8 Crazy Awesome Things to Do in NYC This Weekend

Who else needs this weekend more than they need oxygen, rn?

You might be exhausted, but here in NYC, there's no excuse to sit around the whole weekend, there's too much cool sh*t to do! You can sleep when you're dead, guys.

This weekend there's parties and festivals galore, as well as a couple pretty dope self-care and meditation events, for those of you who really need the down time.

Trust us, we're not judging.

Friday, August 18th

1. Quiet Clubbing Yacht Party


A quiet party might sound a bit weird, but this is NYC and nothing really makes sense half the time. If you're ready to take a break from the typical bar/party scene and try on something new, you need to check out this event coming up on Friday August 18th at Circle Line (Pier 83) at 10 p.m.


And the best part? Tickets range from $5 to $15 so you can quietly ball on a budget and be comfortable in casual clothing while doing so. This is going to be one of the best Friday night turn-ups of the summer!

2. Liberty City Anime Con 

Anime Con is coming back to NYC! The weekend of August 18th- 20th is going to be cosplay mania at the Marriott Marquee in Times Square, so if you're intrigued and want to check out this event, you should probably act soon.

You can register for tickets here, costing you about $60 for the three days, which is pretty amazing considering how much will be there. Music, panels, discussions, and around 10,000 attendees will establish this year's event as one for the books!

Saturday, August 19th

3. Flame Con


The world's largest LGBTQ Comic Con is coming back to NYC this summer at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott! The weekend of Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th will be one filled with music, cosplay, and an exclusive 18+ "Camp Fire" party on Saturday night.

The even starts around noon Saturday and ends around 6 p.m.Sunday night. Bring your energy and support for the LGBTQ community; tickets available here!

4. Dessert Goals


YAAAAS. This year's sweet celebration will be held at Dobbin Street in Williamsburg. It'll be a weekend of deliciousness, but screw the guilt. Despite what ANYONE tells you, your summer body is your everyday body, and you can enjoy yummy food sans guilt. Just sayin'.

This weekend festival features over 20 vendors selling goodies from face cookies, to cakes in a jar, to ice cream sandwiches. If you haven't gotten your ticket yet, the only remaining ones are $50 for either day, including workshop packages. Check out ticket options here, and we hope to see you at the event!

5. We're Gonna Be Allright - A SelfCare Festival

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare," so says Audre Lorde.

Who are we to argue with Audre Lorde? Head to the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn for a festive day in a relaxing atmosphere. It can be easy to forget to take care of yourself when it seems like there are so many more urgent things going on in the world.

The day's programming will include panels, lectures, a vendors market, healthy eats, massages, hair-care, a juice and smoothie bar, henna, a make-up salon, as well as several showcases demonstrating safe self and health practices, affirmations, and opportunities for a dance time. And seriously, so much more.

6. Play NYC


Are you a die hard video gamer? If so, then you might be thrilled to check out this year's gaming convention held at Terminal 5 on August 19th and 20th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Play NYC is a weekend-long celebration of gamers and creators alike, ranging from all ages and gaming interests. Tickets are available here, with GA being $25 and Devs & Pros tickets at $75. There will be over 100 developers at this convention, so make sure you check it out!

Sunday, August 20th

7. India Day Parade 

Join NYC's Indian American community in celebrating India's Independence Day!

The 37th annual India Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on 40th Street, and will conclude on 27th Street. There will also be a cultural program on 25th Street, featuring community members, food kiosks, Indian dances, and more entertainment.

8. The Big Quiet


Feeling stressed? Um, who isn't right now??

Join a couple hundred other stressed New Yorkers at this mass meditation event. They'll be congregating at Madison Square Garden for the mass meditation + gong bath (???), as well as acoustic performances.

Sounds like some seriously good vibes, we wouldn't wanna miss out!

[Feature Image Courtesy BizBash] 

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