American Crafts Festival

(June 3-4, 10-11, 2017)

This annual outdoor show and sale on the plazas at Lincoln Center for the Performing Art showcases hundreds of juried craft displays from every region of the United States and features original pieces, including pottery, jewelry, handwoven apparel and more. Entertainment and craft demonstrations throughout the day.

Sa noon-9 pm, Su 10 am-7 pm


Anish Kapoor: Descension

(May 3-Sept. 10, 2017)

Sculptor Anish Kapoor’s public-art installation invites spectators to experience how a seemingly ordinary element like water can behave in an out-of-the-ordinary way. Twenty-six feet in diameter and surrounded by a railing, “Descension” is a continuously spiraling funnel of water that has been treated with an all-natural black dye. Kapoor has created a mesmerizing negative space alive with energy as it bores into the ground. 

Daily 6 am-1 am


Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

(June 10-11, 2017)

Chefs and pit-masters from New York to Texas converge on Madison Square Park in Midtown to barbecue cuts of pork, sausage and beef. Live music, seminars and cooking demonstrations accompany the mouthwatering tastes and intoxicating aromas.

Hours: 11 am-6 pm each day

Admission: Free

Tastings: $12 per plate

Fast Pass Package: $150 (includes two passes, access to express lanes, $100 toward food, beverage and merchandise, 15th-anniversary swag)

Broadway Bares: Strip U

(June 18, 2017)

(1 hr 30 mins)

The 27th annual one-night-only fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS features more than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City, stripping for a good cause. This year’s theme is “Strip U.” School is in session, but at this college, from chem lab to art class, clothing is optional, and burlesque is a required course.

Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction

(Sept. 25, 2016) Broadway and Off-Broadway’s biggest stars come out to help sell costumes, original scripts, rare photographs, posters, playbills and more to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the most prominent not-for-profit and industry-based AIDS fundraising organization in the country. At the Celebrity Table, actors gather to sign autographs and pose for pictures in exchange for donations.

10 am-7 pm

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Winter holiday shoppers browse a multitude of vendors, from handmade home items and crafts to jewelry, apparel and candy, all within Columbus Circle and steps away from Central Park.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

(June 17, 2017)

A colorful mishmash of costumes delight observers as participants dressed as mermaids, Neptune, sea creatures and Coney Island landmarks, such as lighthouses and amusement park rides, float past in this 35th annual celebration, billed as the nation's largest art parade. Parade begins at 1 p.m. at W. 21st St. and Surf Ave. and continues east to W. 10th St. and Surf Ave., where it turns south to the boardwalk, then west to W. 17th St.

Couture Fashion Week

(Sept. 9-11, 2016) International designers present their creations at this spectacle of couture and luxury products.

Runway shows: F 6 & 8 pm, Sa & Su 4, 6 & 8 pm

After-Parties: F-Su 9:30 pm-midnight

Tickets vary for both shows and parties.

Easter Bonnet Competition

(April 24–25, 2017) The 31st annual fundraiser produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) features casts from dozens of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions singing, dancing and wearing creative and outlandish Easter bonnets. Awards go to the best bonnet design, the best presentation and the company that raises the most money for BC/EFA during the preceding six-week fundraising period.

Electric Zoo: New York's Electronic Music Festival

(Sept. 1-3, 2017) Electronic dance music rocks Labor Day weekend on the outdoor stages in Randall’s Island Park.

Doors open F 3 pm, Sa-Su 1 pm, rain or shine.

Three-day passes: $240-plus fees; single-day and two-day combo passes available


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