FIRST Robotics Competition

“Battlebots” comes to life, with some of the smartest smarties in the world competing for a chance at the global finals at the Armory in Washington Heights in a full day of events in addition to all the robot action. There’s also a career fair for jobs in science and technology. April 7-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Ft. Washington Armory, 216 Ft. Washington Ave., free,



National Beer Day

Beer is not exactly the underdog of the beverage world anymore, but we’re not going to argue with continuing to celebrate National Beer Day. Make your own beer festival this Friday at Grand Central, when many of its shops and restaurants will offer beer-related deals like special dishes (Modelo-braised brisket, anyone?), discounts on drafts and cans, cheese pairings and more. It’s like a customizable beer festival — just remember guys, this is a classy train station. April 7, various prices,

Saison Day

Forget Easter, the best holiday to get hoppy this spring is Saison Day, saluting the springtime style of brew that blends brightness, spice and hops perfectly designed for the warmer, longer days to come. Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing will open up its outdoor patio to enjoy its tap takeover of saisons from brands like Oxbow, Tied Hands, Transmitter, LIC Beer Project, Suarez Family and Allagash — plus the bar’s own range of saison-style brews. April 8, noon-6 p.m., 333 Douglass St., Williamsburg, free entry,



If the best part of Christmas for you is SantaCon, then try BunnyCon2017, a “bar hop” that raises money for kids with cancer. Bounce between Sidebar, Barrow Street Alehouse, Macdougal Street Alehouse and the Hill for drink deals, candy and prizes. The charity Apple A Day gets $10 per ticket to help sick kids have a happier Easter. April 8, noon-9 p.m., $15,


’Are You Brave Enough?’

It’s great that the Brave Girl statue will continue staring down the Wall Street Bull through 2018. In salute of the real women combating gender stereotypes in New York City daily, check out “Are You Brave Enough?,” which champions the visibility of female firefighters with a free community festival and 5K obstacle race. Filing for the firefighter exam opens that day (for the first time since 2012), and eligible candidates can file onsite with the 57 United Women Firefighters active in the FDNY. April 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Mary’s Park, 450 St. Ann’s Ave., Bronx, Free-$50,


New York Loves Prince

It’s been nearly a year without the Purple One, but his timeless tunes will live on well after we’re gone, too. Kick it to his greatest hits and those of the icons he inspired — Madonna, Pharrell, Bruno Mars, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, etc. — at this tribute show and party with an all-star lineup of local musicians and singers led by Rahj Mason of The Mash, a favorite band of Prince’s that he’d seek out at The Village Underground. April 8, 10:30 p.m.-4 a.m., Live at Drom, 85 Ave. A, $21+,


NYC BBQ Cookoff

We wouldn’t haul you out to Staten Island for just any cookout. Spend Saturday strolling the grounds of Historic Richmond Town while 50(!) teams compete for glory (and $2,000 cash). The NYC BBQ Cookoff is the only local cookout sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, and also offers a side contest just for pork butt, the only meat that can contend for People’s Choice (as it should be). April 8, noon-4 p.m., 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island, $12.75,


Brooklyn Wine Fest

Day drink in Greenpoint with wine offerings from 13 countries, plus food trucks including Luke’s Lobster, Mac Truck, Glazed & Confused and Home Frite. There are two sessions, both featuring live music and interactive games to enjoy while you sip unlimited wine and, hey, maybe even learn a thing or two. April 8, noon-4 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m., Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn,


Downtown Urban Arts Festival

Four arts venues below 14th Street come together to host five weeks of music, film, theater and poetry during the Downtown Urban Arts Festival, now celebrating its 15th anniversary. This year’s highlights include “Woman Versus,” a short film that questions the freedom to be female when women are pitted against machines; “Father God Mother Death,” an autobiographical play where a Mexican gay man mourns his mother in the week after her death; and a concert by Lisa Lisa. April 8-May 20, multiple venues, $12-$30,


Total Vocal

With Broadway’s first acapella musical (“In Transit”) now playing, it’s the perfect time for the return of Total Vocal, the annual acapella concert featuring the stars of “Pitch Perfect” and “Sing-Off” at Carnegie Hall. It’s conducted and hosted by Deke Sharon, the man with his hands in almost every major acapella project out today, amid a range of guest performers from film and TV. April 9, 2 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave., $10-$100,


The Jelly Dome

Safely wade into a swarm of jellyfish with a new immersive experience at the American Museum of Natural History. Using the same technology that brings you space shows at the Hayden Planetarium, you’ll be thrust into the underwater world of a creature that fascinates marine biologists with its natural tenacity and otherworldly essence. April 10-May 26, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., free with admission,


The Most Races Show On Earth

Would you like to laugh at jokes about race without getting in trouble? It’s not a trick question, it’s the actual premise of the Most Races Show On Earth, a traveling stand-up show featuring culturally diverse comedians who joke about their experiences in modern America. The showcase has been traveling the U.S. and Canada since 2005, making it one of the longest-running out there with one of the most diverse comedy casts, and comes to the Knitting Factory for one night. April 11, 8:30 p.m., The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, $20,

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