Things to Do Festivals in NYC: From food to film, there's a festival for you By amNY.com staff Updated May 16, 2019 5:09 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email No matter your interest, there's a festival for you. Several events are on the horizon for foodies, film nerds and those who like to partake in alcoholic beverages. So, mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city — and remember that New Yorkers buy tickets quickly. Craft in Focus Festival (May 18-20) Photo Credit: Bram Kloos Photography / Craft in Focus This three-day festival will put your hands and creativity to work with workshops for all ages, master classes and demonstrations for a wide range of crafts like calligraffiti, airbrush, eco-dyeing, basketry, stained glassmaking, suminagashi, robot-making, boatbuilding and more. (Free but master classes and workshops are ticketed; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with a party on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.; Industry City, 247 36th St., Sunset Park; craftinfocusnewyork.com) World Science Festival (May 22 - June 2) Photo Credit: Christopher Farber/World Science Festival/ Greg Kessler Sit in on talks among experts about scientific topics like the Theory of Relativity and the Apollo moon landing, an original production of "Light Falls: Space, Time and an Obsession of Einstein," and more during this year's World Science Festival. The festival isn't just talks -- go on a stargazing trip to Brooklyn Bridge Park, help in the great fish count, and meet experts among other fun excursions. Burgers, Bourbon & Beethoven (May 25) Photo Credit: Kevin Condon Head to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn for a cook-off between two competing burger recipes, a whiskey tasting and a performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. The competitors who win will get the Golden Spatula. (7 to 10 p.m.; $75-$80; 25th Street at Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn; deathofclassical.com) Brooklyn Film Festival (May 31 - June 9) Photo Credit: Yuko Torihara The upcoming Brooklyn Film Festival has been dubbed "The Gathering," a call to those searching for clarity and intelligent exchanges, and will feature filmmakers who are working in critical systems, outside of the box and against all odds, according to organizers. Programming will be spread across Brooklyn venues, including the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Windmill Studios in Greenpoint, Syndicated in Bushwick, UnionDocs in Williamsburg and Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO. New York Guitar Festival (June 1) Photo Credit: Ryan Muir Celebrating Memphis Minnie's musical legacy, the New York Guitar Festival is taking to Brookfield Place this year with multiple Grammy award-winning artists like Fantastic Negrito, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, Toshi Reagon, and Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive. (Free; 7 p.m.; 230 Vesey St., Manhattan; newyorkguitarfestival.org) Taste of Times Square (June 3) Photo Credit: Sara Kerens for the Times Square Alliance Enjoy a world of dishes from Times Square's top restaurants (Becco, Bond 45, Burger & Lobster, Dim Sum Palace, Fashion Bar & Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, Hourglass Tavern, Le Rivage, Sake Bar Hagi 46, and Toloache) for as low as $1 and music from local musicians. "Taste" tickets are $1 each and can then be redeemed for dishes, ranging from $1 to $6, at each restaurant booth. (Free; 5 to 9 p.m.; 46th Street between Broadway and Ninth Ave., Times Square; timessquarenyc.org) BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! (June 4) Photo Credit: BRIC Pati LaBelle is headlining this year's BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park bandshell. (Free; 8 p.m.; Prospect Park at Ninth Street and Prospect Park West; bricartsmedia.org) Women/Create! A Festival of Dance (June 11-16) Photo Credit: Women/Create! A Festival of Dance Female choreographers from Armitage Gone! Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, Katarzyna Skarpetowska (featuring Richmond Ballet), Helen Simoneau Danse and Jennifer Muller/The Works will present their work in several performances that promise to move hearts and minds, according to organizers. ($15 to $45; 2 and 7:30 p.m., at various locations, womencreatedance.org) Bacon & Beer Classic (June 8) Photo Credit: Bacon & Beer Classic The 6th Annual New York Bacon and Beer Classic is coming to Brooklyn for the first time with unlimited samples of bacon-inspired dishes (bacon mac 'n cheese, pork banh mi and bacon sliders), craft brews from about 50 local restaurants, live music and games. ($69; Brooklyn Mirage,140 Stewart Ave; baconandbeerclassic.com) Taste of Bushwick (June 10) Photo Credit: Caio Ferreira Sample the best of Bushwick's culinary scene (in support of The Bushwick Starr) including eats and drinks from the Brooklyn Cider House; General Deb's; Teo; Sally Roots; Guadalupe Inn; Archie's Bar + Pizza; Bushwick Sandwich Lab; Fine & Raw Chocolates; House of Yes; Syndicated and more. ($45 from May 1-31, $55 from June 1-10, $60 at the door, and VIP Hour is $85 or $100 at the door; 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Brooklyn Cider House 1100 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn; web.ovationtix.com) Museum Mile Festival (June 11) Photo Credit: Jennifer S. Altman Take a stroll up Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th streets during the 39th annual Museum Mile Festival and visit seven of the city's most iconic establishments, including El Museo de Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt, the Guggenheim, Neue Galerie New York and the Met. There will be special exhibits that will be open for free, as well as live music, activities and entertainers outside. (Free; 6 to 9 p.m.; Fifth Avenue, Manhattan; museummilefestival.org) Taste of Jewish Culture (June 16) Photo Credit: Workmen's Circle Enjoy a day of food from a variety of vendors (Glazed and Confused, Ess-a-Bagel, Harlem Seafood Soul), Klezmer music, dance, arts and crafts, and shopping at a festival from the Workmen's Circle. Since it falls on Father's Day, all dads will get a free egg cream. (Free; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sixth Avenue, between 48th and 49th streets, midtown; circle.org) OZY Fest (July 20-21) Photo Credit: Getty Images for Ozy Media/Brad Barket The fourth annual OZY Fest hits Central Park's Great Lawn this summer, with John Legend and Miguel as headliners. Joy of Sake (June 21) Photo Credit: Joy of Sake Sample and shop from premium sake brands (more than 200 are labels not available in the U.S.) and nibble on food from some of the city's top Asian restaurants at The Joy of Sake. Some of what you'll taste are gold and silver award-winners from the annual U.S. National Sake Appraisal. ($110; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.; joyofsake.com) Opera Fest (April 29 - June 30) Photo Credit: Laura Thompson for Opera On Tap A two-month celebration of opera is on its way with more than 20 city-based companies performing at more than 25 events around the city, with a kick-off on April 29 at Marc Scorca Hall. Highlights include "The Stonewall Operas," which will premiere at the West Village's Stonewall Inn to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, "The Mikado," which is set in Donald Trump's White House, and a musical setting of portions of the U.S. Constitution by Vertical Player Repertory. ($25 tickets grant access to a number of the productions, nyoperafest.com) Rite of Summer Festival (June - September) Photo Credit: Adrien H. Tillmann The Rite of Summer Festival returns to Governors Island with free outdoor concerts starting in June with Ensemble Connect, Sandbox Percussion, Go: Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Raga Massive (pictured), Sirius Quartet and more. The shows will be presented twice the same day. (Free; 1 and 3 p.m.; Nolan Park, Governors Island; riteofsummer.com) By amNY.com staff Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.