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Festivals in NYC: From music to beer, there's a festival for you

No matter your interest, there's a festival for you.

Several events are on the horizon. From RuPaul's Drag Con to the New York Pizza Festival, there is much to do coming up.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city — and remember that New Yorkers buy tickets quickly.

Live at the Archway (Thursdays through Sept. 20)

Live at the Archway in DUMBO is back
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Live at the Archway in DUMBO is back with free performances, public art and more beneath the Manhattan Bridge Archway. Don't miss out on music by the all-female Brazilian drum line FogulAzul NYC and Ljova and the Kontraband (June 14), the lead singer of Thievery Corporation Natalia Clavier (June 21), The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn (July 5), JSWISS (August 30) and Gangstagrass (September 13). (Free, 6 p.m., across from the Pearl Street Triangle, DUMBO, dumbo.is)

Rite of Summer Music Festival (May 19 - Aug. 18)

Governors Island will become a festival grounds for
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Governors Island will become a festival grounds for free outdoor concerts featuring contemporary classical music, from Sandbox Percussion, Ensemble Connect (pictured), DITHER and Collaborative Arts Ensemble. You can catch the shows at 1 and 3 p.m. for each respective date in Colonels Row. riteofsummer.com

New York Beer Fest (July 21)

The city's inaugural New York Beer Fest takes
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The city's inaugural New York Beer Fest takes over Citi Field in Queens with unlimited tastings from more than 80 craft breweries. Tickets include all-you-can-drink tastings of beers from local breweries -- Citi Field's own Mikkeller Brewing, Sunset Park's Five Boroughs Brewing Co. and Bronx Brewery among them -- and those from farther afield, like Colorado's Left Hand Brewing, Chicago's Half Acre and Cooperstown's Ommegang. ($50, noon and 6 p.m., nybeerfest.com)

OZY Festival (July 21-22)

Central Park's OZY Festival -- the annual hub
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Central Park's OZY Festival -- the annual hub for music, arts, politics, tech and food now in its third year -- has announced synth-rockers Passion Pit (pictured) and former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez as this year's headliners, along with a host of political figures including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and DNC chairman Tom Perez. The festival, which drew 5,000 people to Rumsey Playfield last year, has expanded to a two-day run. ($55 for an individual Sunday ticket, $75 for an individual Saturday ticket and $98 for an individual two-day pass, ozy.com)

Site-specific Dance Festival (Aug. 4-5)

INSITU is a group that works to make
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INSITU is a group that works to make dance accessible to everybody and it's taking the Long Island waterfront by storm this August. For two days (32 hours), INSITU will perform 160 dances at Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park -- that's four 90-minute performances at each per day. If you want to take part, you can learn to dance in 20-minute workshops that will be done after the first three performance rounds at each park. (Free, 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m., insitudancefestival.com)

International Puppet Fringe Festival (Aug. 6-12)

This new festival will feature puppet troupes from
Photo Credit: Teatro SEA

This new festival will feature puppet troupes from around the world with performances, exhibits and symposiums. Shows will span genres from classical to experimental and musical. Teatro SEA's acclaimed production "Sueño" will be part of the programming each night of the festival from 7 to 9 p.m., however it will be free and open to the non-ticketed public as well. puppetfringenyc.com

Battery Dance Festival (Aug. 12-18)

New York City's longest-running free public dance festival
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New York City's longest-running free public dance festival is back again with an entire week of performances covering a slew of dance styles from countries such as Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic, Botswana, Belgium and more. Between 10:30 a.m. and noon each day, there will be free dance workshops. Each night ends with a dance party for everyone. (7 to 9 p.m., Robert Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Park City, batterydance.org)

Flame Con (Aug. 17-19)

This comic convention is meant to provide the
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This comic convention is meant to provide the entire LGBTQ community with the opportunity to experience meaningful, provocative art that reflects itself with collaborative art workshops, Two hundred queer-oriented vendors (comics, arts, crafts, clothes and entertainment) will join creators such as Sina Grace ("Burn the Orphanage," and "Li'l Depressed Boy"), Tee Franklin ("Bingo Love"), Jen Bartel, and more. ($25 to $65, noon to 6 p.m., Sheraton Times Square, 811 Seventh Ave. eventbrite.com)

RuPaul's Drag Con (Sept. 28-30)

Tickets for the second annual Drag Con at
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Tickets for the second annual Drag Con at the Javits Center go on sale on May 14 for three whole days of fabulousness. In addition to RuPaul, the "Drag Race" darlings slated to attend include Trixie Mattel, Aja, Eureka O'Hara, Jasmine Masters and Milk. rupaulsdragcon.com

The New York Pizza Festival (Oct. 6-7)

As many as 30 pizza makers from across
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As many as 30 pizza makers from across the U.S., and a small contingent from Naples, Italy, will sell tastes of their signature pies and slices during the first-ever New York Pizza Festival taking place on Crescent Street in Belmont's Little Italy district over Columbus Day weekend. The outdoor festival, which will be free to attend, is modeled on one of the world's largest celebrations of cheese-y, saucy flatbread, the annual Napoli Pizza Village in Naples.

Nitehawk Shorts Festival (Nov. 7-12)

Nitehawk's six-day festival will feature short films under
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Nitehawk's six-day festival will feature short films under 20 minutes, special events and parties, which will include prizes, workshops and the cinema's new second location. Films will span genres, from animation, documentary and narrative to artist films, music videos and more -- all by local, national and international filmmakers. The festival's opening night and weekend matinee programs will include a speciality music program called "Music Driven," the popular "Midnite horror program," and a "Contenders" secret screening. nitehawkshortsfestival.com

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