8 Super Dope Things Happening in NYC This Weekend

As much as we hate to be the bearers of bad news, as September commences, there is no telling for sure how many weekends of this beautiful summer weather we have left.

Better take advantage and squeeze in all the outdoor events we can. 

And you'll be happy to know that there is actually quite a lot going on this weekend. 

From relaxing mindfulness festivals to 90s throwback raves, (depending on your mood). We've taken the liberty of narrowing it down to some suggestions.  


Friday, September 8th

1.Coney Island Film Festival 

Check out the 17th Annual Coney Island Film Festival! For years, this event has brought the community of Coney Island, and throughout NYC together in celebration of independent film and culture. Here, filmmakers can meet, collaborate, and enjoy a weekend that is both enjoyable and inspiring, as well as being a major annual contribution to the local economy. 

ALL proceeds from the weekend contribute to Coney Island USA, a nonprofit organization protecting American pop culture.

The festival starts Friday night at 7:30 and continues into Sunday. Here you can check out the schedule for the weekend, as well as the five different ticket options.

2. Accomplice


So, this is interesting. Accomplice is an interactive, collaborative theater that makes you a part of the show, in various locations around the city. If you're looking for an unpredictable and exciting adventure to shake things up from your daily weekend routine, this sounds like something that may interest you. 

You can participate in various areas throughout NYC, in different shows with different storylines and objectives. With your accomplice group (a group of 10-15), you'll solve puzzles and mysteries, with a few stops for food and drinks along the way. 

The New York Times even took on Accomplice, and gave it a rave review, claiming the experience was "like being in the middle of the Michael Douglas movie 'The Game'." Not sure how I feel about that description.

As far as what exactly it is the outing entails, we cannot be sure. So you'll have to find out for yourself!

Tickets and different show options here

Saturday, September 9th

3. NYC Pizza Fest @ Flushing Ave, Brooklyn


For many of you, this shouldn't take much convincing. There is in fact a pizza festival coming to Flushing Ave, Brooklyn this Saturday. With an endless array of pizzas incorporating every topping imaginable from pepperoni to black olives. Rumor has it there will also be a number of experimental combos!

Interested? Grab tickets here (all attendees must be 21 and over)!

4. Party like its 1999 @ The Bell House, Gowanus


So this one isn't outdoors, though it's just too good to ignore. Check out this 90s throwback dance party, incorporating performances celebrating the best pop, rock, hip-hop and dance hits of the 90s. Most notably on this occasion, the 20 year anniversary from when Aqua's debut album, Aquarium was released on September 9th, 1997. 

You must be 21 and over to get tickets, but on the plus side, it's free! More info here

5. Washington Sq. Outdoor Art Exhibit


Head over to Washington Sq. Park this weekend, as fine artists and craftsmen gather from around the world showcasing their work. The bi-annual event, following in the footsteps of famous artists; Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, has been cherished by the community as a celebration of both local and worldwide artistic culture. 

Whether you're an avid art collector or simply a tourist looking to explore the city, the exhibit will have something for everyone! More info on their site.  

6. Smorgasburg


And the beloved Smorgasburg continues for yet another weekend, thank god. The massive delicious food market, as you probably already know, is open every Saturday and Sunday, April through October. 


So luckily, you've got plenty of time to make an appearance and see for yourself what everyone has been raving about. Make sure you get there as much as possible while the summer weather fades out! 

7. Hester Street Fair


Because we can never have enough flea markets, Hester Street Fair will host a Saturday Market, incorporating the best artisanal fashion, art, jewelry, music, and food that NYC has to offer. Last years event brought in around 350,000 visitors!

Sunday, September 10th

8. Wanderlust Brooklyn @ Prospect Park

Wanderlust Brooklyn is the only 'Mindfulness Triathlon' in the world, an entire day in massive celebration of fitness and healthy living. The day begins with a 5K run, followed by guided meditation and yoga classes from nationally recognized instructors. And all this at our favorite spot, Prospect Park.  

Tickets are $59 if you're looking to kick-start your day with the 5K at 7:30 am, which includes a complimentary yoga mat as well as a tote filled with $200 worth of gifts! OR if you're in it for a chill day of meditation and yoga on the park lawn, it is completely free! Register here.

[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] 

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