May 29, 7-9 a.m.
Rumsey Playfield, E. 69th St. and Fifth Ave.
The earnest Brit will be giving a free show for early risers – doors open at 6 a.m., but you’ll be camping out much earlier if you want a seat – as part of the Friday Summer Concert Series. If your pre-dawn hours are spoken for, catch his performance on “Good Morning America.”
May 29-June 7
Prices and locations vary
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Want to get outdoors but at a loss about where to start? Get started with this festival of all things outdoorsy with activities like camping out in Staten Island, biking over the GWB, sailing the NYC Harbor and fishing on the Hudson, with several happy hour socials to meet fellow adventurers.
92Y Spring Fling
May 29, 6-9 p.m.
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
The season’s final Spring Fling is free for all to enjoy, featuring sunset yoga, jewelry design, swimming, open saunas, basketball scrimmages and classes including parkour (with RSVP). There will also be dancing and games, as well as cocktails during a kick-off happy (half) hour.
The strange and unusual are all around us in NYC, and Atlas Obscura is dedicated to preserving and spreading knowledge about them with regular special events, talks and tours. Saturday will bring a packed schedule of events, part of a worldwide celebration of the “most curious and awe-inspiring places,” like foraging in Long Island with “Wildman” Steve Brill, “Afterlives After Hours” at Woodlawn Cemetery, a robotic concert, a Jello history tour (with tastings!) and more.
Body & Pole Open House
May 30, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m.
Body & Pole, 115 W. 27th St.
Free with reservation
You may be seeing a new fitness trend dominating your social feed: aerial work, ribbons and hoops. It’s a natural progression from yoga, and helps keep your core in shape – while feeling like you’re in Cirque du Soleil. Find out if you have a career in the rafters (or on the stage, as pole dancing is among the offerings) with free classes at the new boutique studio Body & Pole during this weekend’s open house.
World Science Festival
Through May 31
Prices and locations vary
See the best new developments and cool theories in the scientific and academic worlds, but parceled into fun, interesting, interactive events, with over 50 screenings, stargazing sessions, workshops, storytelling, panels and more. This year celebrates 100 years of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and features a new original performance, “Light Falls.” Many events are free.
May 30, 31, 8 p.m.; June 1, 9 p.m.
Mark Fisher Fitness, 411 W. 39th St.
If playing “Zombies, Run!” is the only way you can have fun while working out, then Travis is the perfect extracurricular for you. The event combines dance, games and teamwork for a one-of-a-kind calorie-burning activity. You wear headphones that describe the challenges you have to complete to beat other teams. All proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, but if charity’s not your thing, how about this: There will also be free wine.
Asian Burlesque Spectacular
May 30, 8 p.m.
DROM, 85 Ave. A
$20-$35 in advance
The team behind the New York Burlesque Festival is putting on its third annual Asian Burlesque Spectacular this Saturday at DROM in Alphabet City. The night will be a tribute to the icons of Asia’s burlesque scene, with talent from Los Angeles to the U.K. and Singapore including Calamity Chang, Sukki Singapora and Kimchichi.
May 30, noon-7 p.m.
St. Nicholas Ave., 141st to 145th St.
Harlem has a lot of culture of its own, which makes it the perfect place for the NYC Multicultural Festival, with food, music, dance, art and plenty to discover about the unique traditions and histories that make up our diverse community.
Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St.
The organizers behind New York Comic Con cater to nerds with a literary bent with BookCon, featuring some of today’s top authors signing books and speaking at panels. Expect the same level of cosplay dedication, as well as limited-edition merchandise, with guests including Taye Diggs, Meg Cabot, Mindy Kahling, Khloe Kardashian and the cast of the new movie adaptation of “Paper Towns.”
Prices and locations vary
The pop culture bonanza returns this weekend for its second year, combining music, fashion and entertainment with screenings, panels, live performances and more from celebrities and other cultural voices. This year features a Broadway Brunch, a Comedy Night, a Screenwriters Roundtable and other interactive events. Most take place at Milk Studios (350 W. 15th St.), but others are located throughout Manhattan.
June 1, 9:30 p.m.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.
Tori Scott brings back her bold cabaret act for one night only. A longtime single New Yorker, the singer and comedian belts out a mix of pop music and show tunes that punctuate her candid (and hilarious) stories of dating, partying, experimenting with drugs and surviving other sordid hijinks – usually while incredibly wasted, yet always thirsty for more.