Get Outside, New Yorkers: 7 Things You Simply Must Do This Weekend in NYC

Congrats, New Yorkers! You've finally made it to another beautiful spring weekend.

This city is bumpin' with some intensely awesome events that you just have to get involved with before the dreaded Monday rolls around again. 

Whether you're spending your weekend outside noshing on unique foods, or checking out the moves of talented break dancers, you're bound to have an incredible time. 

So instead of lounging inside, wasting your life away watching reruns of Friends, hit the streets and enjoy everything this incredible city has to offer.

Now here's what's going down this weekend. 

Friday, May 13th 

Pussy Control: A Burlesque Tribute to Prince (1208 Surf Avenue - Brooklyn)

So let's start the weekend off the right way by celebrating the life of a musical great with... a burlesque show? Sounds about right. Beginning at 10 p.m., "Pussy Control" will be putting on a one of a kind performance to honor a one of a kind performer. 


Artists will be decked out in diamonds and pearls performing aerial, fire, and burlesque stunts that would have captured Prince's unique heart. Best part yet? The proceeds from the night's raffle will go to Harmony Program, a group dedicated to providing musical education to under-served schools. 

Saturday, May 14th

Texas Chili Cook-off (Pier 84)


The annual Texas Chili Cook-off hosted by Texas Exes is finally upon us. Over 20 amateur teams will be providing you with a taste of their chili, while simultaneously raising money for the Texas Exes - New York Chapter Scholarship Fund to help support NYC students attending University of Texas at Austin. 

The event will be going down from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Pier 84, rain or shine. After you've tasted the best chili NYC has to offer, head to El Original  for the after party, with specials on Miller Lights, Margaritas, and the Texas two-step (a Tecate and a shot of tequila). 

Queens Beer Week Kick-Off Party (LIC Landing, 52-10 Center Blvd - Queens)

This weekend, head to LIC Landing for the Third Annual Queens Beer Week kick off party, celebrating the incredible breweries, food, and talent in Queens. 


From 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., breweries like Iconyc, Bridge and Tunnel, LIC Beer Project, and many more will be serving up their very best. There will even be four special collaboration beers that will only be available during this years' beer fest. 

Sunday, May 15th 

World Bboy Battle Breakdancing Finals (Tribeca Performing Arts Center)


Want to see some of the absolute best breakdancers in New York City? Check out the WBB2 Extreme Breakdancing Championship Finals on Sunday, May 15th from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

The best of the best will be putting on performances of a lifetime, with $3,000 on the line for the top dog. 


Bayfest (Emmons Avenue from East 27th Street to Ocean Avenue - Brooklyn)


This weekend, head to Emmons Avenue for Bayfest: an incredible free event complete with live bands, performers, booths from local organizations, and a heck of a lot of fun outdoors. 


It's pretty much the block party that the original old-school Brooklyn (aka, non-hipster-invadors) put on, celebrating everything that Brooklyn has to offer. Plus, it's right along the waterfront, so you're guaranteed an excellent view.

Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th

Bayou in Brooklyn (various locations)

Want to spend the weekend boogying down to some music that will take you to the Bayou? Head to Brooklyn for a true Cajun jam at the Bayou in Brooklyn music festival. 

Whether you're interested in learning how to play the Bass, make your voice twang like a true country singer, nosh on some jambalaya, or merely dance to some incredible musicians, you're sure to have an unbeatable time all weekend long. 

Saturday, May 14th to Sunday May 15th

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival (Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Streets)


This weekend, the Ninth Avenue Association is putting on their annual Ninth Avenue International Food festival, the oldest and largest continuing food festival in NYC, to highlight the community and the tasty food it has to offer. 


Whether you're in the mood for some Mexican, Thai, Indian, Italian, or just some good ole BBQ, head to Ninth Street for a deliciously good weekend. 

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