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11 fun things to do this weekend in NYC

The best things to do this weekend in NYC, from a surf party to the year's quirkiest film festival in Coney Island.

MUSIC

Seaport Music Festival

Music festival season is not over yet! Now in its 15th year, the Seaport Music Festival brings four epic days of music and culture to the rapidly growing nightlife scene in Lower Manhattan. Known for showcasing indie acts who would go on to conquer the airwaves like The xx, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Sufjan Stevens and more, this year features sets by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Martin Rev, The Wolfmanhattan Project, Jean Grae, The Dance Cartel and many more. In addition to live music, there are film screenings, comedy and dance. Sept. 7-10, South Street Seaport, free, 11 Fulton St.,  seaportmusicfestival.com

PARTY

Surfs Up, Drink Up

Summer’s technically over, but as long as the warm weather holds, you might as well keep California dreamin’ — which you can do with Surfs Up, Drink Up, a clam bake and oyster bar at Brooklyn’s Midnights bar. Simple Vodka and Ommegang will be providing the drinks while you chill and browse gear by surf brand Tuuliki NYC, and a portion of proceeds goes to City Harvest. Sept. 7, 7-9 p.m., Midnights, 149 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn, pay as you go, midnightsbk.com

TENNIS

Hudson Grey Goose Ping Pong Tournament

Whether you’re a tennis fan or a vodka fan, you can get in the spirit (see what we did there) of the U.S. Open Semifinals with the Hudson Grey Goose Ping Pong Tournament. It’s free to attend, whether you want to spectate or grab a paddle, though RSVP is required to play. Either way, you’ll be enjoying samples of Honey Deuce, the U.S. Open’s official cocktail, and Deuce Popsicles from People’s Pops. Champs get a free night at the hotel and $25 to Umami Burger. Sept. 7, 7-10 p.m., Hudson Hotel, 58 W. 58th St., free, hudsonhotel.com

BOOKS

Salman Rushdie: “The Golden House”

Salman Rushdie visits the Brooklyn Public Library this week to discuss “The Golden House,” the latest addition to his growing collection of earnest (and often controversial) ruminations on our times. His new novel leans on realism as it charts an eccentric family of millionaires and an exploitative villain running for public office. The story borrows from Rushdie’s recent stint in politics, from the Tea Party to Gamergate. He’ll read from the work and sign books, a copy of which is included with your ticket. The event will be moderated by author Colum McCann. Sept. 7, 8-9:30 p.m., Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, $34, bklynlbry.org

COMEDY

Cinder Block Comedy Festival

Spanning 18 venues in Williamsburg and Bushwick, the Cinder Block Comedy Festival takes up a lot of more real estate than the name implies. Its title also belies its enormity, with over 80 shows in four days, plus the caliber of its talent, with names like Janeane Garofalo, Judy Gold and Jo Firestone. Known for its progressivism, this year’s fest highlights abortion at Speakout Laughout (Sept. 10) and new females in the biz at the Gold Comedy Showcase (Sept. 9). Sept. 7-10, Multiple locations in Brooklyn, $5 average, cinderblockcomedyfestival.com

FILM

Coney Island Film Festival

Film festivals are one of the mainstays of summertime, meaning that you can lap up that lingering glow of the season by indulging in the final few kicking off as we roll into fall. Chief among them might be the Coney Island Film Festival, with indie films that highlight eclectic culture and diverse voices in a unique spot with affordable tickets. Be sure to check out the Opening Night Party, which includes a live stage show, food and two-hour open bar for just $25. Sept. 8-10, Sideshows by the Seashore & Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave., $8-$50, coneyislandfilmfestival.com

FOOD

Taste Talks Brooklyn

You don’t need to be on this planet long to understand that eating is about more than putting nutrients in your body. Taste Talks Brooklyn focuses on how we eat, what we eat, why taste matters and the future of food. Events include a cooking showdown (featuring cereal, of all things), a cookout and, of course, brunch. Special guests include Wylie Dufresne and the pros associated with names like Gramercy Tavern, Saxon + Parole, Esquire and the New York Times. Sept. 8-10, Multiple venues, Brooklyn, $49-$99, broolyn.tastetalks.com

FOOD

Pig Island

One day, 25-plus chefs, unlimited drinks and way too many pigs to count (sorry Babe): It’s all going down at Pig Island, and it’s all included with your ticket. This year, the chefs who’ll be prepping their best pork dishes hail from venues like Arrogant Swine, Jimmy’s No. 43 and Casiero e Bom (2016’s Best in Show). Drinks come from Sixpoint, Pig’s Nose Scotch Whisky, Original Sin, Blackduck Cidery and more. There are also dessert bites and vegetarian options. Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Erie Basin Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn, $75, pigisland.com

CONVENTION

LGBT Expo

Now in its 24th year, the LGBT Expo is the first and longest-running conference of its kind. It’s returning to NYC this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center, where it will be conveniently sharing the space with RuPaul’s DragCon, a gathering for members and allies of the drag community. In addition to exhibiting over 200 LGBT-friendly businesses, talking about the latest trends and hosting a few fabulous parties, this is the first time ever that the LGBT Expo is entirely free! Sept. 9-10, Jacob Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., free, thelgbtexpo.com

MUSIC

Washington Square Park Folk Festival

Wind down your weekend with some relaxing folk and bluegrass tunes from local performers who gather in Washington Square Park for an afternoon of free live music that will range from the kind that gets you up and dancing to the kind that invites you to sit back and mellow out. The show opens with Nora Brown and features the Down Hill Strugglers (with John Cohen), Zeke Schein, Seyyah and Bill & the Belles. It wraps up with a square dance in the actual park square. Sept. 10, 1-5 p.m., Washington Square Park, free, wspfolkfest.com

ARTS

“The Constitution”

It’s the end of the local theater world as we know it. Kicking off what’s been announced as the 20th and final season of Horse Trade Theater Group, home to eight theater fests per year, “The Constitution” is the kind of topical indie production the company’s been known for during its bold gallop through NYC’s off-off-Broadway scene. In it, the world’s ending and four actors are locked away and tasked with writing a new Constitution in just six days in order to reboot with a perfect America. Through Sept. 10, UNDER St. Mark’s, 94 St. Mark’s Pl., $25, horsetrade.info

 
 
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