AMERICAN CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 64th Street and Columbus Avenue, 973-746-0091, craftsatlincoln.org
June 4, 5, 11, and 12 More than 400 designers,including Wendy Costa, Robert Hessler, Robert Fremon, and Raul Frisneda, will display an edited sampling of handcrafted jewelry, decorations, furniture, fabrics, and toys.
‘ART ON THE BEACH REVISITED’
Rockefeller Park, Chambers Street and Hudson River, 212-835-2789, rivertorivernyc.com
June 2 and 3 To combat the “sense of powerlessness” felt by New Yorkers surrounded by monster skyscrapers and weirdo car phones, Creative Time staged a series of performances in the ’80s, where people were encouraged to rant about world issues into a bright red megaphone. Trying to re-create the moment, five artists from the original series (choreographers Yoshiko Chuma, Marta Renzi, and Jane Comfort and composers Butch Morris and David Van Tieghem) will dance/sing/scream at sites along Battery Park’s riverside for 90 minutes. The audience will follow them from one area of the park to the next.
‘BASTILLE DAY ON 60TH STREET’
60th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues, bastilledaynyc.com
July 17 The Bush II jokes will please go on, while the French (and many Americans) celebrate the Revolution with street dancing, live performances, and regional snacks.
HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Meadow Lake at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, 718-767-1776, hkdbf-ny.org
August 13 and 14 Paddling to the beat of an on-board drummer, more than 1,000 participants squished into narrow teak wood boats will race across Meadow Lake for $60,000 in cash. Throughout the two-day process, Chinese, Mexican, and Peruvian performers will play music, dance, and give demonstrations of folk arts and crafts.
THE MERMAID PARADE
Between Surf and West 10th streets, Brooklyn, 718-372-5159, coneyisland.com
June 25 To celebrate the beginning of the summer swimming season, a steady parade of New Yorkers—dressed as mermaids, sea gods, roller coasters, and lighthouses—will march down the Coney Island boardwalk tossing fruit into the Atlantic. After the parade, the costumed aquatic creatures will congregate for a “mermaid ball” with burlesque shows and drunken dancing.
MUSEUM MILE FESTIVAL
Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th streets, museummilefestival.org
June 7 Nine museums, including the Guggenheim, Cooper Hewitt, Neue Galerie, and the Goethe-Institut, will keep their doors open from 6 to 9 p.m.—free of charge. Lines get pretty long and security guards are in a bad mood. Prepare to run into someone you know while feeling totally flustered.
‘THE SECRET GARDEN: A WOMAN’S VIEW’
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-623-7200, bbg.org
June 5-August 7 Although it’s hard to envision this as anything other than a parade of Georgia O’Keeffe vagina plants, members of the New York-based Professional Women Photographers will present varied close-ups (from a “woman’s magnified view”) of the “secret treasures hidden within a garden.”
STATE FAIR MEADOWLANDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Giant Stadium Fairgrounds, 201-507-8900, meadowlands.com
June 23-July 10 State Meadowlands celebrates its 20th anniversary with a chaotic mess of sunburnt faces, squealing kids, men in shorts, and too much cotton candy. Also on site: 150 rides and games, the Royal Hanneford Circus, a petting zoo, a hypnotist, a live lion show, and racing pigs.
‘WALT WHITMAN AND THE PROMISE OF AMERICA KICKOFF CELEBRATION’
South Street Seaport, 212-748-8786, southstseaport.org
July 2 and 3 Although Walt Whitman lived in Brooklyn, he spent a lot of time wandering around Lower Manhattan in a state of dreamy reverie (“O lands! O all so dear to me—what you are, I become part of that, whatever it is”). Commemorating the 150th anniversary of his Leaves of Grass, the South Street Seaport Museum will host two days of poetry readings, lectures, and extremely circuitous walking tours.