pencil it in: thank god it’s the weekend

January 27: Artisanal Eataly

Head over to the Flatiron’s Batali owned Eataly on Friday to taste your share of local artisanal products. The event dubbed Eat New York will run from noon to 6 PM and will offer visitors 16 bites including A. Bauer’s mustard, Early Bird granola, Wild Hive Farm polenta and McClure’s pickles. Eataly, 200 5th Ave @ 23rd Street, 12- 6PM

January 27- 29: The Outsiders

This weekend take some time to stroll through the Outsider Art Fair to view the works of talented artists operating outside the mainstream. In addition to artists exhibits, screenings, panel discussions and lectures are on the weekends’ lineup. For event information, exhibitor list and full schedule click here. 7 West 34th Street, Fri 11 AM- 8 PM, Sat 11 AM- 7 PM, Sun 11 AM- 6 PM, $20 1 day admission, $35 for a two day pass

January 29: New Years Celebrations, China Style

Check out the Lunar New Year celebration happening in Chinatown for stunning visuals, tantalizing treats and impressive performances. This street party features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities for all ages. Walk the main streets of Lower Manhattan—from Little Italy through Chinatown—to get a glimpse of the official Lunar New Year Parade. Canal Street and surrounding area, 11:30 AM- 4 PM

January 29: It’s Chili Out There

Stay warm this Sunday at Chelsea Market’s Chili Fest. Find plenty of chili and beer at the annual cook-off where more than 20 of New York’s finest will square off for the grand prize and 1st place honors. Proceeds from the event (tickets are $45 for chili only, $55 for beer too) benefit Food Systems Network NYC, a group that works to prevent hunger. For more information and tickets visit the Chili Festival’s official site. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, 7- 9:30 PM

January 30: Slow Food turns into Slow Wine

Slow Food is launching their first ever guide to English wine. Sample the wines, food and meet the producers at the Monday evening launch. With over 140 wines to sample, the $40 ticket price is definitely worth having a glass or two. Admission also includes a copy of the guide to take home. To purchase, click here. Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 West 18th Street #804, 6:30- 9 PM

Feb 3: Skillrex at Roseland

Electric music phenom, Skillrex, will dazzle Roseland Ballroom with his music mastery. This show is bound to be a hot ticket. Get yours before they sell out here. Can’t make the Friday show? He’ll be spinning again at Terminal 5 the next night. Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street, 9 PM

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