Summer's solstice is officially past and now the city of New York may rejoice in warmth this weekend, June 28 and June 29, with these five outdoor activities.
1. Amazing New York Scavenger Hunt
POGO Events is sponsoring The Amazing New York Scavenger Hunt in Dumbo, Brooklyn, this Saturday, June 28th. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes as each group will receive a number of clues that will lead around the Dumbo area for about two hours. It is an excellent opportunity for a quick bit of exercise in the golden sun as well as a chance to learn more about one of Brooklyn's most affluent neighborhoods. Each group must have at least one smartphone in order to utilize the app ScanQuest. The winning team will receive a gift package that will include tickets and coupons to goings-on around the city. It begins at 12:30 p.m. near the Armillary Sphere on the Brooklyn Promenade. Take the F train to York St. Click here for more information.
2. The High Line Park
Catch the last of June's blooms at New York's celebrated park in the sky, the High Line. Every Saturday a High Line Docent leads free tours of the park offering information about the High Line's history, design, and botanical sights. If you're more of a DIY-type, Saturdays and Sundays are still perfect days to relax on one of the park's many built-in reclining seats and enjoy the sound of New York's hustle and bustle whilst you sit thirty feet above it. The High Line is open every day this summer from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and can be entered from W 30th St between 10th and 11th Ave.
3. Coney Island's Reggae Beach Party
For those who dig the jam vibes inspired by live dub and reggae music, Coney Island's boardwalk this Saturday is the best place to pass the time. Curated by Carter Van Pelt, a NYC radio DJ, Coney Island's Reggae Beach Party is in its fifth year. The party takes places on the boardwalk, but the music can also be heard from a more relaxing spot on the beach. The event is totally free -- although Carter Van Pelt has a donation campaign running on Indiegogo until June 30th. More information can be found on their Facebook group page.
4. Louis Armstrong International Music Festival
This Sunday, June 29th, jazz lovers have a chance to bask in soft coos of various jazz ensembles and munch on eats from multicultural food trucks at the inaugural Louis Armstrong International Music Festival in Flushing, NY. The event takes place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on the 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong's concert at the 1964 World's Fair. Some of the best jazz musicians from around the world will be performing in honor of the great Louis Armstrong. The festival is free and starts at 1 p.m. Take the 7 train to Mets-Willet Pt. Click here for more information.
5. Hotel Chantelle's Lobster Bake
Depressed now that Game of Thrones Season Four is over? Switch up those Sunday nights spent in front of the TV by attending the "Maine Squeeze" Rooftop Lobster Bake at Hotel Chantelle in the Lower East Side. One $32 advance ticket buys you one Maine lobster, steamed clams, baked potatoes, a farm fresh corn on the cob, as well as one free beer or cocktail. There are also $25 beer bucket and cocktail specials. Reservations are highly recommended. Click here for more information.