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13 Things to Do in Manhattan Neighborhoods This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | July 9, 2015 7:36pm | Updated on July 10, 2015 7:56pm

 The Hungry March Band parading on 60th Street for Bastille Day on 60th Street festival. For over ten years, the street fair has been celebrating France national day by bringing French delicacies as well as live-performances to 60th Street, between Fifth and Lexington avenues. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of a French prison, the Bastille, on July 14, 1789. The event marked the beginning of the French Revolution which led to the overthrown of France’s monarchy.
The Hungry March Band parading on 60th Street for Bastille Day on 60th Street festival. For over ten years, the street fair has been celebrating France national day by bringing French delicacies as well as live-performances to 60th Street, between Fifth and Lexington avenues. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of a French prison, the Bastille, on July 14, 1789. The event marked the beginning of the French Revolution which led to the overthrown of France’s monarchy.
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These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters: Lisha Arino, Gustavo Solis, Lindsay Armstrong, Rosa Goldensohn, Emily Frost, Danielle Tcholakian, Irene Plagianos and Shaye Weaver.

All Weekend

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera

Where: NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, Greenwich Village

Few photographers captured 1980s Downtown Manhattan like Tseng Kwong Chi did, and this weekend is your last chance to catch his retrospective before the show ends on July 11. The exhibition features some of the artist’s fantastic self-portraits, including his “East Meets West” series, in which he dressed up like a Chinese dignitary and photographed himself in front of monuments all over the world. It also includes his lesser-known art — photographs from the beaches of Jacob Riis Park, for example, and photos from the performance art piece where he crashed a Met Museum party in his Chinese dignitary costume and posed with an array of celebrities, from Yves Saint Laurent to Henry Kissinger. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3 suggested donation, free for NYU students, faculty and staff.

Whitney Museum Open Studio for Kids and Teens

Where: 99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District

Families with kids of all ages can make their own art inspired by the museum’s ongoing exhibition “America Is Hard To See.” Free with museum admission. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

Friday, July 10

Seaport Film and Food Festival

Where: At the corner of Fulton and Water streets

Free international movies will be shown every Friday for the rest of July. This Friday, Taiwanese movie “Touch of the Light” is being screened. Free snacks, from the movie’s home country, are also available. Food available at 7 p.m., movie starts at sundown. Free.

Good Morning America Summer Concert: Walk the Moon

Where: Rumsey Playfield at Central Park

Walk the Moon will give a free performance on the SummerStage early Friday morning, beginning at 7 a.m.

Teaching and Long Life Offering Ceremony with The Dalai Lama

Where: The Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., Midtown West

Join in the festivities for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday visit to New York. From 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm. Tickets cost $50-$175.

The Afro-Latino Festival

Where: MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th St., Harlem

Kick off the weekend festival with live performances by salsa band Los Hacheros, Panamanian dance company Conjunto Nuevo Milenio, and Cuban-born singer/songwriter Danay Suarez. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $50.

Saturday, July 11

New York City Marble Cemetery Neighborhood Open Day

Where: Locked gates typically keep curious passerbys out of the New York City Marble Cemetery but on Saturday, visitors can admire the marble monuments up close. The city’s second non-sectarian burial place will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Notable burials in the landmarked space include James Lenox, a founder of the New York Public Library, and two former mayors.

Broadway Barks   

Where: Shurbert Alley, pedestrian walkway between 44th and 45th streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue in Times Square.

From 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. you can hit up this pet adopting event featuring Broadway stars, which is hosted by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore.

Silvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson’s Birthday Celebration

Where: 147 W 24th St. 3rd Floor, Hell's Kitchen

From 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. SRLP will be celebrating the birthdays of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson and honoring their legacy as trans women of color. There will be an all-gender clothing swap, performances and storytelling by community members, and cake. Free.

Ladybug Release

Where: Elizabeth Street Garden (between Prince and Spring), SoHo

At noon, garden volunteers will release 6,000 ladybugs into the garden. The pretty red critters help control other pests that harm the garden’s plantings.

Free Outdoor Concert in Riverside Park

Where: Riverside Park at the Riverside Clay Tennis Association courts at West 97th Street, Upper West Side

Enjoy a picnic, a stunning sunset view of the river and take in live music at this free outdoor concert sponsored by the Riverside Clay Tennis Association. The Gotham Woodwinds, a classical woodwinds ensemble, will perform music by Mozart and other great composers. In the event of inclement weather, call the hotline, 212-978-0277, to see whether a concert has been postponed. Concert is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Youth Fishing Clinic in Central Park

Where:
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox avenues.

Learn how to fish at the Harlem Meer. Children will learn about baiting and casting and also about the ecology of the meer and the fish life there. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free but register in advance by emailing Recreation@centralparknyc.org.

Sunday, July 12

Bastille Day on 60th Street

Where: 60th Street (between Fifth and Lexington avenues), Upper East Side

Celebrate the storming of the Bastille and France’s Independence Day at the French Institute Alliance Française‘s street fair. Can-can dancers, musicians, and chefs will take over three blocks. Enjoy French delicacies and treats from vendors and a wide array of children’s activities. From noon to 5 p.m. Free, tastings vary in price.