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 NYC this week? I hope you brought your energy. This week’s roundup just might wear you out. Cultural celebrations, gaming, live music, summer streets and even a 5K! Don’t worry, there is plenty of beer and wine too.

    Harlem Week: Harlem week originally began as just Harlem day but grew over the years into this vast event that runs from July 27 to Aug. 22. Celebrate Harlem’s influences from African American, Hispanic, Caribbean and European cultures with a variety of events to choose from. There’s fashion, gospel, galleries, concerts and more.

    Calling All Gamers: Boy, did you pick the best time to visit NYC. On July 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., players will have the chance to try out some of the newest games in development. Boasting 75 games available to over 500 players, get your tickets to the Playcrafting NYC Summer Expo now. Oh, and there may also be pizza.

    Good Beer: Presented by Edible Manhattan, this celebration of craft beer and food is perfect summer fun. What’s better than pairing craft beer with tasty bites? Nothing. Not a single thing. For a list of participants, tickets and more info, go to

    If Skills Sold, Truth Be Told: If you recognize this lyric, then you know I’m talking about Talib Kweli. Who cares if he didn’t break through commercially? He’s still a lyrical genius and on July 30 at Brooklyn Bowl, Kweli will show off some other skills with his DJ set starting at 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

    The Chardonnay Run: Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just in it for the wine, there is no greater motivation than a glass of wine at the end of a 5K. On Aug. 1, at Pier 26 start times begin every 30 minutes starting at 9 a.m. Wine at the finish line and flexible start times? Register now!

    Summer Streets: From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1, enjoy the streets of New York without having to share it with motor vehicles. You can walk, run, bike or even crawl your way up the streets with plenty of activities along the way to keep you entertained. You can expect a climbing wall, dance lessons and even a zip line.

    Outdoor screening of St. Vincent: When visiting NYC in summer, you should make sure to catch an outdoor flick. On July 29 as part of the Hudson River Park’s Big Hit Wednesdays, you can catch Bill Murray forge an unlikely friendship in St. Vincent. Bring snacks and blankets. Showtime is at 7:30pm.

    PotterCon 2015: If you love Harry Potter and day drinking, head over to the Bell House at 2 p.m. Aug. 1. Expect a sorting hat ceremony, costume contest, trivia and more!

    Total Control Live: Proving their stylistic evolution, Total Control has changed from aggressive post-punk style to raging techno and electro. Performing live at the Williamsburg Music Hall at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, Total Control is featuring Lust for Youth and Sannhet. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door.

    Time Out New York Comedy Showcase: Kicking off this comedy series brought to you by Time Out New York is headliner Gilbert Gottfried. Performing stand-up on July 29th at 7:30pm at Caroline’s on Broadway, you won’t want to miss these laughs. Tickets include a two-drink minimum per person.

    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