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The best Father’s Day events in NYC

Looking for things to do for Father’s Day in NYC? Our list of Father’s Day events will work like a charm.

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Photograph: Jolie Ruben
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Need something cool and fun to do with Dad during Father's Day weekend in NYC? Our excellent list featuring the best Father’s Day events NYC has to offer will do the trick. Maybe pops would be overjoyed to explore popular New York attractions, or perhaps he wants to sink his teeth into a piece of meat at one of the city's best steak restaurants? If you'd rather take advantage of the warm weather, there’s a million things to do outside on Sunday, June 16 including some amazing food and street festivals. Go out and show your number one man a good time!

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Best Father’s Day events

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Photograph: Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art/Kate Simon
Things to do, Exhibitions

“Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll”

icon-location-pin The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side
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Technically, it’s “Play it fucking loud!”—at least that’s what Bob Dylan famously instructed his band to do after being heckled for going electric at a gig in ’66—but we understand why the mighty Met would want to scrub out the cursing. To toast the greatest genre of music—that’s rock & roll, of course—New York’s art-institution powerhouse turns it up to 11, displaying posters, costumes and other historical ephemera, not to mention around 130 guitars, drums and other instruments used by everyone from Chuck Berry and the Beatles to Van Halen and St. Vincent.

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Jazz Age Lawn Party
Things to do, Festivals

Jazz Age Lawn Party

icon-location-pin Governors Island, Governors Island
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Slap on your spats and practice the Charleston because the Jazz Age Lawn party is back. Spend an afternoon on Governors Island sipping on Prohibition-era cocktails like the Aperol Spritz, partaking of dance lessons, playing croquet and taking in incredible jazz performances. Sure to mesmerize is the ultimate 1920s ensemble band Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, led by the party’s host, crooner-conductor Arenella.

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Courtesy Museum of the City of New York/Frank Bauman for Look Magazine
Things to do, Exhibitions

“In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson”

icon-location-pin Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem
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In honor of Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday, MCNY presents 30 black-and white photographs taken for Look Magazine of Robinson with his family and Dodgers teammates. Shot sometime between 1949 and 1953, the photos paint a somewhat idealized version of Robinson at a point when he was routinely subjected to racist taunts, death threats and disdain from fellow players. Nevertheless, these images—some never seen before—offer a unique look at the baseball and civil rights legend who de-segregated major league baseball in 1947. The images are joined here by additional rarities from MCNY’s collection, including little-seen footage of Robinson, and other memorabilia.    

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Photograph: Newspix/REX/Shutterstock
Things to do, Walks and tours

Rebel Rebel: the Secret David Bowie NYC Tour

icon-location-pin Various locations, New York
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This 2.5-hour tour, led by an affable Brit named Jason, visits the Thin White Duke's favorite haunts in Greenwich Village, SoHo and NoHo. See the studio where Bowie recorded his first No. 1 single in the U.S., "Fame," and learn how NYC influenced his work from the ’70s through the end of his life alongside fellow fanatics. Don't forget your lightning bolt face paint.

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Photograph: Courtesy Gillian Todd
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Bronx Night Market

icon-location-pin Fordham Plaza, The Bronx
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This open-air, food-centric market features Bronx-based vendors serving up tamales, soul food, latkes, ice cream, pastries, elotes and vegan creations, plus libations from the Bronx Brewery and others. In addition to all of the delicious provisions, the market offers nifty wares from local artisans and live music performances from Bonx musicians. Come appreciate all that NYC's northernmost borough has to offer.

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Queens Night Market
Photograph: Courtesy Queens Night Market
Things to do

Queens Night Market

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science Design Lab, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
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Consider yourself a travel-loving foodie? Queens Night Market is your one-stop shop in NYC to discover bites from 80 countries. Try a diverse range of grub that runs the gamut from Middle Eastern stews and Barbadian fishballs to Romanian-Hungarian chimney cake and tacos al pastor. The open-air bazaar operates from 5pm to midnight every Saturday, but the market has more to offer aside from fulfilling your late-night food cravings. Plus, stick around for the performances of Bollywood dancers, Indian electronica tunes, DJs and more.

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