Life is a party at Rockaway Beach this summer, thanks to Le Fooding’s gourmet picnic, the Rockaway! Public Arts Festival, and a slew of fun bars and restaurants for pre-and-post-beach celebrations. Two years after the devastation of Queens’ beaches by Hurricane Sandy, the shores – and local communities – are entirely rebuilt and filled with a festive bohemian spirit. Take a break from the city and “hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach,” as the Ramones put it in their 1977 track, appropriately titled “Rockaway Beach.”

Here, our guide to rocking the beach the right way this summer:

A Foodie’s ParadiseThe French gastronomic party known as Le Fooding is back, and this year they’re celebrating summer with Le Fooding Beach Club, a three-day picnic on the boardwalk by the ocean in The Rockaways. Throughout the event, Andrew Field of local favorite Rockaway Taco will prepare cornmeal crostini sopes, and Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi will serve grapefruit popsicles and cereal milk pudding. For the main course, a different culinary force will be featured each day: On Friday, July 11, Ivan Ramen’s Ivan Orkin will make a chilled lemon shio dashi ramen; Trois Mec’s Ludo Lefebvre will prepare veal breasts on Saturday, and Enrique Olvera from Mexico City’s Cosme will concoct red chilaquiles and burratta on the final day. As if the food wasn’t enough, the music is just as exciting. A stream of live jazz from the New York Brass Band will run throughout the weekend, plus DJ sets by Cibo Matto on Friday, YACHT’s Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans on Saturday, and Nancy Whang of DFA Records on Sunday will get this beach party going. 97-01 Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

An Artistic Getaway: Klaus Biesenbach, the director of MoMa Ps1, has teamed up with artist and Rockaway resident Patti Smith to dream up Rockaway! Public Arts Festival, a sweeping arts events that debuted at the end of last month. The festival, which celebrates the reopening of Fort Tilden Beach, kicked off with food trucks, a barbecue and a poetry reading by Patti Smith and James Franco. On display until September 1, visitors can peruse the installations and exhibitions organized by Smith, which illustrate the destruction she witnessed during the hurricane. The Argentinian artist Adrian Villar Rojas has installed a series of claw and straw sculptures throughout the area, and Fort Tilden’s former military chapel showcases The Forty Piece Motet, a sound installation based on a 16th-century motet created by Janet Cardiff. At the nearby Rockaway Beach Surf Club, a group exhibition organized with the Honolulu Biennial highlights the reconstruction work of the Rockaway community of surfers and artists. Fort Tilden, 169 State Road, Breezy Point, NY 11697

The Surfers’ Shangri-La: A leader in post-Sandy reconstruction efforts, the aforementioned Rockaway Beach Surf Club is the hangout for the local artist and surfer community. Grab a watermelon-jalapeno margarita or a can of cold beer at the bar, and head to the garden to watch surf videos, listen to music, and get some sun. After a day out on the waves, it’s important to refuel – the restaurant offers a menu that includes pulled pork, shrimp po’boys, grilled watermelon, sweet potato fries with avocado ranch, and more to hungry surfers and relaxed beach goers alike. 302 Beach 87th Street, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

A Tiki Fantasy: Originally built in the 19th-century, the Playland Motel has been restored into the perfect Rockaway Beach escape. Each room is decorated by different artists and designers (including one by our friend Athena Calderone), and DJs and musicians play at the Tavern every afternoon and evening. Post-dancing, try the Bolivian Llama Party stand for sandwiches and burgers, or pizzas at the adjacent restaurant – thin, flavorful, and covered in fior di latte, Napoli style. And if you’re looking to make it more than a day trip, check in to one of their guest rooms for the night – and get right back in to the Rockaway lifestyle the very next day. 97-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

– Shirine Saad