Things to do in New York City this weekend
NY French Restaurant Week: Just in time for Bastille Day, celebrate French cuisine with a special restaurant week. Restaurants offer meals at prices of $17.89, $35.78 and/or $178.90. Action Against Hunger International (ACF) is the official charity partner. ACF works to bring hunger relief to communities around the world. Participating restaurants include Bistro 61, Le Coq Rico, and Petite Poulet. Reservations are recommended. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit www.opentable.com.
Summer Recital Series: The Metropolitan Opera is featuring free concerts in parks across all five boroughs. The series features three members of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program: soprano Michelle Bradley, tenor Kang Wang and baritone Yunpeng Wang, accompanied by Dan Saunders, a pianist. The program features familiar arias and duets. On July 9, the performance will be held at Jackie Robinson Park in Manhattan, beginning at 7 p.m.
Kites and Kayaks: Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting a special, family friendly day July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artists from Socrates and the Noguchi Museum will lead workshops on kite building. Recycled materials will be used to make kites. The day will end with the Festival of Kites, where attendees can participate. The day coincides with the Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation where hundreds of kayaks will paddle up the East River. Visit socratessculpturepark.org for more information.
Bastille Day on 60th Street: For the last 20 years, the French Institute Alliance Francaise has presented Bastille Day on 60th Street, a celebration of France’s Independence Day (July 14, 1789), as well as the country’s friendship with America. This year, the festivities take place on July 10 from noon to 5 p.m. on 60th Street from Fifth to Lexington Avenues. Don’t miss this three-block showcase of French food, wine, dance, music and family friendly entertainment. This year includes a champagne and chocolate tasting and a live screening of the UEFA European Soccer Championship. Visit bastilledayny.org for details.