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Holidays and Specials in New York City This Weekend - July 21-July 23

July 17, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Holidays and Specials in New York City This Weekend Photo: Shannon McGee/Flickr 

New York City takes its seasonal specials and holidays seriously. City Guide's got all the latest and greatest news on the holiday events and specials coming up in New York City this weekend. From scoping out the windows on Saks Fifth Avenue during the Christmas season to catching a round of fireworks on the Hudson on the Fourth of July, you won't miss a thing.

Folkcolombia Celebrates Colombian Independence Day / Folkcolombia Celebra El Día De La Independencia De Colombia - Queens Museum
July 23, 2017 - New York

Already in its second year, the FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela de Danza y Música/FolkCOLOMBIA School of Dance and Music presents a showcase of its community work. Students and faculty, along with invited special guests present the audience an opportunity to experience performances of expressive Colombian traditions, such as Tambora and Torbellino, and participate in a festive celebration of Colombian Independence Day! This year's special guests include Osiris Barcenas and her kids dance troupe; the WHIN Music Project orchestra, conducted by Maestro José Iglesias; Johanna Castaneda's Joropo Ensemble; Gaita master Martín Vejarano and the NYC Gaita Club, along with guest musicians Carolina Oliveros, Andrés Garcia, and the Global Voices-FolkCOLOMBIA New School students. FolkCOLOMBIA Project Director Jorge Arévalo Mateus will serve as Master of Ceremony.

Dos Toros' 13 in 13 Snapchat Challenge - Dos Toros
Through July 23, 2017 -

Dos Toros is calling all NYC burrito connoisseurs to complete their "13 in 13" Snapchat challenge for the chance to win a trip to Chicago and FREE burritos for a year in celebration of the restaurant's opening in Chicago later this year! From July 10 - July 23, guests must visit a Dos Toros location, Snapchat a selfie using the store’s custom geofilter and submit a screenshot of it by either 1) sharing it on Instagram and tagging @DosToros or 2) emailing it to by midnight on July 24. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win two roundtrip airfare tickets from NYC to Chicago for the grand opening celebration in late August, as well as a Dos Toros Black Card (free burritos for a year)! Additionally, Dos Toros will give away 10 Black Cards at random as prizes for additional participants.

Summer on the Plaza - Arts Brookfield
Through July 26, 2017 - New York

Soak up the sun and enjoy a lunchtime concert every Wednesday at One New York Plaza! Curated by New Song Music, Summer on the Plaza features music by the next wave of up and coming singer-songwriters. GENERAL SCHEDULE 11:00 AM | Morning games 12:30 PM | Performance PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE MAY 31: Brad Cole, quartet JUNE 7: Blair Bodine JUNE 14: JBird Shogren, duo JUNE 21: Max Hatt & Edda Glass JUNE 28: Queen Esther JULY 5: Andy Palmer, solo JULY 12: Wilder Adkins JULY 19: Amy Fairchild JULY 26: Stay tuned for updates on the final performance!

Bufu Presents Us: a Convening on Collective Action - Brooklyn Museum
Through July 27, 2017 - New York

Brooklyn-based artist collective BUFU presents two evenings (on July 20 and 27) as a part of US, a four-week, five-borough series for sharing strategies, resources, and skills on artist collectives and collective organizing. Come together for a summer evening featuring DJs, cash bar, panel discussions, and skill shares on art-making and community building. BUFU (By Us For Us) is a collective of queer, femme, and nonbinary black and East Asian artists and organizers working to create a living archive centered around global conversations between black and Asian diasporas, with an emphasis on solidarity, de-centering whiteness, and resurfacing our deeply interconnected and complicated histories.

NY Handmade Collective Back with BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! - Prospect Park Bandshell
Through August 12, 2017 - Brooklyn

Back for a seventh season, the NY Handmade Collective (formerly known as the Etsy New York Street Team), a local community of professional artisans, will again be the sole merchandise vendor for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, the premier outdoor summer festival concert series in Prospect Park. NYHC will give show attendees exclusive access to a diverse, all-handmade capsule market of goods made by local artists, united through Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods.

Fireworks Friday Karaoke on the Boardwalk - CONEY ISLAND
Through September 01, 2017 - Brooklyn

Brought to you by Deno's Wonder Wheel Enjoy singing karaoke with family and friends on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of Deno's Wonder Wheel. Then watch the Fireworks illuminate the sky! From June 23 through September 1, 2017, weather permitting. The party starts at 7:00 pm and goes on till 11:00 pm! Fireworks show at 9:30 pm. Additional Sunday Karaoke events at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park are scheduled from 2-5pm on July 16, August 18, and September 3(Labor Day Weekend).

MAGNUM New York Returns to NYC for Second Year - MAGNUM New York, Meatpacking District
Through October 31, 2017 - New York

MAGNUM New York returns for the second year, bringing together the worlds of premium chocolate and ice cream in an indulgent, interactive store experience unlike any other. MAGNUM New York features a one-of-a-kind premium chocolate and ice cream experience. Guests create a custom MAGNUM Bar at the “dipping bar” by selecting silky vanilla bean or rich chocolate ice cream bars to be hand-dipped in a choice of dark, milk or white chocolate – each made with decadent Belgian chocolate. They then can choose three custom toppings from 20 premium ingredients such as rose petals, gold crystal candy and crispy fig.

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