Because This Rain & Cold Can Go to Hell: 8 Best Things Going Down This Weekend in NYC

Welcome to May, New Yorkers! 

Though we're kind of sure that springtime for got how to spring, we're hoping that this rain clears up and we can finally soak up some vitamin D. 

Whether or not this rainy weather continues, we're preppin' for an incredible first weekend of the month, including spending most of it celebrating our beautiful mothers who spent hours in painful labor to make us humans. 

How are we celebrating this Mother's day weekend?

Here are the seriously dope events happening this weekend in NYC. 

Thursday, May 5th

Cinco de Mayo 


Grab your favorite tequilas and get ready for an overload on chips and guacamole, because this Thursday marks Cinco de Mayo (or the fifth of May). 


How are we celebrating? We're spending it on a two-hour, open-bar, booze cruise on New York Harbor. If you missed out on your ticket (we're sold out!), spend Cinco de Mayo drinking some of these margaritas or chowing down on some guacamole from these hotspots. 

Saturday, May 7th

Kentucky Derby


This Saturday, pull out your most ridiculous, pretentious hat, and get ready to park yourself in front of the TV or at the bar, sipping on a mint julep before screaming at the TV because your bet $100 on a losing horse to place. 

The race kicks off around 6:34 p.m. on NBC. 

Five Boro Craft Beer Festival (272 Meserole Street - Brooklyn)

If you like beer, you cannot miss this incredible beer festival happening on Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Well in Brooklyn. Your ticket will get you unlimited 2 oz. tastings from more than 40 different breweries, including local and nationwide favorites.


You'll also have access to live music by Rusty Cannons and Stolen Rhodes, and will be given a 5 oz. tasting glass for you to take home. Don't miss out on this awesome selection of brewers. 

Spring Wine Festival (7 West 51st Street)

This Saturday, head to NYY Steak for three hours of wine tasting, with samples of over 150 wines. The NYC Spring Wine Festival will also include light nibbles, including an artisan food sampling. 

Still not enough? Sip your samples as you are serenaded by the Brazilian Jazz Journey, a group combining traditional jazz staples and Brazilian favorites. 

Mother's Day Good Music Festival (Barclays Center)


Want to celebrate Mother's Day with some seriously excellent music? Get to the Barclays Center on May 7th at 8 p.m. for performances from some R&B superstars like Keyshia Cole, Monica, Tank, Ginuwine, Joe and Avant. 


Whether or not you bring Mom is your own prerogative, but we're pretty sure your mother will enjoy spending an evening with you at this event. Grab your tickets here

Friday, May 6th to Sunday May 8th

America's Cup (230 Vesey Street)

For the first time in almost 100 years, America's Cup will be hitting the waters of the New York Harbor. Head to Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza to check out the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York Event Village, which will be complete with entertainment, food, drinks, and views of the race.

This year, six teams will be competing from the USA, New Zealand, Great Britain, Sweden, Japan, and France. Over the course of the weekend, the sailors will reach speeds of 60 mph, as they race in different events to win their spot in the 2017 finals.

Saturday May 7th to Sunday May 8th

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival (125 West 18th Street)


Remember when your mother would always tell you to eat your veggies? Well, this weekend is the best time to show her you were listening. If she's a strict herbivore, snag tickets to the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival going down at the Metropolitan Pavilion between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 


You'll be able to nosh on delicious vegetarian and vegan snacks, engage with other fellow herbivores, or listen to speakers about the vegetarian lifestyle. 

Sunday, May 8th

Japan Day @ Central Park


This Sunday marks the 10th Annual Japan Day @ Central Park with a celebration of Japanese culture from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. throughout Central Park. 

Whether you're interested in checking out performances of Japanese Taiko Drumming, Okinawan Dance, Bon Odori, or a karate demonstration, this event will have something for everyone. Best part? It's free. 

Check out 14 Absolutely Can't Miss Events Going Down This May in NYC.

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