New York City Weekend  August 2, 2013-August 4, 2013.  Below, find 18 GREAT activities plus a TON of music, outdoor movies and OVER 24 STREET FAIRS in New York City.

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***NYC WEEKEND: OVER 24 STREET FAIRS, 16 OUTDOOR CONCERTS AND 9 OUTDOOR MOVIES!! Click here: NYC Weekend August 2-4, 2013: Street Fairs, Outdoor Music and Outdoor Movies *** ***


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Last Weekend: 100 Years of Flamenco in New York

Flamenco, one of the most popular dance forms in NYC, has been a major influence for over 100 years. This exhibit, which closes this weekend, features photographs, costumes such as La Argentina’s lace mantilla and contemporary attire from Flamenco Vivo, souvenir brochures from NYC tours and performances, castanets, film and video and more! 

Through August 3, 2013

New York Public Library For The Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, next to the Metropolitan Opera House.
Tel: 212-870-1630

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forbes jewelry

Out Of This World: Jewelry In The Space Age

One of the *FREE* exhibits currently on display, this exhibit documents how the history of space exploration has made a mark on our daily lives…including the design of jewelry! Many jewelers have used material from outer space itself, and this exhibit showcases both fine and non-precious jewels fashioned into contemporary designs.

Through September 7, 2013

The Forbes Galleries
62 Fifth Avenue, at 12th Street
Tel: 212-206-5548
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Brooklyn Museum

First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum: Caribbean

This month’s “First Saturday” theme is the Caribbean, and the evening is filled with music, dance, curator talks, film and much more. In addition, below is a list of current museum exhibits: 

* La Toya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital  through August 11, 2013
* Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Antsui  through August 14, 2013
* “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts  through September 15, 2013
* Kathe Kollwitz: Prints from the “War” and “Death” Portfolios  through November 10, 2013
* Valerie Hegarty: Alternative Histories  through December 1, 2013

Click link for full First Saturday Schedule

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Tel: 718-638-5000

Hours: Wednesday, Friday–Sunday, 11 am–6 pm Thursday:11 am–10 pm

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Queens Symphony Orchestra Presents “Viva Verdi & Friends: A Celebration of the Bicentennial of the Birth of Giuseppe Verdi”

This concert, featuring four solo vocal artists, will include highlight selections from such operas including: La Traviata, Falstaff, Aida and Rigoletto.

August 4, 2013 at 5pm *FREE*
George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park
Woodhaven Blvd & Forest Park Drive

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tito puente

Orchard Beach Summer Concert Series Presents: Frankie Morales in a Tribute to Tito Puente 

 As part of Bronx Salsa Fest 2013, Latin crooner Frankie Morales, who developed his sound on the streets of New York City’s El Barrio, will play a tribute to Latin Jazz and Salsa great Grammy award winner Tito Puente. Having had over 50 albums to his credit, Puente’s music is bound to get you moving, so put on your dancing shoes and head to the Orchard Beach stage for this *FREE* concert.     

 August 4, 2013  1pm-5pm

Orchard Beach Stage, Bronx

Located by section #9 of the beach lower pavilion at the stage.
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Dinosaur Safari at Bronx Zoo

It’s the last month for the  new Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo. Ride along on a safari truck where you can see more than 20 life-like dinosaur models. There are quite a number of special activities including: digging for fossils and exploring artifacts at the field site, a dinosaur musical, meet and greet dinosaur costume characters, arts and crafts and more!

Only 5 weeks left- open through September 8, 2013. Tickets $23.95-$33.95

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd
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Sci-tech Workshop: Bot Building 

Hey kids….here’s your chance to build your very own robot! Using motors, screws and recycled materials you will assemble your very own R2D2! Reservations are required for children 8 and up. Call 212-833-8100 and select option 3. $10 per person

August 3, 2013, 11am-1pm

Sony Wonder Technology Lab
550 Madison Avenue
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Victorian Gardens Amusement Park 

14 Great Rides and Attractions to Choose From Including: Aeromax, Fun Slide, Mini Mouse, Hydro Racer, Happy Swing and much, much more! In addition, each weekend will have an assortment of live, interactive shows that you and your family can partake in. See website for hours and pricing.

Only 5 weeks left…open through September 8, 2013

Wollman Rink, Central Park
Enter Central Park from 59th Street and 6th Avenue and walk north.


illumite run

Register: Illuminite Run

Put on your best glow attire, grab the provided glowstick and run in this one-of-a-kind nighttime 5K (3 mile) run while raising funds for the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The evening will be filled with music provided by DJ’s along the course, a unique lighting experience and an after party. $55-$65

August 10, 2013

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Aviator Sports and Events Center
3159 Flatbush Ave
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Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors Presents:

 *Bright Star Maracatu Nation and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles: Afro-Brazilian Carnival and a New Orleans Sound, these groups bring high energy, intricate costumes, street theater pageantry and call-and-response vocals to Lincoln Center. 

August 2, 2013 7pm *FREE*

 *El Gusto & ZviDance: Dabke  

Dabke is a traditional line dance (Arabic for “stomping the ground”) that is popular in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine at Muslim weddings. Adopted by Israelis, ZviDance uses  this dance to explore the cross-cultural communities.

6pm: Free Dance Lessons

August 3, 2013 7pm *FREE*

Lincoln Center Bandshell, Damrosch Park
Amsterdam Avenue and 62nd Street
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Last Weekend: Pilobolus  

A blend of dance and athleticism, Pilobolus has performed on stage and television worldwide. You have seen them on the Conan O’Brien show, Oprah Winfrey, the Oscars and a myriad of product commercials. Known for their flexibility and strength, Pilobolus performs acts that turn a blend of human bodies into common objects and landscapes. 

August 2 and 3, 2013. Check schedule for times and ticket availability
Joyce Theater
175 8th Ave at 19th St



St George Waterfront Festival

The St. George Waterfront Festival will take place on the outdoor promenade at the Staten Island Ferry terminal and it’s *FREE*!

There will be local artists, food vendors, face painting, a pizza eating contest and lots, lots more!

August 3, 2013. 1pm-9pm. Fireworks start at 9pm


Summer Streets NYC 2013
For three Saturdays in August, starting tomorrow the 3rd, nearly 7 miles of streets in New York City are opened to the public to ride bikes, run, walk and experience what it’s like to be in the heart of the big apple WITHOUT the TRAFFIC.

Click link for details

bronx salsa fest

Bronx Salsa Fest 2013 

Bronx Salsa Fest 2013 is chock-full of all things celebrating Latin culture, Salsa Music, Dancing, Teen programs, Bronx Trolley tours and much more. With over 25 events (most of which are *FREE* or reasonably priced) the month of August in the Bronx is sure to be hopping.

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Happenings on Governors Island:

*African Film Festival and Family Day at Colonels Row 

Celebrate the culture of Africa with *FREE* films, African dance classes, storytelling and African Cuisine. 12pm-5pm.

August 4, 2013

miniature golf

*Figment Mini Golf Course 2013: State Of The Art

This summer, Figment picked 9 new and one bonus hole mini golf themes. Take the kids (or not!) and go for the hole-in-one: Yesterday’s Past, Mini Golf Matrix, Tar Beach, Upsy Turby and more! *FREE*

Open Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday June 8-September 22, 2013

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*Fete Paradiso Vintage Carousels and Rides on Governors Island

Making its American debut, Fete Paradiso is a collection of rare, museum-quality carousels, flying swings and a pipe organ from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Starting this weekend, head on over to Governors Island to ride on these vintage toys. Admission to the festival is free, but games and rides cost $3 each.

July 13-September 9, 2013

Governor’s Island

1 or R to South Ferry/Whitehall Station
4, 5 to Bowling Green
Governors Island Ferry is 100 yards to the left of the Staten Island Ferry Building
On the weekends (only) there is also a ferry to Governors Island from
Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park


Food Truck Rally Prospect Park

Each first and third Sunday through October 20, 2013, head to Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza to sample some of the finest grub from over 25 food trucks. Some of the fare will be offered this weekend will be offered by: Rickshaw, Morris Grilled Cheese, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Valduccis Pizza, Palenque, Big D’s Grub Truck, Crif Dog and much more!

B, Q, 2, 3, 4 to Grand Army Plaza

asian american film festival

Last weekend: Asian American International Film Festival  through August 3, 2013

Over 30 feature films and 9 short programs will take place in multiple venues throughout NYC including Asia Society, Anthology Film Archives and NYIT Auditorium. Highlighted films include: Linsanity, Our Homeland, Sholay 3D and Noor.

film society at lincoln center

Lincoln Center Film Society Summer Series

Lincoln Center Film Society is extending its very popular summer series and offering *FREE* HBO films on Friday’s at 4pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are distributed one hour prior to the event. *The line gets very long, so be sure to get there early*

Films include: Behind the Candleabra on 8/2, Cinema Verite on 8/9, Too Big To Fail on 8/16, Game Change on 8/23.

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Elinor Bunim Monroe Film Center
144 W. 65th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave
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