It's About to Be Official: 7 Best Things to Do This First Spring Weekend in NYC

You know you're an adult when you cant go frolicking through Irish pubs on Saint Patrick's Day because you have work tomorrow. 

However, you don't have to worry about that on Friday or Saturday nights, so it's time to get the postponed weekend celebration on!

This weekend marks the beginning of spring, and while we may or may not see some snow amongst the blooming trees and flowers, we're sure to have a killer weekend to usher in the new season. 

So just what are our plans? 

Here are some 7 of the best things going down in NYC this weekend.

Thursday, March 17th 

Queens World Film Festival (various locations)


The Sixth Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) is happening right now until this Sunday, showing films from all over the world. 

The QWFF will screen 80 to 100 films, including a post-screening discussion to develop dialogue amongst the audience. 


Some of the films being shown include A Box Came to Brooklyn, Saving Jamaica Bay, King Candy, Unhappy Endings, and The Last Taxi Driver

Friday, March 18th 

The Met Breuer Opening Weekend (945 Madison Avenue)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is expanding to include the landmark building that one housed the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to their move to the High Line. However, the Whitney still owns the location of the new Met Breuer location. 

The Met Breuer is set to open this weekend beginning Friday, March 18th with a series of special programs at all of their three locations. 

The landmark building, designed by Marcel Breuer, will house exhibitions, performances, residencies, and educational initiatives, including everything ranging from dances to lectures. 

Saturday, March 19th

Magnises 2 Year Anniversary Party (637 West 50th Street)

Have you heard about the coolest social community in NYC? Well, it's called Magnises, and they're throwing a crazy 2 Year Anniversary Party at Space Ibiza

What do we mean by crazy party? Well, we'd say that performances by Ace Hood, Ja Rule, and Cam'ron fall under that description to start. 


When you add in the fact that it's presented by Budweiser and Space IbizaNY, you know you're going to have a killer time. 

Black Party (1260 Atlantic Avenue - Brooklyn)


If you're looking for one of the biggest gay dance parties in the world, look no further than the Black Party, happening right here in NYC. 

The Black Party is considered one of the longest running, most attended gay dance parties with superstar DJs, tons of performers, and incredible live acts. 


Shamrock Stroll St. Paddy's Pub Crawl NYC (various locations) 


Saint Patrick's Day might end on Thursday, but that doesn't mean the party's over. 

Keep that leprechaun hat out for's "Shamrock Stroll St. Paddy's Pub Crawl" happening this Saturday at various bars in Manhattan.


This crawl allows you to pay a set price and receive drink specials at several participating bars, without the need to follow a set route, though the bars will serve specials at different times of the day. 

Sunday, March 20th

Luna Park (1000 Surf Avenue - Brooklyn)


Did you know that Sunday marks the first day of spring? More importantly, it marks the opening day of Luna Park at Coney Island. Now you can ride on a refurbished Cyclone or eat a "Cyclone Burger" from the Cyclone Café

If you're one of the first guests at Luna Park, you'll get an egg cream from Brooklyn Seltzer Boys

Once you're done with the food and rides, go and meet Mr. Met (among other local elected officials) attending their opening day. You'll also be able to tryout their new Platinum Wristband program to ride Luna Park's rides at a discounted rate. 

See you there this Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for egg creams and a ride on the Cyclone?

Macaron Day (various locations)


Sometimes NYC can be expensive... did we say sometimes? We meant to say an overwhelming amount of times. Macaron Day, however, is not one of those times. 

Sunday is National Macaron Day, and the best way to celebrate the holiday is by participating in Macaron Day 2016. It's when pastry chefs and confectioners open their doors and offer a free macaron to any patron who mentions the holiday, while a portion of other proceeds goes towards City Harvest. 


It's also the day where Francois Payard will unveil his macaronut, aka the most delicious culinary creation of the year thus far (yep, even more so than the everything doughnut). Which stores are participating? Check out this map to plan your route of free confectionary perfection. 

Check out 8 Must-Do Things to Cross Off Your Bucket List This Spring in Brooklyn.

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