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New York April 14–20: Tribeca Film Festival, Travel Fest & Beyoncé Dance-off

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Tribeca Film Festival

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This week is all about music, movies, and travel. Sound exciting? Welcome to New York! The Tribeca Film Festival is taking place this week, as well as a Game of Thrones-inspired dinner and beer pairing in Queens. The NY Travel Festival, meanwhile, attracts travel professionals and professional travelers for a weekend of workshops and panels. Channel your inner Queen Bey at a Beyoncé vs. Rihanna dance party at Brooklyn Bowl, or, for a serious dance party scene, head to Miami for a slice of the Spring Break action.

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Now through April 24 | Film festival
Tribeca Film Festival
Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, the Tribeca Film Festival is one of the buzziest NYC events of the year. Featuring 101 films (chosen from nearly 7,000 submissions), 72 shorts, 77 world premieres, 42 directorial debuts, 40 talks, sneak peeks of new television shows and episodes, and much more, this expansive festival celebrates the moving image in all its forms. One of the highlights (if you’re lucky enough to snag a ticket!) will be a 40th-anniversary screening of cult favorite Taxi Driver followed by a conversation with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Jodi Foster.
Locations and times vary | From $10 | website 

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April 14–17 | Travel festival
NY Travel Festival
Whether you are a travel industry professional, a jetsetter, or even an armchair traveler, the NY Travel Festival is worth checking out. With workshops and panel discussions like “Everything You Wanted to Know about Traveling to Iran but Had No Clue Who to Ask,” “Working Remotely While Traveling,” and “Hot Trends in Travel Tech,” the three-day conference covers a range of topics. If you are interested in travel writing, starting a travel business, or simply planning a trip, they’ve got you covered.
Times vary | St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn | From $35 | website

April 16 | Dance
A Tribute to the Music of Beyoncé vs. Rihanna
If pop music is your jam, then you’re going to want to dance your pants off at this tribute to Beyoncé and Rihanna at Brooklyn Bowl. Hosted by Controvsy, the dance party will feature all original tracks of Queen Bey and Rihanna—no mash-ups, no remixes, no covers. Just pure, original pop. Be forewarned that advanced tickets to this 21+ event are sold out, but they will have a limited number available at the box office on the night of the show starting at 11:30 p.m. All admissions at the door will be cash only and first come, first served, with a limit of one ticket per customer and no re-entry.
11:30 p.m.­–3 a.m. | Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn | $15 | website

NY Travel Festival
April 16–18 | Escape the city
Miami, Florida
Well, it’s that time of year—Spring Break. If your lack of college vacation time is getting you down, take a long weekend and head to Miami, which is just a three-hour flight from New York. With average temperatures in the 70’s this time of year and picture-perfect beaches, it’s one of the best places to run to escape this cold snap the Northeast is experiencing. Check out our suggestions for the perfect way to spend your three days in Miami, and consult our guides for where to stay, where to find the best happy hour, and, most importantly where to eat (don’t miss out on some amazing Cuban food while you’re down there!).  

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April 20 | Beer and dinner pairing
Dinner is Coming: Game of Thrones Dinner
Calling all beer-loving Game of Thrones fans! In preparation for the return of the show next week, Oliver’s Astoria is hosting a four-course dinner paired with Ommegang Brewery beers (including their three GOT-themed brews). Pairings include the Westerosi charcuterie plate with Iron Throne Blonde Ale and “Kissed by Fire” fish and chips with Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale. Who doesn’t want some spiced Dothraki pork sausage and King’s Landing Venison from the Kingswood? And don’t worry, they haven’t forgotten dessert; the grand finale will be “Qarth’s decadent chocolate pudding” paired with Take the Black Stout.
7 p.m. | Oliver’s Astoria, 37-19 Broadway, Queens | (718) 806-1476 | $50 | website

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 an inquisitive toddler.

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