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NYC weekend picks: Mermaid Parade, LEGO bar and more things to do

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.

Unplugged at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Fridays)

Catch intimate acoustic acts curated by the Brooklyn
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Catch intimate acoustic acts curated by the Brooklyn Americana Music Series and DeGraw Sound each Friday. The concerts are at Pier 3 Greenway Terrace at Brooklyn Bridge Park at 6 p.m.

  • June 21: Queen Esther, opening set by Jan Bell
  • June 28: Greg Schätz / Will Scott & Charlie Burnham
  • July 12: Common Jack / Kevin Daniel
  • July 19: Pearla / Yella Belly
  • July 26: Ben Rice / Queue
  • August 2: Sophie Colette / Eighty Ninety 8090

Flower Market at Arthouse Hotel (Fridays)

Arthouse Hotel New York City is opening its
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Arthouse Hotel New York City is opening its flower market for the season every second Friday of the month from May through August. The hotel's lobby is transformed into a garden with flowers by Edelweiss Floral Atelier, including arrangements, bouquets, flower crowns and a botanical-themed cocktail menu available for purchase. (Free entry, cocktails are $12; 2178 Broadway, W 77th St.; arthousehotelnyc.com)

Summer Sessions (Fridays)

Head to the Barclays Center's plaza for live
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Head to the Barclays Center's plaza for live performances from local and emerging artists, with DJ Donwill and Nappy Nina kicking it off on Friday. There will be food trucks on site, including The Sausage Kings. The event is always free and runs from 4 to 7 p.m. June 21, July 12 & 25, Aug. 2, 16 & 29.

Go to ANT Fest at Ars Nova (June 21-27)

The four-week Ars Nova ANT Fest, which in
Photo Credit: Spencer Bokat-Lindel

The four-week Ars Nova ANT Fest, which in past seasons launched shows such as "Underground Railroad Game," continues this weekend with two shows that look at death. In "Wave Emoji" by Nazareth Hassan, running Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m., someone dies repeatedly in a tsunami. A reporter's vigil over the dying Walt Whitman is the subject of "Deathbed Edition" by Julian Hornik, pictured, on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m. ( $15 in advance, $20 at door; Ars Nova, 511 W. 54th St., Manhattan; arsnovanyc.com

Lounge at a bar built from toy bricks (June 19-23)

Inspired by building-block toys, the Brick Bar New
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Inspired by building-block toys, the Brick Bar New York pop-up gathering is constructed from more than a million blocks, including some for customers to play with. DJs will be spinning, and the bar will be serving cocktails and even a  Brick Burger bunned in colorful square rolls. ($15-$40; guests under 21 must be escorted by adult and attend before 6 p.m.; Bogart House, 230 Bogart St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn;  thebrickbars.com)

Catch a movie under the stars

With warmer weather, the city's parks, restaurants and
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

With warmer weather, the city's parks, restaurants and museums are screening films outdoors. Here's what's on this weekend:

June 21 -- "Peppermint Soda (Diablo menthe)" at 8:30 p.m. at WNYC Transmitter Park in Brooklyn; "Coco" at 6:30 p.m. on Pier 45 Hudson River Park; Celebration of Modern Caribbean Cinema at 8:30 p.m. at Prospect Park in Brooklyn

June 22 -- "Crazy Rich Asians" at 8 p.m. at The Oval in Hunter's Point South Park in Queens

June 23 -- "What Women Want" at 8 p.m. at Habana (757 Fulton St.) in Brooklyn

Find more in our outdoor movie guide.

See 'Three the Hard Way' (June 22-23)

On the heels of the new "Shaft" film
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On the heels of the new "Shaft" film comes a screening of Gordon Parks Jr.'s 1974 gem starring the ensemble cast of Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly. It's part of a weekend of African-American crime movies that includes separate showings of the Pam Grier classic "Coffy" (1973) and "Set It Off" (1996). ($15; 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday; the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens;  movingimage.us)

See a street-art celebration in Brooklyn (through August)

A wide-ranging program also including film, lectures and
Photo Credit: Amanda Bessette POSE 2019/Lyndon French

A wide-ranging program also including film, lectures and live performances, "Beyond the Streets" is an international exhibit featuring pieces from graffiti artists, photographers, sculptors and other creatives souls inspired by styles taken from street art. ($25; 25 Kent Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn;  beyondthestreets.com)

Jumpstart the season at ALT 92.3 Summer Open (June 22-23)

ALT 92.3 will start the summer with two
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ALT 92.3 will start the summer with two days of indie-rockers, including The Lumineers, in photo, headlining the Saturday show and The Head and The Heart headlining the Sunday show. But both days' lineups are stacked with favorites -- including The Revivalists, and Sharon Van Etten on Saturday, and Young the Giant and Fitz & The Tantrums on Sunday, along with a special acoustic performance from Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba. ($39.50 to $89.50 daily; 6 p.m.; Forest Hills Stadium, Queens;  axs.com)

Côtes du Rhône Food & Wine Festival (June 23)

Sip the wine and savor the food and
Photo Credit: Bistrot du Carre du Palais / Pub of Carre du Palais

Sip the wine and savor the food and atmosphere of the Cotes du Rhone, located in the south of France, at an open-air, one-day festival at Second Floor. The festival will give you a chance to taste wines from the region and pair them with authentic dishes. ($55-$80; 5:15 to 8:30 p.m.; 849 Sixth Ave., Manhattan; cdrfest.com)

See 'A Strange Loop' at Playwrights Horizons (through July 7)

A man called Usher is black, queer and
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A man called Usher is black, queer and working a job he hates while writing an original musical about a black, queer writer working a job he hates. See how that works out in the appropriately titled play "A Strange Loop" by Michael R. Jackson. With Jason Veasey, left, and Larry Owens. (Starting at $59; Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St., Manhattan;  playwrightshorizons.org)

Explore the Rosé Mansion (through Sept. 30)

This pop-up 32,000-square-foot fun house gives grown-ups a
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This pop-up 32,000-square-foot fun house gives grown-ups a chance to play in a ball pit and a tree house, or to lounge in cabanas -- all while sipping and sampling rosé wines. ($45 on weekends and $35 on weekdays before 5 p.m.; open Wednesday to Monday; ticket price includes eight tasting samples of wine, wineglass, collectible pin; 111 W. 32nd St., Manhattan;  rosewinemansion.com)

Drag Queen Weekend Brunch (Saturdays & Sundays)

Head to Oscar Wilde for a drag queen
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Head to Oscar Wilde for a drag queen brunch starring Jasmine Rice LaBeija, who will host two one-hour shows at 1:30 and 3 p.m. with music by DJ 2Face. Guests will have the option to add $1 to their bill for a donation toward the Trevor Project, too. Oscar Wilde will match each guest's $1 donation during the brunch for the entire month of June. (Reserved seating is $25 with one entree and one drink or $40 per person with unlimited booze; 1:30 and 3 p.m.; 45 W. 27th St., Manhattan;  oscarwildenyc.com)

Head to Governors Island

The opening of Governors Island is a sure
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The opening of Governors Island is a sure sign of warmer, fun-filled days. Head to the 172-acre island for a day of cycling, picnicking, kayaking, free art exhibits and performances

Shop, dine and enjoy a taste of Queens (Saturdays)

In celebration of the cultural diversity found in
Photo Credit: Queens Night Market/Sharon Medina-Chavez

In celebration of the cultural diversity found in the borough, the Queens Night Market features dozens of vendors selling food and wares plus art, with live performances and entertainment, to boot. ($5 only required for this Saturday; 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays, April 20 to Aug. 17, also Sept. 28 to Oct. 26; New York Hall of Science: 47-01 111th St., Corona, Queens;  queensnightmarket.com)

Free Flatiron Tour (every Sunday)

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID)
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The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) hosts free, 90-minute walking tours of the Flatiron District by professional guides each Sunday. You'll stop by the famous Flatiron building, the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower and more. (Free, 11 a.m., meet at the tip of the Flatiron building at 23rd Street, flatirondistrict.nyc)

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the
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Pay what you want to get into the Whitney on Friday evenings. The museum has 63,000 square feet of exhibition space and has about 15,000 pieces of work by artists like Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and others. (7 to 10 p.m., 99 Gansevoort St., facebook.com)

Drag Queen Brunch (every Sunday)

Make your brunch a little more glamorous with
Photo Credit: Molly Tavoletti

Make your brunch a little more glamorous with Toro Loco's Sunday Drag Queen Brunch, featuring performances from the city's best drag queens and live music, like electronic saxophonist @livesax. For $50 per person, you'll get two hours of unlimited share plates and up to five signature brunch cocktails each. (15 Stone St., 917-262-0444, toroloconyc.com)

Tour Ellis Island's hospital

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known
Photo Credit: Untapped Cities | Augustin Pasquet

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known as an entrance point for turn-of-the-last-century European immigrants, also has a history of holding the ill who arrived but weren't deemed healthy enough to enter. This around two-hour tour of the century-old disease wards shows how those treated and held here ate, lived and, sometimes, died. Dress for the weather; closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Not wheelchair-accessible; children must be 10 or older. ($75, 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays until the end of 2018, Ellis Island: Statue of Liberty National Monument, untappedcities.com)

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