5 Great Things to Do This Weekend


Friday, April 5
Opici Wine Groups tasting at Atlantic Cellars
Join Jay Venezia from Opici for a free spirits tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. at Atlantic Cellars on the Clinton Hill/Prospect Heights border. Sip Redemption Rye, Temptation Straight Bourbon Whiskey, James Pepper 1776 Rye, and Absinthe Vieux Pontarlier. 988 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

Saturday, April 6
Smorgasburg returns
The holy grail of Brooklyn food fairs returns this weekend. Smorgasburg will reopen in Williamsburg on Saturday at 11 a.m. in its usual location near the East River State Park. Dumbo’s version will open shop in the Tobacco Warehouse on Sunday at 11 a.m. New additions to the usual list of artisan rock stars include Greek yogurt from The White Moustache, beer cheese from Floyd Eats, and biscuits from Beehive Oven. 27 North 6th Street, Brooklyn and 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn

Bagel Barks in Central Park
Bring your pup to Central Park bright and early on Saturday morning for free coffee, bagels, pastries, and dog treats for off-leash hours. Central Park Conservancy’s Central Park Paws hosts Bagel Barks once a month and this week, it starts at West 71st Street. 72nd Street mid-park

The New Nordic Cuisine Symposium
Join Columbia’s Department of Germanic Language for a free conference on the New Nordic food movement from 2:10 to 5 p.m. Mark Emil Hermansen of Denmark’s restaurant Noma will discuss how to create Terroir, and Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch from Finland is scheduled to talk about Nordic Island cuisine. Chef Fredrik Berselius of Aska, Siggi Hilmarsson, the founder of Siggi’s dairy products, and Simo Kuusisto, founder of Nordic Breads, will speak about the movement’s popularity in New York City. 550 West 120th Street

Beer for Beasts
Head to the Bell House for the third annual Beer for Beasts charity event. BeerAdvocate and Sixpoint Brewery will serve dozens of craft beers, and though pets aren’t actually allowed in the bar, all proceeds will go to the Humane Society of New York City. Tickets are $65 and the event will feature live music, comedy, and small bites from Desi Truck and Pizza Moto. 149 7th Street