Weather Be Damned! 7 Best Things to Do in NYC to Make This Weekend Incredible

Is it just us, or does it feel like this week is crawling by?

Fear not; you've officially made it past hump day, drank your way through Thirsty Thursday, and the weekend is almost here.

And even better, there's tons of amazing stuff happening around New York City this weekend for you to take advantage of. 

From flea markets, to volunteer opportunities, to music festivals, there's no excuse for you to sit around all weekend surfing Netflix (despite how tempting that might be). 

Of course, make sure you check out the weather before you make a real plan. Mother Nature's drunk off her ass and we're not sure what's going to happen. 

Check out what's coming up this weekend in NYC. 

Friday, April 8th 

1. Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show (125 West 18th Street)


We all know that NYC has some of the best shopping in the world, but if you can't afford to frequent NYC stores like Barney's or Bergdorf's on the reg (uh,  or ever...), vintage shopping is a great option. 

What's better than scoring some sweet clothing and accessories that are not only coming back in style, but that are also totally unique? 


The annual Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show will be host to over 80 top vintage exhibitors, with additional events like live music. 

So head on over if you're itching for some new attire. Maybe you'll even find someone's mom's skirt fro the 80s. (#meangirlsref) Purchase tickets here!

2. Brooklyn College's MFA Open Studios (2900 Bedford Avenue) 


What's the only thing better than art?

Free art. And what better time to get in touch with your artistic side than this upcoming weekend?

Thanks to Brooklyn College's annual event, visitors are able to view the studios of 29 MFA students and get a sneak peek of their work, totally free of charge!

You'll also have the opportunity to discuss what you see with students and faculty, so make sure to bring along your arsenal of fancy terms from your college Art History course so you sound extra cultured. 

Saturday, April 9th

3. New York City BBQ Cook Off 


The New York City BBQ Cook Off, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9th will be every bit incredible as it sounds.

There will be barbecue from the contestants for you to indulge in. There will be live entertainment, and there will be amazing waterfront views.


Plus, it’s all going down in Staten Island at Historic Richmond Town. Which means it’s your perfect shot to ride that Staten Island Ferry. Incredible river views and incredible barbecued food?

Yes, Springtime really does taste good. Get your tickets here.

4. Tartan Day Parade (6th Avenue from West 45th Street to West 55th Street)

Wouldn't it be nice to listen to someone play the bagpipes in the appropriate setting, instead of by the dude who insists on playing them in a teensy subway station, much to your eardrums' dismay?

Well, you'll be able to experience this and much more Scottish culture at the annual Tartan Day Parade.

There will be no shortage of bagpipes, traditional costume, and Scottish pride marching up 6th Avenue.

The event is free of charge, but make sure to line up early if you want to catch the parade in action! 


5. Bushwick Flea (52 Wyckoff Avenue)



Is there anything better than a NYC flea market in the spring?

We don't think so.


There will undoubtedly be tons of cool stuff to snag at the Bushwick Flea, from clothes and jewelry to home goods. 

You can also catch a bunch of vendors from the well-known-and-loved Brooklyn Flea, so don't miss out!

Sunday, April 10th

6. Good Deeds Day (Herald Square)

Who said that the weekends can't be able doing a little good, too?

By all means, enjoy your Sunday brunch, but afterwards, head on over to Herald Square for the annual Good Deeds Day.

There will be tons of organizations there and so many different ways to participate; from sorting food donations to writing letters to senior citizens.

The event also occurring across 70 countries throughout the world, so you'll be contributing alongside thousands of other do-gooders, which is pretty freakin' awesome. 

7. Brooklyn Folk Festival (157 Montague Street)


If you can't make it out to The Avett Brothers at MSG on Friday night, it's okay. Stop crying. Drown out your sorrows with tons of bluegrass and folk music at the Brooklyn Folk Festival.


Not only will you be able to jam out to some traditional tunes, you'll also be able to take classes and participate on the Banjo Toss contest (yep, you heard that correctly). 

Get your tickets here!

Check out 12 Can't-Miss Events Going Down This April in NYC. 

[Feature Image Courtesy SI Live] 

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