The first 5 days after the weekend are always the hardest.
The struggle is real.
But the weekend is almost upon us and ya'll know what that means... It's time to stop thinking and start drinking!
BTW, if you're tired of being hungover on Saturday and losing the weekend, we have your solution.
Start drinking on Thursday, duh!
Thursday, April 27th
1. Transmitter X Toby's Beer + Coffee Night (64B Lafayette Ave)
For only $5, you'll be able to sample different flavors of beers and coffee at Baba Cool cafe. Not to mention the conversations about brewing that'll also be taking place.
2. The SS Columbia Project at the Frying Pan (Pier 66 (Hudson River at West 26th Street))
The SS Columbia Project is a 501c3 that's restoring the 115-year-old National Historic Landmark steamboat Columbia. Once in service, the boat is expected to be a new cultural venue on the Hudson River – a platform for arts, education, and entertainment that reconnects New York City to the Hudson River cities and towns.
The launch party is going down from 6-8pm. Tickets are only $35 and include snacks and your first drink. You can snag your tix here.
3. #UptownForever (735 Saint Nicholas Avenue)
Nothing beats that 59th to 125th jump on an express A, amirite? #UptownForever.
Head on up to this basement party for all the rum punch you can drink, hookah specials, and some extra groovy hip-hop and soca vibes via Rodney Hazard, Silky Black, Granddru and Special Guests. Bring a friend (or 5) and RSVP here.
Friday, April 28th
4. The 9th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival (157 Montague St)
Folk music has been around for quite some time. Since the 1950s to be exact. And for good reason.
Take the train into Brooklyn this weekend to find out why. All weekend the festival will feature over 40 bands, film screenings, and a world famous banjo toss contest. Buy your passes here.
5. That BIG 80s Party (61 Wythe Avenue)
The 80s were f*cking gnarly. If you don't agree, you can eat my shorts!
I may be a 90s kid, but I'm seriously hoping for the revival of one of the raddest decades I missed out on. While I wait for that to happen, I'll be living vicariously through the DJs and music blasting at That BIG 80s Party this weekend. See ya there!
Saturday, April 29th
6. Sakura Matsuri (990 Washington Ave)
Sakura season is finally upon us! For those of you who don't know, Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms. Every year, the blooming of cherry blossoms in both Japan and NYC signal the beginning of Spring and warm-weather activities.
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has an entire line up of events going down this weekend. From martial arts demonstrations to live musical performances, this year's Sakura Matsuri weekend surely won't disappoint.
7. New York City's Bacon and Beer Classic (123-01 Roosevelt Ave)
Okay, who came up with this one? And are they single?
Combining two of this city's favorites, the New York City Bacon and Beer Classic is not one to be missed. General admission tickets get you 3 hours of unlimited bacon and beer samples, a souvenir glass, access to games, music, and more. The action goes down this weekend at Citi Field.
8. #TheDraperSpace 2-year Anniversary Celebration (175 Walnut Ave)
We're celebrating two years of #TheDraperSpace this Saturday. What is #TheDraperSpace you ask? It's a studio owned by and displaying the art of Ronald A. Draper, a message-driven, mixed-medium artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York.
The event starts at 5pm and ends at 10pm. Draper will be unveiling a new collaborative series. As the saying goes, #ArtNeverDies.
9. Queens Night Market - 2017 Sneak Preview (47-01 111th St)
"The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens."
AKA it's a dope nighttime flea market of sorts, complete with food and shows. The actual market will be opening May 6th but this Saturday you'll have a chance to get a sneak peek. Tickets are only $5 and you can find them here.
10. The New Amsterdam Festival (1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, NY)
Get ready folks, it's officially festival season. This weekend, the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and our fave party animals, House of Yes, are celebrating Dutch culture and ushering in spring with a free, two-day open-air extravaganza.
There's gonna be a local artisan market, live music, circus performances, food trucks, a Heineken beer garden, and more. Some of the family-friendly fun also includes interactive art, live painting, hula hooping, lawn games like bocce & cornhole, as well as a game of human foosball– not sure what that would entail, but we're in.
Like we said, this shindig is free, but they ask for a suggested donation of just $2 that will go towards the preservation of the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, which is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in NYC.
Sunday, April 30th
11. NYC Artisan Bazaar (100 West 77th Street)
Head over to the Upper West Side this Sunday for an artisanal bazaar that'll be sure to knock your socks off.
Vendors will be selling a variety of products including handmade jewelry, paintings and pottery to clothing, leather products, home décor and more. With over 70 vendors, there is something for everyone, guaranteed.
12. Love Parade NYC (5 Union Square E)
Now more than ever, New Yorkers need to spread the love. And what better way than capturing those vibes in a parade?
This Sunday's Love Parade NYC combines of random acts of kindness with activism. Activists will meet at Union Square and march to the High Line. Make sure you don't miss out on the love-filled afterparty![Feature Image Courtesy Bacon and Beer Classic]