What To Do In NYC This Weekend (May 19-May 21)

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.


This weekend, veg out on some veggies, continue your nostalgia for everything 90s, and shop until your heart is content.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

Kick off the weekend the healthiest way possible at the 7th annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival. The FREE event takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, featuring more than 100 exhibitors, keynote speakers and cooking demos. Tickets are $30 for one day and $50 for both.


Vulture Festival

If you live and breathe the entertainment culture, then the Vulture Festival is made for you. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday mainly at Milk Studios and there are a variety of awesome events you can snag tickets to, including a conversation with Aziz Ansari, a Netflix “Love” Cast table read, and a “Jane the Virgin” interview with the stars. Prices vary, but most are between $30 and $50.


90s Summer Jam Sing-Along

Scream out every line to “Wannabe” by Spice Girls while slow jamming to Boyz II Men this Friday for the 90s Summer Jam Sing-Along at Brooklyn’s Union Hall. Hosted by Secretformula, this event will get you dancing in your best neon windbreaker while consuming gushers at an alarming rate. Tickets are $10 and include some fun-themed drinks, including the MMMbop that will be MMMgood.


Ready, Set, Summer-Craft Market Pop-Up

Though the Grand Bazaar takes place every Sunday near Central Park, this week they are hosting a special summer kickoff event with NY’s best handmade products. Forty Etsy vendors will be there to fulfill all your creative shopping needs, and you will be supporting local artisans in the process.

Join us and the former Etsy New York Team, now called NY Handmade Collective, for a special handcraft pop-up market. 40 NYHC talented multi-disciplined artisans and designers will be joining our 130+ independent vendors. (Photo of @m.springstudio) Ready, Set, Summer – The Craft Market Pop-Up WHEN: Sunday, May 21st, from 10am – 5:30pm WHERE: @GrandBazaarNYC, 77th St. & Columbus Ave. . . . #GrandBazaarNYC #nyhandmadecollective #ilovenyc #seeyourcity #NYCTips #timeoutnewyork #LiveEventfully #nycvibes #madeinnyc #madebyhand #UpperWestSide #etsylove #etsyhunter #etsyny #designermarket #marketsofny #nycmarket #handmadecraft #madeinnewyork #nycshopping #nycmarket #bracelets #fashionstylist #nycstyleblogger #fashionista #nycdesignermarket

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

Shakespeare in the Park-Julius Ceasar

The Public Theater is once again presenting Shakespeare in the Park for summer 2017. The season starts off with “Julius Ceasar” on May 23. If you’re lucky enough to sneak out of work to wait in line for hours for free tickets, it’s definitely an experience to be had.

Will these clouds ever pass? We have 1 week until the show! Free Julius Caesar starts May 23 😱🌳 Photo: @ytsuna

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African Film Festival

The New York African Film Festival, which started on May 3, showcases a variety of amazing African film premieres from many different countries within the continent. Most of the films will be shown at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Maysles Cinema in Harlem, and BAM in Brooklyn. Tickets are around $14 per film and the festival ends on May 29.


New Restaurant Openings/Art to Check Out:


Indian food meets Greenwich Village sheek in this new restaurant by Chef Pandya. The restaurant is best known for its local produce and dishes like softshell crab with coconut milk, squid ink, crab butter and mango curry, and a pakora made with sunchoke, accompanied by a tamarind glaze.


Miss Ada

The restaurant recently opened in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. It’s a mix of cuisines from the Middle East at the Baltic regions. Herring meets hummus with a delicious blend of Middle Eastern spices and aromas that will be sure to satisfy your stomach.


Anish Kapoor-Descension at Brooklyn Bridge Park

A giant pool of continuously spiraling water isn’t normally an art piece one would think of, but Anish Kapoor has created this “Descension” at Brooklyn Bridge Park for the eye to behold. Catch it on display until May 24.


Jeff Koon-Seated Ballerina

A giant inflatable ballerina is now the IT public installation on display at Rockefeller Center. “Seated Ballerina” will be on display until June 2, so make sure you catch it for your Instagram feed.