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Ok, if anyone asks you to leave the peninsula for a date or family affair, unleash your Rockaway Groan! It’s officially summer, and you have a good excuse. With the beaches and concessions open, plus a sizzling lineup of live music, theater and arts—you better let folks know— ain’t no reason to leave the peninsula—the Rock rocks!

 

LIVE MUSIC:

Thursday, May 23

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Blac Rabbit may be world-famous for their Beatles’ covers and original music, but they never forgot their Rockaway roots. Don’t miss the chance to see them at RBQ.

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

 

Friday, May 24

5 p.m.

Riis’ famous Friday night party is back with a pumping reggae lobster jam with DJ Shirine Saad. $30 lobster dinner includes 1 1/2 lb. lobster and sides, corn and potatoes. First-come, first-served or reserve at lobster-jam.eventbrite.com

Bay 9 Riis Beach Park Bazaar

 

Friday, May 24

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Rockaway’s ultimate big band, Big Squid returns to Caracas. Bring a towel because you’ll literally be dripping with sweat as you clap, swing and stomp to their high energy R&B, blues, funk and NOLA music.

Caracas, Beach 106th Concession

 

Friday, May 24

6 p.m.

Lock in a lively start to the weekend with the Kevin’s Band at Bungalow Bar’s always jammin’ Acoustic Fridays. Then DJ’s @ Work follows up with the ultimate dance party.

377 Beach 92nd Street

 

Friday, May 24

6 p.m.

Jumpstart your Memorial weekend with Locals Rule at Community House as they rule the house with the best classic rock and oldies.

101-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd

 

Friday, May 24

8 p.m.

Get your Irish swag on with band, Fools Night Out, at Jamesons. From classic rock, country, R&B, an Irish tune or two, and more—everyone will be jiggin’ on the dance floor.

421 Beach 129th Street

 

Friday, May 24

9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

With 3 Sheets To The Wind jammin’ at RBQ, make sure to have your dancin’ shoes on because your feet will be on fire stomping to all your fave classic rock and blues!

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

 

Saturday, May 25

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Salsondria, brings their hot floating Cubano dance party to La Barracuda. Get ready to gyrate your hips and spin on the dance floor all night long!

Corner of Beach 97th & Rock Beach Blvd.

 

Saturday, May 25

6 p.m.

The beach is back. The concessions are back. And so is Wine with Sue. What better way to kick off the summer with one of Rockaway’s favorite bands rocking out at Low Tide?

Beach 97th Concession

 

Saturday, May 25

9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

With the temps heating up, RBQ will be even hotter with Friends in Sound sizzlin’ the Boulevard spot with rock classics like you’ve just heard them for the first time.

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

 

Saturday, May 25

9 p.m.

Start enlisting your deputies because with The Brooklyn Bards playing at Rogers—it’ll be a high salutin’ fun night of classic and contemporary Irish favorites.

203 Beach 116th Street

 

Sunday, May 26

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Head to Whit’s for a hoppin’ jazz lunch featuring local legends, The Mike Severino Trio!

97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd

 

Sunday, May 26

4 p.m.

Take a wild ride on the rock side with locals’ darling favorite, the GrayTrippers. If you like the Dead, Stones, Los Lobos, Wilco — and of course loads of laughs and a rockin’ good time — this afternoon, Bungalow is the place to be! Then DJ Louie Mole keeps the holiday party groovin’.

377 Beach 92nd Street

 

Sunday, May 26

4 p.m.

Rockaway’s Irish son, Walter Ensor is back at Rogers performing his signature moving folk tunes and melodies. Grab the chance to toast, “Sláinte” to our veterans!

203 Beach 116th Street

 

Sunday, May 26

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Need some Solshyne in your life? Rock into the sunset at Low Tide Bar, as they deliver their always classic psychedelic rock.

Beach 97th Concession

 

Sunday, May 26

9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Monday is a holiday, so why not keep it local by rocking Sunday night out with the Rock-A-Wades’ epic classic rock party at RBQ?

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

 

Monday, May 27

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

How best to salute our veterans than with barbecue and Bair, as in Gerald Bair at RBQ? By afternoon-end, you’ll be on your feet encoring for more ‘Bair!’ and of course, toasting to our veterans with beer!

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

 

Monday, May 27

6:30 p.m.

Thai Rock hosts a memorable Memorial Day party with Locals Rule. Why not end the holiday with beautiful bay views, good food and company and equally fantastic classic rock and oldies!

375 Beach 92nd Street

 

Monday, May 27

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Continue the Memorial party at RBQ with world prodigy Blac Rabbit performing Beatles classics masterfully colored with their own compositions.

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

 

Tuesdays

8 p.m. to Midnight

Connolly’s ever-popular Open Mic Night is back, hosted by Rockaway’s beloved musicmeister, Professa Squid! Just one warning. Get there early because it gets packed!

155 Beach 95th Street

 

Thursdays

8 p.m. to midnight

Calling all musicians and vocalists—come on in and strut what you got at RBQ’s Thursday Open Mic Night!

97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd

 

 

SPECIAL MENTION —

NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY RIGHT HERE IN ROCKAWAY!

Saturday, May 25

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Come see a free tap dance and acoustic concert in celebration of National Tap Dance Day! Grab the chance to not watch the show, but even step up to learn a dance or two.

Beach 94th Street Boardwalk

 

ARTS

Tuesdays, Thursdays,

Saturdays, Sundays

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Did you know that the first-ever transatlantic flight happened a century ago right here in Rockaway? Seize the opportunity to learn about this historic event at the First Transatlantic Flight Exhibit at Fort Tilden. Ongoing until June 2. For info, visit: rockawayartistsalliance.org

sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden

 

THEATER

Upcoming

Rockaway Theatre Company presents Doubt: A Parable.This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning dramaplay is based upon a priest suspected of molesting a 12-year-old boy. Is the priest guilty? That’s the doubt you will have to unravel. Show dates are May 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more info and tickets, visit: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org.

T4 Post Theatre Building, Fort Tilden

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