10 things to do this weekend in NYC: Hello Panda, Big Apple Circus and more

With the holiday season upon us, NYC is of course in it’s natural state of festive cheer this weekend. Though, there’s plenty of other things that can keep you busy as well.

Friday

NY Nightlife Cares Coat Drive

One coat donation is all you need for free admission to the house music party of the evening. Rissa Garcia, Sean Cormac, Chili Davis, Ruez will all be taking the deck sat 3 Dollar Bill bar and venue at 260 Meserole St. in East Williamsburg Friday night.

Big Apple Circus

Guess who’s back in Lincoln Center? Bring out the family for this one of a kind tent circus in the heart of the Upper West Side at 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. The circus runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be around for much of December. More: https://bigapplecircus.com/

Hello Panda Festival

The city’s inaugural Hello Panda Festival touches down in the World’s Borough this weekend at Citi Field, sticking around throughout January of next year. More than 120 massively illuminated and handcrafted lanterns will be on display across from 126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, and guests will get to enjoy great food provided by 30 vendors at the festival organized by CPAA North America and The World’s Fare.

Hello Panda is open seven days a week from 5 to 10 p.m., Dec. 6 to Jan. 26, 2020. More: http://www.hellopandafest.com/

Saturday

Lower East Side Food Tour

You pick the destinations of the delicious food tour through some of the best and most diverse cuisine while learning the lengthy history behind it all on the Lower East Side, starting at 1 p.m. this Saturday. Meet outside Yonah Schimmel’s Kinsh Bakery at 137 E. Houston St. More: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/new-york-tours/food-tours/lower-east-side-food-tour/

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show NYC

America’s largest murder mystery dinner show comes to The Hideout Downstiars at 22 Warren Street this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s here that you will “tackle a challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner” and may even find yourself ending up as a suspect! More: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-dinner-detective-murder-mystery-dinner-show-nyc-tickets-77584050985

 

Harlem Night Market

It’s the inaugural run for Manhattan’s first night market this weekend at the recently renovated, historic La Marqueta venue at 1590 Park Ave where you can “taste some of Harlem’s best food and drink offerings while shopping in our makers plaza to the sounds of Harlem’s hottest deejays.” More: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlem-night-market-at-la-marqueta-tickets-81140456289

 

New York’s Big Sleep Out with Will Smith

Times Square will host one of the year’s most active night’s against homelessness where people literally sleep out for a night in Times Square with 100% of proceeds going towards charities that help get people off the streets. More: https://www.bigsleepout.com/join-a-sleep-out/new-york

An activist for homelessness makes a sign in preparation for a previous sleep out.
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Christmas Bazaar Extravaganza

Aviator Sports and Events Center at Floyd Bennett Field will be decking its halls (mezzanine specifically) to bring in small businesses and vendors to showcase at this free event. More: https://www.aviatorsports.com/events/events-calendar/christmas-bazaar-extravaganza/

Sunday

Fruit and Grain Cider Fest

A world of breweries and cider houses will be coming to the Eventi Hotel at 851 6th Ave. this Sunday to pour out in this holiday season beer and cider festival. More: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fruit-and-grain-a-beer-and-cider-festival-tickets-72251256453

 

National Double Dutch League Holiday Classic

You’ll want to jump for this one. The annual holiday showcase held in Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre is where notably accomplished jump ropers will put on their, rapid-paced and unique routines for what is essentially the Super Bowl of Double Dutch. NYC based teams will face off against rivals from across America and the globe. More: http://www.nationaldoubledutchleague.com/holiday-classic/

Alex Mitchell