Weekend Vibes: The Feast of San Gennaro & The Return of The Warriors

With summer officially ending Monday September 23, we’ve got two weekends left to go out, eat well, and learn a new life skill that we’ll someday use to impress friends and family to a standing ovation. Pretty soon, our hibernation instincts are going to kick in and the only activity we’re going to be focused on is seeing how many flaming Cheetos we can eat out of a bag before we realize we clearly need to stock up on more flaming Cheetos. But before then, here’s how to live life to the fullest if you’ve got nowhere to go right now.

The Feast of San Gennaro, Mulberry Street, Thursday through September 22

Little Italy’s Superbowl kicks things off tonight at the annual Feast of San Gennaro, which is celebrating its 93rd year in New York City. The festival includes plenty of Italian and global street food classics along with events like a cannoli eating contest which this writer made the mistake of participating in one year. The event is free to attend with plenty - and we mean plenty - of food available for purchase.

Coney Island Film Festival, Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, Friday through Sunday

If you want to get a jump on how to properly watch and analyze movies this winter, consider heading to Coney Island for this fun film festival, which is obviously going to be showing The Warriors since it reminds us of a time when things were a bit grittier in New York City. Well, maybe not as gritty as Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s current day New York City, but nevertheless it’s a cult classic and chance to connect with local filmmakers. Tickets for films start at $8 and there’s an opening night party available for $25 entrance fee, reserve them here.

New American Festival, Neuehouse, 110 E 25th St, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 AM to 7 PM

Padma Lakshi, Marcus Samuelsson, and Hasan Minhaj are a few notable names that are making appearances at this first-of-its kind celebration of diversity, immigration, and creativity. From comedy to cooking demonstrations, the event will feature a variety of activities throughout the day designed to spread awareness about the contributions immigrants have made over the years to comedy, art, cooking, and other creative endeavors. Tickets start at $25 and must be reserved in advance here.

Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint, East River State Park, 90 Kent Avenue, Sunday, 12:30 PM to 4 PM

40 local restaurants from Greenpoint and Williamsburg including Leuca at The William Vale descend upon the East River waterfront this Sunday to remind everyone that really good restaurants are still alive and well in Brooklyn. The park is also a great underrated spot to snag a photo of the NYC skyline, so be prepared to bring your selfie game with you along with photo ID’s and an appetite. We suggest taking the NYC Ferry to North 6th Street for some scenic views and to avoid the disaster that is the L Train. Ticket options start at $50 and can be reserved here.

Billy Lyons