Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Taste of the Lower East Side

82 Mercer, 82 Mercer Street, Manhattan

From historic tenements to bustling markets and innovative chefs, this neighb has consistently been home to a diverse and delicious array of cuisines. That’s why this weekend’s Taste of the Lower East Side represents such an intriguing affair for the palate. Admission is $195 per person to explore eats from 50 of the area’s best restaurants, all under one roof. Get excited: you’re like Meg Ryan with a Katz’s sandwich.

Deal nearby: Fatta Cuckoo

Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27
The Food Book Fair

Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

If scratch-n-sniff stickers had us clawing at pages as kids, then these are the kind of books that are gonna make us want to straight up lick the page. At the Food Book Fair, food enthusiasts, chefs, artists, writers, designers and publishers gather to celebrate NYC’s vibrant food culture and discuss vital food systems. The 3-day events takes over the Wythe Hotel with more than 200 books, 20-plus food magazines, 60 visionaries, panel discussions, a film screening, a pop-up brew pub, a pop-up farm, an entrepreneurial resource clinic and the 2nd Annual Pitch Competition. Tickets range from free admission to $100 per person for some the fest’s special events, and multi-event passes range from $45 to $225. Get detailed pricing info here.

Deal nearby: Santos Anne



Saturday, April 26, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Load OUT! A Reuse and Repurposing RIOT

Fourth Arts Block, 11 East 3rd Street, Manhattan

This Saturday, one New Yorker’s trash could be your new treasured furniture, artwork or clever costume. The concept is simple: everyone is invited to drop off donations in advance, then artists take to the haul, giving new life to the city’s old possessions. The public is invited to swing by any time from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a chance to snag whatever they can carry — all for a $5 admission. (Artists enter for free.) Pro tip: bring a sturdy bag or cart for optimal carrying capacity. It’s time to reuse and redecorate.

Deal nearby: Bikinis



Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Load OUT! A Reuse and Repurposing RIOT

Fourth Arts Block, 11 East 3rd Street, Manhattan



Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year in our fine city — and one of the most beautiful places to witness it is gearing up for a party. All weekend, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates Sakura Matsuri, their stunning annual cherry blossom festival. Soak up some sun while taking in a range of traditional and contemporary Japanese performances, demonstrations and workshops. Think: everything from taiko drumming to cosplay fashion and tea ceremonies — all set to the backdrop of the famously flowering trees. Admission is $25 per person ($20 for students and seniors). Members of BBG, and children under 12, enter for free.

Deal nearby: The Burger Bistro (Park Slope)