What To Do In NYC This Weekend (August 18 – August 20)

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 into your August end of summer vibe with food fairs for all palates, comedy, and good ol’ refreshing brews.


Emerging Music Festival

The 3rd annual Emerging Music Festival will be taking place this Friday and Saturday in Bryant Park. Ten on-the-rise NYC bands will be performing for you to discover. The event is free, and will also include giant lawn games and food and beverages for purchase provided by the Hester Street Fair.

Beach this weekend then @bryantparknyc next weekend for @superyamba at #emergingmusicfestival 2017

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Hudson River Parks Blues BBQ Festival

The 18th annual Blues BBQ will be taking place on Pier 97 this Saturday. Spend your day Pairing America’s best Blues and BBQ together in gleeful unison, for the free admission of course. Dinosaur BBQ and Mighty Quinn’s will both be representing on the food front, while the Campbell Brothers and so much more will be singing the blues.

#mightyquinns #bluesbbqfestival #citylife

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Brooklyn Home Brew Takedown

Another Sunday, another takedown. Hill Country BBQ in Brooklyn will be hosting this Home Brew takedown, where your $25 ticket will get you access to all the best home brews you can guzzle. Food is sold separately, but once you fill your stomach, vote on the one you would want to drink for the rest of time.

First round at the #homebrewtakedown @thetakedowns #brooklyn

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Tzu Chi Vegetarian Food Fair

In support of Ethical Eating Day, Flushing Town Hall in Queens will host Tzu Chi New York for a free vegetarian food festival in support of our environment this Sunday. There will be a ton of local veggie vendors serving up some tasty, meatless grub. There will also be more information on how you can eat foods that are conscious of our environments.


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

Brooklyn Comedy Festival

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival celebrates the comedic landscape of this borough while giving every level of performer a chance to shine on many different Brooklyn stages. From August 21-27, this festival includes up-and-coming and current acts in a sketch, stand up, improv, podcasts, and film. There are also panel discussions and after parties throughout Brooklyn, with most tickets around $8-$20.


New restaurant openings & art to check out:

Sugar Hill Creamery

This newly opened ice cream parlor in Harlem is already getting the city talking, and was created with the help of community involvement. This ice cream shop is dedicated to local collaborations while using the best ingredients, with a variety of delicious nondairy and dairy ice creams to choose from.


Local Leaf

With an honest focus on leafy greens, this new Kips Bay establishment is a newcomer to the fast-casual bowls trend. They offer a base of different greens that can be customized with different toppings, such as rice, diced apples, and roasted chicken. Adding meats and seafood costs extra, but the base price of $8.95 isn’t so bad for a delicious lunch.


The Body Politic: Video from the MET Collection

On exhibition at the MET until September, this series of four different works all explore the relationships among power, performance, and moving images. The exhibition is used to describe a community comprising of disparate individuals, and well as the way that individual bodies not only suffer political violence but also wield political authority, especially as it has bearing on their race, ethnicity, class, and gender.