No longer early Spring and not yet Summer, June arrives with the call to experience life to the fullest. Our event recommendation blog gives you one Manhattan recommendation for each day of this beautiful month, with a focus on affordable arts, culture, food, music, film and of course, Pride!
Begin with a free screening at IFC of the acclaimed “Love Is the Message” episode of FX’s Pose, written and directed by Janet Mock, recipient of the 2019 Split Screens Festival’s Vanguard Award (Saturday, June 1, 5:50pm). Next take it uptown and outdoors to the Grand Bazaar NYC, where you’ll shop NYC area artists displaying everything from one-of-a-kind fashions to furniture, pottery to vintage collectibles (Sunday, June 2, 10am-5pm).
If brevity is the soul of wit, then The 5th Annual New York Indie Theatre One-Minute Play Festival may be the wittiest theatrical offering this month (Monday, June 3, 8pm). Meanwhile on the workout front, The Sweat Sessions is Meatpacking BID and the Wellth Collective’s free al fresco fitness series offering 3 back-to-back classes every Tuesday night at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park (Tuesday, June 4, 6pm-9pm).
If you’re someone who doesn’t need a special occasion to enjoy a glass of bubbly, you will love the Franciacorta Wine Festival, now in its second year. Sample over 25 top producers of the Italian sparkling wines from the Franciacorta wine region (Wednesday, June 5, 6:30pm-9pm).
And speaking of bubbles, grab your wetsuit (or rent one at the event) for a journey involving all the senses at MindTravel Floating Meditation + Underwater Concert at The American Copper where guests float weightlessly in a pool while a musician’s real-time compositions are amplified through high-end underwater speakers (Thursday, June 6, 9pm).
Dry off and dance into the weekend at Bryant Park’s Latin Dance Festival celebrating salsa, bachata, and merengue (Friday, June 7, 5pm-10pm) and on Sunday, watch world champion beach volleyball at the AVP tourney on the west side’s Gansevoort Peninsula in Hudson River Park (Saturday, June 8, 10am-7pm).The weekend fun continues along 5th Avenue with the 62nd annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, lead by this year’s Grand Marshal, singer/activist Ricky Martin (Sunday, June 9th, 8am-2pm).
Music makes the people come together, and this 22month it’s all about outdoor shows. The Metropolitan Opera Outdoor Concert Series’ in association with Central Park SummerStage will feature soprano Ying Fang, tenor Ben Bliss and baritone Nathan Gunn, who sang together this season in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Monday, June 10 at 8:00pm). At Concerts in the Park, the New York Philharmonic brings Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” overture to Central Park’s Great Lawn. In between these two delightful nights of classical music, enjoy the work of seven visionary female choreographers at Women/Create! A Festival of Dance (Tuesday, June 11).
Pop music superstars The Jonas Brothers and songwriter/producer Ryan Tedder, the man behind the band OneDirection and the Jonas Brothers’ first hit in six years, “Sucker,” share the stage at TimesTalks: The Jonas Brothers and Ryan Tedder (Thursday, 6/13, 8pm).
The weekend arrives with back to back parties, starting with the Summer 2k19: Carribean Fest cruise (Friday, 6/14, 8pm) and followed by a free Silent Disco PRIDE Party celebrating World Pride Month in NYC. Headphones are free and RSVP is required to attend this unique silent disco dance party in Battery Park featuring queer DJ’s from Quiet Events (Saturday, June 15, 7pm-10pm).
Happy Father’s Day! Roll out the red carpet for Dad by taking him to Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas block party on the Lower East Side, which brings together Jewish, Puerto Rican and Chinese food and culture (Sunday, June 16, 12pm-4pm).
Shake things up during NYC Dance Week with ten days of free fitness and dance classes offered across the city (Monday, June 17 through June 22nd, check studio listings), then catch two of pop music’s biggest female artists — Ariana Grande at Madison Square Garden (Tuesday, June 18, 8pm) and teen idol Billie Eilish at Radio City Musical Hall (Wednesday, June 19, 8pm). (Highly recommended for anyone going through a breakup.)
Indie film aficionados unite for the Soho International Film Festival, which opens at the Village East with a screening of the narrative feature Empty By Design followed by a Q/A with cast + crew (Thursday, June 20th, 6:30pm).
The Chainsmokers are officially the boys of summer and you can catch them on the TODAY SHOW Summer Concert Series when the new season arrives (Friday, June 21st, 5am-7am), then walk over to Yoga in the Square Summer Solstice in Times Square (Friday, June 21, 7:30am-7:30pm).
Now that Summer is official, let the ice cream tours and recommendations begin. Because it’s Pride month, we’ll point you towards Big Gay Ice Cream and their vanilla/dulce de lece/Nilla wafer Bea Arthur cone (Saturday, June 22). Uptown, the very popular Sugar Hill Creamery is where to fuel up on the cold sweet stuff before heading to Drums Along the Hudson, A Native American Festival & Multicultural Celebration in Inwood (Sunday, June 23, 11am-6pm).
The Fourth Annual Arts for Autism benefit concert hosted by Kelli O’Hara at the Gershwin Theatre features performances by notable Broadway talent, and keynote speaker Mickey Rowe, the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone in the Tony Award winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Tickets are available for purchase (Monday, June 24, 7:30pm).
For one night only, museums and historic landmarks in Lower Manhattan open their doors for free as part of Night at the Museums (Tuesday, June 25, 4pm-8pm). Participating venues include the Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Archives, Poetry House, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
When it comes to NYC and LGBTQ history, the importance of Stonewall cannot be overstated. Movies Under the Stars: Stonewall Uprising screens the PBS documentary about the incident that sparked the modern day civil rights movement and is an official event of the first WorldPride in the United States, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising (Wednesday, June 26, 8pm).
It may be summer but this is Manhattan, so of course the hustle is still strong. Employers, job seekers and individuals looking to network will be at Irving Plaza’s Hustle Summit representing the digital, tech, and entertainment worlds (Thursday, June 27, 4pm-8pm).
The final weekend of June is one for the books, with American Idol turned Queen frontman Adam Lambert’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA Summer Concert Series performance in Central Park (Friday, June 28, 7am-9am) followed by our second cruise rec for the month, Classic Harbour Line’s Summer Reds: Grilling and Chilling. The yacht departs from Chelsea Pier’s Pier 62 (Saturday, June 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm). June concludes with the NYC Pride March, aka Gay Pride Parade, a party down 5th Avenue and up 7th Avenue for everyone who loves equality, tolerance and glitter (Sunday, June 30, 12pm).