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 the Trip.com site or download the app for more upcoming events.

  1. Plant-Based Burger Competition

VSpot Organic (East Village)

Monday, Mar. 27 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

VSpot Organic is holding a serious plant-based burger competition. Juicy, succulent and flavorful, you’ll sample 10 simple and souped up versions of all veggie burgers. Vying for first place are Marty’s VBurger, Risotto Burger, Monk’s Meats, VSpot Organic and others! $25.

 

  1. Affordable Art Fair

Metropolitan Pavilion (Chelsea)

Thursday, Mar. 30 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Friday, Mar. 31 – Saturday, Apr. 1 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 AM; Sunday, Apr. 2 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

It’s never too late or too early to start collecting art, especially when it’s actually affordable. Potential buyers and art lovers can browse a wide range of works from today’s leading art galleries including Manifold, Art Angler, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, HOV Eye and Galerie Youn. Make sure to check out the special workshops, talk and tours.  Tickets start at $10.

 

  1. Science Fiction Series at Metrograph

Metrograph ( Lower East Side)

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The Singularity series is dedicated to showcasing films that explore the ever growing intimacy between science fiction and reality and its impact on human lives… This weekend audiences can check out Ridley Scott’s epic Blade Runner: The Final Cut or Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. $15.

  1. Whitney Biennial

Whitney Museum of American Art (Meatpacking District)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM; Friday and Saturday from 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM

“To gauge the state of art in America today,” and to some degree America’s political and social landscape, look no further than the Whitney Biennial, the first at the museum’s new space. Though there are fewer artists, the quality of the work is notable especially from artists Dana Schutz, Jo Baer, Samara Golden, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Rafa Esparza, Henry Taylor, Sky Hopinka, Asad Raza, Jordan Wolfson and many more. As always, it’s an unmissable New York art event. Tickets start at $17; Fridays from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM pay-what-you-wish.

  1. Indoor Farming Tour

Farm.One (Financial District)

Tuesday, Mar. 28 or Thursday, Mar. 30 from 6:30PM to 7:30 PM

Herbs, flowers and micro greens! Oh my! Farm.One’s Hydroponic Farm Tour is a chance to explore New York’s secret indoor farming trend. You’ll lean all about hydroponic farming, introduce your tastebuds to a host of new flavors and take home a box filled with “unusual herbs” and fresh produce to use in your next meal. $50.

  1. Wowfulls Opens Shop

Wowfulls (Lower East Side)

Friday, Mar. 31 at 1:00 PM

Mark your calendars! Friday, March 31st Wowfulls opens its first brick and mortar, serving Gai Dàn Jai, or 1950’s-style Hong Kong egg waffles brimming with ice cream. Camp out if you want to be one of the first 50 customers to snatch up $1 cones ($5 for the rest of the weekend) and to get first dibs on Wowfulls’ newest creations and ice cream flavors. Free t-shirt for first 200 customers.

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