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Here are the five coolest things to do in and around NYC this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more. Planning a trip? Check out the AFAR guide to New York.

September 8–13 | Sweet festival
Honey Week 
There’s been an alarming decline in honey bees over the last several years, but urban beekeepers have been doing their part to reverse that trend. Celebrate their sweet efforts with a weeklong festival highlighting all things honey. Taking place across the city, the festival offers everything from honey tastings to beekeeping classes and from dinners to apiary tours. The Queen Bee Cocktail Classic, which pits some of New York’s best female mixologists against each other in a honey-inspired cocktail competition, is particularly buzz-worthy. The festival’s main event is Saturday’s rolicking (and free!) Honey Fest at Rockaway Boardwalk, with food, art, music, and more.
Locations, times & prices vary | website

September 10–13 | Art
Affordable Art Fair
Taking place in cities across the world throughout the year, the Affordable Art Fair was started in the U.K. with the goal of bridging “the public’s increasing interest in contemporary art and London’s highbrow gallery scene.” For a nominal fee at the Metropolitan Pavilion, participants can peruse the work of more than 1,000 artists, with prices ranging from $100 to $10,000 (though most is under $5,000). It’s the ideal way to start—or bulk up—your art collection. In addition to the art on display, there will also be panel discussions, tours, artist talks, and more.
11 a.m.–8 p.m. | Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York | From $18 | website

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September 11–13 | Food
Taste Talks
When a culinary festival and symposium is curated by musician and foodie Questlove, you know it’s going to be a good time. The Roots drummer has his pulse on what’s hot in the food industry, as the line-up for this Brooklyn-based event demonstrates. There’s a daylong symposium, a celebrity chef bbq, underground dinners, cooking demonstrations, and more, involving such culinary innovators as Alex Stupak (Empellon), Matty Matheson (Parts & Labour), and Justin Smilie (Upland). Don’t miss the launch event, Sweet Thinking: A Dessert Party, with desserts by renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel and wine pairings and DJ set by Questlove.
Locations, times & prices vary | website

September 13 | Last chance theater
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
It might not be typical Broadway fare, but the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Incha rock musical about a singer who has a sex-change operation to escape East Berlin, but it goes wrong—won multiple Tony Awards and has earned its place as a perennial cult favorite. Sadly, it’s brief Broadway run is coming to a close. With Taye Diggs as Hedwig—the first time an African American has played the role—it’s well worth catching before it closes.
Times vary | Belasco Theater, 111 W. 44th St, New York | From $49 | website

Weekend Escape
Mystic, CT
Labor Day may have come and gone, but there’s still technically two weeks left in summer! About three hours from the city by car (or a scenic train ride), the town made famous by the Julia Roberts film Mystic Pizza has a lot to offer. Make a stop at the now-famous pizzeria, but also check out the ships at Mystic Seaport, visit the beluga whales at the aquarium, take a dip in the Long Island Sound at Ocean Beach Park, enjoy the historic mansions, and hit up some antique shops. Ford’s Lobsters in nearby Noank is well worth a stop for a waterfront lobster roll. And for accommodations, try to snag a room at The Whaler’s Inn, right in downtown Mystic.

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A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to inquisitive toddler.