Things to Do NYC weekend picks: Our best bets By amNY.com staff Updated May 24, 2018 6:58 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Don't have any plans for the weekend? We're here to help. There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment and experience real life. Here are our picks for things to do in your city this weekend. Coney Island Tribute burlesque (May 25) Photo Credit: Clara Coquette Celebrate Coney Island -- "the people's playground"-- with a tale of its history through burlesque and sideshow with tributes to Coney Island's rides, amusement parks, bathing beauties and circus performers, events and characters. Performers include Clara Coquette, Bambi the Mermaid, Beelzebabe, Gigi Bonbon, Lil' Miss Lixx, Nola Star, Aurora North and Faux Pas le Fae, Nasty Canasta, and Rita N. Wink. ($15, 10 p.m., Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, coneyisland.com) 'Dope BBQ' (May 27) Photo Credit: Mouse Jones Celebrate everything "dope" (and Mike Nasty's birthday) with this barbecue and live music event by DJ Trueblends, DJ L-squared, DJ Mike Nasty and Proper Edakit. ($25, 2 to 10 p.m., Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., knockdown.center) See Shakespeare for free Photo Credit: Ryan Muir Catch the Drilling Company perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream," (Free, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., on the park's upper terrace, between 40th and 42nd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues, bryantpark.org) Theater 2020 is turning both the Great Room Theater at ART NY into the setting of a modern day Shakespeare comedy, "As U Like It." (Free, May 25-June 10, ART NY, theater2020.com) Sunnyside Gardens Park Memorial Day Fair (May 26) Photo Credit: Linda Rosier It wouldn't be the start of summer without a Memorial Day fair. Check out performances by local dance troupes and musicians, munch on barbecue and craft ice cream by Bliss Street Creamery, sip on beer and wine, and take part in raffles, arts and crafts and more. (Free entry, noon to 5 p.m., 41-21 39th Ave., Queens, facebook.com) Catch a movie under the stars (May 25-27) Photo Credit: Randall's Island Kick off a summer of outdoor movie screenings during your long weekend. Here's what is playing this weekend: May 25: "Moana" at Randall's Island Park, 8:30 p.m.; "Despicable Me 2" at Wolfe's Pond Park, 7:30 p.m.; "Coco" at Frank D. O'Connor Playground, 8 p.m.; "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at Bensonhurst Park, 8:15 p.m. May 26: "Jaws" at Detective Russel Timoshenko Soccer Field, 7:30 p.m.; "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at Sol Bloom Playground, 7:30 p.m.; "Finding Dory" at Gormon Playground, 8 p.m.; May 26: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at P.S. 249, 8:15 p.m. May 27: "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" at The Painter's Playground, 8 p.m. Be sure to grab a blanket and bring some snacks for these screenings. Here's our listing of outdoor movies this summer. Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai'i at NY Botanical Garden Photo Credit: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum In 1939, O'Keeffe spent two months in Hawaii, where she was being commissioned by the Hawaiian Pineapple Co. (now Dole) to produce images for an ad campaign. The New York Botanical Garden is showing more than 15 paintings she created during her visit, along with a display of Hawaiian flora. ($23-28, through Oct. 28, The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx, nybg.org) Free Memorial Day concert (May 27) Photo Credit: News 12 The Bronx Arts Ensemble is celebrating the holiday with a free concert of beloved songs at Van Cortlandt Park. Tunes like "The Star-Spangled Banner," "La Borinqueña," "Cabaret" from the show "Cabaret," "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from "Evita," "Let It Go" from "Frozen" and more are on the playlist. So grab a blanket and get ready for some free entertainment. (2 to 4 p.m., at 242nd Street and Broadway, the Bronx, bronxartsensemble.org) New York Philharmonic concert (May 28) Photo Credit: Getty Images / Grant Lamos IV Join the New York Philharmonic for its annual Memorial Day concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. This year's program will feature Vaughan Williams's "Fantasia on a Theme" by Thomas Tallis and Saint-Saëns's "Organ Symphony." Tickets are handed out starting at 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis and go fast, so line up early if you want a spot. (1047 Amsterdam Ave., Morningside Heights, 8 p.m., nyphil.org) Celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage (May 27) Photo Credit: Abraham Chuang Head to Union Square North to help celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week with cultural performances, food and activities for both the young and not so young. This rain-or-shine event is celebrating its 17th year. (Free, Noon to 5 p.m., Union Square North, 17th Street, between Park Avenue and Broadway, p2tw.org) Norman Rockwell exhibit (through Sept. 2) Photo Credit: Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum A traveling exhibition dedicated to Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms -- Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear and Freedom from Want -- comes to Manhattan. This 150-piece exhibition, "Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms," includes other works, historical documents, photographs, videos, artifacts and interactive displays. ($6-21, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, nyhistory.org) See a concert in a cemetery (May 28) Photo Credit: Green-Wood Historic Fund One of New York City's holiday traditions, Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting its 20th annual Memorial Day Concert, featuring a performance from the ISO Symphonic Band and Orchestra. Songs from late artists buried in the cemetery will be performed, including Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Paul Jabara. This year will celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, who is also buried there. (Free, 2:30 to 5 p.m., 500 25th St., Brooklyn, green-wood.com) Get in on Fleet Week fun (through May 29) Photo Credit: U.S. Navy You can't miss the men and women in their starched whites in and about the city this weekend during Fleet Week New York. In its 30th year, this time-honored celebration puts the latest capabilities and talents of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard on display, as well as providing ship tours, musical entertainment and remembrance ceremonies. Photo ID for 18 and older is required for ship tours. (Free, at various venues including Pier 86 in Manhattan, Times Square, Pier 90 in Manhattan, 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, fleetweeknewyork.com) Watch a glassblowing demo on board the GlassBarge (May 17-28) Photo Credit: Jeffrey Foote The Corning Museum of Glass is taking a 30-by-80-foot canal barge on a four-month journey along the Hudson River and Erie Canal. It starts at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 150 years after what was then the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company moved upstate. The GlassBarge has Corning's all-electric glassmaking equipment on board and will offer 30-minute demonstrations to visitors. (Free, Pier 5, Brooklyn Marina, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, cmog.org/GlassBarge) Empire Skate Roller disco exhibit (May 19-Oct 14) Photo Credit: The City Reliquary Museum Learn about Crown Heights' Empire Roller Skating Center's status as a national icon and its role in the African-American community through artifacts, video, photos and first-hand interviews of those who skated there during the 1970s and '80s. The opening reception is May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. ($5, Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, cityreliquary.org) Free outdoor yoga and dance classes (Saturdays in May) Photo Credit: Daniele Gates "Downtown Brooklyn Gets Physical" includes free "yinsa flow" yoga classes at 9 a.m. and rhythm/fitness dance classes at 10 and 11 a.m. for the next three Saturdays in May outside City Point. (Free, 9-11 a.m., Albee Square, 551 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, eventbrite.com) See 'Battle of the Bards' at Studio Theatre (through May 26) Photo Credit: Hunter Canning Subtitled "The Christopher Marlowe Festival," the six-week event will feature two original plays: "The Shakespeare Conspiracy" (pictured) by Ted Bacino and Rufus Cadigan, examining the long-held belief that there was some "shared" writing going on; and Peter B. Hodges' comedy "Marlowe's Fate," set on his last night on earth. ($20 to $22.25, Studio Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., theatrerow.org/studio-theatre) Queens International Night Market (Saturdays) Photo Credit: Sharon Medina-Chavez Now in its fourth year, this food and art market in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park features live performances, too. New bites for 2018 include Thai roasted crickets, Moldovan waffle rolls and Wenzhou-style fried chicken feet. Shop for trinkets like vintage brooches, stationery and Mexican handicrafts, too. 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