The month of June is a very charming month in New York City. The summer temperatures are rolling in, the parks are filled with people, outdoor activities are in full effect, and the city colors come alive. In the evening many restaurants and bars welcome you to sit outside. June also offers some exciting events and attractions. See below for some of New York’s most popular events in June!
The month begins with a very special New York event in Times Square: over 52 restaurants share their best foods from around the globe at at the Taste of Times Square food and music festival. With great live music and many other surprises, you can really fill up along Broadway stretching all the way West to 10th avenue. For a full list of participating restaurants and more information, click here.
The annual Museum Mile Festival offers its visitors free entry to the most famous and popular museums in New York City during a prolonged opening time from 6:00pm in the evening. Between 82nd and 105th street on Fifth Avenue, Museum Mile is home to nine participating museums of the festival: El Museo del Barrio, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum , the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt, the Jewish Museum ,the National Academy Museum, the New Gallery, the Museum of the City of New York and the Africa Center. This is one the best summer events in New York in June for cultural enthusiasts. From the music to the activities happening on the streets, Museum Mile will welcome you warmly! For the full schedule, click here.
From 11:00 am-5:00pm the National Puerto Rican Parade will take place on Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Street. For the last 60 years, the Puerto Rican community has been showing their national pride and their personal contribution here in New York City on National Puerto Rican Day. It is danced and celebrated and even while watching along the route of the parade, it does not leave you standing still on your feet. This parade is definitely worth seeing and a highlight of the events in New York in June!
The New York Philharmonic performs an array of music such as “Berstein”, “Gershwin” and much more in some of New York’s best parks including Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, Central Park in Manhattan, Cunningham Park in Queens, and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. This event, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, is a great opportunity to see the famous New York Philharmonic live and for free. After the magical performance of the musicians there will be a fireworks show to top it all off! Thousands of New Yorkers enjoy this event on blankets at a candlelit picnic – how romantic! For more details, click here.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is one of the craziest events in New York City. Every year, thousands of costumed people make their way to the surf avenue on Coney Island. Pirates, cuttlefish, sailors, mermaids with mussel shirts and bras mixed with music and many festivals seems like a mixture of Christopher Street Day and Cologne Carnival. All together they celebrate the beginning of the summer – a great idea for all who love the carnival. Afterwards, you can also relax at the nearby Brighton Beach and enjoy the sun.
Father’s Day is also celebrated in June! If your Dad is up for a day in the city, fortunately New York in June is a great place to be! Here are some of our recommendations: The Best Restaurants NYC, The Best Helicopter Rides, & tickets for sporting events.
Last but not least, we recommend the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise! Cruise the Hudson while passing by some of New York’s most iconic landmarks while enjoying music, food, and good company. There is also a brunch buffet included in this excursion!
The New York Gay Pride Week is the oldest in the world. The beautiful Greenwich Village invites thousands of people each year to Gay Pride. Christopher Street is especially colorful and you will find the well-known rainbow flags everywhere. Even the global company Google adorns its outer façade at this time and thus shows tolerance. Gay Pride Week recalls the first homosexual homicide against the police force in 1969.
The parade on 25th June (beginning of 12:00pm) on the occasion of this day has become a tradition – with an average of 500,000 visitors makes it one of the biggest parades in New York City and one of the top events of the New York events in June 2017. It is moves down through 5th Avenue (Madison Square Garden) to Greenwich Street. At the end of the parade you meet at Pier 54 to find an exuberant party.
In June you are able to enjoy the all-outdoor open-air cinema in Bryant Park behind the Public Library . In the middle of Manhattan during the summer months you will find a filled lawn with self-supplied blankets and chairs to relax in the open-air cinema. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during! The Park is just a 5 minute walk from Times Square and is surrounded by tall trees which makes it a bit more isolated which is perfect for the movie.
Starting at 5:00pm you can secure your place on the lawn the films start around 8:00pm or 9:00pm when the sun goes down. For more information, click here. 2017 dates coming soon!
Entrance: 42nd and 6th Avenue.