Things to do in New York City this weekend

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A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    Spring Beer Festival: The NYC Craft Beer Festival hits the Metropolitan Pavilion from March 24-25. 75 breweries will bring 150 beers, ciders and meads to sample. The ticket price includes samples, opportunities to meet experts in the industry, good, games and vendors. This year will also include the “Hard Stuff Tasting Pavilion”, a chance to explore spirits. Tickets range from $45-$85. There are three sessions: Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. To purchase tickets, visit www.nyccraftbeerfest.com.

    Distillers Festival: If you’re more of a fan of spirits, head to the Bowery Hotel on March 25th. Samples over 60 craft spirits, while enjoying a jazz band. The theme is prohibition. Tickets start at $95. VIP ticket holders get to enter an hour early with more time to sample and meet distillers. Food is available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to wear “modern-Gatsby attire.” Visit www.nyccraftdistillersfest.com for more information.

    Greek Independence Day Parade: The annual Greek Independence Day Parade begins on Sunday, March 26th. The parade commemorates March 25, 1821, the day Greece declared independence from the Ottoman Empire. Since 1938, the parade has been located in NYC. Participants march down Fifth Avenue from 64th-79th Streets. The day features traditional Greek music and costumes. Visit www.hellenicsocieties.org to learn more.

    Duck Tasting: On Sunday, March 26, taste delicious duck based dishes at a Duck Off at Jimmy’s No 43. The day includes an all-duck, competitive chef cook-off, benefiting Urban Harvest. Chefs will prepare delicious dishes such as Peking duck, duck tacos, duck and ragu. A particular favorite is duck charcuterie from Hudson Valley Duck Farm. Tickets start at $20 and the event runs from 1-3 p.m. Visit www.slowfoodnyc.org to learn more.

    Treasure in the Trash: For over 30 years, Nelson Molina, a NYC sanitation worker has rescued thousands of objects from the garbage in upper Manhattan. His collection is now on display on the second floor of the M11 garage in East Harlem. The work serves as a commentary on waste and consumption. On Sunday, March 26, there will be two hour long tours, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nelson Molina will be on-site to answer questions, but tours are self-guided. Visit www.gettingtozero.nyc to learn more.

    A New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_liberty-2.jpgA New York Police helicopter circles over Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty was evacuated with officers responding to a report of a suspicious package seen from Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 24, 2015. Visitors are posting photos online showing hundreds of people being herded toward a ferry landing. Tourists say they were taken off boats while trying to leave nearby Ellis Island. Those vessels then were used to evacuate Liberty Island. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)