Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m.
Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties: Balkan Beat Box

Brooklyn Bridge Park (Harbor View Lawn), 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn

Fresh spring weather at Brooklyn Bridge Park is reason enough to dance on its own: skyline views, a breeze coming off the river and grass to sprawl out on. Take all that and add music from electro-gypsy outfit Balkan Beat Box, and you’ve got yourself the first Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Party of the season. Music starts at 7 p.m., ideal time to catch those last golden hour rays and warm up for some serious moves. Admission is free.

Deal nearby: Montague Street Bagels



Friday, May 9, through Tuesday, May 13
The Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Various Locations, NYC

Sweet vermouth, whiskey, bitters and a maraschino cherry to garnish. Sip on the borough’s traditional eponymous cocktail and many more at this weekend’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic. The organizers have dubbed it “part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party” where folks can check out a boozy array of lectures, tastings, demos and galas in celebration of well-made and well-mixed spirits. Admission varies by event, so check out the full list here and pick your favorite poison.

Deal nearby: The Parkside Lounge

Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The New York Bike Jumble

The Old Stone House, 336 Third Street, Brooklyn

Interminable waits for the G train seem all the more cruel when it’s sunny and warm out. The New York Bike Jumble is here to help you wheel your way out of the MTA blues. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. vendors set up shop outside of The Old Stone House in Park Slope, where prospective cyclists can browse new or used bike, new and used accessories, clothing, collectibles, artwork, overstocks and plenty of bike-centric bargains. Admission is free.

Deal nearby: Butter Lane (Park Slope)



Sunday, May 11, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Terrarium Class

Passenger Bar, 229 Roebling Street, Brooklyn

After you’ve done your due diligence and given your mama a call, head down to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a special bus tour of its 300-acre grounds, with opportunities to hop out and get a closer at the area’s most intriguing (and sometimes downright spooky) sites. Check out a dry dock dating back to the Civil War, meander the abandoned 24-acre Navy hospital campus or envision the future at the yard’s multi-story LEED Gold-certified industrial building. Admission is $30 per person.

Deal nearby: Madiba Restaurant