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NYC events in June 2021

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

Written by
Tazi Phillips
&
Jennifer Picht
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Wear your sunblock: The best NYC events in June 2021 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 Film Festival screeners. There are more opportunities to play dress up too like at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. 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 2021

Featured events in June 2021

Gay Pride NYC
  • LGBTQ+

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.

  • Music

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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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Get ready, New York, your acceptance letter to Hogwarts is here—the most magical place in New York City, the Harry Potter Store New York, has opened on June 3. Wizards and witches will be able to shop from the world's largest collection of Harry Potter merch across 21,000 square feet at 935 Broadway in the Flatiron District at this highly-anticipated store. We've been waiting for a year to walk through these magical doors and on Friday, we were finally able to check it out.

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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  • Movies
  • Movies

The Tribeca Film Festival is rapidly approaching. Gearing up to host in-person, outdoor screenings across all five boroughs starting June 9 through June 20, the annual film extravaganza will also be where the much-anticipated world premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights will take place. But there are oh-so-many other movies to also focus on—65 others, to be precise. The organizers of the event just released the official film lineup. You can find it in full right here. There are a ton of movies we're excited about catching, spanning genres and form.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

The Greens at Pier 17 is once again transforming into one of the best places to see a movie this summer. The Seaport Cinema is back with screenings every Monday night. Not only do viewers get incredible sweeping views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, but they'll get a free bucket of Bubbly seltzers and popcorn with their reservation, which begins at 8pm for an 8:30pm showing.

June 7 - The Birdcage
June 14 - Dirty Dancing 

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Lovers of ethnic foods, rejoice: New York's renowned Queens Night Market is officially coming back on June 19, running every Saturday through October 30. As usual, vendors of all sorts will take over Flushing Meadows Corona Park, serving everything from Indian tandoori kebabs to Bengali fuska, Hong Kongese soy sauce noodles and Puerto Rican papas rellenos. There will still be a $5-$6 price cap on food orders, to make sure you get to eat all that's available without breaking your wallet, plus beer and wine on offer for purchase. In terms of music, you can expect live gigs to capture your attention as well. 

  • Things to do
  • City Life

A new drive-in has just open in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, offering "killer views of Manhattan's skyline" along with popular movie classics; not surprisingly, it’s called the Skyline Drive-In. Located at 1 Oak Street across the river from downtown Manhattan, the Skyline operates on a site that’s been used for shooting Fendi and Converse ads as well as the opening credits of Saturday Night Live. Each night of the week features a different film, starting at 8pm. A traditional concession stand is on site. No car? No worries: Bicycles and foot traffic are welcome, too, and Skyline plans to provide outdoor seating soon. Sound good? You can find more information on tickets and showtimes here.

 

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Lincoln Center has turned its Josie Robertson Plaza into a temporary park complete with a snack bar, library and pop-up performances all summer long. "The Green" spans about 14,000 square feet around the Revson Fountain with grass-like material by SYNLawn New York that's recyclable and sourced from U.S. farmers. In the northeast corner, visitors can grab a snack or head over to a small book kiosk run by the New York Public Library. And of course, The Green will be the "centerpiece" of Restart Stages, a program of pop-up performances, from music to dance, and a series of family performances and workshops. The new park-like area shows curved, grassy slopes and ample space for sunbathing and relaxing.

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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.

RECOMMENDED: A complete guide to Spa Week in NYC

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  • Travel

With a long winter before us, escaping New York City on a secluded getaway is at the top of our list. We're craving a respite from the busy lives we lead in NYC and are seeking to snowshoe in the Adirondacks, walk solo in Rhode Island, roast marshmallows at an isolated campsite in the Catskills, and more. These spots make for ideal trips during times of global crisis and not. As fun-filled as camping sites, cycling and hiking trails are, there is something about going a bit farther away that makes for more memorable times—especially given the current travel restrictions in placeSo, without further ado, in no particular order, here are the best secluded getaways to take from New York to escape the crowds. 

NOTE: Although our list has been vetted, re-opening guidelines in the New York area are constantly changing. Reach out to specific venues and destinations before planning a trip. 

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