Friday, August 1
The annual Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival, a two day celebration of the culture of Jamaica, Queens, begins tonight with an evening concert at Rufus King Park on Jamaica Avenue and 89th Avenue, between 150th and 153rd Streets, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party continues on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with more free music, arts, fitness activities, kids' rides and more. Admission is free. More info is available here.
Saturday, August 2
The Muggles at The Bell House are stocking up on Butterbeer for this year's PotterCon, a grown-up gathering for would-be wizards and honorary Hogwarts alumni. Festivities will include a costume contest, trivia and prizes. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. It's 21 and over with free admission. 149 7th Street, Brooklyn. Register here.
Not a J. K. Rowling fan? Check out "FAMILY STYLE," a "collective, collaborative artist-driven project" organized by Bronx-born artist Julie Torres. The show features work by Ky Anderson, Meg Atkinson, Rebecca Litt and more than 50 others, some of which you can see here. See it at the space formerly known as Pocket Utopia, 191 Henry Street on the Lower East Side. Friday through Sunday, 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., through August 24.
If you missed the Holi festivities in May and the Brooklyn Color Run in July, you now have yet another chance to coat your friends with rainbow-colored flurries. EDM Color Wars is bringing its "Extreme Powder Throwing Experience" — plus beer, local DJs and high-powered LED lights — to Staten Island on Saturday night. The party begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Dugout Pub South parking lot, 4029 Hylan Boulevard, for guests aged 21 and older. Tickets cost $30; advance purchase is highly recommended.
Sunday, August 3
The Bronx Museum of Arts and Transportation Alternatives are teaming up to co-produce a series of car-free summer block parties on the Grand Concourse, with the first scheduled for August 3. "Boogie on the Boulevard" will include free music, cultural and civic activities and more. Grand Concourse between 165th and 167th Streets, 10am to 2pm. Free admission. Participants include El Museo del Bario, Lorenz Latin Dance Studio and many more.
If you're sick of the outdoors, catch a screening of the classic 1940s thriller "Double Indemnity," starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. Film Forum is showing a new restoration of the film in honor of its 70th anniversary as part of their "Femme Fatale" series. $13 general admission/$7.50 for members, various showtimes. Through August 7. 209 West Houston Street, west of 6th Avenue.