Friday: Free Fireworks, 9:30 pm every Friday until August 31st. For the best seating, locate yourself on the boardwalk or beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street. Gay Pride Rally, 6–9:30 p.m., raven-haired “always keepin’ ir real” emcee, Michelle Visage (Rupaul’s Drag Race), will be joined by a performance from Sharon Needles. Pier 26, Manhattan.
Saturday: Rockstock and Barrels, 12 –6 p.m., surf, skate, and music festival. Rockstocknyc.com, Beach 90th Street in Rockaway Beach.
Celebration of Creativity: Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Memory Center present a Memory Arts Cafe special event hosted by poet Gary Glazner with artist singer, composer and inventor Hannah Reimann. 10:30 am. Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch, Park Slope. Raritan Bay Festival, 12–5 p.m. There will be live music, food, activities for kids and free kayaking. NY Aquarium will bring live sea creatures for children to pet. Pete the Magican will be performing magic tricks, and “Patrick” will amuse kids with his wacky antics and music. Fishing poles, bait and instruction will be available at the shorefront. Information on preserving our beaches will be given by the Harbor School. Take S.I. Rapid Transit to Tottenville stop and board free shuttle to Conference House Park. S.I. Bus: S59, S78 at Hylan Blvd. and Craig Ave. Harlem Pride, 12–6 p.m., artists, food, entertainment, vendors, health care organizations and activities for families, adults and youth of all cultures. In the evening, the celebration moves to St. Nicholas Park, for a free outdoor screening of The Wiz, harlempride.org, Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Avenue and West 148th Street, Manhattan.
Sunday: Summer on the Hudson: Kayaking on the Hudson, 10–5 p.m., This event repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday till 9/28. 20-minute instructional paddles, please wear a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt, and know how to swim. Weather permitting. No registration required. Kayaks and life vests provided. All ages. Please note: 72nd street Kayaking is volunteer run and volunteers are low, which sometimes results in shortened hours. The Downtown Boathouse is looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer please visit: http://www.downtownboathouse.org/volunteer.html. Meeting Point in Riverside Park, 72nd Street and Hudson River, Manhattan. (Bronx) Soundview Park Summer Festival, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., there will be performances for all ages, family-friendly fun, educational activities, fitness and recreational programming. http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/06/29/5th-annual-soundview-park-summer-festival. Lafayette and Metcalf Avenues in Soundview Park, Bronx. Directions to this location http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/06/29/5th-annual-soundview-park-summer-festival. Historic New York: The Fort Totten Tunnel Tour 1 pm (Queens), http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/06/29/historic-new-york-the-fort-totten-tunnel-tour.
Rockaway Opening Day, 12 – 8 pm, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area
http://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/directions.htm. Public art festival and celebrate the reopening of historic Fort Tilden, which has been closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The event is family focused, with children’s art activities, baseball clinics, orienteering, historical tours and theater performances. It will also include a Community Hub, a space where non-profit organizations working around Jamaica Bay can share information on their own program. It closes with a poetry reading by Rockaway resident and punk rock legend Patti Smith and a special appearance from actor James Franco, but the party continues after-hours at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club. Rockaway Arts Festival, Fort Tilden Beach, Queens, http://www.villagevoice.com/events/rockaway-arts-fest-4788381/. 11:45 am, parking shuttle begins operation from Riis Beach (continuous loop until 8:15 pm), 1 pm, children’s art activities: Rockaway Artists Alliance, Building T149 (ongoing until 4 pm) Baseball clinic: Rockaway Little League, RLL field (30-40 minutes), Theater performances: Rockaway Theater Company, RTC building (20-30 minutes), Historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS Rangers, departing from picnic grove (30 minutes), Orienteering course: NYC Urban Park Rangers, from picnic grove (ongoing until 4 pm), Camping/kayaking demonstrations: NPS, picnic grove (ongoing until 4 pm), 2 pm, baseball clinic: Rockaway Little League, RLL field (30-40 minutes), theater performances: Rockaway Theater Company, RTC building (20-30 minutes), historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS, departing from main picnic grove (30 minutes), 3 pm, baseball clinic: Rockaway Little League, RLL field (30-40 minutes), theater performances: Rockaway Theater Company, RTC building (20-30 minutes) Historical tours of Fort Tilden: NPS, departing from main picnic grove (30 minutes), 4 pm, children’s activities end 7 pm, performance: Patti Smith and James Franco, spoken word (outdoor stage), 8 pm, Fort Tilden event closes, Rockaway Beach Surf Club party begins. 8:15 pm, last shuttle departs Fort Tilden for Riis Beach parking lot. Coney Island: Black Tie Photo Day, 12- 6 pm, 3059 West 12th Street. Come in formal wear and take a free souvenir photo with the Spook-A-Rama Cyclops or the Steeplechase horse that gave Steeplechase Park its name http://coneyislandfunguide.com/Events/Black-Tie-Photo-Day-at-Coney-Island-History-Project_6_29_2014-4113.htm. Also at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park dress up and save a dollar on the purchase of a Wonder Wheel ticket on Black Tie Day. Black Tie Day at the Sideshow, 1208 Surf Avenue, wear your fanciest frocks and receive 20 percent off the price of an adult ticket. Black Tie Day at Brooklyn Beach Shop, 11 am, dress up and spend $10 or more at Brooklyn Beach Shop to receive a free box of salt water taffy. The Fort Totten Tunnel Tour, 1 p.m., Ice-age glaciers, Native Americans, Dutch traders, British Redcoats, and the Underground Railroad have all left their mark on New York City. Their stories can be found in the names of our streets, our architecture, and our parks. Fort Totten Visitor’s Center in Fort Totten Park, Queens. NYC Pride, West Village, a packed schedule of events, ranging from a family movie night (the Wizard of Oz screens at Hudson River Park) to a 3,000-strong, all-night celebration that transforms the Hammerstein Ballroom. http://www.villagevoice.com/events/nyc-pride-4788357/. Midsummer Night Swing through July 12, dance outdoors to live music at Lincoln Center, midsummernightswing.org. City pools open, http://www.nycgo.com/events/new-york-city-outdoor-public-pools-open.
NY Asian Film Fest see blockbusters and art-house eccentricities, filmlinc.com. Warm Up: MoMA PS1’s dance-party series kicks off on June 28, momaps1.org.