New York City events calendar for June 2015. 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 in June 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Taste of Times Square

June 1, 2015 (5 to 9 p.m.)

0.5 miles west

Taste of Times Square features international food from 50 restaurants, music from local bands, African drumming, and street performers in Times Square.

Brooklyn Film Festival

June 1 - 7, 2015 (begins May 29)

NYC locations

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

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 1 - 30, 2015 (begins May 30)

9 miles north

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

Shakespeare in the Park

June 1 - July 5, 2015 (begins May 27)

2 miles north

Wait in line or join the online lottery for a ticket to The Tempest at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free.

Popular musical

June 1 - Aug. 31, 2015 (also May)

0.2 miles west

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical entertaining audiences since 1960, at intimate Snapple Theater in Times Square.

Discount tickets $39.

Popular musical

June 1 - Sept. 2, 2015 (also May)

0.4 miles west

Humans and puppets live in a shabby neighborhood on Avenue Q and entertain mature audiences with sassy songs and funny antics at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $45.

Fun political satire

June 1 - Sept. 6, 2015 (also May)

0.4 miles west

Rewind to 1992 and watch our 42nd president take a roller-coaster ride with catchy show tunes about sax, sex, Whitewater, and the White House in Clinton the Musical at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $39.

Funny Hitchcock play

June 1 - Sept. 6, 2015 (also May)

1.7 miles south

The 39 Steps is a classic film by Alfred Hitchock about a wrongly accused man racing to clear his name while evading the law. This comedic spoof is a fast-paced play at Union Square Theatre.

Discount tickets $20.

Winston Churchill

June 1 - Sept. 13, 2015 (also May)

0.5 miles west

The Chicago Tribune calls Churchill, a one-man show about the Prime Minister who led Britain in her finest hour, “very enjoyable and surprisingly emotional.” See it live at New World Stages. Discount tickets $39.

Hit musical for adults

June 1 - Sept. 13, 2015 (also May)

0.9 miles west

The Disenchanted Disney princesses sing, dance, and poke fun at pop culture in their hilariously subversive renegade show at Westside Theatre. Discount tickets $52.

Blue Man show

June 1 - Dec. 31, 2015 (also May)

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group is back with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, science, visual effects, and music at Astor Place Theatre.

Discount tickets $56.

Star-studded comedy

June 2 - 7, 2015 (also May)

0.6 miles west

Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane star in It’s Only a Play, a sharp satire about the business of big-budget theater at the Jacobs Theatre.

Discount tickets $59.

Jazz festival

June 2 - 30, 2015

NYC locations

Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.

SummerStage

June 2 - Sept. 24, 2015 (also May)

NYC locations

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

Award-winning “Jersey Boys”

June 2 - Oct. 25, 2015 (also May)

0.4 miles NW

Hit musical Jersey Boys is the rags-to-riches story of 20-somethings Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons live at August Wilson Theatre. Discount tickets $69.

Arts festival in Brooklyn

June 3 - Aug. 12, 2015

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.

Dance show and party

June 3 - Sept. 13, 2015 (also May)

2 miles south

Wayra: Fuerza Bruta is a spectacular mix of club, circus, rave, and underwater show where you stand and dance at Daryl Roth Theatre. Discount tickets $59.

Relive the Ziegfeld Follies

June 4 - 6, 2015 (also May)

0.7 miles SW

Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic is an extravaganza of lavish showgirls, risqué burlesque, and thrilling aerialists at Liberty Theater.

Discount tickets $40.

Red Hook festival

June 4 - 6, 2015

8 miles south

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

Italian film festival

June 4 - 11, 2015

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.

Dramatic play

June 5 - 6, 2015 (begins May 22)

2.4 miles south

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is the haunting story of an overbearing mother, her poetic son, and shy daughter, living lives of illusion in the Depression at Players Theatre. Discount tickets $15.

Rock festival

June 5 - 7, 2015

6 miles NE

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

Yankees baseball & picnic

June 5 - July 5, 2015

6 miles north

Choose from two New York Yankees package deals with a seat and picnic meal at Yankee Stadium.
  • June 5, 6, 18: Field-level seat and unlimited picnic until 30 minutes into game. Deal is $75.
  • June 18, 23; July 4, 5: Center-field seat & unlimited picnic until 30 min. before game. Deal is $65.

Free Summer Movies

June 5 - Sept. 10, 2015 (also May)

NYC locations

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

Saxophone

June 6, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.4 miles south

Grammy award winner Kenny G plays contemporary jazz at The Town Hall.

Discount tickets $50.

Family bicycling event

June 6, 2015

4.2 miles NE

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

Salsa stars of Puerto Rico

June 6, 2015 (8 p.m.)

10 miles north

Puerto Rican Masters features seven of the great masters of salsa performing live at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, CUNY. Discount tickets $28.

Participatory art

June 6 - 7, 2015

5 miles south via ferry

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

Crafts festival

June 6 - 7 and 13 - 14, 2015

1 mile north

American Crafts Festival features 380 juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Repeats in Oct. Free.

Zombie escape

June 6 - 21, 2015 (also May)

1.2 miles south

You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie on a chain and have one hour to solve clues and escape, at 355 7th Avenue.

Discount tickets $20.

Clean comedy

June 6 - Aug. 1, 2015 (Saturdays from May)

0.5 miles NW

ComedySportz has two teams of comedians act out humorous situations based on audience suggestions at tiny Broadway Comedy Club. Discount tickets $6.

Family comedy

June 6 - Aug. 29, 2015 (also May)

0.6 miles NW

Kids howl with laughter at funny improvised skits, and some join onstage at family-friendly Improv 4 Kids [sound] at Broadway Comedy Club.

Discount tickets.

Black musical

June 6 - Sept. 6, 2015 (Sat. & Sun. 4:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles west

Sistas the Musical celebrates the history of an African American family using catchy hit songs from each era at St. Luke’s Theatre. Discount tickets $25.
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Classical concert at Carnegie

June 7, 2015

0.5 miles north

Hear a full orchestra, large mixed chorus, and acclaimed soloists perform two beautiful French requiems at Requiem à Deux at Carnegie Hall.

Discount tickets $10.

International festival

June 7, 2015 (12 to 4 p.m.)

3.4 miles south

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival adds empanadas this year. 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.

Brooklyn bike ride

June 7, 2015

5 miles south

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

Chicken wings festival

June 7, 2015

26 miles east

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

Discount tickets $10.

Brunch cruise

June 7 - July 26, 2015 (also May)

3 miles south

Enjoy a buffet, live jazz, and two hours of views on the Sunday Brunch Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40.

Discount tickets $41.

Northside Festival

June 8 - 14, 2015

5 miles SE

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

Free museum evening

June 9, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Sinatra celebration

June 10 - 14, 2015

5 miles SW

Celebrate the birth of Frank Sinatra in 1915 with free concerts, vocalists, and outdoor movies at Sinatra Centennial, in his birthplace of Hoboken, NJ.

African-American dance

June 10 - 21, 2015

1 mile NW

See contemporary dance by award-winning Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center.

Discount tickets $66.

Manhattan Transfer

June 11, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.4 miles south

The Summit features both The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 at The Town Hall.

Discount tickets $44.

Women’s festival

June 11 - 14, 2015

4.2 miles north

Women of the World Festival features performances, talks, films, workshops, and music celebrating women’s talents at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Films about human rights

June 11 - 21, 2015

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.

Latin jazz

June 12 - 13, 2015 (8 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m.)

0.8 miles NW

Bassist Carlos Henrique joins the the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for The Music of Puente, Machito & Henriquez at Lincoln Center.

Discount tickets $15.

Tattoo convention

June 12 - 14, 2015

1.7 miles south

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

Adult relationship comedy

June 12 - 21, 2015

2.5 miles south

Women are Crazy Because Men are *** is a harsh and hilarious play “about young couples stumbling through the minefield of codependency [LA Times] at Cherry Lane Theatre for age 17+.

Discount tickets $25.

Arab festival

June 13, 2015

2.4 miles south

Arab-American & North African Cultural Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street.

Bourbon walk

June 13, 2015 (12 to 10 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

Sample 8 one-ounce servings of bourbon in 8 venues at New York City Bourbon Bash. Begin your walk at West 3rd Common.

Discount tickets $35 at Goldstar and Groupon.

Sports in the park

June 13, 2015

3 miles SW

Hudson River Park Games offer yoga, kickboxing, a 5K, team pentathlon, and a village with music, kids’ activities, food, and beverages at Hudson River Park.

Apple cider tasting

June 13, 2015

4 miles SE

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

Discount tickets $22.

Monster trucks

June 13, 2015

10 miles NW

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

Discount tickets $21.

BBQ block party

June 13 - 14, 2015

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.

1920s lawn party

June 13 - 14 and Aug. 15 - 16, 2015

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.

Irish festival

June 13 - 14, 2015

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 14, 2015

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.

Lower East Side festival

June 14, 2015 (12 to 5 p.m.)

3.4 miles south

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

Native American festival

June 14, 2015

10 miles north

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

Jewish cultural festival

June 14 - 21, 2015

NYC locations

KulturfestNYC offers 100 plays, concerts, films, and lectures by people from 30 countries in 10 venues. Its 10 free events include a street festival June 21.

Local spirits tasting

June 15, 2015 (7 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Opera in the park

June 15 - 30, 2015

NYC locations

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

James Joyce day

June 16, 2015 (7 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

Actors and writers perform selections from Joyce's masterpiece during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.

Music in the park

June 17 - 23, 2015

NYC locations

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

Film festival

June 17 - 28, 2015

6 miles south

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

Popular musical

June 18, 2015 (2 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

Show Boat is a touching story about show business on a Mississippi riverboat, with epic score (Ol’ Man River) at Symphony Space.

Dance week

June 18 - 27, 2015

NYC locations

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

Free arts festival

June 18 - 28, 2015

Lower Manhattan

Attend 150 cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual arts. Free.

Coming of age rock musical

June 18 - July 5, 2015

1.6 miles south

Teens navigate the confusing and troubled waters of adolescence in Spring Awakening, which features an electrifying and hauntingly beautiful rock score at CAP21 5th Floor Theatre.

Swedish festival

June 19, 2015 (5 to 8 p.m.)

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.

Beer tasting at the zoo

June 19 - 20, 2015

0.7 miles north

Taste beer and cider from 60 breweries at Lions Tigers and Brews in the gardens of Central Park Zoo. (Please note that animal exhibits will be closed.)

Outdoor adventures

June 20, 2015

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.

Songs of the 1960s

June 20, 2015 (8 p.m.)

1.7 miles NW

The Midtown Men are four stars from the Broadway show Jersey Boys singing 1960s tunes in harmony at The Beacon Theatre. Discount tickets $40.

Solstice sunrise concert

June 20, 2015 (4:30 a.m.)

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.

New Orleans crawfish festival

June 20, 2015 (1 p.m.)

5 miles south via ferry

Governors Island New Orleans-Style Crawfish Festival offers DJ music at 1 p.m, New Orleans style marching bands, crawfish platters at 2 p.m., and drinks for sale at Governors Island Beach Club. Discount tickets $18.

Mermaid Parade

June 20, 2015 (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.

Street music festival

June 21, 2015

NYC locations

Make Music New York is a live musical celebration on the longest day of the year, with 1200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks in five boroughs. Free.

Yoga in the square

June 21, 2015

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.

Solstice celebration

June 21, 2015 (5 to 9 p.m.)

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.

New Kids on the Block

June 21 - 22, 2015

1.2 miles SW

Chart-topping band New Kids on the Block performs at Madison Square Garden.

Discount tickets $35.

Electronic music

June 21 - 28, 2015

3.8 miles south

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art, mostly at the Abrons Arts Center.

Movies in the park

June 22 - Aug. 24, 2015 (Mondays)

0.5 miles south

Watch movie classics on the lawn at Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. No chairs, tarps, or dogs. Free.

Brazilian dance

June 23 - July 3, 2015

2 miles SW

DanceBrazil is a high-energy fusion of contemporary dance, Afro-Brazilian movement, and traditional martial arts of Brazil (Capoeira) at The Joyce Theater.

Big-band dance party

June 23 - July 11, 2015

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.

Burlesque & vaudeville show

June 25, 2015 (also May 28)

1.5 miles NW

Bawdy brings together cabaret, comedy, drag, and burlesque for adults at Stage 72. Discount tickets $14.

Racy movies

June 25, 2015 (7 and 9 p.m.)

6 miles south

Hump! features 18 five-minute films by amateurs of all persuasions at Roulette in Brooklyn.

Asian food festival

June 26 - 27, 2015

0.6 miles SW

Visit tasting booths, see culinary contests and demos, and watch cultural performances at Taste Asia in Times Square on Broadway at 42nd St. Free entry.

Comedy marathon

June 26 - 28, 2015

NYC locations

Del Close Marathon is 420 shows for 56 hours straight on 7 stages by comedians from around the world.

Asian films

June 26 - July 11, 2015

two locations

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

Cheese festival

June 27, 2015 (5 to 8:30 p.m.)

3.5 miles SE

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

Beer festival & rock concert

June 27, 2015

57 miles east

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

Long Island wine tasting

June 27, 2015 (2 or 7 p.m.)

81 miles east

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival has 100 wines, hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at Jamesport Vineyards. Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.

Challenging run

June 27 - 28, 2015

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 27 - 28, 2015

32 miles north

Rockland-Bergen Music Festival has 36 performers on three stages at the German-Masonic Fairgrounds in Tappan. Free admission if you were born in 1965.

New music

June 27 - Sept. 5, 2015 (Saturdays)

3 miles

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

Pride Sunday

June 28, 2015

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).

Natalie Cole

June 28, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.4 miles south

Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole sings romantic songs by the great Latin composers at The Town Hall.

Discount tickets $25.

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