NYC Weekend Events for Jul 31-Aug 2

Finally! There’s a pretty good mix of in-person activities and virtual events happening this weekend. For what’s open (or opening soon-ish) in NYC, check out our roundup of what’s back in action. (We’re updating it as things change!) This weekend you can take a quick ferry ride to Governor’s Island, get in touch with your inner foodie at Smorg to Go, or check out the grounds of the NYBG. Virtual is still a reality, too. Scroll for our pick of at-home and in person events happening this weekend below!

Photo: Michael Jung via iStock

NYBG Reopens

Discover spectacular gardens and collections across 250 acres, walk the shaded trails of the old-growth forest, relax near a sparkling natural waterfall in the Bronx River or stroll along the Native Plant Garden’s breezy promenade and meadow. Advance ticket reservations are required.

Smorg to Go

Smorgasburg’s large outdoor markets remain on hold until they can reopen safely, but they have pivoted to a new takeout-only format, Smorg To Go! 10 of your favorite Smorgasburg vendors, rotating every week, will take your orders at SmarterTakeOut.

Chicago’s Lollapalooza

The fest will honor the beloved summer tradition by bringing Chicago, and the world, live music via a live stream.  The weekend-long virtual event will include performances from around the city and archived, never-before-seen footage from Lollapalooza in Chicago and around the world.

Dessert Goals Festival

Traditionally hosted in New York & LA, the family-friendly digital event will bring people together nationwide to experience Dessert Goals in a whole new way. Two days of exciting original content, both live and pre-recorded, will include virtual panels, baking demos with celebrated chefs, a birthday celebration, an energizing morning workout class, family-friendly activities, a keynote speech, and much more.

Gigantic Bike Festival Goes Online

Activities will span the month of August and will include livestreams from local bands, weekly bike challenges, the 2020 jersey and plenty of swag.

Make Art at Home: Sonomi

SONOMI KOBAYASHI is a New York-based artist from Japan, who studied painting, sculpture, and printmaking at the Art Students League of New York. Join her from her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn for an at-home art session.

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear during a Virtual Chantey Sing.

Nurturing Our Nests

Create your own clay and plant pulp sculptures of nests modelled after the expert home-making of swallows, orioles, kingfishers, wasps and termites.

Space Race

What does a ship have to do with outer space? Discover Intrepid’s connection to America’s early ventures into space and explore the future of space travel in this virtual program. At-home activity packet will include related activities.


There are tons more events on our calendar – be sure to check them out all week long!


–  Jesseca Stenson


featured image:Michael Jung via iStock

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