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New York City events June 2019

Multicultural festival

June 1, 2019
5 miles north
NYC Multicultural Festival promises diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and a kids’ area on St. Nicholas Avenue (from 141st to 145th). Free.

Kids’ film festival

June 1, 2019
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 1, 2019
7 miles SE
Young people line up in the sun to enter the Bushwick Collective 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 1, 2019
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.

Festival in Red Hook

June 1, 2019
9.9 miles south
Red Hook Fest includes a barbecue and DJ dance party on Friday (5:30 p.m.) at Public School 15 (Patrick F. Daley), plus performances on the main stage Saturday (2 to 7 p.m.) at Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier. Free.

Adult party in the playground

June 1, 2019 (7 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.

Science festival

June 1 - 2, 2019
NYC locations
Attend dozens of world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation during World Science Festival.

Polish film festival

June 1 - 2, 2019
0.8 miles south
New York Polish Film Festival screens feature films, shorts, and documentaries, which all have English subtitles at Scandinavia House.

Contemporary book fair

June 1 - 2, 2019
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.

Cat conference

June 1 - 2, 2019
1.7 miles south
Cat lovers are invited to Cat Camp to shop from vendors, meet adoptable cats, learn about cats, and “discuss some of the most important and challenging problems facing cats today” at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Cool toy & beer festival

June 1 - 2, 2019
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.

Participatory art

June 1 - 2, 2019
5 miles south via ferry
Figment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.

Dog show

June 1 - 2, 2019
5.9 miles NW
Shop from vendors of dog products, watch dog sports, and attend seminars at World Dog Expo at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Music festival

June 1 - 2, 2019
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.

Rose weekend

June 1 - 2, 2019
12 miles north
Rose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden.

Greek festival

June 1 - 2, 2019
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.

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

June 1 - 2, 2019
72 miles SW
Relive historical times in the British Isles at The New Jersey Renaissance Faire, which has a merchant village and entertainment (sword fighting, music, comedy, fire breathing, and aerialists) among the trees in Bordentown, NJ.

African film festival

June 1 - 9, 2019
NYC locations
New York African Film Festival screens both new and classic African cinema, with a special focus on intergenerational discourse, featuring works by women and younger generations.

Brooklyn Film Festival

June 1 - 9, 2019
NYC locations
Watch 120 films made by independent filmmakers from 27 countries during the Brooklyn Film Festival, mostly at Wythe Hotel and Windmill Studios. The schedule includes a Kidsfilmfest on June 1.

Taste of Times Square

June 3, 2019
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 4, 2019 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)
2.8 miles south
Billed as the city’s largest single varietal tasting event, Zinfandel Experience: ZinEx New York features 75 wines, appetizers, and an opportunity to meet 20 California Zinfandel winemakers at Houston Hall.

Italian film festival

June 6 - 12, 2019
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.

Multicultural festival

June 8, 2019
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.

Bacon and beer

June 8, 2019 (12 to 10 p.m.)
6.6 miles SE
Enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, DJ music, dancing, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at The Brooklyn Mirage.

Salsa concert

June 8, 2019
7 miles south
New York Salsa Festival features performances by Willie Colón, Victor Manuelle, Jerry Rivera, India, Grupo Niche, Eddie Santiago, Tito Rojas, Lalo Rodríguez, José Alberto El Canario, Fruko Y Sus Tesos, and Angel Lopez De Son By Four at Barclays Center.

Monster trucks

June 8, 2019 (7 p.m.)
9 miles NW
Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement during Monster Jam at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Crafts festival

June 8 - 9, 2019
1.3 miles NW
CraftNewYork features 160 juried artists, gourmet foods, and “distillery and winery tastings” at Damrosch Park near Lincoln Center. Free.

Denim expo

June 8 - 9, 2019
1.7 miles south
Shop for jeans at New York Denim Days, which also has “interactive displays, indigo dyeing, new denim designers as well as established brands and denim mills, vintage, books, music, and workshops” at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Irish festival

June 8 - 9, 2019
31 miles south
Staten Island 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 9, 2019 (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 10, 2019
0.4 miles south
Sample handcrafted spirits and meet the makers at NY Indie Spirits Expo at the Penn Club of New York.

Brooklyn tasting event

June 10, 2019
6.9 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 Cider House. Children under age 10 are free.

Free museum evening

June 11, 2019
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 110th Street). Free.

Beer at the zoo

June 14, 2019 (6 to 11 p.m.)
9 miles north
A ticket to Brew at the Zoo gets you unlimited beer samples, a live band, DJ music, karaoke, a retro game room, a Halloween costume contest, a haunted trail, and admission to some animal exhibits at the Bronx Zoo for age 21+.

Wine party

June 15, 2019 (12 to 10 p.m.)
1.1 miles south
A ticket to Vinho Verde Wine Experience includes endless wine, food pairings, live music, and live art at Second Floor NYC (849 6th Avenue) for age 21+.

Outdoor adventures

June 15, 2019 (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.

Rum festival

June 15, 2019 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)
1.3 miles west
Taste 40 types of rum with snacks, and attend seminars during New York Rum Festival at Metropolitan West for age 21+.

Swedish festival

June 15, 2019
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.

Vegan festival

June 15, 2019
33.5 miles SW
Sample vegan food, browse vendors, hear speakers, and watch chef demonstrations at Edison Veganfest [formerly Tri-State VegFest] in The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 16, 2019
NYC locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Music in the park

June 16, 2019
NYC locations
Hear classical music outdoors under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, followed by fireworks. (The indoor show on June 16 does not have fireworks.)

Jewish food festival

June 16, 2019
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 16, 2019 (1:30 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.

James Joyce day

June 16, 2019 (7 p.m.)
2.6 miles north
Actors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.

International festival

June 16, 2019 (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.

1920s lawn party

June 16, 2019
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. Held in June and August.

Concert up north

June 16, 2019
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.

Films to make you cry & cheer

June 16 - 20, 2019
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 16 - 22, 2019
NYC locations
Register to take free dance and fitness classes from 32 studios during New York City Dance Week.

Film festival

June 16 - 22, 2019
6 miles south
BAMcinemaFest shows the best independent cinema at Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater and BAM Rose Cinemas.

Jazz festival

June 16 - 30, 2019
NYC locations
Blue Note Jazz Festival has 50 concerts in 3 venues, and features big name artists.

Jazz

June 16 - 30, 2019
0.8 miles west
Birdland showcases jazz orchestras, vocalists, and virtuosos every night on West 44th Street, with a $10 food or drink minimum.

Ticket deal $8 to $25

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 16 - 30, 2019
9 miles north
See hundreds of art exhibitions, concerts, dance, and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. Free. In addition, you can visit artists in their open studios on two days (1 to 6 p.m.):
  • June 8 - from West 179th to 220th Street
  • June 15 - from West 135th to West 178th Street

Campy gay comedy

June 16 - July 7, 2019
1.1 miles NW
Two stranded motorists meet the colorful nudists of Camp Morning Wood in a “gay-themed musical comedy performed completely in the buff” at Peter Jay Sharp Theater for age 17+.

Ticket deal $9 to $49

Shakespeare in the Park

June 16 - Aug. 11, 2019
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.

Baroque burlesque show

June 16 - Aug. 18, 2019
7 miles SE
Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts delivers “a decadent dreamworld” filled with circus, opera, magic, and baroque dance at Théâtre XIV in Bushwick for age 21+.

Ticket deal $49 to $139

Free movies in parks

June 16 - Sept. 8, 2019
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Concerts at Industry City

June 16 - Sept. 28, 2019
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

Daytime sail

June 17 - 30, 2019
2.5 miles SW
Enjoy skyline views and three complimentary drinks on a Day Sail aboard beautiful pilot schooner Adirondack, departing from 62 Chelsea Piers.

Ticket deal $32 to $60

Opera in the park

June 17 - 19, 2019 (7 p.m.)
NYC locations
The Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.

Games for social good

June 17 - 19 2019
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.

Evening cruise

June 17 - 30, 2019
2.4 miles SW
A Champagne Sunset Cruise includes 1.75 hours of views, seating both indoors and outdoors, and a glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

Ticket deal $35

Comedy

June 17 - Sept. 1, 2019
0.6 miles west
“A gut-busting hit” [The New York Times], The Play that Goes Wrong features actors who fail hilariously while trying to stage a 1920s murder mystery at New World Stages.

Ticket deal $20 to $59

SummerStage

June 17 - Sept. 24, 2019
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.

Plant music in a greenhouse

June 18, 2019 (5, 6:30, 8 p.m.)
7.5 miles SE
Plantasia at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is “a transformative experience combining sound, light, and the garden’s lush vegetation.” Hear an album of music intended for plants and plant lovers, watch a demonstration of music created by bio-electric currents of plants, see interactive artwork, and buy food and cocktails.

Music at Washington Square

June 18 & 25, 2019
2.2 miles south
Washington Square Music Festival offers classical music in the park on Tuesdays, and jazz on the last day. Free.

Free arts festival

June 18 - 29, 2019
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.

Fun modern musical

June 18 - 30, 2019
0.4 miles west
When Emma invites another girl to The Prom, the town erupts in chaos. Show-stopping dance numbers keep the mood joyful, and eventually the show ends on an upbeat note, at Longacre Theatre for age 8+.

Ticket deal $59 to $109

Blue Man show

June 18 - 30, 2019
2.3 miles south
Blue Man Group promises to rock your world with an exciting show that combines music, comedy, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre.

Ticket deal $39

Tony Award winner

June 18 - July 7, 2019
0.6 miles west
Set in swinging 1960s London, Ink tells the story of brash Rupert Murdoch who buys a failing newspaper and with a rogue editor ends up dominating the British tabloid industry, at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Ticket deal $59 to $119

Family adventure show

June 19 - 23, 2019
1 mile west
Pip’s Island is a one-hour immersive theatrical adventure that invites children ages 4 to 10 and their families to “save a mystical Island and its inhabitants from darkness” at 400 W. 42nd Street. Video (1.5 minutes).

Ticket deal $39

Free mellow music

June 19 - July 31, 2019
1.3 miles NW
American Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.

Star Wars: The musical

June 20 - 29, 2019
1 mile SW
Created by “a couple of Star Wars nerds,” A Musical about Star Wars is “an epic songfest that celebrates all the magic, mayhem, and fandom fun” of the beloved film at Kirk Theatre.

Ticket deal $13 to $40

Free shows in Union Square

June 20 - Aug. 8, 2019 (Thursdays 5 p.m.)
1.8 miles south
Summer in the Square includes performances by dueling dancers, bands, and comedians in the evening, plus live jazz at noon. Free.

Street music festival

June 21, 2019
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. Search the schedule. Free.

Yoga in the square

June 21, 2019
0.5 miles west
Renew your mind, body, and spirit by registering to attend a yoga class and visiting the yoga village (on Broadway from 44th to 45th Street) on the longest day of the year at Solstice in Times Square. Free.

Free movies on a ship deck

June 21, 2019
1.2 miles west
Doors open at 7 p.m. to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held in May, June, July, and August.

Solstice celebration

June 21, 2019
4.2 miles NE
Summer Solstice Celebration includes art-making workshops, face painting, a solstice ritual, music, and entertainment at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Groovy comedy about dating

June 21, 2019 (7 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
Sweet Charity is a dance-filled musical comedy by Neil Simon about a girl seeking love in gritty 1960s New York City at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $8 to $20

Swedish festival

June 21, 2019
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.

Party cruise

June 21 - 28, 2019 (boarding 5:30 p.m.)
3 miles SW
Enjoy two hours of views, DJ music, and a pricey bar on a Hornblower Cruise for age 21+, leaving Pier 15.

Ticket deal $15

Fitness event

June 22, 2019
3 miles SW
Hudson River Park Games is a Team Pentathlon where you compete in heats of dodgeball, volleyball, steal the bacon, flag football, basketball, and an obstacle course on Pier 40 at Hudson River Park.

Block party

June 22, 2019 (12 to 5 p.m.)
3.2 miles south
Essex Street Market - Block Party has food vendors, pushcarts, live Latin music, and kids’ activities on Broome Street (from Essex to Norfolk). Free.

Solstice sunrise concert

June 22, 2019 (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.

Ticket deal $20

Superhero & science-fiction festival

June 22, 2019
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 Festival at Martinez Playground in Williamsburg. See the schedule of superhero visits. Free.

Free tickets

Picnic in the park

June 22, 2019
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.

Mermaid Parade

June 22, 2019
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.

Craft fair

June 22 - 23, 2019
4.4 miles SE
Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair, which also offers food trucks and cocktails at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.

Music festival up north

June 22 - 23, 2019
32 miles north
Rockland-Bergen Music Festival has 33 performers on two stages, including both nationally known touring acts and local artists at the German-Masonic Fairgrounds in Tappan.

Amazing science

June 22 - Sept. 28, 2019
0.4 miles west
A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at The Playroom Theater.

Ticket deal $32

Burlesque show

June 23, 2019 (6 p.m.)
0.6 miles west
The Sweet Spot is a high-energy celebration of the sexy arts that includes spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, fashion, and DJ music at Sony Hall for age 21+.

Ticket deal $10 to $20

Cheese festival

June 23, 2019 (5 p.m.)
3.3 miles SE
Enjoy unlimited tastes of cheese from 30 producers plus charcuterie, fondue, grilled cheese, mac n’ cheese, ice cream, beer, and wine at Cheesemonger Invitational at Larkin Cold Storage in Long Island City for age 21+.

Bizarre ballet

June 23, 2019
3.8 miles south
Watch “mysterious pasta dancing” as American Liberty Ballet performs Pasta, the work of emerging choreographer Joan Liu at Abrons Art Center.

Ticket deal $13 to $28

Native American festival

June 23, 2019
10 miles north
Drums Along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park, plus performers representing other cultures. Free.

Mad scientist

June 23 - Sept. 29, 2019
0.4 miles west
A chemistry professor performs amazing feats in That Chemistry Show, which “combines the worlds of chemistry and show business” to surprise and entertain you at The Playroom Theater.

Ticket deal $32

Brunch on a sailboat

June 23 - Oct. 19, 2019 (Sundays 11 a.m.)
4.1 miles south
Enjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail including beverages aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, departing from North Cove Marina.

Ticket deal $78

Broadway benefit concert

June 24, 2019 (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 $20 to $30

Film festival

June 25 - 27, 2019
5.6 miles SE
The small New York Lift-Off Film Festival screens indie films from around the world at Videology in Williamsburg.

Big-band dance party

June 25 - July 13, 2019
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. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Asian films

June 28 - July 14, 2019
1.4 miles NW
Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

Magic show

June 29, 2019 (2 p.m.)
1.2 miles west
Emmy-nominated magician Matt Roberts brings his humorous and surprising interactive magic show for all ages to The Green Room 42.

Ticket deal $9 to $36

Beer tasting at NJ zoo

June 29, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
20 miles west
Sample beer from 35 breweries and buy from food trucks when Brew at the Zoo returns to Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ for age 21+.

Superhero convention

June 29 - 30, 2019
33.4 miles SW
Heroes & Villains Fan Fest celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors at The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.

Ticket deal $7 to $25

Pride Sunday

June 30, 2019
NYC locations
Pride Week events today include a noon Pride March down 5th Avenue and then up 7th Avenue (route map), an afternoon PrideFest street fair, and Pride Island at Pier 97, typically followed by fireworks.

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