What To Do In New York City This Weekend (April 21-April 23)

Ashley Falzone
Ashley is your semi-above-average 20 something living in Astoria who lives and breathes NYC life. She goes about her days looking forward to all the food she will consume. She also loves referencing Kanye West quotes in her articles whenever applicable.

Get greener this Earth Day weekend to celebrate our planet. Once you’re done saving the world, you can spice things up with an expo on hot sauce, mac and cheese tastings, some stellar art, and partying like it’s 1999 for Prince.



NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Spice up your life, every boy and every girl, with the 5th annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, taking place this weekend at the Brooklyn Expo Center. The event features and showcases the best hot sauce makers from around the globe, including the best in the US, Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and South America.

General admissions tickets are $10, which includes meeting with the makers and tastings, while there is also the BBQ Platter level ticket, which includes more grub and 3 beer tokens.

10 days away my dudes. #TeamBravado is coming for you #NYC! #NYHotSauceExpo #BravadoSpice #Brooklyn #GameTime

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the skint Presents: Sometimes it’s Prince in April – A Celebration of Prince

Prince left this world only one year ago, so it’s time to continue celebrating his life by partying like its 1999 all over again. Presented by the skint and taking place at Littlefield in Brooklyn, come dressed in your purple best this Saturday to channel the man of the night. Tickets are only $7 in advance.

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Artexpo NY

For over 39 years, Artexpo NY has presented artistic works that shape trends in galleries throughout the world. Taking place this weekend at Pier 94, the event will host over 400+ artists, galleries, and publishers from across the globe, all showcasing exciting works of art.

General admission is $20, with a variety of shows and events to attend throughout.


Mac and Cheese Takedown

Mac and Cheese love can never be taken away, and if you find yourself with a slight addiction, the Mac and Cheese Takedown on Sunday is the place to be. 20+ of Brooklyn’s greatest mac and cheese will be featured at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, which totally makes the $20 ticket worth it. Help vote for the best one, if that’s even possible.

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FAD Market BK

This curated market is being held this weekend at the Brooklyn Historical Society to celebrate Earth Day, and will feature over 45 independent makers and artists to shop from. Locally crafted food and drink will also be available. While the event is free, they would like patrons to RSVP.

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For events to keep you going throughout April, check these out:

Queens Night Market Opening

The worldly Queens Night Market is back for the season starting this weekend, taking place at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Celebrate the rich diversity of food in NYC with over 100 vendors to choose from.

#tbt -Thanks to our friend @omgitsbomb for this sweet post from last years #queensnightmarket Visit our website to purchase tickets to our sneak preview nights April 22 & 29. We will be open every Saturday night from 6pm – Midnight, ☔️ or ☀️, starting April 22 – August 19 and then back on September 30 – October 28! #Repost @omgitsbomb with @repostapp ・・・ 🍰😻 Cake got your tongue? @catmintwheelcake had mine and will probably have yours too! @queensnightmarket . I dropped in on #QINM on their penultimate night and happened upon these amazingggg Taiwanese cakes filled with 🍌🍫banana/chocolate, red bean, and the biggest 💣 surprise of all, 💜PURPLE YAM💜 (Read: UBE) … I bought, ate all three and was floored by the texture of the last one. Light cake crust, with a filling that's smooth, velvety, and a hint of sweetness. I really need MOARRR! 💜 If u want to get your hands on 'em you can look them up on IG up above. They've been at popups in @TK_Kitchen_ and last seen at Passport2Taiwan & Hester St Fair! 💢TAG💢 all your pastry loving frandsss 😛💦💦 #catmintwheelcake #purpleyam #ube #Taiwanese #queensnightmarket #queens #queensistasty #nyceeeeeats #dessert #dessertbae #donutscookiesandcream #OMGitsbomb #bombdotcom #💣 #🐷🐷🐷

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Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. It will showcase more than 20 installations and include drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career.


Earth Day Events

The Earth day initiative has a variety of events throughout the weekend and the rest of the month to promote a green environment, including a sustainability pop-up and Earth Day 5K.

We love following along with @amhydro! #greenhouse

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New Restaurant Openings/Art to Check Out:


A popular street food in Rome, this pizza pocket stuffed sandwich has now made its way to NY in the Lower East Side. Each pocket is made from pizza Bianca, and stuffed with traditional Roman dishes that take hours to make. Pretend like you’re back in Italy when trying this place out.

@coffeeandchampagne knows what cures those Monday blues. 👤➡️😁#everydayisaTrapday #trapizzinonyc

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This steak chain from Japan is affordable for a reason. With no chairs, you eat the meal standing up, but the steak quality never wanes. Check if out for the experience, now open in the East Village.


Irving Penn Centennial

Starting April 24, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn to mark the centennial of the artist’s birth. This exhibit will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the great American photographer’s work to date and will include both masterpieces and unknown prints from all his major series.


Interactive “Hi Fashion” Balloon Mural

What was essentially an Old Navy advertisement has made its way into the Instagram of every person living in Greenpoint. Street artist Kelsey Montague has created this fun, interactive mural for all to photograph with.

Make it to any of these events? Upload a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #Trying20something and tag @hey20something for a chance to be reposted!

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