What To Do In New York City This Weekend (June 2-June 4)

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If you happened to score ticket to Governor’s Ball this weekend, live it up, kids. If not, there are tons of other happening events going on this weekend that even those Gov Ball attendees might be jealous of.


Rose Garden Weekend at the NYBG

Celebrate the newly bloomed roses this weekend at the New York Botanical Garden. The two-day festival will include live music, plant care demonstrations, tours with expert rosarians and refreshments in the shade of the beautiful garden. Tickets are $28 for the weekend.

Roses in @NYBG

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The Other Art Fair

This leading artist fair presented by Saatchi Art is taking place at Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Expo Center all weekend. The event will be presenting 110 talented emerging artists for buyers and viewers to recognize. Tickets are only $13 to $30, depending on the level wanted.


Mister Sunday

This all-day Sunday Funday party at Nowadays in Ridgewood, Queens has good vibes written all over it. It starts this weekend and runs through the summer, so head over and get your good tunes, food and dance on for only $10 or $15 in advance.

Mister Sunday Block Party #brooklyn

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Figment Festival

Governor’s Island (actually NOT where Gov Ball is located), is hosting the Figment Festival this weekend, an awesome forum for the creation of display of participatory and interactive art. This free event will inspire you to create and share new ways to view art, while also involving yourself in the creativity of others.

Sneak peek of the upcoming Mini Golf for Figment Festival this coming weekend. The mini golf course will be all season long up to September as usual but it has moved closer to where Castle Williams is. Head due west of the Soissons Landing where the Governors Island Ferry docks. The move is due to construction being done on the Parade Grounds which was thought to be finished by the time of the festival but the best laid plans sometimes do not go according to plan. Incidentally, Figment Festival is also limited to Colonels Row this year. I am not sure how this will affect that feeling of discovering something magical around every corner of the island if it's stuck in one spot. However, it might also make it easier to experience each artistic program when they are basically right next to each other. Adjust your expectations accordingly. #figmentminigolf #sneakpeek #figmentfestival #figment #minigolf #colonelsrow #governorsisland #govisland #nyc #newyorkcity

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Bushwick Collective Block Party

This annual art event is going down this weekend in Bushwick, bringing together the best of what the community has to offer. There will be a combination of graffiti, street-art, music, food trucks, and local vendors to keep the party going all day long. Admissions is free with an RSVP.


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


It’s good to get out of the concrete jungle from time to time, and OutdoorFest aims to do just that. If you’re looking to go camping or get out for a nice hike, you can choose from a variety of outdoor activities between June 3 to 12, most with free RSVPs.


Split Screens Festival

This new annual festival aim to celebrate the art of television, and is taking place from June 2 to 8 at the IFC Center. Various events will showcase the best of this current golden age of television, including the recently cancelled The Get Down, Difficult People, and Orphan Black. Tickets are around $19 per showing.

Won't you join us 6/3 as we get inside the mind of Rami Malek, driving force behind Mr. Robot? Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/SSFRamiMalek

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New Restaurant Openings/Art to Check Out:

Casa Publica

New York continues to up the ante on its good Mexican eats, and Casa Publica is no exception. Drawing inspiration from Mexico City, this new Williamsburg eatery will focus on regional Mexican home cooking with an opening menu on June 2 of small plates like esquites, ceviche, tacos, and dishes like stuffed squash blossom. Check it out before the hype gets out.


Static Limit

The Lower East Side has been #blessed with the work of Ester Ruiz’s first solo exhibition in New York with an immersive installation of neon, mimicking the namesake of the show. Showing until June 30, this work refers to the space around a rotating black hole, Static Limit is as close as one can get to the darkness before being consumed.


Wu Kong

Wu Kong in Chinatown is known for their insane (and delicious) ice cream creations that are perfect for the Instagram foodie page. Cotton candy ice cream cones and light bulb milk teas have already taken over the gram, but their new creation of the ice cream “burger” might surpass them all. Perfect for the start of summer.


E.A.K Ramen

This cult favorite from Japan has officially landed in NYC in the West Village. Unlike regular old ramen, this special IEKEI style is basically a combination of Tonkotsu (fatty, milky, pork-based) and Shoyu (soy sauced, clear, chicken-based), so the broth here is both thick with a complexity of flavors. The noodles are much thicker than you find anywhere else, making this an especially delicious and unique treat.