Things to Do in New York City: Week of June 23–29
The mercury is finally starting to rise this week, but that’s no excuse to stay indoors. Our list of reasons to get out of the house range from a classic ‘80s rom-com to a MoMA PS1 installation in Queens to a celebration of LGBT pride. And, of course, if you run out of activities, you can also always check Groupon for things to do in New York City.
Multiple locations | Tuesday, June 24, 8:30 p.m.
The people have spoken. In a decision guided by tweet, AT&T and the Tribeca Film Festival will grace all five boroughs with simultaneous screenings of Rob Reiner’s classic 1989 rom-com this Tuesday. The all-outdoor venues include Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, the Beach at Coney Island, and Solar One in Kips Bay. Bring snacks, a picnic blanket, and your best friend-who-might-be-more-than-a-friend. (free; doors open at 7 p.m.)
Lower East Side | Thursday, June 26, 9 p.m.
They haven’t put out a new album in over four years. But does it really matter? Staten Island stalwarts The Budos Band still put on a great show. With about a million band members, one of whom basically just shakes a gourd, there’s plenty of action onstage as the self-described instrumental afro-soul group performs songs with names like “Black Venom” and “Vertigo.” The wild banter of de facto frontman Jared Tankel adds to the rough-and-tumble (but ultimately nonthreatening) vibe. (6 Delancey St.; tickets $15 advance, $17 day of; doors open at 8 p.m.)
Crown Heights | Friday, June 27,10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Kids sing “Happy Birthday” to Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman and make their own flowing capes during this all-day celebration of superpowered crime fighters. Before or after the festivities, make time to drop by the museum’s other exhibits, including a terraced Japanese garden and a pintsized building design studio. Tykes dressed as their favorite caped crusader get half off admission. (145 Brooklyn Ave.; $9)
Midtown to Greenwich Village | Sunday, June 29, 12 p.m.
With its eye-catching costumes, elaborate floats, and positive cultural message, the city’s yearly celebration of its LGBT heritage is always worth braving the crowds for. Led by marshals including Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox, this year’s marchers proceed down Fifth Avenue before hanging a right on Christopher Street to pass the site of the Stonewall riots, whose 45th anniversary the parade commemorates. (free)
Rockaway! Opening Day
Rockaway | Sunday, June 29, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
A free concert by Rockaway resident Patti Smith caps off the opening day of the Rockaway Beach Arts Festival, an art show sponsored the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1 to honor the Queens neighborhood’s efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. Investigate outdoor installations and gallery exhibits by Smith and other artists around Fort Tilden before heading to the after party at Rockaway Beach Surf Club. (Fort Tilden Gateway National Recreation Area; free)
Photos of NYC Pride march and Laverne Cox courtesy of NYC Pride. Photo of Adapted Aquatics at Fort Tilden courtesy of MoMA PS1.