Things to do in New York City this weekend

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Lower East Side Festival of the Arts: Running all weekend, the Lower East Side celebrates arts for the 21st year. The free festivities include theater, video, film, music and dance. This year’s theme is “Art knows no walls or barriers” and celebrates the diversity of the Lower East Side. Each day has a different schedule of both indoor and outdoor events and there are activities for all ages. For more information, visit

152nd Street Cultural Festival: Hosted by the National Puerto Rican Day Parade committee, this festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28. The annual event is set in the Bronx on 152nd Street between Jackson and Union Avenues. Celebrate Puerto Rican culture with musical performances, dancing, comedy and family friendly activities, including arts and crafts and storytelling. Traditional food and crafts from local artisans will be sold. The festival is one of the many events leading up to June’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Brooklyn Pig Roast: On May 27 and 28, enjoy a pig roast at the Hall at MP in Brooklyn. Doors open at 6 p.m. for happy hour where draft beers and cocktails are half off. Live music starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $15. For $40, get a choice of two roast pig platters and general admission. The pig platters are available Korean Bo Sam style or Southern Barbecue, complete with sides. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

World Stamp Show: The Javits Center hosts a free once-a-decade celebration of stamps from around the world, May 28 through June 4. Thousands are anticipated to attend. Over 200 dealers and postal administrations will buy and sell stamps and stamp related materials. Rare and priceless stamps will be on display. The convention includes seminars, activities and auctions. While admission is free, registration is required. Visit to register.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: Twice a year, Washington Square Park transforms into a celebration of fine artists and craft artisans. This year’s spring show takes place May 28 to 30 and continues June 4 to 5. The sidewalk show starts at University Place, on East 13th Street and continues along Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street. Attendees can see art created in a variety of mediums from jewelry to photography to sculpture. For more information, visit