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.

Hit musical for adults

June 1 - 7, 2015 (begins in March)

0.9 miles west

The Disenchanted Disney princesses sing, dance, and poke fun at pop culture in their hilariously subversive renegade show at Westside Theatre. Discount tickets.

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 1 - 30, 2015

9 miles north

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

Winston Churchill

June 1 - July 12, 2015 (also April/May)

0.5 miles west

The Chicago Tribune calls Churchill, a one-man show about the Prime Minister who led Britain in her finest hour, “very enjoyable and surprisingly emotional.” See it live at New World Stages. Discount tickets.

Jazz festival

June 2 - 30, 2015

NYC locations

Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.

Shakespeare in the Park

June 2 - July 5, 2015 (begins May 27)

2 miles north

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

Glamorous comedy

June 2 - Aug. 2, 2015 (begins April 1)

0.4 miles west

Living on Love stars world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in a new comedy about music, marriage, and celebrity at Longacre Theatre. Discount tickets.


June 2 - Oct. 5, 2015 (begins May 18)

NYC locations

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

Red Hook festival

June 4 - 6, 2015

8 miles south

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

Yankees game and picnic

June 5 - July 5, 2015

6 miles north

Choose from two New York Yankees package deals with a seat and picnic meal at Yankee Stadium.
  • June 5 & 18: Field-level seat and unlimited picnic until 30 minutes into game. Deal is $91.
  • June 18/23; July 5: Center-field seat & unlimited picnic until 30 min. before game. Deal is $79.

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.

Gladys Knight

June 6, 2015 (8 p.m.)

11 miles south

Gladys Knight sings “Midnight Train to Georgia” and other hits at Kings Theatre.

Discount tickets $66.

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.

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.

Campy burlesque

June 6 - July 25, 2015 (Saturdays)

4.5 miles north

Burlesque is More gets high marks for its entertaining and funny combination of striptease & improvisation at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.

Discount tickets.

Family comedy

June 6 - Aug. 29, 2015 (also April/May)

0.6 miles NW

Kids howl with laughter at funny improvised skits, and some join onstage at family-friendly Improv 4 Kids [sound] at Broadway Comedy Club.

Discount tickets.

Tony-winning musical

June 6 - Aug. 29, 2015 (Saturdays)

4.5 miles north

The cast of In the Heights sings and dances around you to vibrant hip-hop, pop, and Latin music as they tell the story of tight-knit Dominican-Americans at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

International festival

June 7, 2015 (12 to 4 p.m.)

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

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.
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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.

Discount tickets.

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 (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.

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.

Free Summer Movies

June 11 - Aug. 17, 2015

NYC locations

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

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.

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.

Popular musical

June 12 & 18, 2015

2.6 miles north

Show Boat is a touching story about show business on a Mississippi riverboat journey, with an epic score (Ol’ Man River) at Symphony Space. Discount tickets.

Adult relationship comedy

June 12 - 21, 2015

2.5 miles south

Women are Crazy Because Men are *** is a harsh and hilarious play “about young couples stumbling through the minefield of codependency [LA Times] at Cherry Lane Theatre for age 17+.

Discount tickets.

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.

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.

Discount tickets.

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.

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.

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 (12 to 5 p.m.)

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.

Jewish cultural festival

June 14 - 21, 2015

NYC locations

KulturfestNYC offers 100 plays, concerts, films, and lectures by people from 30 countries in 10 venues. Its nine free events include a street festival June 21.

James Joyce day

June 16, 2015 (7 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

Actors and writers perform selections from Joyce's masterpiece during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.

Music in the park

June 17 - 23, 2015

NYC locations

Hear classical music every night under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks. 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

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.

Swedish festival

June 19, 2015 (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.

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.

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 (5 to 9 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.

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.

Movies in the park

June 22 - Aug. 24, 2015 (Mondays)

0.5 miles south

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

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.

Asian food events

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 on Broadway at 42nd St. Free entry.

Comedy marathon

June 26 - 28, 2015

NYC locations

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

Asian films

June 26 - July 11, 2015

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.

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.

Beer festival & rock concert

June 27, 2015

57 miles

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

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. (Choose date and time on second registration page.)

New music

June 27 - Sept. 5, 2015 (Saturdays)

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 street fair, and the evening Dance on the Pier.

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.

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.

Opera in the park

June 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

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