By Mrinalini Kamath
As summer quickly marches towards its end, a wide variety of events and activities is cropping up in Manhattan and some of the Boroughs. Here’s a sampling of some of the interesting events taking place this weekend:
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Celebrate the 21st Anniversary of this annual festival which commemorates the Fifth Moon (or month) of the Chinese lunar calendar. Featuring races of over thirty Dragon boats made mostly of fiberglass, this festival also boasts an impressive array of arts and entertainments, including the Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks demonstrating Kung Fu as well as traditional dance and musical artists from China, Mexico and Peru. Come for the race and the demonstrations and chow down at the food court.
Del Close Comedy Marathon
Friday, August 12 – Sunday, August 14, 2011
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
307 West 26th Street, Manhattan
If you’re a fan of Second City or the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” you should definitely check out this weekend-long festival being hosted by the breeding ground of some of your favorite Saturday Night Live performers, honoring the father of “The Harold” school of improvisation. Featuring over 150 different performances, you’re sure to like something at this aptly-named marathon.
Bass Island Concert Series
Saturday, August 13 @ 4 p.m.
Governor’s Island – 10 South Street
After buying your tickets via Ticketmaster (you can also buy with cash only at the Mercury Lounge and Music Hall Of Williamsburg box offices until 4:00 p.m. on the day of the shows), you can hop a free Bass Island concert ferry from Battery Park beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. Once there, you can groove to the sounds of Lupe Fiasco, Z-Trip, Prefuse 73,Virtual Boy, Dave Nada and Joro Boro.
2011 NYC International Fringe Festival
August 12 – August 28th, 2011
A Variety of Venues
For its 15th anniversary, this international theater festival has 1200 performances for 16 days at 20 different venues by 200 different theater companies from around the world. If you’re tired of Broadway and Off Broadway and want to see something different and daring, check this out.
True Blood at Tribeca Grand
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 9:00 pm
2 Ave of the Americas, Manhattan
Fans of the television show True Blood unite for the premiere episode of season 4, enjoying Tribeca Grand’s plush leather seats and complimentary popcorn and candy. Quaff your thirst with cocktails (perhaps a Bloody Mary?) and then relax to the sounds of DJ Elle Dee at 8 p.m. before the episode begins at 9 p.m. RSVP at the website.
The Amazing New York Race: Dog Friendly
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Central Park Bandshell
Entrance at 72nd Street, Manhattan
Trained animal behaviorists, dogs and dog lovers all gather in teams for this scavenger hunt in Central Park. All participants receive a “doggy bag” at the end, and there’s an after party where you (or your dog) may just meet that special someone.
99 Scoops of Beer
Saturday, August 13, 2011 11:00 a.m. –
61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
Steve’s Ice Cream introduces three new flavors at this ice cream mega social: Beer Pretzel Caramel, Maple Pecan Porter, and Brooklyn Blackout (made with cake by Ovenly). Free samples will be handed out, but for every ice cream float (made with soda, beer, coffee or kombucha) you purchase, you will be entered into a raffle for prizes from local food purveyors.
MAFIA Walking Tour
Saturday, August 13, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
Outside of New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery, Manhattan
If you’ve ever watched a mob trial (or “The Godfather” or “Boardwalk Empire”) and was curious about the origins of the Sicilian mafia godfathers, this is the tour for you. Partly a history of the mafia, starting with its Italian/Sicilian origins and partly a history of turn-of-the-century immigration to New York, this weekly walking tour is sure to fascinate connoisseurs of true crime.