sat (ongoing): the mignone halls of gems and minerals at the museum of natural history reopens: for the first time since 2017, you can view gargantuan garnets, spectacular sapphires, and more than 5,000 other specimens from 98 countries at the completely refurbished galleries. american museum of natural history (uws), pay-what-you-wish admission for ny, nj, and ct residents (reg. $23 general, $18 students/seniors). >>

sat thru 10/31: the arts center at governors island reopens to the public: the first year-round, permanent home for the arts on governors island will host a series of new exhibitions this season, including two large-scale, site-specific solo installations by artists meg webster and onyedika chuke, muna malik’s interactive sculpture blessing of the boats, and more. free admission (ferry tickets to the island are free-$3). >>

sat + sun: pride events!:
• sat + sun: brooklyn pride week‘s mini-street fest (sat 12-5:30pm) and ‘pride on atlantic avenue’ event (sun 12-5pm). free admission. >>
• sat + sun: 17th annual queer women of color film festival. online, free. >>
• sat 2pm, 4pm, 7pm: mobile drag performance unit (various locations). free. >>
• sun 12-5pm: anyone comics brooklyn pride comic fair. anyone comics (crown heights), free admission. >>
• sun 1pm: walt whitman and the celebration of nature. brooklyn bridge park, free. >>

sat 11am-7pm, sun 11am-6pm: l.e.a.f. festival of flowers: new york city’s first-ever flower festival springs into bloom this weekend, filling the meatpacking district with installations by 100 local florists and a european-style flower market housing a whopping one million blossoms. free admission. >>

sat + sun 12-5pm: $1 admission to fraunces tavern museum’s flag day open house weekend: commemorating the 1777 adoption of the united states flag by the second continental congress, and the exhibitionto the beat of their own drums: american regimental flags of the revolutionary era, fraunces tavern museum (fidi) will offer $1 admission all weekend (reg. $7 general, $4 students/seniors). >>

sat various times: outdoor movies (weather permitting):
ferris bueller’s day off at seton park (bronx). free. >>
the lion king at peter minuit playground (east harlem). free. >>
tom and jerry at commodore barry park (brooklyn navy yard). free. >>
zootopia at queens botanical garden. $15 general, $12 students/seniors (includes garden admission and a $5 food voucher). >>

sat (+ 7/17): record store day: the first of two record store day ‘drops’ offers exclusive, limited run, and first release albums for sale at your fave local shops. >>

sat 11am-7pm: spring zine fair: peruse artist zines and publications from 40+ local publishers at printed matter / st. marks and 8-ball community’s outdoor zine fair. throughout the day, nearby community gardens will be hosting poetry readings, concerts, leaf pressings, and composting workshops. st. marks place between 1st + 2nd aves (east village), free admission. >>

sat 12-4pm: tenement museum’s grand reopening block party: the historic lower east side cultural institution celebrates reopening with an afternoon of performances, hands-on workshops and activities, art installations, museum tours, and ‘reclaiming black spaces,’ a new neighborhood walking tour focused on stories of how black and african americans shaped lower manhattan over the centuries. free (tours are extra). >>

sat 12pm-7pm: rockstock and barrels surf, skate, and music festival: surf’s up at the 15th annual rockstock and barrels festival, a day of live music, surf/skate vendors, surf contests, and more. beach 90th st and shore front parkway (rockaway beach). free admission. >>

sat 2pm: bike tour of randall’s island: enjoy views of the gardens, urban farm, and wetlands during a 4-6 mile guided bike tour of randall’s island. free. >>

sat 7:30pm: rape victims are horny too! comedy and music about healing from trauma: comedians and rape survivors kelly bachman and dylan adler use comedy and songs to navigate their trauma, inviting the audience to laugh, cry, and laugh some more. asylum nyc (chelsea), $15 with promo code ‘ffd’ (reg. $20). >>


sun 11am-4pm: artmageddon: stroll through historic ditmas park, brooklyn while over 50 local brooklyn artists show and sell their work outside on porches and in open tents. spread over 30 locations within walking distance of each other, the event also includes live music and activities for the kiddos. free admission. >>

sun 11am-6pm (sundays): smorgasburg returns: shuttered for a year due to the pandemic, nyc’s famed food fest is coming back to prospect park (sundays starting today) and the williamsburg waterfront (saturdays starting 6/26). the prospect park market will include a full bar and 35 vendors, and the williamsburg flagship will feature 35+ vendors, with a focus on lgbtq+ and bipoc business owners and employees. free admission. (starting in july, you can also order from smorg vendors via seamless.) >>

sun 12-7pm (monthly): pioneer works second sundays: enjoy live music and dj sets, artists’ open studios, art installations, and an assortment of in-person and online programs during pioneer works’ second sunday event series. this month’s edition celebrates dark matters, a mozilla-funded project by johann diedrick that uses art to explore how ai can reinforce or disrupt systems of oppression. pioneer works (red hook), free (donations welcome). >>

sun 2pm (ends today): scandinavian music festival in fort tryon park: drink in views of the hudson as you get to know the music, culture, and traditions of scandinavia at this annual summer concert series, featuring performances by the new york scandia symphony and guest artists. billings lawn at fort tryon park (washington heights), free. >>

sun 2:30-6pm: brass bands festival: brooklyn bridge park conservancy brings in the top brass for a soulful sunday of live, open-air music performances by five new orleans- and balkan-style brass bands. brooklyn bridge park (piers 3, 4, and 5), free. >>

sun 8pm + 9pm: odd world danger show: a quartet of daredevils performs an intimate evening of sideshow spectacle including fire dancing, glass walking, the bed of nails, and more. the backyard at city reliquary (williamsburg), $10. >>


our roundup of 80+ ongoing events: outdoor fitness classes, public art, flea markets, beer gardens, and more. >>


we know there’s no shortage of sources for news and safety updates. what is scarce is periodic distraction. so for the time being, in keeping with our efforts to support our performance and cultural community, the skint will be sending out periodic emails about local openings, event streams and other related resources to help occupy your time. if you know of something that might fit the bill, feel free to send us the details using the contact form on our website.

stay safe and healthy.

– the skint