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.
The B-52's (Oct. 29)(Credit: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown / Stringer)
This '70s band will be performing all of your favorites at Webster Hall, from "Love Shack" to "Rock Lobster" and everything in between. Rock out to New Wave tunes from the band that's still got it. Webster Hall. 125 E. 11th St., 7 p.m., $50, songkick.com
Bronx Zoo's 'Brew at the Zoo' (Oct. 29)(Credit: Drew Albinson)
For one night the Bronx Zoo is a home for craft beer, with more than 40 breweries serving ales, lagers, porters, IPAs and more alongside eats from Luke's Lobster, Wafels & Dinges and Arthur Avenue restaurants. There will also be live music, costume contests, games, a photo booth and other entertainment at the inaugural event. (Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., the Bronx, 7-11 p.m., general admission $44.99, includes unlimited beer samplings)
'Halloween 3000' at House of Yes (Oct. 29)(Credit: Chris VMP, the robot performers as 'The Dream Lab’)
Get futuristic this Halloween with the House of Yes' space-themed dance party with performers, "The Dream Lab." Complete with everything House of Yes has to offer -- DJs, dancing, acrobatics and more -- come dressed up in your extraterrestrial attire for a solid prize. The best costume wins a VIP hot tub package for nine people for an upcoming House of Yes event. (House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., $30 to $60, eventbrite.com)
Secret Loft Halloween party (Oct. 29)(Credit: Secret Loft)
Head to Bushwick for a Halloween night filled with dancing, body paint and live music. Featuring performances from Lilly Wolf, The North Coast and more, this party states that costumes are a must, so come dressed to impress, because the best costume wins a Champagne prize. The trick: This Brooklyn event space's location is actually a secret. Just ask around once you buy a ticket to find where to party. (Secret Loft, Brooklyn, $10 to $15, eventbrite.com)
Haunted beer garden (Oct. 29)(Credit: Vivian Huang)
Grab a stein and head to Loreley Beer Garden for a Halloween bash filled with mini pumpkin kegs, a DJ and prizes for the best-dressed patron. Head to the bar any time on Oct. 29 for Halloween-themed drink specials, but stick around for the midnight costume contest for a chance to win a $250 bar tab. (Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington St., Manhattan, 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., free admission, facebook.com/events)
MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball (Oct. 29)(Credit: Charles Roussel)
The fifth annual spooky bash is back. With this year's theme, "White House of Horror," the entirety of MoMA PS1 will be decorated with creepy fictional and historical figures that have roots in politics. The ball includes a "State Dinner" tableau vivant (silent live performance), DJ and musical performances in the courtyard, plus special museum exhibitions. Enjoy beer, wine, cocktails and a party punch throughout the night, and head to a Williamsburg location for a Susanne Bartsch-hosted after-party. (MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens, 8 p.m. to midnight, $18 to $20, with $33 party/after-party combination tickets, momaps1.org)
'Breakfast at the Zoo' (Oct. 23, Dec. 3, 17, 20)(Credit: Julie Larsen Maher, WCS)
Rise and shine with some adorable animals at the Central Park and Bronx zoos. Each zoo is hosting a variety of breakfast events, where attendees can chat with animal care staff, learn about the animals and (of course) enjoy breakfast. At the Bronx Zoo, sign up for "Waking Up with Big Cats" on Oct. 23, and "Breakfast with the Penguins" on Dec. 3. The Central Park Zoo is offering "Breakfast with the Bears" on Dec. 3, "Breakfast with the Penguins" on Dec. 17 and "Breakfast with the Birds" on Dec. 20. Prices range from $40 to $65, centralparkzoo.com/programs, bronxzoo.com/programs
Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest (Oct. 29)(Credit: Fort Greene PUPS)
It's time yet again for the Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest, celebrating its 18th year in Brooklyn. Show off your pet's costume, or go to check out other adorable pups in their Halloween best, as dogs compete to win a PUPkin rosette. Fort Greene Park, Washington Park and Saint Edward Street, Brooklyn, registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with a $10 suggested donation, fortgreenepups.org
Halloween Carnival at Bowlmor (Oct. 29)(Credit: Getty Images / Ben Gabbe / Stringer)
Ditch the usual Halloween festivities and hit the bowling lanes at Bowlmor's Halloween Carnival. Celebrate this spooky holiday with a full bar, bowling and laser tag. Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, Pier 60, Manhattan, $15, 10 p.m., purchase tickets at nightout.com
Lobster bake at The Regal (Oct. 30)(Credit: Facebook / The Lobster Place)
Head to one of the last lobster bakes of the season in Williamsburg. One advanced ticket gives you a whole lobster, steamed clams, a baked potato, corn and a free beer or cocktail. The Regal, 163 Hope St., Brooklyn, 6 to 11 p.m., $34.95, eventbrite.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
La Dia de los Muertos cooking class (Nov. 5)(Credit: Dos Caminos)
Celebrate the Day of the Dead by learning how to cook up Yucatan-style dishes at Dos Caminos. Learn to make a traditional lunch from executive chef Ivy Stark, all while enjoying cocktails like a Yucatan Daquiri. Dos Caminos, 373 Park Ave. South, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., $75 per person, doscaminos.com
'90210! The Musical!' (through Nov. 19)(Credit: 90210! The Musical!)
Relive the 1990s -- you know you want to -- with a trip back to West Beverly High. Chat "Donna Martin graduates!" to yourself as the cast sing "Will Tori Spelling Graduate?" Find out, as the cast sings "Will Tori Spelling Graduate?" Remember the long-lost character of Scott in song with "Ballad of the Kid Who Accidentally Shoots Himself." From Bob and Tobly McSmith, the folks that brought us "Katashians! The Musical!" 8 p.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, from $25.50; Theatre80, 80 St. Marks Pl., 90210themusical.com
'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
See '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. Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, 718-784-2084, momaps1.org.
Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel (through Dec. 31)(Credit: Library of Congress)
Can't get enough of Hamilton? Check out the New York Public Library's exhibition to learn more about the "ten-dollar founding father without a father." See Alexander Hamilton's draft of President George Washington's farewell address, Aug. 10, 1796, and more of the NYPL's holdings to catch a glimpse into Hamilton's history. New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Ave., nypl.org
Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (through Feb. 12)(Credit: Nan Goldin)
American photographer Nan Goldin's iconic work, a slideshow of nearly 700 snapshots of herself and others set to music, is at MoMA. The show is accompanied by posters and fliers from earlier versions of the show. Pictured: "Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City," 1983. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400, moma.org.