An all-night Druidic dance tradition
If the Black Party were a person—and by that, we mean a gay man—he'd be nearing homo old age. At 29, his receding hairline might be looked over for 21-year-old Christian Siriano–style shags and 'hawks by the youngsters crowding the clubs. An anomaly in an age-obsessed culture, the Saint at Large's Black Party has only ripened over time to become an internationally recognized Druidic dance marathon and ode to the pagan celebration of the vernal equinox. This year's fest promises "strange live acts," "heavy" dress, and at least 18 hours of music by global and local DJs like Stephan Grondic and Jonathan Peters. The theme, "Dangerous," is a reference to The Dangerous Book for Boys, a how-to book on knot-tying and other practical boyish matters. At 10, through Sunday afternoon, Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street, saintatlarge.com, $40–$140 SHARYN JACKSON
Drink up with 52 award-winning breweries
There are lots of ways to celebrate the arrival of spring in New York that don't involve alcohol, but they're all sort of boring. Skip the walks in Central Park and honor nature's rejuvenation at the Spring Craft Beer Festival, an all-day suds-tasting courtesy of 52 small, independent brewers, including New York's Brooklyn Brewery, Southampton Ales and Lagers, and Blue Point Brewery, as well as offerings from Stone, Ommegang, Dogfish, Rogue, Oskar Blues, and He'Brew. So shove that winter coat to the back of your closet, brush up on your beer-snob lingo, and drink another Saturday afternoon away. Two sessions: noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, $43–$55, springcraftbeerfestival.com for tickets and directions ELIZABETH THOMPSON
Shepard Fairey and others take over Cinders
The Williamsburg underground art scene is certainly first-rate. But if you don't know what's been happening in "New Williamsburg" (a/k/a Philadelphia), head over to the Cinders Gallery for the opening party of Big Kids, Little Kids, an exhibit based on the book of the same name, about the artists who have contributed to Philly's excellent emerging contemporary-art movement over the last decade. Curated by John Freeborn, co-founder of Space 1026 in Philadelphia, the not-to-be-missed show includes posters by artist Shepard Fairey (of Obey Giant fame), the whimsical paintings of Clare Rojas, and the cartoon works of skateboard designer Jim Houser. The opening coincides with tonight's Sixth Annual Williamsburg After Hours Armory Celebration (WilliamsburgGalleryAssociation.com). At 6, Cinders Gallery, 103 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-2311, free ANGELA ASHMAN
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