Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further, friend. We’ve got you covered, from a film festival to a wine festival to a comedy festival to a celebration of LGBT pride. Herewith, our picks for the best in eating, drinking, and merrymaking around New York City on Saturday and Sunday. By Jessica Allen
The world’s first festival dedicated to rosé wines and champagne, La Nuit en Rosé is all about the elegance. You’ll board a yacht on the Hudson River, then get to enjoy entertainment and conversation as you sample, count ‘em, more than 100 wines. A VIP lounge will feature bites and food pairings from local restaurateurs, including the folks behind Butter & Scotch, Raymi, and Atrium Dumbo. The dress code is “pink chic.” Thursday, June 25, through Saturday, June 27, $75, tickets required.
The 14th annual New York Asian Film Festival opens on Friday, bringing a slew of cool films and a slate of special guests. Among the 50+ films scheduled to be screened are genre and popular movies like The President’s Last Bang, with a focus on five programs, including New Cinema from Japan and Myung Films: Pioneers and Women Behind the Camera in Korean Film. Awards will be given out to Aaron Kwok, Ringo Lam, and others. Friday, June 26, through Saturday, July 11, tickets required, see schedule for details.
Honoring the memory of the legendary Del Close, an improvisation guru who helped train the likes of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Chris Farley, and members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Del Close Marathon features more than 630 improv shows on 9 stages. You can watch the writers from Key and Peele do an entire show based on audience suggestions, attend a live taping of Broad City, and just generally laugh your a** off. Friday, June 26, through Sunday, June 28, see schedule for ticket prices and details.
Cheese, cheese, and more cheese. If that sounds like a dream come true, we have the perfect event for you: the sixth annual Cheesemonger Invitational brings masters and mistresses of the curd to Queens, for discussions, quizzes, wrapping contests, lectures, contests, and mingling. It’s an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink extravaganza. “Think Burning Man meets Fight Club for Cheese,” advises the website. You must be 21 or older, with ID. Saturday, June 27, 5 to 8:30 pm, $75, tickets required.
In 1969, a riot at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village sparked the modern gay rights’ movement. Celebrate the movement’s multitude of victories over the decades at the Pride March, one of the largest gay pride parades in the world. The parade concludes Pride Week, which features such noteworthy events as PrideFest (a huge street fair), WE Party (self-explanatory), and Fantasy (a self-described “burlesque masquerade fantasy”). Sunday, June 28, 12 pm, free.