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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.