New York City events calendar for June 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Stamp show

June 1 - 4, 2016 (begins May 28)

1.7 miles SW

Get a free evaluation of your postage-stamp collection, and visit 200 dealers and exhibitors (including the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum) at the World Stamp Show in Javits Center.

Science festival

June 1 - 5, 2016

NYC locations

Attend 50 world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation at World Science Festival.

Greek festival

June 2 - 5, 2016

26 miles SW

Enjoy Greek music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and delicious food at NJ Greek Fest [sound] at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ.

Italian film festival

June 2 - 8, 2016

1.3 miles NW

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

Participatory art

June 3 - 5, 2016

5 miles south via ferry

Figment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.

Rock festival

June 3 - 5, 2016

6 miles NE

Governors Ball is a three-day outdoor music festival featuring more than 60 acts at Randall’s Island Park.

Brooklyn Film Festival

June 3 - 12, 2016

NYC locations

See more than 100 films made by independent filmmakers in 20 countries during Brooklyn Film Festival at Wythe Hotel and Windmill Studios.

Kids’ film festival

June 4, 2016

6 miles south

Enjoy children’s films followed by a filmmaker’s workshop at KidsFilmFest at Made in NY Media Center in Brooklyn.

Art exhibit

June 4 - 5, 2016 (begins May 28)

2 miles south

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Repeats in Sept. Free.

Crafts festival

June 4 - 5 and 11 - 12, 2016

1 mile north

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.

Electronic music

June 5 - 7 and 13 - 19, 2016

NYC locations

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art in various venues.

Taste of Times Square

June 6, 2016

0.5 miles west

Taste of Times Square features international food from 40 restaurants, music from local bands, African drumming, and street performers in Times Square.

Northside Festival

June 6 - 12, 2016

5 miles SE

Northside Festival is about music, art, film, fashion, food, and innovation in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

Films to make you cry & cheer

June 10 - 18, 2016

1.3 miles NW

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

Apple cider tasting

June 11, 2016

4 miles SE

Try 75 hard ciders with food truck fare at Pour The Core for age 21+ at Brooklyn Expo Center.

BBQ block party

June 11 - 12, 2016

1.5 miles south

Enjoy award-winning barbecue, cooking seminars, Southern fare, and live rock, blues, and soul at Big Apple Barbecue Block Party at Madison Square Park.

Irish festival

June 11 - 12, 2016

17 miles SE via ferry

Staten Island Irish Fair has two stages of traditional Irish music and dance, festival food, an Irish marketplace, and kids’ area on Staten Island. Cost.

Puerto Rican parade

June 12, 2016

0.3 miles south

Billed as America’s largest demonstration of ethnic pride, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade begins at 44th Street and goes joyously up Fifth Avenue. Free.

Native American festival

June 12, 2016

10 miles north

Drums along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park. Free.

James Joyce day

June 16, 2016 (7 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

Actors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.

Dance week

June 16 - 25, 2016

NYC locations

Register to take free dance and fitness classes from two dozen studios during NYC Dance Week Festival.

Free arts festival

June 16 - 26, 2016

Lower Manhattan

Attend 50 cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual arts. Free.

Outdoor adventures

June 18, 2016

1.2 miles north

Hike, bike, climb, fish, and paddle at Adventures NYC at Central Park bandshell area. Children under 18 may need a legal guardian. Free.

Solstice sunrise concert

June 18, 2016 (uncertain)

3.6 miles north

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at a concert that begins in darkness and continues through sunrise at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

Mermaid Parade

June 18, 2016 (1 p.m.)

18 miles south

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.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 19, 2016

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

International festival

June 19, 2016

3.4 miles south

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.

Yoga in the square

June 20, 2016

0.5 miles west

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.

Street music festival

June 21, 2016

NYC locations

Make Music New York is a live musical celebration on the longest day of the year, with 1000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks in five boroughs. Free.

Solstice celebration

June 21, 2016

4.2 miles NE

Summer Solstice Celebration includes art-making workshops, face painting, a solstice ritual, and a symphony concert 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Games for social good

June 23 - 24, 2016

1.8 miles south

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.

Swedish festival

June 24, 2016

4.5 miles south

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.

Challenging run

June 25, 2016

18 miles SE

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.

Music festival up north

June 25 - 26, 2016 (kickoff June 24)

32 miles north

Rockland-Bergen Music Festival has 42 performers on three stages at the German-Masonic Fairgrounds in Tappan.

Pride Sunday

June 26, 2016

NYC locations

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).

Bourbon walk

June 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

Sample 8 one-ounce servings of bourbon in 8 venues at New York City Bourbon Bash.

Comedy marathon

June 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

Del Close Marathon is 575 shows for 56 hours straight on 9 stages by comedians from around the world.

Free Summer Movies

June 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Jazz festival

June 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.

Jewish cultural festival

June 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

KulturfestNYC offers 100 plays, concerts, films, and lectures by people from 30 countries in 10 venues. Its free events include a Father’s Day street festival.

Music in the park

June 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

Hear classical music outdoors under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, followed by fireworks. Free.

Opera in the park

June 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

The Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.


June 2016 (undated)

NYC locations

Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

Beer tasting at the zoo

June 2016 (undated)

0.7 miles north

Taste beer and cider from 60 breweries at Lions Tigers and Brews in the gardens of Central Park Zoo. Animal exhibits will be closed.

Big-band dance party

June 2016 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

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.

Asian films

June 2016 (undated)

1.5 miles NW

Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre.

Tattoo convention

June 2016 (undated)

1.7 miles south

New York City Tattoo Convention features tattoo artists, piercing professionals, vendors, live stage entertainment, and contests at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Free museum evening

June 2016 (undated)

2 miles north

Join the crowds listening to live music and visiting nine museums for three hours during Museum Mile Festival, on 5th Ave. from 82nd to 105th St. Free.

Shakespeare in the Park

June 2016 (undated)

2 miles north

Wait in line or join the online lottery for a free ticket to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Vegan booze festival

June 2016 (undated)

2.1 miles south

Enjoy beer, wine, and liquor paired with vegan food at Better Booze Festival at Webster Hall.

Cutting-edge music

June 2016 (undated)

3 miles south

Hear 37 new music artists perform at 4 venues on the Lower East Side for age 21+ on New Music Nights.

New music

June 2016 (undated)

3 miles east

Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Lower East Side festival

June 2016 (undated)

3.4 miles south

DayLife features music, food, fashion, art, and games on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side. Free.

Cheese festival

June 2016 (undated)

3.5 miles SE

Enjoy fine cheese with flatbreads, pasta, pickles, and beer at the Cheesemonger Invitational in Queens.

International jazz

June 2016 (undated)

3.6 miles south

Hear great jazz artists from eight countries at Made in NY Jazz Gala at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Family bicycling event

June 2016 (undated)

4.2 miles NE

Repair & decorate your bike, and join the Long Island City Bike Parade at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

1920s lawn party

June 2016 (undated)

5 miles south via ferry

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.

New Orleans crawfish festival

June 2016 (undated)

5 miles south via ferry

The Crawfish and Music Festival offers dance music, New Orleans style marching bands, crawfish platters, and drinks for sale at Governors Island Beach Club.

Local spirits tasting

June 2016 (undated)

5.3 miles SE

Taste vodka, gin, brandy, rye, bourbon, and jack from 10 New York distillers and meet the makers at Spirits of New York at McCarren Hotel Rooftop Lounge.

Film festival

June 2016 (undated)

6 miles south

BAMcinemaFest shows the best independent cinema at Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater.

Brooklyn street party

June 2016 (undated)

7 miles SE

Young seeking fun will line up in the sun to enter the Bushwick Block Party, which has 2 music stages, 30 street artists, food trucks and beer in Brooklyn. Free.

Arts festival in Brooklyn

June 2016 (undated)

8 miles south

Celebrate Brooklyn! is a performing arts festival of music (sometimes combined with film), theater, and dance at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. Free.

Brooklyn bike ride

June 2016 (undated)

8 miles south

Join 1000 bicyclists who leisurely ride 20 miles with a police escort in the Tour de Brooklyn, which begins and ends at Erie Basin Park. Sells out.

Red Hook festival

June 2016 (undated)

8 miles south

Red Hook Fest features a happy hour on Thursday, a cookout and DJ dance party Friday, and performances on the main stage Saturday in Brooklyn. Free.

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 2016 (undated)

9 miles north

See hundreds of art exhibitions, open studios, concerts, dance and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. Free.

Monster trucks

June 2016 (undated)

10 miles NW

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at Monster Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Chicken wings festival

June 2016 (undated)

26 miles east

The New York Best Wings Festival serves wings with sauce plus craft beer at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.

Beer festival & rock concert

June 2016 (undated)

57 miles east

Taste samples from 100 breweries and rock out at Beer Fields, at Pennysaver Amphitheater in Selden.
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