Weekend Fun: Block Parties, Brooklyn Pride, RiverFest, Concerts

Best Things to Do This Weekend in NYC: Join a Pride Celebration, Hit an Old-School Block Party, or Paddle the Hudson River This Weekend
Celebrate the Block Party Exhibit finale at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

Looking for a party? June's second weekend is packed with kid-friendly celebrations across all five boroughs. On Sunday, the Brooklyn Children's Museum celebrates the finale of its Block Party exhibit with an outdoor party, including face-painting and a DJ, while the Riverdale RiverFest offers boat rides, mini golf, a bounce house, and more in the Bronx. And in Manhattan, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party churns out finger-licking delectables all weekend.

June is Pride Month, and the second weekend in June kicks off Pride celebrations around town (although Pride Week in New York City "officially" runs from June 16-24). On Saturday, the Brooklyn's Pride Celebration lights up Park Slope with a street fair and parade. On Sunday, the Children's Museum of the Arts hosts its own Pride Cultural Festival, complete with a mini-Vogue Ball and a drag queen storytime. 

Of course, June brings tons of FREE concerts and outdoor movies around town. The FREE Celebrate Brooklyn Family Concert in Prospect Park promises plenty of family grooving with Los Lobos as the headliner. Saturday's movies under the stars include Wonder Woman in Manhattan, Field of Dreams on Staten Island, and Mulan 2 in Brooklyn.

Randall's Island hosts its annual Treasure Hunt on Saturday, where kids can learn and practice orienteering skills and catch a musical puppet performance. Intrepid families might even make a day of it and stick around for a free outdoor screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off as the sun goes down.

For more ideas, see our Summer Fun Guide, and keep an eye on our endlessly expanding calendar! Plan ahead for Father's Day with our handy guide to the top things to do in the city with your favorite dad.

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