The 2016 Pride Parade. Image via Flickr via Steven Pisano
For the final full week in June, New York City isn’t holding back. Not only is it the finale of Pride month, join in for festivals, movie screenings, new exhibit openings, pop-up outdoor dinners, and many tours!
Friday, June 23
The annual Swedish Midsummer Dance Festival is taking place at Robert F. Wagner Park in Lower Manhattan. Join the 3000+ who will gather to dance around the maypole, eat Swedish delicacies provided by FIKA, Nordic Preserves, Red Rooster/Streetbird, Smörgås Chef/Crêpes du Nord, Sockerbit Sweet & Swedish, and The Shop at Scandinavia House.
It’s also the last couple days to play a Sing for Hope piano, scattered throughout the city!
Saturday, June 24th
Tour the Secrets of Coney Island: Past, Present, Future, & Unknown:Titled America’s first playground, Coney Island was a small strip of sand on Brooklyn’s south coast that became synonymous with the burlesque, the bizarre, the outlandish and the corrupt. Join, author, playwright and Untapped Cities tour guide, Justin Rivers, in the Untapped Cities tour, The Secrets of Coney Island: Past, Present, Future, & Unknown:
Tour the Secrets of Coney Island: Past, Present, Future, & Unknown
The Prospect Park Soiree, a pop-up dinner and dance party for 4,000 people, is going down. Tickets start at $40.
The SS Columbia Project will be hosting a Hudson River paddle in kayaks and canoes followed by BBQ and beer starting at the Inwood Canoe Club. Support the project to bring the oldest passenger steamship to the Hudson Valley.
Whether you are a beer or cocktail aficionado with a wealth of, a seasoned beer drinker, or someone who is new to the craft beer beverage scene, the NYC Craft Beer Festival mission is to give you the opportunity to taste a large number craft selections, many seasonal, in one place at one time. No matter your level of knowledge, you will leave knowing more than when you arrived.
Sunday, June 25th
Untold Stories of 9/11 Walking Tour: The attacks of September 11, 2001 were a seminal event, forever changing New Yorkers and their city. While most of us are familiar with the basic elements of that day, there are fascinating facts and stories that are seldom told. On this walking tour, we’ll uncover lesser-known aspects of the tragedy. Discover the roots of the attacks and visit sites that played a key role in the incident. You’ll learn about the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan, while hearing stories of extraordinary heroism and miraculous survival, which provide context for the most momentous event in New York’s history.
New York City Pride Parade: The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2016, we were joined by over 350 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of nonprofits, community organizations, corporate partners, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 80 floats making the trek down Fifth Avenue, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history. (also check out our guide to 11 unique LGBTQ+ events in NYC, more off the beaten path).
Monday, June 26th
Bryant Park will be showing the classic musical On the Town on the big screen on the Big Lawn. Check out our guide to the outdoor movies for the summer throughout NYC!
Tuesday, June 27th
Have you ever been captivated by a melody or transported to a far-off time or place by an amazing musician performing in the subway? If you’ve wondered how those artists came to be there — or would like to learn how to join their ranks — join Lydia Bradshaw, Manager at MTA Arts & Design at the New York Transit Museum, to learn more about the 30th Year Anniversary of the Music Under New York program and the recent auditions held at Grand Central Terminal. Enjoy a brief performance from two participating artists, Sean Grissom and Azusa SHESHE Dance, and hear about their experiences performing in the transit system. $5 off with promo code UNTAPPED5!
This June, join in for the 59th season of free concerts in the park, presented by the Washington Square Music Festival. The Festival is presented under the auspices of the Washington Square Association. Lutz Rath is Music Director. On June 27 the festival features a Tango and Jazz concert.
Wednesday, June 28th
At New York Futurism: Class Divide at the Museum of the City of New York, learn about rising inequality, the elephant in the room of New York City’s future, via the 2015 film Class Divide, which investigates hyper-gentrification in Chelsea through the eyes of local young people living in public housing. This program also includes shorts from Maysles Documentary Center student filmmakers Kati Perez, Vicky Lee, and Rahkim Hawkins that pose the question “What is New York’s future?” in unexpected and inspiring ways.
Thursday, June 29th
The City Reliquary will open the new exhibit, The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary career of the luxury liner known as “America’s Flagship” and her relationship with the City of New York. The show will run until August 20th, 2017.
NY Adventure Club presents a Pop-Up Music Series in Upper East Side Gilded Age Mansion, inside the Kosciuszko Foundation at 15 E 65th St.
At the Brooklyn Historical Society, check out the book talk “The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back.” For decades Brooklyn was synonymous with grit and struggle, yet today the borough is a hub of hipsters, booming startups, and massive new developments across many neighborhoods. Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal, Kay Hymowitz, examines this seeming Renaissance of Brooklyn’s ever-changing landscape through seven neighborhoods: Park Slope, Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brownsville, Sunset Park, and Canarsie, in her new book.