Things to do in New York City this weekend
Central Park Conservancy Film Festival: The 2016 film festival takes place in Central Park through Aug. 27. Gates open at 6:30 and films start at 8 p.m. Seating for all movies are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alcohol, glass bottles, chairs, video cameras and tape recorders are not permitted and all events are subject to cancellation due to weather. The screenings take place in the landscape between the sheep meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive. The films over the weekend are “Desperately Seeking Susan” on Aug. 26 and “Stuart Little” on Aug. 27. Visit www.centralparknyc.org for more information.
Opera Screenings: For the eighth summer, the Met is screening free outdoor opera films. Ten performances are showcased. The opening evening features an opera-related Hollywood Film. At 7:45 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26 see Academy Award winning Best Picture “Amadeus, the story of Mozart.” At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 watch “Le Nozze di Figaro,” one of Mozart’s operas. At 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 watch “Il Trovatore,” one of Verdi’s tragedies. Visit www.metopera.org to learn more and see the full list of upcoming performances, which run through Sept. 5.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day: Every year, the Saturday before the US Open, celebrities and some of the nation’s best tennis players come together to celebrate the legendary Arthur Ashe. The event takes place at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows and features a ticketed stadium show and concert and a free festival, which includes interactive games, music and tennis activities. The day kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Watch the pros practice and take in the music of Tegan Marie, Los 5 and Jacob Sartorius. Kids can enjoy juggling workshops, hair braiding, storytelling, balloon artists and meet and greets. Visit www.arthurashekidsday.com to learn more.
McDonald’s B-Boy Royale 3: NYC’s largest breakdancing tournament returns with eight teams competing for a $5,000 prize from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 27. The event takes place at the NYU Skirball Center (556 LaGuardia Pl) and costs $25. Catch music and dance performances as well as audience competitions. Teams from all over the country will compete. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. Visit www.mcdonaldsnytristate.com for more information.