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  • This annual Pride March mixes celebration with political activism. Photo: Elvert Barnes, via flickr

  • The annual one-night-only Museum Mile Festival brings access to Fifth Avenue museums. Photo: f minus, via flickr

  • Expected back at the Rubin Museum's block party this year: Ajna Dance. Photo: Michael Seto/Rubin Museum

  • The view of Manhattanhenge from the Upper West Side. Photo: slgckgc, via flickr

Make museum memories

Museum Mile Festival


June 12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fifth Avenue, 82nd to 105th Streets


It’s the night of a million museums. No, it only feels that way, but it’s now a great New York night, one with open museums and openly enthusiastic visitors embracing them. Free access to famed institutions along Fifth Avenue, complete with art activities for kids and live musical entertainment. Also, an additional benefit for walkers: no cars.

Still proud

The March


June 24, stepping off at noon


The first march was in 1970. There’s been progress — from the Supreme Court on down — but challenges remain. Expect both a political message and also enthusiasm when the march kicks off on June 24, with more than 450 continents and over 100 floats.

The big picture

Manhattanhenge at American Museum of Natural History

Tickets: $15, $12 members, $13.50 for students and seniors)

July 12, 7 p.m.

Hayden Planetarium, enter at 81st Street


Manhattanhenge is our local take on Stonehenge, when the sun sets in a special way in our big city. Yes, you can see it for free on the crosstown streets, or you can head to the American Museum of Natural History, where astrophysicist Jackie Faherty will explain the history and astronomy behind it all.

Greet the future

Rubin Museum Block Party


June 17, 1 to 4 p.m.

West 17th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues

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</URL>The Rubin Museum’s annual bash mixes family art-making with live musical performances. And don’t forget the free museum admission. With an emphasis this year on the museum’s yearlong theme of “The Future,” expect multigenerational activities, futuristic art-creating stations, drone demos and activities led by community partners. Jane Hsu, the head of interpretation and engagement at the Rubin, promises: “At the Block Party, families and kids of all ages will be able to make the future with art-making activities, performances, and intergenerational learning.”

Downtown’s delight

River to River Festival


Various downtown venues

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</URL>June 15 through June 24

It’s time to expect the unexpected again. At the 17th annual River to River Festival, all events are free and open to the public — and there are plenty of events, and musical styles, to choose from. Expect to be on the move, since this festival utilizes more than 40 different venues. Genres blend here, with dance, music, theater and the visual arts mixed together. Check the website to make a plan.

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