We’ve got a boozy weekend on tap: women-owned breweries, whiskey with a side of rock-and-roll, and a not-so-secret summer cocktail soirée. Your Lyft driver will be the real MVP this weekend.
Eating + Drinking
For all you ladies who love their lagers, Hop Culture hears you loud and clear. The Beers With(out) Beards Craft Beers Festival is offering up New York’s best brews during this hops-y celebration of female brewers. Saturday, August 11; 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; The Well, 272 Meserole Street, Williamsburg
Keep calm…or just rock on at the second annual Fear the Riff event, NYC’s premier effects pedals and guitar gear expo. And for those who barely know how to use a pick, skip the shopping and make a beeline for the food and drink vendors—then have a chat with special guests Zakk Wylde (the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne), Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister), and John Petrucci (Dream Theatre). Saturday, August 11; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street, Greenpoint
New Yorkers love a good outdoor screening, but the Brooklyn Mirage might just take the cake. We know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that a club? Yes, it is. But this Friday, the venue will be transformed into “Mirage Cinema”—expect 3D immersive sound, a pre-movie cocktail hour, an ice cream social, and a chance to test your knowledge on today’s feature film, The Fifth Element, during an exciting round of trivia. Friday, August 10; 140 Stewart Avenue, Williamsburg; 6–11 p.m.
What do you get when you combine peak-season ingredients, botanical spirits, and an evening of music and dance in a gorgeous garden courtyard? You get the freshest farm-to-table cocktail celebration of the year, Secret Summer, where you might actually get to pick the ingredients to complete your drink. Sunday, August 12; 2–8 p.m.; The Foundry, 42-38 9th Street, Long Island City
Your kids can zip-line down Centre Street, compete in an obstacle course, and play games (of both the analog and digital variety) during Summer Streets, when the city shuts down seven miles of prime Manhattan thoroughfare to traffic and opens it up to general pedestrian frolicking. Saturday, August 11 and Saturday, August 18, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Theater expert David Cote’s latest recommended must-see comes from novelist and filmmaker Babak Mehrabi Parsiyan, whose mystical new play, Huldra, was inspired by a Scandinavian folktale about a woman who baptizes half of her children but hides the unbaptized ones from God. A terrible curse follows! Torn Page, 435 West 22nd Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues), Chelsea; Thursday, August 9–Saturday, August 11, 7:30–9:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 12, 4:30–6 p.m.; Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Think you’re a yoga pro? Try adding acrobatics to your morning vinyasa. Chelsea Piers is hosting the East Coast’s oldest and most diverse AcroYoga Festival, with more than 50 unique classes, a photo city tour, and a jam fest in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. Friday, August 10–Sunday, August 12