Must-See Jamaica Bay: Arts and Entertainment

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by nycgo.com staff, 05/28/2014

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If you've overlooked Jamaica Bay while making plans to enjoy culture during the warmer months, it's time to take another gander. Family-friendly concerts, movie screenings and festivals take over the area's parks and beaches throughout the summer, providing numerous ways to enjoy the season.

Below are just a few of Jamaica Bay's most popular events. For more activities, visit nps.gov and nycgovparks.org.

June 22
Motown Concert at Beach 17th Street, O'Donohue Park performance space
5pm
At this event, a tribute band plays Motown classics.

June 28
Rockstock and Barrels at Beach 90th Street skate park and surf beach
10am–6pm
The eighth year of this annual festival features music performances and celebrates surfing and skating. For more information, visit rockstocknyc.com

July 13
Lagond All-Stars at Beach 17th Street, O'Donohue Park performance space
5–7pm
At this free show, the Lagond All-Stars, comprised of top musicians from a music school, play jazz with an Afro-beat edge.

July 22
Movie Nights in Rockaway: Despicable Me 2 at Beach 17th Street, O'Donohue Park performance space
Spend a summer evening on the beach watching this kid-friendly animated film about a motley crew's efforts to stop a criminal with extraordinary powers. The movie will begin at dusk.

July 23
Opening Festival/Water Festival at Beach 108th Street hockey rink
11am–1pm
This kid-oriented fest will feature water inflatables, bounce houses, cotton candy, popcorn and free giveaways.

July 27
Sandcastle Contest at Beach 117th Street beach 
noon–2pm
All are invited to this annual contest, where participants will build sandcastles and compete for prizes in different age categories. Attendees should bring buckets and tools.

July 29
New York Restoration Project Movie Night: Free Willy at Beach 17th Street, O'Donohue Park performance space
Pack a blanket and a picnic dinner and head to the waterfront for a free screening of the family-friendly film Free Willy. Moviegoers can also snack on popcorn during the show, courtesy of NYRP. For more information, visit nyrp.org.

July 30
Wayne "Superius" Garland at Beach 97th Street
11am–1pm
Wayne "Superius" Garland is a magician who blends hip-hop, ventriloquism and comedy into his act—making it perfect for kids.

August 8
Opening Festival/Water Festival at Beach 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive
11am–1pm
This kid-oriented fest will feature water inflatables, bounce houses, cotton candy, popcorn and free giveaways.

August 10
Jan Leder Quintet at Beach 17th Street, O'Donohue Park performance space
5–7pm
The jazz group plays live with vocalist Andrea Wolper.

August 19
Movie Nights in Rockaway: Frozen at Beach 108th Street hockey rink
Spend a summer evening outdoors watching this animated film—which has become a bona-fide phenomenon—about a princess on a quest to save her kingdom, which has been trapped in snow and ice by her unfairly maligned older sister. The movie will begin at dusk.

October 12
Rockaway Fall Festival at Bayswater Park (Beach 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive)
noon–3pm
This annual festival features a pumpkin patch, hayrides and other entertainment.

Dates and times are subject to change. Check online or by phone for advance confirmation.

related venues/(3)

  1. 1
    Rockaway Beach
    Beach 2nd St (to Beach 149th St)
    Queens – The Rockaways
    NY 11693
  2. 2
    Bayswater Park
    Dwight Ave. to Seagirt Blvd.
    Queens
    NY
  3. 3
    Jacob Riis Park
    157 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
    Queens
    NY 11694

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