This Thursday marks the the summer solstice (aka the longest day of the year), and we are so ready to celebrate. Kick off summer in the city with these eight festive events.
Joe’s Pub Block Party – Voices of Immigrant America – Thursday, June 21, 1:00-7:00 p.m.
Joe’s Pub Block Party returns to Astor Place this Thursday afternoon. It touts a pretty incredible lineup of immigrants and performers of color, featuring the mambo and North African beats of the Yemen Blues Duo and the classically-trained voice of Treya Lam, among others. This event is part of Make Music New York, which “energizes the shared social spaces that make NYC a cultural capital” through city-wide music festivals on the summer solstice, per their website. More details on this year’s block party here.
Location: Astor Place
Bicycle Film Festival – Now through Sunday, June 24, times vary
New York’s long-standing Bicycle Film Festival returns for a whopping eighteenth year between June 19-24 at Anthology Film Archives. The whirlwind gathering of biking and film buffs brings together the urban cycling community not only in New York, but also around the globe. The festival concludes with a party at the Hester Street Fair on Sunday. More details here.
Location: All film screenings at Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave, New York).
‘Move on Myrtle’ Summer Event Series Kickoff – Thursday, June 21, 12:00-7:00 p.m.
This Thursday kicks off a series of weekly, free summer events in the new Myrtle Avenue Plaza in Clinton Hill. Enjoy early morning yoga sessions to start your day off right, sing-along sessions with the little ones on Tuesdays and outdoor karaoke fests on Wednesdays. Thursday afternoon’s opening lineup includes the Benny Lopez Latin Jazz Band and R&B performer Mijori Goodwin. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open Myrtle Avenue Plaza will follow. More details here.
Location: Myrtle Avenue Plaza (at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Emerson Place)
GayLarious “Pride Week” LGBT Stand Up Show – Thursday, June 21, 9:15-11:00 p.m.
It’s Pride month, and there’s no better (and no more New York) way to celebrate than a rousing night of standup featuring some of the nation’s most hilarious LGBT comedians and allies, including Erin Jackson (Conan, The Ellen Show) and Michelle Slonim (Late Night With Seth Meyers). GayLarious is hosted by TheMenEvent.com. Doors open at 8:45 p.m. Get tickets here.
Location: Broadway Comedy Club (318 West 53rd Street)
Friday Night Fireworks at Coney Island – Friday, June 22, 9:30 p.m.
Coney Island’s spectacular fireworks display is back just in the time for the start of summer. The show commences this Friday and will continue every week until Labor Day. Bring a blanket and head to the beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street early to score the best viewing spot. It’s a perfect way to cap off a fun-filled evening on the boardwalk. Show begins at 9:30 p.m.
Location: Coney Island Boardwalk and W. 12th Street
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Summer Kickoff – Saturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Looking for a place to take the whole family? Rockaways has you covered. Head to Beach 108’s roller rink for an afternoon of inflatables (code for bounce houses), Playmobiles and more. Then make your way to the beach to cool off and soak up the sun. Win-win. More details here.
Location: Beach 108th Street Roller Rink
LES Citizens Parade – Friday, June 22nd at 5:30p.m. & Sunday, June 24th at 4:00 p.m.
The LES Citizens Parade, created by visual artist Laura Nova and choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas, is a spirited activist procession showcasing the migration stories of longtime Lower East Siders, whose voices are often excluded from mainstream discussions of the changing neighborhood. The procession is part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s 17th annual River to River festival, which features an array of performances over more than 40 sites and 10 days as part of a free summer arts festival. The parade will start at Seward Park’s East Broadway entrance and culminate in a neighborhood dance party at the center of the park. What could be better? More details here.
Location: Seward Park
Renegade Craft Fair – Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Get artsy at this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair, which prides itself as a “curated gathering of the designers, makers, doers, and dreamers that define today’s craft and design communities across the U.S. and beyond.” Grab a bite and shop your heart out at the nation’s most rockin’ craft and design fair. More details here.
Location: Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St)