I hope everyone relishes this beautifully rainy Saturday, which has provided a wonderful and tranquil atmosphere. Typically, I write the events roundup on Saturday mornings, but today brought an unexpected and delightful surprise — a visit from a dear friend. This unexpected encounter made the day even more special as we shared laughter, engaging conversations, and created lasting memories. As the day progresses, it is time to turn our attention to the upcoming events happening May 23 through 29.
With the long weekend ahead, many will have the advantage of a three-day break to spend quality time with their families. In addition, some might be heading to the beach to bask in the sun.
This week’s events are genuinely diverse and offer something for everyone. Whether it is the much-anticipated reopening of the Brooklyn Boardwalk just in time for the Day Party. Or the opportunity to embark on a historical tour of the renowned Kings Theatre, there is an array of options. So allow our fabulous roundup to guide you in planning a memorable Memorial weekend filled with exciting experiences.
Here is the curated list of events happening May 23 through 29.
Brooklyn Music School’s Annual Gala 2023
Brooklyn Music School is delighted to invite you to celebrate 114 years of providing New York City with quality, affordable performing arts education. This year’s gala is focused on developing curriculum and program offerings, with a special emphasis on accessibility and inclusivity in the performing arts space.
Do not miss out on the annual fundraising gala on May 23rd. It is the perfect occasion to come together with the community, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and celebrate for a meaningful cause.
Rule of Thirds
171 Banker Street — Greenpoint
Sweet Brooklyn Bar Celebrates Its Seventh Anniversary
Sweet Brooklyn Bar, a bar and grill in the vibrant Crown Heights neighborhood, proudly stands as a Woman and Black-owned establishment. Renowned for its exceptional beverages, delectable comfort food, and lively atmosphere, the bar is now commemorating its 7th anniversary, with celebrations from now until Memorial Day.
Join in the festivities at Sweet Brooklyn Bar as they honor seven years of dedicated service to the ever-growing Crown Heights community. Throughout Memorial Day Weekend, indulge in the ‘7 for $7’ specials. They will feature a delightful array of offerings available for $7 each. Savor the signature 608 Rum Punch and refreshing Sangria, accompanied by delectable options such as Wings, Fries, Shrimp and Fries, and Fish and Chips.
From Monday, May 22nd, through Memorial Day on May 29th, Sweet Brooklyn Bar welcomes you to join them during their operating hours. Delight in the ambiance and enjoy the offerings from:
- Monday to Thursday between 3 PM and 12 AM,
- Friday from 3 PM until 2 AM,
- Saturday from 12 PM until 3 AM,
- and Sunday from 12 PM until 12 AM.
Be a part of the Sweet Brooklyn Bar anniversary celebration and indulge in the delightful treats and libations they have prepared for their loyal patrons.
608 Nostrand Avenue — Crown Heights
Pizza Wine Movie
Experience the enchanting ambiance of Rooftop Reds, a premier rooftop bar in Brooklyn, as they present their spectacular series during the late Spring and Summer at Navy Yard. Prepare to be captivated by breathtaking city skyline views while enjoying a movie under the stars.
Beginning in May, this event undoubtedly ranks among the top things to do in NYC during this vibrant month. Rooftop Reds proudly is the city’s only rooftop vineyard, partnering with a vineyard in Finger Lakes Wine Country in Upstate New York to bring the essence of wine country directly to the heart of the city.
The highlight of the evening is the Pizza Wine Movie Night. In this exceptional experience, the festivities kick off with an exclusive happy hour at 6 PM, exclusively reserved for movie night guests. From May through August, the happy hour extends until 8 PM, with mouthwatering pizza served then. Once dinner is finished, the movie commences, allowing you to immerse yourself in cinematic delight.
From September through October, the happy hour lasts until 7 PM, with pizza served then. After a satisfying meal, the film screening begins, setting the stage for a memorable evening.
Each ticket, priced at $35, offers incredible value, including entry to the event, two slices of delectable cheese pizza, a glass of sparkling Riesling, boxed water, and access to the delightful happy hour. It is an all-inclusive package designed to ensure your enjoyment throughout the night.
Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to experience the magic of Rooftop Reds, where stunning views, delectable food, exquisite wine, and captivating movies combine to create an unforgettable evening in the heart of Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Fleet Week NYC 2023, held in New York City, is an annual celebration that pays tribute to the brave United States Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps members. Taking place from May 24, 2023, to May 30, 2023, this marks the 35th edition of Fleet Week in NYC.
Set against a dynamic stage hosted by venues like famous maritime sites Pier 88 North, Pier 88 South, Pier 90 North, and Pier 86. Moreover, a must-visit attraction is the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum. Other attractions, such as Homeport Pier and Miller Field in Staten Island, will bring excitement, adventure, and revelry together.
The weeklong celebration of our military’s dedication includes stimulating discussions with leading speakers, impressive tours aboard ships, thrilling performances, and military-themed entertainment.[Event Calendar]
Brooklyn Reads: National Book Foundation Presents 5 Under 35
Join the Brooklyn Museum on May 25, 2023, as they commemorate the remarkable achievements of the 2023 National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honorees. This groundbreaking event marks the first-ever public ceremony where they showcase these exceptional writers and their debut works.
Immerse yourself in an evening of literary excellence with engaging readings from their captivating books, followed by a thought-provoking conversation with the esteemed authors. It is an occasion not to be missed as they celebrate the brightest talents in contemporary literature.
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
200 Eastern Parkway — Brooklyn
Kings Theatre Historic Tour
Experience the breathtaking splendor of this immaculately refurbished architectural marvel. And discover its historic heyday’s intriguing narratives and enigmatic enigmas with a guided excursion through Kings Theatre.
Get your tickets today.
1027 Flatbush Avenue – Flatbush
The Day Party
It is time to celebrate The Day Party‘s fifth Anniversary with an incredible summer concert lineup debuting at Brooklyn Boardwalk. Kickoff festivities on Sunday, May 28th, with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie headlining this MUST-SEE Memorial Day Weekend 2023 concert. DJ legends Clue, Spade, and other exciting special guests accompany him on stage.
The Day Party is a yearly electrifying urban cultural arts event that brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate under the sun-soaked skies, which features live music performances, captivating acts, stunning artwork displays, and talented DJs spinning throughout the day.
In the past, The Day Party hosted phenomenal artists such as Drake, J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Doja Cat, Travis Scott, and the late fashion icon Virgil Abloh.
Tickets for this inaugural concert at Brooklyn Boardwalk start at just $45 and are currently on sale at https://www.thedayparty.com/. The event will run from 3 to 11 PM, giving you ample time to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere. Additionally, you will find a diverse selection of food vendors on-site, ready to satisfy your cravings with their delectable offerings.
Brooklyn Boardwalk — Coney Island
Celebrate National Burger Day
Make the most of National Burger Day on May 28th by indulging in a delectable cookout at parks equipped with barbeque facilities, such as Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Alternatively, satisfy your cravings by visiting one of the phenomenal burger spots scattered throughout our city.
Why not embrace the festivities and utilize this occasion as an excuse to gather with friends and family, firing up the grill to create your ultimate burger masterpiece? Please take advantage of the various discounts and promotions offered by numerous restaurants, allowing you to savor their mouthwatering burgers.
For those seeking the best burger experiences in the city, consider these exceptional establishments:
- Emily at 919 Fulton Street — Clinton Hill.
- The Long Island Bar at 110 Atlantic Avenue —
- Harlem Shake at 119 5th Avenue — Park Slope.
- Red Hook Tavern at 329 Van Brunt Street — Red Hook.
- Brooklyn Ice House at 318 Van Brunt Street — Red Hook
- Peter Luger Steakhouse at 178 Broadway — Williamsburg.
- BK Janie at 679 Grand Street — Williamsburg.
- Brooklyn Burgers & Beer at 259 5th Avenue — Park Slope.
- Gus’s Chop House at 215 Union Street — Carroll Gardens
- Burger joint within the Thompson Central Park New York Hotel — 119 W 56th Street.
- Raoul’s at 180 Prince Street — Soho
- JG Melon at 1291 3rd Avenue — Upper East Side.
- 7th Street Burger at 1603 2nd Avenue — Upper East Side
- The Happiest Hour at 121 West 10th Street — West Village
- Minetta Tavern at 113 MacDougal Street — Greenwich Village.
- Gramercy Tavern 42 East 20th Street — Gramercy
- Harlem Shake at 100 West 124th Street — Harlem
- Milady’s at 160 Prince Street — Soho
- Burger Joint at 119 West 56th Street — Central Park
- Donovan’s Pub at 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue — Woodside
Do not miss out on the opportunity to savor the sensational flavors of these burger havens as you celebrate National Burger Day in the vibrant city of New York!
Memorial Day Street Fest
Immerse yourself in the tropical atmosphere at Kokomo’s highly anticipated Memorial Day Street Festival on Monday, May 29th. Then, join the vibrant community block party in Brooklyn to experience the island vibes firsthand.
Prepare for an unforgettable day with live music, captivating entertainment, and a delectable array of food and beverage vendors. Do not miss out on this fantastic event hosted by Kokomo, a renowned Caribbean Restaurant in Williamsburg. Secure your spot by registering online in advance – admission is free.
65 Kent Avenue — Williamsburg
Brooklyn’s Memorial Day Parade
Remember not to miss Brooklyn’s historical Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th, 2023. This annual procession has touched many hearts as it honors America’s brave soldiers who gave everything they had for our beautiful country.
The event brings together revered veterans with courageous members from both NYPD and NYFD marching in unison while commencing from the intersection of Third Avenue and Seventy-eighth Street all through to Fourth Avenue and One Hundred-first Street — a true symbol of respect.
A moving tribute follows at Fort Hamilton, with the U.S. Army leading a solemn twenty-one-gun salute to honor our fallen hero’s bravery and sacrifice. Our hearts go to their grieving families as we express our unwavering gratitude.
Spring Community Week by Dancers Unlimited
Dancers Unlimited NYC is thrilled to announce its partnership with designer Kauila Kanakaʻole. The great-grandson of the renowned Kumu Hula Edith Kanakaʻole, as they honor their company’s origins in Hawaiʻi. Fondly known as “Aunty Edith.” Aunt Edith is among the five distinguished women commemorated in the U.S. Mint American Women Quarters Program.
Recently, on March 27th, 2023, her quarter was unveiled, and you can find more information about it by reading here.
Drawing upon his family’s legacy and expertise in Hula and Chants, combined with his education in fashion design from The New School. Kauila will present “Ola Ka Huakaʻihele O Hiʻiaka” or “Becoming Hiʻiaka” in a captivating fashion show. This show will deeply root itself in traditional practices and ceremonies, serving as a jubilant tribute to the resilience and inventiveness of the Hawaiian people.
During this exciting week, other noteworthy collaborators include Uncle Calvin Hoe, an esteemed Hawaiian Master Instrument Maker and Musician featured by the Smithsonian, and talented AAPI dancers and movement artists who contribute their artistic creations to the vibrant landscape of New York City.
It is important to note that due to limited capacity at all events, an RSVP is required to secure your attendance.
Hester Street Fair
The Hester Street Fair is thrilled to announce its return to The Seaport’s Pier 17, marking the beginning of another incredible season as they embark on their 14th year and reconnect to their roots. Fostering an environment where people can gather, celebrate, and discover the common threads that bring a local community together. Furthermore, they are showcasing the finest small businesses that NYC has to offer.
Please mark your calendars for Memorial Day Weekend on May 27th and 28th as they kick off the festivities with an exciting two-day extravaganza. On Saturday, join them for their Classic Market, where over 60 vendors will captivate your senses with their remarkable offerings.
But the excitement does not end there. Sunday promises to be a gastronomic delight with our highly anticipated Burger Day. Step into a world of savory indulgence as a select group of burger vendors battles it out to claim the title of the best smash burger in NYC.
89 South Street — South Street Seaport
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is an eagerly anticipated biannual event in Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, New York City, during the Spring and Fall seasons. Renowned for its versatile exhibits featuring art in myriad forms, including but not limited to paintings, sculptures, and photography from both emerging and established artists.
Visitors are free to attend this ensemble thanks to the event organized by The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Inc., a non-profit that works diligently to promote art. Starting since 1932, this exhibit has been around for over nine decades, making it one of America’s oldest outdoor art exhibits while offering free admission throughout its duration.
Over 300 artists participate yearly, bringing audiences a wealth of artwork; linger awhile longer enjoying food vendors and live music performances.
The Washington Square, Outdoor Art Exhibit, lures hundreds of thousands with its magnetic energy. It is an absolute must-visit, especially if you are fond of art. Everyone gets the opportunity to support artists during their journey besides soaking up Greenwich Village’s wonderful atmosphere at the same time.
May 27 – 29, 2023.
Manhattanhenge: When the Sun Aligns with NYC’s Skyscrapers in Spectacular Harmony
A remarkable phenomenon occurs twice a year where the setting sun impeccably aligns itself between the towering skyscrapers. It is truly awe-inspiring, attracting numerous spectators who gather to witness this extraordinary sunset event in both May and July, although the precise dates vary annually. Conversely, the sunrise events usually take place during December and January.
This year, the captivating spectacle awaits on May 29th when a partial sun graces the horizon. However, the true spectacle unfolds on May 30th at around 8:14 PM, as a full sun majestically illuminates the cityscape, creating a remarkable Manhattanhenge experience.
Additionally, we can attribute this captivating event to the visionary work of John Randel Jr., who in 1811 proposed the construction of New York City’s streets in a meticulously planned grid system. This grid system is the key reason behind the perfect alignment observed during Manhattanhenge.
For those seeking the best vantage points to witness Manhattanhenge, here are five recommended locations:
- 14th Street
- 23rd Street
- 35th Street
- 42nd Street — Tudor City Bridge on 42nd Street, near United Nations Plaza
- 57th Street facing Hudson River
Los Van Van
Discover the trailblazing musical legacy of Los Van Van — one of history’s most innovative bands, revolutionizing multiple genres. Standing alongside iconic artists such as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, Los Van Van have played a discernible role in shaping popular music for an entire generation.
Their groundbreaking recordings transcended borders, resonating not just within Cuba but across the globe. The release of Estrellas de Cuba in 2010 saw them enjoy a remarkable resurgence within their homeland, with subsequent global tours captivating audiences everywhere from Europe to Asia, Latin America, and even the United States. Experience their mesmerizing musical prowess firsthand at Lehman Center this spring.
Get ready to immerse yourself in a once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable music experience.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West — Bronx
Salsa Pa’ La Cultura + Beer Release
Do not miss the exciting 2nd installment of ¡Salsa Pa’ La Cultura! Happening at The Bronx Brewery on Friday, May 26th. Get ready for an unforgettable evening filled with live music, a sensational DJ, and a limited release of the finest beers.
Join them as they bring their incredible talents to The Bronx Brewery, situated in the heart of El Condado de La Salsa. This event promises to be a true spectacle, featuring captivating live performances, pulsating beats from talented DJs, mouthwatering food options, refreshing drinks, and plenty of salsa music to keep you moving all night.
Mark your calendars and prepare for an event that will leave you wanting more. Come and celebrate the vibrant spirit of salsa with us at ¡Salsa Pa’ La Cultura! at The Bronx Brewery. It is an experience you will not want to miss.
The Bronx Brewery
856 East 136th Street — Bronx
Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade
Every year, the spirited Memorial Day parades light up all five boroughs of New York City, taking place on the last Monday in May. Among them, the Little Neck Douglaston Parade in Queens stands out not only as the largest in New York but also as the largest nationwide. Spanning from Little Neck to Douglaston, this grand parade marks the start and finish of a truly spectacular event.
While the scale of the parade in Queens is awe-inspiring, Manhattan offers a surprising contrast with a smaller Memorial Day Parade. Beginning at Dyckman Street and Broadway in Inwood, the northernmost district of Manhattan, this modest yet heartfelt procession captures the essence of remembrance and honor.
Join us and pay tribute to the brave individuals who sacrificed their lives in service to our nation. Whether you witness the grandeur of the Little Neck Douglaston Parade or the intimate gathering in Manhattan, both parades offer meaningful ways to commemorate Memorial Day and honor our heroes.
Northern Boulevard from Jayson Avenue in Great Neck to 245th Street in Douglaston
And that concludes our comprehensive roundup of events from May 23 through 29. We wish you a fantastic Memorial weekend filled with memorable experiences. Feel free to share your plans by leaving a comment below. We would love to hear how you will be celebrating this special time.