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.


    Festival, festival, festival, a picnic, and a dance party! You are honestly going to struggle this weekend when deciding who, what, where and when you want to spend your time. This week’s activities are so good, your only problem will be making a decision.

    FringeNYC: Believe it or not, there is a festival that runs until August 30th featuring 1,100 performances and 200 shows. Choose from opera, musicals, drama, comedy, dance, improve, vaudeville, stand-up and more. Tickets are only $18!

    Brooklyn Comedy Festival: Featuring up and coming comedians at venues all across Brooklyn, this comedy festival runs from August 24-30th.

    Central Park Film Festival: Running from August 25-29th, this free annual event is rain or shine.

    Bryant Park Presents- Emerging Music Festival: This is exactly what it sounds like- a music festival devoted to emerging musical artists. Head over to Bryant Park on August 21st for this free event.

    Afropunk Festival: This annual festival is featuring some great acts this year. From August 21-23, you can see Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauren Hill and more, many more. Also, you can expect food, drinks, and a market, along with art, activism and after dark events. Don’t miss it.

    Blue BBQ Festival: Love listening to the blues and noshing on barbecue? Of course you do, who doesn’t? This festival is at Hudson River Park, Pier 26 in Tribeca on Saturday, August 22.

    Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: An annual salute to the legendary saxophonist, this festival spans over four days, August 20-23, and various NYC venues. Featuring old and new jazz musicians, the one thing they have in common is the nod to the “Bird.”

    Life’s a Picnic at Grand Central: In the dog days of summer, there’s nothing better than an indoor picnic. Head over to Vanderbilt Hall August 24-28 to relax in some much-needed AC while enjoying that picnic feeling.

    Battery Dance Festival: Running from August 15-21, 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 3-9pm at Gowanus Grove, tickets are $10 with RSVP.

    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