As we shift into a new season, the impulse to retreat into bed to binge-watch television creeps in but you don't have to give in! Instead, get on your warmest boots and a snazzy scarf to prepare for your weekend out and about. Try one of the many social and satisfying events in our guide to make the best of your weekend.
Hello Panda Festival 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens
This event deserves the spotlight, bringing well-needed shine to New York's winter season. The Hello Panda festival is a light show full of 120 amazing and slightly gigantic art installations made of glimmering LED lights. The visual is one that everyone must experience, only possible when walking through the transportive art universe that features animal sculptures, renowned food carts, an art gallery, and drinks vendors.
Twisted Cocktail Experience at the Adult Candy Shop 66 Greenwich Ave, Manhattan
Why visit a bar when you can immerse yourself in a new holiday cocktail instead? Smith & Sinclair will be hosting a Twisted Cocktail Experience at Adult Candy Shop where visitors will smell, sip, lick and eat their drinks. Yes, it's as wacky as it sounds and will also include samples of alcoholic candy, color-changing drinks and more.
14th Annual Holiday Party: Ugly Sweater & Game Night Edition 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
It's not your regular holiday party and it's happening at the BRIC in Brooklyn. As an epicenter for the arts, creators and community movements, the BRIC is hosting this inclusive feel-good event like no other. There will be live music, tons of games, delicious food and of course an ugly sweater competition.
29Rooms 25 Kent, Brooklyn
29Rooms New York is here to widen our minds with their theme "Expand Your Reality". The work of art consists of different rooms that involve fixtures, decor, and content relating to self-limiting beliefs. The goal of the exhibit is to remind visitors of their agency and freedom in life.
Japanese Tea Ceremony 135 Broadway, Brooklyn
The Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center offers a close look at the well-preserved tradition of tea preparation and setting. The 800-year-old history of Japanese Tea is considered a refined art form, elevated for the grace and quality of not only the perfect leaf but the experience surrounding it. The ceremonial form of tea-making known as koicha with be shared with viewers by Tea Master, Yoshitsugu Nagano.
Tomatoland Pop-up 484 Broome Street, Manhattan
We wish this was easier to explain but Tomatoland is exactly what it sounds like, a world as experienced by tomatoes. The immersive experience features props like a giant bun that ticket holders can lay on and other hilarious setups. This is an experience sure to bring you some laughs and unique photos.
Christmas in the Garden 43-50 Main Street, Queens
Enjoy traditional holiday tunes, live performances, arts and crafts activities and the sale of natural products like raw honey at the Queens Botanical Garden this weekend. Visitors can also roam the entirety of the garden, crossing small bridges, walking through flowers and other picturesque features. There will be a tree lighting to view as well.
OWP Waffles & Beats Benefit 302 Vanderbilt Street, Brooklyn
The One World Project is focused on community unity, education, discussion, and diversity. Their Waffles & Beats Benefit will instruct attendees on the instrument making while dining on waffles and singing in a group. The experience is a calm, creative and refreshing way to spend a Sunday morning.
africaboutik Holiday Market 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Museum will host tons of handmade artisan items from africaboutik this weekend. Shop from bags, tapestries, jewelry, and other unique pieces. The modern interior design brand creates stylish fashion and home decor in vibrant patterns and colors.