By Kami-Leigh Agard


The temperature is dropping, but our ocean/bayside town is skyrocketing with things to do all weekend. See a round-up below. So, get up, get out and let the fun begin! This week’s tip: Fall “Freedom” Fest this Saturday!



FRIDAY, October 20

6 p.m. to Midnight

Feel the beat, fuel the fun, and live it up at DredSurfer with Fun-N-Rock’s ultimate 80s/90s/00s Old School Party! With DJ Johnny Quest waxin’ the ones and twos—this flashback Friday, DredSurfer serves up a heapin’ happy hour (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) with Caribbean food and bevies, then dance the night away (indoors & outdoors).

Dred Surfer, Beach 17th Concession


FRIDAY, October 20

8 p.m.

Sing and dance your way into the weekend with multifaceted music man, Phil Kadet, playing a wide range of classic rock and sing-along tunes in the upstairs lounge at Belle Harbor Yacht Club.

533 Beach 126th Street


FRIDAY, October 20

9 p.m.

TGIF! So, head to Rogers, hit the dance floor and make memories to last a lifetime with Uncle Jack and his devoted Jack Pack!

203 Beach 116th Street


FRIDAY, October 20

9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Pointers are back at Bar Marseille pouring out your favorite retro rock and pop with jaw-dropping vocal harmonies.

190 Beach 69th Street


SATURDAY, October 21

4 p.m. 

Head to Breezy for the GrassLighters’ master mix of rock, folk, bluegrass and R&B at The Sugar Bowl.

15 Bedford Avenue, Breezy Point


SATURDAY, October 21

9 p.m.

Hell or High Water drives your Saturday night revelry at full throttle with rock and roll at Rogers, chased with a bluesy swamp vibe.

203 Beach 116th Street

SUNDAY, October 22

With Harbor Light in full Oktoberfest mode, get your chops ready for traditional das Essen (food) and das Bier (beer). Plus, on the music menu—Chris Decker! For menu and showtime, visit: harborlightpub on Instagram.

129-18 Newport Avenue




7 p.m.

Channel your inner Spice Girl at Rockaway Tiki Bar’s karaoke night.

67-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd.


7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bask in an evening of rhythmic storytelling with Ireland’s Cork-born renowned folk songsmith, Niall Connolly at Sayra’s.

91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd.



5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Head to the boards for Rockaway Rasta Lobstah Jam hosted by Red Hook Lobster Pound, also featuring sweet reggae music by Rho & Friends. For tickets and more info, visit:

Beach 97th Street Boardwalk Concession


7 p.m.

Take a break from the kitchen and head to Margie’s at The Rockaway Hotel for a heavenly dining experience as Phil Kadet serenades you with classics and standards from the American Songbook. For reservations and more info, visit:

108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive


7 p.m.

Don’t miss Bungie’s Trivia Tent Thursdays, with music by DJs At Work. This week’s theme: “Halloween Horrors!”

377 Beach 92nd Street



5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Every Friday until October 27, SeaNY Pizza serves up his famous pizza and favorite DJs on the boards at Beach 97th Street Concession. This Friday, don’t miss DJ Yah Supreme droppin’ his signature mashup of “bro-hemian” hip-hop.

Beach 97th Street Concession

9 p.m.

DJ Baroque spins an eclectic vibe with the best of acid jazz, electro funk, instrumental hip hop, rare grooves, and classics at The Rose Den.

174 Beach 116th Street




MONDAY, October 23

7 p.m.

From poetry, spoken word, hip hop, illustration, painting, instrumentals, vocals—whatever your artistic medium—nonprofit art collective, Sol De Vida, welcomes you to share your art “piece” at the Rockaway Brewing Co.

415 Beach 72nd Street




SATURDAY, October 21

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Step into a bygone era of glamour, laughter, and pure entertainment as the timeless art of vaudeville is revived here in Rockaway—showcasing: spectacular variety acts, improv, live music and singing, spoken word, dance and more! Plus, art show by Carolin Wood. This event will be held outside, so attendees are advised to bring their own chair and dress appropriately for the weather. Admission is free, but donations welcome. To RSVP and for more info, visit: Facebook event page: Enchantment Entertainment Presents: A Rockaway Revue: Vaudeville Revived

116-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd.




SATURDAY, October 21

Music showtimes vary

Celebrate fall, fun and freedom with Beach 129th Street’s drink and dining establishments—Harbor Light, Pico, Jameson’s, Panino Rustico-Baya Bar and Callie’s—this Saturday! This annual Fall Freedom Fest returns chock-full with a variety of American and German food fare and beverages, plus live music throughout the day. A $20 event bracelet grants access to all specials and discounts being offered at the five participating pub/restaurants, (which are also selling the bracelets). Proceeds go towards covering medical expenses for a local family in need. Music lineup: 12 p.m. Dueling Pianos at Callies (410 Beach 129th Street)/ 2 p.m. Midnight Society at Pico (419 Beach 129th Street)/ 4 p.m. Wine with Sue at Harbor Light (129-18 Newport Avenue)/ 7 p.m. DJ Poppa D at Jameson’s (421 Beach 129th Street). For more info, follow: calliesrb, jamesonspub, picorbny, paninorustico_bayabar_rockaway and harborlightpub on Instagram.



SATURDAY, October 21

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

¡Vámonos! Take a trip across Latin America at Rockaway’s first-of-its-kind Latino Heritage Month Festival: ¡Sabor y Ritmo en Rockaway! (Rhythm and Flavor in Rockaway!), presented by The B.R.I.D.G.E. Family Enrichment Center, F.R.A.N.C. (Far Rockaway/Arverne Nonprofit Coalition) and arts organization, Sol Vida. From Latin music: salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, reggaetón and more; a salsa dance class; artistic expression; to a variety of cuisines—with “passport” in hand—take a deep dive into Latin American culture in all its diversity— at the F.R.A.N.C. wellness space. RSVP at .  For more info, visit: fecthebridge on Instagram. Free!

1332 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway



SUNDAY, October 22

12 p.m.

NYPD 100th Precinct Community Affairs beckons kids of all ages to their spook-tacular Children’s Parade & Trunk Or Treat! Parade starts at Beach 102nd Street and the boardwalk, then immediately following, Trunk Or Treat at the 100th Precinct (92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.). Bring your kiddos in their best costume for a chance to win the costume contest! Also, there’ll be giveaways, and various NYPD units tabling the event, providing informational resources for the community. For more info, call Community Affairs at (718) 318-4233 or Youth Coordination Officers at (718) 318-4230.


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