June is not only for Broadway shows getting honored but of free events in the parks, music soaring as the tempetures rise. Food plays a big part as the tastes of New York pop up in every nationally and local. Here are the events we think you should not miss.
6/1-4 Stamp show: Get your postage-stamp collection evaluated, and visit 200 dealers and exhibitors (including the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum) at the World Stamp Show in Javits Center. Free.
6/1-5 Science festival: Attend 50 world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation at World Science Festival. Various locations
6/1-7/2 Jazz festival: Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.
6/1-30 Uptown Arts Stroll: See hundreds of art exhibitions, open studios, concerts, dance and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan.
6/1-8/14 Shakespeare in the Park
6/1-9/15 Free Summer Movies: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
6/2 Taste of Asia: Taste dishes from dozens of Asian restaurants with cocktails, beer, wine, and sake at New York Feast by LuckyRice at Industry City.
6/2-8 Italian film festival: See Italian life and culture as presented by a new generation of Italian filmmakers at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center.
6/2-7/30 Soccer: Watch New York City FC play a game at Yankee Stadium.
6/3-4 Taste of Upper West Side: Sample food from 45 restaurants and taste wine, beer, and cocktails under a tent at Columbus Avenue & West 77th Street.
6/3-5 Participatory art: Figment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.
6/3-5 Rock festival: Governors Ball is a three-day outdoor music festival featuring more than 60 acts at Randall’s Island Park.
6/4 Coffee festival: Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon in Broad Street Ballroom.
6/4 Multicultural festival: NYC Multicultural Festival promises diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and a kids’ area at the bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park. Free.
6/4-5 Art fair: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Free.
6/4-5 Rose weekend: Rose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden. 6/4-5 and 11-12 Crafts festival: American Crafts Festival features hundreds of juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Repeats in Oct. Free.
6/4-9/23 SummerStage: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
6/5 The Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall.
6/6-7 and 13-19 Electronic music” New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art in various venues.
6/5 and 26th Chicken wings festival: The New York Best Wings Festival serves wings with sauce plus craft beer at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.
6/6 Taste of Times Square: Taste of Times Square features international food from 50 restaurants, music from local bands, African drumming, and street performers in Times Square.
6/6 -29 Yankees club seats & buffet: Watch the Yankees play from a suite-level indoor seat with sweeping views, high-def TV, all-you-can-eat buffet, non-alcoholic drinks, and cash bar in the Audi Yankees Club in left field.
6/6-30 Yankees baseball: Watch the New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium.
- June 6 & 8: L.A. discount tickets $28 to $78
- June 10: Detroit discount tickets $28 to $50
- June 22: Colorado discount tickets $28 to $78
- June 27 & 30: Texas discount tickets $28 to $78
6/7-28 Music at Washington Square: Washington Square Music Festival performs classical music in the park June 7 to 21, and jazz June 28. (In case of rain, it moves to Frederick Loewe Theatre.) Free.
6/9-16 Soho film festival: See great films from around the world at the Soho International Film Festival at Village East Cinema.
6/9-19 African-American dance: See contemporary dance by award-winning Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center.
6/10-19 Films to make you cry & cheer: See compelling films from around the world about truth, justice, accountability, and human dignity at Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Lincoln Center.
6/11-12 BBQ block party: Enjoy award-winning barbecue, cooking seminars, Southern fare, and live rock, blues, and soul at Big Apple Barbecue Block Party at Madison Square Park.
6/11-12 1920s lawn party: Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes a Charleston dance contest, dance lessons, follies, food, 1920s cars, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.
6/12 The Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre.
6/12 Puerto Rican parade: Billed as America’s largest demonstration of ethnic pride, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade goes joyously up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th. Free.
6/12 Native American festival: Drums Along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park. Free.
6/14 Free museum evening: Join the crowds listening to live music and visiting seven museums for three hours during Museum Mile Festival, on 5th Ave. from 82nd to 105th St. Free.
6/15-22 Music in the park: Hear classical music outdoors under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, followed by fireworks. Free.
6/16 Zinfandel tasting: Billed as the city’s largest single varietal tasting event, Big Apple Zinfandel Experience features 75 wines, appetizers, and an opportunity to meet 20 California Zinfandel winemakers at Union Square Ballroom.
6/16 James Joyce day: Actors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.
6/16 Dance week: Register to take free dance and fitness classes from two dozen studios during NYC Dance Week Festival.
6/16 -26 Free arts festival: Attend 50 cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual arts. Free.
6/17-18 Summer beer festival: Sample 150 craft beers, ciders, and meads with local restaurant food at the NYC Craft Beer Festival at Lexington Avenue Armory.
6/18 Bourbon walk: Sample 8 one-ounce servings of bourbon in 8 venues at New York City Bourbon Bash for age 21+.
6/18 Outdoor adventures: Hike, bike, climb, fish, and paddle at Adventures NYC at the Central Park bandshell area. Children under 18 may need a legal guardian. Free.
6/18 Solstice sunrise concert: Summer Solstice Celebration is a concert that begins in darkness and continues through sunrise at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
6/18 Mariachi music in the garden: Hear Ernesto Villalobos & Gizel Xanath perform Linda Ronstadt’s album “Songs of My Father” with a free drink at New York Botanical Garden.
6/18 Mermaid Parade: The Mermaid Parade is 1000 people wearing glittery semi-nude costumes, floats with aquatic themes, and classic cars that drive east along Surf Avenue on Coney Island in Brooklyn. Expect crowds. Free.
6/19 Father’s Day dining cruise: Take a Father’s Day brunch or dinner cruise with views.
6/19 International festival: Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival also includes empanadas. It’s a cross-cultural celebration of Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican music, food, folk art and crafts at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Free.
6/20 Yoga in the square: Renew your mind, body, and spirit by registering to attend a yoga class or yoga village on the longest day of the year at Solstice in Times Square. Free.
6/21 Street music festival: Make Music New York is a live musical celebration on the longest day of the year, with 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks in five boroughs. Free.
6/21-7/9 Big-band dance party: Midsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, R & B, or even soca, before the band plays live in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.
6/22-7/9 Asian films: Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre.
6/22-7/13 Opera in the park: The Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.
6/23-24 Games for social good: Explore the ways games can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons the New School for Design.
6/24 Swedish festival: Decorate the midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games, buy Swedish food, and dance to authentic fiddle music at the Swedish Midsummer Festival at Robert F. Wagner Park. Free.
6/25 Party in Chelsea: Generation Bridge Summer White Party includes DJ music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres stations, and a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, signature cocktail) at “Avenue” at 116 10th Avenue.
6/25 Family treasure hunt: All ages can learn how to use a map and compass, and follow clues to find island treasures at The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt south of Icahn Stadium. Free.
6/25 Challenging run: Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3-mile race with 20 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Aviator Sports and Events Center.
6/26 Pride Sunday: Pride Week events today include the noon Pride March down 5th Avenue, the afternoon PrideFest fair on Hudson St., and evening Dance on the Pier (Pier 26).