The Best Things To Do in NYC This Weekend (8/26–8/28)

List of the top 10 events happening in New York City this weekend. Start your planning from right here

In the theme of the new Netflix show, Stranger Things. If you’re not watching this, get started!

Why not start things off with a quote about this great city…

The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

All Weekend

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (Free, Harlem): In the early ’50s, Charlie Parker made his home in Alphabet City. In 1993, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival made its debut in Tompkins Square Park. This year’s festival also takes place at Marcus Garvey Park; performers include Jason Lindner and the Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet.

AfroPunk Fest ($45, Brooklyn): Described by The New York Times as “the most multicultural festival in the US,” it promises an eclectic line-up and an audience as diverse as the acts they come to see. The annual festival returns to Brooklyn with a long roster of musical acts, including Ice Cube, George Clinton, TV on the Radio, CeeLo Green and Tyler the Creator.


Outdoor Screening of Amadeus (Free, Upper West Side): The Met’s annual Summer HD Festival of free outdoor opera screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza returns for its eighth season. The opening evening features an opera-related Hollywood Film. At 7:45 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26 see Academy Award winning Best Picture “Amadeus, the story of Mozart.”

Bryant Park Presents In/ter\sect (Free, Bryant Park): Five world-class jazz and classical groups perform on the same bill, blurring the distinction between the two genres. Beer and wine are available for purchase, and there is room for thousands on the beautiful Bryant Park lawn. Starts at 5pm


Indonesian Street Festival (Free to Enter, East 68th Street): The 2nd Annual Indonesian Street Festival (ISF) 2016 is a great way to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the largest archipelago on earth. The ISF 2016 will have more performances, more food, more Indonesian cultures, more laughs, more tastes, and definitely more fun than ever. Bali & Beyond will be this year theme. Starts at 12 PM

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day (Resale tickets for $11, Flushing Meadows): The event takes place at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows and features a ticketed stadium show and concert and a free festival, which includes interactive games, music and tennis activities. Starts at 9:30am

McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 3 ($25, West Village): The city’s largest breakdance tournament is coming back to New York, giving eight dance crews a chance to win a prize of $5,000. And this event is more than just for your entertainment: All ticket proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. 7–10pm


Boogie on the Boulevard (Free, Bronx): Get ready to Boogie! The center lanes of the Grand Concourse starting at 162nd Street will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun with free music, art and fitness programs hosted by organizations from the Bronx and beyond. Starts at 12pm

Prospect Park Smorgasburg (Free to enter, Brooklyn): Sunday Smorgasburg is now located in beautiful Prospect Park. This market replaces the former Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 location. Find 100 vendors and food from all over the world every Sunday at Breeze Hill. Starts at 11 AM

Afropunk After Dark ($5–$8, Brooklyn): A night of Afro Beats, Soca, Reggae, Soul & Funk with sets by DJ mOma & Silent Addy Starts at 10 PM

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