What To Do In New York City Over The Civic Holiday Weekend

New York City, USA - March 03, 2011: Times Square at night with Broadway Theaters and animated LED signs, symbol of New York City and the United States.

It’s summer, it’s a long weekend (in Canada anyway), and you’re looking for something to do. Why not head to New York City? It’s not a long weekend in the U.S., so it should be at least a little easier and less busy to attend some of the hottest events around the city. Here are our favourites.


At the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) you can check out Dadaglobe Reconstructed. This exhibitions runs until Setpember 19th, and features the the unpublished dream of Tristan Tzara. In 1921 he planned on publishing an anthology featuring artwork from 50 artists from 10 countries, but due to financial difficulties his dream was never realized. He did manage to collect several of the self-portraits, photographs of artwork and original drawings, which MOMA had brought together along with the layouts for the book to create this unique exhibition.

Once a a year the Met Costume Institute puts together one of the most talked about shows in New York, and this year’s was no exception. Manus x Machina – Fashion in an Age of Technology. The show which premiered during the first Monday in June during the Met Gala, is only on until September 5th, and it explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made when it comes to their creation of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion.

If you are looking for an fashion exhibition that is a little more to what you might wear on any given day, you might want to check out The Museum at FIT’s Uniformity, which explores uniforms all of kinds. From the clothing worn by the men and women that protect your country, to the uniforms worn at work every day, this exhibitions looks at them all throughout history.

Broadways Shows:

While the Tony Award winning Hamilton may be difficult to get tickets for, there are several other plays to check out.

The classical musical Fiddler on the Roof is brought to life once again at the Broadway Theatre. It received three Tony nominations, including best revival, and has been hailed as one of the best shows to return to the stage.

The Color Purple recently won the Tony Award for the Best Musical Revival, and is based on the Alice Walker novel of the same name. It follows the story of a young black woman who struggles to find her identity and love in the American South.

While everyone was talking about Hamilton during the Tony Awards, The Humans was quietly making a buzz as well.  The play about a family’s encounter during a Thanksgiving dinner has been called the Best Play of the year by many critics, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat as the series of events that force the family to face their fears unfolds.