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 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.

Science festival

June 1 - 5, 2016

NYC locations

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

Family musical

June 1 - 5, 2016 (also April/May)

0.6 miles SW

Based on a book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical is about a girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny, at Shubert Theatre. Discount tickets $69.

Jazz festival

June 1 - 30, 2016

NYC locations

Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.

Shakespeare in the Park

June 1 - Aug. 14, 2016

2 miles north

Buy a ticket for Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, or to get a free ticket, wait in line or join an online lottery.

“Best play” Tony Award

June 1 - Sept. 4, 2016 (also April/May)

0.4 miles west

Based on a best-selling book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a highly acclaimed play about an extraordinary teenager solving a mystery at Barrymore Theatre. Discount tickets $94.


June 1 - Sept. 4, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace” plays the Almighty in An Act of God, setting the record straight by answering the deepest questions plaguing mankind since Creation at Booth Theatre. Discount tickets $99 to $149.

Award-winning “Jersey Boys”

June 1 - Sept. 25, 2016 (also April/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 on weekdays: $40 to $104.

Romantic jazz cruise

June 1 - Sept. 28, 2016 (9:45 p.m. Wed.)

4.3 miles south

Enjoy skyline views and live jazz on an Evening Jazz Cruise aboard the 158-foot Clipper City Tall Ship departing from Battery Park. Discount tickets $42.

Southern musical

June 1 - Oct. 9, 2016 (also April/May)

0.2 miles west

Steve Martin wrote Bright Star, a sweeping tale of love and redemption set in the American South of the ‘20s and ‘40s, with songs by Edie Brickell at Cort Theatre. Discount tickets $39.

Creative percussion show

June 1 - Dec. 25, 2016 (also April/May)

0.5 miles SW

STOMP has high-energy dance, acrobatics, comedy, and nonstop rhythm from unusual instruments at the Orpheum Theatre. Discount tickets $50.

Taste of Asia

June 2, 2016 (8 p.m., VIP 7)

11 miles south

Taste dishes from dozens of Asian restaurants with cocktails, beer, wine, and sake at New York Feast by LuckyRice at Industry City.

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.

Comedy about motherhood

June 2 - July 2, 2016 (also May)

0.4 miles west

A former Miss New Jersey is One Funny Mother with a hilarious show about raising kids at New World Stages. Discount tickets $35.

Cocktail show

June 2 - July 16, 2016 (also May)

2.8 miles south

Your ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at SoHo Playhouse. Discount tickets $39.

Lunch cruise

June 2 - Oct. 28, 2016 (also May)

4.4 miles south

Lady Liberty Lunch Cruise offers a buffet, cash bar, DJ, and views of the skyline, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, and Brooklyn Bridge, leaving Pier 15. Discount tickets $40, child $24.

Party cruise

June 2 - Dec. 17, 2016 (also April/May)

4.2 miles south

Enjoy DJ music, a cash bar, and hours of views on a Hornblower Cruise leaving Pier 15 on South Street.

Art Deco dance

June 3, 2016 (9 p.m.)

0.6 miles north

The Deco Ball is a festive soiree with themes of New York, Paris, and Havana on different floors at Harmonie Club. Discount tickets $20.

Tasting on Upper West Side

June 3, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1.7 miles north

A ticket to Summer in the City: Surf & Turf includes tastes from 45 restaurants, wine, beer, and cocktails under a tent at Columbus Avenue & West 77th Street.

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.

Mardi Gras evening

June 3 - July 2, 2016

5 miles SE

New Orleans Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil [scroll down] features a brass band and optional crawfish dinner at The Hall in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $6, with dinner $22.

Free Summer Movies

June 3 - Aug. 31, 2016

NYC locations

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

Tasting on Upper West Side

June 4, 2016 (7:30 p.m., VIP 6:30)

1.7 miles north

A ticket to Best of the West includes tastes from 45 restaurants, wine, beer, cocktails, and a big band under a tent at Columbus Avenue & West 77th Street.

Coffee festival

June 4, 2016

4.2 miles south

Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon in Broad Street Ballroom.

Multicultural festival

June 4, 2016 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

5.2 miles north

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

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.

Brooklyn street party

June 4, 2016

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.

Art fair

June 4 - 5, 2016 (begins May 28)

2 miles south

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place, May 28-30 and June 4-5. Repeats in Sept. Free.

Rose weekend

June 4 - 5, 2016

12 miles north

Rose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden. Discount tickets $17.

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.

Craft fair

June 4 - 25, 2016 (dates below)

5.5 miles SE

Shop from artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors when Renegade Craft Fair returns to East River State Park in Brooklyn on July 4, 11, 18, and 25. Free.

Classic soul & motown revue

June 4 - 26, 2016 (also April/May)

0.7 miles SW

A Decade of Soul features the best R&B music of the classic soul era at B.B. King Blues Club. Discount tickets $10.

Funny Cinderella

June 4 - July 16, 2016 (Saturdays)

2.7 miles south

The Commedia Cinderella is a zany musical version full of comedic improvisations, surprise gags, and gimmicks in “commedia dell’arte” style for adults & kids 5+ at Soho Playhouse. Discount tickets $20, child $13.


June 4 - Aug. 13, 2016 (begins May 16)

NYC locations

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

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.

Yankees club seats & buffet

June 6 - 29, 2016 (also May)

8 miles north

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. Discount tickets $125.

Yankees baseball

June 6 - 30, 2016

8 miles north

Watch the New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium.

Music at Washington Square

June 7 - 28, 2016 (8 p.m. Tuesdays)

2.2 miles south

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.

Burlesque on a sailboat

June 9, 2016 (9:45 p.m.)

4.5 miles south

A Burlesque Sail on Clipper City tall ship features music, dancers, and drinks, departing from Battery Park for age 21+. Discount tickets $36.

Red Hook festival

June 9 - 11, 2016

8 miles south

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

Soho film festival

June 9 - 16, 2016

2.3 miles south

See great films from around the world at the Soho International Film Festival at Village East Cinema.

Films to make you cry & cheer

June 10 - 19, 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.

Bourbon walk

June 11, 2016 (12 to 10 p.m.)

NYC locations

Sample 8 one-ounce servings of bourbon in 8 venues at New York City Bourbon Bash for age 21+.

Mississippi Picnic

June 11, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

1 mile north

Mississippi Picnic features blues performers, catfish, hush puppies, shrimp & grits, sweet tea, and caramel cake in Central Park. Free entry.

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.

Family bicycling event

June 11, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

4.2 miles NE

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

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.

1920s lawn party

June 11 - 12, 2016

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 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 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

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.

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.

Free museum evening

June 14, 2016 (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.

Music in the park

June 15 - 22, 2016

NYC locations

Hear classical music outdoors under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, followed by fireworks. There are no fireworks on June 22 at the Free Indoor Concert in Staten Island. Free.

Film festival

June 15 - 26, 2016

6 miles south

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

Spectacular show

June 15 - Aug. 7, 2016

0 miles

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. Discount tickets $50 to $90.

Zinfandel tasting

June 16, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

1.7 miles south

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. Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.

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 the Central Park bandshell area. Children under 18 may need a legal guardian. Free.

Solstice sunrise concert

June 18, 2016 (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.

Mariachi music in the garden

June 18, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)

12 miles north

Hear Ernesto Villalobos & Gizel Xanath perform Linda Ronstadt’s album “Songs of My Father” with a free drink at New York Botanical Garden. Discount tickets $27.

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.

Pet expo

June 18 - 19, 2016

4.4 miles SE

Bring your pet (see rules) to New York Pet Expo, which offers vendors, vaccinations, entertainment, and adoptions at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free except parking.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 19, 2016

NYC locations

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

Father’s Day dining cruise

June 19, 2016

NYC locations

Take a Father’s Day brunch or dinner cruise with views.

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.

Black musical

June 19 & 26, 2016

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 Sundays $25.

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 (5 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.

Opera in the park

June 22 & 24, 2016 (plus July)

NYC locations

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

Asian films

June 22 - July 9, 2016

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.

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.

Comedy marathon

June 24 - 26, 2016

NYC locations

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

Party in Chelsea

June 25, 2016 (4 to 11 p.m.)

2.3 miles SW

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.

Cheese festival

June 25, 2016 (5 p.m.)

3.5 miles SE

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

Family treasure hunt

June 25, 2016

5 miles NE

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 Icahn Stadium. Their web page is not yet updated. 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).

Freshkills Park preview

June 26, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

18 miles SW via ferry

Get a sneak peak at the park built on Staten Island landfill on Discovery Day, when you can walk 8 miles of trails, bike 5 miles of pavement, run a 5K course, or register for a kayak tour. Free, including shuttle.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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