It’s shaping up to be a great weekend of fun in sun in the big city. There are plenty of events, parades and festivals happening all over the Big Apple, so make sure you get out and take in what the city has to offer.

Here’s a list of what’s fresh around town the weekend of May 19th.

Want to check out a movie? Opening this weekend:

  • Battleship (Liam Neeson, Rihanna)
  • What 2 Expect When You’re Expecting (Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock)
  • The Dictator (Opened Wednesday) (Sacha Baron Cohen)

The 6th Annual 2012 Dance Parade Day

The 6th annual 2012 Dance Parade Day is Saturday! Join Grand Marshals Ashley Tuttle, Bill Shannon, Elisa Monte and Jonathan Peters along with thousands of dancers showcasing over 60 styles of dance down Broadway to the East Village! The parade will commence at Broadway and 21st Street, travel south through Union Square, turn east onto 8th Street and end in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. This annual celebration of unique dance styles from around the world continues to grow by thousands of participants each year and will include a colorful explosion of 75 styles and 200 diverse groups, as well as an eclectic offering of decorative floats and lively music. The three-hour post-parade DanceFest, to start at 3:00 PM, will feature two performance stages, dance lessons, workshops, dance parties and kids activities.

The 18th Annual Taste of Tribeca Festival

Saturday is the 18th Annual Taste of Tribeca festival! For over 18 years, Taste of Tribeca has been an amazing day of food, fun, festivities. The outdoor festival celebrates the booming food scene in lower Manhattan, with more than 70 of the neighborhood’s premiere restaurants and chefs providing tastes to over 7,000 event goers. All proceeds from Taste of Tribeca benefit the arts and enrichment programs at two local public schools; PS 150 and PS 234. You can check it out on Duane Street, situated between Greenwich and Hudson from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rockaway Bike Parade

Saturday is the Rockaway Bike Parade at 11 a.m. Parade participants are encouraged to wear something fun, goofy or ridiculous as they bike or walk their way along the parade route with bikes, skates, skateboards, or “people” powered carts, or vehicles. It starts at the Jacob Riis Bathhouse at the Beach!

Arrrgh! Viking Fest 2012

Saturday is Viking Fest 2012 at Bliss/Owl’s Head Park from noon to 5:00. Featuring Re-enactment Groups: The Norseman, a half-size replica Viking ship and its crew, Historic Arms and the Society for Creative Anachronism Presenting combat demos, educational displays and hands-on activities. Featuring ethnic dance and musical performances from countries that have a connection to the Vikings: pipers, Polish Folk Dance, Middle Eastern percussionists, Irish Step Dancers & Scandinavian Folk Dancers.

Touch-A-Truck Festival

Saturday is the Touch-A-Truck Festival! The Touch-a-Truck Street Fair and Fundraiser is a festival where kids can come and touch, climb on, sit in and experience many of the trucks they see in their everyday life. In addition, the street fair offers families a day of fun, food and entertainment with activities such as arts & crafts, games, face painting and music, all while raising money for a good cause. All proceeds raised at the event go towards YMCA scholarships for families in need and funding for facility improvements benefiting the community at large. That’s at West 64th Street at 10am.

39th Annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

This weekend is the 39th Annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival! Experience the taste of cuisines from countries like Poland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Japan, Thailand, and many others. 200 vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, unique clothing, music, and an array of arts and crafts. Children’s pavilion located between 53rd & 54th St. for the kids to enjoy during the festival. That’s between 42nd and 57th streets!

Spring Kids Fest 2012

Saturday is Spring Kids Fest 2012! It’s a day of free outdoor fun for children. Enjoy live performances by raucous kid faves The Fuzzy Lemons, The Rockdoves and Songs for Seeds, the magical talent of Amazing Max, pie throwing with Hill Country Chicken, story time yoga from Karma Kids Yoga, arts and crafts with the Rubin Museum of Art, The Museum of Mathematics, Appleseeds, and an eco art installation with the Children’s Museum of the Arts, plus tasty snacks from The Treats Truck, Popchips and Pirate’s Booty, face painting, and much more! That’s at Madison Square Park from 10:30 to 1:30pm.

24th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair

This weekend is the 24th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair! The fair will map the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next in design at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. More than 500 exhibitors from all points of the globe will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors. This remarkable throng of exhibitors creates an unparalleled opportunity to view a broad yet highly focused selection of the world’s finest, most innovative, and original avant-garde home and contract products side-by-side, under one roof.

Harvey On Broadway

Harvey has it’s first weekend in previews on Broadway this weekend at Studio 54. Harvey stars Jim Parsons from the Big Bang Theory!

Great GoogaMooga Food and Music Festival

The free but ticketed Great GoogaMooga food and music festival is at Prospect Park all this weekend! It features 20 bands, 75 food vendors, 35 brewers and 30 winemakers! For more information, visit

Bayfest 2012

Sunday is Bayfest 2012! Bayfest is Brooklyn’s largest waterfront event and NYC’s only vendor-free street fair. Held on a main stage and 10 piers (8 blocks) along Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Bayfest 2012 will offer a festival of continuous entertainment by over 21 bands, dance troupes, and kids’ performers, and much, much more!

41st Annual Bronx Week Parade

Sunday is the 41st annual Bronx Week Parade! Bronx pride is on display as marching bands, community groups, schools, sports teams, and civic groups march along Mosholu Parkway celebrating the best of the borough. That starts at noon!


And in Sports, the Yankees have home games at Yankee Stadium vs. the Reds at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday with a free cap for all guests and on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. with a free bat to the first 10,000 guests 14 and younger.

Saturday is also the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs with NY Rangers vs. Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center at 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the New York Liberty vs Connecticut Sun at Madison Square Garden at 4 p.m.

–Producer Craig & Joe Cingrana, CBS Local

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