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.
June 1 - 4, 2016 (begins May 28)
1.7 miles SWGet 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.
June 1 - 5, 2016
NYC locationsAttend 50 world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation at World Science Festival.
June 1 - 11, 2016 (also May)
0.4 miles southMichelle Williams and Jeff Daniels unleash pent-up emotions in Blackbird, 15 years after their underage affair, at Belasco Theatre. Discount tickets $29 to $61.
Big top circus
June 1 - 12, 2016 (also May)
13.5 miles eastThe Grand Tour [sound] by Big Apple Circus has a 1920s travel theme with acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, clowns, rescue animals, and a band in Cunningham Park in Queens. Discount tickets $10 to $29.
June 1 - July 2, 2016 (begins May 31)
NYC locationsBlue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.
Star Wars exhibition
June 1 - 30, 2016 (also May)
0.5 miles SWSee 77 costumes worn in all seven films at Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Discovery Times Square.
Uptown Arts Stroll
June 1 - 30, 2016
9 miles northSee hundreds of art exhibitions, open studios, concerts, dance and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. Free.
Comedy with “Modern Family” star
June 1 - July 24, 2016 (also May)
0.5 mile SWJesse Tyler Ferguson plays 40 outrageous characters in Fully Committed as he takes restaurant reservations from snooty socialites who simply must have a table tonight, at Lyceum Theatre. Discount tickets $45 to $99.
Sailboat ride on Clipper City
June 1 - Aug. 5, 2016 (also May)
4.5 miles southTour New York City Harbor aboard the majestic Clipper City tall ship, sailing from Battery Park.
Shakespeare in the Park
June 1 - Aug. 14, 2016
2 miles northBuy 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.
June 1 - Sept. 4, 2016 (begins May 28)
0.5 miles SWSean 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 $59.
June 1 - Sept. 4, 2016 (also May)
1 mile westTrip of Love is a song and dance spectacular with 1960s sets and costumes at Stage 42. Discount tickets $45.
Free Summer Movies
June 1 - Sept. 15, 2016 (also May)
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
Award-winning “Jersey Boys”
June 1 - Sept. 25, 2016 (also May)
0.4 miles NWHit 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 southEnjoy 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.
Creative percussion show
June 1 - Dec. 25, 2016 (also May)
0.5 miles SWSTOMP has high-energy dance, acrobatics, comedy, and nonstop rhythm from unusual instruments at the Orpheum Theatre. Discount tickets $50.
June 1 - Dec. 30, 2016 (also May)
0.6 miles westKinky Boots, based on a true story about a shoe factory owner and a drag queen, has an inspiring and joyful score by Cyndi Lauper at Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Discount tickets $50 to $90.
Taste of Asia
June 2, 2016 (8 p.m., VIP 7)
11 miles southTaste dishes from dozens of Asian restaurants with cocktails, beer, wine, and sake at New York Feast by LuckyRice at Industry City.
June 2 - 5, 2016
26 miles SWEnjoy 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 NWSee Italian life and culture as presented by a new generation of Italian filmmakers at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center.
June 2 - 11, 2016 (8 p.m. from May)
2.4 miles southHear macabre stories read by candlight during Edgar Allan Poe Festival in St. John’s Lutheran Church
Comedy about motherhood
June 2 - 30, 2016 (also May)
0.4 miles westA former Miss New Jersey is One Funny Mother with a hilarious show about raising kids at New World Stages. Discount tickets $30.
June 2 - July 3, 2016 (also May)
0.3 miles westThe show-business musical Chicago has sizzling songs, seductive dance numbers, and a powerful story at Ambassador Theatre. Discount tickets $33 to $91.
June 2 - July 16, 2016 (also May)
2.8 miles southYour 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.
Psycho the musical
June 2 - Sept. 25, 2016 (also May)
0.5 miles SWAmerican Psycho is a “brilliant and absorbing musical” about a slick investment banker living in decadent 1980s Manhattan, at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Discount tickets $49 to $89.
June 2 - Dec. 17, 2016 (also May)
4.2 miles southEnjoy DJ music, a cash bar, and hours of views on a Hornblower Cruise leaving Pier 15 on South Street.
June 2 - Dec. 29, 2016 (also May)
2.4 miles SWEnjoy 90 minutes of views on an afternoon Statue of Liberty & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise, with a free glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $28.
Art Deco dance
June 3, 2016 (9 p.m.)
0.6 miles northThe Deco Ball is a festive soiree with themes of New York, Paris, and Havana on different floors at Harmonie Club. Discount tickets $20.
June 3, 2016 (10 p.m.)
1 mile SWDistorted Diznee has high-energy dancing, comedy, dazzling costumes, and lip synching by drag queens dressed as Ariel, Mary Poppins, and Snow White at Laurie Beechman Theatre for age 17+. Discount tickets $10 (and $20 food or drink minimum).
Taste of Upper West Side
June 3 - 4, 2016
1.7 miles northSample food from 45 restaurants and taste wine, beer, and cocktails under a tent at Columbus Avenue & West 77th Street.
June 3 - 5, 2016
5 miles south via ferryFigment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.
June 3 - 5, 2016
6 miles NEGovernors 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 locationsSee 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 SENew 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.
June 3 - July 30, 2016 (also May)
0.7 miles SWA physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show [sound] using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $20.
June 4, 2016 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
4.2 miles southTaste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon in Broad Street Ballroom.
June 4, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
5.2 miles northNYC 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 southEnjoy 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 SEYoung 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 at Troutman Street & St. Nicholas Avenue in Brooklyn. Free.
June 4 - 5, 2016 (begins May 28)
2 miles southWashington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place, May 28-30 and June 4-5. Repeats in Sept. Free.
June 4 - 5, 2016
12 miles northRose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden. Discount tickets $17.
June 4 - 5 and 11 - 12, 2016
1 mile northAmerican 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.
June 4 - 25, 2016 (dates below)
5.5 miles SEShop 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 May)
0.7 miles SWA Decade of Soul features the best R&B music of the classic soul era at B.B. King Blues Club. Discount tickets $10.
June 4 - Sept. 23, 2016 (begins May 16)
NYC locationsEnjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
Brunch cruise circles Manhattan
June 4 - Dec. 31, 2016 (weekends)
2.4 miles SWAround Manhattan Brunch Cruise offers three-hour of views as you circle Manhattan Island in a classic 1920s yacht and eat a buffet brunch with a complimentary beverage, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $56.
June 5, 2016 (1:30 p.m.)
3.6 miles southKids age 5+ will enjoy watching Charlotte’s Web, an award-winning story about Charlotte the spider who saves Wilbur the pig at Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $10.
June 5 - 7 and 13 - 19, 2016
NYC locationsNew York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art in various venues.
Chicken wings festival
June 5 & 26, 2016
Manhattan & QueensThe New York Best Wings Festival serves wings with sauce plus craft beer at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.
Taste of Times Square
June 6, 2016 (5 to 9 p.m.)
0.5 miles westTaste of Times Square features international food from 50 restaurants, music from local bands, African drumming, and street performers in Times Square.
June 6 - 12, 2016
5 miles SENorthside Festival is about music, art, film, fashion, food, and innovation in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The music begins on June 9.
Yankees club seats & buffet
June 6 - 29, 2016
8 miles northWatch 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.
June 6 - 30, 2016
8 miles northWatch the New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium.
Music at Washington Square
June 7 - 28, 2016 (8 p.m. Tuesdays)
2.2 miles southWashington 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 southA 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 southRed 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 southSee great films from around the world at the Soho International Film Festival at Village East Cinema.
June 9 - 19, 2016
0.5 miles northSee contemporary dance by award-winning Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center.
Baseball meal deal
June 9 - Aug. 3, 2016
8 miles northNew York Yankees package deal includes a field-level seat plus unlimited picnic food until 30 minutes after game time at Yankee Stadium. Discount tickets $75.
Films to make you cry & cheer
June 10 - 19, 2016
1.3 miles NWSee 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 SETry 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 NERepair & 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 southEnjoy 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 ferryWear 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.
June 11 - 12, 2016
32 miles southStaten Ireland Irish Fair has two stages of traditional Irish music and dance, festival food, an Irish marketplace, and kids’ area on Staten Island. Cost.
June 11 - Aug. 27, 2016 (Saturdays)
3 miles eastWarm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
Puerto Rican parade
June 12, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
0.3 miles southBilled 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 northDrums Along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park. Free.
Champagne Sunset Cruise
June 13 - Aug. 29, 2016 (also May)
2.4 miles SWThe Champagne Sunset Cruise includes 1.75 hours of views and a glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $35.
Free museum evening
June 14, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)
2 miles northJoin the crowds listening to live music and visiting seven 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 locationsHear 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.
June 15 - 26, 2016
6 miles southBAMcinemaFest shows the best independent cinema at Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater.
June 15 - Aug. 7, 2016
0 milesNew 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.
June 16, 2016 (7 p.m., VIP 6)
1.7 miles southBilled 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 northActors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.
June 16 - 25, 2016
NYC locationsRegister to take free dance and fitness classes from two dozen studios during NYC Dance Week Festival.
Free arts festival
June 16 - 26, 2016
Lower ManhattanAttend 50 cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual arts. Free.
Summer beer festival
June 17 - 18, 2016
1.5 miles southSample 150 craft beers, ciders, and meads with local restaurant food at the NYC Craft Beer Festival at Lexington Avenue Armory. Discount tickets $35.
June 18, 2016 (12 to 10 p.m.)
NYC locationsSample 8 one-ounce servings of bourbon in 8 venues at New York City Bourbon Bash for age 21+.
June 18, 2016
1.2 miles northHike, 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 northSummer Solstice Celebration is 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 northHear 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.
June 18, 2016 (1 p.m.)
18 miles southThe 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.
June 18 - 19, 2016
4.4 miles SEBring your pet (see rules) to New York Pet Expo, which offers vendors, vaccinations, entertainment, and adoptions at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free except parking. Discount tickets $5.50.
Father’s Day restaurants
June 19, 2016
NYC locationsOpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.
Father’s Day dining cruise
June 19, 2016
NYC locationsTake a Father’s Day brunch or dinner cruise with views.
June 19, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)
3.4 miles southEgg 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.
Father’s Day comedy
June 19, 2016 (6 p.m.)
18 miles westEarthquake's Father’s Day Celebration also includes performances by Lavell Crawford, Michael Blackson, Deon Cole, and Pat Brown at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. Discount tickets $60.
Yoga in the square
June 20, 2016
0.5 miles westRenew 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 locationsMake Music New York is a live musical celebration on the longest day of the year, with 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks in five boroughs. Free.
June 21, 2016 (5 p.m.)
4.2 miles NESummer 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.
Big-band dance party
June 21 - July 9, 2016
1.2 miles NWMidsummer 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.
June 22, 2016 (8 p.m.)
11 miles southThe Celtic Woman performs Irish traditional and contemporary standards with style, joined by musicians and dancers at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $25.
June 22 - July 9, 2016
1.5 miles NWWatch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre.
Opera in the park
June 22 - July 13, 2016
NYC locationsThe Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.
Games for social good
June 23 - 24, 2016
1.8 miles southExplore 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.
June 24, 2016 (5 to 8 p.m.)
4.5 miles southDecorate 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.
June 24 - 26, 2016
NYC locationsDel 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 SWGeneration 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.
June 25, 2016 (5 p.m.)
3.5 miles SEEnjoy fine cheese with flatbreads, pasta, pickles, and beer at the Cheesemonger Invitational in Queens.
Family treasure hunt
June 25, 2016 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
5 miles NEAll 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 south of Icahn Stadium. Free.
Festival of Colombia
June 25, 2016 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
10 miles eastFestival de las Flores is a giant multicultural food and music festival with DJs, dance groups, comedians, and singers at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free.
Messy kids festival
June 25, 2016 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
11 miles southSeriousFun Messtival is Paul Newman’s day camp with entertainment, archery, a zip line, a dunk tank, and an optional 9 a.m. one-mile run at Breeze Hill in Prospect Park, Brooklyn to raise money for charity.
June 25, 2016
18 miles SERugged 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 northRockland-Bergen Music Festival [sound] has 20 performers on two stages at the German-Masonic Fairgrounds in Tappan.
June 26, 2016
NYC locationsPride 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 ferryGet 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.