Monday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.
NPR’s Ask Me Another with Special Guest Emily Nussbaum

The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn

This Monday, the masterminds behind NPR and WNYC’s “Ask Me Another” have tapped Emily Nussbaum, TV critic for the New Yorker, as their latest guest. They’ll pick her brain for our amusement while live-taping the show at The Bell House. Laugh along to the whole lineup of puzzles, games, trivia and live music, over at The Bell House. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open and 6:30, and the show starts at 7:30.

Deal nearby: Michael & Ping’s

Monday, May 12 – Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Design Taco Pop-Up Taco Shop and Idea Lab

Design Taco, 37 East 1st Street, Manhattan

The well-made taco can be incredibly inspiring. Shakespeare would’ve written sonnets about a perfect Taco al Pastor. So it’s an ideal climate for brainstorming at Design Gym’s combined pop-up taco shop and creative meeting space. They’ll offer private group classes as well as courses on UX design, sketching, ideation and more. Plus, yes, there will be plenty of tacos to stuff your face while filling up your brain, too. Admission is $50 per class, with $85 combo packs available, in addition to free walk-in hours throughout the week and all day long on Saturday and Sunday.

Deal nearby: The Parkside Lounge

Wednesday, May 14 – Friday, May 16
NYRR Brooklyn Half Pre-Party

Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn

It’s important to get psyched up for a big run, especially when said psyching up involves a major party on the Brooklyn waterfront with three days of live music, delicious local food vendors and cold pints. Runners participating in the NYRR Half Marathon can swing by to pick up race materials, while non-runners are free to kick back, drink a beer and imagine themselves plodding along like Forrest Gump for next year’s event. (Hey, you never know what you’re gonna get.) Admission is free.

Deal nearby: Lola BKLYN

Thursday, May 15 – Monday, May 26
5th Annual Kings County Fair

Aviator Sports & Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn

If the giant photo of a funnel cake on their website wasn’t enough to get you down to the 5th Annual Kings County Fair — c’mon we drooled, too — then there’s plenty more to enjoy this year. While a county fair conjures up images of far-flung towns tucked off the interstate, this one sets up shop right in the middle of Brooklyn with rides, games, cotton candy and all the corn dogs your inner six-year-old can scarf down without getting sick on the Tilt-a-Whirl. Not that we’ve ever done that… General admission is $5 per person, with additional packaged deals available for the rides.

Deal nearby: The Burger Bistro (Park Slope)