Top Ten Things To Do In May

May the Fourth be With You
Lucasfilm geeks have had plenty of reasons for excitement over the past few years: with the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, indelible characters and stories have been added to the cannon. Test your knowledge of these and the other beloved characters on Star Wars Day (5/4) with Trivia Night at Stone Creek Bar & Lounge. Long known for their themed trivia nights, including The Office and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the knowledgeable hosts turn their attention to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away for this special night. (Stone Creek Bar & Lounge, 140 E. 27th St. at Third Ave.)

Modern Art
More than 1,000 contemporary artists will exhibit their work for sale at the annual Frieze Art Fair (5/5 – 5/7), including site-specific artist commissions and an accompanying program of curated talks by leaders in today’s art world. Tickets start at just $10 and offer access to politically engaged, feminist, and performance art pieces. Prizes are awarded to the top works of the massive exhibit, and artists are often on hand to discuss their work in both informal and more structured settings. Participating galleries include those in New York, Antwerp, London, Paris, Glasgow, Berlin, and São Paolo. (Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randall’s Island Park)

Blue Bloods & Bluegrass
Celebrate “the most exciting two minutes in sports” at Pier A on Kentucky Derby Day (5/6): 1 p.m. kicks off the festivities with Maker’s Mark mint juleps, classic Southern hors d’oeuvres, outdoor games such as horseshoes and giant chess, and traditional Kentucky bluegrass. Inside the Long Hall Gastro Pub, enjoy food and drink specials all day, plus a festive Oyster Bar and Commissioner’s Bar serving exclusive Derby Day cocktails. Strut your finest Southern stuff; seersucker and fascinators are highly encouraged. The race, of course, will screen when it begins, promptly at 6:34 p.m. (Pier A Harbor House, Battery Park at the Hudson River)

Stars, Dancing
For fans of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, this is welcome news: Julianne and Derek Hough will bring their third tour, Move – Beyond, to Radio City Music Hall on 5/6. Featuring kinetic choreography from “Nappytabs,” Emmy winners Napoleon and Tabith, the show is inspired by the elements of earth, wind, re, and water and showcases the athletic and graceful moves that made both Julianne and Derek fan favorites on the enduringly popular show. Tickets range from simple seats to pre-show parties with a chance to mingle with the performers. (Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave. at W. 50th St.)

Mad. Sq. EatsTwice a year, the city’s top restaurants and chefs bring their wares to Worth Square for Mad. Sq. Eats (5/13 – 6/9), an opportunity for hungry New Yorkers to sample the best of the city in one central location alongside Madison Square Park. Pick up a half-dozen rice balls from Arancini Bros. or one of Dani Beckerman’s Jars by Dani concoctions. Roberta’s will provide the pizza, while The Truffleist will handle cheesesteaks. Whether for a convenient lunch or a day-long sampler, this is a perfect way to get to know the city’s most justly renowned snacks. (Urbanspace, Worth Square, Fifth Ave., W. 25th St.)

Best of the Upper West
Whether you crave the classic combo of Surf & Turf or want to explore the Best of the West, there’s something for you at the Taste of the Upper West Side (5/19 – 5/20). The hosts? Adam Richman, Frank Bruni, April Bloomfield, Alex Guarnaschelli, and more. The participants? We have nowhere near enough room to list them all. Let’s just say that if you like to eat in New York City, you’ll find familiar faces here – and likely your next new favorite spot, as well. Best of all, the entire event benefits local non-profit Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, a 501(C)(3) organization. (O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Ave. at W. 76th St.)

Oh, the Humanity
Precious little has been released about the off-the-wall British comic’s tour, but you can find it all out for yourself when Ricky Gervais brings “Humanity” to The World’s Most Famous Arena on 5/21. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $56.50 to $85.50, making it a snap to upgrade yourself to prime seats. While Gervais worries about doing stand-up in the current political climate, he calls Humanity “my best stand-up yet…because truth is so important now.” See if you agree when his first tour in seven years comes to MSG.
(The Theater at MSG, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, W 34th St. at Eighth Ave.)

The Bard Abides
The Public Theater’s famed Shakespeare in the Park returns on 5/23 with the first of two perennial favorites: Julius Caesar, followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Perhaps taking a cue from the runaway casting success of Hamilton a few blocks south, both shows feature multicultural performers breathing new life into the Bard’s works, and as always, free tickets are available for every section of the theater. It’s been 17 years since The Public last tackled Caesar’s brutal betrayal, so the show is sure to feel new even to experienced Central Park theater-goers. (Delacorte Theater, Central Park – enter at W. 81st St. and Central Park West)

Fantastic Films and Where to Watch Them
It’s not hard to find fans of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series in New York, and on 5/28, hundreds will gather for an Outdoor Movie Night screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Randall’s Island. Nestled comfortably in the upper East River between Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, the island is a pristine park perfect for large-scale gatherings and will be a comfortable spot to watch Newt Scamander explore New York’s secret community of witches and wizards on the big screen, long before young Harry read his books at Hogwarts. (Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randalls Island Park)

Poppin’ Bottles
For 11 years, the best of the outer borough have come together for Brooklyn Uncorked, featuring the best local, domestic, and international wines around. This year, Industry City is home to the festival, which will be held on 5/31 beginning at 6 p.m. The event has grown from a humble wine showcase to a food-friendly marathon highlighting the best chefs of the region alongside top winemakers from the city and far beyond. Think of it as the best of the West End (Brooklyn and even Manhattan) with the best of the East End (Long Island wineries), plus much more. (220 36th St. at Second Ave., Brooklyn)