Weekend Fun

Weekend Plans in NYC: December 27–29, 2019

Caterpillars! Comedy! “Casablanca”!

Photo courtesy of South Street Seaport Museum/Facebook

Goodbye, 2019. Hello, 2020. Here’s how to celebrate the last weekend of the decade.

Family Fun

Meet author-illustrator Eric Carle’s famous multileg character, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, from his popular children’s picture book at the South Street Seaport’s interactive puppet show. Kids will even get a chance to take a picture with the cute bug—before he turns into a butterfly! Through Sunday, December 29; Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street (between Fulton and Beekman Streets), Financial District


We may be approaching a new decade, but this December the New York Transit Museum is turning back time to the 1930s during its long-standing holiday tradition of running NYC’s vintage trains through Manhattan. This Sunday marks the last day to ride, when travelers will start at Second Avenue and journey all the way up to 145th Street. Sunday, December 29; Second Avenue (uptown F line), lower Manhattan

Photo courtesy of New York Transit Museum

The results are in…sort of. The hosts of music podcast Repeater, Evan Forde Barden and Patrick Cartelli, invite their fave comedians to the stage to share their thoughts on the best song of the year, with only one coming out on top by the end of the show. Sunday, December 29; 7–8:30 p.m.; Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria


Now this is refreshing: Grand Bazaar is encouraging shoppers to give themselves a pat on the back—and a shopping spree—for making it through the holidays. Go ahead and splurge on goods created by local vendors and talented artisans during this treat-yourself event. Sunday, December 29; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Grand Bazaar; 100 West 77th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues), Upper West Side

Photo courtesy of Grand Bazaar

Here’s looking at you, kid—and to everyone else who loses track of time during this awkward period between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Feel free to lose yourself in Casablanca (and Humphrey Bogart’s eyes) during IFC’s weeklong screening of one of the best films ever made. Through Thursday, January 2; IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue (off West 3rd Street), Greenwich Village

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