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15 things to do this weekend in NYC, from a Jazz Age party to war re-enactments and concerts

Sample barbecue at Hudson River Park, check out street photography and more this weekend.

Now in its 14th year, the two-day Jazz

Now in its 14th year, the two-day Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island gives guests a chance to party in Prohibition Era-inspired fashion.  Photo Credit: Walter Wlodarczyk

Weekend warriors, we've got your back. 

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment so you don't have to realize your fear of missing out. Here are our picks for things to do in New York City this weekend.


Metrograph features Chinese women filmmakers 

What Warner Bros. was to Old Hollywood, the Shaw Brothers Studio was to Hong Kong cinema. The "Shaw Sisters" series focuses on the studio's lesser-known releases from female filmmakers, including Ann Hui's wartime romance "Love in a Fallen City" (1984), Casey Chan's ghost story "Face to Face" (2002) and Angie Chen's thriller "Maybe It's Love" (1984), in photo. ($15; Friday through Sept. 1; Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St., Manhattan;

Chow down during Dog Restaurant Week (through Aug. 25)

Organized by the folks at Petminded, it’s a week restaurants around the city offer promotions for dog owners dining with their canine companions. Visit for more information. 

Sing with Shawn Mendes at Barclays Center (Friday & Saturday)

Will the singer-songwriter-heartthrob have the No. 1 single in the country by the time "Shawn Mendes: The Tour" reaches Barclays Center? Well, señoritas, it could be true, la-la-la. In any case, Mendes has plenty of other hits from "In My Blood" to "If I Can’t Have You" to roll out. (From $69.50; 7:30 p.m. Barclays Center, Brooklyn;

Celebrate with food at Bessou

Bessou, the Japanese comfort food restaurant, is throwing a third anniversary bash with family-style servings of fried pork sandwiches, sushi crispy rice, fried chicken, ice cream and more. There will be a cash bar with sake, beer, wine and sangria, too. ($50-$40; 5 to 9 p.m.; 5 Bleecker St.;


Do blues and barbecue by the Hudson

The Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival, now in its 20th year, is a mashup of barbecued food curated from restaurants around the city and live music generated by bands including the Harlem Gospel Choir, AJ Ghent and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. (Free; 2 to 9 p.m.; Hudson River Park's Pier 97 at W. 57th Street, Manhattan;

Do the Charleston at the Jazz Age Lawn Party (Saturday & Sunday)

Now in its 14th year, this two-day gathering on Governors Island gives guests a chance to party in Prohibition Era-inspired fashion. Food trucks will be selling grub but picnicking is allowed (outside alcohol is prohibited). Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra are back as the featured performers, and Roaring '20s-style dance lessons will be offered. Show off what you learned in dance contests held daily. ($45 to $175; noon to 6 p.m.; Governors Island, Manhattan;

Be amused at dogs in costume

Park Slope's block party this weekend is going to the dogs — come watch canines (or bring your own) in costume at the Freddy's Bar Doggy Fashion Parade. There will also be a free kickboxing class, yoga class, giant games, '80s disco music and a vintage car show. (Free; 5 to 9 p.m.; Fifth Avenue, from Prospect to 18th streets;

Connect with street art photographers (starts Saturday)

Peruse street art photography at this showcase at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream Shop that features @just_a_spectator, @venusinorbit, @catscoffeecreativity@walkinggirlnyc, @a_candela_photography and others. The inside of the shop will feature signed images that will be for sale. Proceeds go toward the Mikey Likes It Academy, a nonprofit organization that trains at-risk youth in food services and provides them with opportunities to receive certification and employment. It's a good way to meet the artists, shop, and give to charity. Plus, there will be free ice cream while supplies last. (Free; 4 to 9 p.m., but photos will remain up through the month; 199 Avenue A, Lower East Side;

Be a part of the discussion on gentrification

Visual artist Dionis Ortiz is asking Harlem and Washington Heights residents to take part in a project called "Give Me The Light," by painting and personalizing light bulbs, which will be illuminated and displayed throughout the park. Participants will be asked to do a filmed interview about the impact of gentrification on their lives and their art. (Free;  6 p.m.; St. Nicholas Park at 135th Street and St. Nicholas Ave.)

Roast historical figures at Caveat

Comedians will wield their words against history's biggest names and events, from Rasputin to the Beat Generation at this no holds barred show at Caveat. Spike Einbinder, Emily Winter, Maggie Crane, Nonye Brown-West, and Julian Edward Williams will join host Matt Strickland in the onslaught. ($10-$12; 9:30 p.m.; 21A Clinton St.;


Dance and dine at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

Roy Wilkins Park in Queens will be the hub for food and entertainment on Sunday, when the city's top Caribbean restaurants and food vendors will serve up dishes, offer demonstrations and compete in jerk competitions. Celebrity chefs Ji Cha, Troy Levy, Darlene B. and Sam Davis will also show off their culinary talents and there will be a "Celebrity Cook-Off Challenge" between performer and Soca singer Fay-Ann Lyons and Tara Wallace, a former personality from "Love and Hip-Hop: NY." ($38; noon to 8 p.m.; Merrick & Baisely boulevards, Queens;

Meet the meme as art

Taking cues from the social impact of the meme, "Memeseum" uses the work from a roster of artists to explore how deep and thoughtful a creative mind can take those trending, circulating images we see in our feeds. ($10; Aug. 25 to 31; Court Tree Gallery, 371 Court St., 2nd Floor, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn;

Be a sneakerhead in public

Shop from more than 200 vendors (that's 200,000 pairs of sneakers), play in gaming tournaments and enter raffles to win sneakers, apparel, half-priced limited-edition kicks and more at this year's Sneaker Games New York. (Free entry; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 299 South St., Manhattan;

Learn from a pro

Get tips from professional tennis coaches and team Lacoste players at the Central Park tennis courts at this U.S. Open Championships kickoff event, hosted by French Open Doubles Champion Murphy Jensen. (Free; noon to 2 p.m.; W. 96th Street at Central Park West;

Witness Revolutionary War history reenacted

Head to Green-Wood Cemetery for a day of re-enactment, parades, cannon fire and more to remember the Battle of Brooklyn (1776) that took part on the land the cemetery now owns. In the morning, there will be a chance to meet the soldiers and their horses, and at 12:30 p.m., the parade and battle march begin. It all wraps up with a commemoration ceremony. (Free; 11 to 2 p.m.; 500 25th St., Brooklyn;


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