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 with this calendar of events.

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 40 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.

Jazz festival

June 1 - 30, 2015

NYC locations

Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 1 - 30, 2015 (begins May 27)

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 free ticket to The Tempest at Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

SummerStage

June 2 - Sept. 24, 2015

NYC locations

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

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.

Red Hook festival

June 4 - 6, 2015

8 miles south

Red Hook Fest features a happy hour on Thursday, 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.

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.

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.

Brooklyn street party

June 6, 2015

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.

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 hundreds of juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Repeats in Oct. Free.

International festival

June 7, 2015

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

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 7, 2015

26 miles east

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

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

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. Also see Sinatra: An American Icon exhibit at Lincoln Center.

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 to make you cry & cheer

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.

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.

Vegan booze festival

June 13, 2015 (12 to 3:30 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

Enjoy beer, wine, and liquor paired with vegan food at Better Booze Festival at Webster Hall.

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

NYC locations

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

Sports in the park

June 13, 2015

3 miles SW

Hudson River Park Games [sound] include yoga, kickboxing, a 5K, team pentathlon, and a village with music, kids’ activities, and food 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 for age 21+ at Brooklyn Expo 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.

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.

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.

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. Also consider the after-party June 14 at McKittrick Hotel.

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

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.

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.

James Joyce day

June 16, 2015

2.6 miles north

Actors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.

Music in the park

June 17 - 24, 2015

NYC locations

Hear classical music outdoors under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, followed by fireworks. (The concert June 24 is indoors, requires a free ticket, and has no fireworks.) Free.

Film festival

June 17 - 28, 2015

6 miles south

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

Dance week

June 18 - 27, 2015 (party June 11)

NYC locations

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

Free arts festival

June 18 - 28, 2015

Lower Manhattan

Attend 50 cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual arts. Free.

Swedish festival

June 19, 2015

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. 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.

Solstice sunrise concert

June 20, 2015

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.

Hidden harbor tour

June 20, 2015 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

4.5 miles south at Pier 11

Go behind the scenes of the working waterfront on a narrated Family Fun Day Boat Tour of container ports, tugboats, a lighthouse, and the Statue of Liberty.

New Orleans crawfish festival

June 20, 2015

5 miles south via ferry

The Crawfish and Music Festival offers dance music, New Orleans style marching bands, crawfish platters, and drinks for sale at Governors Island Beach Club.

Mermaid Parade

June 20, 2015

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.

Jewish cultural festival

June 20 - 21, 2015

NYC locations

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

Concert up north

June 20 - 21, 2015

39 miles north

Clearwater Festival features David Crosby, Los Lobos, 7 music stages, family shows, an artist village, green living expo, and artisan food at Croton Point Park in Westchester County.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 21, 2015

NYC locations

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

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 1000 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

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.

Cutting-edge music

June 21 - 23, 2015

3 miles south

Hear 37 new music artists perform at 4 venues on the Lower East Side for age 21+ on New Music Nights.

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.

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.

Insect film festival

June 26, 2015

2.5 miles south

Eight independent film directors screen short films about bugs at Secrets of the Insect World, with a reception at The Gene Frankel Theatre for age 21+.

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. Free entry.

Comedy marathon

June 26 - 28, 2015

NYC locations

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

Opera in the park

June 26 - 30, 2015

NYC locations

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

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

3.5 miles SE

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

International jazz

June 27, 2015

3.6 miles south

Hear great jazz artists from eight countries at Made in NY Jazz Gala at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

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

81 miles east

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

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 42 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 - 9 p.m.)

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).

Free Summer Movies

June 29 - Sept. 26, 2015

NYC locations

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