Monday is MLK Day, and if you have the day off, consider checking out New York City’s largest public celebration of the life and legacy of one of the most inspiring civil rights leaders of all time, which is happening at BAM at 10:30am. Now in its 33rd year, the annual tribute is always free to attend and features speeches by prominent activists and civic leaders, music performances, art installations, film screenings, and more. This year’s keynote speaker is Me Too founder Tarana Burke, and the musical acts include Oddisee and The Brooklyn International Choir. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
On Monday night, a “sober” pop-up bar, Listen (soon to be a permanent, alcohol-free bar in Williamsburg), is hosting a #dryjanuary happy hour for the next two Mondays this month at Von from 7 to 11pm. The night features an all-POC lineup of mixologists and tunes celebrating “the greatest, and the latest, anthems of black excellence in music.” Speaking of staying dry this month for sober January, we’ve found some other great bars to go booze-free.