Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in New York City This Weekend (September 21 to 23)

These are the best things worth doing in NYC this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

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Few things make us happier than spending our weekends doing exactly what we want to do. Whether you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe or are ready to stay out all night, New York City has it all! Not sure what to do this weekend? We have you covered.

EAT IT UP

SNAG SOME FREE PARMIGIANO REGGIANO AND CANNOLIS (9/21)

Have you ever seen an 80-pound Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese wheel? If not, you’re about to, and you’ll get to sample it as well. At 5 p.m., Murray’s Cheese will crack open the huge wheel and allow to taste it. Stop by the Bleeker Street location until 7 p.m. and you’ll also get to sample cacio e pepe (Italian mac and cheese) and mini cannoli cones. Enjoy!

TAKE ON THE 5 BORO PIZZA CHALLENGE (9/22)

Make room in your stomach, because the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge is happening this Saturday! Starting at 11 a.m., teams will receive a list of pizzerias. There will be one pizza spot in each borough, and your goal is to get and eat a slice from all of them. You’re only allowed to travel by train, bus, ferry, bike, or by walking. All driving (cabs, Uber, Lyft, Via, etc.) is prohibited. Register your team now!

EXPERIENCE THE BRUNCH OF ALL BRUNCHES AT TORO LOCO (Saturdays and Sundays)

The geniuses at Toro Loco take brunch very seriously, and they’re stepping up their game.. The Financial District spot is offering a Burlesque Brunch every Saturday though October and Drag Queen Brunch party every Sunday through October. From 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (performances start at 3:30 p.m.), you’ll enjoy unlimited shared plates and cocktails for just $50 per person. Take it from someone who has been there before — you want to make time for Toro Loco in your weekend.

TASTE EVERY TYPE OF FOOD AT SMORGASBURG (9/22 and 9/23)

Get excited to eat the weekend away at Smorgasburg! Taking place in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays, you’ll never get bored of the food vendors. From elaborate entrees to delectable desserts, no one leaves with an empty stomach.

DRINK IT UP

KICK OFF OKTOBERFEST AT PIER 15’S WATERMARK BAR (9/21 to 9/23)

Oktoberfest is kicking off at Watermark Bar at Pier 15, and we’re ready to eat all the pretzels and drink all the beer. The South Street Seaport celebration is free to attend, but there are special packages that can be purchased in advance. Get ready for traditional German eats like giant pretzels and bratwurst — and let’s not forget the beer. Corn hole, ping pong, and stein-holding contests will be sprinkled throughout the day so you last from noon to midnight. Can’t make it this weekend? The Oktoberfest fun will also take place 9/27 to 9/30, 10/4 to 10/7, and 10/11 to 10/14. Find more info here.

HEAD TO NYC’S SECRET BEACH POP-UP (through 10/27)

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the beach. A secret beach pop-up located at the Upper West Side’s Arthouse at NYLO will keep you in a warm-weather state of mind. You can expect themed "Basic Beach" cocktails on the transformed 16th-floor terrace, as well as sand and waves. Yes, really. Talk about a fun way to ease into the fall!

BREW YOUR OWN HARRY POTTER COCKTAIL AT THE CAULDRON (through 12/31)

An immersive cocktail class has hit NYC, and it’s Harry Potter-themed! The Cauldron Magical Cocktail Experience gives visitors a magic wand and robe to wear for the 1-hour and 45-minute class. You’ll brew two “potions,” aka cocktails, which are sure to bubble and smoke. Tickets range from $45 to $55, and alcohol-free, gluten-free, and vegan options are available. Book your class now!

DO IT UP

ENJOY A NIGHT OUT AT THE RSVP SHOW AT ARLO (9/21 and 9/22)

Arlo NoMad is bringing the fun at RSVP (really sexy variety show) this Friday and Saturday. The 90-minute show is hosted by Dale Seever and features musical, comedy, and entertainment acts. Your ticket will get you access to the show, as well as a welcome cocktail and access to $8 beer and wine specials all night. Get your ticket here!

GET YOUR COLLAGEN FIX AT THE VITAL PROTEINS POP-UP SHOP (through 9/30)

Vital Proteins is known for incorporating collagen into your daily routine super easy. There are a range of flavors, but select ones are available at the pop-up — including Matcha, Strawberry Lemon, Lavender Lemon, Unflavored, and more. And trust us, they taste great in a smoothie! Not sure if they’re for you? The shop offers samples, so you can figure out which one you like the most. Pro tip: The Matcha gets a thumbs-up in an iced latte. Stop by the shop in Soho seven days a week through the end of the month — Monday to Friday (12 to 8 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Sunday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

EXPERIENCE THE HUMAN’S BEST FRIEND POP-UP WITH YOUR DOG (through 11/12)

With all these pop-up shops hitting NYC, where’s the one for dogs? Well, Human’s Best Friend is it, and it welcomes dogs and dog lovers to enjoy the immersive experience! This West Village pop-up features a playground and a fun environment for dogs to interact and enjoy the day. There will also be rescue dogs available for adoption, and 10% of profits go to rescue organizations. Get your (and your pup’s) tickets now!

LIVE IN A WORLD OF RAINBOWS AT THE COLOR FACTORY (until 9/30)

The Color Factory is turning NYC into a pile of rainbows. The pop-up interactive exhibit first opened in San Francisco in 2017, and it's finally made its way to Soho. You can expect 20,000 square feet of experiences, like a giant ball pit and macaron conveyor belt. It’s only going to be here until September 30, so grab your ticket now!

DIVE INTO A HUGE MARSHMALLOW PIT AT CANDYTOPIA

First it was in Los Angeles, and now it’s made its way to the East Coast. Candytopia is officially open in NYC! Just like many other pop-ups, this one has uniquely designed rooms — except this one is all about candy. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to snag a ticket and enjoy the marshmallow pit and candy-filled rooms. Get a better idea of what it's all about in the video below!

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