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Must See Summer Events: All-Star Fanfest Comes to the Javits Center

 There are hundreds of free and interesting events and activities to explore every day this summer.
Summer Events in NYC, July 15
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Each week, DNAinfo New York rounds up some of the most interesting events to explore. Here is a roundup of some of this month's top picks:

Monday, 15 July 2013 - Load your summer bases!
Ahead of Tuesday's All Star Game at CitiField, the All-Star Fanfest is currently taking over the Javits Center. Test the latest baseball gear, join a Major League clinics or seminar, collect some memorabilia and enjoy free autograph sessions with Mets legends and Hall of Famers. Ticket prices are $35 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. Tickets are sold on a timed-entry basis, providing fans the ability to reserve the day and time of their choice.

There's nothing quite like the sound of a mighty orchestra in the open air. New York Philharmonic: Concerts in the Parks hits Central Park' Great Lawn this evening at 8:00pm. The Philharmonic is being conducted by Alan Gilbert, the first native New Yorker to hold the post of Music Director. On the program tonight is Dvořák's Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. Stay until the end, as fireworks follow the performance. Tomorrow night they play Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx.

R&B legend Babyface serenades his fans this evening as part of the free Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field, Brooklyn Ave at Rutland Rd. Upcoming concerts in the series (all on Monday nights) include Rakim, Marvin Sapp, Mighty Sparrow, Toni Braxton & Gladys Knight. Bring your own chairs as seating is limited.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013    
Citi Field will be the center of the baseball world Tuesday when the home of the Mets hosts the 2013 All-Star Game. It is the first time the game is being played in Flushing since 1964, the inaugural year of Shea Stadium. The game features the best of the best in the American League, including Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and legendary reliever Mariano Rivera, against the National League’s standouts, including Mets third baseman David Wright and pitching phenom Matt Harvey. Arguably the most popular event of All-Star Game festivities is the Home Run Derby, which will take place Monday night.

The Children's Museum of Art has partnered with Hudson River Park to provide hands on arts workshops for kids Tues & Thursdays 1-4 until 29 August. The Pier Pop Up Art Program provides all materials, and of course, it's free. At the Pier 25 Comfort Station.

Learn more about the man The New York Times called "the most important children's book artist of the 20th century" this evening at 92nd Street Y. The life of Brooklyn-born artist Maurice Sendak is being celebrated by friends and colleagues who knew him well. Speaking will be children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus and artists Paul Zelinsky, Peter Sis, Rick Meyerowitz and Etienne Delessert. Also make sure you catch "Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work," a comprehensive exhibit of more than two hundred never-before-seen Sendak originals at The Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues). Showing through August 17.  

Check out some cool Jazz vibes at Bed-Stuy's Restoration Plaza every Tuesday in July. From 6pm.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Wild Wednesday at the High Line - a program designed to inspire kids about the world of nature unravels the magic of photosynthesis this week. It begins in the leaves! During this weekly drop-in program kids and their caregivers will have the chance to look closely at a leaf, watch a butterfly fly, or hold a wriggly worm in the palm of your hand. Each month focuses on a different topic, with fun activities each week.

Feeling the heat? Cool off at Coney Island. New York's classic boardwalk is back to near full-force after Sandy. We recently rounded up the action.

Free movies tonight. At Riverflicks on the Pier 63 Lawn at 23rd St Manhattan catch the 2012 science fiction action-thriller Looper (Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt), at the Summer Screen in McCarren Park the 1985 indie classic Pee Wee's Big Adventure (Paul Reubens).

Thursday, 18 July 2013    
Damon Albarn (Blur) and Jamie Hewlett, creators of the wildly popular musical collective Gorillaz are behind the genre-smashing "Monkey: Journey to the West" now showing as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.  Equal parts epic music theater and animation, the production includes Chinese acrobats, singers, contortionists, martial artist and animated displays. My recommendation? Although there are English translations of the Mandarin text above the stage, but you might want to peruse the detailed program notes (available here) before you go to get you into the zone.

Friday, 19 July, 2013
New York's parks and gardens come alive in the summer with all sorts of fun activities every summer. One of Bryant Park's specialties is Juggling! The friendly crew of Bryant Park Jugglers (check out their blog here) will supply you with the gear you need and provide all the guidance and encouragement you need at 12:00 p.m. every weekday all summer long. All skill levels are welcome.

Saturday, 20 July, 2013
City getting you down? Earlier this month we showed you some of the top summer hikes within striking distance for car-free New Yorkers. Some of the best picks included Breakneck Ridge, Undercliff, Fishkill Ridge, Pine Meadow at Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks, Anthony's Nose, Sugarloaf Hill and Osborn Loop and the Appalachian Trail. Make an early start and breathe some fresh air!

If you can't make it out of the city, a great weekend activity is hitting Brooklyn Flea. What Travel + Leisure magazine called "One of the World's Coolest Bazaars", Brooklyn Flea is home to small retailers with a great eye for off-beat must-have items. Stalls to look out for include Olde Good Things (architectural and "altered antiques"), Nenenn 155 (cool vintage clothing), Karen + Albert Antiquinaires (oversize garden sculpture, industrial meets Berber jewelry) and Greenlab Studios (green wall and green roof design). Oh, the food's pretty good too!
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.) Fort Green Saturday, East River State Park (90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St.) Williamsburg, Sunday. 10 a.m. - 5p.m.

Sunday, 21 July 2013
Pop-Up Audubon” is a new interactive activity through the Audubon Center that allows you to directly engage with nature through outdoor learning adventures. Today Macy’s Fishing Clinics offers kids ages 15 & under the opportunity to fish. Learn about aquatic ecology, fishing safety, and even collect your own bait. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At The Wellhouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn from 12pm. For more information, call (718) 287-3400 x303.

How do you make a bike ride better? Finish it with a mimosa and a Spanish omelette. We recently highlighted some of the best bike-friendly brunch spots for Brooklyn pedalers.

Get into the groove with a free dance lesson at Hudson River Park’s famous MoonDance. Dance lessons are provided by the pros at Dance Manhattan and begin at 6.30pm. Live music begins at 7pm. Hone your technique every Sunday until August 11 at Pier 84 at W.44th St.