New York City's biggest block party returns for the 39th year in a row! Come out to “Museum Mile" -- an official title designated by New York City to the stretch of 5th Ave between 82nd and 110th St -- which plays host to seven of the country's top museums. Live music and food flood the streets, and museum admission is free to all! The event will go on rain or shine, so check the forecast before heading out.
The annual River to River Festival returns to Manhattan for its 16th installment, with 12 days of FREE performances, exhibitions, and events throughout the downtown area. The event includes more than 100 performances and across 17 projects at 31 sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island, from film to music to art exhibitions. This year's festival is dedicated to Trisha Brown and David Rockefeller.
Now in its seventh year, the Soho International Film Festival welcomes professional filmmakers and amatuers alike. The festival showcases full-length features, short films, and documentaries from across the globe, with the goal of drawing audiences to Soho to boost the profile, pride, and economy of the local area and NYC as a whole. In addition to film screenings, the festival also boasts a series of panels and social events, as well as other networking opportunities throughout.
NYC celebrates Dance Week this year with ten days of FREE dance, fitness, and wellness classes to promote the diversity of dance in the City and promote healthy lifestyles! Local dance & fitness studio partners open their doors to all -- last year thousands participated in events ranging from Latin and ballroom to tap, swing, and hip-hop; the event also saw is share of pilates, yoga, and aerial acrobatics as well.
Come out and support the LGBT community in a fun and family-friendly way! Each day of Pride Week has something unique and exciting, from the Kick Off Rally on June 16 all the way to Pride Island on Sunday. Pride Week concludes with PrideFest, an annual street fair that includes a write-home-worthy slate of events and activities, from foodie-approved vendors and chefs to headliner and multi-platinum singer LeAnn Rimes closing out the day!
Since 1983, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade has offered New Yorkers one of the most unique and fun events of the year, with a half a million in attendance in 2016 alone! Come out and enjoy the floats, antique cars, and especially the costumes, in what some say is the largest art parade in the country! This year's Queen Mermaid & King Neptune: Deborah Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie. The parade goes on rain or shine.