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New York City events June 2018

Festival in Red Hook

June 1 - 2, 2018
9.7 miles south
Red Hook Fest includes a community cookout and DJ dance party on Friday at Public School 15 (Patrick F. Daley), plus performances on the main stage Saturday at Erie Basin Park. Free.

Science festival

June 1 - 3, 2018
NYC locations
Attend dozens of world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation during World Science Festival.

Ice cream festival

June 1 - 3, 2018 (noon to 9 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
A ticket to Scooper Bowl New York gets you unlimited ice cream & sorbet in dozens of flavors at Bryant Park, and it supports charity.

Music festival

June 1 - 3, 2018
6 miles NE
Governors Ball is a three-day outdoor music festival with 65 acts “featuring music of all genres, foods of all flavors, arts of all variety” at Randall’s Island Park.

Greek festival

June 1 - 3, 2018
26 miles SW
Enjoy Greek music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and delicious food at NJ Greek Fest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ.

Italian film festival

June 1 - 6, 2018
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.

Brooklyn Film Festival

June 1 - 10, 2018
NYC locations
Watch 120 films made by independent filmmakers from 27 countries during the Brooklyn Film Festival, mostly at Wythe Hotel and Windmill Studios.

Multicultural festival

June 2, 2018
5.2 miles north
NYC Multicultural Festival [sound] promises diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and a kids’ area at the bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park. Free.

Kids’ film festival

June 2, 2018 (1 p.m.)
6 miles south
Enjoy children’s films followed by a filmmaker’s workshop at KidsFilmFest at Made in NY Media Center in Brooklyn. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Brooklyn street party

June 2, 2018
7 miles SE
Young people line up in the sun to enter the Bushwick Block Party, which has two music stages, dozens of street artists, food trucks, and beer at Troutman Street & St. Nicholas Avenue in Brooklyn. Free.

Polo party

June 2, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
9 miles SW
A ticket to classy Polo Classic includes transportation to Liberty State Park in New Jersey to watch a game hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and a performance by Alicia Keys, with food trucks and champagne for sale.

Adult party in the playground

June 2, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)
10.3 mile south
A $75 ticket to Rock the House includes drinks, dinner, and dancing to live music by The Hideaways at J.J. Byrne Playground in Park Slope.

Garden party in Yonkers

June 2, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)
19.7 miles north
Discover a dramatic hidden garden overlooking the Hudson River during The Great Forgotten Garden Party, with live performances and food & drinks for sale at Untermyer Park and Gardens.

Contemporary book fair

June 2 - 3, 2018
1.5 miles SW
Interact with authors, publishers, celebrities, and content creators at BookCon “where storytelling and pop culture collide” at Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Cool toy & beer festival

June 2 - 3, 2018
4.4 miles SE
“A collision of art, toys, counterculture, and craft beer,” Five Points Fest celebrates art and its creators (whether they make comics, toys, beer, or vegan tacos) at Brooklyn Expo Center. Costumes welcome. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Buy American

June 2 - 3, 2018
10 miles south
Shop from 100 vendors selling American-made goods at American Field at Industry City in Brooklyn. Held in June and November. Free.

Native American festival

June 3, 2018
10 miles north
Drums Along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park, plus performers representing other cultures. Free.

Special park day

June 3, 2018 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
18 miles SW via ferry
Explore normally closed areas of Freshkills Park on Discovery Day, when you can walk on trails, bike on pavement, fly kites, and take tours. Free, including shuttles to the ferry terminal.

Taste of Times Square

June 4, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)
0.5 miles west
Taste of Times Square features international food from 40 restaurants and music from local bands on 46th Street (from Broadway to 9th Avenue).

Zinfandel tasting

June 6, 2018
0.1 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 NYY Steak on 51st Street.

Northside Festival

June 6 - 10, 2018
5 miles SE
Northside Festival is about music, art, film, fashion, food, and innovation in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

Whiskey tasting

June 8, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
7.7 miles south
Taste 60 whiskeys and hear a Wild Child concert at WhiskyX, with food trucks and restaurant food for sale at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Wine party

June 9, 2018
2.2 miles SW
A ticket to Vinho Verde Wine Experience includes endless wine, food pairings, live music, and live art at Canoe Studios for age 21+.

Cider tasting

June 9, 2018
4 miles SE
Try 75 hard ciders, and shop from food trucks at Pour The Core at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+.

Family treasure hunt

June 9, 2018 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
5 miles NE
All ages can learn how to use a map and compass, and then follow clues to find island treasures at The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt, which also offers craft-making and entertainment for kids at Randall’s Island Field 80. Free.

Salsa concert

June 9, 2018 (8 p.m.)
7 miles south
New York Salsa Festival features performances by Willie Colón, Oscar D’León, Rey Ruiz, Andy Montañez, Tito Nieves, and more at Barclays Center.

Family music festival

June 9, 2018 (12 to 5 p.m.)
15 miles east
Queens Youth Music Festival is an open-air concert with 40 young performers, vendors, games, and food concessions at St. John’s University in Queens. Free for children age 3 and younger.

BBQ block party

June 9 - 10, 2018
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 for all ages. Picnics and pets are welcome. Free.

Brooklyn craft market

June 9 - 10, 2018 (12 to 6 p.m.)
10.4 miles south
Brooklyn Summer features 60 local craft makers and food vendors at Industry City, 274 36th Street. Free.

Rose weekend

June 9 - 10, 2018
12 miles north
Rose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden.

Irish festival

June 9 - 10, 2018
31 miles south
Staten Ireland Irish Fair has two stages of traditional Irish music and dance, festival food, an Irish marketplace, and a kids’ area on Staten Island. Cost.

Puerto Rican parade

June 10, 2018 (11 a.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.

Spirits tasting

June 11, 2018
0.4 miles south
Sample handcrafted spirits and meet the makers at NY Indie Spirits Expo at the Penn Club of New York.

Free museum evening

June 12, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
2 miles north
Join the crowds listening to live music and visiting six museums for three hours during Museum Mile Festival on 5th Avenue (from 82nd to 105th Street). Free.

Brooklyn tasting event

June 12, 2018 (6:30 p.m., VIP 5:30)
5.3 miles SE
Taste of Bushwick promises “an incredible array of Bushwick restaurants, bars, shops, and businesses” sharing “delicious tastes of their food and drink” at Brooklyn Steel. Children under age 10 are free.

Music in the park

June 12 - 17, 2018
NYC locations
Hear classical music outdoors under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, followed by fireworks. (The indoor show June 17 in Staten Island does not have fireworks.)

Tasting in Jersey City

June 14, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
6.5 miles SW
A ticket to Evening Under the Stars includes unlimited food and drink samples, and a live cover band at York Street Project in Jersey City, NJ.

Outdoor adventures

June 16, 2018 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
1.2 miles north
Bike, climb, fish, paddle, zip line, and play games during Adventures NYC at the Central Park bandshell area. Children under age 18 need a legal guardian for some activities. Expect lines. Free.

James Joyce day

June 16, 2018 (7 p.m.)
2.6 miles north
Actors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.

Solstice sunrise concert

June 16, 2018 (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.

Swedish festival

June 16, 2018 (doors 11 a.m., events 2 p.m.)
12.5 miles NE
Sweden Day features Swedish food, entertainment, a swimming pool, an ocean beach, and dancing around the Midsummer pole at the Manhem Club in the Bronx.

Mermaid Parade

June 16, 2018 (1 to 4 p.m.)
18 miles south
The Mermaid Parade has 1000 people wearing glittery semi-nude costumes, floats with aquatic themes, and classic cars that drive east along Surf Avenue, and then west along the boardwalk on Coney Island in Brooklyn. Expect crowds. Free.

Vegan festival

June 16, 2018 (noon, VIP 11 a.m.)
33.5 miles SW
Sample vegan food, browse vendors, hear speakers, and watch chef demonstrations at Tri-State VegFest in The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Children younger than age 12 are free.

1920s lawn party

June 16 - 17, 2018
5 miles south via ferry
Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes dance lessons, dance contests, food vendors, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governors Island.

Concert up north

June 16 - 17, 2018
39 miles north
Clearwater Festival features nationally-known artists, 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 17, 2018
NYC locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Jewish food festival

June 17, 2018
0.2 miles west
Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival features “dozens of award-winning food purveyors putting their individual ethnic spins on traditional Jewish foods” with klezmer music on 6th Avenue at W. 48th Street. Free.

Father’s Day scavenger hunt

June 17, 2018 (1:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
0.8 miles south
The Amazing Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt begins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub with a series of clues on your phone that send you around the city performing physical and mental challenges.

International festival

June 17, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)
3.4 miles south
Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival is a cross-cultural celebration of Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican music, food, folk art and crafts outside the Museum at Eldridge Street. Free.

Films to make you cry & cheer

June 19 - 21, 2018
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.

Dance week

June 19 - 23, 2018
NYC locations
Register to take free dance and fitness classes from 32 studios during New York City Dance Week.
CityPass New York

Meet yacht racers

June 19 - 23, 2018
4 miles south
Yachts from 12 countries stop in New York for a week during Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Tour the boats daily at North Cove Marina in Lower Manhattan, or attend a public talk on June 21 (a talk is also held June 20 in Jersey City, NJ). Video (3 minutes). Free.

Free arts festival

June 19 - 24, 2018
Lower Manhattan
Attend cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, music, theater, and the visual arts at 40 locations in Lower Manhattan. Free.

Music at Washington Square

June 19 & 26, 2018 (8 p.m.)
2.2 miles south
Washington Square Music Festival offers classical music in the park on Tuesdays, with jazz instead on June 26. Free.

Jazz festival

June 19 - 30, 2018
NYC locations
Blue Note Jazz Festival has 100 concerts in 5 venues, and features big names like Chris Botti, Art Garfunkel, Gregory Porter, Al Di Meola, and Gordon Lightfoot.

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 19 - 30, 2018
9 miles north
See hundreds of art exhibitions, open studios (June 9 & 16), concerts, dance and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. Free.

Free movies in parks

June 19 - Sept. 15, 2018
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Evening cruise

June 20 - 30, 2018
2.4 miles SW
The Champagne City Lights Cruise includes 1.5 hours of views and a glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

Ticket deal $34

Film festival

June 20 - 30, 2018
6 miles south
BAMcinemaFest shows the best independent cinema at Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater.

Shakespeare in the Park

June 20 - Aug. 19, 2018
2 miles north
For tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, pay $500 as a “supporter” or get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.
  • June 1 to 24 – Othello
  • July 17 to Aug. 19 – Twelfth Night

Women in song

June 20 - Sept. 5, 2018
0.6 miles west
This One’s for the Girls is a high-energy celebration of women, featuring popular songs like I am Woman, Respect, and I Will Survive at cozy St. Luke’s Theatre.

Ticket deal $13 to $34

Free mellow music

June 20 - Sept. 26, 2018
1.3 miles NW
American Folk Art Museum offers concerts Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m. Free.


June 20 - Sept. 27, 2018
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.

Harry Potter parody

June 20 - Dec. 30, 2018
0.6 miles west
Puffs is about the mediocre students of Hogwarts School, lovable underachieving wizards not destined to save the world from evil, at New World Stages.

Ticket deal $27 to $47

Street music festival

June 21, 2018
NYC locations
Make Music New York is a live musical celebration on the longest day of the year, with 1,000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks in five boroughs. Repeats in December. Free.

Yoga in the square

June 21, 2018
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.

Vegetarian tasting

June 21, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
0.8 miles SE
A ticket to the Chef Showdown includes “tasty barbeque bites” prepared by three local chefs, beer, and wine at FEDCAP Career Design School.

Solstice celebration

June 21, 2018 (starting 5 p.m.)
4.2 miles NE
Summer Solstice Celebration includes art-making workshops, face painting, a solstice ritual, music, and entertainment at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Opera in the park

June 21 - 29, 2018
NYC locations
The Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.


June 21 - Sept. 30, 2018
1 mile west
“Blending art and illusion with his captivating style,” magician Vitaly Beckman wins high praise for his show An Evening of Wonders at the Westside Theatre.

Ticket deal $49

Swedish festival

June 22, 2018 (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 and nearby. Free.

Gin tasting

June 22, 2018 (7 p.m.)
10.3 miles south
Taste “a stellar lineup” of the aromatic, botanical spirit that’s in most classic American cocktails at Gin in June, and learn about its history from mixology maven Tonya Hopkins at Old Stone House in Brooklyn.

Haunted attraction

June 22 - 24, 2018
2.7 miles SW
Walk through a shocking subway car, a dark and mysterious subway tunnel, and a creatures’ nest filled with supernatural frights as part of The Awakened Experience at 139 Charles Street for age 14+.

Ticket deal $20 to $38

Music festival up north

June 22 - 24, 2018
32 miles north
Rockland-Bergen Music Festival has 33 performers on two stages, with nationally known touring acts the first day and local artists the second day at the German-Masonic Fairgrounds in Tappan.

Jazz cruise

June 22 - Nov. 18, 2018 (7:15 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
The Evening Jazz Cruise features jazz performed by a trio, with beverages for sale (one drink included) and two hours of Manhattan views aboard a 1920s-style yacht departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers.

Ticket deal $64

Party wearing white

June 23, 2018 (7 p.m.)
1 mile south
Generation Bridge Summer White Ball includes DJ music, dancing, a soul-food dinner, and a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, and signature cocktail) at 295 5th Avenue for age 21+.

Superhero & science-fiction festival

June 23, 2018 (2 to 6 p.m.)
6 miles SE
Play classic carnival games, hang out with characters from Star Wars, Transformers, and comic books, and browse vendors at family-friendly NYSoM Superhero Sci-Fi Festival at Martinez Playground in Williamsburg. See the schedule of superhero visits.

Free tickets

Picnic in the park

June 23, 2018 (5 to 10 p.m.)
10 miles south
Bring your own food, wine, and table decorations to Prospect Park Soiree. Tickets includes chairs at a table, live jazz from the Big Band Era, and a DJ dance party for age 21+. Festive attire and hats are welcome. Read the location page carefully. Photos.

Challenging run

June 23, 2018
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.

Craft fair

June 23 - 24, 2018
4.4 miles SE
Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.

Participatory art

June 23 - 24, 2018
5 miles south via ferry
Figment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.

Dirty Dancing in NJ

June 23 - 24, 2018
36 miles west
See the romantic story Dirty Dancing, with passionate dancing and hit songs from the movie, live at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.

Ticket deal $37

Pride Sunday

June 24, 2018
NYC locations
Pride Week events today include a noon Pride March down 5th Avenue, an afternoon PrideFest fair on Hudson Street, and Pride Island from 2 to 10 p.m. at Pier 97, followed by fireworks.

Solstice celebration

June 24, 2018 (4 to 7 p.m.)
10.3 miles south
Celebrate the longest day of the year at Summer Solstice in the Park with free yoga, drum, and dance workshops, craft making, speakers discussing solar and lunar cycles, and “a culminating participatory dance and drum performance at 6:30 p.m.” for all ages at Old Stone House in Brooklyn. Free.

Broadway benefit concert

June 25, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles NW
Watch big Broadway stars perform with young artists from across the nation at the annual Arts for Autism, which is hosted by Christopher Jackson (nominated for a Tony Award for “Hamilton”) at Gershwin Theatre.

Ticket deal $18 to $28

Big-band dance party

June 26 - July 14, 2018
1.2 miles NW
Midsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, etc., followed by a live band in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.

Games for social good

June 28 - 30, 2018
1.9 miles south
Explore the ways games and virtual reality can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons School of Design.

Comedy improv festival

June 29 - July 1, 2018
NYC locations
Del Close Marathon is 600 shows by comedians from around the world at seven venues.

Asian films

June 29 - July 15, 2018
multiple locations
Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival.
  • June 29 - July 12 at Lincoln Center
  • July 13 - 15 at SVA Theatre

Free movies on a ship deck

June 29 - Aug. 24, 2018 (Fridays)
1.2 miles west
See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.

Cheese festival

June 30, 2018 (3 p.m.)
4.4 miles SE
Enjoy unlimited tastes of cheese from 30 producers plus charcuterie, fondue, grilled cheese, mac n’ cheese, ice cream, beer, and wine at the Cheesemonger Invitational at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Ticket deal $70

Beer tasting at NJ zoo

June 30, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
20 miles west
Sample beer from 35 breweries when Brew at the Zoo returns to Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ for age 21+.

African festival

June 30 - July 4, 2018
5 miles south
International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park.

New music series

June 30 - Sept. 1, 2018 (12 to 9 p.m.)
3 miles east
Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.