: $5 Jean-Georges pizza, and $5 local craft beers from 4-7pm every day of the week (which includes the weekends, if you’re not picking up what I’m putting down). It’s likely that everything else you’ve done this weekend was expensive, so you might as well eat like a king for $5.
Cost: $5 per pizza, but who’s to say how many?