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June is a great month to visit New York City! From celebrations of love and nature to live music, performances and free movie events, this month brings great festivities suited to everyone’s interests. Here are our top 10 recommended activities to explore solo, with friends, a spouse, or with family and experience New York City like a real local.
NYC June Pride Month
Entire month of June 2019 – Times, locations, days vary. For the parade on June 30: Step off: Noon, 26th Street & 5th Avenue, (At Madison Square Park, in front of the Flatiron Building)
(Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk/NYC & Company)
Participate in the largest Pride celebration in the world, and one of NYC’s biggest events of the year, at New York City’s annual World Pride during the entire month of June. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the event that officially began the LGBTQ civil rights movement. 4 million LGBTQ members and supporters are expected in New York City during the month of June, especially during the last two weeks for the majority of celebrations. Whether you are gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual or transgender or queer, join in on the community fun, honoring civil rights and equality, because love always wins! Check out a full roster of official events here.
June 1, 2019- September 26, 2019 – Times & Locations vary
(Photo : City Parks Foundation)
The annual SummerStage free music festival kicks off on June 1st, and is in full swing until the end of September. You can find these totally free concerts located in city parks throughout the 5 boroughs, but concerts are primarily held in Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. You can find the lineup on the Central Park website. Mark your calendars accordingly!
City Farm Presents Summer Series
June 1, 2019-September 28, 2019 – Days and activities vary, 238 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
More than 35 concerts and dance parties of the rock, soul, electronic, jazz, world and beyond genres will be showcasing some of their best talent this Summer in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, just a few minutes from Manhattan. Reserve your tickets now to see indie rock royalty Blonde Redhead, Guided by Voices, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Screaming Females, and Wavves just to name a few. Check out their website for the complete lineup and further details.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
June 4, 2019- August 10, 2019 – Days & Times Vary, Prospect Park Bandshell, 141 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY
(Photo : Joe Buglewicz/ NYC & Company)
Brooklyn, New York’s longest-running free outdoor performing arts festival is back this year with a fire lineup! This years’ rendition features great musical artists such as Patti Labelle, Courtney Barnett, Liz Phair, Ibeyi, Father John Misty, Mac Demarco, Shareef Keyes, and The National. Check out the complete lineup and individual dates here.
Bryant Park Movie Nights
June 10, 2019-August 12, 2019 – Lawn Opens 5:00pm, Movie Begins at Sunset (between 8:00pm-9:00pm)
(Photo : John Saeyong Ra/Flickr)
The totally free Bryant Park Summer Movie Night series begins again on June 10th, kicking off with a screening of Big. Bring a blanket, sit on the lawn with your friends and family, and enjoy delicious food vendors and critically acclaimed films at this summer-long event. Become part of the spirited community in the heart of New York City. Check out the full movie list here on Bryant Parks website.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 – 11:00am-4:00pm, Central Park
(Photo by Julienne Schaer/ NYC & Company)
Come join this an amazing family-friendly event. Enjoy free rock climbing, kayaking, zip lining, stand-up paddleboarding, cycling, obstacle races, yoga, live music and much more in Central Park! No need to register. All you need to do is show up and enjoy the great outdoors! Not able to make this event? Book a bike tour for a lot of fun around the city!
Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival
Sunday, June 16, 2019 – 12:00pm-4:00pm, 12 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side
(Photo by Dave O.)
Stop by the Museum at Eldridge Street on Sunday June 16th to celebrate the vibrant diversity of the Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhoods at this harmonious multicultural festival. Find a plethora of Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican cuisines, musical performances and handcrafts to satiate your hunger for discovery and immersion in NYC, one of the most diverse cities in the world. Embrace the traditions! Entry to this awe-inspiring and delicious street festival is free. To enojoy more of NYC multiculturalism, join our New York, New York City Tour!
Summer Solstice Celebration
Friday, June 21, 2019 – 6:00pm-10:00pm, Socrates Sculpture Park
(Photo by JULIENNE SCHAER/NYC & Company)
Use up every last ounce of sunlight on the longest day of the year; celebrate the start of summer at Socrates Summer Solstice celebration. You will find art-making workshops, live performances, and vocal improvisations. No need to bring your wallet, the event is free. Even if you can’t make it here this day, you can visit the Socrates Sculpture Park on our Triboro Tour.
Annual Mermaid Parade
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 1:00pm-4:00pm, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York
(Photo : Steven Pisano / Flickr)
The 37th Annual Mermaid Parade is back on Saturday, June 22nd at 1pm, with a 10am assembly! Drawing over half-a-million people every year, The Mermaid Parade will also feature live band karaoke, first beer is free. Situated along Coney Island’s famous main street, Surf Avenue, King Neptune and Queen Mermaid will, as every year, lead a procession of costumed and glitter-clad marchers for one of the most attended events in NYC, at one of the best New York beaches! This year, musicians Nora and Arlo Guthrie, offspring of folk legend Woodie Guthrie will be in the disguise of the King and Queen, serenading the crowds as they parade on by. If you’d like to participate in costume in the parade and not just be an onlooker, click here for simple registration details.
Midsummer Night Swing
June 25, 2019- July 13, 2019 – Days and activities vary [Live Music, Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (W 62nd St)]
(Photo by Willie Davis)
Grab a partner and get moovin’ and groovin’ under the stars at this ongoing disco, ballroom, swing and salsa-dancing event. Wanna go, but have two left feet? No worries! The event hosts an hour long dance lesson from 6:30pm-7:30pm before the first live set begins 7:30pm-8:30pm, followed by a second set 9:00pm-10:00pm. Keep in mind, the Silent Disco takes place June 27 and July 2 (only) from 10:00pm-11:30pm. Grab your tickets before the nights sell out on the Lincoln Center website.
When you visit New York City throughout the summer you will never fall short of finding free events. If you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com.