Things to do in New York City this weekend
Summer Streets: This annual celebration of NYC’s streets allows residents to run, walk and bike more than seven miles of the boroughs’ streets. Last year, 300,000 people came out to use the streets. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 13 and 20, the streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and the surrounding streets are open to pedestrians and bicyclists. Rest stops include activities from ziplining, designing buildings from boxes and live entertainment. All activities are free of charge. Visit www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml for a full list of activities.
Giglio Di Sant’ Antonio of East Harlem: The annual Italian festival is put on by the Giglio Society of East Harlem in honor of Sant’ Antonio, their patron saint. The festival runs from Aug. 11-14 and features food, entertainment, games and rides. The highlight is the Sant’ Antonio procession on Aug. 13 at noon. Visit www.eastharlemgiglio.org for the full lineup of events.
Jazz Age Lawn Party: One of the most memorable annual NYC events, this gathering on Governors Island is inspired by the prohibition era. Michael Arenella and His Dreamland performs music from the Jazz age, while St-Germain helps provide delicious summer cocktails. The event sells out quickly, drawing more than 20,000 guests wearing their best Great Gatsby attire. The party takes place on Aug. 13 and 14, rain or shine. Tickets start at $45. Some ticket packages include food and drinks. Visit jazzagelawnparty.com to purchase tickets and see the full lineup of performers.
Fiesta in America: Fiesta in America is a cultural and trade exposition celebrating the Filipino American community. The weekend includes a trade pavilion, food court, family friendly activities and entertainment. From 1-6 p.m. on Aug. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 14, take in informative seminars on business. The event takes place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Tickets start at $22.88. Visit fiestainamerica.com to purchase tickets.