We love the pace of June, when transition vibes between Spring and early Summer mean things will slow down just enough to take it all in. And with June bookending a late May Manhattanhenge and the next one in mid-July, nearly all the west side sunsets this month will be epic.
We begin on Friday 6/1 at Governor’s Ball, a 3-day multi-stage music festival on Randall’s Island, with headliners Eminem and Jack White. 50,000 plus concert goers will flock to see over 60 performers. And speaking of music, June is New York Music Month with performances, workshops and free rehearsal space for musicians! On Saturday 6/2, catch the Classic, Punk and Folk Rock Tour of the Village at the Washington Square Arch from 11am-5pm.
Sunday 6/3 is Scooper Bowl, the nation’s largest All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival in Bryant Park. All proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund. On Monday 6/4, head downtown to A Choir Full of Fire, a night of poetry “celebrating Revolutions, Breakthroughs & Burn downs” at Bowery Poetry Club.
The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park opens the season with Othello. An insider tip: Tuesday 6/4 is the only Tuesday of the month you can see it, with the rest of the performance dates found HERE. It’s worth waiting in line in Central Park for FREE tickets to catch these refreshing renditions of classical works.
On Wednesday 6/6, put on your summer business hat and visit the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Annual Spring Open House to meet business leaders, government officials and community stakeholders. Happening at the Microsoft Rooftop, 11 Times Square, it is open to members and non-members alike.
June is for outdoor movies, and on Thursday 6/7 catch Oscar-winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at 8pm under the stars at Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground in the West Village.
June is also for baseball, and with the season heating up we suggest a trip to Citifield on Friday 6/8 to watch the Mets v Yankees on Free Shirts Friday. Then get your taste buds ready for Saturday 6/9 because the Big Apple Barbecue at Madison Square Park is back. Starting at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday 6/10, this is the largest BBQ event in NYC each year and features some of the best bbq vendors in the country serving up the meats.
To say it has been a difficult eight months for Puerto Rico would be an understatement. This is the time to support the vibrant 61st Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade, which runs from 44th Street to 79th Street along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday 6/10, and gives back to Puerto Rico, still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria.
On Monday 6/11 catch the Masterwork Festival Chorus, 8pm at Stern Auditorium. And, on Tuesday 6/12, continue rocking it high-brow-style at the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile Festival. With Fifth Avenue closed to traffic and turned into a massive art party, creativity is in the air and the areas museums (including Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Guggenheim, the Cooper Hewitt and El Museo del Barrio) offer FREE admission.
On Wednesday 6/13, catch Lucinda Williams, Steve Earlie & The Dukes, and Dwight Yoakam at The Beacon Theatre in The LSD Tour and on Thursday 6/14, join the kick off of Citi Summer in The Square. Union Square throws a great party by offering free activities all day long for adults and kids, including free workouts, performances, and cute stuff like crafts and face painting for kids.
Boxing is all fitness rage these days, and on Friday 6/15 an authentic Muay Thai battle is on stage at the Broad Street Ballroom. Catch Friday Night Fights Topic v Martinez, in what promoters are calling the fight of the year!
The energy is up as we quite literally surf over the midway mark of the month at Adventures NYC in Central Park, another free event which offers you the chance to bike, climb, race, and ride some waves. Then take it to the lower east side on Sunday 6/17 for the cross cultural culinary festival Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival.
We didn’t forget Father’s Day and hope you don’t either! It’s also on Sunday 6/17, and if you’re looking for a way to celebrate the paternal figures in your life, check out this Father’s Day activities guide from Time Out NYC.
Monday 6/18 kicks off the HBO sponsored Bryant Park Movie series (special shout-out to the programming team, well done!) with The Breakfast Club. Classic films will be shown every Monday through August 20, and you can view the full lineup here.
Tuesday 6/19 is another chance to have some fun in midtown Manhattan, this time at the ROCK EATS festival at Rockefeller Center. This three-day event takes place outside of 30 Rock on the Plaza (between 49th and 50th Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues) and features over 20 food vendors.
On Wednesday 6/20, check out indie pop sensations Thirty Seconds to Mars at MSG with Misterwives, Walk The Moon, and Joywave. On Thursday 6/21, ring in the Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square. This gorgeous, massive gathering of inner/outer peace-seeking yogis will take your breath away (and also help you connect with your breath!).
Continuing to chill out is a good thing, and at Friday 6/22 The Rainbow Room’s Rose Bar is an elegant way to spend a warm summer night. On select Friday nights including this one, rosé starts at $12 a glass.
Saturday 6/23 is the first preview of the Gwyneth Paltrow-produced Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels set in the late 17th Century and no, we are not making that up.
On Sunday 6/24 is the culmination of Gay Pride events occuring throughout the month, the Annual Gay Pride Parade. The floats, the glitter, the LOVE…it will all be out in full force and there has never been a better time to show your LGBTQ support.
Monday 6/25 is the start of a 2-night engagement for U2 at MSG. After the group’s recent Joshua Tree tour, they’re back with something entirely new and after reading this stellar deep dive review of the show in Nashville, it made our recommendations list. Bono forever.
Tuesday 6/26 Midsummer Night Swing is back and kicks off the season at Lincoln Center with a night devoted to Swing and Lindy Hop. Even if you don’t think you can dance, this is always a site to behold, a perfect spectator event that warms the heart.
And for something a little edgier, Wednesday 6/27 is the last night to catch Salty Brine: I’m A Lot Like You at Pangea in the East Village. Brine is a Time Out Critic’s Pick and 2018 Bistro Award winner whose cabaret mash-up of Weezer’s Pinkerton and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly is not to be missed.
We are a city that has it all, truly, and this includes free kayaking on the Hudson River on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6/28 evenings (plus weekends).
Close out the month with the Del Close Improv Festival, which kicks off Friday 6/29. This 3-day marathon of over 700 improv shows across 11 stages in Manhattan will bring out some of the best and brightest improv stars for all the laughs. And speaking of kicks, the World Cup is well underway and on Saturday 6/30 begins the Round of 16. Football fans from around the globe will be watching and you can too at one of these NYC bars.
We hope our list distracted you from the pretty pictures of Montauk you may scroll through on Instagram. If it’s one thing of which we are certain, there are more than enough sweet summer ways to live your best life right here in Manhattan! And speaking of Insta, let us know what you’re up to @manhattanmini_storage. We’d love to see your pretty pictures, too #ManhattanMiniSummer.