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NYC events, concerts and more to hit this week

There's always so much to do in NYC.

But you already knew that.

Of your many, many options, here are our picks.

Summer solstice sundial (June 21)

Stand on a giant sundial banner to cast
Photo Credit: Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership

Stand on a giant sundial banner to cast your shadow and mark the time. You'll help create a large-scale human timepiece by leaving your personal mark on the banner, which will be displayed in the Museum of Mathematics through June. This is the first Throwback Thursday (a series of free activities in the plaza on Thursdays) for the Flatiron District. (Free, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., North Public Plaza, flatirondistrict.nyc)

Citi Summer in the Square (Thursdays)

Every Thursday, get access to free fitness classes,
Photo Credit: Liz Ligon

Every Thursday, get access to free fitness classes, movie nights, shows, live music and dueling performances through August 9 at Union Square. At lunch time, the New School of Jazz performs and in the evening, a dueling performance show will entertain you. You can also take a fitness class (dance, cardio and sunset yoga) hosted by New York Health & Racquet Club or run with the Paragon Run Club. In August, you can also catch an outdoor movie screening of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" on the 2nd and "Hairspray" on the 9th. (Free, summerinthesquare.nyc)

Make Music Day (June 21)

This all-day musical celebration on the summer solstice
Photo Credit: NAMM Foundation

This all-day musical celebration on the summer solstice across the country is coming to New York City with more than 1,000 free concerts in public spaces throughout all five boroughs. Enjoy hip hop, opera, Latin jazz, punk rock and more by high school bands to marquee names on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. (Free, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., makemusicny.org)

'Be an Outsider at work' (June 21)

L.L.Bean and Industrious are launching
Photo Credit: Whitney J. Fox Photography

L.L.Bean and Industrious are launching "Be an Outsider at work" -- an outdoor co-working space in the middle of Madison Square Park for one day only. Book your spot at the space, which has individual work spaces, conference areas and cycling desks now. (Free, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., beanoutsideratwork.com)

Summer Solstice Music Festival (June 21)

Stroll Park Avenue on Thursday to catch free
Photo Credit: Grand Central Partnership

Stroll Park Avenue on Thursday to catch free live music, from jazz to Latin soul, during the first-ever Summer Solstice Music Festival by Grand Central Partnership. Check out the Duane Eubanks Quintet, JJ's Funky Groove, Zaccai Curtis Trio, Fulaso, Eric Person Trio, A Latin Movement, Bryan Carrott Trio, Liz Leimkuhler & Friends, Beyond Fab and more. (Free, 4 to 8 p.m., Park Avenue, from 39th to 52nd streets, grandcentralpartnership.nyc)

Sip Pride cocktails for a benefit (June 17-24)

Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop will serve up special
Photo Credit: Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop

Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop will serve up special rainbow cocktails to raise money for The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis and suicide prevention to LGBTQ+ young people. Cocktails are $13 with 10 percent of every purchase donated to the cause. Happy hour is every day from 5 to 7 p.m., and a DJ livens up the crowd from 7 p.m. until close on Friday and Saturday nights. (37 W 24th St., sirhenriny.com)

Live at the Archway (Thursdays through Sept. 20)

Live at the Archway in DUMBO is back
Photo Credit: Stephen Yang

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)

Savor Pride (June 21)

Join renowned LGBTQ and ally chefs (Amanda Freitag
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Join renowned LGBTQ and ally chefs (Amanda Freitag from "Chopped," Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Zac Young from "Unique Sweets," Lazarus Lynch from "Comfort Nation" and Jake Cohen, a culinary content creator extraordinaire) at a barbecue benefit for God's Love We Deliver. The outdoor event will feature five menu items with in-depth cooking demonstrations, technique discussions and tastings centered on down home cooking. ($70-90, 6 p.m., 166 Sixth Ave., nycpride.frontgatetickets.com)

'Proudest Day Ever' (June 21)

Kick off your morning with a free #SWEATatMoxy
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Kick off your morning with a free #SWEATatMoxy bode NYC pride-themed yoga class on the Magic Hour rooftop with trainer Sam Given, who will introduce his alter ego Millie Grams. RSVP to fitness@moxytimessquare.com.

Then take a walking tour of LGBT landmarks in the West Village with the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project at 1 p.m., followed by Madboots Dance performances starting at 5 p.m. (every 20 minutes) and a special Pride edition of "Hey Moxy!" by Ty Sunderland and Ruby Fox at Moxy Times Square at 8 p.m.

Rosé Fridays (Thursdays and Fridays)

The French beauty & lifestyle collection, Bastide, is
Photo Credit: Bastide

The French beauty & lifestyle collection, Bastide, is inviting the public into a Southern France-inspired SoHo pied-à-terre for a showcase of French rosé wines and its home goods, which are available for purchase. You'll also get to meet the company's founders, Frederic Fekkai and his wife, Shirin von Wulffen. (Free entry, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 134 Spring St., suite 602, bastide.com)

Open Mic Mondays at HGU (every Monday)

Open Mic Mondays at HGU New York Hotel's
Photo Credit: HGU New York

Open Mic Mondays at HGU New York Hotel's Rose Hill Lounge gives participants a full band accompaniment while the audience can sip on cocktails as they sit on leather couches. Celebrity drop-ins occur from time to time and the lounge also has a rotating collection of modern art, courtesy of Chelsea's Gallery 151. (Free, 9 p.m. to late, 34 E. 32nd St., hgunyc.com)

Be Time meditation bus (ongoing)

This mobile meditation studio, Be Time, travels the
Photo Credit: Shaye Weaver

This mobile meditation studio, Be Time, travels the city in search of weary New Yorkers. Choose from 15-, 30- and hour-long classes in order to reset and relax, whether it's during your workday or a shopping day. Prices range from $11 to $22. betimepractice.com

Blue Note Jazz Festival (June 1-30)

Don't miss this festival if you're a jazz
Photo Credit: Dino Perrucci

Don't miss this festival if you're a jazz fan. There will be more than 100 performances over five NYC venues with musicians like Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti (pictured) at Sony Hall in Times Square, icon Art Garfunkel at The Town Hall, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter at Central Park SummerStage, jazz fusion guitar virtuoso Al Di Meola, renowned folk singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot and more. bluenotejazzfestival.com

World Cup viewing parties (starting June 14)

Don't miss the World Cup, which only comes
Photo Credit: Rich Wade

Don't miss the World Cup, which only comes every four years. Hit up one of dozens of bar and restaurants that will be screening the games and offering food and drink specials across the city. Here's a list of where you can find them.

GrowNYC Greenmarket at Westfield WTC (Tuesdays through Oct. 30)

GrowNYC has opened its Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza.
Photo Credit: GrowNYC

GrowNYC has opened its Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza. Choose from vendors of local seafood, breads and pastries, veggies, fruits, dairy products and more. Chefs from Eataly will put on demos as well. Check GrowNYC's website to find out when you can catch the demos, celebrations and other activities.

Oscar Wilde and Lillie's specials

Two Victorian-themed restaurants are making the most out
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Two Victorian-themed restaurants are making the most out of Pride with special drinks and fun that will benefit NYC Pride. From June 14-24, stop by Oscar Wilde for the "Wilde and Out" cocktail made with rosé, elderflower cordial and sparkling wine for $15. On June 24, there will be a buy-one-one-get-one-free Wilde and Out, rainbow Jell-O shots with vodka (starting at 4 p.m.; six shots for the full rainbow) a DJ spinning tunes from 4 to 8 p.m. and a selfie station with rainbow props. The restaurant will make a donation to NYC Pride from the profits.

Its sister bar, Lillie's Victorian Establishment, will host a bottomless brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 24 for $29 and will give 10 percent off anyone who comes in with Pride gear all day, plus there will be a selfie station there, too.

Daily Events on the Waterfront

Brookfield Place has games and daily events each
Photo Credit: Brookfield Place via Facebook

Brookfield Place has games and daily events each evening on the Waterfront through the summer, including pingpong, fitness classes, music and film screenings. The Tartinery Shack also has drinks and bites for those coming after work.

Mondays: Pingpong, 5-8 p.m.

Tuesdays: Trivia, 5-8 p.m.

Wednesdays: Fitness, 6-7 p.m.

Thursdays: Music and film, 6-8 p.m.

Saturdays: Fitness, 11 a.m.-noon

Sundays: Lazy Sundays with DJ sets, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Sweat Sessions (June 12)

thesweatsessions.splashthat.comSweat Sessions, a free fitness series, has returned
Photo Credit: Meredith Deliso

thesweatsessions.splashthat.comSweat Sessions, a free fitness series, has returned at Hudson River Park's 14th Street Park. Between now and Sept. 4, you can get your workout with master trainers of boot camp, yoga, barre, boxing, HIIT, meditation, dance cardio and more. You can choose between three 45-minute classes at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. every Tuesday night.

Pop-up table tennis at Berg'n (Wednesday nights)

Try your hand at table tennis -- it's
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Try your hand at table tennis -- it's not as easy as you think. Berg'n teams up with The Push (a table tennis league) each Wednesday night. You can enter and potentially win a $200 cash prize, too. ($10, 7:30 p.m., 899 Bergen St., Crown Heights, bergn.com)

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