pencil it in: weekend fun

March 29- April 1: AIPAD Photography Show

This weekend the Park Avenue Armory plays host to the Association of International Photography Art Dealers’ annual show. Featuring some of the finest museum quality work from around the globe, the photography to be on display includes everything from 19th-century photos to contemporary images. For ticket options and pricing (admission ranges from $10 for students to $250 to the opening gala) visit the events’ official sitePark Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, Thurs- Sat 11 AM- 7 PM, Sun 11 AM- 6 PM

March 30: Winter Thaw

Head on to the Museum of the City of New York for an after-hours party to usher in the Spring. Hosted by the museum’s Young Members Circle, the event will feature cocktails, music and access to exhibits including “Cecil Beaton: The New York Years” and “The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811–2011.” Tickets are $25- $115 and can be purchased here. Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave, 7 PM

April 1- 29: Asia in the City

Across the Asian continent, cherry blossoms signify the start of the spring season. The tradition of cherry blossom festivals celebrating the trees in bloom has come to NYC. For the month of April, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will host a hanami, the century-old Japanese custom of cherry blossom viewing. For more information visit www.bbd.org. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn NY, 718 623 7200, Tues- Fri 8 AM- 6 PM, Sat & Sun 10 AM- 6 PM

April 3: Tasting Brooklyn

To honor the borough’s culinary culture, Brooklyn Exposed will be hosting a Tasting Brooklyn even this Tuesday. More than 25 notable Brooklyn vendors are on board and include the likes of Maison Premiere, Robicellis and Fort Reno. Tickets are $25 and can be bought here. Dumbo Loft, 155 Water St, Brooklyn NY, 6:30- 9 PM

April 3: since Cuba’s opened up…

Celebrate with a five hour feast of Cuban food and drink! This outdoor party hosted by Chefs Marco Canora and Sara Jenkins among others will feature a Cuban buffet, rum drinks and a live band.  Proceeds from the event go to Proyecto Paladar, an international food and art installation. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here. Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street, 6- 11 PM

April 5: Padma’s Top Chefs

Top Chef host, Padma Lakshmi salutes her culinary heritage April 5th as the host of the Varli Food Festival. Featuring over 60 Indian restaurants and chefs from around the world for a series of tasting events. A free Spice Market will also be on premises. For full event information and to purchase tickets, click here. Varli Food Festival, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, 5- 10 PM

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