I’ve said this a million times before and so has Lin Manuel-Miranda, there’s nothing like summer in the city! And it’s true! As the weather gets warmer, the activities get cooler here. While New York City constantly has the best things going on here, I must admit, I’m exceptionally excited for all the happenings this month! The Big Apple is one of the most beautiful places to be this time of year! Here are over 20 fun things going on in NYC this month!
Seaport has really stepped it up in recent years! There are always really cool things going on over there, especially this year. Firstly, you can rent out mini lawns with your friends to hang out at, so you can be outside, but still have your own space. There is also a restaurant and bar, as well as a patrón patio! Next, the Greens Rooftop on Pier 19 has their Summer Concert Series going on all summer featuring bands and musicians such as Vance Joy, Jason Mraz, Simple Plan, Zach Bryan, The Maine and more! The views are almost as good as the music!
Photography: Summer Concert Series, Pier 17
June is Pride Month! There are so many things going on in the city this summer throughout the entire city to celebrate, but let’s begin with the Pride March. It’s taking place Sunday, June 26th and will begin on 5th and 25th at noon. Pride Fest is the same day and begins around 11AM. There will be a ton of great entertainers, exhibitors, activities, food and so much more! Check out NYC Pride’s site for all of the month-long festivities. Let’s celebrate!!
Photography: NYC Pride
A new wax figure has made it to town, just in time for the Tony Awards this month! Madam Tussauds has created a figurine of Jane Lynch, who is currently on Broadway in the cast of Funny Girl, which you should definitely go see! You can go take pictures with the wax figure of this iconic star at The Stinger, which is the InterContinental Times Square hotel bar and restaurant. There is a cocktail to go along with this called Funny Whirl as well as a Stay with the Stars hotel package that comes with all-inclusive Madam Tussauds tickets, admission to the museum’s Marvel 4D movie, Coney Island Carnival Carnage 7D game, a wax hand project, a digital photo package and guidebook at the museum when you go and finally, a two-night stay at the InterContinental hotel. This is a deal you do not want to miss out on!
Photography: Madam Tussauds, Broadway
Mini golf is a summer staple activity here! We don’t have that many places to do it, so when I found out about another one, I was so excited! My kids absolutely love mini golf and I think it’s a great family activity. Located at The William Vale in Williamsburg, this new putting spot is the next best bespoke 9 hole course! It’s in a great area, too, so you can plan a mini golf night and then go out to dinner after!
Photography: The William Vale Mini Golf, Williamsburg, BK
What’s better than live music in one of the best places? Bryant Park has a series of Picnic Performances, where you can go on the lawn and lay out your blankets and have a picnic while watching the arts come to life. The season has already begun and the lineup is one you will not want to miss! It’s like an outdoor concert in the city. There are dance performances, the NYC Opera will be singing, emerging artists will appear, Carnegie Hall music and so much more! This is all going on through September 17th, so it’ll be a summer full of fun outdoor activities!
Photography: Bryant Park Picnic Performances c/o Ryan Muir
Museum Mile Festival
On June 14th from 6PM-9PM, the Museum Mile Festival will be taking place in the city! It’s almost a 30 block stretch on the Upper East Side, which could count as probably one of the greatest block parties the city has ever seen. The museums participating this year are The Met, Neue Galerie New York, The Guggenheim, Cooper Hewitt, Museum of NYC and El Museo del Bario. This will be happening rain or shine and there will be musicians, art activities that are great for children, tons of food trucks and so much more! It begins at The Met and this is one of the best free events this month!
Photography: NYC Go c/0 Christopher Postlewaite
This is a big one! This is one of those things New Yorkers wait for all year! It’s taking place from June 8th-June 19th and you can view the feature and short film lineup here! With 110 feature films and 43 short films, there are plenty to see. As always, the movie screenings will have live events afterwards, as well as music performances, special appearances and so much fun! Lil Baby and MGK will be here, I mean how cool is that?!
In a film festival mood this month? Don’t worry, there are plenty to attend! And that includes the Brooklyn one! Opening night is June 3rd and it runs through the 12th. With 145 films in the competition for Grand Chameleon Award, there’s plenty to see. What’s really cool is that some of the screenings will be available virtually, especially because this is an international film festival. Passes and tickets are on sale now!
Who likes free movies?! Everyone? I thought so! Bryant Park has another really cool summer happening every Monday starting June 13th. There are concessions that open at 5PM and the movies start around 8PM. This is a great activity to do with friends, it gives you plenty of time after work to take a moment before running there. This is a popular spot, not just because it’s one of the best free things in the city, but because so many people can go to it and it happens so often.
Photography: Bryant Park Movie Nights c/o Angelito Jusay
Have you heard of the BEAST? Arguably, it’s one of the coolest adventures NYC has to offer!It’s a pretty cool speedboat that will take you on a splashing ride down the Hudson River. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this is something for you! They claim that it’s like a rollercoaster, but one that’s on water and I would have to agree with that statement! If you’re wondering what this boat has it’s “1400 BHP-horsepower with two ZF 3000 marine gears powered by twin Hamilton Jets, rocketing you through the water at a heart-pounding 40 knots (about 45 mph)!” Can you even imagine?! You will definitely get splashed, so I recommend wearing something you’re okay getting wet in. Also accessories such as hats, sunglasses and loose earrings probably aren’t the best to wear on it, as they could fly off. It’s kinda like a boat tour of the city, too. Do you dare to book tickets?!
Photography: The BEAST Speedboat
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
This is the 40th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade! It will be taking place June 18th and registration is open if you’d like to participate in the parade. It’s a celebration of ancient mythology and so much fun to dress up for! They also aim to create self-esteem for everyone as well. Grab your costume, some friends and go!
Calling all foodies, you are going to want to check this one out! Smorgasburg is the largest open air food market here! This is one of the more popular attractions food-wise in the city. They have a ton of different vendors with food ranging from BBQ to cookies to ice cream to sandwiches and all the way back. You’ll want to keep up with their schedule, though, to make sure you know which locations are open on which days and times and that’s all on their site here. They also have their full list of vendors to scope out on there. With several different locations, you can find the closest to you and head over! This is also one of the more popular events for families and is super kid friendly!
We all know and love the popular restaurant Gitano, well, I have some exciting news! They’re opening up on Governor’s Island! And shipping a ton of sand over there to do so! And let me tell you, it totally looks like you’re on a sandy beach, which is super cool to have in NYC. The most stunning views of the city as well as fantastic food and drinks, this is the hottest spot to be this summer!
If you’re a theatre fan, I think this is one of the more popular attractions we have in the summers! And even if you’re not a huge theatre person, it is a great experience to go see one of these shows. Also, it’s free, you just have to make sure to grab tickets before going! The Public Theater puts it on every summer and sometimes they change the setting of the plays, so it could take place in present day, for instance. It’s actually the 60th Anniversary, so this is a great year to go! They’re opening with Richard III and closing with a musical adaptation of As You Like It.
Photography: Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater
The Summer Stage Festival is put on by The City Parks Foundation. They partner with Capital One to bring live performances to the city. It’s actually a really cool festival, they have every genre you can imagine. It’s the largest, most accessible, free admission outdoor festival in NYC! Something cool they do is sometimes there are free digital performances you can view. You’ll want to check them out this summer!
Photography: Capital One Summer Stage Festival
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, so you’ll want to make sure it’s a day that’s not wasted! Whether that means doing something you love or taking time to relax. This year, it’s on Tuesday, June 21st. One of the best events going on this summer is actually the Summer Solstice Music Festival, which is the 5th Annual this year, put on by Grand Central Partnership! Located on Park Avenue between East 39th and East 54th streets, this is a huge festival with some top tier talent. If you’re looking for something to do with friends, check this out!
Photography: Summer Solstice Music Festival
On the hunt for a new restaurant? Why not go on a boat! And don’t worry, this one is docked, so you can get on and off whenever you please! The Grand Banks is located on the Hudson River on Pier 25 and is most known for being an oyster bar. The drinks are fantastic and I highly recommend the lobster roll! This is the perfect date night spot for the summer months, just make sure you get a reservation because they do book up quickly!
Photography: Grand Banks
Whether you’re a runner yourself, or you just like to be supportive on the sidelines, you’ll want to make sure to take note of this race! It starts at 8AM on June 11th and is the 50th running year of this women’s only race. Fun fact: this race was founded in 1972 and is not named Mini for being a short distance at all, it actually is named after miniskirts! Female power!
Father’s Day Activities
Father’s Day is June 19th this year! Obviously, plan accordingly to do activities the man in your life enjoys! But if you’re struggling to come up with ideas, I have a few for you! First of all, the Yankees and the Mets are playing, so be sure to plan around those games. Brunch is always a good idea! Public Kitchen and Bistrot Leo are some great options. Also, consider a cruise around NYC on Bateaux, where you can enjoy the views, brunch and drinks. Or plan either a night away or day trip to Governors Island! They have plenty of fun things to do there like glamping and they have great restaurants.
Juneteenth is a day where we celebrate the end of Slavery in the United States. It’s on June 19th and it’s an incredibly important day to teach our children about, as it was a such a horrible part of the history of this country. Freedom is something we haven’t always had here, but it really is amazing to have it now. The city has a lot going on to celebrate this day, such as the Juneteenth Festival! And it’s now a paid holiday in NYC, so take the day to celebrate this important day.
Who is ready to get their summer fitness on?! I’m pretty sure I am! Fitness Week is occurring June 5th-June 12th and it’s not only a time to get your fitness in check and figure out what you like to do for exercise. But it’s a great way to showcase all of the boutique fitness studios this city has to offer! They have some great deals going on, as well, so this is the best time to try out new spots. Some have virtual classes, as well, so if you’re out of town this summer, you can still be held accountable! Check out all of the information here!
Photography: Fitness Weeks
International Yoga Day
International Yoga Day is upon us! Get your zen on with some yoga on June 21st. There are a ton of people who teach yoga in the park, so that’s a great way to meditate in a green space or public park! Also, you can go to any yoga studio to take time to get your flow on! Or, a great option is always a virtual class on YouTube or any of your favorite spots that do that! Taking time for yourself is important and bettering yourself is always in style.
Photography: The UN
Finally, we have one of the more exciting events happening this month that the entire family can get in on! This is an all-you-can-eat event happening in Bryant Park June 1st-3rd. Tickets are $25 day of, which is honestly a steal, because you get so much! But it truly is for an amazing cause, as proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund, which supports pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Bring your whole family and let’s scoop for this amazing cause!
Graphic: The Jimmy Fund
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