Now that summer is here, you are obligated to go “do stuff”. Here’s your itinerary, my dears:
05/30 to 06/8 @ All five boroughs
A 10 day festival with events in all five boroughs of NYC, OutdoorFest is designed to provide a space for New Yorkers to share their passions for the outdoors and come together with fellow urbanites and local community organizations. It starts with a launch party tonight, and moves on to events like yoga, camping, cycling, sailing, stewardship, happy hours, surfing, and more.
Free | See schedule for event details
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Fri. and Sat. | 6 pm to midnight @ Greenpoint The warehouse-turned-concert venue, shopping destination and night market continues into the new year. Bounce to live artists while you shop twee and cool local fashion and home goods. Shopping is hard work, so take breaks often to taste your way through bites from Ample Hills Creamery, Oaxaca Taqueria and more.
165 Banker St. | Greenpoint, Brooklyn | More info at bkbazaar.com
New Amsterdam Market
Sat. 05/31 | 11 am to 5 pm @ Fulton Fish Market This iconic farmers market takes it to another level. Sure, there are your standard vegetables and apples. But you’ll also find foraged, wild foods from Vermont, a variety of sustainably caught fish, Mexican herbs and vegetables, honey, freshly baked organic breads, charcuterie, preserves, beef jerky, quiche, pies, soups, olive oil, Indonesian coffee, oolong teas, profiteroles, sandwiches, sodas, lobster, floral arrangements, candy, cider, whiskey, and cookware.
South Street between Beekman Street & Peck Slip
Sat. 11 am to 6 pm @ East River State Park and Sun. 11 am to 6 pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park Take in the good weather, the view of Manhattan, and sample from dozens of Brooklyn-based food artisans, from brisket to bulgogi and Burmese noodles, to phatty beet sliders, fish and chips and farm-fresh ice cream. Nearby at 40 Kent street, you’ll find a huge selection of vintage and handmade clothing and home decor at the Brooklyn Flea. Wondering what to wear? This should help. Kent and North 7th, Williamsburg | Pier 5, Dumbo | Open rain or shine | More info
Horseback Riding and Wine Tasting
Sun. 06/01 | 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saddle up on Uno, Dos, Tres or Gringo (actual horse names) for a two-hour ride through fields and woods with an experienced wrangler. All skill levels are welcome and trotting is allowed across the mix of rocky terrain, hills, narrow paths and wide-open fields. Then head to a beautiful vineyard in the Hudson Valley to sample reds and whites along with some of the best hard ciders in America. Listen to the winery’s live acoustic music while you enjoy local foods. A stroll through the orchard grounds is a great finish to the day.
$140 per person. Departs from Upper West Side. Register here.
Prospect Food Truck Rally
First and third Sundays | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Grand Army Plaza | Brooklyn Eat food.
Not too much. Way too much. Mostly plants. Whatever you want … at this weekend’s food truck rally. Some of my sustainable faves are regulars, like Mexicue, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rickshaw, COOLHAUS, TAIM MOBILE, Green Pirate Juice Truck, Kelvin Slush, Van Leeuwen, Kimchi Taco Truck, Wafels & Dinges and more. More info at ProspectPark.org
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The (s)Low Down
Thurs. 06/05 | 6 to 9 pm @ The Astor Center
Raise money for a good cause, plus sip on artisinal cocktails conceived by top NYC mixologists, nibble on delectable dishes prepared by Snail of Approval restaurants, bid on food-centric experiences in the auction and raffle, observe demonstrations by top chefs, taste wine and beer, and dance to live bluegrass music. Party proceeds will support Slow Food NYC’s Urban Harvest Program, which teaches NYC children about the effects of good food on their health and well-being, the health of their communities, and the health of the planet.
A Bikeable Feast
Saturdays starting May 17th through October (privately booked dates available) @ Williamsburg Get Up and Ride has partnered with a local farm and professional chef to bring you the entire package of a Perfect Day in Brooklyn. The ride will show guests hidden urban parks and expansive waterfront sunset vistas from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, and will end at a tiny organic farm near the base of the Williamsburg bridge, where seasoned private chef Shane McGarvey will prepare a 4-course seasonal, local meal on the coal grill. Music playlists are curated by local music buffs. This urban excursion is perfectly suited for the adventures foodie who has seen enough of tired restaurants, and wants to take their evening to a new level of multi-sensorial appreciation.
The ride commences at 135 N 11th St, covers Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and ends at dinner at a farm by the Williamsburg bridge. $140 per person: bikes, guide, food, wine, and tax all-inclusive.
Sustainable Fashion Tour
Sun. 06/22 | 12 to 3:30 @ SoHo Join sustainable fashion expert Carmen Artiga (left) and designer Francisca Pineda of BHAVA shoes, as they explore the sustainable side to one of the most exclusive shopping districts in the world. You’ll stop in a variety of ethical and sustainable stores, get tutored in how to recognize “good” fashion, get a resource list of retailers to come back and visit, and participate in a 30 minute Q&A with Carmen and Francisca. If you’re a consumer or a designer, you’ll learn a lot about the branding and marketing of ethical and sustainable wear, and come away with some new places to shop. (I personally went on this tour and recommend it! But it sells out really quickly, to hop to it.)
If there’s anything I forgot for this weekend or upcoming week, lemme know in the comments!