New York City Events Happening May 16 Through 22

New York City Events Happening May 16 Through 22

Hello, Darlings; it is not fantastic [not really] that we are almost in the middle of May – the time is simply whisking away. It is Mother’s Day tomorrow, and I wanted to gently remind you [not that you needed any] to celebrate Mom, spend time with her, and show her so much love in your unique way. And on that note of celebrating we are back with another installment of events happening May 16 through 22.

There is something for everyone, from Art shows to a private movie screenings.

Read on for New York City Events Happening May 16 Through 22


ART REFRAMED at The Other Art Fair

Attention, Experience-seekers. This one’s designed exclusively for you. Witness the reframing of art and an entirely new approach to your artistic encounters. Take advantage of a fantastic opportunity to save over 20% on weekend tickets at The Other Art Fair — ensure your booking before May 17.

A different path was chosen when the world moved in one direction, the familiar. Do you dare to deviate from the norm in a realm dominated by elitism? Conventions or rules should not confine art, and your enjoyment should not be limited.

Discover a remarkable creation that awaits your experience. Explore an amalgamation of affordable and original artworks by 110 independent artists. Immerse yourself in immersive installations, captivating performances, skillful DJs, and a well-stocked bar to elevate your experience.

Here, art knows no boundaries—it is accessible to all.

So why not embrace spontaneity, ignite your excitement, and revel in the infinite creativity surrounding you?

Purchase Tickets here.

Opening Night:
Thursday, May 18: 6 – 10 PM

General Entry:
Friday, May 19: 4 – 10 PM
Saturday, May 20: 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, May 21: 11 AM – 6 PM

Brooklyn Navy Yard – Agger Fish
63 Flushing Avenue – Building 269

Attend The Vegan Woman Summit

The Vegan Women Summit (VWS) is returning on May 18, 2023, at the 99 Scott Center in Brooklyn. The event will be held for three straight days under the leadership of Jennifer Stojkovic, the founder, acclaimed speaker, and bestselling author of The Future of Food Is Female.

This year’s VWS is thrilled to have NYC Mayor Eric Adams as their official host for a VIP reception at Gracie Mansion.

As a plant-based eater, Mayor Adams recognizes VWS’s value by convening leaders and professionals to discuss better food choices and improving public health while reducing carbon emissions. Over 100 speakers and cutting-edge food, fashion, and beauty brands will join attendees in networking and professional development experience.

Get tickets here.

99 Scott Street – Brooklyn

Outdoor Yoga on the Stoop

Get ready to destress with Brooklyn Museum’s upcoming yoga and meditation event on May 20th from 10 to 11 AM at plaza steps. Regardless of skill level, local instructors are excited to lead guests through an accessible gentle flow class focused on opening up hips and hearts. Afterward, enjoy a restorative guided meditation to ease stress as we head into another weekend. Rain or shine, this event will take place outside, but in case of bad weather, they will happily relocate to the Beaux Arts Court on the third floor.

For added comfort, please bring your own mat. There is no time like now to prioritize personal wellness and take advantage of our self-care event. Join us as we take a step back from everyday chaos and work towards finding relaxation and calm.

Tickets are $16 and include Museum general admission. Member tickets are $10.

200 Eastern Parkway — Prospect Heights


Join us in commemorating the finest talents of New York’s blossoming design landscape at FAD Market’s NYCxDESIGN pop-up.

This extraordinary event will unfold at The Invisible Dog Art Center, nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Immerse yourself in a captivating experience featuring over 50 visionary designers and artisans revolutionizing home decor, tableware, fashion, jewelry, and beyond.

On May 20 and 21, enjoy the meticulously curated assortment of exquisite merchandise and seize the opportunity to connect with the most brilliant emerging designers from both local and global spheres.

To learn more about NYCxDESIGN, check out their website.

The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen Street — Cobble Hill

Enjoy JAPAN Festival

JAPAN Fes New York, launched in 2016, is the world’s largest Japanese food festival, encompassing 21 annual events. Drawing more than 250,000 visitors, this extraordinary celebration showcases the offerings of 800 vendors, including 50 hailings directly from Japan.

Their primary objective revolves around acquainting local New Yorkers with the rich tapestry of Japanese culture, spanning delectable cuisine, traditional craftsmanship, exquisite art, and riveting entertainment.

Embark on a journey through Japanese culture by indulging in scrumptious Japanese cuisine on Saturday, May 21, nestled within the vibrant locale of Park Slope.

Immerse yourself in the enticing flavors of Yakitori, Ramen, Takoyaki, Karaage, Gyoza, Yakisoba, and Matcha sweets — the beloved culinary delights of Japan. Have you had the pleasure of savoring each of these unique offerings?

Every vendor unveils an exclusive menu crafted through collaborative efforts with Japan at JAPAN Fes, available solely on this extraordinary occasion.

10 AM to 6 PM
Park Slope – Fifth Avenue Between 9 and 10 Street

Wines of Veneto with Liz Rogero

Explore the wines of Veneto with six tasting pours, cheese, and charcuterie at Fausto. Learn about indigenous Venetian grapes grown by sustainable producers.

Fausto GM and longtime sommelier Liz Rogero will teach the class. Tickets are $70 per person and take place May 21.

This event will take place in Fausto’s main dining room.

348 Flatbush Avenue — Park Slope


Century 21 Flagship Store Makes a Grand Return After a Nearly Three-Year Hiatus

Rejoice, New Yorkers. Come May 16th, Century 21’s iconic flagship store will reopen after nearly three years of closure due to financial challenges and bankruptcy filing in 2020. With undying spirit and resilience in tow, Century 21 is ready to reestablish itself as a retail giant in the city that never sleeps.

Founded by three brothers – Sonny, Al, and Ralph Gindi – in ’61 in Brooklyn’s modest neighborhood on 86th Street, this once-small brand soon expanded into a retail institution across Manhattan and beyond.

However, their landmark Cortlandt Street location truly defined what shopping in New York City meant for all fashion-conscious consumers. Century 21’s flagship shop in New York City has sprung back into action with resounding vigor, proving that nothing can dampen this brand’s spirit.

Their renewed commitment to their devoted patrons sets them on course for success and ensures their prominent re-emergence as one of the leading retail names in the lively city landscape.

22 Cortlandt Street – Financial District [Across the Street from the World Trade Center]

Attend a FREE screen of Maestro.

Experience an exclusive opportunity to indulge in a private screening of the highly anticipated film Maestro on Wednesday, May 17, at AMC Lincoln Square 13.

Prepare to be captivated by this remarkable drama, skillfully crafted by the talented Bradley Cooper, who not only wrote and directed the film but also stars alongside an incredible cast, including Carey Mulligan, Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke, and Sarah Silverman.

This is your chance to experience Maestro before it hits the theaters, and make sure you arrive by 6 PM, as the showtime begins promptly at 7 PM. Take advantage of this extraordinary cinematic event. Register here.

1998 Broadway – Upper West Side

Enjoy JAPAN Festival

JAPAN Fes New York, launched in 2016, is the world’s largest Japanese food festival, encompassing 21 annual events that allure over 250,000 visitors.

With a grand assemblage of 800 vendors, including 50 from Japan, the festival acts as a conduit for sharing Japanese culture with the local New Yorkers.

It encompasses various elements such as delectable food, traditional crafts, art, and entertainment.

Embark on a captivating journey into Japanese culture by indulging in scrumptious Japanese cuisine on Sunday, May 20th, in Nomad.

Savor the ever-popular Japanese delicacies like Yakitori, Ramen, Takoyaki, Karaage, Gyoza, Yakisoba, and Matcha sweets. Have you experienced the delight of all these amazing items yet?

At JAPAN Fes, each vendor presents exclusive menus crafted in collaboration with Japan, available solely on this remarkable day.

10 AM to 6 PM

NoMad – Broadway Between 31 and 32 Streets

VOLTA Art Fair

Originally hailing from Basel, VOLTA Art Fair was inaugurated in New York City in 2008. It aims to provide a platform for ambitious international galleries to showcase their work in one of the art world’s prominent hubs.

In its triumphant return, VOLTA New York is set to present an impressive assemblage of over 50 national and international galleries at the highly anticipated 2023 edition.

From May 17 to 21 at the esteemed Metropolitan Pavilion, this event promises to captivate art enthusiasts with its showcase of cutting-edge contemporary art. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, forge connections with global galleries, and expand your art collection at VOLTA, New York.

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18 Street — Chelsea

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

Every year, during May, the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival unfolds over a weekend, showcasing a vibrant celebration of culinary delights. This esteemed event is the oldest and largest ongoing food festival in New York City, drawing diverse participants, including local restaurants and street food vendors.

At the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, visitors can indulge in mouthwatering offerings, ranging from delectable barbecued delicacies to tempting ice cream treats.

It is a two-day extravaganza slated to take place on May 20 and 21, where gastronomic enthusiasts can embark on a culinary journey, savoring many flavors and embracing the vibrant ambiance.

9th Avenue 42 and 57 Streets


Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival

For the first time, New York City is set to host one of the most significant celebrations of AAPI’s [Asian American and Pacific Islander] heritage worldwide.

In May, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival is coming to Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. This highly anticipated event will showcase many talented performers over two days, Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.

With a lineup of dynamic artists, this festival promises an unforgettable experience for attendees. Celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the AAPI community, the festival aims to create a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere.

Tickets for the festival are currently available for purchase, starting at $161. Take advantage of this historic occasion to celebrate and appreciate the contributions of the AAPI community in the heart of New York City.

Forest Hills Stadium
1 Tennis Place — Forest Hills

And there you have it — our roundup of events happening May 16 through the 22. If we have missed something, please let us know, or comment below and share a favorite event you plan to attend this coming week.

Nat C.


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