June 2013 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including free things to do and our picks from theater, the arts and music.

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  • Photograph: Adam Suerte

    Jun 1–16: Sing for Hope Pianos

  • Photograph: Courtesy Heritage of Pride

    Jun 1–30: NYC Pride

     

  • Photograph: Courtesy Governors Ball Music Fesitval/Forest Woodward

    Jun 7–9: Governors Ball

  • Photograph: Owen Franken/CORBIS

    Jun 7–Sep 15: “AIDS in New York: The First Five Years”

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Time Inc - Craig Paulson

    Jun 8–9: Big Apple BBQ Block Party

  • Jun 8–9: American Crafts Festival

  • Jun 11: Museum Mile Festival

  • Jun 12–16: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

  • Photograph: Paul Hampartsoumain

    Jun 13–16: Breakin' Convention

  • Photograph: Walter Wlodarczyk

    Jun 15, 16, Aug 17, 18: Jazz Age Lawn Party

  • Photograph: DylanMoran.com

    Jun 19: Dylan Moran

  • Photograph: Fredrik Nilsen

    Jun 19–Aug 4: Paul McCarthy, “WS”

  • Photograph: Courtesy NYC Guitar School

    Jun 21: Make Music New York

  • Photograph: J Carter Rinaldi

    Jun 22: Mermaid Parade

  • Photograph: Andrew Eccles

    Jun 23: Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America

  • Jun 25–Jul 13: Midsummer Night Swing

  • Photograph: Ari Scott

    Jun 28–Jul 1: Del Close Marathon

  • Photograph: Loren Wohl

    Jun 29–Sep 7: MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013

Photograph: Adam Suerte

Jun 1–16: Sing for Hope Pianos

It’s tempting to take a weekend getaway once summer begins, but resist the urge—there’s plenty to do in NYC in June. Use our events calendar to help you find the best things to do this month: Check out live performances at Celebrate Brooklyn! and Central Park Summerstage, or attempt to snag a ticket to Shakespeare in the Park. You can also see plenty of outrageous costumes during the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

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Featured events in June 2013

New York City Pride March

NYC Pride

This monthlong celebration kicks off in Staten Island (June 1), followed by Queens (June 2) and Brooklyn (June 8). The festivities culminate in Manhattan during the last weekend in June with an array of official NYC Pride events—including an opening rally (June 28), the Rapture on the River women’s dance (June 29) and the big event: the LGBT Pride March, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots. The massive Dance on the Pier closes the official celebration, but the party continues all over the city well into the night (June 30). Times and prices vary; visit nycpride.org for details.

  1. Locations vary
  2. Sat Jun 1 - Sun Jun 30

"AIDS in New York: The First Five Years"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This summer’s main exhibition at New-York Historical Society puts the early days of a ravaging epidemic on display, exploring its impact on the culture and life of Gotham. Using posters, photos, and troves of information from the archives of the New York Public Library, NYU and the National Archive of LGBT History, “AIDS in New York” looks back on a time when few knew how to handle the disease or where to turn for help. $15.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Sun Sep 15
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Big Apple BBQ Block Party

Big Apple BBQ Block Party

Head to Madison Square Park for the 11th edition of this smoked- and grilled-meat blowout. Top pit masters from restaurants all over the country—including Blue Smoke, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Texas’s famed Salt Lick and more—will dish out exceptional ’cue for $9 a plate. Live music from bluesy songstress Marcia Ball (June 8) and rootsy rockers the Dirty Guv’nahs (June 9) will accompany the gluttony. FastPasses (which grant you $100 to spend and access to express lines for two eaters) sold out quickly last year, so plan ahead if you want to skip the queue. bigapplebbq.org. 11am–6pm; free, FastPass $125.

  1. Madison Square Park, 23rd to 26th Sts between Fifth and Madison Aves
  2. Sat Jun 8 - Sun Jun 9

Breakin' Convention

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

London’s premier hip-hop dance fest hits the U.S. for the first time, storming the Apollo Theater. Hosted and curated by British dancer-choreographer Jonzi D, Breakin’ boasts film screenings, live graffiti painting, panel discussions, break-dance demos, and lots of mad moves by B-boys and -girls, such as South African soloist Jane Sekonya and Brooklyn’s all-female Decadance crew. Times vary; visit breakinconvention.com/nyc for details. $15–$38.

  1. 253 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave) 253 W 125th St, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave)
  2. Thu Jun 13 - Sun Jun 16
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Jazz Age Lawn Party

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Bust out your flapper gear and brush up on The Great Gatsby: For this outdoor bash, part of Governors Island is transformed into a Prohibition-era soiree, complete with old-timey touches like ’20s motorcars and functional antique gramophones. Over two weekends, you can catch Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra playing jazz staples, as well as performances by dance group Dreamland Follies and musicians Gelber & Manning. Between sets, snag cool duds and goods from vintage collectors and artisans, and sip era-appropriate cocktails.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat Jun 14 - Sun Aug 17
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Dylan Moran

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This Irish comedian is known for his deadpan delivery, misanthropic tendencies and the unkempt black hair that seems to serve as an emblem for how little of a shit he gives. His observational comedy is some of the cleverest around, tossed off with a winning casualness. (Moran isn’t huge here yet—but you may recognize him from Shaun of the Dead and Brit cult sitcom Black Books.) This gig marks the American premiere of Yeah, Yeah, his most recent stand-up show, which he’ll be touring throughout the U.S., a country he once called “the really bad flatmate of the world.” 8pm; $36.50.

  1. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 LaGuardia Pl, at Washington Sq South, 10012
  2. Until Wed Jun 19
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Coney Island Mermaid Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Glitter-covered seminude revelers, aquatically adorned floats and classic cruisers fill Surf Avenue for this annual art parade. The party has grown quite a bit over its three decades and now draws an audience of more than half a million, with well past a thousand marchers. From W 21st St and Surf Ave to the Boardwalk at W 15th St, Coney Island, Brooklyn (718-372-5159, coneyisland.com). Subway: D, F, N, Q to Coney Island–Stillwell Ave.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Sat Jun 21
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Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

This popular fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has brought in more than $9.8 million in just over 23 years—and it isn’t hard to see why. The show features some of the hottest chorus boys and girls from Broadway and beyond taking it all off. This year’s edition finds the hard-bodied performers going on a song-and-dance tour of the United States. God bless America. broadwaybares.com. 9:30pm, midnight; $65–$2,500.

  1. Roseland Ballroom 239 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Jun 23
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Calypso Rose

Midsummer Night Swing

For 15 days, this dance fest hosted by Lincoln Center welcomes jazz, mambo, rock and, yes, swing bands to Damrosch Park’s open-air ballroom. Highlights include two wallet-friendly, late-night silent discos (July 5, 11 10–11:30pm; $5), in which participants boogie down wearing individual headphones; salsa dancing led by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (June 28); and a toe-tapping set by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on opening night (June 25). 212-875-5766, midsummernightswing.org. Tue–Sat 6:30pm; $17, four-night pass $60, six-night pass $84, season pass $170.

  1. W 62nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Tue Jun 25 - Fri Jul 13
Del Close Marathon

Del Close Marathon

Legendary Chicago improv director and instructor Del Close inspired an impressive array of big-name comedians (Bill Murray, John Belushi, Tina Fey). This 15th annual toast to the late guru, started by the Upright Citizens Brigade, includes 390 shows, featuring popular UCB staples (ASSSSCAT 3000, Death by Roo Roo), celebs (founding UCB member Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, The Office’s Ellie Kemper) and troupes from around the globe (Helsinki, Finland’s VSOP). Times and prices vary; visit delclosemarathon.com for details. $15, four-day pass $30. June 28–July 1.

  1. Locations vary
  2. Fri Jun 28 - Mon Jul 1
Warm Up 2012 at MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013

Everyone’s favorite boozy alfresco daytime dance party held in a museum courtyard is back for a round of 11 shows this summer. The lineup remains a guessing game for now, but past years have boasted a wealth of big names in the electronic-music arena, including Thom Yorke, Jamie xx and Photek. Stay tuned during the first week of June, when the LIC institution will announce this year’s sure-to-be-amazing program; tickets will go on sale online in mid-June. 718-784-2084, momaps1.org. Sat 2–9pm; $15.

  1. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave at 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens
  2. Sat Jun 29 - Sat Sep 7

Free events in June 2013

Sing for Hope Pianos

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Itching to show off your Scott Joplin–like skills—or at least your “Chopsticks” chops? For 16 days, service organization Sing for Hope will scatter 88 artist-decorated pianos (one for each key, get it?) in outdoor public locations throughout the five boroughs. Passersby are encouraged to pull up a bench and tickle the ivories. At the end of the project, the instruments will be donated to schools, hospitals and other community institutions that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to buy one. Visit singforhope.org for details. Free.

American Crafts Festival

American Crafts Festival

Unless you’re a URL-toting member of the Etsy nation, chances are you had no idea that June is American Crafts Month. Browse the wares of the glue-gunning goddesses of summer for two consecutive weekends at Lincoln Center. Almost 400 hand-selected master crafters will set up shop, offering handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, home furnishings and every other kind of trinket you can imagine. A fleet of food trucks will offer Mexican, barbecue, French desserts and more, as booth-perusing tends to work up a mighty appetite. 973-746-0091, craftsatlincoln.org. June 8, 15 noon–9pm; Jun 9, 16 10am–9pm. Free.

  1. Lincoln Center, 64th St at Columbus Ave
  2. Sat Jun 8 - Sun Jun 9

Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Experience culture clash at this Lower East Side block party, which celebrates the Chinese and Jewish communities who’ve called the neighborhood home.

  1. Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge St, between Canal and Division Sts
  2. Sun Jun 9
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National Puerto Rican Day Parade

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  • Free

Salsa music blares, and scantily clad revelers dance or ride colorful floats at this freewheeling celebration of the city’s largest Hispanic community. Fifth Ave from 44th St to 79th St.

Museum Mile Festival

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  • Free

It doesn’t take much to find a street shindig in the summertime, but you shouldn’t miss Fifth Avenue’s incredible celebration of culture and the arts—it’s one of the best block parties out there. Stretching from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Museum for African Art, Museum Mile is home to ten of NYC’s finest and most diverse institutions, all of which will open their doors to the public for this evening fiesta. Culture vultures will have plenty to keep them occupied on their stroll, as the route will be sprinkled with live music and food vendors, face painting, chalk-drawing stations and other arty pit stops for the kiddos. 212-606-2296, museummilefestival.org. 6–9pm; free.

Make Music New York

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  • Free

The first official day of summer gets off to a tuneful start, with musicians swarming sidewalks, parks and other outdoor spots to serenade New Yorkers in all five boroughs throughout the day. Notable shows this year include a performance of Song Reader (Beck’s all-sheet-music album, released in 2012) at a block party outside Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and Tilt Brass playing R. Murray Schafer’s “Music for Wilderness” around, fittingly, the Central Park Lake. Times vary; visit makemusicny.org for details. Free.

  1. Various locations
  2. Until Sat Jun 22
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Mermaid Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Freak-filled Coney Island gets even freakier when scantily clad ladies and gents in sequined brassieres, scaly-tail skirts and other quirky under-the-sea-themed garb cruise Surf Avenue. We’re still waiting to hear who will be crowned this year’s King Neptune and Queen Mermaid—but past celeb royalty have included Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Harvey Keitel. coneyisland.com/mermaid. 1pm; free.


Theater events in June 2013

Shakespeare in the Park

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This annual festival, which begins in June, presents the Bard's greats performed in open air at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Created by the late Joseph Papp and presented by the Public, Shakespeare in the Park has endured not just because it's a night of free theater in New York's backyard, but because it's a night of great performances by some of the most talented actors of our day, including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Oliver Platt, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington.

  1. Delacorte Theater
  2. June–August

Music events in June 2013

The National + Youth Lagoon

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

How in the world did this Brooklyn-via-Ohio band become the biggest rock act under the sun? It's a mystery! The National returns later this summer for Celebrate Brooklyn—like this show, it's sold out—but if you're going to see the National, see them at Radio City. The band's brooding songs have a debauched elegance that should fit the Art Deco palace like a silk glove.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave
  2. Until Wed Jun 5
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Governors Ball

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Pulling off a successful blockbuster outdoor music fest around these parts is tough (RIP, All Points West), but it looks like the Gov Ball is going to do it; three-day passes are sold out, as the response to 2013’s lineup has been much more enthusiastic than in years past. It helps that the Randalls IslandÐset bonanza has nabbed some of the biggest names in rock (Kings of Leon) and hip-hop (Kanye West)Ñplus, erm, Guns N’ Roses. But we’re just as excited to catch lower-billed, of-the-moment acts like envelope-pushing indie-rock outfit Deerhunter, L.A. rap phenom Kendrick Lamar and dance-inducing electropopsters Crystal Castles, among others. Gates open at 11:45am; day pass $95, VIP day pass $180, VIP three-day pass $470, super VIP three-day pass $1,500.

  1. Randalls Island Park Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, at Randalls Island
  2. Fri Jun 6 - Sun Jun 8
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Celebrate Brooklyn!

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Non-profit community arts organization BRIC launched this series of outdoor performances to revitalize Prospect Park, and now the festival is Brooklyn’s premier summer culture offering. It includes music, dance, film and spoken word acts, and has showcased the likes of Philip Glass, TV on the Radio and the Buena Vista Social Club. A $3 donation is requested and there’s an admission charge for some shows.

  1. Prospect Park West, (at 9th St)
Book online

SummerStage

For more than 25 years now, the City Parks Foundation has filled summers in the park with just about every sound under the sun. This New York institution has an ear for music of every type—M.I.A., Television, and Amadou & Mariam have all played in recent years, as have Zap Mama, Nortec Collective and Neko Case. Many of the shows are free, with a handful of benefits covering for them.

  1. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, (enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St)
Book online

Arts events in June 2013

Howl! Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The spirit of poet Allen Ginsberg informs this annual arts festival in the East Village.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

  • Critics choice
  • Free

More than eight decades ago, New York artists Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning propped up a few of their paintings in Washington Square Park and called it a show. A lot has changed since then: Now, more than 100 artists and artisans—including painters, sculptors, jewelers and glassblowers—exhibit their wares at the Washington Square Park Outdoor Art Exhibit.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

This summer, the legendary NYC dance company takes the stage at Lincoln Center for the first time in more than a decade. Led by artistic director Robert Battle, the troupe will perform a repertory of works by the company’s namesake, as well as Garth Fagan, Jiri Kylian and Ohad Naharin. The centerpiece is the world premiere of acclaimed New York choreographer Ronald K. Brown’s Four Corners, about a group of heavenly beings in possession of the Biblical four winds. Perhaps most impressive of all: Tickets to this sublimity start at a surprisingly affordable $25. 212-496-0600, alvinailey.org. Visit website for schedule; $25 and up.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), 20 Lincoln Center Plaza at 63rd St
  2. Wed Jun 12 - Sun Jun 16

Paul McCarthy, “WS”

  • Price band: 2/4

If you’re uptown and looking to escape to another world, head to the Park Avenue Armory. In the last year alone, its Drill Hall has been transformed into the surface of the Red Planet (for Tom Sachs’s Space Program: Mars) and a giant swing set (Ann Hamilton’s The Event of a Thread). Now, artist Paul McCarthy is turning the 55,000-square-foot space into a dark (read: not kid-friendly) fairy-tale forest, drawing inspiration from the brothers Grimm and American mythology. The installation will include tall trees, two warped suburban houses, and immersive film and sound. Try not to get lost, Little Red. $15, students and seniors $12, members free.

  1. Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Ave, between 66th and 67th Sts
  2. Sun Aug 4
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Gay & Lesbian events in June 2013

NYC Pride March

  • Critics choice
  • Free

More than a million spectators line the streets for what is always one of the year's most dazzling spectacles, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots. March begins at Fifth Ave and 36th St and proceeds south to the reviewing stand at Fifth Ave and 8th St before turning west down Christopher St to Greenwich St.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Sun Jun 29
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Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

More than 200 chorus boys and girls take it all off in this annual frisky fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year's show, directed by Nick Kenkel, is inspired by the fruited plains, amber waves and other double entendre–worthy landscapes of these here United States. For more information, go to broadwaycares.org.

  1. Roseland Ballroom 239 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Jun 23
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