"The Playground" Your Guide To What To Do This Weekend...


Whether you're staying in the city, or going east or west, north or south, it’s time to figure out where to spend your time. Below are our picks of some of the weekend’s best events in the city, and as always, you can find the full details as well as more events on our full NYC calendar HERE. If you are heading out to the East End, go HERE for our Hampton listings.

Opening Night Party for “The Last International Playboy” Where: Maritime Cabanas Why: We told you how much fun Wednesday’s premiere was, and they are doing it all again tonight after the first public screenings! When: Tonight, 11:00 pm - 2:00 am

3rd Annual Benefit for Joan Dancy and Pals Where: Skyline Studios Why: This ALS benefit has it all, breathtaking setting, an open bar, dj, dancing, a silent auction, and then the party heads to the Gates. When: Tonight, 9:00 pm - 1:00 am

Closing Night at The Thrillist Loft Where: By Thrillist Invitation Only Why: The Thrillist boys take over their own loft at last! If you aren’t on their list yet, you are probably SOL. When: Tonight, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Launching The Cabanas Brunch at The Maritime Where: Maritime Cabanas Why: Yes, it’s another brunch party, but you’ll never know which is best unless you try them all. When Saturday, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Where: Madison Square Park Why: 15 of the nation’s top pit masters serve up meaty ambrosia at 8 dollars a plate, but great live music, seminars, demonstrations and smelling are free! When: Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Waterpod Opening Project Where: Pier 17, South Street Sea Port, NYC (map) Why: New York–based photographer and sculptor Mary Mattingly has designed Waterpod, a floating eco-habitat that will tour the New York waterfront in all five boroughs When: Saturday, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Crest Fest: Opening Day for the Crest Hardware Art Show Where: Macri Park Why: Crest Fest is a benefit for the refurbishment of Macri Park. It's a full day of Art, Music, Food, Drinks and Art & Design Vendors! It's also the opening for the Crest Hardware Art Show. When: Saturday, 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Birthday Party for Alan Philips and Josh Shames Where: Cabana Club & C5 at the Chelsea Hotel Why: If you are heading south, and not east, party with the guys who are ready to take your evenings to the next level. When: Saturday 10:00 pm - 4:00 am