Summer Is Officially Here


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

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