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.

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 1 - 30, 2016

9 miles north

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

Jazz festival

June 1 - July 2, 2016 (begins May 31)

NYC locations

Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.

Shakespeare in the Park

June 1 - Aug. 14, 2016

2 miles north

For tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, become a $200 “supporter,” or get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.

Free Summer Movies

June 1 - Sept. 15, 2016 (begins in May)

NYC locations

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

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.

Spooky stories

June 2 - 11, 2016 (begins May 29)

2.4 miles south

Hear macabre stories read by candlight during Edgar Allan Poe Festival in St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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.

Taste of Upper West Side

June 3 - 4, 2016

1.7 miles north

Sample food from 45 restaurants and taste 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.

Coffee festival

June 4, 2016 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

4.2 miles south

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

Multicultural festival

June 4, 2016 (11 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 at Troutman Street & St. Nicholas Avenue 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.

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.


June 4 - Sept. 23, 2016 (begins May 16)

NYC locations

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

Childrens’ play

June 5, 2016 (1:30 p.m.)

3.6 miles south

Kids 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.

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 (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.

Northside Festival

June 7 - 12, 2016

5 miles SE

Northside Festival is about music, art, film, fashion, food, and innovation in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The music begins on June 9.

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, 14 and 21, plus jazz June 28. (In case of rain, it moves to Frederick Loewe Theatre.) Free.

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.

Apple cider tasting

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

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 4 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

32 miles south

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

New music

June 11 - Aug. 27, 2016 (Saturdays)

3 miles east

Warm 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 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.

Hoboken festival

June 12, 2016

4.7 miles SW

Spring Arts & Music Festival features 300 artists, sculptors, photographers, and crafters, plus three stages of music, rides, games, and food vendors. 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 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 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.

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.

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.

Summer beer festival

June 17 - 18, 2016

1.5 miles south

Sample 150 craft beers, ciders, and meads with local restaurant food at the NYC Craft Beer Festival at Lexington Avenue Armory.

Music festival in the forest

June 17 - 19, 2016

86 miles NW

Destination Moon features 15 acts, visual art, a lake for swimming, and optional bunk or cabin at Camp Lakota in Wurtsboro, with a shuttle bus from Brooklyn.

Bourbon walk

June 18, 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+.

Outdoor adventures

June 18, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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

Summer Solstice Celebration is 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.

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.

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 (12 to 4 p.m.)

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 1,200 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.

Big-band dance party

June 21 - July 9, 2016

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 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 (June 22 to July 5) and SVA Theatre (July 6 to 9).

Opera in the park

June 22 - July 13, 2016

NYC locations

The 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 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 (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.

Comedy improv festival

June 24 - 26, 2016

NYC locations

Del Close Marathon is 600 shows by comedians from around the world at seven venues.

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 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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 south of Icahn Stadium. Free.

Festival of Colombia

June 25, 2016 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

10 miles east

Festival 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 south

SeriousFun 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.

Challenging run

June 25, 2016

18 miles SE

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3-mile race with 25 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Aviator Sports and Events Center.

Long Island wine tasting

June 25, 2016 (12 and 4 p.m.)

81 miles east

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival has 100 wines, hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at Jamesport Vineyards.

Music festival up north

June 25 - 26, 2016 (kickoff June 24)

32 miles north

Rockland-Bergen Music Festival [sound] has 20 performers on two stages at the German-Masonic Fairgrounds in Tappan.

Pride Sunday

June 26, 2016

NYC locations

Pride Week events today include a noon Pride March down 5th Avenue, an afternoon PrideFest fair on Hudson Street, and an evening Dance on the Pier (Pier 26).

Chicken wings festival

June 26, 2016 (1 to 6:30 p.m.)

5.2 miles NE

Time Out Wing Fest serves wings with sauce, beverages, and ice cream sandwiches at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Queens for age 21+.

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.

Classy cocktail party

June 27, 2016 (6:30 to 10 p.m.)

0.8 miles NW

Swing! A Summer Cocktail Party features young jazz artists at a cocktail reception in The Appel Room at Lincoln Center for age 21+.
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