Big & Rare Beer Night
June 18, 7-11 p.m.
Clinton Hall, 90 Washington St.
Pay as you go
If you’re a proper craft beer fan, you’ll want the chance to taste rare beers that your friends can’t pick up at the corner bodega. The Financial District beer garden, Clinton Hall, is featuring an exclusive tasting of 15 beers from California’s The Bruery. You can imbibe strange elixirs that are hard to come by on this coast, in flavors like blueberry and chocolate, then cleanse your palate with a German sausage and start on the more traditional ales; it’s pay-as-you-go, so you get to do this tasting your way.
Lions, Tigers and Brews
June 19 & 20, 8-11 p.m.
Central Park Zoo, 64th Street and Fifth Avenue
While the animals are fast asleep, you and your friends can let loose like real party animals. Starting at 8 p.m. (or 7, if you’re VIP), give your souvenir glass a workout with 60 craft beers while strolling the colonnade, listening to music, playing themed games and sampling some tasty treats.
Solstice in Times Square
June 20, 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Did you know that the Summer Solstice is also International Yoga Day? Celebrate both with a commitment to wellness among thousands of fellow New Yorkers at Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga, with over 12 hours of free sessions led by the city’s top yogis. While the event is free with registration, donations benefit three yoga charities.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
June 20, 1 p.m.
Sailors, pirates, mermaids and all other creatures of the sea (even the zombie ones) are welcome at this annual seaside parade. You’ll have to cheer or flaunt your costume extra hard at this year’s parade, since the organizers couldn’t find an afterparty venue to contain their literally legendary event. The march begins at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and heads west, but it’ll be tough to miss even among Coney Island’s usual colorful characters.
Thrillist’s Best Day of Your Life
June 20, 1-6 p.m., various locations in the Lower East Side
This Saturday will be the longest day of the year, and Thrillist is packing as much fun (and food, and booze) into it as possible. The “absurdity-fueled event” is taking over a dozen restaurants and pubs, including a cereal bar (inspired by childhood mornings) and vodka cereal martinis (your mornings now) at Lucky Jack’s, fresh oysters, aged whiskey and timeless jazz at Grey Lady, games, dumplings and sake bombs at Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade, beer&pretzel cupcakes(?!) from Prohibition Bakery, pizza from Rizzo’s and “a hell of a lot more.”
7 Deadly Sins
Through June 21
Restaurant Marc Forgione, 134 Reade St.
To celebrate the seventh anniversary of his namesake restaurant, the renowned chef is offering a tasting menu based on the seven deadly sins. While the menu is a surprise for attendees to discover as it progresses, we do know that each course will be accompanied by an interactive element; get a cocktail paired with each plate for another $77.
NYC Dance Week
Through June 27
Various times and locations
Polish your dance skills for the club by taking free lessons during this 10-day festival of dance and fitness labs. Participants include some of the city’s most established dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, which is hosting free daily classes through Sunday. All you need to do is register online to pick up tips on ballet, chi dance, swing, hip-hop and more.
The Seed Experience
June 20-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn
What better place for a forum on eco-consciousness than in the heart of Brooklyn? Celebrate your hemp and yoga lifestyle at the fourth annual Seed Experience; browse 100 exhibitors, discuss the benefits of a plant-based diet and sustainable products.
NOLAfunk Crawfish and Music Fest
June 20, 4 p.m.
Pretend you’re jamming on the banks of the Mississippi while enjoying the Manhattan skyline during the second annual NOLAfunk Crawfish and Music Fest. Until midnight, stuff your maw with your share of the 5,000 lbs. of boiled crawfish on hand while listening to the James Brown Dance Party and indulging in Cajun food, craft beer and other New Orleans delights.
Citi Field Sleepover
June 20, 6:30 p.m.
123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens
$85 adults, $70 kids 5-12
The Mets just released another 100 tickets for their sold-out annual sleepover in the outfield. It’s BYO sleeping bags (though attendees will receive a free blanket from Bedgear) and tents, if you’re feeling fancy. Watch the Mets take on the Braves in Atlanta on the jumbotron, followed by “The Lego Movie,” plus games, appearances by former Mets players, concessions and breakfast in the morning.
Bang on a Can Marathon
June 21, noon-10 p.m.
Winter Garden, Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey St.
Some people have rhythm, but few can keep it up for 10 hours. That’s what you can expect from the explosive musical artists at this Sunday’s Bang on a Can Marathon, part of the River to River Festival at Brookfield Place.
June 21, 5 p.m.
New Amsterdam City Swim is in uncharted waters, crossing the ocean to NYC for the first time for its one-mile ALS charity event. Swimmers (registration is still open) are taking off from Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 and ending at Pier 26, where a party is waiting with Questlove on the turntables, with free Heineken, ice cream, soft drinks and live comedy.
NKOTB feat. TLC & Nelly
June 21 & 22, 7 p.m.
Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Replay the soundtrack of your awkward but heartfelt adolescence at Madison Square Garden. To cap off the nostalgia bomb, the experience wouldn’t be complete without featured appearances from Nelly and TLC.
The Bacon Brothers
June 22 & 23, 8 p.m.
City Winery, 155 Varick St.
You can have the distinct honor of being just one degree from Kevin Bacon next week when he performs with his band, The Bacon Brothers. Before he was “Footloose,” Bacon was first and foremost a musician, founding his band in 1995.
Saveur Summer Cookout
June 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Boat Basin Cafe, 79th St. at the Hudson River
If not having your own backyard has been holding you back from a proper summer feast, get to Saveur’s Summer Cookout. The party, now in its sixth year, has taken over the Boat Basin Café on the water at 79th Street for grilled favorites from over 20 local, national and international celebrity chefs like Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Christina Tosi and Sarah Simmons.