What to Do This Week in NYC (June 11-17)

Mid-June is here already and, as usual, the city is brimming with things to do. What a great week to be visiting NYC! Check out this assortment of great activities and events taking place this week, and don’t forget June 17th is Father’s Day!

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Whether you love opera or have always wanted to hear it for yourself and never had the opportunity, now’s your chance. The Met Opera’s Summer Recital Series begins on June 11th at Central Park’s SummerStage. Three of the opera company’s rising stars will be performing a mix of arias and duets, beginning at 8:00 p.m. If you can’t make it, they’ll be performing another recital at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park on June 13th at 7:00 p.m. The performances are free.

Museum Mile Festival

Clear your calendar from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on June 12th, and beat the feet up Fifth Avenue. The 36th annual Museum Mile Festival takes place there between 82nd and 105th streets, a stretch now officially designated “Museum Mile.” Besides street performances and entertainment, the six official museums located in the 23-block stretch — including the Guggenheim, El Museo del Barrio and the Jewish Museum — host celebrations.

Museums miles

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Concerts in the Parks

Summer in New York City means concerts in parks, and the New York Philharmonic has been holding just that for more than half a century. Its Concerts in the Parks run from June 12-17, with one free performance in each of the city’s five boroughs. The first takes place in Van Cortland Park (Bronx) on the 12th, then Central Park on the 13th, Cunningham Park (Queens) on the 14th, Prospect Park (Brooklyn) on the 15th and the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (Staten Island) on the 17th. All take place outside at 8:00 p.m., with fireworks afterward, except for the last one in Staten Island, which is indoors and starts at 3:00 (no fireworks).

Adventures NYC

Central Park is also the location of Adventures NYC on June 16th. It’s a five-hour long celebration of the great outdoors, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Activities include yoga, fishing, rock climbing, zip lining, paddleboarding, karate, soccer skills, and so much more. While the event is free, the organizers warn that the lines for some activities will be closed if they get too long. Enter Central Park at the 72nd Street entrance.

Yoga in Central Park

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The Solstice Concert

June 16th is also the date of Paul Winter’s annual Summer Solstice Celebration. The concert takes place at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, beginning at 4:30 a.m. Even if you’re not typically an early riser, it’s worth setting your alarm to attend. The concert starts out in total darkness and then welcomes the first light of summer as it shines through the cathedral’s stained glass windows. Tickets are $40-$50, or you can purchase a $40 “yoga mat space” so you can welcome in summer while doing yoga.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

If you’re looking for something a bit more rowdy on June 16th, Coney Island hosts the 36th Annual Mermaid Parade beginning at 1:00 p.m. Billed as “the largest art parade,” participants from all over New York City compete to create artistic costumes based on an annual theme. In fact, one of the reasons organizers say they first created the parade in 1983 to let “artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.” Enjoy drinks, food and the distinctive Coney Island vibe.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

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The Amazing Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt

This week ends with Father’s Day, and there are many things to do in New York City to celebrate Dad’s special day, including baseball games and brunch cruises. Don’t settle for the ordinary: Head to Slattery’s Midtown Pub at 8 East 36th Street for their Amazing Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt instead. What a great and unique way to see New York City!

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