New York City events, festivals, things to do – June 2018

New York City
calendar of events

June 2018
best events in New York City

Book expo

June 1, 2018 (begins May 30)

1.7 miles SW

Book Expo America includes 1000 exhibitors, author lectures and autographing events, and publishing-industry sessions at the Javits Center.

Science festival

June 1 - 3, 2018 (begins May 29, uncertain)

NYC locations

Attend 50 world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation at World Science Festival.

Music festival

June 1 - 3, 2018

6 miles NE

Governors Ball is a three-day outdoor music festival featuring more than 60 acts at Randall’s Island Park.
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Greek festival

June 1 - 3, 2018 (begins May 31)

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.

Brooklyn Film Festival

June 1 - 10, 2018

NYC locations

See more than 100 films made by independent filmmakers in 20 countries during Brooklyn Film Festival, mostly at Wythe Hotel and Windmill Studios.

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 1 - 30, 2018

9 miles north

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

Multicultural festival

June 2, 2018

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 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.

Brooklyn street party

June 2, 2018

7 miles SE

The young seeking fun will line up in the sun to enter the Bushwick Block Party, which has two music stages, 39 street artists, food trucks and beer at Troutman Street & St. Nicholas Avenue in Brooklyn. Free.

Polo party

June 2, 2018

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.

Art fair

June 2 - 3, 2018 (also May 26 - 28)

2 miles south

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit [sound] features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Repeats in Sept. 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.

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 8 miles of trails, bike 5 miles of pavement, fly kites, and take tours. Free.

Taste of Times Square

June 4, 2018

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 10th Avenue).

Brooklyn festival

June 8 - 9, 2018

8 miles south

Red Hook Fest features a community cookout and DJ dance party on Friday, and performances on the main stage Saturday in Brooklyn. Free.

Apple cider tasting

June 9, 2018

4 miles SE

Try 75 hard ciders with food truck fare at Pour The Core for age 21+ at Brooklyn Expo Center.

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.

Irish festival

June 9 - 10, 2018

32 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

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.

Films to make you cry & cheer

June 14 - 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 14 - 23, 2018

NYC locations

Register to take free dance and fitness classes from 35 studios during New York City Dance Week.

James Joyce day

June 16, 2018

2.6 miles north

Actors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday 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.

Mermaid Parade

June 16, 2018

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.

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.

Father’s Day scavenger hunt

June 17, 2018

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

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 at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Free.

Film festival

June 20 - 30, 2018

6 miles south

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

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.

Fitness event

June 21, 2018

3.5 miles SW

Hudson River Park Games has a Team Pentathlon competition, Healthy on the Hudson workouts & yoga, health and wellness stations, and a Games Village with live music, a beer garden, and family-friendly activities at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. Mostly free.

Solstice celebration

June 21, 2018

4.2 miles NE

Summer Solstice Celebration includes art-making workshops, face painting, a solstice ritual, music, and entertainment at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Swedish festival

June 22, 2018

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.

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.

Party wearing white

June 23, 2018

Location uncertain

Generation Bridge Summer White Ball includes DJ music, dancing, a soul-food dinner, and a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, and signature cocktail) for age 21+.

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.

Car show

June 24, 2018 (1 to 8 p.m.)

Location uncertain

AutoCon features classic, modified, and exotic vehicles on display, plus music, food vendors, and talks on a drive-up stage. Children 12 and younger free.

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 to 2 to 10 p.m. (location uncertain) followed by fireworks.

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

1.5 miles NW

Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre.

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.

Bourbon walk

June 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

Sample 8 one-ounce servings of bourbon in 8 venues at New York City Bourbon Bash for age 21+.

Free Summer Movies

June 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Opera in the park

June 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

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


June 2018 (undated)

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.

Ice cream festival

June 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles south

A ticket to Scooper Bowl New York gets you unlimited ice cream & sorbet in dozens of flavors at Bryant Park.

Outdoor adventures

June 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles north

Hike, bike, climb, fish, and paddle at Adventures NYC at the Central Park bandshell area. Children under age 18 need a legal guardian for some activities. Free.

Outdoor movies

June 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles west

See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.

Free mellow music

June 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles NW

American Folk Art Museum offers concerts Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m. Free.

Italian film festival

June 2018 (undated)

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.

Summer beer festival

June 2018 (undated)

1.7 miles south

Sample 150 craft beers, ciders, and meads with local restaurant food at the NYC Craft Beer Festival at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Free museum evening

June 2018 (undated)

2 miles north

Join the crowds listening to live music and visiting seven museums for three hours during Museum Mile Festival on 23 car-free blocks of 5th Avenue. Free.

Shakespeare in the Park

June 2018 (undated)

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.

Virtual reality exhibition

June 2018 (undated)

2 miles NE

The Art of VR promises hands-on demonstrations, studio exhibitions, 100 panelists, and 30 exhibitors at Sotheby’s Auction House.

Free arts festival

June 2018 (undated)

Lower Manhattan & Governors Island

Attend 100 cultural performances and events at River to River Festival [slow website], including dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual arts. Free.

Cheese festival

June 2018 (undated)

3.4 miles SE

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

Family bicycling event

June 2018 (undated)

4.2 miles NE

Repair & decorate your bike, and join the Long Island City Bike Parade at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Cake show

June 2018 (undated)

4.3 miles south

See extraordinary decorated cakes and visit vendors at The NY Cake Show [sound] at Pier 36. Classes and a Saturday off-site cocktail party are at additional cost.

Coffee and tea festival

June 2018 (undated)

4.4 miles SE

Coffee & Tea Festival NYC: Iced offers cold samples of tea and coffee, sweet and savory foods, and seminars at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Hoboken festival

June 2018 (undated)

4.7 miles SW

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

1920s lawn party

June 2018 (undated)

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, food, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.

Family treasure hunt

June 2018 (undated)

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 at Randall’s Island Field 62 & 63. Free.

Northside Festival

June 2018 (undated)

5 miles SE

Northside Festival is about music, art, film, fashion, food, and innovation in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

Participatory art

June 2018 (undated)

5 miles south via ferry

Figment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.

Beer festival in Jersey City

June 2018 (undated)

7 miles SW

A ticket to Jersey City Beer Fest includes beer tasting and live music, with food for sale at scenic Harborside Plaza for age 21+.

Salsa concert

June 2018 (undated)

7 miles south

New York Salsa Festival features performances by Willie Colón, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Nieves, Grupo Niche, and more at Barclays Center.

Native American festival

June 2018 (undated)

10 miles north

Drums Along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park, plus performers representing other cultures. Free.

Rose weekend

June 2018 (undated)

12 miles north

Rose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden.

Mediterranean food & wine

June 2018 (undated)

16 miles west

A ticket to International Mediterranean Food and Wine Festival includes “unlimited paella, unlimited beer and wine, spectacular flamenco shows and performers from Spain, Greece, and Portugal” at Newark Waterfront Center. Schedule.

Obstacle race

June 2018 (undated)

18 miles SE

Feel like a kid again at The Great Inflatable Race, which includes at least eight blow-up obstacles you must get over, under, around, or through at Aviator Sports and Events Center.

Beer tasting at NJ zoo

June 2018 (undated)

20 miles west

Sample beer from 35 breweries when Brew at the Zoo returns to Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ.

Big-band dance party

June 2018 (undated)

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.

Craft fair

June 2018 (undated)

4.4 miles SE

Shop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.