Things to do in New York City this weekend

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Spring Taste NYC: On Friday, May 13, the Metropolitan Pavilion hosts the annual Spring Taste NYC. More than 60 restaurants, breweries and distilleries come together to highlight Manhattan’s incredible food scene. Tickets include samples of all food and drinks, as well as live music. A portion of ticket sales benefit City Harvest. General admission is $69. To purchase tickets and see the full lineup of participating eateries, visit

NYC Bike Expo: On May 13 and 14, explore everything about road cycling at the 69th Regiment Armory at 26th and Lexington. Admission is free. On May 13, the expo runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the last entry at 6:30 p.m. and on May 14, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with last entry at 5:30 p.m. Registration is recommended. Visit to register.

Bayou n Brooklyn Music Festival: For the sixth year, Brooklyn celebrates Cajun and zydeco music from May 13-15. Though music is the focus, the weekend also includes dance lessons, jambalaya and community jams. Everything takes place at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music. Tickets start at $25. For a full list of participating musicians and the weekend’s schedule, visit

Lincoln Center Spring Fling: This kid friendly event takes place May 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day includes performances of jazz, string quartet and The Verve Pipe, as well as storytime, short films, crafts, chalk drawing, instrument tryouts and scavenger hunts. All activities are free and presented by Lincoln Center, American Ballet Theater and The Julliard School. A full schedule of activities is posted at

Texas Chili Cook-off: Love chili? Head to Pier 84 at Hudson River Park on Saturday, May 14, from noon to 5 p.m. for the annual event. All ticket proceeds benefit scholarship endeavors started by the New York Chapter of the Texas Exes (Texas Ex-Students Association), which aims to provide scholarships for the University of Texas at Austin. Tickets include unlimited chili and Shiner beer (while supplies last). More than 20 amateur teams and restaurant teams will compete in making chili. The event will take place rain or shine. To buy tickets, visit