Electric Daisy Carnival
Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens
This two-day concert is more like an outdoor rave mashed up with an art festival where statues come to life, carnival rides are your entertainment between shows, and pyrotechnics keep the beat. Hippie chic is alive and well at Electric Daisy, the annual electronic dance music festival that’s crossing back across the Hudson from New Jersey to the grounds of Citi Field, bringing four stages of acts like recent Lady Gaga tourmate Zedd.
Film and Food: In Search of Israeli Cuisine
May 12, 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
New Yorkers will get a chance to taste what all the fuss about Philly chef Michael Solomonov is about when his hummuseria opens in Chelsea Market this month. Until then, check out an 11-course preview of small plates before a screening of his new documentary, “In Search of Israeli Cuisine.” The modern Israeli tasting menu of dishes like chicken pastilla and a quinoa, mint and pea tabbouleh, created along with the Brooklyn Museum's chef Saul Bolton, also includes paired alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Meditation Open House
May 12, 12:15-8 p.m.
The Shinnyo Center, 19 W. 36th St.
If your life needs a little more om, whether you’re an experienced meditator or been meaning to get started, check out the Shinnyo Center’s open house. It’s free to participate in guided half-hour meditations that aim to help you relax, focus and connect with your inner calm. The daytime instructor is Qalvy Grainzvolt, an ordained Shinnyo-en Buddhist minister and representative to the U.N. The last session is a special jazz meditation with live music.
U.S. Aerial Championships
Baruch Performing Arts Center,55 Lexington Ave.
At this second annual showcase of all artists up in the air, aerialists highlight their strength, flexibility and creativity while being judged on Execution, Artistry, Difficulty and overall Enjoyment. Winners receive grants to further their career and private auditions for the nation’s top aerial troupes.
The NY Cake Show
Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway
Cakes, cocktails and competition. If you think you have anything better to do this weekend, think again. This Saturday, the NY Cake Show invites bakers from the student to professional levels to enter their edible masterpieces reflecting this year’s theme of New York City. There are prizes from judges and the audience, with categories like Novelty, Sculpture and Shoes (yes). You can also participate in cake-making classes, buy from vendors or even take part in an opening night cocktail party on Friday at 7:30 at ICC.
Texas Chili Cook-Off
May 14, noon-5 p.m.
Pier 84 at Hudson River Park
Organized by NYC’s Texas Exes chapter, which unifies out-of-state alumni from the University of Texas, this tasting event promotes both amateur cooks and local restaurants all serving unlimited samples of chili alongside complementary Shiner Bock. Plus, you get to eat and drink with a purpose: All proceeds benefit scholarships for New York-area candidates to attend UT Austin.
Discovery Day at Freshkills Park
May 14, 10:30 a.m.
Freshkills Park near 350 Wild Ave., Staten Island
Freshkills Park is a highly anticipated renovation of a former landfill on Staten Island. Though it’s still under construction, you can get a preview of this spacious scenic park this Saturday on Discovery Day. With more than eight miles of trails over 700 acres, there’s plenty to explore. There will be a morning 5K, along with biking, kayaking, tours and other activities. There will also be food trucks and live music.
Flow.16 Opening Day Tour
May 14, 3:30 p.m.
103rd St. Footbridge, Randall’s Island
If you missed out on the Frieze Art Fair last weekend, you can still get plenty of Insta-worthy art pics with a stunning city backdrop on Randall’s Island this weekend, when the sixth annual Flow.16 outdoor art fest kicks off. Each year, outdoor art installations dot the shoreline of Randall’s Island. And you can take a guided tour on the third Wednesday of the month and some Saturdays through September — starting with the opening day festivities (2 p.m.) and summer’s inaugural tour (3:30 p.m.) on May 14.
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
May 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ninth Ave. between 42nd and 57th sts.
This weekend is promising to be safe to go outside without the threat of rain, so bring on the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, featuring flavors from around the globe produced right in Hell’s Kitchen. Chefs and vendors are part of the neighborhood’s Merchants of Ninth Avenue, including members like Patron Mexican Grill, Obao, Sea Breeze Fish Market and Bar Bacon.
Infamous Crime Scenes
May 15, 3-4 p.m.
QED, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria
Police procedurals are not the only crime drama that happens in NYC, and truth is always stranger than fiction. Ike Ilkiw saw plenty of it as a detective with the NYPD, and he’ll recount the stories behind 12 of the city’s most notorious crimes — like the murdered rock star whose assets made a witness rich, and the bloody love triangle that inspired a movie.
New York Stories
May 18, 8 p.m.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
Many have tried to capture the spirit of New York in its essence and form, and next week pianist Lara Downes and essayist Adam Gropnik throw their hats into the ring with “New York Stories” at Symphony Space. Ahead of her new album this fall, Downes will perform pieces from the likes of George Gershwin, Lou Harrison and Kurt Weill. Gropnik will be speaking on his own experiences in Manhattan, while also reading aloud from the works of masters who have previously tried to express the city via the written word.
ON SALE NOW
Milk Studios, 450 W. 15th St.
Tickets are selling out fast for next weekend’s annual fest bringing together artists and fans of music, film and television. Highlights include a conversation with Shonda Rhimes, an interview with the cast of “Mr. Robot” and comedy night with Sarah Silverman. There are also reunions and screenings. Events are still being announced, like a newly added panel with the Muppets.