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NYC weekend picks: Be a Rockaway mermaid, hit up the Maker Faire and more things to do

Don't have any plans for the weekend? We're here to help.

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment and experience real life.

Here are our picks for things to do in your city this weekend.

Get free admission to a museum (Sept. 22)

Some of the major city museums involved include
Photo Credit: Kristine Foley | Smithsonian Magazine

Some of the major city museums involved include the Cooper Hewitt; Smithsonian Design Museum; the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum; the American Folk Art Museum; and the Museum of Arts and Design, among others. One ticket grants free general admission for two people; one ticket can be downloaded per email address. More details at smithsonianmag.com

See 'Fiddler on the Roof' performed in Yiddish (through Oct. 25)

Photo Credit: ProperPix /Victor Nechay

"Fidler afn Dakh," the Yiddish version of "Fiddler on the Roof" directed by Joel Grey, perhaps the summer's hottest ticket, has announced an extension, through Oct. 25 (though there have been murmurs of a Broadway transfer). Everyone pretty much knows the story, but no worries, the show uses supertitles just in case. ($75, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, nytf.org)

World Maker Faire (Sept. 22-23)

With a nod to creativity and innovation, World
Photo Credit: Maker Faire

With a nod to creativity and innovation, World Maker Faire focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math, giving budding scientists, artists, musicians, engineers and craftspeople from all around the country and the world a chance to express their talents. Don't miss the "The Hand of Man," a 26 foot-long, hydraulically actuated human-controlled hand that can lift and crush cars and a futuristic DIY fashion show. Browse exhibits, workshops, hands-on making and exploring for all ages. ($30 to $50, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Queens, makerfaire.com)

City of Science Festival (Sep. 23)

Learn about the properties of science, technology, engineering,
Photo Credit: World Science Festival / Greg Kessler

Learn about the properties of science, technology, engineering, and math with a day of interactive demos, activities, tours of the Astrophysical Observatory, among other fun things. This year, you'll be able to power a motor with mind control. (Free, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd., worldsciencefestival.com)

Be a mermaid one last time

Join the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade in Poseidon's Parade
Photo Credit: Newsday / Craig Ruttle

Join the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade in Poseidon's Parade on Sept. 22, when mermaids, schools of fish and fanciful-finned people are expected to march down the boardwalk at Beach 106, some pulling floats and riding bikes. It kicks off at noon and ends with an after-party at the Under the Sea Lounge at Beach 95. Not a bad way to flip out of the summer.

Dumpling-eating champs at Brooklyn's Atlantic Antic fest (Sept. 23)

Ever claim that you just can't get enough
Photo Credit: Chef One Foods

Ever claim that you just can't get enough dumplings? At this event, 48 contestants (24 female, 24 male) will put that claim to the test as they race to gobble as many as possible in less than two minutes. Women's champ Molly Schuyler is back after swallowing 119 last year. Part of the Atlantic Antic festival, fresh and frozen dumplings will also be available for purchase. (Free to watch, 2 p.m., Atlantic Antic Main Stage: Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Street, Brooklyn, chefonefoods.com)

First Fridays at the Frick

This free access Friday at the Frick Collection
Photo Credit: Fabio Zonta via The Frick Collection

This free access Friday at the Frick Collection gives you freedom to roam its galleries and check out its exhibitions. There's also gallery talks, live music and open sketching in the Garden Court. (Free, 6 to 9 p.m., 1 E. 70th St., Upper East Side, frick.org)

Crossing the Line Festival (Sept. 18 - Oct. 13)

This French and international arts festival will feature
Photo Credit: Live Arts Bard

This French and international arts festival will feature 12 artists and ensembles from France and eight other countries across seven venues in New York City -- many of which are world, U.S. and New York premieres. From spoken word to dance, music and theater, the weekslong festival presents an opportunity to see what international artists are doing. crossingthelinefestival.org

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Pay what you want to get into the Whitney on Friday evenings. The museum has 63,000 square feet of exhibition space and has about 15,000 pieces of work by artists like Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and others. (7 to 10 p.m., 99 Gansevoort St., facebook.com)

Oyster Classes at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. (Sept. 14-Nov. 9)

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is bringing back
Photo Credit: Christian Harder

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is bringing back informational and hands-on lessons on oysters and also how to shuck them. Guests get to shuck and taste a lot of oysters with wine, beer and light snacks. The classes are on Fridays now through Nov. 9. ($75, 8 -10 p.m., 5-43 48th Ave., Long Island City, eventbrite.com)

Hit the streets for the Feast of San Gennaro (Sept. 13-23)

One of New York City's classic celebrations, the
Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner

One of New York City's classic celebrations, the annual Feast of San Gennaro, is returning to Little Italy for its 92nd year. Honoring the patron saint of Naples, it's a 10-night fest featuring live music and food, food, food. Highlights include a cannoli-eating contest (2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14), as well as a parade (2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15) and a High Mass in the name of San Gennaro (6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19). (Free, Sunday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Mulberry Street, Little Italy, sangennaro.nyc)

See Michael Brown-themed work in Harlem (Sept. 13-Oct. 13)

In response to the 2014 shooting death of
Photo Credit: Gregg Richards

In response to the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Theater of War productions worked with community activists on this update to the Sophocles tragedy. A rotating cast, including Samira Wiley, Paul Giamatti and Tamara Tunie, will read excerpts from the play, to be followed by audience discussion. (Free, RSVP required, Harlem Stage Gate House, 150 Convent Ave., harlemstage.org)

NARS House of Climax pop-up (Sept. 20-22)

In celebration of its new Climax mascara, NARS
Photo Credit: NARS Cosmetics

In celebration of its new Climax mascara, NARS presents "The House of Climax," a series of "sensorial" rooms with mirrored walls, rooms of discovery, hidden rooms and "countless" selfie moments. You'll run into performances and interact with the space around you. It's open to those 21 and older. (Free, 7 p.m. to midnight, 22 E. Second St., narshouseofclimax.com)

ShakesBEER (Saturdays through Sept. 29)

The New York Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX), a company
Photo Credit: Martin Harris

The New York Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX), a company that aims to create communal experiences through Shakespeare's work, will use four Hell's Kitchen bars as the backdrop for their dramatic and boozy scenes through the 29th. This edition addresses the 2018 midterm elections with scenes from "Coriolanus" and "Titus Andronicus" and from "Fuente Ovejuna" and "A Man for All Seasons." Those who join in will begin at Jasper's Taphouse and float to The Gaf, Perdition and The Waylon bars. Tickets are $49 at shakespeareexchange.org.

'Mount Sodom' exhibit (Sept. 6 - Oct. 16)

An exhibit of dramatic photographs featuring Maskit's Spring/Summer
Photo Credit: Maskit / Eyal Nevo

An exhibit of dramatic photographs featuring Maskit's Spring/Summer 2019 Sodom collection filmed against the backdrop of Sodom in the Judean Desert is on through Oct. 16. The exhibit by Israeli fashion photographer Eyal Nevo and former Alexander McQueen designer and current MASKIT artistic director Sharon Tal, together with Nevo also features the Inbal Dance Theater. "Mount Sodom" will be on view in the heart of New York's fashion district, coinciding with New York Fashion Week. (Free, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 10 Times Square, zaz10ts.com)

NYLO Secret Beach pop-up (Sept. 6-Oct. 27)

The 16th floor terrace at NYLO New York
Photo Credit: Gabi Porter

The 16th floor terrace at NYLO New York City hotel is turning into a hidden beach, where guests can grab beach-themed cocktails every Wednesday through Saturday, from 5 to 10 p.m. Pictured is the "Basic Beach" drink. (Free entry, 2178 Broadway, nylohotelnyc.com)

Drag Queen Brunch (every Sunday)

Make your brunch a little more glamorous with
Photo Credit: Molly Tavoletti

Make your brunch a little more glamorous with Toro Loco's Sunday Drag Queen Brunch, featuring performances from the city's best drag queens and live music, like electronic saxophonist @livesax. For $50 per person, you'll get two hours of unlimited share plates and up to five signature brunch cocktails each. (15 Stone St., 917-262-0444, toroloconyc.com)

Tour Ellis Island's hospital

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known
Photo Credit: Untapped Cities | Augustin Pasquet

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known as an entrance point for turn-of-the-last-century European immigrants, also has a history of holding the ill who arrived but weren't deemed healthy enough to enter. This around two-hour tour of the century-old disease wards shows how those treated and held here ate, lived and, sometimes, died. Dress for the weather; closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Not wheelchair-accessible; children must be 10 or older. ($75, 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays until the end of 2018, Ellis Island: Statue of Liberty National Monument, untappedcities.com)

Catch a movie under the stars

Enjoy an outdoor movie screening this weekend. Here's
Photo Credit: Randall's Island

Enjoy an outdoor movie screening this weekend. Here's what's playing:

Sept. 21: "Toy Story" at Courtney Callender Playground in Manhattan, 7 p.m.; "The Greatest Showman" at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, 7 p.m.; "Coco" at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park on Staten Island, 7 p.m.; "Sherlock Gnomes" at Naples Playground on Staten Island, 7 p.m.; "Padre Nuestro" at Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn, 7 p.m.; "Wonder" at Bayside Fields in Queens, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 22: "Rampage" at Willowbrook Park on Staten Island, 7 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Baruch Playground in Manhattan, 7 p.m.; "A Wrinkle in Time" in Crotona Park in the Bronx, 7 p.m.; "The Greatest Showman" at Westerleigh Park on Staten Island, 7 p.m.; "Captain Underpants" at Monsignor McGolrick Park in Brooklyn, 7 p.m.; "Moana" at Astoria Heights Playground in Queens, 7:15 p.m.

Sept. 23: "Neruda" at Cooper Park in Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28: "Black Panther" at St. James Park in the Bronx, 6:45 p.m.; "Coco" at Virginia Park in the Bronx; "More than a Game" at Banneker Playground in Brooklyn, 6:45 p.m.; "The Princess Bride" in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, 7 p.m.; "Black Panther" at Conference House Park on Staten Island, 7 p.m.; "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" at FDR Boardwalk and Beach on Staten Island, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: "Coco" in Fort Green Park in Brooklyn, 6:45 p.m.; "Avengers: Infinity War" in the Big Park on Staten Island, 7 p.m.; "Ready Player One" at Seabury Playground on Staten Island; "Lady and the Tramp" at Cedar Grove Park on Staten Island, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: "City of God (Cidade de Deus)" at Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.

Here's a full lineup of movies this summer.

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