17th Annual DUMBO Arts Festival – This annual weekend festival turns the neighborhood between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges into a street fair of art and theater, with more than 400 international, national and neighborhood artists. Special this year is exhibits that mark the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, including a temporary recording studio where you can share your own Sandy stories. Also special this year is the Ship of Tolerance, an ancient ship with a sail stitched together from hundreds of paintings by NYC schoolchildren. ; and exhibits that mark the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, such as a series of colorful floating extension bumpers along the waterfront and a temporary, artist-built recording studio where attendees can share their Sandy stories. The festival is Fri., 6-9 p.m., Sat., noon-8 p.m., and Sun., noon-6 p.m. Event website.
Celebrate Taiwan – Visit Taiwan without leaving Manhattan, during this special indoor street fair at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. See dance performances, sample food and beverages, including bubble tea, which was invented in Taiwan, and more. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ballets with a Twist – This is an evening-length performance of dances in mid-afternoon. Each vignette is inspired by cocktails including Martini and Gibson. Unlike cocktail hour, Ballets With a Twist is FREE, Saturday, 2:30-3:30, at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Suitable for children age 10 and older. Event website
New Amsterdam Market – Stroll among more than 60 local artisanal food vendors at this historic building in the South Street Seaport, including Hot Bread Kitchen, Flying Fox, Summers End Orchard and Pie Corps, Bronx Baking Co. with soft pretzels and Heather Ridge Farm with grass-fed meats and frozen chili. The market on Sunday includes the Historic Districts Council, which will be collecting signatures to urge the Landmarks Commission protect and to landmark the New Market Building and save it from being razed and turned into a high-priced apartment building. Event website
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