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Celebrate the neighborhood's heritage with seven days of plays,
photography exhibits, jazz concerts, films, cultural festivals,
and orchestral performances.
Venues and times vary; 212-862-8473, harlemdiscover.com;
tickets required for some events
Watch the world's greatest tennis players slice, serve and
smash their way to victory. People-watch for celebrities on
the court and in the stands.
USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park,
Queens; 866-OPENTIX; usopen.org
It's the queen of all drag shows! Outrageous divas don their
best wigs for this wild and wacky costume event. There's no
telling who, or what, you may seeRuPaul, Boy George,
HRH Princess Diandra and Jackie Beat have all made past appearances.
5-7pm; Tompkins Square Park, 7th St. between Aves. A and B;
New York International Fringe Festival
The funky, and sometimes freaky, theatrical showcase brings
hundreds of performers to venues all over the city. The bill
includes dance, theatre, puppetry and spoken word performances,
multi-media exhibitions, and musicals.
Venues and performance times vary; 212-279-4488; fringenyc.org
Named for the late Beat poet Allen Ginsberg's famous poem,
this multi-genre downtown arts fest returns with an expanded
lineup of musicians, filmmakers, actors, authors and fabulous
and performance times vary; 212-505-2225,
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Grab a paddle and head to the largest multi-cultural festival
in the city. More than 1000 contestants racein colorful, custom-made
teak boats, all for a shot at $60,000 in cash and prizes.
You can also take in a Kung Fu demonstration by the Shaolin
Temple Warrior Monks and hear traditional music from China,
Mexico, and Peru.
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens; 718-767-1776, hkdbf-ny.org