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Things to do this week in NYC Jun 15-Jun 22: Outdoor Activities

New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!

NYC Audubon Summer EcoCruise-Swinburne - New York Water Taxi
June 16, 2013 - New York

See some of the 3,000 gorgeous herons that fly from the South to nest on small islands in New York Harbor. Hosted by Audubon naturalists, this 90-minute cruise will take you "up close and personal" to see these majestic birds. Cruise under famous city bridges and past renowned monuments, take in views of the city's skyline and get to know some of its lesser-known aviary residents. You'll learn about the ecology of the harbor and understand why the harbor islands have become home to thousands of birds in the last few decades. Our fleet of vessels are community-conscious with low-emission engines, low-wake hulls and hospital-grade mufflers that honor our New York waterways.

Music in the Garden: Quintet of the Americas - Queens Botanical Garden
June 16, 2013 - Flushing

Celebrate Father's Day as we welcome back the popular and talented Quintet, featuring music by Queens composers. Presented in collaboration with the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens.

2nd Annual New York State Museum Week - Queens Botanical Garden
Through June 16, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy 50% off admission as we partner with New York State Museum Week! Just mention "Museum Week" at the admission gate (discounts do not apply to parking).

FREE Fly Fishing Lessons - Orvis Company Store
Through June 16, 2013 - New York

NOW through June, every SATURDAY & SUNDAY, Orvis NYC will offer free fly fishing lessons. If you're looking for a great way to get your family together outside, sign up! Fly fishing is a sport the whole family can enjoy together. All ages are welcome, but those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. All details can be found at www.orvis.com/flyfishing101. Classes are complimentary to the public but RSVP?s are necessary, so call your local NYC Orvis store at 212-827-0698 today for specific class times and to register! Leary PR for Orvis.

Farmer's Market Fridays at QBG - Queens Botanical Garden
June 21, 2013 - Flushing

Every Friday, June 21 through November 22 from 8:30am to 4pm. Get fresh, local and seasonal produce, nuts, coffee, and nut butters from the Farmer's Market! Every Friday, June 21 to November 22, from 8:30am to 4pm on Dahlia Avenue off Main Street.

Summer Solstice Celebration - Socrates Sculpture Park
June 21, 2013 - Queens

This season, Socrates invites you to tap into ancient Mayan energy! Participate in a special Solstice ritual performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna, practice yoga at sunset, or take part in a community drum circle with Toca & Ale Ale Drummers... but not before the evening gets kicked off with an exhibition of action-packed, high-flying Lucha Libre (Masked Mexican Wrestling).

Outdoor Rise - Multiple locations
Through June 23, 2013 - New York City

OUTDOOR RISE is a brand new outdoor adventure festival hitting NYC June 17-23. Over 60 free activities include bike tours, hiking, kayaking, surfing, rock climbing, yoga, photography, film, and more. It's powered by the expert guides of Discover Outdoors with events held in all five boroughs. Get details and register at www.OutdoorRise.com.

Art Exhibit: Fish and Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media - Queens Botanical Garden
Through July 23, 2013 - Flushing

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. It illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species. The exhibit is on display at the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery from April 22 through July 22. Visitors will be invited to create their own art at an interactive print-making station that will remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, and also to take part in community art projects, open to all ages, at QBG’s April 28th Arbor Festival as well as the June 23rd Summer Solstice Celebration. The opening reception for this exhibit will be on April 26 from 6-9pm

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