June 2015 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, summer events and our picks from theater, the arts and music

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Summer has arrived! And Time Out New York has rounded up some awesome events in NYC this June. Pull out your rainbow clothing and take part in NYC's Gay Pride events, or head to the boardwalk for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Music lovers will have plenty to do with big summer concerts including the Governors Ball Music Festival and a series of performances at Radio City Music Hall by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

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Featured events in June 2015

Gay Pride NYC

Whether you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, it's time to celebrate Gay Pride in NYC. Party at the Pride March, stand up at the Pride Rally, and get down at Pride Week dances and parties

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Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is one of NYC’s freakiest, most iconic events. Each year, thousands of spectators flock to Surf Avenue, Coney Island’s main drag, to watch King Neptune and Queen Mermaid lead a procession of beglittered semi-nude marchers in costumes through the neighborhood. 

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By: Evelyn Derico

Father's Day in New York

Give pop a hug and laugh at his corny jokes: It's Father's Day! Find parent-friendly attractions, from baseball to barbershops, and ideas for things to do. Plus, forget the old boxers-and-socks routine and discover where to get great gifts for Dad.

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The 2015 Governors Ball Music Festival

Critics' pick

NYC still can't boast a summer music fest as iconic as Coachella or Bonnaroo, but with every year, Gov Ball inches ever closer to that status. This year, the fest presents another typically eclectic slate of crowd-pleasers, from headliners Drake, the Black Keys and Deadmau5 to fan faves such as Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Björk, Ryan Adams and Chromeo. We're happy to see plenty of cool names further down the bill too.

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Randalls Island Park Friday June 5 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Critics' pick

It's safe to say that more kids dig Tony Bennett now than at any point in his 50-year career; chalk it up to overpopulation and shrewd collaborations like this one, with pop's reigning auteur, Lady Gaga. The duo's jazz-standards release, Cheek to Cheek, finds both performers in top form—we expect the same at these Radio City dates.

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Radio City Music Hall Friday June 19 2015 - Saturday June 20 2015

Museum Mile Festival

Critics' pick

A 23-block stretch of Fifth Avenue becomes a car-free promenade when ten of the city’s most prestigious art institutions—including the Guggenheim, the Met and the Museum of the City of New York—open their doors to the public free of charge for three hours. The crowds at this annual culturefest can be daunting—more than 50,000 people are expected to show up—but don’t get overwhelmed; plan to get there early if you want to see big-name shows.

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Various locations Tuesday June 9 2015 Free

Bette Midler

Critics' pick

The Divine Miss M's latest album, It's the Girls, finds the seasoned singer taking on classic cuts by some of pop's most famous all-female groups. Though the album skews toward the Brill Building era, we love her take on TLC's immortal "Waterfalls." These homecoming shows will undoubtedly be huge, and as an added bonus, every ticket purchase guarantees you a copy of the record.

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Madison Square Garden Thursday June 25 2015 - Monday June 29 2015

FarmBorough Country Music Festival

Critics' pick

Taylor Swift has packed up and moved to NYC, and it looks like Nashville is right on her heels. FarmBorough, NYC’s first country-music festival, sets up camp at Randalls Island for three days of whiskey-drenched ditties about pickup trucks and heartbreak from top-flight acts like Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.

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Randalls Island Park Friday June 26 2015 - Sunday June 28 2015

Free events in June 2015

Chaka Khan

Critics' pick

The "I'm Every Woman" superdiva headlines what ought to be a superb kick-off to the 2015 Celebrate Brooklyn! offerings. Expect to hear a few soul belters from Khan's Rufus days, along with a touch of her Prince-penned work, some jazz standards, and, fingers crossed, the showstopping ballad "Through the Fire."

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Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell) Wednesday June 3 2015 Free

Museum Mile Festival

Critics' pick

A 23-block stretch of Fifth Avenue becomes a car-free promenade when ten of the city’s most prestigious art institutions—including the Guggenheim, the Met and the Museum of the City of New York—open their doors to the public free of charge for three hours. The crowds at this annual culturefest can be daunting—more than 50,000 people are expected to show up—but don’t get overwhelmed; plan to get there early if you want to see big-name shows.

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Various locations Tuesday June 9 2015 Free

Hot Rabbit

Critics' pick

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

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The Monster Friday March 6 2015 - Friday June 26 2015 Free

NYC Pride March

Critics' pick

While it's not really offensive to call the NYC Pride March a parade, it's also technically incorrect. The event—which first happened in 1970, marking the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising—is a march for civil rights, not a celebratory parade. But that doesn't mean it isn't fun! Every year, more than a million spectators line Fifth Avenue to take in outlandish costumes, elaborate floats and eye-popping performances. Groups representing the five boroughs and beyond include everything from churches and support groups to social organizations and politicians eager to get out the gay vote.

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Parade route Sunday June 28 2015 Free

Music events in June 2015

Purity Ring + Braids + Born Gold

Critics' pick

The justly buzzed-about girl-boy combo Purity Ring layers babyish coos over hacked-up synths. Eerie content (sample lyric: “Cut open my sternum and pull my little ribs around you”) adds to a light-dark tension that makes the group’s work compelling. Here the Montreal duo brings its haunting electropop in support of its new sophomore album, Another Eternity.

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Terminal 5 Tuesday June 2 2015

Ride

Critics' pick

Between 1988 and 1996, Ride released four albums, all classics of the shoegaze era, and then broke up during Britpop's ascendency (which the band foreshadowed with a pop sensibility many of their peers lacked). Now, following in the footsteps of groups like Sleater-Kinney and fellow Creation Records vets Swervedriver, the band is back together and, as luck would have it, playing a huge reunion show at T5.

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Terminal 5 Thursday June 4 2015

Chaka Khan

Critics' pick

The "I'm Every Woman" superdiva headlines what ought to be a superb kick-off to the 2015 Celebrate Brooklyn! offerings. Expect to hear a few soul belters from Khan's Rufus days, along with a touch of her Prince-penned work, some jazz standards, and, fingers crossed, the showstopping ballad "Through the Fire."

Read more
Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell) Wednesday June 3 2015 Free

The 2015 Governors Ball Music Festival

Critics' pick

NYC still can't boast a summer music fest as iconic as Coachella or Bonnaroo, but with every year, Gov Ball inches ever closer to that status. This year, the fest presents another typically eclectic slate of crowd-pleasers, from headliners Drake, the Black Keys and Deadmau5 to fan faves such as Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Björk, Ryan Adams and Chromeo. We're happy to see plenty of cool names further down the bill too, from local hero Sharon Van Etten to alt-country up-and-comer Sturgill Simpson and legendary pop parodist Weird Al Yankovic.

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Randalls Island Park Friday June 5 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015

Belle and Sebastian

Critics' pick

Twee nation rejoice: Belle and Sebastian are coming to Radio City! Earlier this year, B&S singer Stuart Murdoch put out his directorial debut film, God Help the Girl, scored with the band’s music. Now Murdoch is refocusing his attention on the group that made him the envy of every wistful college student of the past two decades. Keep an eye on this gig—openers will be announced as the date approaches.

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Radio City Music Hall Wednesday June 10 2015

Ex Hex

Critics' pick

When latter-day supergroup Wild Flag folded after an all-too-brief run, abandoning its anthem-thirsty following, the question was: Who will pick up the slack? Sleater-Kinney reunion aside, ex-WF guitarist (and bona fide indie-rock hero, formerly of Helium, Autoclave and various others) Mary Timony and her power trio Ex Hex have done a remarkable job at filling the void. Whereas heavenly angular licks and slanted rhythms made Helium records like Pirate Prude life-changers, Ex Hex makes a straightforward, fetching noise-pop racket. The band performs behind its 2014 debut, Rips.

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Le Poisson Rouge Thursday April 23 2015 - Friday June 12 2015

Viet Cong

Critics' pick

Sensuous, hard-driving Alberta postpunk crew Viet Cong—a spin-off of Women, which broke up in 2010 at the height of its buzz—continues to accumulate rave reviews for its self-titled debut on the tastemaking Jagjaguwar imprint. The quartet returns to NYC on the heels of a buzzy, sold-out, small-club run earlier this year.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday June 13 2015 - Sunday June 14 2015

Reel Big Fish + Less than Jake + Authority Zero

Critics' pick

Orange County ska band Reel Big Fish has been packing rooms for close to two decades. On its latest holiday EP, Happy Skalidays, the group characteristically melds peppy rhythms with lyrics so unseasonably dark you can't help but laugh uncomfortably…and skank, skank your face off. Supporting are fellow '90s ska vets Less than Jake and Authority Zero.

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Best Buy Theater Tuesday June 16 2015

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Critics' pick

It's safe to say that more kids dig Tony Bennett now than at any point in his 50-year career; chalk it up to overpopulation and shrewd collaborations like this one, with pop's reigning auteur, Lady Gaga. The duo's jazz-standards release, Cheek to Cheek, finds both performers in top form—we expect the same at these Radio City dates.

Read more
Radio City Music Hall Friday June 19 2015 - Saturday June 20 2015

FarmBorough Country Music Festival

Critics' pick

Taylor Swift has packed up and moved to NYC, and it looks like Nashville is right on her heels. FarmBorough, NYC’s first country-music festival, sets up camp at Randalls Island for three days of whiskey-drenched ditties about pickup trucks and heartbreak from top-flight acts like Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.

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Randalls Island Park Friday June 26 2015 - Sunday June 28 2015
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Arts events in June 2015

Björk

Critics' pick

MoMA celebrates the multi-faceted career of the Icelandic alt diva with a retrospective encompassing the many mediums she’s worked in: Music of course, but also art, costume design and video, among others. The installation includes an immersive “experience” in sound and film created especially for the show.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Sunday March 8 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015

Museum Mile Festival

Critics' pick

A 23-block stretch of Fifth Avenue becomes a car-free promenade when ten of the city’s most prestigious art institutions—including the Guggenheim, the Met and the Museum of the City of New York—open their doors to the public free of charge for three hours. The crowds at this annual culturefest can be daunting—more than 50,000 people are expected to show up—but don’t get overwhelmed; plan to get there early if you want to see big-name shows. Musical performances, including string quartets and jazz ensembles, will enhance your walk from one museum to the next.

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Various locations Tuesday June 9 2015 Free

"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"

Critics' pick

This show presents some 160 pages culled from the artist’s notebooks—sketches, but also examples of the artist’s poetry and other writings—along with related paintings and works on paper.

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Brooklyn Museum Friday April 3 2015 - Sunday August 23 2015

"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971"

Critics' pick

Before Yoko Ono became inextricably linked with John Lennon—and disparaged as the woman who "broke up" The Beatles—she was an artist, with a career stretching back to the early 1960s. Ono was a conceptual and performance artist, a sincere absurdist influenced by Duchamp and the Fluxus movement. But her delicately minimal aesthetic owed just as much to her Japanese background. This survey—which mostly covers the years leading up to her pop-cultural celebrity—is the first of its kind, and is anchored by her odd, previous association with MoMA: An unofficial show she mounted for herself at the museum in 1971.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Sunday May 17 2015 - Monday September 7 2015

"Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Photographs"

Critics' pick

This Polish bad-boy artist who calls New York home is know for works that tweak artistic conventions and taste. His best known efforts include a Saturday-Night-Fever–style disco dance floor presented as a minimalist sculpture and a series of photos depicting Hollywood-movie Nazis. Uklański's foray into photography is the subject of this survey, which is anchored by the artist's ongoing project of images riffing on those found in Kodak's how-to book, The Joy of Photography.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Tuesday March 17 2015 - Sunday August 16 2015

"Laurie Simmons: How We See"

Widely known for her photographs of dolls, ventriloquist dummies and objects on legs, Laurie Simmons has been a fixture on the New York art scene since the mid-1970s, when she first emerged as part of the Pictures Generation. This show presents new photos of fashion models rendered uncanny thanks by the addition of eyes painted on their closed eyelids. You might say that Simmons here is putting l'oeil into trompe l'oeil.

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The Jewish Museum Friday March 13 2015 - Sunday August 9 2015

More events in June 2015

Broadway Bares 25

Critics' pick

This annual fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the unofficial kickoffs to Gay Pride Week in NYC, and features more than 150 dancers from the Great White Way stripping down in themed vignettes. This 25th edition is directed by the show's founder, Jerry Mitchell.

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Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center) Sunday June 21 2015

Family Movie Night

Critics' pick

Heritage of Pride officially kicks off its 2015 season with an alfresco movie night aimed at LGBT families.

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Hudson River Park, Pier 46 Tuesday June 23 2015 Free

NYC Pride March

Critics' pick

While it's not really offensive to call the NYC Pride March a parade, it's also technically incorrect. The event—which first happened in 1970, marking the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising—is a march for civil rights, not a celebratory parade. But that doesn't mean it isn't fun! Every year, more than a million spectators line Fifth Avenue to take in outlandish costumes, elaborate floats and eye-popping performances. 

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Parade route Sunday June 28 2015 Free

Live from Outer Space

Critics' pick

The endearingly histrionic John F. O'Donnell joins understated absurdists Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly night of stand-up.

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The Cobra Club Friday March 6 2015 - Friday December 25 2015 Free

PrideFest

Critics' pick

You know those street fairs that pop up around the city whenever the weather is nice? Pridefest is one of those—but way gayer! What does that mean, exactly? Probably that there will be a lot of cruising going on, so be mindful of what you imply as you devour your corn-on-a-stick, or dive into a hot MozzArepa. Just kidding! This is a family affair. In addition to enjoying the usual street-fair fare—tube socks, hilarious T-shirts, the aforementioned greasy treats—you can pick up information about public health, collect swag from corporate sponsors, and mingle with a crowd full of Pride revelers and shell-shocked Village residents. 

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Manhattan Sunday June 28 2015 Free

Murderfist

Critics' pick

Wild and aggressive but not confrontational, Murderfist is about as punk as sketch comedy gets. Raw, committed performances and loopy jokes undermine theatrical unity every time, but the mess this crew makes is well worth any necessary cleanup.

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Peoples Improv Theater Saturday March 14 2015 - Saturday December 12 2015

Radio City Stage Door Tour

Critics' pick

This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theater includes a look at the Roxy Suite—created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage opened in 1931—a meet-and-greet with a Rockette and a glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book. Attendees can even pose in a digitally re-created version of the vaunted Rockette kick line. Tours leave every half hour.

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Radio City Music Hall Until Tuesday June 30 2015

Dance on the Pier

Critics' pick

Heritage of Pride's official Pride Weekend capper unfolds under the stars, with the skyline glowing to the east and the Hudson shimmering to the west. There's always a variety of live performers—last year's headliner was pop princess Demi Lovato, and don't rule out a last-minute surprise (Jennifer Lopez and Whitney Houston are among the megastars who have dropped by with no advance fanfare). As the dance starts to wind down, cast your eyes to the sky for a fireworks display. For those who don't have to get up early tomorrow, that's your cue to move on and continue the party all over the city well into the night.

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Pier 26 Sunday June 28 2015

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