Summer is just flying by, and we’re trying to soak up every last minute. Here’s what you should be doing in the city this week.
Kick off the week with a unique caffeine-fueled event at Stumptown. At the first-ever Strange Brews Throw Down, creative coffee lovers are encouraged to whip up the weirdest coffee concoctions they can think of and serve them to attendees. There will also be music, beer, and prizes for the strangest brews, as determined by attendees who get to vote for their favorites. If you want to create a coffee drink to share at this event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, just show up and get ready to try some “strange” coffee-themed beverages! 30 W 8th St, New York. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Get more information here.
Grand Central’s annual Taste of the Terminal event is turning five, and you’re invited to the celebration! Head to Grand Central today through Thursday to check out a selection of samples from shops and restaurants in the terminal, along with live music and a cocktail table to encourage visitors to stay and take a break from the summer heat. Some goodies on offer include cookies, cold brew coffee, French fries, and jewelry. Vanderbilt Hall, 89 E 42nd St, New York. Learn more about the event here.
Forget about Wine Wednesday–tonight’s all about beer! Head to Jimmy’s No. 43 for Hops & Hot Sauce, a beer and hot sauce tasting class, where you’ll learn all about pairing the condiment with various brews while doing some tasting along the way. 43 E 7th St, New York. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get your tickets here.
Channel your inner artist tonight at Paper Factory Hotel’s Sip and Paint event. Attendees will be provided supplies to create their own painting and will receive instructions from a professional artist, who will help everyone create a one-of-a-kind piece of art to take home! Red and white wine, prosecco, and soft drinks will be served, along with a variety of bites, including a domestic cheese selection, seasonal fruit, marinated olives, grilled asparagus salad, sliced bresaola, and more. 37–06 36th St, Long Island City, New York. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get your tickets here.
In celebration of Bastille Day, Videology is hosting a screening of Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette,” complete with champagne cocktails and pastries from Ladurée. Whether you’ve seen the movie before or not, this festive film screening is a great way to kick off the weekend. 308 Beckford Ave, Brooklyn, New York. 9:35 p.m. to 11:35 p.m. Get your tickets here.
French food and rosé more your speed? Read our guide for celebrating Bastille Day in NYC here!
July is National Ice Cream Month, and the Hester Street Fair is celebrating with an outdoor ice cream social. Featuring a handful of the best ice cream vendors from all five boroughs, the ice cream shops will have to battle it out to win this year’s Audience Award for the best flavor of ice cream. Attendees will have the chance to taste all the participating vendors’ flavors and vote for their favorite. Essex St and Hester St, New York. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get your tickets here.