The weather’s fine and city livin’ is easy once summer finally hits the Big Apple! After months of snow shovels, extra layers, and cold noses, summertime in New York City means loving every minute outside in the sunshine and fresh air that is often too bitter to bear during colder months. Looking for summer fun in NYC? Here are the best things to do in June in NYC.
NYC’s Pride 2019 celebration marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, marking a historic moment in the fight for LGBTQ liberation. No matter your orientation, join the city as it celebrates this momentous occasion with lots of different speakers, events, parties, and lectures throughout the month of June. The crowning event is the world’s largest Pride parade on June 30 at noon, beginning at 26th Street and 5th Avenue.
Shakespeare in the Park
Want to pack a picnic, watch a Tony Award-winning actor, and see a world-class performance all for free? Make a plan to stop atCentral Park’s Delacorte Theater for “Much Ado About Nothing” for a true cultural treat, all while enjoying one of the most beautiful settings in all of NYC. Make sure you check ahead for tickets, because even though this event is free, it is still ticketed.
Don’t let the formal name fool you: Governors Ball is one of the city’s hottest summer concert tickets. From May 31-June 2, Randall’s Island Park is home to three days of both up-and-coming artists and established acts. This is the perfect start of the summer concert season with wall-to-wall talent, food vendors, and outdoor fun.
National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Celebrating the cultural, artistic, musical, and culinary contributions of Puerto Ricans in NYC, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, June 9, at 11 a,m. The motto here is “un pueblo, muchas voces,” meaning “one nation, many voices.” Everyone is welcome here to celebrate the creativity and diversity of the Puerto Rican community both on the mainland, and in the island nation.
Love reading books and working on your writing? Love to meet the authors behind your favorite stories? Love all things pop culture, modern, and fresh? Then BookCon NYC is for you! On June 1 and 2 at Javits Center, lovers of the printed word can find kindred spirits and writing mentors, and chat with their favorite authors about what turns their pages.
Museum Mile Festival
Dubbed “NYC’s biggest block party” the Museum Mile Festival takes place on Tuesday, June 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. You’ll have a chance to walk the mile on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 110th Street, where the city’s finest cultural institutions are open to the public. Operating rain or shine, you’ll have a chance to pop into eight museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, and The Africa Center… all for free!
Bacon and Beer Classic
Unlimited Bacon? Unlimited Beer? Bustling Brooklyn? Where do we sign up? The NYC Bacon and Beer Classic is everything that a hungry and thirsty traveler could want, happening on Saturday, June 8, at the Brooklyn Mirage. Start off your summer with cool craft beers and a bacon-centered menu that will allow you to sample all of the porky pleasures your palate can handle.