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Tuesday, June 3: Shakespeare in the Park
On the docket for this season: Delacorte regulars Hamish Linklater (formerly of The Crazy Ones) and Lily Rabe (known for American Horror Story) drive each other crazy in Much Ado About Nothing (through July 6). Then John Lithgow gets serious in King Lear (from July 22 to August 17).
Delacorte Theatre, Central Park; shakespeareinthepark.org
Friday, June 6: Governors Ball
Yeah, yeah, we know music festivals are kinda nuts. But so is this year’s lineup--including but not limited to Outkast, Phoenix, Jack White, Neko Case, Interpol and other people we’ve actually heard of. Three-day tickets (from Friday to Sunday) are still available (starting at $230).
Randall’s Island; governorsballmusicfestival.com
Saturday, June 14: The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island
Grab your cloche and, more important, camera. The yearly costumed tradition is slated for the weekends of June 14 and 15 and August 16 and 17. An even better reason to hit the ferry this season: You can peep the island’s new hammock field.
Governors Island; jazzagelawnparty.com
Monday, June 16: Saturday Night Fever in Bryant Park
Do outdoor-movie season right by starting with a quintessential New York flick (and fondly reminiscing about a world before “Adele Dazeem”). Other Bryant Park films to keep on your radar: Blazing Saddles (July 7), National Lampoon’s Vacation (July 21) and The Shining (August 18).
Bryant Park; bryantpark.org
Thursday, June 19: The National at Celebrate Brooklyn!
Most outdoor headliners (like Beck and Jack Johnson) have already sold out, but there are still tickets ($50) to the last show of the local band?s three-night run. (That means buy them now.)
Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn; celebratebrooklyn.org
Wednesday, July 9: The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks
One of our favorite events of the whole year is back and hitting up each borough. Prospect Park, you’re first (July 9)--followed by Cunningham Park in Queens (July 10), Central Park (July 11), CUNY in Staten Island (July 13), Central Park again (July 14) and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx (July 15).
Thursday, July 17: Sharknado at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Mark our words: This will be the most fun screening of the whole damn summer. Also, the sequel (yes, sequel) drops July 20 on Syfy--so you won’t feel left out of the water-cooler talk.
Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park; brooklynbridgepark.org
Wednesday, July 30: The Lego Movie at Pier 63
No really, you gotta see it. But here are a few more blockbusters also playing at this pier: Iron Man 3 (July 9), American Hustle (July 16), This Is the End (July 23), Lone Survivor (August 6), Hunger Games: Catching Fire (August 13) and Captain Phillips (August 20).
Pier 63, W. 23rd St. at the West Side Hwy.; hudsonriverpark.org
Thursday, August 7: Spaceballs at the Intrepid
Honestly...duh. Also aboard the ship this season: Top Gun (May 23), Independence Day (July 10), Gravity (July 17), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (July 24), The Hunt for Red October (July 31) and Captain Phillips (August 14).
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave.; intrepidmuseum.org
Monday, August 18: Big in Central Park
We’re Team Baby Hanks. But there’s a whole week’s worth of flicks to choose from at Central Park’s film festival, including The Royal Tenenbaums (August 19), The Way We Were (August 20), Ghostbusters (August 21) and Rear Window (August 22).
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park; centralpark.com
Cheers to the freaking (Memorial Day!) weekend. We can’t believe we made it, either.
But wherever you’re headed for the holiday (see you in the Hamptons?), there’s a wealth of activities--most of which involve picnic blankets, inflatable screens and as much cheese as you can stuff in a tote bag--to do right here in NYC all summer long.
So fire up those calendar reminders: This, dear friends, is your Guide to Summer 2014.
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