New York events in June

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the annual NYC Pride March, Janelle Monáe and the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

Summer has arrived! And Time Out has rounded up some magnificent events in NYC this June. Pull out your rainbow clothing and head down to NYC's annual Pride March. Music lovers, take in the sweet sounds of Janelle Monáe as she kicks off the Celebrate Brooklyn! series with a free show. And for those ready to feast, the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will have tantalizing options for BBQ eats.

Janelle Monáe

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Monáe opens the 36th season of the Celebrate Brooklyn! series with a gratis gig

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Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell) 04 Jun 2014 Free

NYC Pride March

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More than a million spectators line Fifth Avenue for the annual march

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Parade route Sunday June 28 2015 Free

Mermaid Parade

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Glitter-covered revelers, aquatically adorned floats and classic cruisers fill Surf Avenue

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Parade route 21 Jun 2014 Free

Brooklyn Flea

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It’s that time of year when the Brooklyn Flea comes back outside

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East River State Park Sat Apr 19 - Sun Nov 23 Free

Macbeth

Kenneth Branagh brings his critically acclaimed take on Shakespeare’s Scottish tyrant

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Park Avenue Armory Sat May 31 - Sun Jun 22

Our June highlights

The Governors Ball Music Festival

Critics' pick

The blockbuster three-day fest returns, sporting a lineup that screams early aughts: the Strokes, Jack White, TV on the Radio, Interpol and, oh yes, the much ballyhooed return of Atlanta alt-hip-hop funkateers OutKast. Other big draws include local-boys-made-good Vampire Weekend, dubstep renegade Skrillex, U.K. house sensation Disclosure, soul fantasist Janelle Monáe, and Odd Future cronies Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. Visit governorsballmusicfestival.com for the full scoop.

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Randalls Island Park Fri Jun 6 - Sun Jun 8

Museum Mile Festival

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A 23-block stretch of Fifth Avenue becomes a car-free promenade when ten of the city’s most prestigious art institutions—including the Guggenheim, the Met and the Museum of the City of New York—open their doors to the public free of charge for three hours. The crowds at this annual culturefest can be daunting—more than 50,000 people are expected to show up—but don’t get overwhelmed; plan to get there early if you want to see big-name shows. Musical performances, including string quartets and jazz ensembles, will enhance your walk from one museum to the next. Fifth Ave from 82nd to 105th Sts.

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Various locations 10 Jun 2014 Free

Bridget Everett

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Bridget Everett, the astonishing and totally fearless mama bear of alt-cabaret, has been playing more comedy shows these past few years, including opening for Amy Schumer. Towering sex goddess that she is, Everett never fails to shake up a room with hits like "Boob Song."

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 24 Jun 2014

Neil Gaiman: The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains

The beloved novelist and comic-book writer returns to NYC with a multimedia presentation sure to wow. Accompanied by the FourPlay String Quartet and projections from illustrator Eddie Campbell, Gaiman will read a novella about "family, the otherworld and a search for hidden treasure."

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Carnegie Hall, Perelman Stage 27 Jun 2014

More events in June 2014

Doug Loves Movies Live Podcast

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Comic and inveterate pothead Doug Benson welcomes a few special guests to dish about motion pictures for his podcast, Doug Loves Movies.

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Irving Plaza 02 Jun 2014

Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony

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Kate Clinton hosts the "Lammys," honoring the best and brightest in LGBT writing. In addition to awarding writers in a wide variety of categories, this year's edition celebrates renowned memoirists Alison Bechdel and Kate Bornstein.

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Cooper Union, Great Hall 02 Jun 2014

David Sedaris

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The This American Life contributor's latest batch of autobiographical stories ponder England, book tours and more tales of the Sedaris family. The essayist may have explored the most dramatic events of his life in titles such as Naked, but Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls finds the humorist even more at ease with the oddities of daily life.

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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 03 Jun 2014

Much Ado About Nothing

They made adorable lovers four summers ago in The Merchant of Venice; now Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater return to Central Park and cannot stand each other. The two star as cutely quarreling Beatrice and Benedick in Jack O'Brien’s outdoor production of Shakespeare’s rom-com.

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Delacorte Theater Tue Jun 3 - Sun Jul 6 Free

Queens Pride Parade

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Originally spawned by outrage over the murder of Jackson Heights resident Julio Rivera, the Pride celebration in the most diverse borough has become one of the city's most festive and highly attended LGBT events, drawing more than 40,000 revelers. This year's grand marshals are the LGBT Caucus of the NYC Council, Stonewall Democrats president Melissa Sklarz and members of the Caribbean gay-advocacy group Chutney Pride.

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Queens Until Sun Jun 3 Free

Rivka Galchen in conversation with Karen Russell

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Two fiction writers who specialize in tales of the strange, dark and whimsical converse about their latest titles. Russell's recent e-book, Sleep Donation, probes the nature of empathy in a distopian future that finds ordinary citizens turned into insomniacs. In American Innovations, her follow-up to 2008 novel Atmospheric Disturbances, Galchen echoes canonized tales of Gogol, Borges and others with her own sort of magical realism.

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New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 03 Jun 2014

21st Annual Red Hook Fest

Red Hook residents have been working hard to rebuild the community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Show them some love at the 20th annual edition of this neighborhood cultural bash. Shoot the breeze at a cookout and dance party outside P.S. 15 on Friday, with tunes by DJ Laylo. On Saturday, join the Rebirth Parade (meet at Coffey Park, Visitation Pl between Dwight and Richards Sts; 10am), led by the Hungry March Band, which winds through the parts of Red Hook that were hit hardest by the storm. The parade culminates in an afternoon of live music and dance performances, family-friendly activities and free kayak rides in the harbor at Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier. Visit redhookfest.com for more information.

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Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier Thu Jun 5 - Sat Jun 7 Free

The Governors Ball Music Festival

Critics' pick

The blockbuster three-day fest returns, sporting a lineup that screams early aughts: the Strokes, Jack White, TV on the Radio, Interpol and, oh yes, the much ballyhooed return of Atlanta alt-hip-hop funkateers OutKast. Other big draws include local-boys-made-good Vampire Weekend, dubstep renegade Skrillex, U.K. house sensation Disclosure, soul fantasist Janelle Monáe, and Odd Future cronies Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. Visit governorsballmusicfestival.com for the full scoop.

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Randalls Island Park Fri Jun 6 - Sun Jun 8

Karl Ove Knausgaard in conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides

Critics' pick

As the third volume is translated into English, Knausgaard's six-part memoir, cheekily titled My Struggle, continues to absorb. Sure to be on the agenda as the Norwegian author sits with Eugenides (The Marriage Plot, Middlesex): family, the struggle to write, memory and when being too honest can upset an entire country—as My Struggle has back home.

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New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 06 Jun 2014

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

The nation's top pitmasters celebrate summertime barbecues by cooking up their specialties. Dig into tasty grub, enjoy free music and seminars, and take in a cooking demo or two. Admission is free, but the mouthwatering food is not. All ages.

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Madison Square Park Sat Jun 7 - Sun Jun 8 Free

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Neighboring 'hoods Chinatown and LES team up for this 14th-annual cultural smorgasbord. The eclectic block party brings dumpling demos, challah braiding and mah-jongg competitions along Eldridge Street. Eat up kosher egg rolls and egg creams in between Yiddish lessons and Chinese acrobatic performances, or learn about Hebrew and Chinese writing.

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Museum at Eldridge Street 08 Jun 2014

Willie Nelson & Family + Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas + Kacey Musgraves

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Roots-music bills don't come any more solid than this one, topped by mellow outlaw-country figurehead Willie Nelson, and rounded out by veteran songsmith and recent Robert Plant collaborator Alison Krauss—collaborating here with slide-guitar and pedal-steel ace Jerry Douglas—and Texas up-and-comer Kacey Musgraves, who scored a breakout hit with last year's Same Trailer Different Park.

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Radio City Music Hall 10 Jun 2014

Geoff Dyer

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Whether he's talking photography, John Berger, WWI or Doughnut Plant doughnuts, Dyer writes with a keen eye and a sense of the ecstatic properties of language. Slipping among personal essay, criticism and tangential flights of fancy, Dyer takes on life aboard an aircraft carrier in his new Another Great Day at Sea. He'll talk today with the NYPL's Paul Holdengräber.

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New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 10 Jun 2014

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Artistic director Robert Battle continues to present Ailey classics, while introducing new choreography to the company repertory. As such, the season's program will include a new work created for the troupe by Robert Moses and a performance of a solo by Sierra Leone–born choreographer Asadata Dafora, as well as reprisals of Ronald K. Brown's delightful Grace, Hans van Manen's Polish Pieces and more. Classics will include Ailey's Night Creature, Pas de Duke, The River and—as always—Revelations.

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David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) Wed Jun 11 - Sun Jun 22

Aretha Franklin

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Note: These shows have been rescheduled. Tickets for Jan 17 will be honored on June 14, and tickets for Jan 18 will be honored on June 15. You just can't keep a good woman down. The Queen of Soul has had some health issues lately, but she's made a huge recovery and takes the stage tonight at Radio City. She recently started on a new album with veteran producers Don Was, Babyface and Clive Davis, wherein she'll touch on iconic works of a slew of superb songstresses. She quipped in a recent interview that she may even cover "Bootylicious." Work it, girl.

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Radio City Music Hall Sat Jun 14 - Sun Jun 15

Jazz Age Lawn Party

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Brush up on your Fitzgerald and Hemingway in time for this outdoor bash, where part of Governors Island is transformed into a Prohibition-era soiree. Over two separate weekends, you can Charleston to Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra playing jazz staples, while donning your finest flapper garb and Zoot suits. Then Lindy Hop over to the bar for decade-appropriate cocktails (that promise to taste better than bathtub gin).

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Governors Island Sat Jun 14 - Sun Aug 17

The Who & The What

Ayad Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize last year with Disgraced, a dramedy that probed the sensitive area of East-West relations, but the Arab-American writer is hardly done with culture clashes. His new piece is about a Pakistani-American writer trying to please her traditional family.

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Claire Tow Theater Sat May 31 - Sun Jul 13

Holler if Ya Hear Me

Broadway is no stranger to rap (In the Heights), but this is the first time a bona fide rapper's songbook has been turned into a jukebox musical. Woven around songs by Tupac Shakur (1971–1996), the show tells a story of family, revenge and inner-city grit. The top-flight cast include Christopher Jackson, Saul Williams and the glorious Tonya Pinkins.

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Palace Theatre Mon Jun 2 - Tue Dec 30

Dave Chappelle

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In the years since the demise of Chappelle's Show, this comic's mystique has grown almost as much as his fans' reverence. He laid low until last year, when his Oddball Festival gigs proved that his incisive mind and delivery had not suffered. Some things are different—he's ripped and smokes like a fiend now—but anyone going to this show not just to hear him say "I'm rich, bitch" will be satisfied.

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Radio City Music Hall Wed Jun 18 - Sun Jun 22

Jersey Boys

Clint Eastwood directing a musical? That makes our day. The former Dirty Harry is behind-the-scenes only on this seemingly splashy adaptation of the hit Broadway show about the rise of the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Christopher Walken plays a mobster, and hopefully hoofs it, as he need to do more often.

Boyhood

Our own Josh Rothkopf was enthralled by Richard Linklater's nearly three-hour drama when it premiered at Sundance. Shot piecemeal over 12 years, the film follows a young man (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from childhood to adulthood and learns to deal with his troubled parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) in the process.

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The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret

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Hirsute, Philadelphia-based drag queen (the creation of Pig Iron Theatre Company cofounder Dito van Reigersberg) Martha Graham Cracker and her band return to NYC for more rolicking alt-cabaret shenanigans.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Sunday February 8 2015

Fall Out Boy + Paramore

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This modestly titled Monumentour unites a couple of emo-pop juggernauts who have graduated from Warped Tour niche fame to the arena-rock big leagues. Each band comes to town supporting a true-to-form 2013 LP: Fall Out Boy's typically rousing, bombastic Save Rock and Roll, and Paramore's anthemic, angst-gone-bubblegum self-titled effort. Dye those bangs, slather on that eye- or guyliner, and come squeal like a tween.

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PNC Bank Arts Center Sat Jun 21 - Sat Jun 28

Make Music New York

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Musicians flood NYC's public spaces during this daylong, citywide, entirely free festival. The full lineup of events and happenings spanning the five boroughs will be announced in late May. Highlights for 2013 include a session of Beck's 2012 sheet music album at a block party surrounding Joe's Pub, 22 mass single–instrument participatory concerts,144 singers in rowboats at the Central Park Lake and punk bands taking over Staten Island.

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Various locations 21 Jun 2014 Free

Tune-Yards

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Merrill Garbus airs offbeat party-starters from her new, third LP, Nikki Nack. We anticipate utter dance-floor meltdown once the irrepressible art-pop diva kicks into her effervescent, aptly named single "Water Fountain."

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Webster Hall Wed May 7 - Mon Jun 23

Broadway Bares 24

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This annual fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the unofficial kickoffs to Gay Pride Week in NYC, and features more than 150 dancers from the Great White Way stripping down in themed vignettes. This edition, titled "Rock Hard," is all about rock & roll's greatest hits.

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Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center) Sunday June 21 2015

Julie Klausner: Too Gay for Brooklyn

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Author and funny lady Julie Klausner, host of the brilliant How Was Your Week? podcast—essential listening for NYC gays…or anyone, really—returns to Joe's Pub with a collection of witty observations and surprisingly well-sung musical numbers.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Mon Jun 23 - Fri Jun 27

Savion Glover

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The tap prodigy returns to the Joyce for another bout of riveting performances.

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Joyce Theater Thu Jun 26 - Sat Jul 12

Boston Ballet

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The company stops in NYC as part of its 50th-anniversary season. The run is split into two diverse bills: Program one includes William Forsythe's The Second Detail, José Martinez's new work (a Boston Ballet commission) Resonance and Alexander Ekman's Cacti; program two comprises Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements, Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun, resident choreographer Jorma Elo's Plan to B and Jirî Kylián's Bella Figura.

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David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) Wed Jun 25 - Sun Jun 29

Encores! Off-Center: tick, tick… BOOM!

This is the late composer-lyricist Jonathan Larson’s other musical, which remained unstaged until a posthumous production in 2002. Now the sweetly melancholy tuner about a New York artist nervously eyeing his 30th birthday returns Off Broadway, starring the wonderful Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo.

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New York City Center Wed Jun 25 - Sat Jun 28

“Jeff Koons: A Retrospective”

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Love him or hate him, it’s hard to ignore Jeff Koons. From his vacuum cleaners sealed in Plexiglas cases to his monumental balloon dog sculptures, Koons has displayed a knack for showmanship that is probably unrivaled in the history of American art. This 30-year survey of Koons’s greatest hits represents the Whitney’s valedictory exhibition at the Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue. To that end, it gives over the entire place to Koons—a first for any artist. Don’t worry about him being able to fill it.

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Whitney Museum of American Art Fri Jun 27 - Sun Oct 19

The 16th Annual Del Close Marathon

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This annual celebration in honor of long-form improvisation's mad guru, Del Close, is many things: 56 continuous hours of staged silliness, a chance to spot visiting comedy names in signature shows or weird one-off happenings, a bacchanalian summer camp for performers and an endurance contest for stalwart audience members. A weekend pass gets you into anything on smaller stages, space pending; individual tickets for shows on bigger stages cost a bit more. As always, star-studded ASSSSCAT 3000 shows close out the weekend. More details will be revealed at ucbtheatre.com and, eventually, delclosemarathon.com.

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Various locations Fri Jun 27 - Sun Jun 29

The Pride Kickoff Rally

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Before the glittery spectacle of the LGBT Pride March and the rest of the Gay Pride Weekend festivities, get pumped up…with a glittery spectacle! This official Gay Pride Weekend opening event started as a "gay power" demonstration with 500 protestors in Washington Square Park, a month after the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the dawn of the modern gay-rights movement. Since then the Rally has jumped locations all over town, including incarnations in Central Park and East River Park. Big-name performers often take the stage—Lady Gaga performed in 2013—while local politicians, comedians, and other members of the LGBT community offer both serious and silly takes on Pride themes. For newcomers and longtime Pride celebrants alike, the Pride Kickoff Rally serves as both a party starter and a reminder that it's not all about partying.

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Pier 26 Friday June 26 2015 Free

New York City Dyke March

Critics' pick

This annual event to raise awareness about women's and trans rights isn't exactly the glittery spectacle you'll get at tomorrow's Pride March, but it's still one of Pride Week's most essential events. BYO signs and banners, and keep in mind that the Dyke March doesn't have a permit—it's a protest, not a parade—so be prepared for possible interference from the fuzz. The march itself is open to all dykes and self-identified women. All other supporters are encouraged to cheer from the sidelines.

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Bryant Park 28 Jun 2014 Free

Dance on the Pier

Critics' pick

Heritage of Pride's official Pride Weekend capper is back where it belongs—under the stars, with the skyline glowing to the east and the Hudson shimmering to the west. Coheadlining DJs Grind and Pagano provide big beats sure to keep the huge crowd moving. There's always a variety of live performers—last year, dance diva Deborah Cox and cultural institution Cher took the stage; this year's performers are TBA, and don't rule out a last-minute surprise (Jennifer Lopez and Whitney Houston are among the megastars who have dropped by with no advance fanfare). As the dance starts to wind down, cast your eyes to the sky for a fireworks display; for those who don't have to get up early tomorrow, that's your cue to move on and continue the party all over the city well into the night. You'll have no shortage of options.

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Pier 26 Sunday June 28 2015

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