Things to do
Bushwick Collective Block Party; June 2; free
A chunk of Brooklyn’s top-notch outdoor artists stage a Bushwick street takeover, fully armed with food trucks, live jammin’ and Instagram-worthy graffiti to celebrate the nabe’s trendy art scene. Watch spray-can masters create new masterpieces in real time, while music makers like Ja Rule and DJ Evil Dee provide the backdrop tunes. amazing things, amazing things, amazing things
Aloha Nights New York Botanical Garden; select days in June; $38
Head to the New York Botanical Garden for an evening of tropical delights. Take an after-hours look at the garden’s new exhibit, Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, learn how to hula, watch lei-making demos, explore installations by Hawaiian-Chinese sculptor Mark Chai, listen to live music and fuel it all with a poke bowl and a cup (or two) of Passiflora Punch.
Sex and the City 20th Anniversary Screening Nitehawk Cinema; June 6; $16
Drink Cosmos and toast 20 years of the fab four with this special screening of the movie, followed by a panel featuring Sex and the City and Us author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, Kate Ward, Hunter Harris, Naveen Kumar and Leigh Altshuler.
Pet Day at Deno’s Wonder Wheel; Jun 9; free
Take your four-legged companion for a spin on the Wonder Wheel at this annual event where animals ride free with their owners. Nattily dressed pets can enter the costume contest at 2pm for a chance to win a $150 Petco gift voucher. Only 25 pets can enter, so pre-register online or sign up on the boardwalk first thing. Either way, bring along two cans of dog or cat food to seal the deal. The cans are donated to the Sean Casey Animal Rescue, which has adoptable pets around for you to play with (and maybe take home) at the event.
Barbercon Knockdown Center; June 10; one-day pass $35, two-day pass $60, VIP $80
Makeup and skin-care junkies have Beautycon. Bearded folks or those with magnificent manes have Barbercon. Check out live hair tutorials, product demos, classes and workshops at the annual two-day convention. You don’t have to be a professional trimmer to get in on the fun: the event also has food trucks, tunes and games, as well as drinks to keep you feeling buzzed.