It’s officially time to kick off summer in the city! Bring in the summer solstice at this annual sunrise concert or this beach walk, the ever-popular Coney Island Mermaid Parade, or this waterfront festival. Block parties, family fairs, and more round out our top weekend picks. Scroll on for more details!

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Downtown

Swedish Midsummer Festival
Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solstice by learning traditional Swedish folk dances, make wreaths from beautiful flowers representing those in bloom on the solstice in Sweden, enjoy a parade, children’s games, Swedish delicacies and more. Fri. Event Details.

Midtown

Summer Family Fair
Make crafts related to the exhibitions, enjoy a theatrical reading of Whitman’s writing, take a family tour, and find your inner bard on the Poetry Wall. Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

24th Annual Summer Solstice Concert
This sunrise concert is a unique musical journey, beginning in total darkness, with the light gradually joining the sounds, to usher in the dawning of the summer. Sat. Event Details.

Fairy and Folk Tales
Every summer for the past 63 years, The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center has brought brilliant storytellers from around the world to provide meaningful, FREE entertainment to children of all ages, ethnicities and cultures at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park. Sat. Event Details.

Waterfront Festival
Celebrate the vibrant waterfront on the shores of Randall’s Island at this free event with games, nature crafts, live performances, and more! Sun. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Family Fest
Atlantic Terminal’s FAMILYFEST is Bringing Brooklyn Together with fun for the whole family including soul of Brooklyn pop up, Pop-a-Shot basketball, Circus Arts workshops, a summer dance jam, local food trucks, immersive virtual reality, chess games, book mobile, arts & crafts, giveaways & more. Sat. Event Details.

3rd Annual Superhero Festival
Create your own super hero, make your own anime & manga crafts, enjoy a street fair plus a Superhero Artisan Market at this 3rd annual fest. Sat. Event Details.

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37th Annual Mermaid Parade
A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, the parade showcases over 3,000 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. Sat. Event Details.

Queens

Summer Festival
Celebrate the official first day of summer with inflatables, arts and crafts, music at this fun Summer Solstice party. Fri. Event Details.

St Gregory the Great Summer Festival
St. Gregory the Great’s 40th Gregorian Summer Festival will feature rides, games, prizes, well-known live entertainment, gourmet dishes, religious events, and International nights! Fri-.Sun. Event Details.

Bronx

Family Art Project
Use the Japanese art of suminagashi and orizome to explore techniques in marbling and dyeing. Lightly touch the water’s surface with a brush for a floating-ink effect, or fold ink-absorbent paper to emulate ripples and waves. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Summer Solstice Concert and Beach Walk
Celebrate the Summer solstice and Make Music Day with summer evening musical performance and beach walk. Fri. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson