June is the month that brings out the best in everyone in NYC. The party is just getting started and you’ll find tons of events all over town that tap into that fun-filled summer spirit. From festivals to parades, June is all about celebrating!
(June 1-2) See creativity in action at Figment NYC, a free interactive art event that will take place at Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island. Participants are encouraged to dance, sing, play, create, and explore their environment with the goal of advancing social and personal transformation.
The Governors Ball Music Festival
(May 31 – June 2) Summer concert season kicks off with the Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island Park. The festival features acts such as Florence & The Machine and The Strokes as well as delicious food, street artists, and interactive activities like life-sized board games. Tickets start at $115.
Much Ado About Nothing
(May 21 – June 23) Shakespeare in the park is back! The first production of the season is Much Ado About Nothing at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free tickets are available on the day of the show at points around the city and at Central Park. There is also an in-person lottery held at The Public Theater and a digital lottery hosted through Today Tix. Check the website for more details about scoring tickets.
National Puerto Rican Day Parade
(June 9) Don’t miss America’s largest cultural celebration! The National Puerto Rican Day Parade celebrates the art, culture, and education of the Puerto Rican community and creates awareness about Puerto Rican culture and its contributions to the United States. The parade begins at 5th Avenue and 44th Street and ends at 5th Avenue and 79th Street.
Museum Mile Festival
(June 11) It’s New York’s biggest block party! The Museum Mile Festival happens on Tuesday, June 11, from 6 to 9pm. Museums along this famous stretch will be open to the public for free. Participating museums include El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jazz Age Lawn Party
(June 15-16) There really isn’t a more delightful way to spend a weekend in the city (at least according to Bill Cunningham of The New York Times). The Jazz Age Lawn Party allows visitors to travel back in time and immerse themselves in one of the most magical moments in history. The event happens on Governors Island, and tickets begin at $45 (children 12 and under are admitted free).
Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival
(June 16) The Annual Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival brings together foodies from all over the city as well as dozens of diverse food vendors, music, and fun activities for kids. The event is free and happens on 6th Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets.
Father’s Day Red Carpet Spectacular Black Tie Dinner Cruise
(June 16) Looking for something unique to do with Dad this Father’s Day? Then why not treat him to the Father’s Day Red Carpet Spectacular Black Tie Dinner Cruise. There will be live performances by Zenglen & Kreyol La, and the cruise departs at 7pm from Infinity Hornblower at 353 West Street. Formal attire is required and tickets start at $75.
Summer Solstice Celebration
(June 22) Paul Winter’s 24th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration is a sunrise concert to welcome the beginning of summer. It’s a unique musical journey that begins in total darkness. Light gradually joins with the music to bring in the dawn of summer. The event starts at 4:30am at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Tickets start at $40.
NYC Pride March
(June 30) Finally, end the month with one of the city’s most iconic events. NYC Pride March starts at noon on Sunday, June 30, and kicks off at 26th Street and 5th Avenue. The march is free to view, but premium tickets for the grandstand viewing area are available for $200.
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