Whether you’re running for a good cause or snapping selfies with picturesque blooms, New York City is giving you all the reasons to keep your weekend plans outdoors.
Octavia, Imani, and June are three 20ish girls in New York who want to party, have fun, get laid, and enjoy their lives. In BLKS, they pledge to “resurrect their fly” over the course of a very trying day. This new urban comedy by poet Aziza Barnes is directed by the marvelous playwright-director Robert O’Hara. Through Sunday, May 26; Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, 511 West 52nd Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), Hell’s Kitchen
Eating + Drinking
Break your Passover fast stylishly this year, courtesy of the Jewish Food Society. The nonprofit has teamed up with Happy Cooking Hospitality’s Fairfax for a North African–inspired feast perfect for your sweet tooth (marzipan-stuffed dates, anyone?). Saturday, April 27; 7–11 p.m.; 234 West 4th Street (between Charles and West 10th Streets)
“They’re iconic. They’re majestic. They’re endangered. They need your help.” Run for the wild and save animals at risk of going extinct (10,000 times faster than ever before!), only at the Bronx Zoo’s annual 5K family run. Saturday, April 27; 8 a.m.; 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Now in its 17th year, the Downtown Urban Arts Festival is back with a diverse lineup of independent films, live theater, poetry slams, ’90s music, and so much more. Through Saturday, May 18; multiple locations
It’s that time of year again—the Brooklyn Botanic Garden highlights Japanese culture in its most stunning and long-awaited annual event, the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to taking in the vivid pink blossoms (which will be at their peak during these two days), visitors will also be treated to taiko drumming performances, demonstrations by samurai sword masters, and shopping opportunities at a mini flea market. Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28; Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Prospect Park