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New York City events June 2020

Taste of Times Square

June 1, 2020
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).

Contemporary book fair

June 1 - 2, 2020
(begins May 29)
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.

Brooklyn Film Festival

June 1 - 7, 2020
(begins May 29)
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 one-day Kidsfilmfest.

Music festival

June 5 - 7, 2020
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.

Multicultural festival

June 6, 2020
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 6, 2020
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 6, 2020
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.

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

June 6 - 7, 2020
(begins May 23)
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.

Native American festival

June 7, 2020
10 miles north
Drums Along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park. Free.

Free museum evening

June 9, 2020
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.

Films to make you cry & cheer

June 11 - 18, 2020
multiple locations
See compelling films from around the world about truth, justice, accountability, and human dignity at Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Films are screened at Lincoln Center and IFC Center.

Dance week

June 11 - 20, 2020
NYC locations
Register to take free dance and fitness classes from 32 studios during New York City Dance Week.

Superhero convention

June 13 - 14, 2020
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.

Puerto Rican parade

June 14, 2020
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.

James Joyce day

June 16, 2020
2.6 miles north
Actors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.

Swedish festival

June 19, 2020
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.

Challenging run

June 20, 2020
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 20, 2020
(1 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.

Concert up north

June 20 - 21, 2020
(uncertain)
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 21, 2020
NYC locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Street music festival

June 21, 2020
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, 2020
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.

Father’s Day scavenger hunt

June 21, 2020
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.

Solstice celebration

June 21, 2020
4.2 miles NE
Summer Solstice Celebration includes art-making workshops, face painting, a solstice ritual, music, and entertainment at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Film festival

June 21 - 28, 2020
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.

Pride party

June 22, 2020
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.

Pride Sunday

June 28, 2020
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.

African film festival

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Free movies in parks

June 2020
(undated)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Jazz festival

June 2020
(undated)
NYC locations
Blue Note Jazz Festival has 50 concerts in 3 venues, and features big name artists.

Opera in the park

June 2020
(undated)
NYC locations
The Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.

SummerStage

June 2020
(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.

Spirits tasting

June 2020
(undated)
0.4 miles south
Sample handcrafted spirits and meet the makers at NY Indie Spirits Expo at the Penn Club of New York.

Polish film festival

June 2020
(undated)
0.8 miles south
New York Polish Film Festival screens feature films, shorts, and documentaries, which all have English subtitles at Scandinavia House.

Wine party

June 2020
(undated)
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+.

Big-band dance party

June 2020
(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.

Free movies on a ship deck

June 2020
(undated)
1.2 miles west
Arrive early to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held from May to August.

Outdoor adventures

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Crafts festival

June 2020
(undated)
1.3 miles NW
CraftNewYork features 160 juried artists, gourmet foods, and “distillery and winery tastings” at Damrosch Park near Lincoln Center. Free.

Free mellow music

June 2020
(undated)
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 2020
(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.

Rum festival

June 2020
(undated)
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+.

Cat conference

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Denim expo

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Free shows in Union Square

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Games for social good

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Shakespeare in the Park

June 2020
(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.

Music at Washington Square

June 2020
(undated)
2.2 miles south
Washington Square Music Festival offers classical music in the park on Tuesdays, and jazz on the last day. Free.

Zinfandel tasting

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Fitness event

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Free arts festival

June 2020
(undated)
Lower Manhattan
Attend cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, music, theater, and the visual arts in Lower Manhattan. Free.

Block party

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Taste of Harlem

June 2020
(undated)
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 sunrise concert

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Craft fair

June 2020
(undated)
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.

1920s lawn party

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Participatory art

June 2020
(undated)
5 miles south via ferry
Figment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.

Film festival

June 2020
(undated)
6 miles south
BAMcinemaFest shows the best independent cinema at Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater and BAM Rose Cinemas.

Superhero & science-fiction festival

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Bacon and beer

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Bus Festival

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Brooklyn tasting event

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Salsa concert

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Plant music in a greenhouse

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Beer at the zoo

June 2020
(undated)
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+.

Monster trucks

June 2020
(undated)
9 miles NW
Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement during Monster Jam at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Polo party

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Uptown Arts Stroll

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Festival in Red Hook

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Picnic in the park

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Adult party in the playground

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Concerts at Industry City

June 2020
(undated)
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

Rose weekend

June 2020
(undated)
12 miles north
Rose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden.

Swedish festival

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Beer tasting at NJ zoo

June 2020
(undated)
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+.

Vegan festival

June 2020
(undated)
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.

Jewish food festival

June 2020
(undated)
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.

International festival

June 2020
(undated)
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.

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