Things to do in New York City this weekend

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A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    Cat Camp: From March 11-12, explore all things cats at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Cat Camp is the first conference all about cats, as well as a major adoption event. Experts will discuss problems facing cats today, how to care for cats in the community, save orphan kittens and make your home cat friendly. Vendors will sell merchandise for cats. Adoptable cats will be on hand, including senior and special needs cats. Tickets start at $20. Visit www.catcampnyc.com for more information.

    Irish Family Day: New York’s Irish Arts Center opens its doors on Sunday, March 12. From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy traditional music and dance. Try out a variety of classes, from Irish language to step dance. Engage in crafts or get your face painted. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged. Visit www.irishartscenter.org to reserve spots.

    Flute Fair: The New York Flute Fair takes place on Sunday, March 12 at Columbia University. The day includes performances, workshops, master classes, exhibits and a competition. The guest artist is Barthold Kuijken. Registration opens at 9 a.m., although attendees can register online as well. Tickets are $60 ($40 for members of the New York Flute Club, $25 for full-time students). Visit www.nyfluteclub.org for the full schedule of events.

    New York Cocktail Expo: Enjoy a cocktail tasting and light fare at the New York Cocktail Expo on March 12 at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. Drinks come from some of the borough’s best cocktail bars like The Bonnie, Sweet Afton and Station House. Experience new and trendy cocktails, sample spirits like Hendrick’s Gin and KAS Spirits and watch a cocktail competition. Tickets start at $55. Visit www.nycocktailexpo.com to learn more.

    Antiquarian Book Fair: The Park Avenue Armory transforms into the annual Antiquarian Book Fair from Thursday to Sunday, March 9-12. More than 200 dealers of rare books will be on hand to sell books, maps and manuscripts. There will also be lectures and panel discussions. Daily admission is $25, or $40 for the run of the show. Visit www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com for more information.

    A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_liberty.jpgA New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)