By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

Planning a trip to NYC this weekend? Here are 10 things you can’t miss

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10 things to do in NYC this weekend.


    Are you visiting New York City this week? You picked the right time! There’s a lot going on: water fights, dance parties, restaurant week and more! Try and hit everything on this list for a well-rounded visit to the Big Apple.

    Taste of the Terminal: Visit Grand Central Terminal for the history and get a taste of some of the contemporary offerings. On Wednesdays in July, various vendors from the Terminal will be taking over Vanderbilt Hall. You can eat, shop, and listen to live music. This week enjoy tastings from Junior’s Bakery, Li-Lac Chocolates, Oren’s Daily Roast, Tia’s Place, Beer Table, Aveda, and more! Music performances from Jason Green (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and the West Village Quartet (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.). Click here for more info.

    Uptown Bounce: This free partnership event is presented by El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York as part of their second Annual Uptown Bounce: Summer Nights @104th & Fifth. From 6 to 9 p.m. on July 22, enjoy musical performances by renowned DJs, food, drinks, workshops and gallery talks. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

    Restaurant Week! But, it’s more like Restaurant month- from July 20 to Aug. 14, enjoy some of the top chefs as they serve up award winning cuisine for prices that are kinder to your budget. Search by neighborhood, cuisine and meal.

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    Waterfight!!!!! What better way to break the ice with fellow tourists and residents than a killer water fight? Water guns only- no water balloons. This free event is going down at 2 p.m. on July 25 at the Great Lawn in Central Park.

    The 5th Annual New York City Poetry Festival: Hosted by the Poetry Society of New York, this event will take place on scenic Governor’s Island on July 25 and 26. Expect to see some of the best poets and some of the newest talent performing on three different main stages. There will be local booksellers, artists, crafts, food vendors, a Brooklyn Brewery beer garden and much more!

    Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest: Flowers and craft beer? Sounds amazing. Head out to Queens Botanical Garden for the 2nd Annual Brew Fest from noon to 3 p.m. or 4 to 7 p.m. on July 25. Get your tickets early for reduced fee.

    Latin Dance Party on the High Line: On July 22, put your dancing shoes on and get over to the High Line. Annette Aguilar Stringbeans will perform live, sharing sounds of Afro Cuban, Salsa Latin jazz and Brazilian music to get your feet, and hips, moving! Food, drinks, dancing, and gorgeous view, this event should not be missed.

    SneakerCon: Sneakers, like this summer, are heating up. If you didn’t catch the exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, no worries. SneakerCon 2015 is happening from noon to 7 p.m. July 25 at the Jacob Javit’s Convention Center. This is every sneakerhead’s dream come true. Buy them, sell them, stare at them, customize them, talk about them…geek out over your love of sneakers with other like-minded souls.

    Gigawatts Festival: For a third year in a row, the Gigawatts festival returns for three days (July 24-26). More than 80 performances across various venues in Bushwick. Lineups include Braid, The Black Lips and many more artists on the rise. For more details and tickets visit

    Hidden Speakeasies: Do you like to feel a little naughty while your drinking? If you want that prohibition era flavor for your night out, then trying out some of NYC’s Hidden Speakeasies might be for you. Use this list, and remember it’s a secret…shhhhhh!

    Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brookly, New York. You can email her at

    By Stacey Leigh DiPillo

    For Weekender

    10 things to do in NYC this weekend. things to do in NYC this weekend.

    Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brookly, New York. You can email her at