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June Events Are Bursting With Pride

June Events Are Bursting With Pride

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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

Free Summer Movies

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.

6/2-11 Spooky stories: Hear macabre stories read by candlight during Edgar Allan Poe Festival in St. John’s Lutheran Church Discount tickets $10.

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.

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.

6/15-8/27 Spectacular show: New York Spectacular is a musical about a family spending an extraordinary day in New York, featuring the dancing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. .

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).


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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