Despite what the calendar police say, the passing of Memorial Day marks the start of summer–if not officially, then at least mentally. And you know what that means: steamy sidewalks, egregious toe exposure and, most importantly, lots of southern-made excuses to get out and about. Here are a few events to look forward to this month.
Saturday: Mississippi Picnic, East Meadow, Central Park (5th Avenue at 97th Street). On the menu: catfish, sun and sweet tea.
Saturday: The Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, Elmont, NY. Gates open at 8:30am.
Saturday: Rusty Knot Fishing Expedition with chef Sue Torres. Trip begins and ends at 425 West Street (nr. 11th). $100 includes snacks on board and at the restaurant, dishes made from the day’s catch, and an open bar. Click here to reserve tickets.
Saturday: David Allan Coe Concert, Williamsburg Music Hall. Doors open at 8PM. Show starts at 9PM. $25 advance/$25 door.
Sunday: Crawfish Festival, the Redhead (349 E. 13th St.). 1PM-10PM, $30.
Sunday: MTV Movie Awards 9pm. Hosted by Florence, South Carolina native Aziz Ansari.
June 12-13: 8th Annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party, Madison Square Park.
June 23: Punch Brothers Concert, Williamsburg Music Hall. Doors open at 7:30PM. Show starts at 8:30PM. $30 advance/$30 door.
June 27: Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Governors Island. Tickets start at $250 (steep, yes, but you get to spend the afternoon with Prince Harry).
TBD (but happening sometime in June) Palmetto Society Summer Kick-off Party.
If you know of any southern happenings in the city or surrounding area, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.