Summer is almost over and we're feeling the chilly 70 degree weather like a smack in the face back to seasonal reality.
No more beach days, no more carefree life void of responsibility, back to work, back to school, back to the rest of the year.
But fret not, New Yorkers!
There's a ton of stuff going on this weekend, and plenty of reason for you to send out summer with a bang.
Here are some things to check out if you're in the city this weekend (and not still tanning in the Hampton's).
Friday, August 26th - August 28th
Each August, the New York International Fringe Festival, better known as FringeNYC, presents a variety of 200 emerging theater and dance companies from all over the globe to present and perform for 16 days in 16 venues.
The multi-arts festival has been going on all month, and it’s continuing this Friday. Some of the events feature A Microwaved Burrito Filled With E. Coli, The Fucking Problem, Amelia and her Paper Tigers, and Mrs. Schrodinger’s Cat.
The names of the companies alone should tell you how awesome each of these events will be. Check out more events here, and get tickets to as many as you can.
2. Hot Rabbit at Boots and Saddle
In case you missed it, there’s an awesome girl-centric party called Hot Rabbit that rages every Friday night at Boots and Saddle.
It’s happening again tomorrow night: grab your girlfriends and prepare yourselves for a night with featured DJs and sexy go-go dancers.
Saturday, August 27th
The Quiet Clubbing Festival is going down in Brooklyn and will feature 9 live DJ's battling for your attention, so prepare to be overwhelmed with musical possibilities and excitement.
Some cool features at the event will be face painting, LED robots, fire Twirlers, and LED Hula Dancers. And that’s only naming a few.
You’ll be greeted with a pair of Quiet Events Headphones and most likely a riot of dancing goons.
Get your tickets here today.
4. The Highland Park Outdoor Movie Theater
The Highland Park Outdoor Movie Theater is featuring the film Spirited Away this Saturday at 9 p.m. Grab some takeout from your choice of one (or three) of Highland’s many awesome restaurants and watch/eat under the stars.
Also, beer and hard cider will be served starting 7:30 p.m., so if you want to settle in a little earlier than the start of the movie, feel free.
Also, it’s free.
5. Smorgasburg - (Saturday and Sunday)
Hit up Smorgasburg this Saturday (or Sunday, or both) if you haven’t yet. Or if you have, go again.
The food is amazing and brought from a total of 100 vendors, which include Baonanas, Bon Chovie, Dough, Jalapa Jar, and Whimsy & Spice. And there are 95 more.
No tickets necessary, just head on over to the Williamsburg waterfront on an empty stomach.
Museum Hack has been offering renegade tours of the best museums of the world, under the headline “This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Museum Tour”.
Happening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pokemon Tour will include a Pokemon hunt, prizes, and connections between some of the most famous artworks in history... and Pokemon.
You can find tickets here.
The lineup will be featuring big names like Ice Cube, Flying Lotus, The Internet, Thundercat, Angel Haze, Saul Williams Benjamin Booker, Skunk Anansie, Skye & Ross from Morcheeba, Galant, SPZRKT, and many more.
For the full lineup, check here.
The multicultural event will be bringing together an array of music, acts, arts, and culture from all around the world, so be prepared to come out of this thing with a lot more than just a night of entertainment.
Get your tickets ASAP.
8. Spike Lee's Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson Party
This event has been going on in honor of MJ since his untimely death in 2009. The event will be held on the same block in Bed-Stuy where Do The Right Thing was filmed, which was renamed "Do The Right Thing Way" in August of 2015.
The party is happening from noon to 6 p.m., and while walking around you can expect to bump into Da Mayor, Coconut Sid, and Sweet Dick Willy, among others.
DJ Spinna will provide the music - mostly MJ tunes, of course.
Sunday, August 28th
9. Outdoor Movie Night: Inside Out
Another movie event. This one is Inside Out, and it’s hosted by Randall’s Island Park Alliance.
The appeal of the location almost trumps the featured film, with stunning scenery surrounding you and the stars above you.
This one’s also free, so take a few of your friends and make it a quiet but cool night out.
The MTV Video Music Awards is back for 2016. There will be music, dancing, and definitely some scandalous scenes that will go down in VMA history.
On the list to perform live: Nick Jonas, Ty Dolla $ign, G-Eazy, Rihanna, and Britney Spears.
Speaking of Britney, this will be the first time in 10 years that she returns to the VMA’s stage, and she’ll grace fans with her presence as well as her world-premiere performance of “Make Me…” ft. G-Eazy from her ninth studio album, Glory.[Feature Image Courtesy Blavity.com]