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Trip.com is an innovative planning tool that tailors recommendations for places to stay, eat and play to your specific tastes. It also allows you to share your great experiences with people who have the same interests as you; people in your “tribes.” Trip.com’s TripPicks This Week feature empowers you to discover and take advantage of great events, openings and exhibits throughout the city each week.

Here are some exciting events and sites to check out this week in Downtown New York, courtesy of Trip.com. Visit their site or download the app for more upcoming events.

Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarians, vegans and anyone into clean and cruelty-free lifestyles, rejoice! The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is back. Come check out the food samples, cooking demos, guest speakers and vendors who’ll be hawking green clothing, accessories and home and body products. Tickets start at $30.

Metropolitan Pavilion (Chelsea)
Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 from 11am-6pm

Dance Fest and Parade

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul,” so let your soul speak at the annual Dance Parade and Dance Fest, an event that honors the history and diversity of dance. With a procession of floats, live bands behind them, a plethora of dancers will salsa, tango, waltz, hula and break to wide range of world music! Hit the after-party in Tompkins Square Park for dance workshops and live performances. FREE

Tompkins Square Park (East Village)
Saturday, May 20 from 1-7pm

Pop Culture Fest

The Vulture Festival celebrates entertainment and pop culture with concerts, live tapings, film screenings, podcasts and much more. Though some popular events are sold out, you can still get tickets to see the likes of Aziz Ansari, Stephen Colbert, Kevin Bacon, Desus and Mero, Two Dope Queens, Chelsea Handler and many others. Tickets start at $20

Check site for complete list of venues and showtimes
Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21

Taste of TriBeCa

TriBeCa is home to some of New York’s finest restaurants. Taste of TriBeCa is chance to sample dishes from Jungsik, The Odeon, Nobu, Marc Forgione, Tribeca Grill, Locanda Verde, Brushstroke and dozens more, over 60 to be exact. Count on live entertainment, activities for kids (a pasta making station) and a sports area. Tickets start at $45 and include 6 food samples and 3 drinks.

334 Greenwich St (TriBeCa)
Saturday, May 20 from 11:30am-3pm

Guitar Festival

The New York Guitar Festival explores “virtually every aspect of the guitar’s musical personality.” On the roster are performances by the world’s most influential guitarists, classes, talks and the festival’s first ever Raga Marathon at Brookfield Place Winter Garden on Friday, May 19. FREE and paid events.

Check site for complete list of venues and performance times
Thursday, May 18-Thursday, Jun 8

Learn to Row

Looking to tone your arms for the summer and maybe pick up a new hobby? Head to Pier 40  where you can take part of free Community Rowing classes. Learn the basics and then hit the Hudson in a wooden boat.

Pier 40 at Hudson River Park (TriBeCa)
Tuesdays from 6-8pm and Sundays from 12-6pm

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