Here are some of our picks for things to do this weekend.
Socially Relevant Film Festival
260 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
More than 45 films from 23 countries will be screened as part of the Socially Relevant Film Festival. Among those scheduled to be shown this year, the festival’s fourth, are documentaries, shorts, and full-length feature narratives. Different as the movies may be, they share the festival’s goal of showcasing “socially-relevant, human interest stories across a broad range of social issues.” Each production shows the ways films can help us come together and create social change. Now through Sunday, March 19, see schedule for details, tickets required.
NYRR Open Run
New York, NY
Did you #ResolveToRun on January 1? If you’ve yet to make good on that resolution, or if you want to pound the ground with some new friends, sign up for one of the Open Runs this weekend at area parks. Sponsored by the New York Road Runners, the runs are staffed by volunteers, and are totally free. Courses vary based on the park and its terrain, but average out at around three miles. Open to all experience levels, ages, canines (on leashes), babies and toddlers in strollers, and walkers. Saturday, March 11, 9 to 10 am, free.
Just Food Conference
Teachers College at Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
If you care about where our food comes from—and if you want to make sure NYC is a healthy place to live and eat—then this is the conference for you. More than 1,000 farmers, educators, CSA members, concerned citizens, activists, and community organizers will be on hand to discuss a variety of topics related to good eating, and everything that entails. Panels, training sessions, keynotes, plenaries, talks, workshops, and discussions will center around “A Call to Collaboration,” the conference’s theme. Sunday, March 12, and Monday, March 13, tickets required.
Phagwah Parade Holi Celebration
Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street
Richmond Hill, NY 11419
The Hindu celebration known as Holi says sayonara to winter and welcomes spring through dancing, music, laughter, playfulness, forgiveness, love, gratitude, and colors — especially colors. Anyone who attends a Holi celebration, such as the 29th annual Phagwah Parade on Staten Island, should expect to get dusted, doused, and bedazzled in a kaleidoscopic assortment of colored powders, especially at Smokey Oval Park, where the parade ends and the celebration goes on until 6 pm. Sunday, March 12, 10 am to 6 pm, free.
NYC Food Truck Fest
Grand Bazaar NYC
100 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
Food trucks are great—when you can find them. You won’t have that problem at the NYC Food Truck Fest. This event gathers several of the city’s most delicious restaurants-on-wheels for an afternoon of gobbling, oohing, and aahing. You can grab a few crepes, dig into a lobster roll, nosh on a grilled cheese, enjoy stuffed French toast, or slurp up some souvlaki. The event is being held at — and organized by — Grand Bazaar, a specialty market on the Upper West Side whose proceeds are donated to four local public schools. Sunday, March 12, 10 am to 5:30 pm, free.