Talks and Events Around Father’s Day in NYC

By Alison Durkee

From history to block parties to downtown institutions, New York has tons to do on and around Father’s Day.

Photo by K. Milford

Whether you’re looking to share an activity or attend a talk, there are plenty of ways to spend Fathers Day itself on Sunday, June 17. Hear from journalist and author Kevin Powell at the New York Society of Ethical Culture, where he’ll discuss fatherhood, manhood, #MeToo, Dr. King, and Bobby Kennedy in a special Father’s Day talk. Further up Central Park West, head to the New-York Historical Society for their special Father’s Day scavenger hunt for the whole family, or go to the Rubin Museum for their free annual block party. The party, inspired by the museum’s exploration of the future, will include performances, art and activities for all ages. For a different slant on New York history and culture, take Dad to the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival, hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street. Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights, and sounds all come together in an afternoon-long street fair.

The city’s parks will also be offering some special Father’s Day events. Those looking to help out the city and make a difference can attend a Father’s Day cleanup event at High Rock Park in Staten Island, while car-loving dads can head to a special Classic Car Show along the East River in Astoria. If your family is looking for some outdoor entertainment on Father’s Day, check out a family music concert at the Urban Meadow Community Garden in Brooklyn, or settle in for a special screening of Disney’s Zootopia at the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum in Queens.

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Of course, there are also plenty of upcoming ways to spend quality family time with Dad all weekend. The day before Father’s Day, head out to Coney Island for their annual Mermaid Parade, the world’s largest art parade. Back in Manhattan, spend June 16 enjoying ice cream the 19th century way at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden’s special ice cream garden social, or take your science-loving family to the American Museum of Natural History, where their Identification Day will let visitors glimpse some of the specimens in the museum’s more rarely seen collections. Museum-going families willing to hold on a few days longer can also take in the Night at the Museums on June 19, in which museums and historic sites (like Federal Hall, above) throughout Lower Manhattan will open their doors in the evening with free admission and special programming.

History fans can also spend this Father’s Day learning more about some of the great men and fathers who have come before. Get a more personal perspective on Bobby Kennedy at The Unseen Robert F. Kennedy on June 12, a screening of previously unshown outtakes from the 1963 documentary Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment and a panel discussion on Kennedy’s life and legacy. For a look at one of Kennedy’s contemporaries, head to the Mid-Manhattan Library on June 13, as journalist Joseph Rosenbloom recounts the final 31 hours and 28 minutes of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life. Delve into the history of one of the 19th century’s most iconic fathers and learn more about Abraham Lincoln’s pre-presidential story at Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency on June 11. On June 20, turn a more critical eye to prominent male writers as Drunk Education presents roasts of “great” literary men.

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