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New York July 7–13: Pinknic, Bastille Day & Craft Beer Jam

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Bastille Day in New York

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Bastille Day in New York

The best of what to do in and around New York this week

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This week in New York, indulge your inner conspiracy theorist with a flying saucer  show-and-tell, or get festive with the French and celebrate Bastille Day a few days early. If you’d like some refreshments to go with your entertainment, join a rosé-themed picnic and music festival on Governors Island or head to the New York vs. New Jersey Brew Battle, depending on your preference. Alternatively, flee the city with a trip to the beaches of Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork.

AFAR Local is our weekly insider guide to the best of what’s happening in cities around the U.S.  

July 7 | Sci-fi talk
Flying Saucers Are Real
Do you believe the truth is out there? Then join writer Mark Jacobson and science fiction novelist and collector Jack Womack for a show-and-tell like you’ve never seen before at the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Womack will display and discuss some of his finest pieces of flying saucer memorabilia, which will also be featured in his forthcoming book Flying Saucers Are Real. It’s sure to be an informative and entertaining evening that blurs the boundaries between sci-fi and reality.
7 p.m. | Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424A Third Ave., Brooklyn | $8 | website

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July 9–10 | Music and rosé festival
Rosé has become the unofficial wine of summer. Celebrate the reign of this popular pink drink with New York City’s first rosé-themed picnic and music festival on Governors Island. Bring your own food or buy a gourmet picnic basket from chef Chris Santos, which features such nibbles as popcorn shrimp salad and grilled peach and burrata salad. There will be 10 live musical performances and DJ sets over the two days, from the likes of Miami Horror, Claptone, and Tortured Soul. And, of course, there will be plenty of still and sparkling rosé available for purchase. Pink is the theme of the weekend, with 2,000 pink blankets spread around for guests to sit on and a strictly pink and white dress code.
12–6 p.m. | Governors Island, New York | $65 | website

July 9–10 | Escape the city
Greenport, Long Island
Nothing says summer in the city (or, rather, out of the city) than a weekend in Long Island’s North Fork. While the Hamptons have the glitz, lots of other beachy spots in the area offer all the same rest and relaxation without the see-and-be-seen vibe. This weekend, check out Greenport, a historic seaside village with as much—or as little—as you need to keep you occupied. Beyond the beaches, the town itself offers an antique carousel, seaport museum, lighthouse tours, and one of the world’s few public access camera obscuras. The dozens of vineyards of the North Fork are some of the area’s biggest draws and are well worth checking out. Enjoy delectable food alongside fine views at Soundview restaurant, and try to get a room at the Morning Glory B&B.

July 10 | French celebration
Bastille Day on 60th Street

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Celebrate all things French at the annual Bastille Day on 60th Street celebration hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF). This year’s lineup includes a performance from the hit Broadway musical revival An American in Paris, an accordion tribute to Edith Piaf, a funny puppet show for kids, and a live screening of the 2016 UEFA European Championship Final on a giant screen in FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall. There will also be French food, music, and dancing to complete the experience.
12–5 p.m. | 60th St. btw. Fifth and Lexington Aves., New York | Free | website

July 13 | Beer battle
Craft Beer Jam: New York vs. New Jersey Brew Battle
Separated by only 3,500 feet of river, New York and New Jersey couldn’t feel more different. We’ve had our share of friendly competition, but this beer battle may be the final showdown. Head to WNYC’s the Greene Space for a spirited tasting of six craft breweries from either side of the Hudson. Departed Soles, Flounder, and Angry Erik breweries will represent New Jersey while Lineup Brewing Co., Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co., and Interboro Spirits and Ales speak for New York—or, more specifically, Brooklyn. Chat with the brewers, sample their suds, and vote on a favorite.
7 p.m. | The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St., New York | $25 | website

A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.

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