Things to do in NYC this week (05/14 – 05/20)

Mother’s Day may be over, but the fun never stops in New York City. Every day and night, there’s a new museum, restaurant, bar or club you can visit, as well as a play, concert or sports event you can watch. If you’re looking for things to do in the city the week of May 14-20, 2018, we’ve got your back:

Free Summer Concerts

You’re visiting NYC on the perfect week for music, as both the TODAY Show and Good Morning America kick off their free summer concert series on May 15. Head over to Rockefeller Center for the TODAY Show concerts, which take place right outside the NBC broadcasting studio. The first performer in their 2018 City Concert series will be Meghan Trainor. A few blocks away you’ll find Good Morning America, which is broadcast by ABC, holding their series at SummerStage in Central Park. The GMA 2018 concert lineup starts with Liam Payne and J Balvin.

Arizona Iced Tea GB99 Pop-up

Ever been to a pop-up? If not, now’s the time to do something a little out of the ordinary. Arizona Iced Tea will be holding its “GB99” pop-up at 43 Crosby Street, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from May 16-21. Pop by for the chance to buy unique Arizona tea-inspired apparel, as well as to customize your purchase with premium patches and embroidery. Or opt for something a little more permanent with a complimentary AZ-inspired tattoo. Arizona Iced Tea originated in Brooklyn in 1992, and the price of it (in its ubiquitous “Great Buy” can) has remained 99 cents. Hence, “GB99.” All customers will get a free can of Arizona tea.

Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

More than a century ago, Brooklyn was a bastion of beer breweries. In the way that history often comes full circle, the borough has once again become a hotbed for craft breweries. What better way to celebrate than the Five Boro Craft Beer Fest? Now in its fifth year, the beer fest is held at The Well at 272 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on May 19. More than 60 breweries from throughout NYC will be represented. One ticket gets you in the door with unlimited tastings, but you must be 21 to enter.

Crime in NYC: A History of Vice and Murder Walking Tour

When it comes to New York City, locals and visitors alike love to talk about crime, as long as it’s historical. The Crime in NYC: A History of Vice and Murder Walking Tour takes participants through lower Manhattan for a two-hour walking tour you’ll not soon forget. Street gangs, the Mafia, robbers and con men — you’ll hear about them all in some of the most infamous areas of the city. The tour takes place on May 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Be sure to sign up ahead of time.

NYC Multicultural Festival

The city has always been known as a melting pot, as people with diverse backgrounds found their way here and made NYC their home. The NYC Multicultural Festival, held on May 19 from noon to 6:00 p.m., celebrates that diversity. The festival, which is now in its ninth year, takes place on St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem (between 141st and 145th streets). It is hosted by the New York African Chorus Ensemble. Come for the dancing, fashion, music, crafts, art and, of course, food.

Rebel Spirits

This is the last week to view the New York Historical Society’s “Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.” exhibit, commemorating the 50th anniversaries of the assassinations of both men. The museum’s display includes photographs and other items that “illustrate the overlapping trajectory of their lives.” Catch it before it’s gone — but not on Monday, when the museum is closed.

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