Who are you related to? Answer: everyone. Contemplate that fun fact the next time you’re wedged into the subway, and learn more at the Global Family Reunion this weekend. Not into it? No matter: you can have a great time at one of our other picks for the best in eating, drinking, and merrymaking this weekend. By Jessica Allen.
The Red Hook Fest celebrates this Brooklyn neighborhood with free activities, food (including BBQ!), live music, dancing, face-painting, trivia contests, and tons of fun. Now in its 22nd year, the festival welcomes performers like Karikatura, MAWU Dance, Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement, and more than 150 young people from the community, “the next generation of artists and performers.” Thursday, June 4, through Saturday, June 6, free, see schedule for details.
Every summer, the Governors Island Music Festival transforms Randall’s Island into the coolest 400+ acres in all of New York City, for three days, rain or shine. Among the performers scheduled to kick out the jams, rock the house, etc., etc. this year are Bjork, Ryan Adams, Drake, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, My Morning Jacket, Kiesza, Future Islands, and Conor Oberst. If you’re looking for the cool kids this weekend, here’s where they’ll be. Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7, $275, tickets required.
An all-volunteer, 100 percent grassroots effort to connect the public with new and emerging artists, FIGMENT celebrates creativity, encourages engagement, and invites great feats of imagination. In addition, it’s free! The summer-long project kicks off this weekend, with mini golf, a tree house, an architectural pavilion, and many other participatory art installations. Can’t get to Governors Island this weekend? No worries: FIGMENT will stay up into September. Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, 10 am to 6 pm, free.
Billing itself as the most comprehensive family reunion in history, the main Global Family Reunion takes place in New York this weekend. The idea came from author A.J. Jacobs, and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock will be on hand to document the event, featuring talks, games, comedy, food, the world’s largest family photo, and an attempt to build a family tree of the entire human race. It also raises money for Alzheimer’s research. Saturday, June 6, 11 am to 8:30 pm, $30, tickets required.
A New York tradition for 15 years, the Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival celebrates Chinese and Jewish culture on the Lower East Side. This year, the organizers are adding Puerto Rican culture to the mix. You can take lessons in Spanish, Mandarin, and Yiddish; listen to klezmer, salsa, and Chinese opera; learn about Hebrew and Chinese scribal art and Puerto Rican mask making; play mah jongg; and / or nibble on empanadas, egg creams, and egg rolls. Sunday, June 7, 12 pm to 4 pm, free.