The Very Best Of Special and Upcoming Events (June 12-August 7)

AVP’s Fusion ’09, Out Professionals, Front Runners and more!

The Anti-Violence Project’s Fusion 09 will be held June 24 at the historic Christopher Street landmark of gay liberation, The Stonewall Inn.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and AVP is honored to celebrate Pride where Pride began. Fusion features an open bar, snacks and music by DJ Randy Bettis.

NYC’s very own WNBA team, the New York Liberty, kicked off another action-packed summer season on June 7. If playing ball in the rapidly-intensifying heat isn’t your thing, make B-ball a spectator sport and watch the Liberty burn up the courts from the sidelines.

Out Professionals is hosting two fabulous rooftop mixers, June 17 on an exclusive rooftop in Chelsea and July 15 on the roof of the Delancey. The Chelsea roof only accommodates 100 people and is a members-only event, so RSVP now. And next on the 15th, hang out on the rooftop lounge of the Lower East Side’s coolest rock club with your friends from OP. The event features an open bar and urban BBQ from 6–8pm.

June 15 at the Stonewall Inn, get the pride party started with the Hetrick Martin Institute’s Stonewall Inn Kick-Off 40th Anniversary Party. The event features Alan Cumming of Circle of Friends, Heather Matarazzo of Welcome to the Dollhouse, Grammy award winner Julie Gold, Sabine Singh of Martha Behind Bars, and more. All proceeds from the evening and silent auction will benefit Hetrick-Martin Institute and its work with LGBTQ youth.

NYRR and Front Runners—a running club for lesbians, gay men and supportive others—team up for the 28th time to produce the annual Pride Run, a five-mile race in Central Park on June 27. With prize money offered for top male and female finishers, this race draws some of the best competition in town. Whether you’re a top racer in it for the fantastic prize money or a novice looking for a healthy run and some camaraderie, the Pride Run delivers the goods. NYRR will announce when registration has closed. Until that time, registration is available to all runners.

Grab your hard drives and your wallets as Broadway Cares fries your motherboards when your favorites from Broadway “strip” for BC/EFA in Broadway Bares 19.0: Click It!. This event
will have over 200 of Broadway’s hottest dancers brining the information superhighway to life in what will surely have all of New York a-”Twitter” in two performances at the Roseland Ballroom June 21.

On Independence Day, it’s a must to find somewhere to watch the Macy’s July 4th fireworks display, which is moving across town. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the exploration of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson, Macy’s will stage their annual show stopping pyrotechnics over the Hudson River instead of the East River this year. The show will feature more than 40,000 shells exploding at a rate of more than 1,500 per minute. The 26-minute display will be set off from six barges positioned between 24th and 50th Streets on the Hudson River.


The annual Howl! Festival hits Tompkin Square Park in the East Village/LES Sept 4–6. Howl! is a vibrant, iconic, and stylish festival inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s famed poem and sprawled across three days, two stages and art across the park. Poetry, music, dance and more.

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