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Weekend Hot List: 4Knots Festival, Bastille Day, More

Don’t miss out! Every weekend, picks the best things to do in New York City. Read on for July 12-13 events, from the Village Voice 4Knots Festival to The Outsiders at Habana Outpost.


Mac DeMarco will play the 4 Knots Festival (Photo: Anna Hanks/Annaustin/Flickr CC)

Mac DeMarco will play the 4 Knots Festival (Photo: Anna Hanks/Annaustin/Flickr CC)

1. MUSIC: Huey Lewis and the News at Citifield on July 12

Not to get all American Psycho on you, but do you like Huey Lewis and the News? Because they’re playing Citi Field immediately after the Mets-Marlins game tonight, and it is shaping up to be wild. See the legendary pop rockers perform hits like “Hip to Be Square” and “The Power of Love” as you munch on a hot dog and boogie in your seat. They do have an album called Sports, after all.

DETAILS: 4pm; $25-$375; 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens;

2. MUSIC: The Village Voice 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport on July 12

All hands will be sweating it out on deck at this free, outdoor music festival put on by the still-kicking downtown publication. Sip a beer in the sea breeze and pretend EDM never happened as you take in tunes from the very ’90s Dinosaur Jr. and all the young bands they’ve influenced. Especially worthwhile: Speedy Ortiz, Mac DeMarco, Juan Wauters. Ah, indie rock.

DETAILS: 1pm-8pm; free; South Street Seaport;

3. PARTY: Kostume Kult’s Freakkshow Peepshow at The Panther Room on July 12

The seedy vibe of ’70s New York gets the Burning Man treatment at Kostume Kult’s yearly carnival of excess. Dance to a thumpin’ Funktion-One sound system as you check out some trippy art/performance projects like “hooker ball drop,” “slutty mannequins,” “raunchy tarot,” and more. There will be a silent disco on the roof at 10pm, as well as some bizarre burlesque. Note: It’s a fundraiser for Kostume Kult’s yearly pilgrimmage to the playa.

DETAILS: 5pm-5am; $25-$30; 98 N 12th St., Brooklyn; Kostume Kult

4. BEER: Coney Island on Tap at MCU Park on July 12

Old Brooklyn meets new at this craft beer festival held at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Sample fine suds from over 55 American breweries (and a few international ones) at this un-fussy party by the sea. In addition to (unlimited!) beer sampling, there will be live music, vendors and snacks. Once you’re drunk enough, you can mosey over to the amusement park and go on some rides. Whee!

DETAILS: 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm; $40 adv, $50 door; 1904 Surf Ave., Brooklyn;

5. PETS: Broadway Barks at Shubert Alley on July 12

In the market for a furry new friend or simply enjoy seeing Broadway celebs holding cute animals? Check out this star-studded adoption event/fundraiser presented by Broadway Cares. Founded (and hosted) by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, Broadway Barks will feature performances from animal-loving actors like Audra McDonald and Bebe Neuwirth. Do it for the puppies and kittens.

DETAILS: 3pm-6pm; free (funds raised by affle, silent auction, signed memorabilia sales and donations); Shubert Alley (W. 45th St. between 7th and 8th Aves.);

6. FESTIVAL: City of Water Day 2014 on July 12

It’s easy to forget sometimes that Manhattan is an island surrounded by water, but it is. Take advantage of New York’s numerous waterways at this daylong celebration of all things wet presented by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. From free boat tours and ferry rides to the Disney Children’s Fair, there are aquatic activities for folks young and old. Of particular interest: the cardboard kayak race.

DETAILS: 9am-10pm; free; various locations;

7. FESTIVAL: Bastille Day Party and Pétanque Tournament on July 13

Pétanque is a bocce-like game invented by the French in which you compete to see who can throw a metal ball in the snootiest way possible. Celebrate this great national past time — as well as France’s food, drink and general vibe — at Carroll Gardens’ Bastille Day festival, which you know is going to be swank. In addition to the tournament, there will be bites and booze from local purveyors like Bar Tabac and White Oak, live jazz music from Lipbone Redding and a raffle in which the grand prize is two RT tickets to Marseille. Mon dieu! 

DETAILS: 12pm; free; Smith St. between Bergen St. and Carroll Sts.;

8. FILM: The Outsiders at Habana Outpost on July 13

With its large backyard and tasty Cuban food, Habana Outpost is already a nice place to while away a Sunday evening, and the addition of a large outdoor movie screen makes it even nicer. Starring numerous handsome young up-and-comers like Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s coming of age greaser novel is a great one to revisit or see for the first time while sipping a mojito. Stay gold, Ponyboy!

DETAILS: 8pm; free; 757 Fulton St., Brooklyn;

9. THEATER: The Passenger at Park Avenue Armory on July 12-13

A chance encounter between a former Auschwitz guard and a former inmate (both women) on an ocean liner brings back painful memories in this haunting opera by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Based in part on a true story, The Passenger tells its emotionally affecting tale with the help of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Despite having been written in 1968, it has never been performed in New York before.

DETAILS: 7:30pm; $45-$250; 643 Park Ave.;

10. COMEDY: Laughter in the Park on July 13

Have a laugh in the park for free at this summer stand-up comedy series taking place in parks all over town. Presented by NY Laughs, this series offers outdoor shows from an impressive list of up-and-coming comics. Today’s edition in Tompkins Square Park features the adorkable Myq Kaplan, Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another), SNL castmember Sasheer Zamata and more. Fun!

DETAILS: 2pm-4pm; free; Tompkins Square Park (enter at 7th St. and Ave A or Ave B);

Want even more fun? Check out 15 Things to Do in July50 Free Things to Do This Summer and 10 NYC Summer Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss.

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