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June 2016

The Governor’s Ball Music Festival

June 3 - 5

What’s better than a summer day on an island with friends listening to famous bands, drinking beer and noshing on gourmet eats? Known to some as East Coast answer to Coachella, the lineup for Gov Ball (as it is affectionately called by New Yorkers) this year may just be its most exciting yet. The three-day outdoor music festival on New York City’s picturesque Randall Island (located between Manhattan and Queens) will host Kanye, Beck, The Strokes, Robyn, The Killers, Of…

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Atlantic Cup Sailing Race

June 4

The Atlantic Cup is a sailing race series that showcases some of the top Class 40 sailors in the world competing in a 3-leg event. The first leg of the race begins in Charleston, SC and ends in Manhattan, a long offshore leg covering 640 nautical miles (3+ days). The second leg will be a shorter 360 nautical miles (2+ days) from NYC up to Portland, ME. Both the offshore legs will demand high physical input and provide little rest.…

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party

June 11 - 12

Twice every year, thousands of people throw on striped blazers and flapper headbands to bring the roaring 20’s to Governor’s Island. In addition to performances by vintage-inspire musical acts, there’s a number of activities to enjoy including a 1920’s Motorcar Exhibition, Charleston Dance Contest, and carnival games for kids. The refreshments are as on point as the programming at this unique celebration with St.Germain cocktails, and artisanal treats like goat cheese fritters and charcuterie picnic baskets. Book here to stay…

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Museum Mile

June 14

One evening every year, a stretch of New York City’s most iconic museums open their doors and offer free admission to all. Some of the more notable participants include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie, and The Jewish Museum. Along the route, a number of family-friendly attractions pop up in the street. From chalk drawing to silly clown performances and face painting, there’s essentially a fair to accompany this day of complimentary culture. Book here to…

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NYC Pride

June 21 - 26

One of the most popular and expansive pride celebrations in the world, this week in NYC makes memories for thousands. The series of events will kick off with Family Night, which centers around an outdoor film screening at Hudson River Park’s Pier 63. Following the next day, the NYC Pride Rally will perpetuate a decades-old tradition of celebrating equality on the streets of the Big Apple. The rest of the week will consist of fantastical performances, rooftop and club parties,…

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July 2016

Fresh Fruit Festival

July 11 - 24

The Fresh Fruit Festival is a celebration of LGBTQ arts and culture, now entering its 14th year. Featuring two full weeks of live performances—ranging from plays to musicals to dance to cabaret—the festival takes place in the funky Alphabet City neighborhood, at the WILD Project Theater. Additionally, in the weeks leading up to the main event, the festival will sponsor a reading series and a slam poetry event. Book here to stay with the Duane Street Hotel during the 2016…

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Lincoln Center Festival

July 13 - 31

The Upper West Side’s opulent Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts proves the perfect host for this two and a half week cultural showcase. Inspiring performances in dance, music and theater by artists from around the world make the Lincoln Center Festival a must-attend for fans of global performing arts. Tickets for most shows start between $30 and $40, but they’re sure to go fast so grab them soon. Book here to stay with the Duane Street Hotel during the…

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City of Water Day

July 16

Entering its ninth year, City of Water Day is a free, family-oriented celebration of the New York City waterfront, held every July. Drawing thousands of people to the water, participants enjoy boat tours of the harbor, live music, food trucks and activities like rowing, kayaking and paddle-boarding. Book here to stay with the Duane Street Hotel during City of Water Day. For more information, check out the event website here. When Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10am to 4pm Where…

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NYC Poetry Festival

July 30 - 31

Set on verdant Governor’s Island in the New York Harbor, the New York City Poetry Festival provides the perfect setting to hear readings from some of the best current poets. With a two-day, three-stage lineup of sets hosted by magazines, journals and other diverse organizations, there’s no shortage of live poetry. The festival also offers food and book vendors. This year’s event is free to attend, but the ferry to Governor’s Island (a delightful trip) costs $2 roundtrip. Book here…

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August 2016

U.S. Open Tennis Championship

August 9 - September 11

The American tennis equivalent of the Super Bowl or World Series, the U.S. Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that takes place around the world each year. The U.S. Open attracts nearly one million spectators annually and is home to Arthur Ashe Stadium—the largest tennis-specific stadium in the world. So it’s no surprise the tournament is referred to as the sport’s biggest stage by players and fans alike. Located in Flushing Meadow, Queens the Open is just…

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