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New York June 23–29: Pride, Comedy Marathon & Music Festivals Galore

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

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It’s a comedic, musical, prideful sort of week in New York. Laugh yourself silly at the Del Close Marathon, or catch some great live music at the Ziggy Marley concert, the last installment of the Washington Square Music Festival, or the out-of-town Rockland-Bergen Music Festival. For a celebration you won’t soon forget, which this year carries particular weight, show your solidarity (and your fabulous self) at the annual Pride Parade in Greenwich Village.

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

June 24 to 26 | Comedy
Del Close Marathon
Brought to you by the Upright Citizens Brigade for the 17th year in a row, the Del Close Marathon promises a night of continuous comedy. Troupes from around the world will perform for three days straight in honor of the late, great Del Close. Or, rather, they will take turns performing—this is comedy, not torture! There is a weekend pass as well as individual ticketed shows for hot spots like improv by the writers of The Daily Show or SNL’s Bobby Moynihan. There will also be panel discussions, parties, and podcast recordings, plus the opportunity to meet lots of other hardcore comedy lovers.
Times and locations vary | From $10 | website

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June 25 | Concert
Ziggy Marley
Don’t miss this chance to see the five-time Grammy award winner perform live at the Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk. Following in the footsteps of his father, legendary musician Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley is a talented reggae artist in his own right. He’ll likely play old favorites, but the focus will be on tracks off his newest solo album. Steel Pulse and Ed Robinson will open. If tickets sell out or you don’t feel like paying for seats, you can always camp out on the beach and hear the music wafting over the ocean.
6:30 p.m. | Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk | From $40 | website

June 25–26 | Escape the city
Rockland-Bergen Music Festival
This weekend take the bus, train, or car just 12 miles north of New York City to attend the two-day Rockland-Bergen Music Festival in Tappan, New York. Located on the border of New Jersey, this music festival was launched in 2014 by Tappan native and musician Joe D’Urso. Set in the lovely German Masonic Park, there will be 22 rock bands performing on two stages, including Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Wille Nile Band, Jorma Kaukonen, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, and New Riders of the Purple Sage. Although you can easily make the festival a day trip (the bus drops you off at the entrance), it would also be nice to make a weekend out of it by exploring the historical hamlet of Tappan. Check  The Time boutique hotel in nearby Nyack for overnight accommodations.
Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, German Masonic Park, 89 Western Highway, Tappan, New York | From $55 | website

Rockland-Bergen Music Festival

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June 26 | Pride
Pride Parade
This year’s New York Pride Parade, already one of the largest in the world, is projected to be the biggest yet as people come together to honor the victims of the recent Orlando shooting and to celebrate LGBT pride. What started in 1970 as a small march to memorialize the Stonewall riots of the previous year has grown into a parade and celebration of epic proportions. Following a week of pride celebrations, the parade encourages participants and onlookers to strut their stuff and be themselves. It is a key Greenwich Village event, and one that is more important this year than ever.
12 p.m. | Begins at 36th St. and Fifth Ave., New York | Free | website

June 28 | Music festival
Washington Square Music Festival
Founded in 1953, the annual Washington Square Music Festival is the second-oldest outdoor, free classical music series in New York. This week the season closes with a performance by the New York Jazzharmonic, a 17-piece band led by Ron Wasserman. They will perform “Fourths of July” for the first time, a composition by Fred Hellerman of The Weavers that was originally meant for a symphony orchestra but has been reorchestrated for jazz. The place will be packed, so get there early if you want a good view.
8 p.m. | Washington Square Park | Free | 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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