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.
Young Thug performance (Dec. 17)(Credit: Getty Images / Paras Griffin / Stringer)
The rapper will perform tracks featured on his latest mixtape, "Jeffery," at the Hell's Kitchen venue Terminal 5. Opener 21 Savage is also slated to perform. 610 W. 56th St., Manhattan, 7 p.m., $45, terminal5nyc.com
Best Friends Holiday Super Adoption (Dec. 16 to 18)(Credit: Best Friends Animal Society)
Give the gift of a forever home to an adorable pet. Best Friends Animal Society is hosting a three-day holiday special, with cat and dog adoptions starting at $25. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., Manhattan. Friday, Dec. 16, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., facebook.com/events
Aerie's Spring Street pop-up (Dec. 10)(Credit: Getty Images / Emma McIntyre / Stringer)
American Eagle's lingerie brand Aerie is hosting its first pop-up shop, right in the heart of SoHo. Head downtown for a full schedule of events, including 8 a.m. yoga, an #AerieREAL talk with model Iskra Lawrence at 9:30 a.m. and free mini-manis at 6 p.m. The pop-up will offer gift wrapping with a $5 donation to the National Eating Disorders Association and free socks and tote with any purchase. 72 Spring St., Manhattan, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., facebook.com/events
Bacon brunch party at House of Yes (Dec. 10)(Credit: David Cova)
Amp up your brunch routine with the Glitter in your Bacon brunch party at House of Yes. As the name implies, this brunch consists of lots of sparkles, music and, of course, bacon. Edible glitter will be available to sprinkle on bacon-themed eats. A special $20 deal will get you a bacon Bloody Mary, main dish and a side order of bacon. House of Yes, 2 Wycoff Ave., Brooklyn, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free to register, RSVP at eventbrite.com
Wafels & Dinges factory tour (Saturdays)(Credit: Karen Sterling)
See how those delicious waffles from the Wafels & Dinges food trucks are made at its Brooklyn factory. The company opens its headquarters on Saturdays for guests to watch the liège dough being made and to enjoy samples of the waffles. Commissary Wafels & Dinges, 254 Butler St., Brooklyn, 10 a.m.- noon, $15, eventbrite.com
Jewish Food Tour (Sundays)(Credit: iStock)
The Lower East Side is filled with spots hosting classic Jewish cuisine, and this walking tour will lead you through some of the best foodie spots. Enjoy five tastings of Jewish food, including knish, bialy, matzoh ball soup and much more. Every Sunday, 2nd Avenue and Eldridge Street, Manhattan, noon to 2 p.m., $50, besttours.com
Union Square Saturday Greenmarket(Credit: Getty Images / Mario Tama )
Head to lower Manhattan on your day off to stock up on local produce, baked goods and more. Union Square Saturday Greenmarket is year-round, which means there's always something offered for every season. Union Square Park, Manhattan, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., grownyc.org
Kings County Distillery Saturday tours(Credit: Getty Images / Emmanuel Dunand )
New York's oldest whiskey distillery may be right in your backyard. Head to Kings County Distillery on Saturdays to walk through the space, learn how whiskey is made and taste three of the finished products. Tours run approximately 40 minutes. Kings County Distillery, 288 Sands St., Brooklyn, tours run from 1 to 3:45 p.m., $8, eventbrite.com
'Art in the Bar' (Saturdays begining Dec. 7)(Credit: Dana Reszutek)
Grab a friend and head to Ditmas Park's Sycamore Bar, which is hosting a weekly "Art in the Bar" event beginning in December, combining crafts with craft beers. Each event has its own theme, from printmaking to watercolor, so attendees can broaden their artistic horizons each time. Sycamore Bar, 1118 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn, 2 to 3:30 p.m., $30-45 (includes one beverage), sycamorebrooklyn.com
SantaCon (Dec. 10)(Credit: Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary)
The annual festive bar crawl is back, bringing thousands of attendees in their finest Santa attire. Get ready to hit the streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and drink your way through Williamsburg, the East Village and beyond. The route is announced on Dec. 9. santacon.nyc
'Art Effect' (Dec. 10-11)(Credit: One River School of Art + Design)
Head to Chelsea to be seriously impressed by some young talent. One River School of Art + Design will be showcasing 11 of its students' works, including Phoebe Hort (pictured). The exhibit will be presenting the future potential of the art community in major cities across the country. BravinLee programs, 526 W. 26th St., #211, Manhattan, 1 to 8 p.m., oneriverschool.com
'Breakfast at the Zoo' (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
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.