Sup, weekend. It's been awhile. At least, it certainly feels like it.
And we're especially psyched about this weekend for two very important reasons: first of all, it's supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny for two straight days. YAS.
And secondly, tons of Pride events continue this weekend, and it seems there couldn't be a better time to come together as a community and celebrate equality.
So, bust out your best rainbow attire and get ready to celebrate NYC's LGBTQ community in true New York fashion.
There's also tons of other amazing stuff going down over the next few days, from food festivals to museum exhibits to film screenings.
Read on to discover our roundup of this weekend's dopest events, and cheers to the freakin' weekend.
Friday, June 24th
1. Nitehawk 5th Anniversary
Nitehawk Cinema has been providing Brooklyn with the ultimate dinner and a movie experience for the past five years, and this weekend marks their anniversary.
In honor of 5 years in BK, they'll be showing Drive, one of the first films they played and one of their most popular.
The drink special for the screening will be, appropriately, The Driver, a favorite which hasn't left the Nitehawk menu since 2012.
Get your tickets for this weekend's event here! The film will be showing Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th. But Friday is their actual birthday! What does that mean? It means free tots! All day long! SOLD.
2. Brooklyn Eats
It's a hipster's dream come true!
The annual celebration of Brooklyn-made food and drink is back and better than ever. Not oly is it an opportunity to bust our your best plaids, it's also a great way to support local businesses and manufacturers.
Buyers, distributors, representatives from hospitality companies and, of course, consumers are welcome at this all day festival going down at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Attendees can grab tickets at the door for just $10.
3. MetFridays series
This week's MetFriday celebrates Pride, and features performances by the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, poetry readings by Janani Balasubramanian of DarkMatter, Love Heals! Silent Dance Party, and much more.
All activities are free with museum admission - get more info here.
Saturday, June 25th
Celebrate Pride with the weekend's "Unofficial LGBTQ Comedy Festival."
Friday, June 24th through Sunday, June 26th will be jam packed with improv, sketch comedy, drag, storytelling, solo shows, musical acts, screening, panels, full-length musicals, and more.
It's all going down at the PIT theater - see the full schedule and get your passes here!
5. North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival
100+ Long Island wines? Specialty foods? A day trip out of NYC? Yup, sounds like the perfect weekend adventure.
Grab your friends and take a journey out to the beautiful vineyards of Long Island for this incredible event where you'll be able to taste and purchase some of the areas best wines.
Tickets available here!
6. Cheesemonger Invitational
To quote Jerry McGuire, "You had me at cheese."
Which is precisely our reaction to this weekend's Cheesemonger Invitational taking place in Long Island City. It's described as the "Fight Club meets Wrestlemania of cheese," so we are completely on board.
Basically, you'll get to taste hundreds of cheeses from the world's best cheese makers, which is the kind of activities we imagine is waiting for us beyond the gates of heaven.
Get tickets here, but perhaps don't take anyone you're romantically interested in. #gassy
7. Ziggy Marley @ Coney Island Boardwalk
Yes, he's the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, and he probably did't approve of that Snapchat filter either.
He's also an incredibly talented musician and 5-time Grammy award winner, and will be playing the brand spankin' new Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boarwalk this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets here!
Sunday, June 26th
8. Del Close Marathon
Get ready to improv your weekend. (#puns)
The annual Del Close Marathon is the largest improv festival in the world, and includes three days of continuous performances, panels, and parties.
Over 600 shows will take place in 7 different venues with performers from all over the world taking part. Needless to say, it's a pretty epic event that shouldn't be missed.
Grab your passes here!
9. The Taming of the Shrew @ The Delacorte Theatre
Every summer, The Public Theater offers a series of free Shakespeare performances at the Delacorte Theatre. It's a super rad opportunity to see some incredible actors perform unique takes on Billy Shakes' best known works, all amongst the beauty of Central Park.
Their current show, an all female production of The Taming of the Shrew, closes this Sunday and is certainly not one to be missed.
Tickets can be acquired through the lottery system, or by waiting in line for tickets the day of the performance.
10. PrideFest Fair
PrideFest is going into its 23rd year in NYC! This annual street fair (taking place on Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street) combines vendors, entertainers, and other activities for a celebration in the name of equality.
Not only does PrideFest bring New Yorkers together, it also attracts thousands of out of town visitors for a one of a kind event - and attendance is totally free.
11. Manhattan - The March