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.


    If you’re visiting NYC this week, you picked a great time. And if you weren’t planning to visit, maybe you should reconsider. This week’s events are some of the most entertaining of the summer. Jazz parties, country concerts, dance performances, there’s even a sand sculpture contest. Whatever you choose to do, it’s definitely going to be a week to remember!

    Jazz Age Lawn Party: If you like throwbacks to the prohibition era, look no further. Hop a ferry to Governor’s Island (Aug. 15, 16) and join the festivities. A Charleston Dance Contest, (don’t worry, there’s lessons available) motorcar exhibits, gramophones, signature cocktails and more will keep you busy as you stroll along the scenic island with sweeping views of the city.

    FringeNYC: Believe it or not, there is a festival that begins Aug. 14 and features 1,100 performances and 200 shows. Choose from opera, musicals, drama, comedy, dance, improve, vaudeville, stand-up and more. Tickets are $18.

    Willie Nelson & Old Crow Medicine Show: As part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series, Willie Nelson will be joined by Old Crow Medicine Show for a truly memorable evening. Happening Aug. 12 at the Prospect Park Bandshell, gates open at 6 p.m.

    Tap + Cork Beer and Wine Festival: $20 gets you in to sample dozens of beer or wine at this Bed Stuy event. Featuring local breweries including Brooklyn Brewery and Dyckman Beer Co. along with top secret wine selections curated by partners at Breukelen Cellars, Therapy Wine Bar and more. The main event is going down Aug. 15 at Restoration Plaza from 2 to 8 p.m.

    Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest: Aug. 15 marks the 25th anniversary of this unique artistic competition. Amateurs and professionals of all ages are welcome to compete for cash prizes. This event is free but donations will go to helping those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

    Soulection Yacht Party: Presented by famed live music venue, S.O.B’s, this concert cruise will not disappoint. On Aug. 14 hop aboard the Luxury Infinity Yacht at Pier 40 to enjoy live performances by Sango, ESTA, Joey Kay and more. Reserve your spot now.

    Battery Dance Festival: Running from Aug. 15 to 21, this dance festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. With performances from a diverse lineup of companies, you can expect to see artists from India, Colombia and Poland along with local dance troupes hailing from all over NYC. This event is free!

    Mister Sunday: From those who brought you Mister Saturday Night, get ready for an all-day outdoor dance party. With Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter, it’s a guaranteed Sunday funday. Dancing, drinks and food, from 3-9 p.m. at Gowanus Grove, tickets are $10 with RSVP

    The Love and Poetry Tour: Love and poetry go well together. On Aug. 13, presented by Just Mike the Poet with special guests including Vision, Jamarr Hall and some of the best local poets, this evening is sure to inspire.

    Summer Streets: From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15, enjoy the last day of Summer Streets 2015. With streets closed to vehicles, you can walk, run, bike, or 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. Enjoy it while you can, there’s only one more chance after this week.

    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