June is Busting Out All Over With Summertime Events

June is Busting Out All Over With Summertime Events

Street fairs for every kind of culture, film, music, art, parades and celebrations of every kind can keep your weekends fulfilled. 

6/1 -3: Attend dozens of world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation during World Science Festival.

6/1 -3: (noon to 9 p.m.) A ticket to Scooper Bowl New York gets you unlimited ice cream & sorbet in dozens of flavors at Bryant Park, and it supports charity.

6/1 -3: Governors Ball is a three-day outdoor music festival with 65 acts “featuring music of all genres, foods of all flavors, arts of all variety” at Randall’s Island Park.

6/1 -6: See Italian life and culture as presented by a new generation of Italian filmmakers at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center.

6/1 -30: Blue Note Jazz Festival has 100 concerts in 5 venues, and features big names like Chris Botti, Art Garfunkel, Gregory Porter, Al Di Meola, and Gordon Lightfoot.

6/1 -30: See hundreds of art exhibitions, open studios (June 9 & 16), concerts, dance and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. Free.

Phylicia Rashad, Danny Burstein

Phylicia Rashad (Titania); Danny Burstein (Nick Bottom); Photo by Joan Marcus.

6/1 – 8/19: Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

5/29 to 6/24 – Othello

7/17 to 8/19 – Twelfth Night

Free Summer Movies

6/1 – 10/15: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks.

6/2: NYC Multicultural Festival promises diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and a kids’ area at the bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park. Free.

6/ 2 (1 p.m.): A ticket to classy Polo Classic includes transportation to Liberty State Park in New Jersey to watch a game hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and a performance by Alicia Keys, with food trucks and champagne for sale.

6/2: Discover a dramatic hidden garden overlooking the Hudson River during The Great Forgotten Garden Party, with live performances and food & drinks for sale at Untermyer Park and Gardens.

6/ 2 – 3: Interact with authors, publishers, celebrities, and content creators at BookCon “where storytelling and pop culture collide” at Jacob Javits Convention Center.

6/2 – 3: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Free.


6/2 – 10/27: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

6/3: Drums Along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park, plus performers representing other cultures. Free.

6/3: The Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall.

6/4 (5 to 9 p.m.): Taste of Times Square brings International food from 40 restaurants and music from local bands on 46th Street (from Broadway to 10th Avenue).

6/4 Theatre World Awards at Circle in the Square at 2pm.

6/5 – 26: Washington Square Music Festival includes classical music in the park on Tuesdays.

6/6: 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 NYY Steak on 51st Street.

6/9:  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 at Randall’s Island Field 80. Free.

6/9 – 10: Enjoy award-winning barbecue, cooking seminars, Southern fare, and live rock, blues, and soul at Big Apple Barbecue Block Party at Madison Square Park for all ages. Picnics and pets are welcome. Free.

6/9 – 10: Rose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden.

6/10: 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.

6/11 – 29: The Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.

6/12: Join the crowds listening to live music and visiting seven museums for three hours during Museum Mile Festival on 23 car-free blocks of 5th Avenue. Free.

6/12 – 17: Hear classical music outdoors under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, followed by fireworks. (The indoor show does not have fireworks.)

6/14 – 21: See compelling films from around the world about truth, justice, accountability, and human dignity at Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

6/14 – 21: See great films from around the world at the Soho International Film Festival at Village East Cinema.

6/14 – 23: Register to take free dance and fitness classes from 35 studios during New York City Dance Week.

River to River Festival

6/15 – 24: Lower Manhattan. Attend 100 cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual arts. Free.

6/16 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Hike, bike, climb, fish, and paddle at Adventures NYC at the Central Park bandshell area. Children under age 18 need a legal guardian for some activities. Free.

6/16: Actors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday at Symphony Space.

6/16 (4:30 a.m.): Summer Solstice Celebration is a concert that begins in darkness and continues through sunrise at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

6/16 (1 p.m.): 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.

6/16 – 17: Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes a Charleston dance contest, dance lessons, food, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governors Island.

6/17: Father’s Day

6/17: Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival features “dozens of award-winning food purveyors putting their individual ethnic spins on traditional Jewish foods” with klezmer music on 6th Avenue at W. 48th Street.

6/17: The Amazing Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt begins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub with a series of clues on your phone that send you around the city performing physical and mental challenges.

6/17 (12 to 4 p.m.): Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival is a cross-cultural celebration of Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican music, food, folk art and crafts at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Free.

6/21: Make Music New York is a live musical celebration on the longest day of the year, with 1,000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks in five boroughs.

6/21: 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 (6 to 9 p.m.): A ticket to the Chef Showdown includes “tasty barbeque bites” prepared by three local chefs, beer, and wine at FEDCAP Career Design School.

6/21, 2018 (starting 5 p.m.): Summer Solstice Celebration includes art-making workshops, face painting, a solstice ritual, music, and entertainment at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

6/22 (5 to 8 p.m.): 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 and nearby. Free.

6/22 – 24: Walk through a shocking subway car, a dark and mysterious subway tunnel, and a creatures’ nest filled with supernatural frights as part of The Awakened Experience at 139 Charles Street for age 14+.

6/23 (7 p.m.): Generation Bridge Summer White Ball includes DJ music, dancing, a soul-food dinner, and a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, and signature cocktail) at 295 5th Avenue for age 21+.

6/23 (2 to 6 p.m.): Play classic carnival games, hang out with characters from Star Wars, Transformers, and comic books, and browse vendors at family-friendly NYSoM Superhero Sci-Fi Festival at Martinez Playground in Williamsburg. See the schedule of superhero visits. Free tickets

6/23 – 24: Figment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.

Gay Pride

6/24: Pride Week events today include a noon Pride March down 5th Avenue, an afternoon PrideFest fair on Hudson Street, and Pride Island from 2 to 10 p.m. at Pier 97, followed by fireworks.

6/25 (7:30 p.m.): Watch big Broadway stars perform with young artists from across the nation at the annual Arts for Autism, which is hosted by Christopher Jackson (nominated for a Tony Award for “Hamilton”) at Gershwin Theatre.

6/25 – 7/26: Hear world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at the Jazz in July Festival at 92nd Street Y.

6/26 – 7/14: Midsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, etc., followed by a live band in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.

6/28 – 30: Explore the ways games and virtual reality can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons School of Design.

6/29 – 7/1: Del Close Marathon is 600 shows by comedians from around the world at seven venues.

6/29 – 7/15: Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival.

6/29 -7/12 at Lincoln Center

6/13 – 15 at SVA Theatre

6/29 – 8/24: See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.

6/30 – 7/4: International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park.


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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