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July 26 & August 9 The Moth: The innovative storytelling collective opens for film screenings in the park.
August 11 Boricua Festival:See Music for performers.
August 19 African Festival:See Music for performers.
July 9 Lyricist Lounge presents 'Strickly Lyrics'
August 2 Ishmael Reed+Yosef Komunyakaa
August 13 Steve Earle+Waddie Mitchell
The year's biggest display of military ships, aircraft, and troops from around the world.
'CHANGE YOUR MIND DAY' June 2
Great Hill, Central Park, 106th Street and Central Park West, 800-950-7008, freeTricycle magazine hosts a day of Buddhist meditation, talks, and music.
One of the year's biggest intertribal powwows, with a beautiful view of the bay.
HUDSON RIVER PARK DAY
Piers 25, 26, 40 & 84, 791-2530, free
A day of boating, live music, food, and games.
NYC PRIDE WEEK
Various venues, 80-PRIDE, www.nycpride.org
Queer America tears itself away from Queer as Folk reruns and journeys to our fair city to celebrate New York Pride 2001, the largest Gay Pride parade (June 24) in the nation. In successive years, Pride has become an anchor for the hundreds of events around the city during Pride Week. (Every borough has its own parade, and New York's version of the Dyke March, held June 23, has managed to be a huge draw on its own.) But we have to argue that the best part is the marathon round of weeklong parties and social events. This year's theme: "What Part of Equal Don't You Understand?" Head to www.nycpride.org for full details, or check back with us in our annual Pride Guide, out June 19. (Germosén)
THE FESTIVAL OF MONGOLIA
June 23 & 24 Central Park, 252-5083, free
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES GARAGE SALE
32 Second Avenue, 505-5181, free
A fun day of live bands and crap-hounding in Anthology's back alley.
FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS
For viewing info, 494-4495; for boating info, 494-5247; www.jimsdeli.com; free
One of the nation's most expensive and sophisticated gunpowder art shows. When you're melting underneath them this Fourth, just think of the happy fireworks geeks watching from hotel rooms and the Internet, exclaiming things like "That must be the Brocade Crown Kamuro!"
July 21 www.villagevoice.com/siren
Hooray! The Voice's first annual summer music festival in Coney Island, on two stages, features national and local bands (see Music for lineup), circus troupes, cabaret acts, sideshow curiosities, and an art walk on the boardwalk.
COLOMBIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, 718-699-4833, free
HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
August 11 & 12
Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, 718-539-8974, free
'BLUES, BARBECUES & FIREWORKS'
Pier 84, 791-3530, free
Live music, fireworks, and grub on the Hudson.
Bronx Orchard Beach, 718-885-2275
Brooklyn Coney Island and Brighton beaches, 718-946-1350
Queens Rockaway Beach, 718-318-4000
Staten Island South and Midland beaches, 718-987-0709 Wolfe's Pond Beach, 718-984-8266
BOATING IN THE PARKS
Central Park rowboating and canoeing,517-2233
Clove Lakes Park rowboating and canoeing,718-390-8031This beautiful park in Staten Island also offers great fishing.
Prospect Park pedal boats,718-282-7789Brooklyn's 60-acre lake also offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the five boroughs.
Astroland Amusement Park,1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-265-2100Ride the terrifying Cyclone for $5, or get an all-day pass (includes all Astroland rides) for $15.
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park,Boardwalk at West 12th Street, Brooklyn, 718-372-5159The home of the Wheel also hosts fireworks every Friday from 9:30 to 10:15, June 29 through August 27. A perfect nightcap for your beach buzz.
See Sports for Brooklyn Cyclones baseball.
See Parades for the Mermaid Parade.
Don't forget about the green abyss just outside the city limits (and even within it). Several hiking clubs in New York City offer resources and schedules of cheap or free group hikes and excursions.
NY/NJ Trail Conference,685-9699Call and request its excellent free brochure "You Don't Need a Car," which lists dozens of adventures for the carless.
Urban Trail Club,718-274-0407
June 10 National Puerto Rican Day ParadeFifth Avenue between 44th and 86th streets
June 24 Heritage of Pride ParadeFifth Avenue from 52nd Street to the Village, 80-PRIDE
June 30 19th Annual Coney Island Mermaid ParadeSurf Avenue and West 16th Street, Brooklyn, 718-372-5159Take note, there are some considerable changes for Coney's famous day of aquatic revelry and bare flesh: Parade organizer Coney Island USA is presenting the parade along with KeySpan Park. The parade assembles in the stadium's parking lot, and judging takes place inside the stadiumwhere you pay $10 to sit and watch. Fortunately, all this happens before the actual parade, which is still free and still on Surf Avenue.