NYC events in June 2018

Gear up for summer with our NYC events in June 2018 calendar featuring things to do outdoors, summer festivals and more
NYC's best Gay Pride pictures from 2016
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When it’s summer in New York, everyone wants to spend time outdoors. Conveniently enough, most of the best NYC events in June 2018 include things to do outside. Aside from spending your weekends at the best New York beaches or drinking atop the city’s best rooftop bars, there are key events in June that are worth penciling in your calendar. Rock your rainbow and attend the best Pride events, march in the annual Coney Island Mermaid parade and attend killer summer concerts such as the Governors Ball Music Festival.

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Featured events in June 2018

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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 at great events, including dances and parties.

Central Park in New York: SummerStage
Photograph: John Klemm
Music

SummerStage

For New York music fans, SummerStage is always one of the highlights of the summer-concerts calendar. The City Parks Foundation series is a juggernaut among warm-weather concert presenters, booking everything from classic New York hip-hop artists in outerborough NYC parks to big-name indie-rock bands on the Central Park mainstage. 

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Northside Festival 2016
Photograph: Courtesy Northside
Music

Northside Festival

Those keen on catching summer concerts in NYC have a ton of options, including several big-tent summer music festivals like Governors Ball and Panorama. Northside Festival takes a slightly different approach, presenting shows at several venues around Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The result is a diverse experience that hosts rising local acts alongside big names.

Mermaid Parade 2013
Photograph: Luciana Golcman
Things to do

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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Things to do

Father’s Day in NYC

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.

Governors Ball on Governor's Island, June 6-8th 2014
Photograph: Michael Chen
Music

Governors Ball

Governors Ball occupies a unique place in the NYC summer concerts landscape. SummerStage blankets all five boroughs with a mix of well-curated niche acts; Celebrate Brooklyn! carries out a similarly eclectic mission from its Prospect Park home base. And Northside corners the North Brooklyn indie market—or what’s left of it. The Ball, on the other hand, is the closest thing we have to Coachella, the city’s only bona fide big-tent pop fest. 

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Shakespeare in the Park
Photograph: Courtesy Tammy Shell
Theater

Shakespeare in the Park

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved NYC democratic tradition and one of the best free things to do in NYC: Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outside in New York, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration.

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2015
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
Music

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Jazz Age Lawn Party is an essential annual summer stop for revelers looking to dance in the open air and find great things to do outside. Governors Island is the perfect venue to leave the 21st century behind for the delights of the Prohibition-era (including “speakeasy” summer drinks). Dress the part with festive, period-appropriate attire, and come ready to dance at the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

 

Music events in June 2018

Things to do, Festivals

Governors Ball

Now on its eighth year, the annual Randalls Island event that is Governors Ball brings the goods for three days straight, with headliners Eminem, Jack White and Travis Scott leading daily lineups that include Khalid, Halsey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Post Malone, Diplo, Mark Ronson and many more. Single day or three day passes are available as well as VIP packages.

The Decemberists/Best Coast play at the Prospect Park Bandshell
Time Out, Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Common

The Chicago rap vet—who recently joined Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins under the moniker August Greene for a joint LP—returns to the city to kick off BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!’s 2018 season. Whether he plays upbeat hits like 2005’s kinetic “Go!” or sensuous newer singles like “Love Star,” you can expect a silky-smooth, danceable start to your summer.

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Adrian Belew
Photograph: Courtesy the artist
Music

Adrian Belew Power Trio

This mind-boggling guitarist's idiosyncratic touch with the fretboard has left indelible marks on King Crimson, the Talking Heads, David Bowie and Frank Zappa, all of whom he's played stints with. Here the pioneering guitarist headlines with his prodigious young trio.

Depeche Mode
Photograph: Anton Corbijn
Music, Rock and indie

Depeche Mode

The vital veteran synth-pop trio hits the NYC area for two shows in support of its lean, slick and tightly coiled recent LP, Spirit, its second release for Columbia Records. Expect to hear a strong assortment of DM classics—yes, "Enjoy the Silence"—alongside the new tunes.

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Mutoid Man
Photograph: Yvonne Jukes
Music, Punk and metal

Mutoid Man

Indie-metal MVPs Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) and Ben Koller (Converge) fire up their collaborative venture, Mutoid Man, whose output is a raw, wildly exhilarating collision of psych-fried hard rock and proggy post-hardcore.

Julian Casablancas + the Voidz
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Music, Rock and indie

The Voidz

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas plays with his other band, the Voidz, a group's that released two albums of unabashedly weird indie-rock. The crew settles in for a monthlong weekly residency at Elsewhere, with opening sets by rising indie bands including Surfbort, Dilly Dally and Priests.

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Belle and Sebastian
Photograph: Reuben Cox
Music, Rock and indie

Belle and Sebastian + Perfume Genius + Frankie Cosmos

Awash in boy-girl harmonies and wry, sentimental lyricism, Scottish act Belle and Sebastian has been the reigning champion of twee-pop ever since the release of its sophomore album, If You're Feeling Sinister. Recently, frontman Stuart Murdoch changed the formula with 2015's Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, a buoyant comeback record with synth-driven beats and dance floor aspirations. Expect both modes here as the band headlines one of the summer's most promising gigs, with emotive, dazzling balladeer Perfume Genius and local indie-pop heroes Frankie Cosmos opening.

Donny McCaslin
Photograph: Courtesy Jimmy King
Music, Jazz

Bowie Symphonic

The Thin White Duke is always in season. Ensemble LPR hits Central Park for a reimagining of Bowie’s catalog with an appearance by the Donny McCaslin Group, which served as the backing band on his swan song, Blackstar.

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Joe Lovano
Photograph: Jimmy Katz
Music, Jazz

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet

Two of the most versatile, eclectic and prolific bandleaders to emerge in the ’90s and flourish in the aughts, saxophonist Lovano and trumpeter Douglas, join forces in a freewheeling all-star quintet—inspired by the great Wayne Shorter—featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron.

Hot Snakes at ATP
Photograph: Ben Oxenburg
Music, Rock and indie

Hot Snakes + Vundabar

West Coast posthardcore quintet Hot Snakes—fronted by Rick Froberg, formerly of Drive Like Jehu and currently of Obits—airs its loud, wiry anthems in the wake of its first new album in fourteen years, Jericho Sirens. The band's first three studio albums were reissued on Sub Pop at the start of this year; consider it an invite to reignite your devotion before the well-loved outfit cuts loose on stage.

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