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2017 Photo credit: courtesy of the Bronx River Alliance


The Bronx Seasonal Fun Guides are publications of: OLGA LUZ TIRADO Executive Director SUZANNE MENDEZ Deputy Director WILLIAM MURRAY Tourism & Administration Coordinator 851 Grand Concourse, Ste. 123 Bronx, NY 10451 718.590.3518

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ummer is best spent outdoors and there is plenty to take advantage of in The Bronx. Experience Orchard Beach for Salsa Sundays, connect with nature at a local park, even picnic or dine alfresco! If you love open-air concerts, then you won’t want to miss Wave Hill’s Sunset Wednesdays or the SummerStage festival presented by City Parks Foundation. More than ever, The Bronx has a variety of recreational offerings ranging from seasonal walks through the New York Botanical Garden, Arthur Avenue and The Bronx Zoo. So whether you’re observing wildlife, learning about different Bronx historical and cultural sites while on a leisurely walking tour, or adventurously paddling the Bronx River on one of Bronx River Alliance’s canoeing programs, there are countless opportunities to bond with friends and family this season. The Bronx is especially worth visiting when the summer is sizzling!!

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SUMMER SCHEDULE WED | JUN 21 | 9AM – 10:30AM MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK For the second year in a row, Wave Hill celebrates avian life as part of Make Music New York’s Inside the Bird Chorus, a city-wide project conceived by the artist David Rothenberg as a dialogue between improvising musicians and native bird species. The gardens make an ideal location for flutist Michael Pestel to chat with the birds and for visitors to enjoy the sounds. Wave Hill, 675 W 252 St

SAT | JUN 24 |10AM-4 PM POLLINATORS WEEKEND Praise the pollinators! Celebrate National Pollinators Week and the tiny creatures who beautify our gardens and help put food on our dinner tables. Make butterfly habitat hats, learn about pollinator-friendly plants, go on walks to see pollinators in action. Wave Hill, 675 W 252 St

Photo credit: Olga Luz Tirado

TUE | JUNE 27 | 6PM- 11:59 PM TRIVIA TUESDAYS @ THE KILT BAR $29.99 Burger & bottomless mimosas or draft pitchers Kilt Bar & Grill, 170 W 231 St

NOW THROUGH OCT 29 | 10AM- 6PM CHIHULY Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on view at The New York Botanical Garden in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY Nights will provide a magical setting for this sensoryfilled experience. New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd

SAT | JULY 8 |10AM- 4:30 PM MIDSUMMER MINTS DAY Enjoy the aromatic and ornamental members of the mint family on a garden walk and a soap-making workshop. Purchase minty plants for your own garden or windowsill in The Shop at Wave Hill—buy one herb plant in the mint family, and save 50% on a second. Soap-making Workshop is $55/$45 Wave Hill Member. Registration required. Wave Hill, 675 W 252 St

NOW THROUGH JUL 23 | 10:30AM-4PM ACROSS DIVIDES: BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES IN CONTEMPORARY ART Grounded in the description in Genesis that the world came into being through a series of divisions - light and darkness, day and night, sea and land, animals and human beings - this exhibition presents works in different media by 17 artists, who explore how individuals and communities maintain their distinctiveness, yet also reach across divides. Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, 5901 Palisade Ave

SUN| JULY 9| 11AM- 4PM 3rd ANNUAL CAR SHOW Get ready, get set…go! The Belmont Business Improvement District will host its third annual car show — a day filled with classic and exotic cars, trophies, prizes, live entertainment and more! Rain-date for the event is Sunday, July 16th. Belmont Business Improvement District Crescent Avenue at Arthur Ave

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NOW THROUGH JUN 30 | 8PM- 9:30PM EL BOLERO WAS MY DOWNFALL Days before leaving jail, LOCA LA DE LA LOCURA, nightclub entertainer and self-fashioned femme fatale, recounts a life of travestismo and the terrible turn that landed her in prison. A tribute to a great Puerto Rican writer, drenched in sequin, song, and the irreverence of survival. Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Ave

SAT |JULY 22-23| 10AM- 4:30PM BOUNTIFUL BLOOMS WEEKEND By mid-summer, Wave Hill is a landscape of glorious blooms. Anchored by Flora Fantastica! in Glyndor Gallery, the weekend offers a special Family Art Project and a garden walk all about the language of flowers. Stop by The Shop for an informal, drop-in demonstration on how to create a meaningful nosegay inspired by the symbolism of flowers, and enjoy 20% off select flower-inspired books. Wave Hill, 675 W 252 St



SAT | AUG 19-20 |10AM-4:30PM HONEY WEEKEND This signature weekend offers a buzz-worthy range of activities, from candle-making and honeyextraction demonstrations to a "Be a Bee" Family Art Project that has become a classic. Meet local beekeepers in The Shop, where you can enjoy a selection of local, artisanal honeys. Candle-Making Workshop is $15 per kit. This special weekend, admission to the grounds is $10 adults, $6 students and seniors 65+, $4 children 6-18., free to Wave Hill Members and children under 6 Wave Hill, 675 W 252 St

TAKE A BRONX TOUR ART DECO SOCIETY OF NEW YORK PRESENTS A free talk and/or free walking tour of the history of Art Deco in The Bronx JUNE 24 Register for Talk here JUNE 24 Register for Walk here DISCOVER THE GRAND CONCOURSE Contact Sam Goodman at 718.665.1124 or email at BRONX’S LITTLE ITALY & ARTHUR AVENUE WALKING TOUR BRONX NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS SOUTH BRONX HISTORIC TOUR SUSAN SEZ WALKABOUTS Find out more at BRONX BITES FOOD TOURS Email or visit THE BIRTHPLACE OF HIP HOP TOUR Visit Hush Tours at BIG APPLE GREETER Friendly Bronxites who are happy to share the borough they love. Go to


Summertime is great for basking in the sun on a beach or taking a stroll through a seaside village. Both can happen right here in The Bronx. Whether you want to catch fish, eat fish or simply look at fish - City Island is the place to be. Ride one of Captain Chris' Island Current Fleet and fish by sun or moonlight. Scuba dive with Captain Mike and friends. Don't know how to scuba? No worries. Take lessons right here in The Bronx. If you are hungry, enjoy a nice Branzino at Portofino Restaurant or the best Moules Mariniere at Bistro SK. There is no shortage of seafood restaurants on City Island. Take a seaside tour with the City Island Chamber of Commerce on every first Friday of the month. For City Island history, visit the Nautical Museum. For art and gifts, browse the galleries and chit chat with the locals. If it gets too hot, enjoy an ice cream or frozen yogurt at Lickety Split. Say hi to Skip while you're there. For some local music, go to the Starving Artist Cafe. Elliott might let you join the band if you are so inclined. In September get a head start on your holiday shopping at the City Island Arts and Crafts fair. Jewelry, art, and more.

Go Scuba diving with Captain Mike!

Lessons offered 718.885.1588

SAT | SEPT 09 |11AM-7PM


Go fishing with Captain Chris! Private charters . Moonlight cruises . Sunset cruises

Over 50 artists and craftspeople display and sell their work along the sidewalk of City Island Avenue. Live music during the afternoon in Hawkins Park. Plenty of fun for the entire family!

City Island Ave between Bay & Schofield Streets


If it’s Sunday, it’s FREE concerts at Orchard Beach! Beginning on July 9th with Ismael Miranda & TKA, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. presents Bronx Summer Concert Series Salsa, R&B, Hip Hop, and more! Concerts begin at 1pm and end at 5pm PAGE 5


SOUNDVIEW PARK Intersection of Morrison & Lafayette Avenues


ST. MARY’S PARK 450 St. Ann’s Ave

JUL 26 | 7PM-9PM The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit: Star-Crossed (Los Desdichados) JUL 27 | 8PM-10PM SummerStage in association with BAAD! present: Made in the Bronx JUL 28 | 7PM-9PM La India

VAN CORTLANDT PARK 242nd St. & Broadway

JUL 29 | 5PM-7PM Frankie Negron JUL 30, 2017 Lisa Lisa / Marlon B

CROTONA PARK 1596 -1672 Crotona Ave

AUG 2 | 7PM-9PM Ultimate Break Beats Anniversary / Break Beat Lou / SPECIAL ED / Camp Lo / hosted by Lord Finesse AUG 3 | 7PM-9PM A Bronx Tale AUG 4 | 7PM-9PM Stevie B / Ted Smooth

JUN 22 Ethel Calhoun (West African) JUN 29 Prof. Coco & David B. Meade (Batucada Drumming) JUL 6 Elissaveta Iordanova, Goranan Dance (Bulgarian) JUL 13 Caren Calder and Indigo Arts (West African) JUL 20 Thunderbird American Indian Dancers JUL 27 Nadia Moussa (Sufi) AUG 3 Eddie Torres Jr., Nelida Tirado & Gonzalo Grau’s La Clave Secreta Trio (Part of Bronx SalsaFest)


AUG 5 | 5PM-7PM Kid Capri's Block Party Live AUG 6 | 5PM—7PM Jadakiss


1490 Sheridan Expy,

SUNSET WEDNESDAYS OUTDOOR MUSIC Live music on the Great Lawn, where you can picnic (no blankets, please!) or preorder a bento-box meal from Great Performances, which will also serve specialty cocktails. Enjoy the gardens and see "Flora Fantastica!" in Glyndor Gallery. Starting at 4PM on Sunset Wednesdays, admission is $10, $6 for students and seniors 65+, and $4 for children ages six to 18. Free to Members and children under six. The Great Lawn at Wave Hill, west 249th & Independence Ave

JUN 28 MARY COURTNEY & MORNING STAR Mary Courtney hails from a large musical family in Castlegregory, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Now residing in the Bronx, she is the lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bodhrán (Irish hand-held drum) player with her trio Morningstar JUL 5 ELSA NILSSON QUARTET Led by improvising flutist Elsa Nilsson, the quartet is a tour de force, weaving the sounds of Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Turkey and the Baltic countries, with the traditional Swedish folk music of Nilsson’s roots. JUL 12 LYNDON ACHEE QUINTET A Brooklyn-based steel pan artist/composer/performer/ educator, Lyndon Achee collaborates often with Oliver Lake, Bobby Sanabria, Eli Fountain and Anthony Braxton, among others. JUL 19 ALAN HAMPTON & GRETCHEN PARLATO This concert marks the second appearance of Alan Hampton (strings and vocals) at a Sunset Wednesday as he introduces us to jazz singer Gretchen Parlato. Together, they offer original tunes and Stevie Wonder’s flowerthemed “Send One Your Love.”

a month-long, borough-wide festival celebrating the music, the dance, and the legends. AUG 2 & 9

See Wave Hill concerts at left

JUL 26 LIBBY RICHMAN & CO Libby Richman & Co is back by popular demand. Led by the Bronx-based saxophonist, the group’s sound echoes many influences including classical, Latin and current music.


Barefoot Dancing at Van Cortlandt Park featuring Eddie Torres Jr., Nelida Tirado & Gonzalo Crau’s La Clave Secreta Trio (see page 6)


SALSA BRUJA WITH CARIDAD DE LA LUZ & DANCERS Salsa Bruja takes salsa from the clubs and theaters to this beautiful garden setting. The show features singer Caridad De La Luz, widely known as “La Bruja” (“The Witch”), as the evening’s MC and vocalist.

AUG 6, 13, 20 & 27

Salsa Sundays at Orchard Beach

AUG 26

Los Van Van Lehman Center for the Performing Arts Buy tickets here

AUG 9 ORQUESTA SSC SALSA BAND Contemporary salsa big band Orquesta SCC returns to Wave Hill to close the 2017 Sunset Wednesdays season. An 11 member, all male, contemporary salsa big band led by Jose Vazquez-Cofresi and Edwin Perez, SCC stands for Salsa Con Conciencia, and the band’s mission is to make music that benefits society.

AUG 31

Bembé in The Bronx Bronx Brewery Buy tickets here


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