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.

Madison Square Eats 

Madison Square Eats is a bi-annual culinary pop-up event that brings New York’s top restaurants and chefs under one roof. Gourmands have until June 9th to taste the delicious and diverse offerings from over 25 vendors, including superstars like Roberta’s Pizza, Cheesesteaks By The Truffleist, Mr Bing – Beijing Street Foods, Frida’s Favorites, KBBQ by Korilla, Cannibal and others.

Madison Square Eats (Flatiron)
Daily from 11am-9pm

Dirty Movie Festival

Curated by the sex/love columnist Dan Savage, Hump! is a racy film festival where amateur directors present short films for a chance to win cash prizes. The films explore the many facets and faces of sexuality. The results are sexy, funny, moving and often transcending amateur films. $25 18+

Cinema Village (Greenwich Village)
Friday, May 5-Thursday, May 11 (check site for showtimes)

Timeout NY’s Summer Kickoff Yacht Party

We are all ready for summer! Something about longer days, sunlight and warm weather reassures us that the world is still a decent place. If dancing, drinking and winning prizes at Timeout New York’s Summer Kickoff Yacht Party  means an early (and a longer) summer than sign us up! Tickets start at $45 and cover the 3 hour Hudson River cruise, open bar, food bites and lots of entertainment.

Hornblower Cruises (South Village)
Thursday, May 11 from 6:30-9:30pm

The Edgar Allan Poe Festival

Step into the spine-tingling macabre world of Edgar Allan Poe – zombie lovers, magic cats, possessed paintings, madmen and haunted houses. Poe’s most famous works will be performed by “players at the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Radiotheatre,” inside a 190 year old church, complete with candles, ghostly mist, cobwebs and original scores. $24

St. John’s Lutheran Church (West Village)
Friday, May 12-Saturday, May 27 (check site for showtimes)

Whisky Extravaganza

The very swank Whisky Extravaganza, this year taking place in the equally swanky Prince George Ballroom, promises whisky aficionados and newbies over 100 samplings of “wide range of the most prestigious single malt, premium Scotch and other unique whiskies from around the world,” accompanied by sumptuous bites. $150

Prince George Ballroom (Flatiron)
Wednesday, May 10 from 7-9:30 pm

ShakesBEER Barcrawl

While nothing beats watching Shakespeare in Central Park, we would like to offer an alternative for all you lovers of Shakespeare and haters of long lines. Tag along on a ShakesBEER pub crawl where you’ll hit 4 different bars, drink 4 drinks and watch actors act out some of the best scenes from Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Measure For Measure and a special ShakesBeer Mash-Up. $49, includes 4 drinks.

Parkside Lounge (Lower East Side)
Saturday, May 13 and Saturday, May 20 from 3-6pm

River Games

Forget the gym! Get summer ready at Hudson River Park. Part fundraiser, part Olympics, the Hudson River Park Games are a series of individual and group fitness activities that are challenging, and healthy!  Activities include kayaking, volleyball, yoga, spinning and lifting.  Expect live music a beer garden and food trucks.

Pier 26 at Hudson River Park (Tribeca)
Saturday, May 13 (check site for times)

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mom deserves nothing but the best, so this mother’s day take her to lush, green secret rooftop garden – Gallow Green atop the McKittrick Hotel – for an extra special Mother’s Day buffet brunch. Sip on chic cocktails and munch on fanciful salads, organic eggs and decadent, juicy porchetta before hitting the sweets station. $38

McKittrick Hotel (Chelsea)
Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm

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