Tuesday, June 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
36th Annual Museum Mile Festival
Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets, Manhattan
Think you can swing by 9 of the city’s museums in just 3 hours? Unless you’re superhuman, this Tuesday is your best shot at catching ‘em all at once. During the 36th Annual Museum Mile Festival, folks are invited to roam around each participating cultural institution for free. The city will close down Fifth Avenue from 82nd through 105th Streets, so we can step into the doors at the Africa Center, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, the National Academy Museum and School, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Guggenheim, the Met and the Neue Galerie New York. Grab some comfy shoes and walk a (museum) mile in ‘em.
Deal nearby: Iron Sushi
Wednesday, June 11, 8 p.m.
Beerded Ladies Present: Beer Geek Trivia
Glorietta Baldy, 502 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
Fancy yourself a connoisseur of brews? Know the porters from the stouts? The hefeweizens from the weizenbocks? Join fellow beer-loving brainiacs for a night of trivia, pints and prizes that will involve “killer craft swag.” Smuttynose Brewing Company will also offer up specials on tap during the game. Admission is free, as is all the formidable pale ale and pilsner knowledge you’ll have next time you kill a six-pack with friends this summer.
Deal nearby: Samantha’s Southern Cuisine
Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.
A Night of Animal Madness
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
If you’ve ever owned a pet (or observed your siblings as a child) then you already know that animals do some insane things. But if you’ve ever wondered why, author Laurel Braitman and journalist/humorist/documentary maker Jon Ronson may have some answers. From public shaming and killer elephant rehabilitation to bonobos with human psychiatrists, they’ll try to make sense of what we learned from the crazies in the animal kingdom and the crazy things we do in real life. Admission is free. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8.
Deal nearby: The Pines
Thursday, June 12 through Thursday, June 19
Northside Festival 2014
Multiple Locations in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn
What started as a small scraped-together showcase has evolved into an eagerly anticipated 8-day fest in North Brooklyn. Presented by the team who brings us the monthly L magazine, the sixth annual Northside Festival is shaping up with a major lineup this year. They’ll have four days of music (including a free show in McCarren Park from the Thee Oh Sees), plus four days of film and two days of innovation (including big-name speakers from the likes of Bloomberg and Buzzfeed, among others.) Events range from free concerts to sold out shows and ticketed happenings, so plan ahead if you want to snag a good seat.
Deal nearby: Hope Garage