Labor Day may have come and gone, quicker that we thought, but that doesn’t mean summer is over. With the weather still nice, there is still plenty of summer left. After all, it doesn’t officially end until September 22, and there’s plenty to do to make your summer last.
Earlier this year, the City announced that the beach season would be extended once again. The beaches are staffed with lifeguards and other Parks Department workers through Sunday, September 10. During this time, lifeguarded beaches may be limited as much of the staff has returned back to school, but there will still be a good amount of open beaches.
Also open every day through September 10 is the boardwalk concessions. Rippers at Beach 86th, Low Tide and the other concessions at Beach 97th and Caracas at Beach 106th are open straight into the weekend—and then beyond. Caracas confirmed that they will continue to stay open on weekends through October 1 and will continue to have live music. As we went to press, we could not confirm if Low Tide and Rippers would be following suit.
Connolly’s may be a summer bar, but you can still get your frozens for two more weekends. Connolly’s will be open Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10 and then Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17, before wrapping it up for the season.
There are plenty of outdoor events in the lineup for the next few weeks. On Sunday, September 10, head to Beach 91st for the 13th Annual Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic. This day will feature a surf contest for kids 16 and under, boogie boarding, paddle boarding, food, music, t-shirts and a memorial paddle out all in honor of Richie Allen, a firefighter who died on 9/11. Registration for the contest starts at 8 a.m., with the contest kicking off at 9 a.m., but the event goes on all day.
On Friday, September 15 at 9 p.m., Bungalow Bar keeps the summer going with their popular Country Night on the Water. This night of country features the Swon Brothers. This event is open to those 21 and over and tickets must be purchased in advance at nycountryswag.com.
Saturday, September 16 is a big day in and around Rockaway. Some may want to head to the Coney Island Amphitheater for the Great Irish Fair, featuring a full lineup of Irish bands, dancers, bagpipes, plus food, beer and shopping. The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door and free for those 14 and under. For those looking to stay in town, the 3rd Annual Poseidon’s Parade is also on September 16. All are welcome to wear their best nautical garb and march in the parade or just come out to watch. The parade kicks off at noon from Beach 105th Street and makes its way down the boardwalk. To register or for more information, head to poseidonsparade.com. If the fishy costumes got you in the mood for some seafood, head to the Belle Harbor Yacht Club afterwards for the 3rd Annual Rockaway Oyster Fest. The event includes unlimited beer and oysters, plus live music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. You must be 23 and up. Search Rockaway Oyster Fest on Eventbrite.com for $50 tickets.
Even after summer is officially over, the fun continues. On Saturday, September 23 is Honey Fest at the Beach 106th Concession. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can get all the honey you want while enjoying food, music, film, arts and crafts and more. For more info see www.nychoneyweek.com/honey-fest. Also, the Rockaway Business Alliance is hosting Rock-a-block-BLVD. Rockaway Beach Boulevard, from Beach 89th to Beach 94th, will be closed off for a day full of yoga, fitness, square dancing, a pet talent show, face painting, pie eating, henna and more.
By Katie McFadden
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