You finally made it to Friday, so you know what that means: it’s time to let loose, sleep in late and enjoy everything the city has to offer.
From film festivals and bar crawls, to talent shows, a Donald Trump-inspired art exhibit, a Clueless-themed brunch, a 60's- themed party, and a monumental women’s march, there’s all sorts of amazing things happening in the concrete jungle over the next few days.
Check out some of the awesome events you should definitely add to your weekend plans.
1. Library After Hours, Counterculture (Friday, January 19)
Immerse yourself in all things from the 1960’s with the New York Public Library’s first After Hours event of the year, Counterculture.
You’ll have a chance to see the Library’s new exhibition “You Say You Want a Revolution,” listen to a talk from exhibit curator Isaac Gewirtz, watch avant-garde and experimental 16mm films, create album cover art, and do the Twist to the best sounds of the 60’s at an epic dance party hosted by Felix Hernandez.
The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located at 476 Fifth Avenue.
2. New York Jewish Film Festival (January 10 - January 23)
The New York Jewish Film Festival is back and this year’s event includes 37 films and shorts that cover a variety of topics.
On Saturday, January 20, you can catch a screening of Across The Waters at 7 p.m., followed by a 9:30 p.m. showing of The Cakemaker. The screenings will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and feature works such as The Invisibles, A Day In Rome, The Dead Nation and the Shorts Program.
Tickets cost $15 and the film festival will take place at Walter Reade Theater located at 165 West 65th Street.
3. Runstreet Hot Chocolate Art Run (Saturday, January 20th)
If you’re looking for the perfect way to kick off your New Year’s fitness resolution, grab your running shoes and head to the Yoga Collective for a hot chocolate art run this Saturday. The leisurely, four mile run will give you the chance to view some of the best art and architecture as you jog from Flatiron to the East Village.
Plus, you’ll be able to reward your hard work with a hot chocolate afterwards. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Yoga Collective located at 135 West 29th Street and costs $25 to participate.
4. Clueless Brunch Party (Saturday, January 20th)
Throw on your favorite plaid mini skirt from Fred Segal and get ready to embrace your inner-Cher. The Midtown venue, 5th and MAD, is hosting a Clueless-themed brunch this weekend that’s sure to look like a Noxema commercial.
You can spend the afternoon gossiping with your BFFs while enjoying games, cocktails, and brunch food as the Clueless movie plays in the background. Tickets start at $40 and include a brunch entree, dessert and an hour of bottomless prosecco.
If one hour of endless booze isn’t enough, you can opt or a $75 ticket which includes a bottle of Champagne. Or you can skip the bubbles and go straight for aptly named cocktails such as the “Luke Perry” and the “Dionne.” Brunch starts at 12 p.m. and is located at 7 East 36th Street.
5. One Year Of Resistance Exhibit (January 16 - February 4)
If you like politics just as much as you like art, head to the Untitled Space in Tribeca. A new exhibit just opened that seeks to highlight the “discriminating and racist politics” of President Donald Trump. Curated by Indira Cesarine, the “One Year of Resistance” exhibit features over 80 talent artist who use art as a medium to address everything from immigration and gun control to the #MeToo movement.
Each piece will include a statement from the artists that reveals their motivation behind the artwork, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to look through the exhibit. The exhibit is in The Untitled Space located at 45 Lispenard Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Monday.
6. 2018 Women’s March on NYC (Saturday, January 20)
On Saturday, woman across the city will be hitting the streets in an effort to raise awareness for human rights issues.
Gather with your fellow ladies for a rally in Central Park at 11:30 a.m., followed by a march to generate support for women’s equality. The march will take you along Central Park West and Sixth Avenue before ending at 43rd Street.
7. 90’s Bar Crawl (Saturday, January 20)
If you’re looking for a serious dose of nostalgia, make sure to check out the 90’s-themed bar crawl going down in the city this weekend.
Meet up with your fellow 90’s babies to sip on a few drinks, sing along to your favorite Spice Girls songs, and reminisce upon the days of AIM, jelly sandals and furbies. The bar crawl costs $20 and includes a signature bar crawl cup, a free "welcome" drink at registration, drink specials, and 90s music at participating establishments.
Participating bars include Bar None, The Spotted Owl Tavern, Red Lion, and Macho's NYC. Registration will begin at 2 p.m. at Bar None, located at 98 Third Avenue.
8. The Original NYC Talent Show (Sunday, January 21)
It’s time to show the city your hidden talents.
On Sunday, the Original NYC Talent Show will be returning to The Creek And The Cave in Long Island City with an interdisciplinary open stage. Each act gets six minutes of stage time to impress the audience with anything from performance art, to music, comedy, poetry or whatever your imagination can conjure up.
If you’re act is good enough to get a reaction from the judges, you might even get a free drink. May the best act win! The event starts at 9 p.m. at Creek And The Cave located at 10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.[Feature Image Courtesy Wikimedia ]