What To Do In NYC This Weekend May 18 To May 20

You'll want to brave the rainy weather for these food festivals

The weather this week has been abysmal, but there are too many culinary playgrounds popping up this weekend for you to justify staying indoors and scrolling through Netflix. From a wine and cheese party to a full-on brunch convention, these food festivals are worth braving the dreary weather.

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Calling all budding baristas and caffeine connoisseurs: This convention features lessons on proper bean-grinding techniques, espresso training and, of course, limitless coffee samples. It'll leave you buzzed for the workweek ahead.

Ultimate Grand Tasting at the Harlem Eat Up! Festival

Eat your way through Harlem with limitless food and drink. Make sure to save room for dessert: Lady Lexis Sweets will be debuting a bread pudding collaboration with Shake Shack on Sunday, complete with the burger joint's vanilla custard and salted caramel.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

The eighth annual event is back in the Big Apple. Walk through 80-plus vendors to discover the latest nutritional finds, support cruelty-free farms and find your eco-friendly Zen.

Friday, May 18

Wine & Cheese Fest

Treat yourself to a happy hour at Eataly, where there's unlimited wine and international cheeses. Enjoy small bites like cacio e pepe ravioli and prime rib crostini while you avoid the rush-hour traffic.  

Saturday, May 19

NYC Multicultural Festival

There are more than 1,000 cultural organizations that exist across the five boroughs, and many of them will gather to share dance, poetry, art, fashion and food. Explore the cuisines of Greece, Senegal, Nepal and many more during this celebration of diversity.

Taste of Tribeca

Support this public school art and enrichment program fundraiser and get some great food while you do so. One ticket gets you six bites from your choice of 65 participating restaurants, including brunch favorite Bubby's and Wolfgang Puck's Cut.

Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

No frat party plastic cups here: All the beers, from more than 20 breweries, are served at the proper temp in actual tasting glasses.

Sunday, May 20


The world's largest brunch festival means an unlimited mimosa and Bloody Mary bar, snacks from local restaurants, photo booths, and games like mimosa pong.

4th Annual Crawfish Boil

As a part of Swamp in the City music fest, Threes Brewing is hosting an authentic crawfish boil. There will be spicy crustaceans, Southern sides and pitchers of beer to wash it all down.