Summer. Is. FINALLY. Over. And there's going to be so much cool sh*t to do.
We have our sweaters and scarves and beanies unpacked.
Okay, so after this last weekend. Whatever. We are sooo excited to ride the subway in sweat-less peace. And to wear flannel. We missed flannel so much.
Usher in that Pumpkin Spice weather with a few of these cool events. Of course, it doesn't just end with the weekend. We're not turning down for sh*t. We're bumpin' all the way through next week.
But get ready for the freshness this weekend.
Friday, September 16th
Hey, remember these adorable 'grammable fish-shaped cake ice cream cones? You might not have been able to head over to Flushing, where the Japanese sweet shop Ice & Pan is located but now, to access to yummy looking treats, you only have to hit up Chinatown!
Grab a member of yo' squad (or travel in even numbers) to celebrate Taiyaki NYC's Grand Opening today, with a BOGO– yep, buy one, get one FREE– promotion.
Do it for the 'gram!
Celebrate the power of independent film; take a break from this summer's blockbusters with a few truly unique, eclectic range of films.
If you can make it to opening night, their celebrations are infamous and will feature live performances by sideshow and burlesque stars, in true Coney Island fashion. Grab tix to the opening night party here.
Their venue, the Sideshows by the Seashore theater, is home to America's last authentic 10-in-1 circus sideshow and only a block away from the boardwalk and beach. Perf date night!
Kick off your weekend and say goodbye to the summer with class at the 6th annual New York Harbor Regatta at Governors Island.
You'll spectate the races from the spectator boat at 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. then head to Governors Island Beach club for Dark 'n Stormys, an oyster bar, live reggae, and delicious specialties from NYC's top restaurants. The bash lasts from 5:00 p.m. until 10.00 p.m.
Purchase your ticket over here, the proceeds will be directly funding schools and communities working together to restore New York Harbor, and creating and supporting a diverse network of environmentally literate students.
Saturday, September 17th
On Saturday, September 17th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., we’re getting lit just like we did for Cinco de Mayo and 4th of July Weekend, and saying goodbye to summer once and for all (or until next year, at least).
We’re hitting up World Yacht’s absolute beaut, Duchess, for three hours of boozin’, cruisin’, dancin’, and incredible views.
We’re talkin’ a gorgeous three-level yacht, live DJs all night long, passed hors d’oeuvres, and, of course, an open bar courtesy of Belvedere Vodka, Bud Light, and The Hidden Sea wines.
Hors d’oeuvres. Loads of Bud Light. Dancing. Views. Yachts. Booze. Cruise. Damn straight, skippy, we’re doin’ it again! The question is, Are you in? Then get your tickets right here.
Your coffee addiction might be out of hand but at the 2nd annual Coffee Festival at the 69th Regiment Armory, it's okay, nay, it is your duty to indulge. Be free, caffiends!
Enjoy unlimited unique coffee tastings, imbibe a coffee cocktail, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas (LATTE ART, b*tches!), street nomz, and some poppin' live music.
This caffeine fueled party rages on all weekend– grab those tix here. 50% of all ticket sales will be donated to Project Waterfall with funds directly entrusted to NYC-based charity: water to support their life changing water projects in coffee growing regions.
The Vendy Awards delivers a culinary throwdown like no other, the best of the best street foods fighting for titles and bragging rights.
Your ticket gets you noms from over 25 food vendors, unlimited beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and wine from the Santa Cristina wine bar.
So if you love eating and good times, gather among thousands of others on Governors Island on September 17th from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. to dine, drink, and vote. Winners are decided by ticket holders, a panel of celebrity judges, chefs, television personalities and city officials.
One thing is for sure, and that's that you won't leave sad or hungry. Get your tickets here.
Sunday, September 18th
Is there anything better than craft beer in the fall? Well, it might not be fall juuust yet but craft beer is definitely already IN.
The 5K will kick off the day– you can run or walk, don't worry– but race at whatever pace you see fit to the festival, which will open at 12:30 for unlimited beer samples from the dozen participating breweries. Take advantage of the photobooth, lawn games, FOOD TRUCKS, and take in the live music.
Pick up tix here, 10% of their profits will be supporting City Harvest, rescuing food for New York's Hungry. You can also bring nonperishable food items to donate.
You have no excuse not to attend the largest FREE literary event in New York City.
Hang out with dozens of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, and of course, thousands of other book lovers.
Check out their full week of literary events, you're bound (leather, maybe) to find something that suits your fancy.
Showcasing Black pride in America, the African American Day parade was founded in 1968 during the Civil Rights movement. This will be the Harlem's 47th annual African American Day parade and is the most renowned African American parade in the country.
Among those marching will be community leaders, sororities/fraternities, marching bands, and dance ensembles, and more. There will be over 200 participating organizations altogether, from 12 different states.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. on 111th St. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, heads North to 136th St, then turns east to Malcolm X Boulevard.
Couldn't make it to the Renaissance Fair this year? Or wish you could go again? From 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan will be transformed into a medieval market town.
Experience authentic music, minstrels, magic, dance, jugglers, and jesters. Of course, you'll also definitely be able to score a huge turkey leg and some mead from the vendors attending. Before the festival ends, you'll also witness a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback.
You don't haaave to dress up in medieval garb, but isn't that half the fun?[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]