EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: JUNE 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

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Image: Darrel Ellis, Untitled (Aunt Lena and Grandmother Lilian Ellis), 1990.

OPEN HOUSE
DARREL ELLIS: REGENERATION

Saturday, June 3rd from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Darrel Ellis: Regeneration, with music, family portraits, and more!

Music provided by Uptown Vinyl Supreme
2-5PM Family Portrait Studio with Michael Young
3 PM Curatorial-led tour with Sergio Bessa and Leslie Cozzi

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FILM AND ARCHIVE SCREENING
COSMOS GATE AND AZUL

Saturday, June 17th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Travel through time with exhibiting artist Abigail DeVille and filmmaker Paul Leiber. Join us for the second film and archive screening that unearths lesser known aspects of the Bronx history through unseen documentary footage and recorded oral history narratives. This event is in conjunction with the artist’s survey Bronx Heavens.

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FREE COMMUNITY PADDLING

This is a great activity for beginners and families to join. Canoes will be available for partners and families, and kayaks will be available for solo paddlers.

Saturday, June 3rd at Starlight Park

Saturday, June 10th at Concrete Plant Park

Saturday, June 17th at Starlight Park

Saturday, June 24th at Concrete Plant Park

HUNTS POINT FISH PARADE

Saturday, June 17th from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Location: 940 Garrison Ave, Bronx, NY

The Fish Parade & Arts Festival is an annual procession through Hunts Point connecting the community to the Bronx River. Like shoaling fish, the community marches together in a family-friendly, vibrant celebration. The parade’s vibe combines activism, joy, and community building. Participants often use banners, costumes, and puppets representing marine life. The parade culminates in an arts festival featuring live music, dancing, and art-making. The event is also a platform for Bronx residents and organizations to raise awareness about environmental issues and to advocate for environmental justice.

2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fish Parade and Arts Festival. This year’s theme is Rooted Visions. It is an opportunity to honor the achievements and struggles of those who came before us while inspiring us to continue working toward a brighter future.

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BREW AT THE ZOO

Friday, June 16th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm

SUMMER BEGINS AT THE BRONX ZOO!
Brew at the Zoo, your favorite after-hours party for adults ages 21+, is back! Join us outdoors at the beautiful Bronx Zoo for great food, great drinks, great friends, and great memories. There’s no other party quite like this in NYC – what are you gonna do first?

Visit some of your favorite Bronx Zoo animals until 7:30pm – and party with the sea lions all night!

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LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH: PRIDE BIRDING

Saturday, June 10th from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with NYC Parks. Birding is a fun and all-inclusive activity for all to enjoy and experience. Join the Urban Park Rangers as we explore the park in search of some birds featuring the colors of the LGBTQ+ pride flag, among others.

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NATURE MEDITATION HIKE

Sunday, June 18th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off-limits to the general public. On our hikes, you can learn new things, or just take time to unplug from the world. Take a stroll through Crotona Park and immerse yourself in tranquility. This hike will take you through some quiet areas inside the park and allow the participant to disconnect from stress and clear their mind.

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NYC PARKS PRESENTS: NEW YORK MUSIC MONTH CONCERT SERIES

Special Guest: Brenda K. Starr

Saturday, June 17th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 497 Hutchinson River Pkwy (Entrance by Ferry Point Shuttle)

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks have teamed up again to present a series of concerts to celebrate New York Music Month! Come join our special guest: Brenda K. Starr.

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DIG! PLANT! GROW!
SALAD DAYS

Tuesday, May 9th through Friday, June 16th

Location: the Garden

Tuesdays–Saturdays; 1:30pm to 5:30 pm
Sundays and Monday Holidays; 10:00am to 5:30pm

Visitors learn about plant parts and edible plant parts with a focus on salad crops, and are invited to pot up their own rainbow salad mix to take home.

Each season offers a new theme to investigate through hands-on activities and take-home projects at the Edible Academy!

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BRONX DAY: JUNETEENTH WEEKEND

Saturday, June 17th from 10:00am to 6:00pm

We are offering complimentary tickets for Bronx residents to visit on June 17. Distribution of tickets is on a first-requested, first-served basis.

This summer, experience the seductive beauty of gardens through the eyes of celebrated contemporary artist Ebony G. Patterson during …things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting… Known for her lavishly detailed mixed media installations, Patterson brings her signature style to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and NYBG’s landscape and galleries, in a major site-specific exhibition featuring breathtaking and provocative displays of art and nature.

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LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH: PRIDE IN THE BRONX

Saturday, June 11th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with NYC Parks. Learn about the history and significance of Orchard Beach within the LGBTQ+ community.

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MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: MINIONS: RISE OF GRU

Wednesday, June 21st from 9:00pm to 11:45pm

Location: North Picnic Area, Pelham Bay Park

Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! This summer, NYC Parks and The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will host family-friendly movie showings across the five boroughs.

In the 1970s, 12-year-old Gru schemes and plots (with the help of the Minions) to become a member of the Vicious 6, an infamous group of supervillians. Chaos, adventure, and hilarity ensue after he manages to steal a valuable object from their headquarters.

Movies begin at dusk. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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NYC PARKS PRESENTS: SKATE PARTY IN THE BRONX

Monday, June 26th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Southwest Playground, Van Cortlandt Park

Join NYC Parks and Council Member Dinowitz for a Skate Party at Van Cortlandt Park South. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, and skating. Skates will be provided while supplies last or, feel free to bring your own.

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LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE: BRONX EVENT

Saturday, June 29th from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Southwest Playground, Van Cortlandt Park

Children ages 5 years of age and older are invited to join NYC Parks in partnership with Bike New York for a free Learn to Ride a Bike event. Bring a bike, a child and a helmet and learn how to ride a two-wheeler using the “balance first” method.

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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: MAY 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

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Studio once used by Mike Cloud and Abigail DeVille, Yale University (2022). Courtesy of Adrian Martinez

IN CONVERSATION:
ON THE LOWER FREQUENCIES

Saturday, May 6th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Presented in partnership with NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, on the lower frequencies is a roundtable discussion centered on the recent lux et veritas: pushing a white wall exhibition curated by Bonnie Clearwater and publication by Skira. The conversation focuses on a group of art students of color who attended Yale University mainly between 2000 and 2010, and they will share stories on collaborating, in particular through collectives; supporting one another; and ways of achieving critical and personal success within institutional structures. Moderated by cultural practitioner, william cordova, this conversation features Abigail DeVille, Rashawn Griffin, Leslie Hewitt, Jamerry Kim, and Shoshanna Weinberger. Following the discussion will be a walkthrough by Abigail DeVille of her exhibition Bronx Heavens.

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THE AMAZING BRONX RIVER FLOTILLA

Saturday, May 6th from 8:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Shoelace Park to Starlight Park

Join us on Saturday May 6 (rain date: May 20) for a 4-mile paddle down the Bronx River to raise funds for the Alliance’s Paddling Program and the River!

Take advantage of this limited opportunity to paddle through the ONLY freshwater river in all of New York City. We hope to see you there!

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BRONX FOOD AND FARM TOUR

Saturday, May 13th from 10:30am to 1:00pm

Location: River Garden (180th and Devoe Ave)

Celebrate the sites along the beautiful Bronx River during Bronx Week 2023! This tour will visit the longstanding and productive River Garden, one of the oldest community gardens in the Bronx which features large productive beds and sustainable gardening practices including rainwater harvesting and composting, and provides seasonal community events for all. Next we’ll walk to Starlight Park where you’ll enjoy a healthy food tasting and learn more about the Bronx River where dolphins were spotted earlier this year! We’ll close off the tour at the nearby Concrete Plant Park, a former concrete plant that now hosts the Bronx River Foodway, one of NYC’s only edible food forest, growing food and medicinal plants.

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ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: GINGKO TREE CELEBRATION

Saturday, May 6th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with NYC Parks! Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn about Ginkgo trees and their significance in Asian culture and folklore. Then end with creating your own Ginkgo-inspired craft!

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NATURE’S WORKSHOP: WILDFLOWER PRESSING

Sunday, May 14th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Join the Urban Park Rangers for the Nature’s Workshop series. Each program in this series explores its topic in-depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in a hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity. Join the Urban Park Rangers in appreciation of blooming flowers and learn how to press and preserve them. Bring your own book to take your blooms with you.

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NYC PARKS PRESENTS: FAMILY DAY IN THE BRONX

Sunday, May 28th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Ferry Point Park, 511 Balcom Avenue and Dewey Avenue

Join NYC Parks and Council Member Majorie Velazquez for a Family Day Celebration at Ferry Point Park! Activities will include games, obstacle courses, sports, and much more!
This event is FREE and open to the public!

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HONEY INFUSION WORKSHOP

Saturday, May 13th from 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: New Roots Community Farm

As spring approaches and the bees gear up for another season of pollination and creating delicious honey, this workshop will focus on herbal infusions with raw honey. We will dive in on the benefits and medicinal properties of different herbal infusions and how they can be used as immunity boosters, for healing wounds, fighting off cold and flu symptoms, and combatting infections and allergies, among many other benefits. We will be using locally sourced Bronx honey to create our own infusions to take home. The free workshop will be hosted by NYBG in partnership with New Roots Community Farm.

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MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND GARDEN PARTY

Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th

Treat Mom to a One-of-a-Kind Garden Party
The most spectacular spring landscape New York City has to offer is the setting for live music, games, picnicking, and more.

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SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK

Sunday, May 28th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Pelham Bay Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

Explore which plants are in bloom in our parks! Learn how to identify different species of flowers and pick up some botany basics on this engaging and educational hike with the Urban Park Rangers!

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MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

Location: Indian Field, East 233rd Street and Jerome Avenue

Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! This summer, NYC Parks will host family-friendly movie showings across the five boroughs.

Minions: The Rise of Gru – Wednesday, May 3rd from 8:00pm to 11:00pm

In the 1970s, young Gru tries to join a group of supervillains called the Vicious 6 after they oust their leader — the legendary fighter Wild Knuckles. When the interview turns disastrous, Gru and his Minions go on the run with the Vicious 6 hot on their tails. Luckily, he finds an unlikely source for guidance — Wild Knuckles himself — and soon discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

DC League of Super-Pets – Wednesday, May 17th from 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, when the Man of Steel and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a ragtag group of animals to master their own newfound powers for a rescue mission.