What To Do In New York City This Weekend (April 28-April 30)

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.


Art takes on many variations this weekend with multiple events focused on flowers in bloom, a folk festival, a festival focused on arts and media, and a must-attend gallery walk.


Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Cherry Blossoms are in full swing this weekend at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, and Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 events and performances to celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Admission is $30, but $25 if you find that old college ID.


Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend at the NY Botanical Garden

This weekend the NY Botanical Garden will have over 300,000 planted daffodil bulbs on beautiful daffodil hill. Wines from NY will be served. While scientists discuss the botanical side of wines being made. Tickets are $38 and include a tasting glass for the wines, and access to all the grounds.


BRIC Open Festival

BRIC arts and culture venue in Brooklyn is presenting the Open Festival this weekend, which aims to shine light on the power of inclusive, participatory arts and media programming. There will be a variety of free events to highlight this message, including an opening night dance party, a Drag drink and draw, and a free speech stage.


Brooklyn Folk Festival

If you love yourself some folk tunes, check out the 9th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival this weekend at St. Ann’s Church. There will be a bunch of great bands to discover, as well as workshops and jam sessions to attend.

The Tennessee Stiff Legs are making their Brooklyn Folk Fest debut this weekend – get your tickets now www.brooklynfolkfest.com

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Madison Ave Gallery Walk

The Madison Ave Gallery Walk will give the public time to visit many of the great art galleries located on Madison Ave from East 57th to East 86th. The free event will feature 60 curators and artist talks where you will hear about which collections to view.

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For events to keep you going throughout the month, check out the below:

NY Burger Week

Aimed to celebrate national hamburger month, the NY Burger Week will take place from May 1-7. This 7-day event will feature trendsetting chefs and their unique burgers, including the famous Minnesota Juicy Lucy burger and whiskey pairing dinner. Tickets are selling out fast, so grab them while you can.

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PEN America World Voices Festival

In what was founded in the aftermath of Sept 11, the 13th annual PEN World Voices Festival takes on some vital issues of the Trump-era, including Gender Issues, Crises of Empathy, and Muslin-Americans. From May 1-7, the festival will use the lens of literature and the arts to confront the challenges that we face in this time. While many events are free, others are ticketed and going fast.


New restaurant openings & art to check out:


Just opened on East 8th street, this fast-casual fishery features the food of the moment: Poke. Oh, and for cool points, it also masquerades as a grocery store.  It helps to class it up with some Hawaiian and Japanese sauces, including sriracha, shrimp chips, and Pocky.


Little Tong Noodle Shop

This tiny restaurant in the East Village takes on a variety of delectable rice noodle dishes from the Chinese province of Yunnan. The noodles are filled with fresh herbs, chili, oil, and flavorful broth that will keep you coming back for more.


Marinella Senatore at the Queens Museum

The Queens Museum is his hosting this exhibition until July 30 by Italian artist Marinella Senatore called Piazza Universale / Social Stages. The galleries turn into theatre, cinema, or television production sets, which offers the works of Senatore as “stages for” and “stages of” a collective social becoming. Senatore’s art is characterized by public participation and allows everyone to take part.


Gagosian Gallery-Robert Therrien

Gagosian Gallery is presenting new sculptures and selected works on paper by Robert Therrien until May 26. This exhibition features three free-standing rooms. Works in the current exhibition include highly polished, over-sized drops, a large tied bow, and a flagpole, which, although recognizable, is constructed as an illusion.

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!