City Pulse

By Mrinalini Kamath

It’s yet another pre-summer (though the temps are already in the dog days!) weekend in the city, full of things to do. Here’s a small sampling of a variety of different events.

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
Saturday – Sunday, June 11 – 12, 2011 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Madison Square Park
For many, summertime=barbecue time, and there ain’t no bigger barbecue in New York than the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party at Madison Square Park. Featuring 16 pitmasters dishing out grilled and smoked meats from various regions of the country, cave in to those ‘cue cravings and fill your plate here! If you want to truly go the whole hog, finish up with dessert provide by The Original Fried Pies Shop

7th Annual Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair
Saturday – Sunday, June 11 – 12, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
McCarren Park

If crafting is more your thing than ‘cue, this craft fest boasts “the best indie-craft and DIY artisans.” Featuring both local as well as international vendors selling their own wares as well as collaborating on live projects taking place, this year’s Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair also has interactive workshops being led by ReadyMade Magazine on DIY picture-frame making and gift wrap. Grateful Greyhounds will also be there, encouraging folks to adopt a new and adorable friend and The Magnolia Photo Booth Co., will let you treasure your experience with free pics.

Egg Rolls and Egg Creams
Sunday, June 12, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eldridge Street, btn. Canal and Division Streets

The annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams block party celebrates the crossover Chinese and Jewish cultures of Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Learn Yiddish or Chinese, watch Chinese opera and acrobatics, listen to Klezmer music, play mah jongg, learn caligraphy, folk arts and crafts and sample food (including the aforementioned egg rolls and egg creams) from both cultures.

The Figment Festival
Saturday – Sunday, June 11 – 12, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Governor’s Island

Have you always felt like there’s an artist in you, just desperate to escape? Let your inner artist out to play with the many exhibits, demonstrations and art projects taking place all weekend at The Figment Festival, an arts festival focusing on letting everyone be an artist – just come on out to Governor’s Island and join the fun for free!

Brooklyn Pride Festival
Saturday, June 11, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn

If you want to show your pride this weekend, check out The 15th Annual Brooklyn Pride Festival. The festival includes food, performances, vendors and a special kids’ space with puppet-making workshops, storytime and bookmaking. There will also be a happy hour for adults at participating bars along Fifth Avenue and to end the evening, a Pride Parade at 7:30.

American Crafts Festival
Saturday – Sunday, June 11th – 12th and June 18th – 19th, 2011
Sat: 12:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Lincoln Center, 64th Street and Columbus Avenue

If you want to furnish your entire home with handcrafted materials, or just deck yourself out in handmade jewelry, you must visit the big kahuna of craft festivals – the American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center. Featuring articles made by over 400 crafters and artisans from different areas of the country, the ACAC is a big as it gets in this city. This year’s festival will include exhibits, demonstrations and a variety of foods.

Originally published June 2011



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