June in New York is all about outdoor eats, rooftop drinks, festivals in the streets and movie nights with a view. Read on for our pick of city events to celebrate the start of summer… with and without the kids.
Take the Kids
Museum Mile Festival Make it a day of culture on June 13 for the 39th annual Museum Mile Festival, celebrating all the art institutions along Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Streets. Kicking off at El Museo del Barrio at 5.45 pm, there will be street performers, salsa dancing, instrument-making workshops, a comedy magic show from Sammie and Tudie, life drawing classes and lots more.
Jazz Age Lawn Party Now in its 12th year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party returns to the lawns of Governors Island for a weekend of Prohibition-era fun on June 10 - 11. Expect dance lessons and dance offs, a 1920s motorcar parade, vintage clothing vendors, and, for children, carnival games and more in a dedicated Kidland. Party-goers dress in their 1920s best, so start shopping for your flapper dress, cloche hat, beaded headband and Art Deco jewelry now. Tickets start at $35 per person; under-12s free.
Family Movie Night for Pride NYC Part of the month-long Gay Pride celebrations across the five boroughs, this year’s Family Movie Night will be an alfresco screening of The Lion King at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 on June 20 (7.30 pm). Admission is free and there’s no need to register, but tickets are available for premium viewing areas and outdoor lounge set ups. The Pride March itself is on June 25 and will be televised for the first time in its 48 year history.
Food Pilgrimages to New Openings in Chinatown, Industry City and Coney Island If you’re stuck in a family food rut, consider outings to these brand new openings before the summer crowds find them. On the Chinatown/Soho border, Canal Street Market has outposts of established local restaurants including Nom Wah, Ippudo, Izakaya, and more, plus retail outlets from Mast Bros., Fort Standard and Beton. Over in Coney Island, Kitchen 21 is a new multi-concept restaurant and bar on the Boardwalk with a raw bar, rooftop wine bar, test kitchen, and casual cafe. Just save room for a Nathan's hotdog on the way home! And for burger lovers in Brooklyn, Midtown’s beloved Burger Joint just opened in the burgeoning Industry City neighborhood right next door to the much hyped avocado-only restaurant, Avocaderia.
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Free Shakespeare in the Park One of those unique New York attractions we recommend to visitors but never get around to doing ourselves, this is our year to finally snag a ticket to Free Shakespeare in the Park . The season kicks off with Julius Caesar from May 23 - June 18 and free tickets (maximum two per person) are available at Delacorte Theater from noon each performance day, as well as via a ticket lottery on the Today Tix app.
Cocktails at The Campbell Grand Central’s storied Campbell Apartment reopened as The Campbell in May after yearlong spruce up and change in management. The strict dress code is out and air-conditioners have gone in, but the upscale vibe and classic (if pricey) cocktails remain unchanged. You could even make a night of it within Grand Central with cocktails on the Campbell Terrace, a Scandi-inspired dinner at Agern (also inside Grand Central), then back to the Campbell Bar for a nightcap.
Jurassic 5 at Brooklyn Steel If you spent the early ‘00s with Jurassic 5 at the top of your CD stack, now’s your chance to see them live as they take to the stage at Brooklyn Steel on June 10. Expect favorites from the 2000 album, Quality Control, as well as their newest track, Customer Service and more.
Kevin Spacey As Clarence Darrow at Arthur Ashe Stadium See Kevin Spacey as celebrated civil rights attorney Clarence Darrow in a one-man show at Arthur Ashe stadium on June 15 and 16. Originally performed to critical acclaim at London's Old Vic Theater, it will be the first theatrical event ever performed at Arthur Ashe. Tickets from $75 and up.