Things to Do Inauguration Day events in NYC: Grab a drink, meditate and more as Trump is sworn in as president By Dana Reszutek firstname.lastname@example.org Updated January 20, 2017 10:50 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email It’s time to say goodbye to President Obama and hello to President Trump. Whether you’re looking forward to the next presidency or wishing Jan. 20 never came, Inauguration Day is sure to be memorable. Grab a drink at a bar, have a laugh at a comedy event or simply meditate at these local events to keep calm until Jan. 21 -- or 2020. Free 'Loving' screening at Museum of the Moving Image Photo Credit: Focus Features / Ben Rothstein The Museum of the Moving Image is showing a free screening of Jeff Nichols' "Loving" on Inauguration Day. Producer Sarah Green will be in attendance, participating in a discussion after the film. Moviegoers will receive tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. (36-01 35th Ave., Queens, 2:30 p.m., movingimage.us) 'Alternative to Watching it Happen' at Hinterlands Bar Photo Credit: Hinterlands Bar Looking to avoid Inauguration Day altogether? Head to to this Brooklyn dive bar, which will be playing cute animal videos on its screens instead of the Washington, D.C. festivities. Head to the bar before 7 p.m. to enjoy its happy hour, which includes $4 draft beers and $1 off all other drinks. (739 Church Ave., Brooklyn, 1 p.m. to 4 a.m., facebook.com/events) '#WeAreHer Live: A Night of Female Empowerment' Photo Credit: Friends & Lovers Crown Heights bar Friends & Lovers is hosting a benefit for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, featuring performances from local female artists. Abbi Press, Raine, Beccs and more will take the stage, with DJs Haruka, Twelve45 and Mihoko heading up the after-party. (641 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free entry with suggested donation of $10-$20, facebook.com) 'Swear In, Breathe Out' at Rubin Museum of Art Photo Credit: Rubin Museum of Art Head to the Rubin Museum of Art for a meditation and yoga class, led by Sarah Platt-Finger, co-founder of ISHTA Yoga. The class will be accompanied by live electronic music from Aya & Taylor. (150 W. 17th St., Manhattan, 7-8:30 p.m., $30 to $35, rubinmusuem.org) 'Let America Be America Again' reading marathon at Brooklyn Museum Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt The Brooklyn Museum is hosting a daylong marathon reading of Langston Hughes' 1935 poem, "Let America Be America Again," on Inauguration Day. A variety of artists, writers, performers and members of the community will take the stage to read the poem at 30 minute intervals. (Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, first floor, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, brooklynmuseum.org) Village Pourhouse and SideBAR Photo Credit: Village Pourhouse via Facebook Village Pourhouse and SideBAR are combining their Inauguration Day specials with another Jan. 20 event -- National Cheese Lovers Day. Head to the Manhattan bars to enjoy a free Bud Light draft with your choice of a cheesy dish, including nachos, cheeseburgers and more. (64 Third Ave. and 118 E. 15th St., Manhattan, open until 2 a.m., villagepourhouse.com, sidebarny.com) 'Keep Calm & Drink More Beer' at e's BAR Photo Credit: e's BAR This uptown spot is encouraging drinking -- and eating -- on Inauguration Day. Enjoy a $10 burger and beer special all day, as well as more than 100 board games to play if you're feeling a little bored with the festivities. (511 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., e-barnyc.com) Art-Making Happy Hour at the Bronx Museum of the Arts Photo Credit: The Bronx Museum of the Arts Join Bronx artist Dennis Redmoon Darkeem for a creative happy hour at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Darkeem will take attendees through his process of making his mixed-media project, "New Understandings," with a hands-on demonstration. "New Understandings" is Darkeem's reflection on the new year, which is sure to have political undertones. For those who want to drink while they work, beer and wine will be available for $5. (Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 6-8 p.m., bronxmuseum.org) Bagatelle Photo Credit: Bagatelle This Meatpacking District eatery is donating $1 from every Sangria Rosé drink ($16) sold throughout the month of January, and is encouraging patrons to take advantage of this offer on Inauguration Day. Sip on the rosé cocktail, consisting of orange vodka, crème de pêche liqueur, peach purée and lemon juice. Money from the drinks will benefit the ACLU. (1 Little West 12th St., Manhattan, 212-488-2110, bagatellenyc.com) 'I can tell from the sounds that it isn't Her: Inauguration Day' pop-up gallery Photo Credit: "Wrap," 18x24", by Gary Duehr Artist Grace Musser is teaming up with design group and foundation Bottletop to present a free gallery, focusing on wearable designs and art inspired by the election and inauguration. Works from other artists including Gary Duehr (pictured) will also be on display. (89 Ave. C, Manhattan, 3-6 p.m., free, eventbrite.com) Keep It Together kick-off event at Gold Sounds Photo Credit: Gold Sounds Max Decibel Music and the Anti-Bigot Brigade's first Keep It Together bi-monthly charity music night will debut on Inauguration Day at Bushwick's Gold Sounds. Enjoy performances from No Nets, The Thirds, Swinging Riot, Almost Aimless and Girls Scout, with proceeds benefiting the Ali Forney Center for LGBTQ youth. Bring a coat for New York Cares' annual coat drive, and dance the night away at this feel-good event. (Gold Sounds, 44 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., $10, goldsoundsbar.com) The Anti-Inaugural Ball Photo Credit: The Anti-Inaugural Ball In order to "counter cynicism," as the event page reads, local musicians are putting on a night of performances on the evening of Inauguration Day. Phyllis Chen, Jordan Dodson, So Percussion and more artists and groups are set to take the stage. While you watch the music, enjoy free drinks from Stephen King, the bartender of The Musket Room. Though the event is free, attendees are encouraged to make donations to social activist organizations; a laptop station will be set up for anyone who would like to give. (The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W. 37th St., Manhattan, 7 p.m.-midnight, facebook.com/events) 'United: A Concert for the People' Photo Credit: United: A Concert for the People This charity concert -- all proceeds will benefit the ACLU -- will bring a diverse group of singers and musicians to the stage, performing pieces from a variety of genres. Enjoy performances by Marisa del Campo, Angela Novy, Autumn Tilson, Chris Busch and many more. (Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St., Manhattan, 8-9:15 p.m., $15, two drink minimum, facebook.com/events) Day One poetry reading and open mic Photo Credit: Poets House Head to the Poets House for Day One, an Inauguration Day-inspired evening of readings from local artists. Hear words from Wo Chan, Patricia Spears Jones, Rosebud Ben-Oni and more. After the scheduled performances, a limited number of open mic slots will take the stage. (10 River Terrace, Manhattan, 5-7 p.m., free, facebook.com/events) Buti yoga with the Founding Fathers Photo Credit: Vanessa Dunleavy Vanessa Dunleavy, pictured, will be hosting a special Buti yoga class -- a dance-based exercise -- to commemorate Inauguration Day, all to the soundtrack of "Hamilton: The Musical." The class will end with a guided meditation and journal exercise, so be prepared to write out any of your presidential-related feelings. (CLAY Health Club + Spa, 25 W. 14th St., Manhattan, 7 to 9 p.m., $25, eventbrite.com) Inauguration Day specials at Mundo Photo Credit: Mundo This Long Island City eatery, located inside the Paper Factory Hotel, is offering food and drink specials for Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. Mundo will have Get Trumped well shots for $4.50 -- to mark the inauguration of the 45th president -- as well as an "America is Great" beer and burger combo. Enjoy The Factory Burger paired with a choice of any domestic or international beer on the menu for $15. (37-06 36th St., Queens, 5-11 p.m., mundonewyork.com) 'Inauguration Antidote' at Owl's Head Photo Credit: Owl's Head Take a break from watching Inauguration Day festivities and head to this Bay Ridge wine and craft beer bar, which prides itself on its lack of TVs. The bar is hosting an "Inauguration Antidote" night, encouraging good food, great conversation and, of course, plenty of drinks. Owl's Head will also be inaugurating a new orange wine to the menu. (479 74th St., Brooklyn, 5 p.m.-1 a.m., theowlshead.com) What A Joke national comedy fest (Jan. 19 to 21) Photo Credit: Phil Provencio Brooklyn comedians Emily Winter and Jenn Welch, pictured, have organized a national comedy fest, What a Joke, featuring three days of stand-up performances in NYC and beyond. The What a Joke local shows will take place at The Stand on Jan. 19, The Annoyance Theater at Jan. 20 and Rough Trade at Jan. 21. Comedians set to take the stage these nights include Janeane Garofalo, Josh Gondelman, Laurie Kilmartin and many more. Tickets to the shows, as well as purchases of the fest's red "What a Joke" hat, will support the ACLU. ($15 to $40, for tickets, visit whatajokefest.com) Inauguration Day Sneak Peek at Industry City Photo Credit: Wartega New Kings County breweries Wartega and Lineup are hosting a tasting of their latest beers for Inauguration Day. Arcane Distilling will also be at the event, pouring its Lone Wolf and Arcane Fernet brews. Tickets include four beers and a shot, and proceeds will benefit the International Rescue Committee, Planned Parenthood and the Natural Resources Defense Council. (33 35th St., 6A, Brooklyn, 8:30 to 11 p.m., $35, eventbrite.com) Dashboard Confessional Photo Credit: Getty Images / Ethan Miller Get your feelings out on the dance floor of Irving Plaza at emo band Dashboard Confessional's concert. Let's face it: You haven't felt this angsty since middle school (Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., 7 p.m., $49, vividseats.com) 'Inaugurate Love: Dreaming Our Nation United' Photo Credit: Courtesy of United Palace Need a day of creativity? Head uptown for this all-day event, featuring group meditation, sound healing, drumming circles, spoken word and more. Ellen Burstyn, Gary Jules and Leah Siegel are slated to perform at the free event. (United Palace Cathedral, 4140 Broadway, Manhattan, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free, eventbrite.com) 'Handbills of Subversion' at MF Gallery Photo Credit: @handbills_of_subversion via Instagram In reaction to the upcoming Trump presidency, MF Gallery is hosting "Handbills of Subversion -- Tremendous Art from Losers, Nasty Women and The Gays." A selection of 8.5"x 11" works of art from dozens of artists including Adam Suerte, Drew Maillard (pictured), Tara McPherson and more. All handbills will be up for sale priced at $120, with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. (MF Gallery, 213 Bond St., Brooklyn, 7 to 10 p.m., free admission, facebook.com/events) By Dana Reszutek email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Fleet Week fun, female 'Hamlet' and more to do this weekYou could go home right after work ... but the couch will still be there afterward. Your guide to inaugural eventsThe day will be filled with the traditional swearing-in, parade and inaugural balls. Our freebie guide to the cityComedy shows, exhibits, concerts ... so much you won't have to pay for. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.