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NYC events in June 2023

Gear up for summer with our calendar for NYC events in June! Get ready for summer festivals, Pride in NYC and more.

Written by Rossilynne Skena Culgan for Time Out in association with Mastercard
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Wear your sunblock: The best NYC events in June 2023 are things to do outside. When you’re not spending all your free time soaking up the sun at the best beaches or drinking atop the city’s finest rooftop bars, you'll be rocking your rainbow during the Pride March and catching Tribeca Festival screeners. Get your tickets now for the best happenings of the month and keep your fingers (and toes) crossed for good weather.

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for 2023

Featured events in June 2023

Celebrate Pride Month in NYC
  • LGBTQ+

Whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or an ally, 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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  • Music
  • Music

You've never been to a venue like this.

A new mid-air concert hall that holds 250 people is opening at The Shed, and it's truly an architectural wonder. With music curated by Carl Craig, Yaeji, Steve Reich, and The xx, plus upcoming performances by Madame Gandhi, yunè pinku, UNIIQU3, and Igor Levit, guests will party like they're inside a disco ball, with 3D sound and light experiences that transcend what experiencing live music can be. 

The 65-foot-diameter spherical concert hall is suspended in midair in The Shed’s 115-foot-tall McCourt space. Sonic Sphere runs June 9 through July 7. All tickets to Sonic Sphere are general admission and available at

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  • Theater & Performance

'Tis the season of free events and Little Island is getting in on the gratis action with its 2023 lineup of summer programming.

The public park, which can be found floating at Pier 55 off the west side's Hudson River Park, will host a fresh slate of free events, including DJ sets, drag bingo, dance parties and a wide variety of intimate performancesstand-up comedy, spoken word, live jazzheld in the park's scenic stage, The Glade.

Some of the talents joining Little Island's summer event calendar, which will run from June 7 to September 3, are Saturday Night Live cast member James Austin Johnson, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, Grammy winners Joshua Henry and J Hoard, Emmy nominee and Joe's Pub favorite Shaina Taub, and many more.

No tickets or timed entry reservations are required to attend any of the events this summer.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

A pizza festival is bringing to NYC fresh-from-the-oven slices crafted by 35 of the world’s finest pizzaioli this summer!

The food festival will run for 10 weeks, from Saturday, June 10 through Sunday, August 20, with each week dedicated to spotlighting a different style of pizza made by a different pizzaiolo, pulled from some of the most famous pizzerias around the world. Past fests have featured local favorites including Williamsburg's Best Pizza and Midwood's Di Fara, the latter of which regularly tops our list of New York's best pizza each year. 

  • Movies
  • Movies

The beloved Movie Nights series is coming back to Bryant Park this summer, and it’s got an exciting new partner: Paramount+. The streaming juggernaut has entered into a multiyear deal with Bryant Park to support its outdoor movie series, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, making it the park’s longest-running program.

The newly dubbed "Paramount+ Movie Nights at Bryant Park" series will launch on Monday, June 12, and will run through Monday, August 14.

Here's the June lineup:

  • June 12: Almost Famous
  • June 19: Dream Girls
  • June 26: Mean Girls
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  • City Life

A major new exhibit by the Museum of the City of New York titled "This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture" explores NYC through the lenses of visual art, television, film, music, theater, literature and fashion. The exhibition, which celebrates the museum's centennial, opens on May 26 in Manhattan. Here's a sneak peek at what you'll see in this landmark show. 

The exhibition highlights more than 400 objects through several sections. The first, called “Tempo of the City,” spotlights the joys and struggles on the streets and subways of NYC. The next, called “Destination NYC,” focuses on iconic and hidden places from parks to rooftops to nightclubs. Next, the exhibit moves to a peaceful room called “At Home in New York” featuring depictions of home life in books and films. Finally, take a seat for “You Are Here,” a compilation of more than 400 film scenes about New York City stitched together to create a stirring narrative that’ll make you smile and laugh. 

"This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture" runs through June 21, 2024 at the Museum of the City of New York in East Harlem. Admission is $20/adult (you can opt for pay-what-you-wish admission if you buy tickets in person at the museum).

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  • Movies

Intent on crafting a festival by and for New Yorkers, creators Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff upended every annoying element that keeps most fans on the outside peeping in. The festival has grown like ivy in the decades since, and now offers options for everyone.

You want to be the first to see a big-buzz movie? Sit in on conversations between A-listers? Attend live performances, bring the kids, try out new immersive experiences? At Tribeca, you don’t need to know anyone, pull any strings, or get on any lists to spot stars and sneak peeks. 

Here's how to attend and what to see this year.

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  • Art
  • Art

Nearly every artist has their fixation, and for two years, Vincent Van Gogh was possessed with the challenge of capturing the cypress trees that surrounded him in France toward the end of his life.

You’ll be able to see this glorious obsession firsthand at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s major summer exhibit, “Van Gogh’s Cypresses,” which runs through August 27.

And it is history in the making as it is the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s cypress trees, reuniting some of his most iconic paintings, including “Wheat Field with Cypresses” and “The Starry Night” and other rarely lent works.

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  • Weird & Wonderful

Get your game on at this new board game cafe near Union Square.

Filled with 500 games, Hex & Co.'s latest location is now open just south of Union Square at 801 Broadway (Broadway and East 11th in Greenwich Village) and ready for gamers of all fandoms. 

The new cafe is the first with a true private room, perfect for parties of all kinds. Visitors can choose from more than 500 games on the venue's massive game wall, everything from Taboo and Risk to Catan and Ticket to Ride.

  • Art
  • Art

In artist Beverly Barkat hands, discarded plastic bags, bottles and cups transformed into stained glass-like pieces that she fused together to create a giant globe. Her stunning yet jarring artwork will be on view in Lower Manhattan starting in early June. 

To create "Earth Poetica," Barkat worked with conservationists across the world who sent her locally sourced plastic waste. She used those to create 180 colorful panels portraying regions of the Earth whose continents and oceans are suffocating under growing masses of plastic waste. The sculpture be on view for free in the lobby of 3 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan starting on Monday, June 5, which is World Environment Day, and running through November. 

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When it gets hot, cool off in style. Several of New York’s finest hotels offer day passes for their rooftop pools, most of which include chaises and cabanas for lounging in addition to a full-service bar. The combination of two of New York's favorite things—swimming pools and rooftop bars—creates an elevated summer oasis worth throwing down some cash for. Make sure to cross one, if not all, of these pools off your summer bucket list.

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Gardens tend to attract the most attention when they’re in full bloom, fragrant and colorful. They don’t garner much adoration when they’re dormant or decaying. But all of these cycles are an important part of life, as artist Ebony G. Patterson explores in a powerful new exhibition at New York Botanical Garden. 

Iridescent vulture sculptures, glass re-creations of extinct plants and collages inspired by gardening books are now on view as part of her exhibit titled "... things come to thrive ... in the shedding ... in the molting ..." It's now on view through Sunday, September 17.

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  • Art

A dazzling new exhibition called "Tiffany in Color" is now open at Macklowe Gallery in Midtown East. It's free to view through the end of June. 

The exhibition focuses on color, dividing the lamps into color-coded sections titled "Gold Ruby," "Inspiration in Jade" and more across two levels of the gallery. It's the first time Macklowe Gallery has displayed this rare gathering of museum-quality Tiffany lamps, all of which are available for purchase. The gallery houses the world's largest collection of authenticated Tiffany lamps.

See the show for free at Macklowe Gallery, 445 Park Avenue (Park Avenue and East 57th Street), through June 30. The gallery's open Monday-Friday 10:30am-5:30pm.

  • Theater
  • Theater & Performance

The Times Square Alliance is back with its summer program, TSQ Live, New York City’s biggest free performance series and its largest open-air public programming funding the arts.

All events are free, for all ages and open to the public. Here's the schedule for June:

  • Thursday, June 1, 5pm: Live Music with Jazz at Lincoln Center | Charanee Wade (Broadway & 46th St)

  • Friday, June 2, 5pm: Dance with Ailey Extension | Broadway Jazz Workshop with Judine Somerville (Broadway & 46th St)
  • Tuesday, June 6, 5pm: DJ Sets with Rash Bar (Broadway & 43rd St)

  • Wednesday, June 7, 6pm: Dance with New York Live Arts | /Time: Study III by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (Broadway & 43rd St)

  • Thursday, June 8, 5pm: Live Music with Jazz at Lincoln Center | Miki Yamanaka (Broadway & 46th St)
  • Friday, June 9, 5pm: Live Music with Carnegie Hall | Gregorio Uribe (Broadway & 46th St)
  • Tuesday, June 13, 5pm: DJ Sets with Rash Bar (Broadway & 43rd St)

  • Wednesday, June 14, 5pm: Live Music (Broadway & 43rd St)

  • Thursday, June 15, 5pm: Live Music with Jazz at Lincoln Center | Dayramir Gonzalez (Broadway & 46th St)

  • Friday, June 16, 5pm: Live Music with Carnegie Hall | Trio Fadolin (Broadway & 46th St)
  • Tuesday, June 27, 5pm: DJ Sets with Rash Bar (Broadway & 43rd St)

  • Wednesday, June 28, 5pm: Live Music with Pioneer Works | Fox, Frye & Associates (Broadway & 43rd St)

  • Friday, June 30, 5pm: Dance with Ailey Extension | Hip-Hop Workshop with TweetBoogie (Broadway & 46th St)
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  • Eating

If you're a Barbie girl who's always dreamed of living in a Barbie world, now's your big moment.

The Malibu Barbie Café, an immersive pink-hued pop-up, is now open in the Seaport. Boasting fun photo opps, a menu from a Master Chef finalist, California vibes and, of course, actual Barbie dolls, this cafe feels like a spot Barbie herself would hang out with Ken, Midge and Skipper.

All ages are welcome to experience The Malibu Barbie Café, which is available for booking through September 15. Each reservation includes your choice of entree and side item, full access to the Barbie Cafe experience and a 90-minute table reservation. Early bird pricing ranges from $22-$30 for kids and $39-$49 for adults depending on the date and time. You can buy additional drinks, dessert and food. 

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  • City Life

Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace is back at Rockefeller Center through October. 

The rink offers smooth ride with plenty of space to get around other skaters. Being able to glide by Prometheus and in front of spectators visiting Rockefeller Center is quite a thrill. Before Flipper’s first opened last year, the last time anyone roller-skated here was in 1940!

Tickets start at just over $20 for a one-hour rink time.

  • Art
  • Art

For more than 50 years, El Museo del Barrio has been curating a complex and culturally diverse collection. Now, for the first time in more than two decades, the museum will present its most ambitious presentation of that permanent collection with 500 artworks, including more than 100 new acquisitions. 

The exhibition called "Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección" is now open and will remain on view through March 10, 2024 with different pieces rotating in and out. El Museo del Barrio, located in the city's East Harlem neighborhood known as "El Barrio," is the nation's leading Latinx and Latin American cultural institution. 

See it at at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. Adult admission is $9.

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  • Art

Step into Yayoi Kusama's vibrant, polka-dotted immersive world at this major new gallery show in Chelsea. The exhibition, "I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers," features vivid new paintings, massive new sculptures and a dazzling new infinity room from the mega-popular Japanese artist. 

The show's now on view at David Zwirner on West 19th Street through July 21 (exact hours and details here). You can see it for free, just be prepared to wait in line. 

"I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers," which stretches across 519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, is divided into four sections. Two sections feature sculptures, another highlights paintings and the final area houses the beloved infinity room.

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  • Events & Festivals

It's always a good time to go to the west side's scenic Hudson River Park, but this summer especially so: the waterfront green space turns the big two-five this year and they’re celebrating with more than 400 free events hosted from May through November. Yes, we said 400

And with that breadth of activity, there truly is an event for everyone. Along with returning favorites like the Hudson River Dance Festival, Blues BBQ Festival, Jazz at Pier 84 and SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival, attendees can enjoy dance classes, from salsa to Bollywood; an outdoor fitness series presented by Lululemon, including yoga and HIIT workouts; sustainability initiatives like wildlife walking tours and STEM programming, and more. 

  • Art
  • Art

See more than 100 works by Andy Warhol for a landmark gallery show in the East Village called "Thirty Are Better Than One." The show, which spans the entirety of Warhol's career, is on view from through July 31 on East Sixth Street with adult admission priced at $20. See the show for just $5 on Thursday evenings from 4-6pm.

While the show includes some of Warhol's most iconic pieces (a Campbell's soup can and a Marilyn), it also highlights lesser-known works. For example, there's a pastel-hued folding screen called "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" that Warhol made for a Tiffany's window in 1954, along with early illustrations he made in the 1950s using gold leaf, copper and ink. 

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  • Drinking

If you can't make it to a tropical beach this sumer, Watermark Beach is now open and ready to help. 

This tropical takeover at Pier 15 features tiki decor, seasonal drinks and twinkling lights for when the party stretches into the nighttime hours.

Reservations are available here, so grab your Tommy Bahama shirt, slather on some sunscreen and party like you're in the Bahamas right here in Manhattan.

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  • City Life

Muggles, take note: You won’t need to travel through Platform 9¾ to get to Hogwarts. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is right here in New York City for a limited time.

The touring show, “Harry Potter: The Exhibition,” is now open in Herald Square, and it’s going transport you. Through the use of dramatic lighting, set design, interactive technology and even scent, the exhibit will make you feel like you are actually there—in Hagrid’s hut, in potions class, dining in the Great Hall, learning how to fight the dark arts, fighting the Battle of Hogwarts and more.

Tickets are on sale now through October and start at $29 for adults. 

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  • Art

Anyone can walk through this towering new sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park that shouts in all caps: “LAND.” But anyone cannot walk through certain lands, especially at border crossings. That juxtaposition comes into stark relief at this recently installed 30-foot sculpture that simultaneously evokes Pop Art and questions the legacy of colonization. 

Nicholas Galanin's "In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra" is now on view at the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park through fall 2023.

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  • Art

Artist Lauren Halsey transformed images of lowriders, men in durags, DJs and spaceships into modern-day hieroglyphs to create a massive new rooftop installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Drawing on inspiration from Egyptian architecture and her Los Angeles neighborhood, Halsey reimagined an ancient language with a fresh, 21st-century take. 

Titled "the eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I)," The Roof Garden Commission: Lauren Halsey is now on view through October 22 on The Met's rooftop. The Cantor Roof Garden Bar is now open, so you can enjoy a drink while admiring the art.

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  • Events & Festivals

New York's newest botanic garden is perched at 1,131 feet in the air.

Sky Bloom,” a new immersive floral experience taking over Edge's skydeck runs through September 4. Located on the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, known for its outdoor viewing area with a glass floor, angled glass walls and transparent staircase up to the 101st floor. 

The skyline views are impressive from this height, and Edge is getting more decorative with changing arrangements throughout the summer created by Ivie Joy Flowers. Visitors will step into a cloud of flowers of all shapes, sizes and colors including garden roses, ranunculus, poppies, and wisteria, all while taking in unparalleled views. 

Tickets to Edge start at $33 for adults with New York City residency and $35 for visitors. 

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A new colorful floral installation has bloomed in Brooklyn Heights, and the pop-up is thankfully pollen free! 

The Montague Street Business Improvement District (Montague BID) debuted “Montague Street Blooms,” a 6-foot tall pop-up flower park installation.

Created by local artist Piera Bonerba, owner of Le Meraviglie Art Studio at 108 Montague Street, and artist Emanuele Simonelli, the pop-up park will return to Montague Street between Henry and Hicks Streets every Saturday in May, June and July (except June 10), from noon-6pm. 

  • Art
  • Art

Featuring more than 120 works from 85 lenders, this sprawling show is the first to reunite Georgia O'Keeffe's works on paper made in series. It's also the first time MoMA has featured her work since 1946; at that time, the exhibition was the museum's first retrospective of a woman artist. 

The renowned American artist is the subject of "Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time," on view through August 12. 

  • Art
  • Art

In a dazzling tribute to couture fashion, 200 pieces by Karl Lagerfeld, from flouncy floral dresses to menswear-inspired suits, have transformed the Met's Tisch Galleries into a runway. The Costume Institute’s new exhibition, "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty" showcases the late designer's working methods, especially his skills in sketching. 

The exhibit is open through July 16. 

  • Art
  • Art

A new exhibit will appreciate and examine the artistry of Taylor Swift's artistic oeuvre. 

“Taylor Swift: Storyteller,” a career-spanning look at the artistic reinventions of the 12-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist (and proud New Yorker!), is now open at The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) and runs through September 4, 2023. Tickets cost $25/person.

The exhibit will include iconic costumes, such as the cheerleader and ballerina ensembles from the 2014 music video for “Shake It Off,” the red wedding dress and bellhop uniform from “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” which featured Miles Teller and was directed by Blake Lively in 2021; and the sparkling ensemble from 2022’s “Bejeweled,” directed by Taylor Swift.  

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  • Markets and fairs

Shop 'til you drop at FAD Market, a curated fashion, art and design pop-up marketplace, which is back for 2023. Expect to see your favorite makers plus brand new creatives to help you live smarter, gift better and support local businesses. 

FAD—which stands for Fashion, Art and Design—takes over different venues with a horde of independent vendors and creators. Admission is free and dogs are welcome!

Here's what's coming up this month:

— June 3 and 4 (Summer Pop-up) at Empire Stores in Dumbo— June 10 at Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights between Clinton and Hicks
— June 17 and 18 at Governors Island
— June 24 and 25 (Summer Pop-up) at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Boerum Hill

  • Sports and fitness
  • Sports & Fitness

The pickleball craze is continuing as CityPickle has arrived at Central Park's Wollman Rink—the largest pickleball installation in the Northeast. Fourteen courts are open from 7am-9pm daily through October 9 and all skill levels are welcome to play.

Each court at Central Park can accommodate four to eight people. Full-price court rental options range from $80-$120 total per hour, depending on if it’s an off-peak or peak reservation time. That translates to about $10 per person for an hour of play. 

  • Restaurants

Smorgasburg is the food bazaar spectacular that unofficially announces summer in New York City every year. Founded by Brooklyn Flea’s Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler, the culinary extravaganza typically spotlights about 100 vendors across its locations. Smorg has three spots in 2023, two in Brooklyn (in Williamsburg and Prospect Park) and one at the World Trade Center. 

The World Trade Center outpost runs on Fridays; Williamsburg on Saturdays; and Prospect Park on Sundays.

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Crowds flock to this delicious pop-up, which runs from spring through the fall, transforming parts of NYC into a sliver of Japan. This massive festival attracts more than 250,000 people every year. This year, it'll be held 20 times during the season running through October 28, making it the biggest JAPAN Fes yet. Locations include Chelsea, Astoria, NoMad, Park Slope, the East Village and more. 

Snack on treats from 750 vendors inspired by Japanese and East Asian street food like takoyaki (octopus balls), sushi, gyoza, Korean-style rice hot dogs, Taiwanese popcorn chicken and much more. After you're full, shop for Japanese crafts and gifts featured at the event.

Here's the full JAPAN Fes schedule for June:

— June 4 in Midtown West
— June 17 in the East Village
— June 18 in Park Slope

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  • Events & Festivals

Summer nights, after work or a day out, will once again be alive with music and dance thanks to Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America.

Starting in June, the Picnic Performances will bring the best of NYC to the stage, including the New York City Opera, Jalopy Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Classical Theatre of Harlem and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Best of all, all 26 performances are free and open to the public!

Here's the June schedule:

Below is the full, awesome line-up:

  • June 1 — New York City Opera: La Bohème at 7pm
  • June 2 — Jazzmobile: Steve Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra at 7pm
  • June 8 — Contemporary Dance: Robin Dunn with Buddha Stretch and Mr. Wiggles and more at 7pm
  • June 9 — Contemporary Dance: Dance Heginbotham and others at 7pm
  • June 15 — Contemporary Dance: Terk Lewis + Kayla Farrish at 7pm
  • June 16 — Contemporary Dance: Soles of Duende + Josh Johnson at 7pm
  • June 23 — Emerging Music Festival: THUS LOVE, Psymon Spine, Katy Kirby at 7pm
  • June 24 — Emerging Music Festival: Ky Vöss, Seramic, Miss Grit, Dead T00th at 5pm
  • June 30 — Jalopy Theatre: Michael Daves Quartet ft. Tony Trischka, Yacouba Sissoko, Terrell King at 7pm
  • Music
  • Music

The Rooftop at Pier 17 is planning a packed summer of musical performances with more than 60 outdoor shows. 

For the fifth year of the venue's Summer Concert Series at the Seaport, they're going all out with an impressive schedule all summer long. This year's lineup includes Coheed and Cambria, Bebe Rexha, DJ Trixie Mattel, T-Pain, YUNGBLUD, Jenny Lewis, PUP, Tove Lo, Macklemore, Pixies and Modest Mouse, and many more.

Here's the Pier 17 lineup for June:

  • June 3 - Young the Giant with Milky Chance
  • June 4 - Young the Giant with Milky Chance
  • June 5 - The Used & Pierce The Veil: Creative Control Tour
  • June 9 - The Wood Brothers with special guest Shovels & Rope
  • June 13 - The Used & Pierce The Veil: Creative Control Tour
  • June 14 - The Driver Era
  • June 15 - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Ziggy Marley
  • June 16 - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Ziggy Marley
  • June 17 - Reggae Fest Blaze
  • June 18 - Bebe Rexha: Best F’n Night Of My Life
  • June 22 - DJ Trixie Mattel: Solid Pink Disco
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We hope you've been stocking up on glitter and nautical attire: The Coney Island Mermaid Parade returns to one of the best Brooklyn attractions for its 41st year!

Thousands of spectators flock to Surf Avenue—Coney Island’s main drag—each year to watch King Neptune and Queen Mermaid lead a procession of glittered semi-nude marchers in costumes. The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is on Saturday, June 17, kicking off at 1pm.

  • Music
  • Music

Forest Hills Stadium in Queens has released its lineup for its 2023 Centennial season, and it includes some must-see acts like Kevin Hart, Dave Matthews Band, Soccer Mommy, Fall Out Boy, Arctic Monkeys, Duran Duran, Weezer, Future Islands, The Strokes, Angel Olsen and more. 

The new season will feature 30 music and comedy performances, representing the “most diverse and exciting list of performances yet,” according to a press release. 

Here's what's coming up in June:

  • Lane 8, Sultan + Shepard, Jerro, Massane (LIVE), Ocula: Saturday, June 3
  • Kevin Hart: Sunday, June 4
  • Dave Matthews Band: Friday, June 9
  • Bert Kreischer’s Fully Loaded Comedy Festival: Shane Gillis, Tiffany Haddish, Dave Attell, Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Rosebud Baker: Wednesday, June 14
  • Re:SET (LCD Soundsystem, Jamie xx, IDLES, L’RAIN & More): Friday, June 16
  • Re:SET (boygenius, Clairo, Dijon, Bartees Strange): Saturday, June 17
  • Re:SET (Steve Lacy, James Blake, Toro y Moi, Fousheé): Sunday, June 18
  • Zach Bryan, Charles Wesley Godwin: Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24
  • Theater

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. 

In lieu of its usual two productions, Shakespeare in the Park's is staging only one this year, and it's a biggie: Hamlet (June 8–August 6). This year's season of Shakespeare in the Park runs from June 6 through August 6, 2023. With few exceptions, performances are Monday through Saturday at 8pm. You can find more information here

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  • Music

This year, SummerStage will bring New Yorkers nearly 80 free and benefit shows to Central Park and 12 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs, including at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, Von King Park and The Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, Crotona Park in the Bronx, Stapleton Waterfront Park in Staten Island, and its “flagship” venue at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.

Featured artists include Indigo Girls, Sammy Rae & The Friends, Grandmaster Flash, The Metropolitan Opera, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Garbage, Kool and the Gang, DJ Rekha, Regina Spektor and much, much more. All shows are free except the benefit concerts, which are noted below.

Here's what's on for June:

  • June 3: Hippo Campus, Gus Dapperton at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 4: Indigo Girls, Larkin Poe for the Subaru Music Series at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 10: Opening Night with St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Say She She, Mwenso and the Shakes, DJ Alisa Ali for the Subaru Music Series at Central Park
  • June 14: New York Sings Yiddish! The Klezmatics and Special Guests in partnership with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust at Central Park
  • June 15: Sammy Rae & The Friends, Rubblebucket at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 17: THE AUSSIE BBQ: Amy Shark, Budjerah, L FRESH the LION, Peach PRC, Spiderbait at Central Park
  • June 18: Buddy Guy’s Damn Right Farewell Tour with Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Samantha Fish, Bobby Rush, Jesse Dayton at Central Park
  • June 19: Park Jams: A Juneteenth Celebration of Hip-Hop with DJ Premier, Grandmaster Flash, Kid Capri, and more at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 20: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Gabriella Reyes, René Barbera, Will Liverman and Dimitri Dover at Central Park
  • June 23: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Gabriella Reyes, René Barbera, Will Liverman, Dimitri Dover at Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • June 24: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Erika Baikoff, Thomas Glass, Cierra Byrd, Juan José Lázaro at Jackie Robinson Park
  • June 24: Stanley Clarke N 4ever, Kenny Garrett, Brandee Younger, DJ Logic in Association with Blue Note Jazz Festival at Central Park
  • June 25: Dreamland: Pride in Central Park with Purple Disco Machine at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 26: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Erika Baikoff, Thomas Glass, Cierra Byrd, Juan José Lázaro at Williamsbridge Oval
  • June 28: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Erika Baikoff, Thomas Glass, Cierra Byrd, Juan José Lázaro at Socrates Sculpture Garden
  • June 28: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Tank and the Bangas at Central Park (benefit)
  • June 30: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital ft. Erika Baikoff, Thomas Glass, Cierra Byrd, Juan José Lázaro at Clove Lakes Park

For the full schedule and tickets, check out

  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs

The Brooklyn Flea is undoubtedly one of the most popular flea markets to hit in NYC if you're looking for the best selection of throwback wares and records.

The Brooklyn Flea DUMBO is now underway on the cobblestone streets of Pearl Plaza, where it spotlights roughly more than 40 vendors that display their goods beneath the Manhattan Bridge. Brooklyn Flea also operates in Chelsea year-round on Saturdays and Sundays, 8am-4pm.  

Celebrate Father’s Day in NYC
  • Things to do

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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  • Health and beauty
  • Spas

It’s no secret that New Yorkers are stressed, but when it comes to unwinding, we’re pretty competitive about that too—that’s where the best spas in NYC come in. The city boasts some of the most luxurious spas in the country, but affordable spa treatments also abound. So get inspired with birthday party ideas in NYC or date night ideas in NYC and book yourself a treatment at one of our favorite New York City spas.

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