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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June 2015

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

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 indieScreen and Windmill Studios.

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 1 - 30, 2015 (begins May 28)

9 miles north

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

Rock festival

June 5 - 7, 2015

6 miles NE

Governors Ball is a three-day outdoor music festival on four stages with 22 acts at Randall’s Island Park.

Irish festival

June 6 - 7, 2015

17 miles SE via ferry

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

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.

Chinese & Jewish festival

June 7, 2015

3.4 miles south

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival is a cross-cultural celebration of Jewish and Chinese 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.

Native American festival

June 7, 2015

10 miles north

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

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.

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.

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.

James Joyce day

June 16, 2015

2.6 miles north

Actors and writers perform selections from Joyce's masterpiece at Bloomsday on Broadway, which includes Irish music 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 [slow website], including dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual arts. Free.

Outdoor adventures

June 20, 2015

NYC locations

Hike, bike, climb, fish, and paddle at Adventures NYC at Central Park bandshell area on Saturday and at Marine Park on Sunday. Bring photo ID. Free.

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.

North Bronx festival

June 20, 2015

9.7 miles north

Juneteenth Festival includes music, a carnival, food vendors, and arts & crafts of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America at Bronx Park E. & Lydig Ave. Free.

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.
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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.

Bicycle race

June 21, 2015

4 miles north

Watch cyclists of all ages race around Marcus Garvey Park at Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic, which includes music, food, and family entertainment. Free.

Electronic music

June 22 - 28, 2015

3.8 miles south

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

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.

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.

Challenging run

June 27 - 28, 2015

18 miles SE

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3.1-mile race with 20 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Aviator Sports and Events Center. (Choose date under “Please Select a Wave Time.”)

Pride Sunday

June 28, 2015

NYC locations

Pride Week events today include the noon Pride March down 5th Avenue, the afternoon PrideFest street fair, and the evening Dance on the Pier.

Lower East Side festival

June 2015 (undated)

3.4 miles south

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

Bushwick street party

June 2015 (undated)

6 miles SE

The young seeking fun are going to line up in the sun for the Bushwick Block Party, which features bands, street artists, a beer tent, and food trucks on Troutman at Wyckoff. Free.

Jazz festival

June 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.

Shakespeare in the Park

June 2015 (undated)

2 miles north

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

Arts festival in Brooklyn

June 2015 (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.

Red Hook festival

June 2015 (undated)

8 miles south

Red Hook Fest features young performers Thursday, a community barbecue and dance party Friday, and main-stage performances Saturday in Brooklyn. Free.

Juggling festival

June 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

Juggle This is a weekend of juggling, workshops, games, and a spectacular show Saturday evening.

Italian film festival

June 2015 (undated)

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.

Chili cook-off

June 2015 (undated)

2.3 miles NW

Lone Star Chili Cook-off serves chili, beer and a band under covered tents at West 79th Street Boat Basin.

Family bicycling event

June 2015 (undated)

4.2 miles NE

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

Opera in the park

June 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

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

SummerStage

June 2015 (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.

BBQ block party

June 2015 (undated)

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.

Participatory art

June 2015 (undated)

5 miles south via ferry

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

Free museum evening

June 2015 (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.

Asian performance piece

June 2015 (undated)

2.3 miles south

Gen tells the story of Asians who came to live in America in an interdisciplinary mix of acting, singing, dancing, poetry, and photography at 440 Studios.

Northside Festival

June 2015 (undated)

5 miles SE

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

Tasting under a tent

June 2015 (undated)

20 miles SW

Taste wine, cheese, beer, and bourbon at the Wine & Cheese Tasting at Liberty Hall Museum in Union, NJ.

1920s lawn party

June 2015 (undated; repeats in Aug.)

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.

Movies in the park

June 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles south

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

Film festival

June 2015 (undated)

6 miles south

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

Swedish festival

June 2015 (undated)

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.

Summer beer festival

June 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles south

Sample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival, Armory on Lexington Ave.

Arab festival

June 2015 (undated)

2.4 miles south

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

Solstice celebration

June 2015 (undated)

4.2 miles NE

Summer Solstice Celebration includes face painting, art-making workshops, drumming, wrestling, yoga, and a solstice ritual at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Beer festival & rock concert

June 2015 (undated)

57 miles

Sample beer from 50 craft breweries and rock out at Beerfields, at Pennysaver Amphitheater in Selden.

Big-band dance party

June 2015 (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.

Tuesday movies on the roof

June 2015 (undated)

7 miles north

Bring chairs to watch Rooftop Films on top of the garage at Bronx Terminal Market. Family activities start at 7 p.m., and films begin at sunset. Free.

Asian food events

June 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Asian films

June 2015 (undated)

1.5 miles NW

Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival at Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center.
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June 2015 calendar of events in NYC, NY. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in New York City, New York.     steve.cook@events12.com