You’ve been working hard all week, so let loose and try our awesome recommendations for the best things to do in NYC this Thursday, June 21. There are amazing movies, concerts and museum exhibitions to explore and we rounded up our favorite activities for you.
Citi Summer in the Square Union Square; various times; free
Every Thursday during the summer, Union Square Park hosts a full day of free activities, including yoga, cardio and bootcamp classes, lunchtime jazz, screenings of classic flicks like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Hairspray, and a series of dueling performances, wherein pianists, beatboxers, dancers and guitarists square off to see who can put on the best show. Visit to see the full lineup of events and drop in for some gratis outdoor fun.
Socrates Sculpture Park Summer Solstice Celebration; 5pm; free
Celebrate the longest (and hopefully sunniest) day of the year at this art-focused outdoor party, which includes workshops from the Noguchi Museum; a communal art-making project using the park’s trees; and performances by vocalist STEFA* and all-women drum crew Batalá New York. The day ends with a sunset shamanic circle by the water. Not a bad way to get some good weekend vibes.
Yum’s the Word: Dairy Queens and Kings Le Poisson Rouge; 7:30pm; $15, at the door $20
Robin Gelfenbien, the empress of salty storytelling, pairs all-star yarn-spinners with home-made ice cream cake at this popular monthly showcase. For the show’s Pride edition, she brings R. Eric Thomas, Georgia Clark, Kelli Dunham and Craig Mangum to the stage.
Movies Under the Stars: God’s Own Country Tony Dapolito Recreation Center; 8pm; free
In celebration of Pride month, NYC Parks are screening some of our favorite queer classics. This time, it’s 2017’s stirring and sensual British romance God’s Own Country. Try to resist this love story.
DED Talks: TED Talks From Dead People Caveat; 6:30pm; $10–$15
Bask in the wisdom of Bea Arthur, Julia Childs, Steve Irwin and other fallen icons at this TED Talk–inspired event. Glo Tavarez, Claire Burns, Isabelle Owens, Andy Kimler, Brittanie Sheree, Christi Chiello, Richie Moriarty and Jay Malsky channel insights from beyond the grave while host, um, God watches over it all.
Catherine Cohen: The Twist?…She’s Gorgeous Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 9:30pm; $12
After regularly stealing the show at Club Cumming, Union Hall and beyond, supreme multihyphenate Catherine Cohen takes over Joe’s Pub for a night of wickedly subversive musical comedy, fabulous looks and self-directed diva worship. She’s joined by regular collaborator Henry Koperski at the keys. Not to be missed.
Harry Styles + Kacey Musgraves Madison Square Garden; 8pm; $79–$129
The breakout star of One Direction takes over the stadium stage with country star Kacey Musgraves, who mixes a classic, honeyed sound with a subversive lyrical take on the traditionally straitlaced genre. Her newest album, Golden Hour, is the strongest demonstration of those gifts yet, an collection of hits, by turns heart-rending and jubilant.