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Photo: Doug Kerr/Flickr

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.

Photo: Sonny Abesamis/Flickr
Photo: Sonny Abesamis/Flickr
  1. Sober St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Youth Center (SoHo)

Friday, March 17, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

By sober we don’t mean, serious, sensible, and solemn, Sober St. Patrick’s Day reclaims “the true spirit of the day” by celebrating Irish culture with music, dance, storytelling and live performances from a wide range of Irish masters. We think it’s a nice alternative to the heaping mess of excessive drinking… Tickets start at $20; children 10 and under $10.

Photo: Graeme McClean/Flickr
Photo: Graeme McClean/Flickr
  1. Swimming Pool: An American Story

Waterside Swim and Fitness (Kips Bay)

Friday, Mar. 17 at 7:00 PM -Saturday, March 18 at 6:00 PM (through Apr. 8)

This Is Not A Theater Company presents an interactive show that explores the role of the swimming pool in American culture. Audiences are invited to literally sit down at the pool’s edge, dip their feet in the blue waters and watch “synchronized swimming, a snarky fish, and an explorer in an inflatable boat” tell the unusual story of this most artificial body of water. $30.

Photo: Santi/Flickr
Photo: Santi/Flickr

3. Collective Chanting

Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)

Monday and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Wednesday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The “Om Lab” at the Rubin Museum is a participatory exhibit that’s recording thousands of voices as they chant the sacred sound of ‘Om’ (meant to encompass the sound of all the universe according to yogic tradition) for its forthcoming exhibition “The World Is Sound.” Stop by and offer your voice to “the world’s largest collective chant of OM.” Tickets start at $10.

Photo: Mike McCune/Flickr
Photo: Mike McCune/Flickr
  1. East Village Saint Patty’s Pub Crawl

Check site for complete list of venues

Thursday. Mar. 16 – Saturday, Mar. 18 (check site for times)

This Saint Patty’s pub crawl will be rowdy and crazy and you’ll probably be covered in green magic dust, shamrock sparkles and and colored beads, but it will no doubt be a heck of a night. We’ll only add this: may the luck of this Irish be with you! Tickets start at $3.16.

Photo: Carmen Fiano Stintino/Flickr
Photo: Carmen Fiano Stintino/Flickr

5. Kinky Films

Anthology Film Archives (East Village)

Tuesday, Mar. 14 – Sunday, Mar. 19 (Check site for showtimes)

The Kinky Film Festival, now in its 14th year, asks viewers to explore the “wide diversity of sexuality” and desire. On the roster are documentaries, dramas, comedies and art house films that cut across orientations and range from mild to very spicy! Tickets for individual showing start at $8; all access passes start at $55.

Photo: Doug Kerr/Flickr
Photo: Doug Kerr/Flickr
  1. Irish in New York 

In front of St. Paul’s Chapel (Financial District)

Saturday, Mar. 18 at 12:00 PM

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a lively affair, but you don’t have to brave the crowds to celebrate Irish culture. Our pick is Big Onion’s Irish New York tour that will take visitors to the “Little Ireland” district of Lower East Side to explores the sites and people that have contributed to the rich history of Irish immigrants in New York. $25.