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Summer festivals in NYC range from a dragon boat race to an Italian feast – NY Daily News


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Whatever floats your boat — including actual boats — you’ll find it at a festival somewhere in the boroughs this summer. That includes “math mimes” in Manhattan, board games in Brooklyn and pow-wows in Queens. Here are some of our favorites. International African Arts Festival Advertisement (June 30-July 4, Commodore Barry Park at Navy St., Fort Greene, Brooklyn; $5 suggested donation, $2 children; This sprawling cultural celebration, now in its 48th edition, is packed with performances and happenings. On this year’s stage: Cuba’s electric Ballet Folklorico Cutumba; the Reggie Workman Ensemble; Cape Verde’s Elida Almeida; and a host of beloved dance and drum ensembles. An African documentary film festival will debut, and the African Market Place area of the fest will unveil a fashion show, natural black hair showcase, martial arts exhibitions, poetry slam, and health fair. Come Out & Play (July 21, 1-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.; Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza, Dumbo, Brooklyn; free; It’s game on at this high-energy Brooklyn festival, which transforms a stretch of Dumbo into a giant playground for kids of all ages. From 1-5 p.m., a family-friendly program offers games for children, from pirate-themed dodgeball to phone-based apps that test creativity. From 7 to 10 p.m., grownups get their turn with social party games, wild street games, and technology-enabled live-action showdowns. Thunderbird American Indian Mid-summer Powwow (July 27-29, times vary; Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park and Glen Oaks areas; day passes are $10 adults, $5 children; free for members; Indigenous American culture comes alive at this weekend festival, hosted by New York’s Thunderbird American Indian Dancers troupe. The city’s oldest and largest pow-wow showcases intertribal Native American dance competitions, with more than 40 Indian Nations represented in glorious traditional dress. You’ll also find authentic Native American crafts and jewelry, delicious Native foods like Navajo tacos and fry bread, and soul-stirring music. Bonus: proceeds benefit the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Scholarship Fund and the Queens County Farm Museum Education Fund. Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (Aug. 11-12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Flushing Meadows Park, Queens; free; In the dog days of summer, this dazzlingly colorful festival celebrates the Chinese Year of the Dog with splashy dance performances, musical acts, storytelling, arts and crafts — and, of course, a thrilling aquatic race whose handcrafted teak dragon boats are floating works of art. Cheer on your favorites as more than 200 teams from around the world vie for $10,000 in prize money, all of it earmarked for charity. Along with traditional Chinese snacks, the festival’s International Food Court spotlights Southern, Latin, and Mediterranean treats. Third Annual NYC Math Festival (Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; plaza at 28 Liberty St., Financial Distri
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