Some Things to Do

Things To Do

Normally this page would be full of events and happenings around town. With Coronavirus causing most, if not all events and meetings to be canceled, we can only list a limited number of events that are virtual or with social distancing in mind.


First Annual Unity Fest

On Saturday August 1, from 1p.m, to 9 p.m. join the first annual Unity Fest, a chance for people on all sides of the fight for systematic change to come together and learn different perspectives from local politicians and police. There will be vendors, food, comedians, DJs, a town hall and more. Wear a mask. This is an outdoor event at 213 Beach 90th Street.


Go Paddle!

The Community Boathouse is back! Kayaking programs are now taking place at Bay Breeze Park on Beach 88th Street and the bay. Open paddles are now taking place every Saturday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunset paddles take place on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to walk up, sign up and spend some time exploring Jamaica Bay by kayak. Kayaks and lifejackets provided. Social distancing and masks required when in groups. Follow the Community Boathouse Rockaway Beach on Facebook for more info.


Start Dancing!

Beach Sessions is back, but this time they’re going virtual due to coronavirus. This time they’re hosting Tik Tok Challenges. New York choreographers are creating dance challenges that people can do at home and post to social media. All challenges will be released on Thursday, July 30 on Beach Sessions’ TikTok profile (@beachsessionsdanceseries), Instagram (@beachsessions_rockaway) and website. If posting videos for the challenge, use hashtags: @(artist tiktok), #beachsessions2020, #dancechallenge


Arts, Culture & Fun: Abstracting Nature

On Thursday, August 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., join NYC Parks to learn the art of abstract expressionism. Niko Lowry will lead the workshop where you will learn to relax and learn to express yourself through abstract expressionism. The workshop will take place outdoors at the O'Donohue Bandshell on Beach 17th Street. For your comfort, bring a mat, blanket, or folding chair to sit on. Feel free to bring your own pens, pencils and paper.  Some supplies will be provided as well. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register, and note that the class size is limited to 15 participants and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis on the day of the workshop.


Tune in To Rockaway Times TV

The Rockaway Times is bringing you a little something extra. When you get your Rockaway Times by e-mail each Thursday, you’ll be directed to Rockaway Times TV where you can catch short clips of the various businesses that are open during this coronavirus pandemic, along with other short videos from around town to full-length features. Tune in at 


Food Help for Seniors/Disabled

Are you a senior or disabled person who lives between Beach 149th and Beach 96th Street and unable to

get food during the pandemic? Contact Lew Simon or Jeanette M. Garramone for help at 718-945-1216. If you are able to donate any canned goods or food items to this cause, you can also reach out.


Beach Yoga

Kevin "Soupy" Campbell is back with yoga on the beach. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, join him on Beach 104th at 8:30 a.m. to get your Om on.