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5 Best Eating And Drinking Events This Weekend

August 22, 2014 6:00 AM

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Among our picks for this weekend’s best eating, drinking, and merrymaking events are opera outdoors, a blues and BBQ festival, and a celebration of jazz great Charlie Parker, some of them free, all of them fun. Read on for details. By Jessica Allen.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

2014 Summer HD Festival

Lincoln Center Plaza
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 875-5000

Enjoy your opera with a big old dose of starry sky at the Metropolitan Opera’s annual Summer HD Festival. Huge screens will be set up in Lincoln Center Plaza, broadcasting performances from the Met Live in HD simulcast series and giving you the chance to get close to your favorite divas. This year’s festival kicks off with a screening of Moonstruck. Arrive super early to snag a seat. Friday, August 22, through Monday, September 1, performances begin at 8 pm, free.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Various venues
New York, NY
(212) 360-1399

Celebrate the late, great Charlie Parker at the annual jazz festival named in his honor, part of SummerStage, the city’s largest free performing arts festival which seeks to “enrich the lives of New Yorkers.” Among the scheduled performers are vocalists, pianists, and maestros of the horn, including Kris Bowers, Kenny Baron, the Wallace Roney Orchestra, Melissa Aldana, and Lionel Loueke. Friday, August 22, through Wednesday, August 27, see schedule for details, free.

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(credit: vlad§inger)

Arthur Ashe Day

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadow—Corona Park
Flusing, NY 11368
(718) 760-6200

The US Open begins on Monday, August 25. Get that party started by taking the young folks in your life to Arthur Ashe Day — the self-proclaimed “largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world.” At this celebration of both the tennis deity and the sport, you can watch pros practice, learn to juggle, get your hair braided or your face painted, perfect your serve at a tennis clinic, and listen to live music. (Note: some of the activities cost money and require tickets.) Saturday, August 23, 9 am to 5 pm, free.

(credit: AFROPUNK Fest)

(credit: AFROPUNK Fest)

AFROPUNK Festival

Commodore Barry Park
Nassau Street and Park Avenue, between Navy Street and North Elliot Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 965-8900

The AFROPUNK Festival celebrates its tenth year with two days of music and art across four stages in Brooklyn. This festival sees itself as “synonymous with open-minded, non-conforming and unconventional, placing the institution at the epicenter of urban culture inspired by alternative music.” Scheduled performers include Trash Talk, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lianne La Havas, and D’Angelo. Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, 12 to 9 pm, $40 for guaranteed admission fast pass, tickets required.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Blues BBQ Festival

Hudson River Park
Pier 84
New York, NY 10014
(212) 627-2020

Now in its 15th year, the Blues BBQ Festival pairs some of the best roots and blues performers in the scene today, including Samantha Fish, the Slide Brothers, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, with grub from three of New York’s best barbecue restaurants: Dinosaur Bar B-Que, Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, and Delaney Barbecue. It’s a feast of food and tunes, of happy crowds and lovely views. Saturday, August 23, 2 to 9 pm, free, rain or shine.

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