Get ready because it’s officially summer in the city! Celebrate this weekend with a boogie down the boulevard, a visit to a Swedish summer festival, or go all out watching fireworks burst in the sky over the Coney Island boardwalk. Looking for more? Scroll on for the rest of our top weekend picks!
Photo: The Bronx Museum of the Arts/Lauren Click
Swedish Midsummer Dance Festival
Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solstice. Learn folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folkdancers of New York. Make midsummer wreaths, enjoy a parade, children’s games, and Swedish delicacies. Fri. Event Details.
Hydrangea Hurrah is a family-friendly event for these favorite summer blooms with a host of free, fun activities including guest speakers, park tours, floral demos, a kids zone with games, and musical entertainment. Sat. Event Details.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that’s sure to delight children and adults alike. Plus, meet the actors and get a free Narnia sticker after every show! Sat. Event Details.
Justin the Magician in Bryant Park
Summer Saturdays in Bryant Park are filled with stories, music, magic, and visits from favorite literary characters. This week is all about magic. Don’t miss Justin the Magician! Sat. Event Details.
Chelsea Clinton Presents She Persisted
Join Chelsea for an empowering evening of conversation and readings, by actors of stage and screen including Annie Q (The Leftovers), that will inspire kids and adults who are ready to take on the world. Sat. Event Details.
Fireworks Friday Karaoke on the Boardwalk
Enjoy singing karaoke with family and friends on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of Deno’s Wonder Wheel. Then watch the Fireworks illuminate the sky! Get your karaoke on every Friday night this summer, weather permitting. Fri. Event Details.
14th Annual Children’s Sports and Fitness Expo
The Expo gives young people an opportunity to participate in over 25 sports clinics, health screenings and nutrition workshops – at no cost. Sat. Event Details.
Swale: Floating Food Forest
Swale is a floating food forest built atop a barge that travels to piers in New York City, offering educational programming and welcoming visitors to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free. Fri.–Sun. Event Details.
Get the Buzz on Bees
Celebrate nature’s winged aviators at this family-friendly workshop! Visit QBG’s Bee Garden, learn about these amazing insects, sample local honey, and make a beeswax candle to take home. Sun. Event Details.
Boogie on the Boulevard
The center lanes of the Grand Concourse starting at 162nd Street will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun with free music, art and fitness programs hosted by organizations from the Bronx and beyond. Sun. Event Details.
What’s your favorite go-to summer activity? Tell us about it in the comments!
— Jesseca Stenson