Water fight, Ice Cream Blizzard, Animation Block Party and more things to do in NYC - Metro US

Water fight, Ice Cream Blizzard, Animation Block Party and more things to do in NYC

Garbage at Summerstage


Animation Block Party

BAM’s festival of modern animation is turning 13. Rather than hitting its awkward phase, the annual event is stronger than ever with its celebration of 2-D cinema from around the world. Highlights of this year’s fest include “The Transformers: The Movie” in 35mm and the “Pink Panther” collection. There’s also an homage to animated ads, plus student films, indie flicks and children’s movies. July 28-31, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, prices vary


Denim Every Day

Sure, you don’t want to think about jeans in 95-degree weather, but fall is (sadly!) right around the corner. That means now is the perfect time to start shopping for your unofficial uniform. To inspire you, Madewell has launched Denim Every Day, where the retailer will unveil one new must-have denim item for the next 24 days. Think: limited-edition denim Vans, one-of-a-kind stitched jackets from Austin-based artists Ft. Lonesome and even a chair from ABC Carpet & Home. The event also marks the debut of Madewell maternity. From now to through Aug. 18, log on to Madewell.com for your daily denim wishlist.


‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’

The summer of “Star Trek” continues on the deck of the Intrepid tonight, when “Star Trek II” introduces newbies to the series to the first appearance of the fearsome ideologue Khan. The outdoor film is free, though weather permitting, and will be introduced by its director, Nicholas Meyer, who is also a writer on CBS’ upcoming “Star Trek” streaming series. We’d recommend swinging by early for a tour of the museum’s new Starfleet Academy Experience. July 29, doors at 7 p.m., The Intrepid, Pier 86, free


Waterfight NYC

You’ve still got time to Amazon Prime yourself a Super Soaker before this weekend’s watergun showdown in Central Park. Thousands of New Yorkers grab their water guns (no balloons allowed, BYO bucket for refills) for a sprawling battle on the Great Lawn. All you need to do is show up with your gear; sneakers and goggles are recommended. July 30, 2-5 p.m., Central Park Great Lawn between 79th and 85th sts., free


NYC Poetry Festival

Spend the weekend as your more cultivated ancestors did: sprawled on a blanket in the park listening to poetry. The sixth annual fest brings together over 250 poets to share their works aloud across the lawns of Governors Island all weekend long. It’s free to attend, but if you RSVP you can win a custom tote filled with signed books from featured readers. There’s also food and beer carts, special performances, a children’s area and visual art. July 30-31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Governors Island, free


5 Boro Pizza Challenge

Explore your city, take care of three square (or triangular) meals and become a pizza pro. Sounds like a perfect Saturday. Teams will meet at Washington Square Park and receive their list of pizza joints, one in each borough. They’ll then take off to see who can reach all five the fastest and chronicle their culinary adventure on social media, then collect their prizes at the after-party. The challenge is you must get around by walking, bike, boat and subway. That’s because the race benefits Transportation Alternatives. July 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., multiple locations, $25


Kickstarter Summer Festival

This time, Kickstarter funded a fest just for you in Brooklyn. There will be a candlemaking workshop, a life-size game of Exploding Kittens, virtual reality activities and shuffleboard, as well as art installations and live music. Onsite food and drink will include Brooklyn Soda Works, Mamu Thai Noodle Truck, Brewla Popsicles and Cinnamon Snail. Did we mention it’s free? July 30, 5-10 p.m., Fort Greene Park, Washington Park & St. Edward St., Brooklyn, free


Ice Cream Blizzard Party

It’s the last week of National Ice Cream Month, and the Ice Cream Blizzard Party is sending it off right with a dozen vendors selling over 60 flavors — and all proceeds go toward the city’s public schools. In addition to overindulging on the frozen sweet treat, you can browse the weekly market for jewelry, art, and other trinkets. July 31, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 W. 77th St., free


“The Jam: Love Terrorists”

“Hamilton” cast member Daniel J. Watts is lending his voice to raise money for the victims of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting, with spoken word pieces set to music and dance featuring numbers from the casts of “Hamilton” as well as “On Your Feet!” and “Shuffle Along,” plus an after-party with DJ Duggz. July 31, 8 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., $20-$90


The Great Brooklyn Lobster Boil

Live music and lobster — do you need to know more? The eats are from Jim Sanford of Martha’s Vineyard, and the music is by the Loyales. Plus, there’s mussels, hot dogs, brisket and beer from Brooklyn Brewery. For entertainment, you’ve got games like cornhole and horseshoes. Tickets are only available in advance, so make this your Sunday brunch appointment now. July 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Landing at Industry City, 638 Second Ave. Courtyard, Brooklyn, $10-$60



Enjoying any free outdoor concerts this summer? Many of the amazing opportunities are in Central Park, thanks in part to benefit shows that help fund the costs. You can join that charitable cycle while also scoring a big nostalgia hit with tickets to see Garbage at SummerStage, with the purchase going toward underwriting more free shows. It’s a win-win. Your favorite ‘90s grunge group is paired with electro singer Kristin Kontrol this Monday. Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Central Park’s SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, Fifth Ave. at 69th St., $54.50-$59.50


‘She Loves Me’ Album Release

Catch a free performance from Jane Krakowski, Laura Benanti and the stars of “She Loves Me” next week to celebrate the hit Broadway revival’s soundtrack release. The cast and creators will be on hand to sing tunes from the show and sign CDs. The event is free to attend, though fans who purchase the album at the store will be given priority seating. Aug. 3, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 150 E. 86th St., free

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