Winter Weekend Guide 🎼🧣

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.

Friday, 12/6

Hello Panda Festival 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens

averagesocialite #NYC 🐼 @averagesocialite is a proud partner of The Hello Panda Festival, North America’s largest lantern extravaganza! @hellopandafest is open Dec 6 - Jan 26th and features dazzling displays of lanterns sculpted into your favorite things and memorable photo opps! Enjoy the colorful creations as you sample diverse cuisine curated by The World's Fare for a truly international experience. For 30% off your ticket purchase apply promo code “3509” To buy tickets head to || #linkinbio photo: @hellopandafest #hellopandafestival #hellopandafest

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

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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

bricbrooklyn Brooklyn Poetry Slam kicks off at BRIC on Mon, Sep 23! In honor of @bkpoetryslam's 5th year, Brooklyn Poetry Slam is also offering four writing workshops beginning in November (RSVPs will open one month prior to date). This September slam will be followed by an open mic and hosted by the always amazing @mobrowne and @jivepoetic. RSVP at the link in bio and learn more at . 📸: Angelys Ocana. . #BRIC #brooklynpoetryslam #mahoganylbrowne #jivepoetic #brooklynpoetry #poetryslam #openmic #poetryopenmic

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. 

Saturday, 12/7

29Rooms 25 Kent, Brooklyn

29rooms Stepping in with a new point of view ☁️✨ Do you know the meaning behind our theme “Expand Your Reality?”⁣ ⁣ For 29Rooms #ExpandYourReality, we wanted to speak to the self-limiting beliefs we all have, and challenge you in small and large ways to step out of your comfort zone to grow and learn. ⁣ ⁣ 🖌 Pick up a paintbrush for the first time since you were a kid in ‘Make Your Mark’⁣ 🤝 Sit down and have a conversation with a stranger in ‘29 Questions’ ⁣ 📸 Step in front of the camera and allow yourself to be the star of your own show⁣ 💃 Dance your heart out in ‘Dance Break’⁣ 📝 Have the courage to tell your own story in ‘A Conversation With Your Inner Child’⁣ ➕ So much more!⁣ ⁣ Give yourself the space to play, to create, to move freely, to imagine, to dream — we’ve built this space for you and hope you can step away with at least one new idea, reflection, or point of connection with another person. ⁣ ⁣ Each year, we create a theme inspired by the topics we’re talking about at @Refinery29, and work to create a space IRL where we can reflect new and nuanced conversations. We see #29Rooms as a tasting menu of contemporary culture and hope that within our walls, you find inspiration to take up space, speak up, and create positive change in your life and the world.⁣ ⁣ 🌴 Los Angeles, there are only FIVE days left to experience 29Rooms #ExpandYourReality. 🚪There’s so much to see within our doors so text the group chat and let them know you’ve got some exploring to do! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🎨 ‘Dream Doorways’ in collaboration with @kaliuchis⁣⁣ 📷 by @mariajialingpitt

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

etty.yaniv @y_nagano master tea ceremony at the wonderful closing reception at #williamsburghistoricalsociety Williamsburg Art & Historical Center Director: Yuko Nii / This exhibition is supported through a generous donation from the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center and is funded in large part through a generous contribution from Jonah Engler Participating Artists Xiaowei Chen/ @chen_xiaowei_art Yukari Edamitsu/ @yukariedamitsu Daniel John Gadd/ @danieljohngadd Brandon Graving/ @gravitypress Samuelle Green/ @samuellegreen Vieno James/ @vieno_james Sonomi Kobayashi/ @sonomikobayashi William Norton/ @norton_william Yuki Okamoto/ @chouette_1103 Ai Ohkawara/ Marcela Silva/ Natsuki Takauji/ @natsukiuji Etty Yaniv @etty.yaniv performance by: Dirty Churches/ @dirtychurches #contemporaryart #artinstallation #traceremony #japaneseculture #japaneseteaceremony

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

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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.

Sunday, 12/8

Christmas in the Garden 43-50 Main Street, Queens

queensbotanicalgarden SAVE THE DATE: Christmas in the Garden returns, Sunday 12/8!⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #QueensBotanicalGarden #QBG #ItsinQueens #Flushing #FlushingFantastic #ChristmasintheGarden #Christmas #BotanicalGarden #Kids #Outdoors #OutdoorKids #GardenBuds #Greenkids #Santa #HolidaySeason #ChristmasSeason #YuleTide #WinterThings #holidays2019

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

oneworldprojectbk One World Project 2018-2019🌟 There was an overwhelming sense of love, gratitude, nostalgia, and excitement for what is to come! Thank you so much to everyone in our community for making this year an unforgettable one - without your love and support we wouldn't be here. Cheers to the future!💕 Abrazos!!!!♥️ #oneworldproject #owp #communityoflearners #preschool #endofyear #celebration #fun #learning #growing #brooklyn #education

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

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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.

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