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NYC events in June 2017

Get pumped for summer with our excellent roundup of NYC events in June 2017 including a ton of outdoor activities

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Picnics in the park, music festivals and outdoor theater are just a few of the many NYC events in June New Yorkers can look forward to. Get pumped for summer during these highlights, which include throwing on your rainbow duds and attending NYC’s Gay Pride events, or heading to one of the best New York beaches (and boardwalks) for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Music lovers will have plenty to do with major summer concerts including the Governors Ball Music Festival.

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Featured events in June 2017

Hot 97 Summer Jam

Hot 97 Summer Jam is NYC hip-hop, okay? Yes, it’s held in New Jersey, but this annual highlight of concerts and summer music festivals is as accurate a survey as you’re likely to find of what’s soundtracking Gotham right now—or will be very soon. Sponsored by local rap-radio standard-bearer Hot 97, Summer Jam 2017 includes some of the biggest names in hip-hop and has featured some of the genre’s most iconic names at the peak of their fame.

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By: Andrew Frisicano

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.

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By: David Goldberg

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
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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.

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By: Jillian Anthony

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. The annual Randalls Island event is the one local fest where you can catch hip-hop chart toppers, tastemaker-approved buzz bands, left-field pop heroes and, yes, dance-commanding EDM overlords.

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By: Andrew Frisicano

The World Naked Bike Ride

Judging by the hype surrounding Go Topless Day, the recently-departed Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant and those half-naked ladies in Times Square, it’s safe to assume that New Yorkers are pretty cool with nudity. That’s why the World Naked Bike Ride hosts a bare-all ride in NYC every year, which brings awareness to the harmful pollution of motor vehicles (and rude, reckless drivers who tailgate bikers).

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By: Jennifer Picht
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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.

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By: Adam Feldman

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.

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By: Jennifer Picht

Music events in June 2017

The 1975

The bratty, likably bombastic British synth-popsters of the 1975 come from Manchester (the birthplace of the Smiths, the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays) and are somewhat of a big deal in their homeland, and increasingly in the States as well: The band's sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, topped the charts in both countries upon its release last year.

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Thursday June 1 2017

Ween

Yearly rumors of a Ween reunion have popped up like clockwork since 2011 when the impish cult-favorites retired the act due to singer Aaron "Gene Ween" Freeman's struggles with substance abuse and onstage meltdown in Vancouver. But 2016 marked the year those rumors came true. For the band's sizable fan base, every Ween concert is a holy event. The Pennsylvanian institution's ability to project its virtuosic talent onto virtually any genre and goofily make it its own is worth the price of admission, even if you haven't drunk the Kool-Aid.

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Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Tuesday June 6 2017 - Wednesday June 7 2017

Lake Street Dive

This wildly popular string band offers sweet, earthy, surprisingly rock & rolly songs—and plucky covers—that encompass classic soul, R&B and pop motifs, but it's singer Rachael Price's gorgeous, rich voice that will stop you in your tracks. The Boston outfit performs behind a new LP, Side Pony.

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Prospect Park Bandshell , Windsor Terrace Wednesday June 7 2017
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Girlpool

As folk-punk duo Girlpool, high school friends Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker weave complex vocal interplay—unison shouts along with lilting harmonies—above spare guitar melodies. The spare arrangement leaves every note exposed—a fitting framework for the radically vulnerable lyrics found on 2015's excellent release, Before the World Was Big.

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Warsaw at the Polish National Home , Greenpoint Friday June 9 2017

Jurassic 5

L.A. hip-hop crew Jurassic 5 excels at combining old-school lyricism, laid-back beats and a positive brotherly rapport. The group—which re-formed in 2013 after six years away—visits the city play Williamsburg's new industrial-chic digs Brooklyn Steel.

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Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Saturday June 10 2017

Land of Talk

This Montreal band plays small-scale indie-rock songs of desperate emotion (generally poignancy) and a youthful air. The band had been on hiatus for half a decade, until announcing this year's newest, Life After Youth.

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Bowery Ballroom , Lower East Side Wednesday June 14 2017
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Dawes

This rootsy Los Angeles band features brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, the sons of Tower of Power singer Lenny Goldsmith. Their new album, We're All Gonna Die, sounds like an ode to the Laurel Canyon music scene of the early ’70s.

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Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Wednesday June 14 2017

The Shins

Though this indie institution has undergone fundamental transformations in recent years, there's no mistaking the essential Shins-iness of the band's latest Heartworms: Once again we find James Mercer pondering life’s big questions in long-lined vocal melodies floating over jangly, detailed guitar-pop arrangements. Here the Portland, OR, indie-rock faves open the summer season with a Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit show.

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Prospect Park Bandshell , Windsor Terrace Thursday June 15 2017
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PWR BTTM + Tancred + Fits

Highly buzzed self-proclaimed "genre-queer" outfit PWR BTTM, the duo of Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce, doles out crunchy power chords and high-powered heartsickness. The band recently finished a new album; expect to hear from it when the twosome takes the big stage at Webster Hall.

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Webster Hall , Downtown Wednesday June 21 2017
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Melanie S
Melanie S

Free event! Char-Broil Nights, NYC at Death Ave Brewing Company. Sign up via this link: www.char-broilnightsnyc.eventbrite.com



Dawson L
Dawson L

Still waiting for an actual calendar to show up.

Gabriel G
Gabriel G

Join today and share with friends tickets are on sale now through www.soulnightevents.com

Adam A
Adam A

So Where is the actual Events Calendar? 

I want to find something great to do on a specific date (June 9th) and I can't seem to be able to search that way. I must be missing something right??

m_bvc
m_bvc

Check out events at www.Joynture.com as well down at 48 Wall Street! 

Randy S
Randy S

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