After the weather totally bait-and-switched us this week, we're finally back to sweater weather here in New York City. Or actually, raincoat weather until Sunday. Sigh.
Still, that's no excuse to stay in when there's sooo much fun to be had this weekend. Okay, I see how that could sound sarcastic but we're serious.
We've found a total mixed bag of parties for you to attend, whether you're in the mood for to laugh, satisfy your sweet tooth, view some art, or hit up a rager– we got you, fam.
It'll totally be worth the showers. Really. Make memories, not indents on your couch.
Speaking of memories, come start the weekend off Thursday night as we remember, honor, and raise awareness for those we know, love, and have lost to breast cancer at the Hotel Chantelle on the Lower East Side.
We've teamed up with our good friends at HOOCH and the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater NYC for an unforgettable "Paint the Town Pink" happy hour. Enjoy happy hour specials, good vibes, raffles for dope prizes, and good bites knowing that 100% of the proceeds will go to the Komen Foundation.
Oh, you like free sh*t too? Good. So do we. That's why HOOCH members get two free cocktails to start the night off. Oh, you're not a member of the cocktail subscription app that gets you one free high-end cocktail at more than 100 bars around NYC for $10 (um, less than the price of one cocktail) a month?
No worries. Download the app and use the invite code "komen," and you'll get your first month for just a buck. Oh, and they're donating that too. Download the HOOCH app here, and RSVP for the happy hour right here.
And don't forget your umbrella!
Thursday, October 20th
Mexican artist and sculptor Diego Anaya's latest exhibition, "Cenizas + Origen" (Ashes + Origin), focuses on cycles of life, death , migration, identity, belonging, and the ability we all possess to fall and rise again. His body of work explores identity, our roots, and stories that are passed down through generations.
You can attend the exhibition's opening reception at the Brooklyn Arts Fellowship Gallery at 210 24th Street in Brooklyn. It begins at 6 p.m. If you can't make it this weekend, "Cinezas + Origen" will run until November 10th.
Anaya dedicates the exhibition to all the people who are far from their motherland and dream of going back home, as well as those who stay behind or died along the way.
15,000 New Yorkers are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed in their life time. In 2016, more than ever, we know it's important for women (and men) to educate themselves about screening, treatment, and support.
We are proud to partner with HOOCH and Komen Greater NYC for a night of cocktails, apps, music, and some dope raffles– score restaurant vouchers, Beats headphones, Barry's Bootcamp classes, theater tix, and more!
For HOOCH members, there will be drink specials, apps, and two FREE cocktails. If you're still not a member of HOOCH, you can join today for $1, that will be donated, with the code "komen." We'll be at Hotel Chantelle at 92 Ludlow Street– the party runs from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
100% of the proceeds from tickets and raffles will be donated to Komen Greater NYC, grab your tickets here (it's $20 now, $30 at the door).
Friday, October 21st
It's pretty self explanatory. Beyonce. Rihanna. Nicki Minaj. DANCING.
The two resident DJs are Dame Luz and Wassup Gina and photos will be done by Poseybooth. They'll also be enforcing good vibes only, which includes no non-consensual touching or harassment of any kind, so we guess Billy Bush is gonna have to ask for a refund.
They're gonna be at Baby's All Right at 146 Broadway in Brooklyn– the doors open at midnight and you get kicked out at 4 a.m.
So snag your tix here if there are any left! There's gonna be limited quantities at the door but don't count on that. Also, heads up, this event's 21+.
Considering Netflix's Stranger Things was a total universal hit, it's no surprise that this season is filled with tribute parties.
Mingle with Stranger Things fans (and get your nostalgia fix) at Lot 45 Bushwick at 411 Troutman Street in Brooklyn– the restaurant is going to be transformed into Hawkins, Indiana with 80's music, trivia, waffles, an art show, costume prizes, Dungeons & Dragons, and more.
Also, how can you resist when a portion of the proceeds will be donated to either Variety New York or WOAR? You can buy tickets here; there are also alternate dates on Saturday and Sunday. This one's 21+ too, sorry kiddies.
This one's for you ladies! LAWL, or Ladies and Women Laughing, is a monthly comedy event hosted by comedienne, Arti Gollapudi. Every month, there is a new line-up of talented comediennes.
This Friday, the ladies performing are Jenny Nelson, Keisha Zollar, Rachel Joravsky, Nayomi Reghay, and cohosted by Erin Maloney. There will also be a cash bar.
Saturday, October 22nd
Raid your mother's closet, go thrifting, whatever, but break out the most fab 90s pantsuit you can find to show the world #ImWithHer (If you are #withher, obviously).
At 3 p.m., the marchers will meet at a yet-to-be-disclosed location in lower Manhattan and will march "in shoulder-padded unity" to FiDi, across the Brooklyn Bridge, and to the Hillary campaign headquarters. At the end of the march, they will also be donating their suits to Dress For Success.
They promise a social media buzz-worthy finale in DUMBO but it's SECRET. Don't forget to RSVP, so you can get the location when it's released!
In a city of holiday markets, we're glad that SOMEONE hasn't forgotten it's the spooky season too. Browse vendors selling witchy wares, including art, flair, vintage, soaps, jewels, and more. You can also get a tarot reading offered by Heathen Prophecies.
In addition, there will be dark delicacies and sinister sweets (food. there will be food), as well as spirits (booze). With every drink, you'll also get a raffle ticket that could win you a bunch of sh*t from all of their vendors.
Join the magic at Bat Haus, which is at 279 Starr Street in Brooklyn. The doors open at 7 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.
Sunday, October 23rd
"Wait, how is this the first dessert festival in NYC?! How has no one thought of that?" You might be asking. WE DON'T KNOW EITHER, so definitely do NOT miss Dessert Goals, the Dessert Fest of your dreams.
They'll be selling sweet treats, with an average price point of $5 per dessert, from 20 vendors. The first round-up includes Boba Guys and Baba Cool beverages like bubble tea, Hong Kong egg waffles from Wowfulls, ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery, and artisanal twinkies (um, yes pls) from Jae NYC Eats.
These guys also know our priorities, which start and end with our 'gram game. They'll be setting up a photo garden specifically for Instagram and will offer dessert photo styling workshops so you can rack up the likes.
Tickets have been going stupidly fast. Hopefully you can still get yours.
Enjoy sweets from 25 of NYC's best sweets makers– there will be artisanal macaroons, "experimental" donuts & ice cream sandwiches (what?), spiced pumpkin pies, freshly baked cupcakes & scones, truffles, chocolates, and more.
The entrance is at 100 West 77th Street and is free.
NYC's weekly Grand Bazaar, which features over 100 vendors, will also be open. They donate all their proceeds to four neighborhood public schools.[Feature Image Courtesy Guestofaguest.com]