Things to do in New York City this weekend
New York International Salsa Congress: The annual Salsa Congress is NYC’s longest-running Latin music and dance event. Held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, from Sept. 1-5, the event includes performances, workshops, bootcamps and social dancing. Enjoy special appearances by dance legends including Adalberto Santiago and music by the Jimmy Bosch Orchestra. Tickets start at $20. Ticket prices vary based on day and time. Purchasing online ahead of time is cheaper. Visit http://www.newyorksalsacongress.com/ to see the full lineup of events and purchase tickets.
Great North River Tugboat Race: The competition includes a Parade of Boats, nose-to-nose pushing and line-toss contests. The parade begins at 10 a.m. from Pier 84 (W. 44th and Hudson River Park). Tugs depart at 2 p.m. A spectator boat allows people to watch the race up close (boarding starts at 9 a.m). Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for kids (3-9 years old). For the full schedule of events, visit https://www.nycharities.org.
West Side County Fair: On Sept. 4, a county fair lands in Manhattan from 1-6 p.m. The day offers carnival games and rides, bands, performers and local food. The end of summer festival brings local music acts and an animal adoption event. The day takes place at Pier 1 in Riverside Park South at West 70th Street. Visit https://www.nycgovparks.org for more information.
Elsie Fest: This music festival takes place at 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Ford Amphitheater on the Coney Island boardwalk. Performers include Megan Hilty, Darren Criss and Tituss Burgess. Tickets start at $30. VIP tickets include a happy hour with complimentary Elsie cocktails and a signed poster by Darren Criss. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.elsiefest.com/.