A number of perennial festivals on the fall performing arts schedule make high culture that much more accessible to the public—and complement NYC's new seasons in opera, ballet and classical music. You can hear jazz greats at Lincoln Center, see offbeat dramatic pieces at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and catch hip-hop dance in the Bronx. Read on for our picks.
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Visual Impact: On Art, AIDS and Activism
The NYC AIDS Memorial and the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program commemorate WorldPride and Stonewall 50 with an educational installation featuring the sobering work of eight artists, including Keith Haring and Catherine Opie. View the exhibit on Greenwich Avenue, adjacent to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park between West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue.
The Pride Experience Bus Tour
Zip around to sites of LGBTQ+ historical interest on a double decker bus with CitySightseeing New York's special Pride Experience Bus Tour. Hostess Anita Buffem entertains and performs during the two-hour tour, while a licensed New York City tour guide explains the importance of local landmarks from Hell’s Kitchen to Greenwich Village and everywhere in between.
Saks Fifth Avenue Pride Windows Display
Saks Fifth Avenue partners with The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative for a special six-window display of photography from "PRIDE: Photographs After Stonewall" by Fred W. McDarrah. The display windows are on the Fifth Avenue side of their landmark, flagship store in Midtown. Inside, top designers have put together capsule collections inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, with items ranging from $15 to $5,495. The campaign pledges to donate a minimum of $100,000 to the initiative.
Hour of Pride with the Pride Center of Staten Island
Join the Pride Center of Staten Island at the Staten Island Children’s Museum for this family-orientated event that will explore a glossary of LGBTQ+ terms broken down for children through coloring activities, discussions and stories like “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings.
Brookfield Place Celebrates WorldPride
Luxury shopping, dining and culture complex Brookfield Place celebrates WorldPride with a variety of art installations and events. There is the massive “Thrive” on display in the Pavilion for the month of June. From June 25 through July 7, there is an interactive installation on the Waterfront Terrace. The terrace also hosts a WorldPride happy hour event on June 27, on the same night an exhibition opens in the Winter Garden from the AIDS Memorial Quilt Initiative. Throughout the month-long celebration, Brookfield Place will pledge $1 to the Hetrick-Martin Institute for each @BFPLNY and #BFPLpride tag posted to social media.
Destination Brooklyn: Pride Events
Join Destination Brooklyn for a month of Pride events in celebration of Stonewall 50 and WorldPride supported and hosted by black business owners across the borough. Enjoy film screenings, art tours, workshops, parties, performances, and festivals—culminating in Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing" 30th Anniversary Block Party.
Guinness World Records Attempt for Longest Feather Boa
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Madame Tussauds collaborate to break the Guinness World Record for longest feather boa. This WorldPride event will debut a rainbow boa 1.2 miles long, and will be hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race icon and A Star Is Born actor Shangela--it all unravels at 11am on West 42nd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Also, Ripley’s and Madame Tussauds will be donating a portion of their admission proceeds during Pride month to The Trevor Project.
Taste of Pride Culinary Panel
Join Macy’s for a free panel celebrating Pride and the culinary arts. Host Jake Cohen leads chefs Elizabeth Falkner, Anita Lo and Zac Young through discussions about LGBTQ+ representation in the food industry. The evening ends with tastings prepared by the renowned chefs.