Also know as James Joyce Day, Bloomsday celebrates the masterful literature of Irish writer James Joyce. “[It is] Symphony Space's annual literary rite of spring celebrating life, love, and language in James Joyce's lavish, languid, and lively prose.” Acclaimed actors will be performing episodes from Joyce’s at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space in the Upper West Side on June 16, at 7pm. General tickets are $26; members pay $20; ages 30 and under pay $15.
The Central Park Zoo might be a cool place to go see animals, but it is also an awesome place to have a night-time beer tasting. There will be unlimited craft beer, but no animals (since they don’t drink). However, if you opt for VIP you can check out a Sea Lion show at 7pm. There’s even an animal-costume contest with tons of guaranteed prizes. The event is from 8-11pm Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. Early bird admission is $49.99, and VIP is $69.99.
Saturday, June 20 at 1pm there’s a bit of magic taking place on Coney Island. If the last time you thought about mermaids was during Disney’s The Little Mermaid, it’s time to relive that moment at the 33rd Annual Mermaid Parade. There will be marchers and many floats on the Coney Island boardwalk. Feel free to dress like a mermaid or merman, or just come bare witness to these magic creatures. This is a family event. Don’t forget to register before June 17, if you want to participate in the parade.
Father's Day/Weekend Edition:
This Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, spend some quality time with your father at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Rival, an annual celebration of sustainability, dance, music, and storytelling. There will be “a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. The festival is wheelchair accessible and most stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters.” Bring the whole family to this environmental celebration at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson in Westchester County, starting at 9am.
Plan something at one of these restaurants offering special Father’s Day treats. How about La Cerveceria in the East Village for $5 brunch cocktails, or ARTRIO Wine Bar in Battery Park, where Dad will receive a complimentary draft beer with his steak? And if your dad is a big drinker, you might want to check out Big Daddy’s, in one of three locations: Gramercy Park, the Upper West Side, or on the Upper East Side. There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from!
The first day of summer, June 21, kicks off with a free festival throughout the five boroughs from 10am to 10pm. There will be over 1,200 concerts, music from all genres, and performances on sidewalks, stoops, cemeteries, gardens, plazas, and parks. Check out the schedule and map to see who is performing on a street near you.
Socrates’ Solstice festival will take place on Sunday, June 21, the longest day of the year. “[There will be] Solstice art-making workshops presented in partnership with Free Style Arts Association, Materials for the Arts, and The Noguchi Museum [in Long Island City]; get your face painted by Agostino Arts; participate in a special Solstice ritual performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna.” The event will be from 5pm until dusk, followed by a concert from 7:30-9pm; so don’t miss out.