you recognize that amoeba shaped land of wonder? that’s our fair town, brooklyn. that’s us in there, coloring in the lines, running around the streets, painting the town and bringing this city to life. we are so lucky to live in a place where everything is at our fingertips. an immersive theater experience in a 478-acre cemetery? i’m dying to go. grab bag tattoos for $20? sure, where do i sign? and a fire-breathing organ played in an old sawdust factory? light my fire, baby. i’ve mapped it all out for you, right here in your weekend guide. so come with me, brooklyn. your fearless leader awaits.
El Jefe’s Nachoria Pop-Up at the Diamond, Greenpoint.
Honk NYC Street Band Festival, all over the city.
this international street band festival started on monday so don’t miss their amazing lineup this weekend. over 17 dynamic bands in all 5 boroughs, come experience some amazing artists and celebrate all that’s great about this city and being able to be outside all day without a coat on. (oh come on, stop bitching about the warmth… just get out there and enjoy it.) check out this year’s playlist on spotify and then the list of events here. see you out there, brooklyn.
Chihuly Nights at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.
your best #reasontocrosstheriverthisweekend is oh so worth it… and happens to brings you across the river and then over another, to a most exotic location in the bronx. head to the new york botanical gardens for chihuly nights, where the surreal glass sculptures of dale chiluly shatter your senses and come alive amid the backdrop of our city’s stunning gardens. this exhibition only runs through the end of the month, and trust me, it’s not something to be missed. tickets, $35 available here. 2900 south boulevard.
Fifth Anniversary Party at Widow Jane in Red Hook.
Into the Veil: an Immersive Theater Experience in Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood.
if you do anything this weekend, go do this. and you know i don’t give recommendations like that often. partnering with atlas obscura, the international authority on all things wondrous and curious, greenwood cemetery has transformed their stunning, spooky, historic grounds into a land of performance and discovery. wander through and curiously contemplate that thin line between ghost and aerialist. costumes are encouraged, as are comfortable shoes and a flashlight. cash bars will be located throughout the cemetery. this is TWO NIGHTS only. go go go go GO. tickets, $80, available here. enter through the main gate on 25th Street at 5th avenue.
Friday the 13th Flash Tattoo Special at Abuela’s, Bushwick.
Ghostbusters Screening in Battery Park, Manhattan.
increase your chances of running into bill murray this weekend by starting at 21 greenpoint, the amazing restaurant that his son homer owns, for dinner and drinks. then head across the river for the last outdoor film of the season, ghostbusters in battery park. then go somewhere and get tequila shots and see if you can’t summon him, somehow. tickets to the show here, 7-10pm, 75 battery place.
Blocktoberfest at The Well in Bushwick and Queens Beer Fest in Long Island City.
The Other Festival, Downtown Brooklyn.
Party Like It’s 1999: That’s The Way Love Goes at the Bell House, Gowanus
Fire Organ at National Sawdust in Williamsburg.
Whole Hog for a Cause at Threes Brewing, Gowanus