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This Week in NYC: April 24-30

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I’m so pleased that summer is just around the corner—I’m already booking my summer rental and vacation plans (Portugal, here I come!). If you’re doing the same and need some inspiration, check out our travel section for weekend getaways and city guides.

Enjoy the last week of April. Next week it’s May, and then we’ll be in the thick of summer! Here are our picks for the top things to get up to in the city this week.

Monday
There’s nothing more romantic than an Italian dinner for two—especially when you make the meal yourself. Aunt Jake’s, a modern Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy, recently launched a pasta making class where you can learn the ins and outs of pasta making and then enjoy your creation afterward for just $25 per person. Held three days a week with day and nighttime sessions, this cooking class is the perfect way to learn how to cook a romantic meal for your significant other or a fun date night idea. We went last week and loved it; read our recap here. Then get more details here. 151 Mulberry St., New York.

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Tuesday
Just in time for wedding season, Rent the Runway is hosting a massive sample sale where you can score designer dresses and accessories without going broke. Enjoy up to 90 percent off items from Kate Spade New York, Badgley Mischka, Theory, Suno, and more. Get more details here. 11 a.m. April 25-30. 150 Greene St., New York.

Wednesday
Rosé season is also upon us, and Blue Water Grill wants to help you celebrate. Head over to the seafood restaurant for Ten Shades of Rosé, where you can enjoy more than 10 varieties of premium rosé wines from France, Spain, Italy, and California while also indulging in chef-curated canapés, artisanal cheeses, an array of flavored oysters, petit fours, and other tasty treats. 6 to 9 p.m. Get tickets here. 31 Union Square West, New York.

Photo courtesy of Blue Water Grill

Thursday
Spend your Thirsty Thursday sipping on hundreds of highly sought-after wines from all across the globe at Wine & Spirit’s 9th annual Top of the List Tasting event. You can also snack on scrumptious bites from top restaurants and artisan purveyors. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Get tickets here. 404 10th Ave., New York.

Friday
Whether you’re a folk music fanatic or just enjoy good live music, you won’t want to miss the 9th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, which kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday. Check out more than 40 bands, and take part in the weekend’s various workshops, film screenings, and other fun activities. Get tickets here. 157 Montague Ave., Brooklyn.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Folk Festival

Saturday
The Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field is back! Indulge in unlimited bacon and beer from more than 40 NYC restaurants and the region’s best breweries. Some of last year’s unique bacon-themed dishes included Bacon Banh Mi on a deep-fried bun, maple bacon bourbon ice cream, pork belly po’boys with smoked peach aioli, and Ciroc Berry bacon doughnuts. You can also play giant Jenga, battle it out on the bungee run, compete in a bacon eating contest, and more. The best part is, Bitches Who Brunch readers can get $10 off tickets with the code BRUNCH by using this link. Citi Field, Queens.

Sunday
This Sunday, the weather will be so perfect, it’s time to host a spring-summer brunch or dinner party at home. First, get all the goods you need for an inexpensive brunch with Stephanie’s great tips, here. Then, make sure your table looks the part (no new plates or glassware needed!) with our spring hostessing tips here.

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