Sunny days are here, and with them comes the tradition of sipping cocktails while dancing under the open sky. Whether you’re getting down at a rooftop bar or doing the merengue barefoot on a park lawn, there is a multitude of ways you can get your groove on while enjoying the glorious weather. Here are five of our favorite dance parties this month.
Bryant Park Dance Party
If your moves could use a little work, dance pros provide free lessons during the park’s weekly series Dance Party, followed by live music to put your new skills to use. Learn salsa, disco, swing and other genres from around the globe (each week focuses on a different style). If you’re itching for a taste of cumbia, this installment features lessons set to guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin and his band.
40th to 42nd Sts between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-768-4242, bryantpark.org). Wed 24 6–8pm; free.
Mister Sunday Memorial Day Weekend Special
This regular summer fete at Nowadays is an all-day affair perfect for restless party souls. Resident Eamon Harkin is joined by guest electronic DJ Avalon Emerson, and the Nowadays food truck (directed by Henry Rich of Rucola and Metta—think burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches) dishes out local fare while the masses dance under the trees.
56-06 Cooper Ave, Queens (718-386-0111, nowadays.nyc). Sun 28 3–9pm; $10–$15.
Tiki Disco at the Well
These sun-streaked, feel-good dance parties take place every other Sunday through October at the Well. If there were a roof on the place, resident DJs Eli Escobar, Andy Pry and Lloydski would surely blow it right off the joint. Ready your liver for whatever boozy, fruity concoction is served this year.
272 Meserole St, Brooklyn (347-338-3612, tikidisco.com). Sun 28 2–10pm; $10.
Good Roof at Dobbin St with Holy Ghost!
Good Room and Dobbin St host these Sunday rooftop parties all summer long. The series boasts a Memorial Day DJ set featuring a mixture of analog synths, disco beats, and pop and house sounds (and probably a lot of tropical prints).
64 Dobbin St (718-349-2373, goodroombk.com). Mon 29 3–9pm; $20–$25.
Summer of Love at the Park
Celebrate Memorial Day at House of Yes’s summer series, which features performances, interactive art, play spaces, a pig roast and an inclusive vibe. Be sure to dust off those Day-Glo pants: The most vibrant ensembles get bumped to the front of the line.
1820 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn (houseofyes.org). Mon 29 noon–9pm; free.