Not enough time in the week to hang out with friends?
Trying to fit all the fun into the weekend?
Here are some ways to make sure you have enough fun this weekend to make it through the week!
Friday, August 17th
The Big Lebowski Drinking Game (308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn @ 11:59 PM)
Had a rough week like The Dude? Well come sip and watch The Big Lebowski! With a full game provided by the bar, you won’t have to struggle with your friends a create and remember rules.
Sit back and get drunk with people who share your taste in odd cult classics. Grab a White Russian mixed drink, have fun, and remember, The Dude abides.
CAKE & Ben Folds Live (1 Tennis Pl, Forest Hills @ 4:30 PM)
If you’re in the mood to sway your week’s troubles away, a concert is just your thing. CAKE from California is tapped into a few different styles and influences while Ben Folds has been creating and producing music for years. Alternative rock styles with swanky beats, the calming upbeat tones here may be just what you’re looking for. Both bands are used to playing live shows and cater to the fans showing up to jam out.
Free Comedy Show (The Gaf West, 401 West 48th St @ 8:30 PM)
Some say laughter is the best medicine, and who can argue with free? Register for free tickets through Eventbrite. There’s plenty of drinks to be bought at The Gaf’s bar, a welcoming environment that’s meant to add just the right touch of home.
Comics that have appeared on Conan, Fallon, MTV, Comedy Central and more are ready to make sure your weekend starts off right.
Liberty City Anime Con (1535 Broadway, Manhattan)
If you’re a fan of anime or Japanese culture, here’s the event for you. Starting Friday and lasting through the weekend, the Liberty City Anime Con is a great spot to get new merch, see some cool cosplay and just have a fun time!
If you’re a casual watcher of anime, there’s no need to be intimidated; there’s something fun for everyone. There's a cosplay contest, video games, and an artist alley to grab some seriously cool sketches and even meet some of your favorite artists. If you’re looking for something more high class, the Magic 8 Ball is here, providing swing, Waltzes and lots of other dances. Don’t forget to dress nice!
Find your Dragon Ball Z shirt and get going!
Saturday, August 18th
SoleExchange (72 Noble Street, Brooklyn @ 12 PM)
Have you been eyeing a pair of sneakers that you missed out on? Got a pair that you want to trade in? Even if you’re just into shoes and the culture around them, SoleExchange is the place to be this weekend.
Hosted by the up and coming New York rapper Jay Critch, SoleExchange is the perfect place to cop all the latest sneakers and even make some extra cash selling your old ones. Opportunities to meet YouTube stars and rappers, this will be a hot place to be this weekend.
Passport to the World (The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx @ 10 AM)
Animals always seem to bring out the best in us, so give some exotic ones a chance! Passport to the World at the Bronx Zoo takes you around the world to learn about the different climates and habitats, all without ever leaving the tristate.
Catch musical performances, storytelling, and of course, the animals. Maybe even feel like a kid again and join in on the crafts.
Shakespeare in the Park (Central Park, 69th Street and 5th Ave, Manhattan @ 5 PM)
Always free and always fun, Shakespeare in the Park is a great evening activity no matter who you’re hanging out with. It's classy and entertaining, not to mention there’s a bar. If you’re looking to elevate your weekend plans from dive bar to something a little more upscale, this event will definitely do the trick.
This is the last weekend for it, but that’s ok! You’re just in time to go and see Twelfth Night, a Shakespeare classic.
Kayaking (Pier 101, Governor’s Island @ 11 AM)
Thought you’d never go kayaking in NYC?
Well, how about for free?
Downtown Boathouse has kayaking lessons and it’s free on Saturday. Skip the gym, and catch a little outdoor work out without leaving the comfort of the urban environment. Careful though, it’s a lot more difficult than it seems.
Sunday, August 19th
New York Cocktail Expo Melrose Ballroom (36-08 33rd St, Queens @ 2 PM)
If you need more of a reason to drink, this is it. Bartenders from all over bring their unique skills to one convention to share in their love of liquor.
Taste the different drinks as bartenders compete to make you the world’s best cocktail.
India Day Parade Madison Avenue @ 12 PM
Traveling down Madison Avenue to Madison square park, bright floats are everywhere, and you can be sure the festivities won’t be short on anything.
Bollywood dancers will sway with the music while vendors will flood the streets with the intoxicating aromas of samosas and other Indian dishes.
Not Dead Yet Comedy (325 Franklin Ave Brooklyn @ 8 PM)
C’mon Everybody hosts Not Deat Yet Comedy, a show for a sense of humor a little on the darker side. Hosted by Lorelei Ramirez, this show emphasizes the aliveness one feels when contemplating death. But don’t get too down about it, these performers want to make sure you get the most of your experience through comedy, music, and performances.
Comedy, artistry, videos and a cast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Here’s to a night of weird!
France Run (Central Park @ 8 AM)
If you’re in exercise mode this summer, casual running by yourself can only take you so far.
The France run is an 8K run around Central Park with free giveaways. Sign up, and snag a free t-shirt and push yourself to a new personal record.