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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.

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.

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.

Jazz festival

June 1 - 30, 2019
NYC locations
Blue Note Jazz Festival has 50 concerts in 3 venues, and features big name artists.

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 1 - 30, 2019
9 miles north
See hundreds of art exhibitions, concerts, dance, and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. In addition, you can visit artists in their open studios on two days. Free.

Shakespeare in the Park

June 1 - 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.


June 1 - 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.

Concerts at Industry City

June 1 - Sept. 28, 2019
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

Free movies in parks

June 1 - Oct. 1, 2019
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

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.

Music at Washington Square

June 4 - 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 mellow music

June 5 - Aug. 28, 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.

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.

Bus Festival

June 9, 2019
6.8 miles south
Board vintage buses, and meet bus drivers and historians during the Bus Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park at 11 Water Street. 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.

Opera in the park

June 10 - 19, 2019
NYC locations
The Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. 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.

Music in the park

June 11 - 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.)

Film festival

June 12 - 22, 2019
6 miles south
BAMcinemaFest shows the best independent cinema at Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater and BAM Rose Cinemas.

Films to make you cry & cheer

June 13 - 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 13 - 22, 2019
NYC locations
Register to take free dance and fitness classes from 32 studios during New York City Dance Week.

Free shows in Union Square

June 13 - 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.

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 in The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Children younger than age 12 are free.

1920s lawn party

June 15 - 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. See frequently asked questions.

Concert up north

June 15 - 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.

Father’s Day restaurants

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

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.

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.

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.

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 in Lower Manhattan. 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
Arrive early to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held in May, June, July, and August.

Taste of Harlem

June 21, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
3.4 miles north
A ticket to Taste of East Harlem includes unlimited tastings from a dozen local merchants, beverages, and a Latin band in Union Settlement Community Garden.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Challenging run

June 22, 2019
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.

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.

Native American festival

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

Pride party

June 24, 2019
(6 to 10 p.m.)
1.5 miles NW
Enjoy food & cocktails from 40 providers at the Garden Party on Pier 97 at Hudson River Park, to support the Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center.

Film festival

June 25 - 27, 2019
4.4 miles SE
The small New York Lift-Off Film Festival screens indie films from around the world at Stuart Cinema & Cafe in Brooklyn.

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.

Asian films

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

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.

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, followed by fireworks.

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