#HeatCheck! 6 Most Incredible Things Going Down This Weekend in NYC

It's finally the weekend. PRAISE. 

And after melting our way through the week, we're super excited to...continue melting through the weekend. 

Why you gotta play us like this, summer? I mean, we know we prayed for you all winter long, but come on. 90 degree weeks?! You must be joking.

But despite weather that makes us seriously question relocating to Antarctica, we're still over the moon to greet the weekend once again.

And surprise, surprise, New York City has no shortage of incredible events going down over the next few days.

Summer is officially in full swing in The Big Apple, and we're determined to take full advantage, regardless of how much sweat has collected in places we didn't even know were capable of sweating.

Read on to discover all the dopeness you definitely don't want to miss this weekend in NYC.

Friday, July 15th

1. NY Empire State Tattoo Expo


If you've ever needed concrete proof for your mother that tattoos are actually art and not just something criminals get in prison, look no further than NYC's annual Tattoo Expo. 


The event goes down all weekend at the Hilton in Midtown, and will being together some of the country's most talented artists for three days of seminars, tattoo contests, galleries, and more. Tickets can be purchased either at the door or in advance for $30 per day.

2. The Future Is Now Sci-Fi Dance Party


Why not pull a Hannah Horvath this weekend? Grab your fav mesh tank top and your best friend and head on over to Bushwick's House of Yes for this rad sci-fi event. It's a Friday nigh baby, and you're alive. 

House of Yes describes the event as a "technologically advanced extravaganza of science, fiction, fantasy, friction and futurism." We read that as: drugs.

But hey, whatever floats your boat. 

Grab your tickets here and head on down to this epic dance party beginning at 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 16th

3. Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival


This music fest is one of the longest running and largest hop-hop cultural events in New York City. It has hosted all of our hip-hop favs; artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Afrika Bambaataa, Q-Tip, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, Lupe Fiasco, KRS ONE, and Busta Rhymes.

This year, you can look forward to catching Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kewli, Rapsody, DJ Rob Swift, and many more.

The event began July 13th and continues through July 16th at multiple venues around BK – get tix here.

4. Uncorked Wine Festival


The wildly popular and super incredible Uncorked Wine Festival, at long last, is coming to New York City this summer!

The national wine tour will be coming to the Metropolitan Pavilion Saturday, July 16th, and if you love wine, you do not want to miss out.

But this event is not just a wine tasting. It’s an all-encompassing sensory experience for wine lovers! The festival will feature over 50 wineries, more than 100 different wines to sample, a bar just for champagnin’ and campaignin’, and international wine market, a video DJ, a photo booth, and a blind tasting bar.

It’s sold out in huge American cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, and now, after basically just twiddling our thumbs on the East Coast FOREVER, the party’s finally coming to the beautiful Chelsea neighborhood! Get your tickets here!

Sunday, July 17th

5. Lazer Brunch


What if we told you we could combine your Saturday night festivities and your Sunday morning brunch into one epic event?

Yup. It’s real: it’s called Lazer Brunch.


Once a month, the Hudson Terrace Rooftop hosts this super unique event, where guests can play heart-pounding rounds of laser tag, enjoy amazing drinks, and brunch their hearts out. And all the while, take in some of the most stunning views of Manhattan.  

Sounds pretty legendary, right? Get your tickets here for the July 16th event. 

6. Jamaican Jerk Festival


This epic, annual event is known as "New York's Biggest Caribbean Food Festival" - and we're always down for a food festival. 

Come out and celebrate the city's best Caribbean cuisine, prepared through an age-old method of cooking. There'll also be a ton of incredible reggae and soul performances to enjoy while you indulge in all this deliciousness.

It all goes down this Sunday, July 17th at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

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