A celebration of storytelling and pop culture, BookCon brings together story creators for two days of podcasts, Q&As, and autograph sessions. This year’s guests include Alyssa Milano, John Green, Jenny Han, Evangeline Lilly, and Neil Patrick Harris.
For an explosion of creative energy and participatory art, make your way to FIGMENT on Roosevelt Island. The two-day event transforms the island into a large-scale collaborative artwork with plenty of activities for people of all ages.
Brooklyn Film Festival
More than 130 films will screen and compete at this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival, which presents and promotes the work of independent filmmakers. The 2019 festival theme is “The Gathering.”
Party in the Garden
Support MoMA while enjoying cocktails and dinner at the museum’s annual benefit gala. An after party with a special musical performance and DJ sets will round out the sure-to-be-memorable night.
Watch movies all summer long at Parklife, where you can eat tacos, sip on cocktails, and enjoy the great outdoors. On this night, Office Space
will be the film of choice.
The Conservatory Ball
Make the most of gala season at the Botanical Garden’s Conservatory Ball. Preview the upcoming exhibition of lush gardens, mingle over cocktails, and enjoy dinner and dancing.
Garry Winogrand: Color
Though street photographer Garry Winogrand was most well-known for his black and white photos, he produced over 45,000 color slides in the 50s and 60s. This exhibit presents some of those photos, which capture life in New York City and the country at that time.
Summer Sounds at OSH
Enjoy a fun concert on the lawn of Old Stone House, where VickiKristinaBarcelona will be performing Tom Waits songs in imaginative three-part harmonies. This concert is part of the Summer Sounds Concert Series at OSH, sponsored by the Saghir Lewis Team.
Scandinavian Music Festival
The Scandinavian Music Festival at Fort Tryon Park presents outdoor concerts by musicians of the Scandia Symphony. On this evening, the Scandia Brass Quintet will perform its repertoire of contemporary and traditional compositions.
TJ & Dave
For a different kind of theater experience, see TJ & Dave
at SoHo Playhouse. The duo improvises full-length plays every night, creating humorous and deeply moving stories that will have you thinking they were scripted.
Central Park East
Museum Mile Festival
Walk along Museum Mile and visit some of the city’s finest cultural institutions, which will be free and open to the public. There will be special exhibitions on view, as well as live music and art-making workshops.
Watch some of the best products of American filmmaking at BAMcinemaFest, which will include highlights such as The Farewell
featuring Awkwafina and The Sound of Silence
featuring Peter Sarsgaard.
Stonewall at Fifty
Hear enlightening talks about the Stonewall Uprising and the 50 years since, followed by a musical set that conjures the sounds of queer nightlife.
Connect with nature, unplug, spend quality time with family, and create lasting memories as you camp overnight in Prospect Park.
Jazz Age Lawn Party
What better way to celebrate the impending 2020s than with a Prohibition Era-inspired lawn party that’ll make you feel like you’re in the Roaring Twenties? Dress in your finest 20s garb and head to Governors Island for the party of the decade.
Taste of Jewish Culture
Bring your appetite to this year’s Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival, where dozens of food vendors will serve delicious Jewish dishes to thousands of foodies. There will also be plenty of music and family-friendly activities.
Long Island City
Visual artist and activist Nancy Spero’s work confronted inequality and oppression, placing female figures at the forefront of her powerful pieces. See the arc of her artistic evolution at this MoMA PS1 exhibit.
UWS & Greenwich Village
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Catch some of the screenings at the weeklong Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which will feature eye-opening films telling the stories of human rights abuses in poignant ways.
Young New York
In this BAM discussion, Photographer Ethan James Green will be joined by three of his subjects and collaborators to talk about portraiture and queer and trans representation, 50 years after the Stonewall Uprising.
Who Shall I Say Is Calling?
In conjunction with the Jewish Museum’s current exhibit on Leonard Cohen, this special performance brings together three cantors to cover songs by Cohen that reflect his relationship with his Jewish heritage.
In this unique production, an enormous wall splits and folds onstage, and five performers navigate the imposing structure in unexpected ways to create a shapeshifting tableau.
Prospect Park Soiree
Get dressed up, gather your friends, and enjoy a night of mingling and dancing at the Prospect Park Soiree. Plus, show off your creativity by adorning a unique headpiece and adding some flair to your table décor.
Hear the sultry jazz vocals of Lady Leah at Maison Harlem, where she will be performing every Sunday evening. Enjoy an evening of classic French dishes or vibrant cocktails while Lady Leah takes the floor with guitarist Takeshi Ogura.
Long Island City
See the work of Zheng Guogu, a leading figure among the post-Cultural Revolution generation of Chinese artists. His works refashion Buddhist meditation paintings, incorporating digital techniques to create uniquely transformative pieces.
This event is part of WorldPride 2019, and it explores how leaders of the LGBTQ community have changed the game in the entertainment industry. Listen to great discussions about the figures who have paved—and continue to pave—the way.
Experience the relaxing and energizing benefits of a sound bath at El Sótano’s weekly sessions. As chimes, gongs, and singing bowls create a symphony of gentle sounds, you will be invited to turn inward and focus on self-inquiry.
Work from Underneath
See the New Museum exhibition on Lubaina Himid, a pioneer of the British Black Arts Movement whose paintings, sculptures, and textile works have long championed marginalized peoples and histories.
LIFE: Six Women Photographers
For decades, Americans saw the world through the lens of LIFE Magazine
. This exhibit showcases the work of some of its few women photojournalists, whose contributions transformed American discourse.
Yoga at Socrates Sculpture Park
Each weekend, you can head to the beautiful Socrates Sculpture Park for a morning Vinyasa yoga session. Regardless of your skill level, you’re welcome to follow along with the instructor’s flowing poses and breathing exercises, surrounded by the greenery and artwork of the park.
NYC Pride March
Be part of the largest pride celebration in the world! This year’s Pride March will bring millions together to celebrate the LGBTQ community and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The spirited celebrations will continue at the WorldPride Closing Ceremony.