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Memorial Day Madness

Thirteen ways to spend the holiday weekend.

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Hang out at Luna Park.   

1. It's a long weekend! Catch some waves as NYC beaches open for the season this Saturday.

2. Not so much into the water? Get your thrills beach-adjacent, as it's also the season-opening weekend for Luna Park amusement park in Coney Island. There's also a slew of new food options to try on the boardwalk ...

3. Or you can opt to stuff your face at the Dutch, where on Memorial Day from noon to 9 p.m. they're setting up an all-day luau with a menu for lunch ($40) or family-style supper ($65) that includes suckling pig and teriyaki-fried chicken wings.

4. How about a movie with your fresh air? See stars under the stars when Rooftop Films screens The Kings of Summer, featuring Nick Offerman as a fully bearded dad, Megan Mullally as a goofy mom, and Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

5. While on the Intrepid's annual three-day extravaganza you can salute the troops (it is what the weekend is about, after all) while catching a screening of Top Gun on the flight deck, along with performances by the USO Show Troupe and more.

6. Opening weekend of Governor's Island offers arts and crafts, musical and theatrical performances, and harbor-education activities for kids.

7. Or go uptown for dance fare as the ABT's spring season goes strong at Lincoln Center.

8. There are music options aplenty. On Saturday celebrate twelve years of DFA Records, with a dance party organized with Jonathan Galkin and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.

9. While over at Le Poisson Rouge, I Love Vinyl hits the decks for their four-year anniversary party.

10. On Friday, Mariah Carey kicks off GMA's summer concert series in Central Park, and Sunday the Shins are at the Williamsburg Waterfront ...

11. While Tom Petty has more energy than you, rounding out five shows at the Beacon Theater.

12. If laughing is more your thing, all weekend Tracy Morgan has no filter at Carolines, on Friday and Saturday Janeane Garofalo goes alt at Eastville Comedy Club, and on Sunday Action Bronson improvs hip-hop at the UCB East.

13. Or avoid the cicadas while taking in free performances at the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Happy Memorial Day!


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