Soak up September Summer

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Labor Day has come and gone, which means it’s time for locals to reclaim their beach. Luckily, there’s still plenty going on for all to enjoy.

Although it’s September, summer doesn’t officially end until the 21st, so there’s still great weather and lots to do in the next few weeks. As done in previous years, the beach season has been extended. Although lifeguards will be limited, some beaches will be guarded and open to swimmers through Sunday, September 9. There’s still time to grab a frozen after your beach day, too. Summer bar, Connolly’s Pub, will be open until dusk on weekends through September 23.

The concessions are also open all month. The Beach 86th, 97th and 106th concessions are still open, depending on the weather, and each will continue to offer entertainment on the weekends starting around 6 p.m. This weekend, on Friday, September 7, Big Squid performs at Caracas on Beach 106th and the other concessions will also have live music. On Saturday, September 8, Ska Boom plays at Beach 106th, Supertones play at Beach 86th and Tall Juan performs at Beach 97th. On Sunday, September 9, at Beach 106th you’ll find Fools Night Out, Bethlehem Steel plays at Beach 86th Street and the Beach 97th concession will feature a swing dance party. The following weekend, on September 14, the Grayriders play at Beach 106th, the Craig Brown Band plays at Beach 86th, while DJ Rock Onez entertains at Beach 97th. On September 15, the Supertones are back at Beach 97th and DJ Center Party plays the hits at Beach 106th. On September 16th, Squid Acoustic performs at Beach 106th and Real Young & Lazy Horse will be at Beach 97th.

In addition to music and food, there are fun events taking place this month. This Saturday, September 8, head to Beach 90th for the 3rd Annual Body Surf Competition, starting around 9 a.m. On September 9, sign up starting at 8 a.m. on Beach 90th Street for the kids’ surf contest as part of the Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic. On Saturday, September 15, the Beach 106th Concession will be buzzing. It’s NYC Honey Fest! Enjoy a day celebrating the bees and their honey by purchasing honey from various vendors, watching demonstrations, participating in a honey-eating contest and much more, starting at 11 a.m. On Saturday, September 22, end the summer right with a new and now highly-anticipated event, Poseidon’s Parade. Watch or participate in this family-friendly nautical parade that takes place on the boardwalk from Beach 106th to Beach 95th Street. The parade kicks off at noon. Head to PoseidonsParade.com to register. Last, but not least, finish off September by chucking and sucking at the 4th Annual Rockaway Oyster Fest. This year it’s Saturday, September 29 at Rustwoods. Enjoy three hours of oysters, beer, and music by Indaculture starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be found on Eventbrite.com.

Have a happy, endless Rockaway summer!

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