We recommend the best events, festivals, and fun things to do in New York City.
Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown.
5 miles northNew York City Multicultural Festival [sound] promises diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and a kids’ area on St. Nicholas Avenue (from 141st to 145th). Free.
Kids’ film festival
June 1, 2019
6 miles southEnjoy children’s films followed by a filmmaker’s workshop at KidsFilmFest at Made in NY Media Center in Brooklyn. Children age 12 and younger are free.
Brooklyn street party
June 1, 2019
7 miles SEYoung people line up in the sun to enter the Bushwick Block Party, which has two music stages, dozens of street artists, food trucks, and beer at Troutman Street & St. Nicholas Avenue in Brooklyn. Free.
Adult party in the playground
June 1, 2019
10.3 mile southA ticket to Rock the House includes drinks, dinner, and dancing to live music by The Hideaways at J.J. Byrne Playground in Park Slope.
NYC locationsAttend dozens of world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation during World Science Festival.
Contemporary book fair
June 1 - 2, 2019
1.5 miles SWInteract with authors, publishers, celebrities, and content creators at BookCon “where storytelling and pop culture collide” at Jacob Javits Convention Center.
2 miles southWashington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Repeats in Sept. Free.
Cool toy & beer festival
June 1 - 2, 2019
4.4 miles SE“A collision of art, toys, counterculture, and craft beer,” Five Points Fest celebrates art and its creators (whether they make comics, toys, beer, or vegan tacos) at Brooklyn Expo Center. Costumes welcome. Children age 5 and younger are free.
June 1 - 2, 2019
5 miles south via ferryFigment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.
26 miles SWEnjoy Greek music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and delicious food at NJ Greek Fest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ.
June 1 & 8, 2019
5.2 miles northNYC Multicultural Festival [sound] promises diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and a kids’ area at the bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park. Free.
Brooklyn Film Festival
NYC locationsWatch 120 films made by independent filmmakers from 27 countries during the Brooklyn Film Festival, mostly at Wythe Hotel and Windmill Studios.
Taste of Times Square
June 3, 2019
0.5 miles westTaste of Times Square features international food from 40 restaurants and music from local bands on 46th Street (from Broadway to 9th Avenue).
June 8 - 9, 2019
31 miles southStaten Ireland Irish Fair has two stages of traditional Irish music and dance, festival food, an Irish marketplace, and a kids’ area on Staten Island. Cost.
Puerto Rican parade
June 9, 2019
0.3 miles southBilled as America’s largest demonstration of ethnic pride, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade goes joyously up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th. Free.
Free museum evening
June 11, 2019
2 miles northJoin the crowds listening to live music and visiting six museums for three hours during Museum Mile Festival on 5th Avenue (from 82nd to 105th Street). Free.
June 12 - 23, 2019
6 miles southBAMcinemaFest shows the best independent cinema at Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater and BAM Rose Cinemas.
Tasting in Jersey City
June 13, 2019
6.5 miles SWA ticket to Evening Under the Stars includes unlimited food and drink samples, and a live cover band at York Street Project in Jersey City, NJ.
June 13 - 22, 2019
NYC locationsRegister to take free dance and fitness classes from 32 studios during New York City Dance Week.
Solstice sunrise concert
June 15, 2019
3.6 miles northSummer Solstice Celebration is a concert that begins in darkness and continues through sunrise at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
Father’s Day restaurants
June 16, 2019
NYC locationsOpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.
Father’s Day dining cruise
June 16, 2019
NYC locationsDine on Father’s Day with skyline views.
Jewish food festival
June 16, 2019
0.2 miles westTaste of Jewish Culture Street Festival features “dozens of award-winning food purveyors putting their individual ethnic spins on traditional Jewish foods” with klezmer music on 6th Avenue at W. 48th Street. Free.
James Joyce day
June 16, 2019
2.6 miles northActors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday on Broadway at Symphony Space.
June 16, 2019
3.4 miles southEgg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival is a cross-cultural celebration of Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican music, food, folk art and crafts outside the Museum at Eldridge Street. Free.
Music festival up north
June 19 - 23, 2019
32 miles northRockland-Bergen Music Festival has 33 performers on two stages, including both nationally known touring acts and local artists at the German-Masonic Fairgrounds in Tappan.
Street music festival
June 21, 2019
NYC locationsMake Music New York is a live musical celebration on the longest day of the year, with 1,000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks in five boroughs. Repeats in December. Search the schedule or read the program (PDF). Free.
Yoga in the square
June 21, 2019
0.5 miles westRenew your mind, body, and spirit by registering to attend a yoga class and visiting the yoga village (on Broadway from 44th to 45th Street) on the longest day of the year at Solstice in Times Square. Free.
June 21, 2019
4.2 miles NESummer Solstice Celebration includes art-making workshops, face painting, a solstice ritual, music, and entertainment at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.
June 21, 2019
4.5 miles southDecorate the midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games, buy Swedish food, and dance to authentic fiddle music at the Swedish Midsummer Festival at Robert F. Wagner Park and nearby. Free.
Superhero & science-fiction festival
June 22, 2019
6 miles SEPlay classic carnival games, hang out with characters from Star Wars, Transformers, and comic books, and browse vendors at family-friendly NYSoM Superhero Sci-Fi Festival at Martinez Playground in Williamsburg. See the schedule of superhero visits. Free.
June 22, 2019
18 miles SERugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3-mile race with 25 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Aviator Sports and Events Center.
June 22, 2019
18 miles southThe Mermaid Parade has 1000 people wearing glittery semi-nude costumes, floats with aquatic themes, and classic cars that drive east along Surf Avenue, and then west along the boardwalk on Coney Island in Brooklyn. Expect crowds. Free.
Broadway benefit concert
June 24, 2019
0.5 miles NWWatch big Broadway stars perform with young artists from across the nation at the annual Arts for Autism, which is hosted by Christopher Jackson (nominated for a Tony Award for “Hamilton”) at Gershwin Theatre.
June 30, 2019
NYC locationsPride Week events today include a noon Pride March down 5th Avenue (route map), an afternoon PrideFest fair on University Place (from Waverly Place to E. 13th Street), and Pride Island at Pier 97, followed by fireworks.
Comedy improv festival
Manhattan locationsDel Close Marathon is 750 shows by comedians from around the world at six venues.
Free movies in parks
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
NYC locationsBlue Note Jazz Festival has 100 concerts in 5 venues, and features big name artists.
Music in the park
NYC locationsHear classical music outdoors under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, followed by fireworks. (The indoor show does not have fireworks.)
Opera in the park
NYC locationsThe Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.
NYC locationsEnjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
0.1 miles southBilled as the city’s largest single varietal tasting event, Big Apple Zinfandel Experience features 75 wines, appetizers, and an opportunity to meet 20 California Zinfandel winemakers at NYY Steak on 51st Street.
0.4 miles southSample handcrafted spirits and meet the makers at NY Indie Spirits Expo at the Penn Club of New York.
Ice cream festival
0.5 miles southA ticket to Scooper Bowl New York gets you unlimited ice cream & sorbet in dozens of flavors at Bryant Park, and it supports charity.
multiple locationsWatch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at New York Asian Film Festival in two venues.
- Lincoln Center
- SVA Theatre
Big-band dance party
1.2 miles NWMidsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, etc., followed by a live band in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Free movies on a ship deck
1.2 miles westDoors open at 7 p.m. to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
1.2 miles northBike, climb, fish, paddle, zip line, and play games during Adventures NYC at the Central Park bandshell area. Children under age 18 need a legal guardian for some activities. Expect lines. Free.
Films to make you cry & cheer
1.3 miles NWSee compelling films from around the world about truth, justice, accountability, and human dignity at Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Lincoln Center.
Free mellow music
1.3 miles NWAmerican Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.
Italian film festival
1.3 miles NWSee Italian life and culture as presented by a new generation of Italian filmmakers at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center.
BBQ block party
1.5 miles southEnjoy award-winning barbecue, cooking seminars, Southern fare, and live rock, blues, and soul at Big Apple Barbecue Block Party at Madison Square Park for all ages. Picnics and pets are welcome. Free.
Games for social good
1.9 miles southExplore the ways games and virtual reality can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons School of Design.
Shakespeare in the Park
2 miles northFor tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, pay 0 as a “supporter” or get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.
Music at Washington Square
2.2 miles southWashington Square Music Festival offers classical music in the park on Tuesdays, and occasionally jazz. Free.
2.2 miles SWA ticket to Vinho Verde Wine Experience includes endless wine, food pairings, live music, and live art at Canoe Studios for age 21+.
Soho film festival
2.3 miles southSee great films from around the world at the Soho International Film Festival at Village East Cinema.
Free arts festival
Lower ManhattanAttend cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, music, theater, and the visual arts at 40 locations in Lower Manhattan. Free.
4 miles SETry 75 hard ciders, and shop from food trucks at Pour The Core at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+.
Free films in Harlem
4 miles northImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival begins with music at 6 p.m. followed by a movie at 8 p.m. or sundown in three different Harlem parks if weather allows. Free.
Meet yacht racers
4 miles southYachts from 12 countries stop in New York for a week during Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Tour the boats daily at North Cove Marina in Lower Manhattan, or attend a public talk. Video (3 minutes). Free.
4.4 miles SEEnjoy unlimited tastes of cheese from 30 producers plus charcuterie, fondue, grilled cheese, mac n’ cheese, ice cream, beer, and wine at Cheesemonger Invitational at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+.
4.4 miles SEShop from 200 artisans, chefs, and vintage vendors at Renegade Craft Fair, which also offers food trucks and cocktails at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.
Family treasure hunt
5 miles NEAll ages can learn how to use a map and compass, and then follow clues to find island treasures at The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt, which also offers craft-making and entertainment for kids at Randall’s Island Field 80. Free.
5 miles SENorthside Festival is about music, art, film, fashion, food, and innovation in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
Brooklyn tasting event
5.3 miles SETaste of Bushwick promises “an incredible array of Bushwick restaurants, bars, shops, and businesses” sharing “delicious tastes of their food and drink” at Brooklyn Steel. Children under age 10 are free.
5.6 miles SEThe small New York Lift-Off Film Festival screens indie films from around the world at Videology in Williamsburg. You can buy only one ticket at a time.
6 miles NEGovernors Ball is a three-day outdoor music festival with 65 acts “featuring music of all genres, foods of all flavors, arts of all variety” at Randall’s Island Park.
7 miles southNew York Salsa Festival features performances by Willie Colón, Oscar D’León, Rey Ruiz, Andy Montañez, Tito Nieves, and more at Barclays Center.
7.7 miles southTaste 60 whiskeys and hear a Wild Child concert at WhiskyX, with food trucks and restaurant food for sale at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn for age 21+.
9 miles SWA ticket to classy Polo Classic includes transportation to Liberty State Park in New Jersey to watch a game hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and a performance by Alicia Keys, with food trucks and champagne for sale.
Uptown Arts Stroll
9 miles northSee hundreds of art exhibitions, open studios (see dates), concerts, dance and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. Free.
Festival in Red Hook
9.7 miles southRed Hook Fest includes a community cookout and DJ dance party on Friday at Public School 15 (Patrick F. Daley), plus performances on the main stage Saturday at Erie Basin Park. Free.
10 miles southShop from 100 vendors selling American-made goods at American Field at Industry City in Brooklyn. Held in June and November. Free.
Native American festival
10 miles northDrums Along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park, plus performers representing other cultures. Free.
Picnic in the park
10 miles southBring your own food, wine, and table decorations to Prospect Park Soiree. Tickets includes chairs at a table, live jazz from the Big Band Era, and a DJ dance party for age 21+. Festive attire and hats are welcome. Read the location page carefully. Photos.
10.3 miles southTaste “a stellar lineup” of the aromatic, botanical spirit that’s in most classic American cocktails at Gin in June, and learn about its history from mixology maven Tonya Hopkins at Old Stone House in Brooklyn.
10.3 miles southCelebrate the longest day of the year at Summer Solstice in the Park with free yoga, drum, and dance workshops, craft making, speakers discussing solar and lunar cycles, and “a culminating participatory dance and drum performance at 6:30 p.m.” for all ages at Old Stone House in Brooklyn. Free.
Brooklyn craft market
10.4 miles southBrooklyn Summer features 60 local craft makers and food vendors at Industry City, 274 36th Street. Free.
12 miles northRose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden.
12.5 miles NESweden Day features Swedish food, entertainment, a swimming pool, an ocean beach, and dancing around the Midsummer pole at the Manhem Club in the Bronx.
Family music festival
15 miles eastQueens Youth Music Festival is an open-air concert with 40 young performers, vendors, games, and food concessions at St. John’s University in Queens. Free for children age 3 and younger.
Special park day
18 miles SW via ferryExplore normally closed areas of Freshkills Park on Discovery Day, when you can walk on trails, bike on pavement, fly kites, and take tours. Free, including shuttles to the ferry terminal.
Garden party in Yonkers
19.7 miles northDiscover a dramatic hidden garden overlooking the Hudson River during The Great Forgotten Garden Party, with live performances and food & drinks for sale at Untermyer Park and Gardens.
Beer tasting at NJ zoo
20 miles westSample beer from 35 breweries and buy from food trucks when Brew at the Zoo returns to Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ for age 21+.
33.5 miles SWSample vegan food, browse vendors, hear speakers, and watch chef demonstrations at Tri-State VegFest in The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Children younger than age 12 are free.
Father’s Day scavenger hunt
0.8 miles southThe Amazing Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt begins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub with a series of clues on your phone that send you around the city performing physical and mental challenges.
1920s lawn party
5 miles south via ferryWear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes dance lessons, dance contests, food vendors, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governors Island.
Concert up north
39 miles northClearwater Festival features nationally-known artists, 7 music stages, family shows, an artist village, green living expo, and artisan food at Croton Point Park in Westchester County.
3 miles eastWarm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens. see July
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