Put it on the calendar! The 17th Annual Rockstock & Barrels Festival is coming up on Saturday, June 24, and it’s going to be one for the books.
In addition to the already fun live music, boardwalk vendors, skate contest and surf contest, there are some awesome additions this year at the annual festival presented by St. James, Boarders and Into the Whip Records. NY nonprofit Surf For All is bringing in A Walk on Water, a California-based nonprofit that uses surf therapy to help special needs kids. During the festival, they’ll be sharing a one-hour expression session, showcasing their surf therapy.
Speaking of surf, the Eastern Surfing Association and Skudin Surf are hosting the surf contest this year and the purse is already at $5,000 and growing. The skate contest is shaping up to be another great one and this year, there will be a free skate clinic in the morning to teach kids who want to learn, how to skateboard.
Walker Hornung is once again curating the music and he’s got a lineup of young, energetic bands with original music taking the stage on Beach 90th all day long. Plus those who keep the party going and head to the afterparty at the Beach 97th concession at 6 p.m. are in for a special treat as local band Indaculture reunites for the first time since 2019. There will even be an afterparty to the afterparty, with the fun continuing at Connolly’s with DJ Brother Rich spinning tunes.
Rockstock, on Saturday, June 24, is held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the skate park to the boardwalk to the ocean on Beach 90th Street. There’s still time for vendors to sign up, sponsorships and more. For more info, see: Rockstocknyc.com