Events

Events

Check out RISE's upcoming Events calendar, and join family, friends, and neighbors in strengthening the resilience of our community! RISE events are free to all and intended to actively engage local residents.

 

Master Fitness™

Monday, June 24, 11:00 am to 11:45 am
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Far Rockaway, NY 11692

Ann Fosteris embraces making a positive impact and living a wholesome lifestyle, which includes staying active and maintaining a healthy weight. There is no need to register for Master Fitness™, a FREE exercise class. Just show up at RISE on Monday morning at eleven o'clock and join neighbors of all ages and fitness levels. You will feel good and look great in no time!

Core on the Floor

Monday, June 24, 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Far Rockaway, NY 11692

Core on the Floor is a FREE thirty-minute class focusing on core and lower body and led by Ann Fosteris of Fitness to You. Participants should bring their own mats. All levels are welcome!

Rockaway Market Street @ Beach 60th

Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 60th Street & Rockaway Freeway, under the elevated A-train tracks

Spend the first part of your Saturday at Rockaway Market Street @ Beach 60th. It is the third season for the only outdoor farmers market on the Rockaway peninsula. Gabriel Aldort will be the musical performer on June 22.

The 2024 season takes place (rain or shine!) every Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., June 15 to October 12, and has live music, food sampling, and fun activities. The mission of Rockaway Market Street @ Beach 60th is to support community farmers and vendors with opportunities to sell their vegetables, fruits, homemade food products, baked goods, and locally made crafts.
 
Please help us spread the word. You may always reach us at info@riserockaway.org. Thank you!

Summer Bird Walk

Saturday, July 6, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Far Rockaway, NY 11692

Join RISE for a FREE birding tour led by NYC Plover Project's knowledgeable and experienced staff. Come and see various birds in Rockaway Community Park in Edgemere. At the end of the tour, we will stop by Rockaway Market Street @ Beach 60th. There will be live music by Billy Sal with Ron Bongo, locally grown fresh produce, and neighborhood vendors.

Please wear proper footwear and bring bug repellent. Binoculars will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. Whether you are an expert birder or just starting out, all are welcome!

Photo courtesy of NYC Plover Project.

Rockaway Honeyworks & NYC Honey Fest

Saturday, September 14, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Boardwalk at Beach 106th Street

Rockaway Honeyworks, a RISE initiative, will be attending the 14th Annual NYC Honey Fest! Student interns from Shore Corps helped to raise and care for the bees and to extract honey, which will be on sale in eight-ounce, four-ounce, and 1.5-ounce containers. Bee the Change T-shirts, tote bags, lapel pins, and lip balm also will be for sale.

All proceeds will support RISE's youth programs, including Living Classroom. Come by to say hello and a taste of some of the best honey in New York!

Native Plant Nursery Planting

Saturday, September 21, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Arverne East Welcome Center, 190 Beach 44th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Join us for a planting of RISE Native Plant Nursery at Arverne East. This event is part of “Greater Rockaway" Community & Shoreline Enhancement Plan.

People of all ages are invited to participate. Students seeking community service hours are welcome to attend. Dress accordingly for outdoor conditions. Registration is encouraged.

Special thanks to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Daffodil Bulbs Giveaway

Saturday, October 5, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Far Rockaway, NY 11692

It's almost planting time! Don’t miss out on New Yorkers for Parks 2024 Daffodil Project, a citywide living memorial, stewardship opportunity, and catalyst for transformative investment in our beloved parks and open spaces.

A living memorial to the victims of 9/11 and the largest civic effort in city history, Daffodil Project gives away bulbs to plant in public spaces across all five boroughs. RISE will be hosting one of the Queens distribution sites.

Bulb supplies will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Register to reserve your FREE daffodil bulbs!

Foraging Tour with "Wildman" Steve Brill

Saturday, October 5, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Far Rockaway, NY 11692

"Wildman" Steve Brill will lead a FREE session on plant identification, the natural habitat of the Rockaways, and all the best wild foods of the seashore.

The sandy soil limits tree and grass growth, but it benefits other species that can take advantage of the sun and nutrient-poor soil. Wild greens and dozens of species thrive here.

This event will happen rain or shine. Registration is required.

Sandy Anniversary Planting

Saturday, October 12, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 64th Street & the Boardwalk

For the twelfth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, RISE is bringing people of all ages together to care for our shoreline and create a natural protective barrier for the Rockaway community.

As we learned from the hurricane, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores serve as a buffer to the homes and businesses in the area. Many of these dunes are compromised by storms and shoreline erosion, and they need to be cared for to be effective.

Families, friends, and neighbors are welcome to participate in this dune planting and restoration project. Students can receive community service hours. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly. Registration is encouraged, in case of changes on the day.

Special thanks to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

11th Annual Hip-Hop Halloween & Harvest Celebration

Saturday, October 19, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Far Rockaway, NY 11692

Join RISE for the 11th Annual Hip-Hop Halloween & Harvest Celebration, as we celebrate with family and friends in Rockaway Hip-Hop Community Garden. Come and take part in decorating pumpkins, face painting, music, dancing, festive food, and more.

This event is FREE and open to all!

Rockaway Thanksgiving Feast

Saturday, November 16, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Far Rockaway, NY 11692

RISE is hosting a special Thanksgiving meal to give thanks and to celebrate our amazing community of family, friends, and neighbors. This FREE sit-down meal is for attendees who register in advance (no more than three per household).

The meal includes all the Thanksgiving favorites, prepared by local Rockaway partners:

  • Batesy's BBQ
  • Cassey's Cookies & Cobblers
  • Cuisine by Claudette
  • Goody's BBQ Chicken & Ribs
  • La Cevicheria
  • Rockaway Beach Bakery
  • Rockaway Food Initiative