The Stakes are high.
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
What: Carnivores delight in St. Louis ribs, Carolina whole hog, Texas-style brisket, and more sauce-smothered regional eats for eight bucks a plate.
Why: Dance it all off to free performances from rockers who hail from the South, including Southern Culture on the Skids and Alejandro Escovedo.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Madison Square Park, Madison Ave., b/t 23rd & 26th Sts.
Arcade Mini Golf
What: One childhood pastime meets another within an old-school game-themed nine-hole course.
Why: Drive the ball through Super Mario mushrooms, into Whack-a-Clowns, and over obstacles in Pachinko.
When: Thru Sept. 23. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Governors Island. For ferry schedules and directions, go to govisland.com.
What: The online men’s retailer curates a pop-up shop inspired by USA’s Suits just in time to outfit your dapper pop for Father’s Day.
Why: He never was a jeans-and-tee sort of guy.
When: Thru June 17. Daily, noon-9 p.m.
Where: 72 Ganesvoort St., at Washington St.
Fort Greene and Boerum Hill
What: Wander the streets of the budding hoods (home to five of our editors) and discover our favorite boutiques, bars, and restaurants, plus a sprawling park for people- and dog-watching alike.
Why: Scoop up our Deals for The General Greene and Lucky Lotus Yoga to get things started.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.
Fair Folks Membership Cafe
What: For a measly $25 per month, the Fair Folks & a Goat duo serves unlimited coffee, tea, and other refreshments; offers discounts on handpicked goods; and extends invites to design previews, tastings, classes, and shows.
Why: Get your name on the list before it’s full.
When: Opens Sept. 1.
Where: 96 W. Houston St., b/t LaGuardia Pl. & Thompson St. (646-885-2876). Memberships at fairfolks.us.
DVF Sample Sale
What: The designer who perfected patterns marks designs up to 70 percent off.
Why: You can always use another wrap dress. (Built-in AC, anyone?)
When: Today, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 260 Fifth Ave., b/t 28th & 29th Sts.
Made Her Think Sample Sale
What: Reinvigorate your day-to-day look with 30-70 percent off baubles from the city-based line.
Why: Sweet swallow post earrings ($100, reg. $165), double-band chain ring ($137, reg. $195), and the tubular Horizons necklace ($150, reg. $345).
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 195 Chrystie St., b/t Rivington & Stanton Sts., ste. 301-7 (212-228-2144).
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