5 Things to Do in NYC This Weekend


The first day of May is here, and it’s too good of a weekend to spend cooped up indoors. Here’s a guide to what’s in store this weekend for New Yorkers:

1. Whitney Museum Block Party

Photo via Whitney Museum of American Art

Photo via Whitney Museum of American Art/Ed Lederman

Celebrate the opening of the museum’s new location in the Meatpacking District with a whole Saturday of outdoor art, performances, and other activities like karaoke and map-making. Museum admission is free on a first-come-first-serve basis. This is your chance to check out the Renzo Piano-designed building that’s been generating quite a bit of buzz in the art world.

99 Gansevoort Street, New York

2. Independent Bookstore Day

Bookstore Day

When you’re in the capital of indie bookstores, you have to make the most of this day. Channel your inner bookworm and head on to your favorite local bookstore for readings, giveaways, parties, and free celebratory champagne!

Click here for a list of participating stores. Multiple locations.

3. Red Hook Food Vendors

Photo via Red Hook Food Vendors

Photo via Red Hook Food Vendors

They’re back! Arguably some of the best food trucks in the city (just look at the amount of Vendy awards they’ve won) return to the Red Hook Ball Fields tomorrow and will be in operation every weekend. Authentic and delicious Latin American food isn’t too far away.

Clinton St & Bay St, Brooklyn, NY

4. Watch the Kentucky Derby

Photo via Sweetwater Social

Photo via Sweetwater Social

Neither is the annual Kentucky Derby, which starts at 4p.m. tomorrow. Click here and here for a list of bars and restaurants in the city that’ll let you watch the races and serve up some Southern-inspired cocktails.

5. Cherry Blossom Festival at Randall’s Island

Photo via Flickr/Alan Huett

Photo via Flickr/Alan Huett

This weekend is the perfect time to view cherry blossoms, which are blooming right now. If you missed Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri, there’s still the Cherry Blossom Festival at Randall’s Island happening tomorrow from 11 to 3. You can fly kites, get your face painted, and watch the release of butterflies at 1.

20 Randall’s Island Park, New York

Featured photo via Flickr/Harold Navarro

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