Weekend Fun

Summer Is Coming! What You Should Do in NYC This Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Cheers to a three-day weekend!

Photo by Noah Fecks/Courtesy of the Dutch

Forgot to make Memorial Day plans? That doesn’t mean you have to let the long weekend go to waste!


Convincing friends to hang out in a cemetery for the night might be a hard sell, but Green-Wood in Brooklyn has its reasons—three of them, to be exact. Eat some mean burger sliders from the Burger Club, drink some straight bourbon, and listen to Beethoven’s 5th Symphony when the sun goes down during the first annual Burgers, Bourbon & Beethoven Festival. Saturday, May 25; 7–10 p.m.; 500 25th Street, Greenwood Heights

Photo by Kevin Condon/Courtesy of Green-Wood Cemetery
Immersive Art

Meet one of the most famous artists ever to put paint to canvas during the interactive one-man show Van Gogh Find Yourself. The performance is led by Walter (yes, first name only), who portrays the post-Impressionist painter on a tour through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he talks about the artist’s life and even draws portraits of audience members on the spot. Through Tuesday, June 25; Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (East 81st Street entrance), Upper East Side

Photo courtesy of Van Gogh Find Yourself #vgfy/Facebook
Outdoor Fun

You might want to brush up on your beer-pong skills, because Social Drink & Food is hosting its first annual tournament on its colorful terrace. But this isn’t your typical college game—cheap brews are replaced with refreshing Narragansett Beers, and a new outdoor grill will cook up summertime bites. Sunday, May 26; 3–9 p.m.; Yotel, 570 Tenth Avenue (between West 41st and 42nd Streets), Hell’s Kitchen


Forget the beach! True foodies are celebrating the long holiday weekend in Manhattan, noshing on sticky pork ribs and Cheddar-filled corn dogs at the the Dutch’s all-day Memorial Day cookout. Monday, May 27; 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; 131 Sullivan Street (between Prince and West Houston Streets), SoHo

Photo by Noah Fecks/Courtesy of the Dutch
…and Drinking!

What do you get when you pair craft beer with your favorite hangover breakfast bites? You better hurry to Folksbier to find out. The brewery has partnered with Black Seed Bagel to create a collaboration beer—combining the flavors of its Berliner Weisse–style sour wheat with the wheat typically used in the artisan bagel shop’s bestsellers. (And we mean it when we say hurry; the Black Seed Glow Up is selling fast!) 101 Luquer Street, Carroll Gardens

Photo courtesy of Folksbier Brauerei

Susan Sarandon portrays a suburban wife and mother trying to juggle home life and the theater (a community-theater production of South Pacific) in Jesse Eisenberg’s new comedy, Happy Talk. As if Sarandon weren’t enough of a draw, the always stunning Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete) plays a Serbian home-health aide looking for love. Through Sunday, June 16; Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street (between Tenth and Dyer Avenues), Hell’s Kitchen

Photo by Monique Carboni/Courtesy of Happy Talk

One weekend. Three days. And more than 270 performances. The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts is ready to kick off the summer season with the help of 70 theater, music, dance, comedy, magic, you-name-it groups—all in celebration of the neighborhood that birthed some of the greatest artists who have paved the way for today’s cutting-edge creators. Friday, May 24–Sunday, May 26; Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (at 10th Street), Lower East Side

Photo courtesy of Theater for the New City/Facebook

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