NYC weekend picks: Our best bets
Don't have any weekend plans?
From concerts to festivals to relaxing in the city, we've got you covered.
Here are our picks for things to do in NYC this weekend.
Panorama (July 22-24)(Credit: Getty Images / Bennett Raglin)
Panorama is the newest festival from Coachella organizers Goldenvoice and debuts this weekend in NYC. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire and the reunited LCD Soundsystem. As with all music festivals of late, the food options are highly curated. (Check those out here.) There's also a technology component that's housed inside a futuristic orb on the festival grounds. Randall's Island, panorama.nyc
Astoria Flea & Food Night Market (July 23 and 30)(Credit: Astoria Flea & Food Night Market)
From the folks behind the LIC Flea & Food Market comes the Astoria Flea & Food Night Market. Head to the backlot at Kaufman Astoria Studios for eats that reflect the ethnic diversity of Queens, including Jessy's Pastries, specializing in alfajores and empanadas. Plus, check out the vintage wares from the vendors. 34-12 36th St., facebook.com/astoriaflea
'Four More Years: An Election Special' (through Aug. 3)(Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures )
The Democratic and Republican conventions take place this month, and BAM is marking the occasion with 21 political films, including "The Manchurian Candidate" and "The Candidate," starring Robert Redford (pictured). BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., 718-636-4100, bam.org.
'Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty' (through July 24)(Credit: MoMA)
MoMA's exhibit focuses on the 19th century French artist's monotypes -- 120 of them -- along with paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks and prints. The subjects of his work here range from the well-known scenes of ballet to cafe singers, landscapes and the brothel. (Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.; $25; 212-708-9400, moma.org)
Mondo Mondo (through July 31)(Credit: Anthology Film Archive)
The "Mondo Mondo" genre of films was born in 1962 when the shockumentary "Mondo Cane" debuted. What followed were more "Mondo" films, some of which will be screened at the Anthology Film Archives for a retrospective. 32 Second Ave. anthologyfilmarchives.org
The 90s Pop Sing-Along (July 30)(Credit: Getty Images / David Becker)
Love Britney songs and Ricky Martin hits? Want to sing them loudly with friends in a bar? Head to SecretFormula's party to get down with all your old favorites. Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope. More info: facebook.com/events
'Fully Committed' (through July 31)(Credit: Joan Marcus)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (TV's "Modern Family") plays 40 characters, all desperate for tables at a hot New York restaurant, in Becky Mode's one-man play about the hectic life of a reservationist. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.; $71-$147; 212-239-6200, fullycommittedbroadway.com)
Lincoln Center Out of Doors (through Aug. 13)(Credit: Kevin Yatarola)
Lincoln Center's outdoor summer festival celebrates its 46th season this summer with music and more performances. Highlights include Antibalas, Lucinda Williams and the Midnight Ramble Band. FREE, Lincoln Center, lcoutofdoors.org
f.a.d. weekend Pop-Up Market (July 30-31; Aug. 13-14, 27-28 )(Credit: Susan Alexandra )
This pop-up market (f.a.d. stands for fashion, art, design) features local and emerging artists and designers and will be at the Invisible Dog Art Center multiple weekends this summer. Check out the wares of artists including Susan Alexandra and Work in Pieces and beat the heat with paletas (fruit ice pops) from La Newyorkina. Free. 51 Bergen St., Cobble Hill, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., theinvisibledog.org
'Hey! Ho! Let's Go: The Ramones and the Birth of Punk' (through July 31)(Credit: Danny Fields)
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of The Ramones' debut album, this show follows the group's beginnings in Queens and focuses on its role in both music and visual culture. A partnership with the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, the two-part exhibition's second act opens there in September. (Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park; $8; 718-592-9700, queensmuseum.org)
Summer of Hamilton (through Aug. 26)(Credit: JPMorgan Chase Historical Collection)
The New-York Historical Society has jumped on the "Hamilton" train with this exhibit. Bronze statues of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr as well as replicas of their dueling pistols, pictured, and other objects can be checked out by interested parties. There are also Hamilton-themed scavenger hunts, singalong's, duel re-enactments and screenings. $20. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org
MoMA PS1: Warm Up (Saturdays through Aug. 28)(Credit: Charles Roussel)
Dance the afternoon away at MoMA PS1's outdoor summer concert series, which boasts a diverse lineup of DJs -- from Skrillex, performing on June 25, to Maya Jane Coles, slated for July 30. (Doors open at 12 p.m. at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens; $22 in advance, $25 on the day of the show, free for Long Island City residents with proof of residency on a first come, first served basis; 718-784-2084, momaps1.org)
City Reliquary presents 'Sonic City' (through Sept. 18)(Credit: City Reliquary)
Interested in guitars and instruments? How about some local New York City history? This new exhibit at one of NYC's coolest "museums," City Reliquary, delves into the subject of local musical instrument makers in "Sonic City." The exhibit "brings together rare instruments such as boutique handcrafted guitars and master-built basses, effects pedals, high-end headphones, and synthesizers to illustrate the central role of NYC in music history past and present," according to a news release. 370 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, cityreliquary.org
Coney Art Walls (through October)(Credit: Martha Cooper)
The Coney Island boardwalk becomes an outdoor street art museum with murals from new and returning artists Crash, Daze, Lady Pink, Stephen Powers and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, plus three murals to be painted by children and adults in the community. Pictured: A mural by Crash. (3050 Stillwell Ave.; coneyartwalls.com )
'Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience' (through Oct. 31)(Credit: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano)
If you think the 50th anniversary of the "Star Trek" franchise is cause for celebration, you have a friend in the Intrepid: Beginning July 9, enter the "Starfleet Academy Experience" exhibit, 12,000 square feet of Trekker dreams come true. You'll become a cadet and have the LARPing time of your life. George Takei not included. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; $25; intrepidmuseum.org
'Diane Arbus: In the Beginning' (through Nov. 27)(Credit: Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC )
This new exhibit showcases some of the photographer's less famous work, taken between 1956 and 1962 and shot mostly on 35 mm film. The exhibit features more than 100 Diane Arbus photographs, including "Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C. 1956," pictured. The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave. 212-731-1675, metmuseum.org
'Rockaway!' (through Nov. 30)(Credit: Pablo Enriquez)
Head out to Fort Tilden in the Rockaways to check out artist Katharina Grosse's spray-painted building on the beach. The temporary installation features a decaying building transformed by red and white paint. Free. Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, 718-784-2084, momaps1.org.