When did Mother Nature get so vengeful? With all this rain, there’s really no point in trying to find any outdoor activities. Here’s some stuff to keep you occupied in the great indoors.
Did you go dotty for Day of the Dead? Can’t wait for Halloween to happen? Then check out the second annual Edgar Allan Poe Festival, presented by award-winning performance group Radiotheatre. Players will perform an assortment of Poe’s most spine-chilling works, as well as tales by “the children of Poe,” including authors Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. Original sound effects and orchestral scores – plus a theater inside a 190-year-old church – guarantee a boo-nique theater-going experience.
• F downtown to W 4 St and walk northwest to St. John’s Sanctuary (81 Christopher St). Through May 27; all shows 8pm. $24. Not recommended for children under 12. Info, tickets, and schedule: radiotheatrenyc.com
Restaurant Week is always fun, but if you aren’t interested in researching spots and making reservations, The Village Voice 10th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event lets you sample savories and sweets from more than 50 restaurants hailing from all five boroughs. All participating vendors are Village Voice-approved, and the alcoholic beverages are free with admission. Sounds like a delicious day indeed.
• F downtown to 14 St and walk northwest to The Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th St). Fri May 19; 6-10pm VIP admission, 7-10pm general admission. $85-135. Ages 21 and over. tinyurl.com/WIREchoiceeats
Annnnnnd after you pig out at Choice Eats, come back for round two at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2017. Sample vegan snacks, learn about plant-based doctors and fitness experts, and attend panels on topics like “Vegan Parenting,” “Modern Caribbean Cuisine,” and “Veganizing Iconic New York City Foods.” There will also be a special area with children’s activities for family fun, and a raffle to benefit the Humane League.
• F downtown to 14 St and walk northwest to The Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th St). Sat May 20 and Sun May 21, 11am-6pm. One-day admission: $30 online/$40 door; two-day admission $50 online/$60 door; free for kids 10 and under. Some $5 tickets will be available each day at 3:30pm; discount tickets are first-come, first-served. Info and tickets: nycvegfoodfest.com
Fill a rainy day with some educational fun at the FDNY Fire Zone, the City’s fire-safety learning center. Participants learn what to do in a real fire emergency through hands-on exhibits, multimedia presentations, and a fire simulator, which lets you crawl through a real smoke-filled hallway. After the serious stuff, climb on a realistic fire truck, dress up in firefighter gear, and meet a real firefighter. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet Hot Dog or Siren, the safety mascots of the New York City Fire Department.
• F downtown to 47-50 St-Rockefeller Center and walk northeast to 34 W 51st St. Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm. General admission free; fire simulator $6 adults/children, $2 seniors. Fire simulator recommended for ages 5 and older. fdnysmart.org/firezone
Burst Your Bubble
This one’s a bit of a walk from the F line, but it’s called The Gazillion Bubble Show… need I say more? Audiences are in for an “unbubblievable experience” as bubble magicians perform bubble magic with approximately one gazillion bubbles (bubble quantity varies per show). As a bonus, it’s a great way to satisfy your little one’s bubble bug without having to bring any of that nasty soapy solution into your house.
• F downtown to 47-50 St-Rockefeller Center and walk northwest to New World Stages (340 W 50th St).Thu-Sun, various times. $55-75 general admission; $20 lap seats for children under 2. Clothing made with sensitive fabrics not recommended. Lasers and strobe lights are used in the show. gazillionbubbleshow.com