World of Beads: Celebrating 25 Years Friday-June 22, Noon (Fri), 10 a.m. (Weekend) Fashion Institute of Technology 227 W. 27th St. $5, 212-217-7999 www.nybead.org Celebrating 25 years of this timeless art form, the Bead Society of Greater New York presents a three-day festival exhibiting works by some of FIT’s finest bead artists. Also: demonstrations, free mini-workshops, a children's beading table and vendors. Get your bead on!
Astoria Tour de Bar Summer Solstice 2014 Saturday, Noon Katch Astoria 3119 Newtown Ave., Astoria $30-$40, www.astoriatourdebar.eventbrite.com It’s the first day of summer and there’s only one way to celebrate the ridiculously hot temperatures coming our way – drinking at over 20 bars throughout the afternoon. Meet up at Katch to receive a map, wristband, backpack, visor and shot glass, and get ready to enjoy a free gin tasting, specials on craft beer, wine, sangria, mixed drinks, free BBQ and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Childhood Cancer Society.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade Saturday, 1 p.m. Coney Island West 21st Street and Surf Avenue Free, www.coneyisland.com Spend the day with these mythological creatures, who have washed up on the shores of Coney Island for this annual parade celebrating the seaside’s unique and amazing art scene with floats, music, food, antique cars, dance and more. The costumes are always amazing, and the original Nathan’s Famous is right there!
World Cup Party: Portugal vs. USA June 22, 6 p.m. Slattery’s Midtown Pub 8 East 36th St. $35-$40, 212-683-6444 www.sportchaser.com Every four years, Americans become obsessed with soccer during the World Cup, and after Team USA pulled off a surprise upset against Ghana, you won’t want to miss them take the field again. More importantly, your ticket entitles you to an open bar with free draft beer, wine and well drinks during the game.
Celebrate France in the Upper East Side on Sunday. Credit: Provided
La Guinguette du Languedoc-Roussillon June 22, Noon East 74th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues Free, en.destinationsuddefrance.com Party like you’re in the south of France with a day of dancing and feasting. An entire block will be taken over by a very long table where guests can sit and choose from a selection of French foods to purchase or eat on the spot. French-born chef Laurent Kalkotour of Atrium in Dumbo will be making the classic dish brandade de morue, the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream truck will be on hand to cool you off, Perrier will quench your thirst, and the list goes on and on.
Black Flag June 22, 7 p.m. Europa Night Club 98 Meserole Ave., Greenpoint $25, 917-826-1119 www.blackflagofficial.com Whether you’re on team Keith Morris or team Greg Ginn (or maybe you just like Henry Rollins), you still want to hear these songs played live, at top speed and volume. Black Flag (not to be confused with Morris’ FLAG) hit Brooklyn hard for a night that’s sure to leave your ears ringing and bones aching.
I Like Your Glasses: Queer Ladies Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy June 24, 7 p.m. Housing Works Bookstore Café 126 Crosby St. $15, 212-334-3324 www.housingworks.org Speed dating for ladies who want to meet ladies and judge a book by its cover – literally. Bring your favorite book and meet other readers with like-minded interests. When you purchase your ticket, you’ll be asked a few questions about your reading preferences and then be seated accordingly. Your ticket gets you 10 percent off all books that night plus a free drink, and all proceeds go to Housing Works' mission to fight homelessness and AIDS.
Raymond Pettibon + Kim Gordon June 25, 7 p.m. The Strand, 828 Broadway $20 Strand Gift Card or Book Purchase 212-473-1452, www.strandbooks.com Join artist Raymond Pettibon and Sonic Youth founding member Kim Gordon for a chat, and the release of Pettibon’s new book "Raymond Pettibon: To Wit." Gordon is a long-time fan of Pettibon and has written about him in her recent book "Is It My Body?" which will also be available.
The Lost Circus Fourth Anniversary July 12, 9 p.m. Irondale Center 85 S Oxford St., Fort Greene $20-$25, 718-488-9233 www.geminiandscorpio.com It’s circus meets dark cabaret in a 19th-century church with stained glass windows and a wraparound balcony. Stilts, aerial action, fire play, specialty potions by The House of St Eve including absinthe and other magical spirits, and more. Expect live bands, music, dance and circus fun with a steampunk twist.