curated by Sara Maher

Summer is almost here, bringing with the sun some serious #FOMO. Get warmed up for three months of festivals, parks, concerts, and beach trips with this assortment of activities.

Trip to Taiwan

Celebrate Taiwanese-American Heritage Week with Passport to Taiwan, an afternoon of Taiwanese dance and song performances; foods like oyster pancakes, ice cream wraps, vegetarian blood pudding, and bubble tea; and activities including the traditional arts of lion-head painting, paper umbrella making, and sugar-blowing. There will also be a raffle for a round-trip ticket to Taiwan.

 F downtown to 14th St and walk northeast to the north end of Union Square. Sun May 22, 12-5pm. Free entry.

Party With Your Pooch

Can’t find a dog sitter so you can cruise over to Coachella? Bring your fur baby to BarkFest instead. Referred to as the World’s Fare for dogs, this event lets you enjoy Pup Putt golf, pet caricatures, doggy tech demos, music, food, and beer, all while hand-in-paw with your pup.

 F downtown to W 4th St and walk southwest to Pier 97 (353 West St) Sun May 22, 2-8pm. $40-130. No more than 2 dogs per guest age 21 and over; all dogs over age 6 months must be spayed or neutered.

Music in Midtown

If you need a lunchtime reprieve, you can enjoy Midtown Concerts, a series of instrumental tunes from the 18th century and earlier performed by local ensembles in a beautiful church. The rest of the spring season consists of ACRONYM, a nine-piece string ensemble with vocals by baritone Jesse Blumberg; Trefoil, performing love songs from 14th-century Italy; Capella Intima, presenting the madrigal comedy “La Pazzia Senile”; and Eastern Reflections, playing a viola da gamba, a Gothic harp, and a baroque harp.

 F downtown to 47-50th St-Rockefeller Center and walk east to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church (325 Park Av) Thu through Jun 16, 1:15pm. Free.

Lady Laughs

Is it “That Time of the Month”? If not, it should be! This comedy show finally gives lady-lovers the female-focused late-night delight they’ve been asking for since being granted the vote. Comedians Liisa Hill Murray and Meghan Ross host an evening of comedy acts, including music, stand-up, and character sketches, by performers who just happen to be female.

 F downtown to 34th St-Herald Sq and walk southwest to PIT Loft (154 W 29th St) Monthly; next show is Sat May 21, 9pm. $10.

Fanciful Fencing

Tired of staring at scaffolding and construction fencing? The Prospect Park Alliance and ArtBridge took over 300 feet of construction fencing and transformed it into an outdoor photo installation. “Natural Disruptions” features 40 pieces, each six to eight feet high, by Brooklyn artists. Mark Dorf’s photographs question the way science and the Internet define our relationship with nature, while Anthony Goicolea’s work is described as “a playfully dark daydream.”

 F downtown to Fort Hamilton Pkwy and walk northeast to enter the park at Fort Hamilton Pkwy and Coney Island Av; walk northwest through the park to the Wellhouse and follow the exhibit along Wellhouse Dr. Through summer 2016. Free.

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