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Everything You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC This Weekend

Updated On 06/14/2018 at 04:32PM EST Updated On 06/14/2018 at 04:32PM EST
house of yes
House of YES
Friday
Jun 15
Bushwick
We are days away from the official start of summer and the mercury is already rising. Cool off at Brooklyn’s House of Yes, where this week’s theme is “Get Wet.” Indulge your aquatic fantasies through the art of costume -- this is your chance to invoke your inner intergalactic future sailor, your ‘80s career gal mermaid, your conniving eel. The venue’s signature aerial pageantry combined with music by electro-funk artist Sammy Bananas will make this a slippery night to remember.
Cost: $30
Friday
Jun 15
Chelsea
There are people who enjoy sake in its unaltered state -- adult, reasonable people who sip the dynamic rice wine without dropping it into a pint of Sapporo, laugh, laugh, laughing at the cartoonishly fizzy results. Maybe you’ll meet one at the Joy of Sake, which, in its 14th year, will bring together over 400 premium sakes from all over the world for the largest tasting event outside of Japan. Worth the price of admission: bites from Momofuku, Morimoto, and even half a nibble of anything from Sushi Nakazawa.  
Cost: Tickets are $110
Friday
Jun 15
Chelsea
The last time we danced to Aaliyah and Puff Daddy, we were at a bar mitzvah party. It was last weekend. The parents are old millennials, what can you do? In a different kind of mitzvah, this throwback dance party by Secret Formula, at Slate, is for adults only. Lyrics will be projected karaoke-style amid parachute pants dance-offs, but at your age, you probably know all the words already.
Cost: Tickets are $10
Friday - Saturday
Jun 15-16
Hell's Kitchen
The fourth International New York Film Festival kicks off at the auspiciously named Producers Club -- a venue on West 44th Street available to rent by the hour. Enjoy film screenings (Friday’s schedule includes the Swiss-meets-US short Passion Boulevard, and Concerto, an exploration of psychology through the lens of music), a somewhat less auspicious workshop on the “Secrets of Self-Distribution,” and a cash bar.
Cost: Tickets start at $15 for short films and Q&As; two-day passes are $95
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Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Saturday
Jun 16
Williamsburg
On the dour end of the way-back spectrum, you’ve got the Black Parade -- an emo, pop-punk, and 2000s-era jam sesh at the Knitting Factory. DJs Jet & Swabby will remind you of your first love ("You Had Me at Hello," ADTR), first heartbreak ("I Miss You," blink-182), and first drive without Dad in the passenger’s seat (uh, anything by Falling in Reverse). We cannot guarantee dancing. We cannot guarantee joy. But you’ll probably be able to borrow someone’s black eyeliner.
Cost: Free before midnight
Saturday
Jun 16
Sunset Park
Make the most of every minute of the longest day of the year with live music, lawn games, cooking demos, an ice cream sundae station, a summer spritz bar, all our favorite food (and yours), and a whole crew of Thrillist staffers, ready to mix and mingle. Come hang with us at our annual Best Day of Your Life while we do what we do best: eat.  
Cost: Tickets are $65
Saturday
Jun 16
Governors Island
What is it about summer that makes New Yorkers want to dust off the ol’ time machine? Existential angst as the days grow longer? Summer Friday ennui and the knowledge that freedom is fleeting? Is it just the heat? In any case, people love to relive the glitz and glam of the roaring ‘20s. (Not so much the social mores, though. Easy to forget about those.) Bust out the fringe and fedora, and jitterbug over to Governors Island for the Jazz Age Lawn Party to celebrate the music and culture of the prohibition era with dancing, live jazz, and booze.
Cost: General admission is $35
Saturday
Jun 16
Inwood
We found it! The thing you can do with your friends who’ve spawned! Culture Hub is throwing Family Disco, a dance party in an uptown pop-up club fit for kids and the wiggly grown-ups who chauffeur them around town. And if you get real lucky, your parent pals will already have plans, but will appreciate the gesture.
Cost: $10 per family at the door
nyc pride
NYC pride
Saturday
Jun 16
SoHo
Join “industry insiders, media mavens, and proud politicians” (there better be mavens) in a celebration of leaders fighting for LGBTQIA+ equality in the workplace. The sixth annual Pride Luminaries Brunch at David Burke Kitchen boasts a brunch buffet and suspiciously worded “access to” a four-hour open bar.
Cost: $60
Saturday
Jun 16
Lower East Side
It’s everything you love (to eat) about Lower Manhattan’s greatest melting pots. The Museum at Eldridge Street’s downtown festival celebrates the Lower East Side and Chinatown’s myriad cultures. Hear Chinese opera and Puerto Rican folk music, get crafty with yarmulke, mask, and lace making sessions, play mahjong, braid challah bread, roll dumplings, fill empanadas, and of course, nosh on the eponymous goodies.
Cost: Free to enter
Legends SFF
Courtesy of Legends SFF
Sunday
Jun 17
Various locations
You know who likes sports? According to the mainstream media: dads. Give yours a call, wish him a happy Father’s Day, and invite him out for lukewarm Bud Lights and soccer. Or cold Bud Lights and fútbol, if you’re feeling fancy. Pick a spot from our World Cup guide and let your dad know just how much you appreciate all he does via performative masculinity.
Cost: Depends on how much you love your dad
Sunday
Jun 17
Crown Heights
Dad’s not the sporting type? Never even came to any of your games? You know this holiday is optional, right? Express your patriarchal tension through the art of... art, in an evening of painting at Colors Effect bolstered by whiskey, cigars, and snacks. Elevate your dad from a “my kid coulda done that” crank to a “my kid did do that” crank.
Cost: $65