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Upcoming Events

Fleet Week Ship Tours

Friday, May 26, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Pier 92 & 94 (711 12th Avenue, 55th Street & the West Side Highway)

Tour US Navy ships docked in NYC for Fleet Week. Tours held on Piers 88 and 92 in Manhattan, Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Brooklyn Cruise Terminala and Homeport Pier in Staten Island.

Daily through Monday.

U.S. Navy Dive Tank

Friday, May 26, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Times Square (Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets)

U.S. Navy divers will hold demonstrations in a dive tank on the plaza in Times Square. Part of Fleet Week.

Also Friday & Saturday.

DanceAfrica Bazaar 2017

Friday, May 26, 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)

More than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American sell food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace. Part of DanceAfrica Festival 2017.

Also on Saturday & Sunday.

Crafty Afternoons: Botttle Print and Button Flowers

Friday, May 26, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Columbus Library (742 10th Avenue at 51st Street)

Create flowers using bottles and buttons.


The 22nd Annual Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts Street Fair & Youth Program

Friday, May 26–Saturday, May 27, 6:00 pm–11:30 pm
Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue)

Theater for the New City presents its 22nd annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, a massive annual performance marathon in and around the theater. The three-day downtown arts festival, whose theme this year is Art V Tyranny, seeks to show a lively, diverse downtown arts scene. The festival includes hundreds of well-known and emerging artists ranging from theater to dance, music to movies, a street fair and art exhibit. Performance artists Phoebe Legere and Reno, cabaret singer K.T. Sullivan and playwright Mario Fratti are among those slated to present work his year.

Also Saturday 12 - 5 pm (outside) and Saturday & Sunday 6 pm - 1 am.

Project Playdate Pajama Party UWS

Friday, May 26, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm
Kidville Upper West Side (205 W 88th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
$60/kid, $40/siblings

Enjoy a grown-ups-only evening out on the UWS after you drop the kids off at an educational playdate that includes a healthy dinner, story time, arts & crafts, games, music, a featured film and more. Proceeds donated to families in need. Donations of lightly used family items are welcome.


Thelonious Monk 100

Friday, May 26, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$40, $1/ages 17 & under

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest composers America has ever produced, MetLiveArts’ Quartet in Residence, PUBLIQuartet, arranges and improvises some of Thelonious Monk’s seminal works, celebrating his voice, his influences, and his legacy. With special guest, powerhouse saxophonist James Carter.


Marine Day

Saturday, May 27, 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Prospect Park Bandshell (62 West Drive)

Join the U.S. Marines for a formation run followed by military static displays, demos, and a performance by the USMC Battle Color Detachment. Part of Fleet Week.


Fleet Week at the Intrepid

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum (Pier 86, West 46th Street & Twelfth Avenue)

A special lineup of performances, events and interactive displays honors service men and women. Includes appearances by Intrepid former crew members, Broadway show cast memebrs, American Red Cross, South Street Seaport Museum, CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation’s, FDNY Fire Safety Experience, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Divison, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and more.


Ramadan Festival

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

Families can learn about the joyful and holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world dedicate time to self-reflections, family, friends and personal growth. Activities throughout the weekend include painting clay fanous, a colorful lantern used to illuminate homes and city streets around the world during Ramadan, a reading of The White Nights of Ramadan, an inspiring picture book by Maha Addasi,
and a navigation workshop about reading the stars. Limited spaces; sign-up in the lobby one hour before each event.

Also on Sunday.


Victorian Gardens Opening Weekend

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Central Park, Wollman Rink (West 63rd Street & Sixth Avenue,)
$9 + cost of rides and games, $17/unlimited rides, free/kids under 36" inches tall

Celebrate the opening season of Victorian Gardens, the carnival rides that take over Wollman Rink in the summer.


Centennial Saturdays: Go on Expedition with the AEF!

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

The New-York Historical Society commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s official entry into the First World War by bringing New York in 1917 to life on Saturdays through September. Meet different personalities from the home- and war-fronts of the United States a century ago. Each week is different—you might discover the uniforms of army doughboys, run into a famous leader, or march with suffragists. Kick off Centennial Saturdays and deepen your immersion into the exhibition World War One: Beyond the Trenches by meeting US soldiers in the American Expeditionary Forces. Portrayed by Living Historians, the troops will share stories about early 20th-century life on and off the battlefield. Try on the army’s helmet or ‘tin hat’ on your own head, dig into military tools and equipment, and inspect their uniforms from the top of their hooked wool collars all the way down to their special leggings for time in the trenches.

Also on June 10 & June 17.

Cirque-tacular Presents Spring-A-Ding-DING!

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am–12:15 pm
14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
$28, $100/family of 4

Spring bursts to life through the adventures of Brianne and woodland creatures whose stories are told through dazzling circus, dance and specialty acts.

Saturday and Sunday 11 am & 2 pm.
Through June 3.

Hester Street Fair’s Lobster & Beer

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Hester Street Fair (Corner of Hester & Essex Streets)
Free admission, $4/beer, $8/taco

Chill in the park with live music, beer and some of the best lobster the city has to offer (plus all the usual Hester Street Fair treats).


New York City Ballet Family Saturday: A Magical Midsummer,

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$22

Explore George Balanchine’s beloved ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring feuding fairy kingdoms, quarreling couples, and a troupe of bumbling actors. Watch excerpts and hear insights from the artists who perform it. Includes short works, excerpts, interactive discussions and a mini dance workshop. Very engaging and entertaining for kids and grown-ups alike.


Songs for Extraordinary People

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
National Sawdust (80 North Street)
$20, $5/kids

Author and composer Michael Hearst and his five-piece band present Songs For Extraordinary People, a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most fascinating individuals in the world (and in the book Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals. Subjects include Larry Walters, who used 45 helium balloons to carry himself into the sky; and Marie Curie, who discovered radium, and whose notebooks to this day are still too radioactive to handle.


Target Design Kids: Architecture 101

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Explore architectural elements and design a building facade. Workshops are geared toward kids ages 5 through 12.


Queens Book Festival - Children & Youth Day

Saturday, May 27, 11:30 am–7:00 pm
LIC Landing (52-10 Center Boulevard)
Free; seating areas $10+

Children & young adults have their own special day at the Queens Book Festival. Meet children’s and YA authors and illustrators, participate in STEAM activities and more.


Family Festival at The Cloisters: A Taste of the Middle Ages

Saturday, May 27, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12)

Savor a taste of the Middle Ages as you learn about the herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and other foods used in medieval cooking. Explore ingredients from near and far as well as the feasts enjoyed at different seasons and for special occasions. Also look for details of artworks throughout the galleries of The Met Cloisters and decorate a medieval spice box or drinking goblet to take home.

Also on Sunday.

Toons at Noon: Mother, May I

Saturday, May 27, 12:15 pm–2:00 pm
The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52 Street )

See classic mom-themed TV shows on a big screen. Program includes Pingu, Where the Wild Things Are and Ramona.


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