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.


Paddle Out for Laura Deckelman

Beloved photographer and ferry advocate, Laura Deckelman, who died earlier this year, will be remembered with a paddle out on Saturday, September 19 at 9 a.m. on Beach 73rd Street. Deckelman often photographed surfers, so those with a board are asked it pay tribute to her with a paddle out. A memorial ferry ride will also take place on October 11.


Coastal Cleanups

Join the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and Surfrider Foundation - NYC Chapter for a cleanup on International Coastal Cleanup Day. On Saturday, September 19, there will be two cleanup opportunities. The first will take place from 8 a/m. to 10 a.m. on Beach 59th Street. The second will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Beach 108th Street. All are welcome to remove debris and garbage from the beach and around the boardwalk. Gloves and materials provided. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Virtual Great Irish Fair

The Fair must go on, even if virtual. This year, the Great Irish Fair, usually held in Coney Island, is going virtual. Tune in to Facebook Live on Saturday, September 19 starting at 4 p.m. to catch performances by Andy Cooney, The Canny Brothers Band, The Narrowbacks, Susan and Gerard, The Whole Shabang and more. Check it out at To keep the tradition alive, donations will be accepted online, but are not required to watch the show.


Census Rally & Resource Fair

On Saturday, September 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Parking Lot (Beach 20th and Plainview Ave), Senator Sanders is hosting a 2020 Census sign up, resources for new moms, voter registration, a food giveaway, school supply giveaway and mask and hand sanitizer giveaway. Please wear a mask and bring a reusable bag.


Rockaway Oyster Fest

The 6th Annual Rockaway Oyster Fest will take place on Saturday, September 26 at RBQ. Social distancing will be in effect, so tickets are limited. Each $50 ticket includes unlimited oyster and beer, and music from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For tickets, search “Rockaway Oyster Fest” on 


Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Stop by West End Temple (147-02 Newport Ave) on Thursday, September 17 between 6 and 8 p.m. to meet Rabbi Ross, greet Temple members and pick up some special High Holiday treats thanks to the generosity of Jill and John Hunziker.


Get Tested

Think you have Covid-19? Find out. To find testing sites, head to or text COVID test to 85548


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.