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Weekend Hot List: Gay Pride, Popsickle Five, More

Don’t miss out! Every weekend, picks the best things to do in New York City. Read on for June 28-29 events, from the raucous Gay Pride Parade to the Popsickle Five lit fest.


NYC Pride Parade (Photo: Bob Jagendorf/Flickr CC)

NYC Pride Parade (Photo: Bob Jagendorf/Flickr CC)

1. MUSIC: Beverly Album Release Show at Baby’s All Right on June 28

Fans of Vivian Girls’ girl group harmonies and Crystal Stilts’ reverb-laden dream-pop will want to check out newish act Beverly. Initially known as the latest project of indie scenester Frankie Rose and Avan Luna’s Drew Citron, the band recently morphed into something slightly different when Rose left the band in Citron’s capable hands. See Citron and her gang of equally capable bandmates play catchy, wistful songs off their shoegaze-tinged debut Careers at tonight’s album release show. With Future Punx, Wild Honey.

DETAILS: 8:30pm; $10; 146 Broadway, Brooklyn;

2. FESTIVAL: Rockaway! Opening Day at Ft. Tilden on June 29

Long prized by beachgoers for its relatively secluded vibe, Fort Tilden has been closed ever since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on it in 2012. But not anymore! This Sunday, the National Park Service, Rockaway Artists Alliance, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and MoMA PS1 celebrate its grand reopening with an eclectic, child-focused event (which is itself the opening day of a summer-long arts festival). There will be children’s art activities, historical tours of Fort Tilden and a spoken word performance from James Franco and Patti Smith(!!!). After party at Rockaway Beach Surf Club.

DETAILS: 12pm-8pm; free; Gateway National Recreation Area;

3. PARADE: 2014 Gay Pride March on June 29

Cap off a month of Pride-related activity by attending this, the largest LGBT pride celebration in the world. Begun in 1970 as a civil rights demonstration, the “Gay Pride March” has since blossomed into a diverse celebration of the LGBT movement’s various arms, which seems reflected in this year’s choice of grand marshalls: transgender actress Laverne Cox, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Rea Carey and Jonathan Groff of HBO’s Looking. Awards will be given for best float, most original and best use of rainbow colors, and you know everyone is bringing their A-game.

DETAILS: 12pm; free; 36th St. and 5th Ave. to Christopher and Greenwich Sts.;

4. FOOD: 5th Annual Cheesemonger Invitational at Larkin Cold Storage on June 29

Attention cheese-a-holics: The Cheesemonger Invitational is returning to NYC and it’s going to be cheesier than ever. While there are some industry-only competitions earlier in the day, the festivities open to the public at 5pm, at which point you’re invited to sample “perfect bites” from 50 of the world’s best cheesemongers, drink unlimited beer and wine and feast on a whole roasted pig plus fondue, raclette, grilled cheese and pickles. You’ll also get to watch the ten finalists compete for the ultimate title of Master Cheesemonger.

DETAILS: 5pm; $75; 47-55 27th St., Queens;

5. LITERATURE: Popsickle Five on June 28-29

Take a lick of the Brooklyn lit scene at this tasty and cool literary arts festival. Organized by Niina Pollari and JD Scott, Popsickle brings together numerous reading series, publishers, and literary orgs for a marathon reading on Saturday and a more regular-length reading on Sunday. Participating organizations include Cave Canem, Death Panel, and Women Poets Wearing Sweatpants. Get read to.

DETAILS: various times; free; various DUMBO locations;

Want even more fun? Check out 15 Things to Do in July50 Free Things to Do This Summer and 10 NYC Summer Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss.

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