It’s Memorial Day Week(end)! If you haven’t already checked out our list of 10 off-the-beaten path ways to spend the holiday, here’s our selection of New York City events to celebrate the extended weekend and honor the men & women who have lost their lives defending our country.

Saturday, May 27th

Check out a free movie in one of many New York City parks. All summer long, NYC Parks & Recreation will be hosting outdoor screenings, with movies spanning a variety of genres, including romance, sci-fi and more. See the full lineup of events here.

Also kicking off on Memorial Day Weekend is the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, which is presenting its spring show on May 27, 28, 29, and June 3 and 4. Meet fine artists and artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world.

Explore New York’s first ever chocolate museum this weekend! Choco-Story New York is offering self-guided tours inside its 5,000-square-foot space, where visitors can learn about the history of chocolate, try some samples, see a bon-bon making demonstration and more.

Sunday, May 28th

In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Taiwanese American Heritage Week, “Passport to Taiwan (P2TW)” is taking place in Union Square from 12pm to 5pm. Now in its 16th year, P2TW is the largest Taiwanese event in the United States. Join the event for cultural performances, bubble tea and food like scallion pancakes and rice noodle soup.

Monday, May 29th

From the Memorial Day Concert at Green-Wood to Manhattanhenge, there’s plenty of unique ways to celebrate Memorial Day. See our full list of event picks here.

Tuesday, May 30th

It’s the opening night of the tenth World Science Festival, which celebrates science through discussions, explorations, performances and more. This year’s festivities begin with Time, Creativity, and the Cosmosa night of eclectic performances, featuring works from famed violinist Joshua Bell, renowned opera star Renée Fleming and others.

Wednesday, May 31st

The 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll is kicking off with a bang. Since 2003, this annual showcase has offered a variety of arts and cultural events in Washington Heights, Inwood and West Harlem; in addition to performances, it’s presenting art exhibitions, literary events and open studios.

Thursday, June 1st

Calling all dessert lovers: make sure to head to Bryant Park next week for the Scooper Bowl® World Tour: New York — the nation’s largest All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. From Thursday, June 1 (12pm to 9pm) to Saturday, June 3, enjoy a variety of frosty treats.

Friday, June 2nd

The Brooklyn Film Festival will take place from June 2-11. The lineup this year includes 122 film premieres, taking place in venues like the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Windmill Studios in Greenpoint and Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo.

What if we told you that within our city lives the beating heart of the art of sculpting? The roots of some of the most recognizable works of art –from the Alice In Wonderland sculpture in Central Park to the Fiorello LaGuardia statue in LaGuardia Place – are actually hidden in plain sight in the Modern Art Foundry, housed inside the former carriage house of the famous Steinway Mansion. Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of this fascinating mecca for sculptors, where artistic visions become realized in metal by a passionate team of craftsmen. We’ll see a live bronze pouring, learn about the whole process of artistic fabrication and get a behind-the-scenes look at artists working on projects.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Modern Art Foundry

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