Among our picks for the best in eating, drinking, and merrymaking around town this weekend are a music festival, a barbecue festival, and a festival that celebrates summer. Read on, and have fun. By Jessica Allen.

Among the 400 or so featured performers at this year’s Northside Festival, now in its seventh year, are Built to Spill, Neko Case, Sleigh Bells, Best Coast, and PC Worship. As the organizers explain, “We’ve come to think of Northside as a showcase of the past, present, and future incarnations of this so-called ‘Brooklyn sound’ that has in many ways come to define independent music in the new millennium. Monday, June 8, through Sunday, June 14, see schedule for details, tickets required.

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party once again takes over Madison Square Park, and turns it into an epicenter of down-home goodness. Renowned pitmasters like Tim Love of Woodshed Smokehouse, Gary Roark of Ubons Restaurant, and local boy Billy Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que. It’s free to attend (and to smell), but plates of the good stuff will run about $10. If you can’t stand the lines, buy a BigPiggin’ VIP Pass for $275. Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, 11 am to 6 pm.

Have you always wanted to time travel? Now you can. The 10th annual, family-friendly Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island lets you go back to a time when women wore bobs and men wore spats, when flappers and cool cats were all the rage. Warning: folks take the event very, very seriously. Activities include dance lessons, vintage portraits, pie contests, and an exhibition of 1920s-era cars. Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, 11 am to 5 pm, $35, tickets required.

(credit: Bbadgett)

(credit: Bbadgett)

In celebration of National Bourbon Day on June 14, the New York City Bourbon Bash offers participants the chance to sample not one, not two, but eight different bourbons at eight different venues. Why, yes, that is a lot of bourbon! You’ll also get small bites and the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow bourbon lovers. Designated drivers are free, and a portion of the proceeds from everyone else will be donated to charity. Saturday, June 13, 12 pm to 10 pm, $65, tickets required.

The fourth annual DayLife Lower EAT Side festival returns to celebrate the start of summer. This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, with live DJs, vendors selling cutting-edge, way cool fashion, pet reiki, and yoga lessons. And the food. Man, the food: Pies ‘n’ Thighs, The Meatball Shop, Insomnia Cookies, Souvlaki GR, and Heartbeet Juicery, among others, will be on site, ready to sooth your soul with feed. Sunday, June 14, 12 to 5 pm, free to attend, but the food will cost ya.