Things to do in New York City this weekend
New York International Auto Show: Running through April 3 at the Jacob Javits Center, this is North America’s largest auto show. The show features around 1,000 cars and trucks, highlighting the newest cars and concept vehicles. Catch the latest in the automotive industry from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 1 and 2 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 3. The show includes a variety of events and special appearances. General admission tickets are $16. To purchase, and see a full list of exhibitors and events, visit www.autoshowny.com.
Pillow Fight NYC: Grab your softest, feather-free pillow and head to Washington Square Park on April 2. From 3 to 6 p.m. take part in NYC’s giant urban pillow fight, which benefits Dare2B, a group working to eliminate child poverty and homelessness in the Big Apple. Pillows will be collected and donated to homeless shelters after the event. More information can be found at pillowfightday.com.
NYC Craft Distillers Festival: The third annual NYC Craft Distillers Festival takes over The Bowery Hotel April 2. The theme is pre-prohibition New York City so as you taste more than 60 craft spirits, you’ll hear a 1920’s style jazz band to liven up the party. Modern-Gatsby-esque attire is encouraged. There are two sessions. From 1 to 4 p.m. is $95 (150 VIP, which includes admission an hour earlier) and from 7 to 10 p.m. is $100 ($164 VIP).
MoCCA Fest 2016: NYC’s Comic Con gets all the press, but independent comics have been showcased yearly at the MoCCA Arts Festival since 2002. The show is produced by the Society of Illustrators and brings together artists, publishers and editors of independent comics. This year’s show takes place April 2 and 3. The majority of the event takes place at Metropolitan West from 12:30 to 5 p.m. both days, but programming is held at Ink48, a nearby boutique hotel. For a list of panels and talks, or to purchase tickets ($5 per day), visit www.societyillustrators.org.