Gothamist Summer Guide: 20 Things To Do With The Rest Of Your June

<p>By now you should know about all the great <a href="">outdoor</a> <a href="">movies</a> <a href="">screenings</a>, <a href="">beaches</a>, <a href="">summer concerts</a>, <a href="">Governor's Island</a> <a href="">happenings</a> and <a href="">rooftop bars</a> around... but wait, THERE'S MORE! June may be almost half over but there are still great events happening all over the city—click through to see twenty ways to spend the rest of the month.</p>

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<br/><br/>The <strong><a href="">Jazz Age Dance Party</a></strong> on Governor's Island invites you to channel your inner Jay Gatsby with a 20s-era themed costume party. Sip St-Germain Elderflower Liqeur cocktails while you watch the Parade Of Hats and listen to "authentic '78 records from the 1920s played on antique phonographs." Take a ride in the rumble seat in the 1920's Motorcar Exhibition or learn to Charleston just like they did back in the day.<br/><br/><em>Saturday and Sunday June 16-17, August 18-19 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., tickets $15 in advance</em>

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<br/><br/>Sample your favorite food truck goodies all in one convenient location when the <strong><a href="">Food Truck Rally</a></strong> returns to Grand Army Plaza. Nibble sweet treats from the <a href="">Cupcake Crew</a>, slurp icy drinks from <a href="">Kelvin Natural Slush Co</a> or fill up on any of the other gut-busting options from grilled cheese to tacos to dumplings and more. The food trucks roll in for the first time Sunday, June 17th and return every third Sunday through October.<br/><br/><em><a href=";client=firefox-a&amp;q=grand+army+plaza&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x89c258f065dfaf6d:0x2d7798c20c642731,Grand+Army+Plaza,+New+York,+NY+10019&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=79nYT_-FJITY6gHd0eGEAw&amp;oi=geocode_result&amp;ved=0CBsQ8gEwAQ">Grand Army Plaza</a> // Third Sundays, June – October, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.</em>

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<br/><br/><strong><a href="">Williamsburg Walks</a></strong> For three Saturdays in June a section of Bedford Avenue will be gloriously car-free and full of community groups and artists offering a variety of fun summer activities. The event is intended to celebrate the neighborhood while rethinking the use of public space. <em>(Alycia Kravitz)</em><br/><br/><em>Bedford Ave from Metropolitan Ave to N12th Street // Saturday June 9th, Saturday June 16th &amp; Saturday June 23rd; noon-9:30 p.m. // Free</em>

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<br/><br/>Francophiles and cinephiles can both enjoy <strong><a href='"'>Films on the Green</a></strong>, an outdoor film festival screening nothing but French films. <em>War of the Buttons</em>, Yves Robert's 1962 film about rival gangs of youths screens on June 15th and the festival concludes with New Wave master Francois Truffaut's <em>Jules and Jim</em> on September 6th. All films are in French with English subtitles.<br/><br/><em>Saturdays thru July 13th plus September 6th // Various Manhattan parks // Free</em>

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<br/><br/>Friends of the High Line hosts the second <strong><a href="">Summer Party on the High Line</a></strong> on Tuesday, June 19th, presented by Coach. This year's theme is carnival-inspired, so look out for a fortune teller, boardwalk games, Coach prizes, and mouthwatering snacks. Tickets start at $150 each for a limited time. Proceeds go towards the maintenance and operations of the park, so dance the night away to music provided by DJ Kiss while helping to preserve and support this unique public space. <em>(Claire Voon)</em>

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<br/><br/>A section of Atlantic Avenue will close down to cars and become a "one-of-a-kind sidewalk celebration" called the <strong><a href="">Atlantic Ave Extravaganza</a></strong>. Local businesses will be offering sales, tastings and demonstrations while live music performances serenade strollers. Organizers hope this event will highlight the diverse vendors along the avenue and bring new visitors to the neighborhood.<br/><br/><em>Saturday, June 16th, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. // Atlantic Avenue between the BQE and 4th Avenue // Free</em>

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<br/><br/>The 2nd annual <strong><a href="">Governors Ball</a></strong> music festival will go down on Randall's Island this year with a <a href="">solid lineup of artists</a> including Fiona Apple, Passion Pit, Beck, Modest Mouse, Chromeo, and Explosions in the Sky. And because everywhere you go the food trucks follow, perennial favorites Luke's Lobster, Wafels &amp; Dinges, Cool Haus and a slew of other mobile munchies will be on hand to fuel you through the fest. Tickets are still available for Saturday, Sunday and Two-Day Passes, including ferry ticket options from Williamsburg and Midtown.<br/><br/><em><a href="">Randall's Island</a> // Saturday and Sunday, June 23 &amp; 24 // tickets from $95 and up</em>

<br/><br/>Calling all Merfolk, Sea Creatures and folks who like to dress up in sparkly, bedazzled bathing suits: the <strong><a href="">Coney Island Mermaid Parade</a></strong> <strike>swims</strike> marches its way down the boardwalk on Saturday, June 23rd. This year the parade celebrates its 30th <em>Mer</em>thday marking the opening of the beach for summer swimming and will once again crown a King Neptune and Queen Mermaid to rule over the festival. Following the parade, the Mermaid Parade Ball brings together costumed parade participants for music, cocktails and burlesque and sideshow performances. <a href="">Go here to register your costume/float</a> for the parade. <br/><br/><em>Coney Island; parade begins at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue // Saturday, June 23rd, 2 p.m. // Free to view; <a href="">Participants $15</a></em>

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The Smith Street Stage presents Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy about Viola, a young woman who poses as a man after her ship wrecks on the shores of Illyria. Many hijinx and romantic foibles follow, making this one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable and light-hearted comedies.Carroll Park, Brooklyn // Run begins Monday, June 25th thru July 8th // Free

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<br/><br/>Governors Island plays host to yet another festival, this time for Make Music New York's fifth annual <a href="">Punk Island 2012</a>. Celebrate the punk community at this day-long, all-ages, outdoor festival on the sprawling park grounds. The punk fest features over 50 punk bands playing on six different stages, along with brass bands performing across the island and a visual art exhibition displaying works by various punk artists. The full lineup can be found <a href="">here</a>. <em>(Claire Voon)</em><br/><br/><em>Governor's Island // Sunday, June 24 // Free</em>

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<br/><br/><strong><a href="">Brooklyn's Beat</a></strong> Head to Prospect Park to get your summer groove on. Felix Hernandez and the Rhythm Revue will be hanging out under the arch at Grand Army Plaza playing some classic soul, funk and R&amp;B tunes. You can simply enjoy the music, of course, but we suggest you join in the dance party! <em>(Alycia Kravitz)</em><br/><br/><em><a href="">Grand Army Plaza</a>, Prospect Park // Saturday, June 23; 4 - 7 p.m. // Free</em>

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<br/><br/>The Williamsburg/Greenpost music-art-film-etc extravaganza <strong><a href="">Northside Festival</a></strong> kicks off TODAY (Thursday) for eight days of celebrating all things artistic in Brooklyn. The festival sprawls 30 venues (including the debut of <a href="">Williamsburg Park</a>) throughout the Brooklyn nabes and features 350 bands, nearly 40 films and over 100 visual artists. Some of the early bird badges are sold out and other badges cease sales soon but tickets are usually available to individual events.<br/><br/><em><a href="">All over Williamsburg/Greenpoint</a> // June 14th thru 21st // <a href="">Badges/tickets available here</a></em>

<br/><br/>The Public Theater's masterful <strong><a href="">Shakespeare in the Park</a></strong> has already begun its run of <em>As You Like It</em> with Lily Rabe playing Rosalind at the lovely Delacorte Theater. So long as you're willing to <a href="">trek to central park at 6 a.m.</a> the day of the performance (sure, you can also <a href="">enter the online lottery system</a> but it's not as much of an <em>experience</em>) anyone can get free tickets. Sondheim's whimsical classic <em>Into the Woods</em> with Amy Adams, Donna Mruphy, Denis O'Hare and others runs July 23rd thru August 25th.

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<br/><br/>If you're interested in art, music, dance, film, or pretty much anything creative, there's something for you at the <strong><a href="">River to River Festival</a></strong>. Held June 17 through July 15, this eclectic downtown cultural festival features dozens of free events, everything from a 12-hour Bang on a Can Marathon to a performance by George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic to a live installation of music and kites called Inverted Sky. Some events are limited-capacity, and the website indicates to which events you should bring a chair or a picnic. <em>(Nina Goldman)<em><br/><br/><em>June 17th thru July 15th // <a href="">Multiple locations throughout downtown Manhattan // Free</a></em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>Competitive eating cheese lovers rejoice! <strong><a href="">Stink-Fest Brooklyn</a></strong> is back with another action-packed fromage frenzy for your watching and eating pleasure. There is still time to enter the competition, if you think you have it in you, but otherwise spectators will enjoy sandwiches, refreshments and music in addition to the Gouda gorge-fest.<br/><br/><em>Sunday, June 24th 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. // Smith &amp; Vine, 268 Smith Street, Brooklyn</em>

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<br/><br/>Saveur has once again put together an all-star cast of chefs for their third annual <strong><a href="">Summer BBQ</a></strong> happening at the Boat Basin. Susan Feniger, Chris Cosentino and Anita Lo are just a few of the masters who will be on hand and serving up their creations to the crowd. Guests can also indulge in Ommegang beer and specialty cocktails as they rub elbows with the celebrated chefs. <br/><br/><em>The Boat Basin, West 79th Street on the Hudson River // Tuesday, June 26, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. // <a href="">Tickets are $150</a></em>

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<br/><br/><strong><a href="">Midsummer Night Swing</a></strong> Break out your dancing shoes and swing to the sounds of local, national, and international artists after a group dance lesson under the stars. Each night if this of this dance party is dedicated to a specific dance style, from foxtrot to salsa to Mexican Cumbia. There are a <a href="">varying ticket options</a>, from single-night passes at $17 to Season Passes at $160. <em>(Claire Voon)</em><br/><br/><em>Damrosch Park at 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues // Tuesday, June 26 thru Saturday, July 14</em>

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<br/><br/><strong><a href="">Summer Solstice Celebration</a></strong> Take advantage of the longest day of the year at Socrates Sculpture Park, which will be hosting a celebration to welcome the beginning of summer. Solar-related festivities include solstice art-making, special solstice ritual performed by an Urban Shamam, and a silent disco. The nice views across the river won't hurt either! <em>(Alycia Kravitz)</em><br/><br/><em><a href="">Socrates Sculpture Park</a>, 3205 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City // Wednesday, June 20th; 5 p.m. - dusk // Free</em>

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<br/><br/>After a long day of <a href="">eating tacos</a> and <a href="">surfing the waves</a>, what could be better than stretching out on the beach and watching a flick as the sun sets over the ocean? <em>Nothing.</em> To that end, <strong><a href="">Rockaway Civic' Beach Flix</a></strong> will screen a flick along different parts of the beach starting this weekend and continuing through the end of August. The classic beach fear-mongering film <em>Jaws</em> will terrify viewers/swimmers on June 28th while the Pixar charmer <em>Up</em> takes the edge off on August 9th. <br/><br/><em>Rockaway Beach, different cross street each week // June 28th thru August 23rd // Free</em>

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<br/><br/>More movies in more parks! Epix heard you and answered with a <strong><a href="">Movie Free For All</a></strong>, 12 weeks of screenings going down in four parks across the city. There's no rhyme or reason to the selection here—<em>Raging Bull</em>, the new <em>Star Trek</em> reboot and the stoner comedy <em>Friday</em>, for example—but perhaps that's just as well. Grab a blanket, put together a picnic and enjoy the show!<br/><br/><em>12 weeks starting June 27 - September 18 // Coney Island Beach, Tompkins Square Park, Socrates Sculpture Garden and McCarren Park // Free</em>