Things to do in June in NYC

by NYJ Team

The warm weather in June that usually precedes the humidity of a New York City summer makes this the perfect month to discover the many wonders of the Big Apple. There are a wide number of attractions during this month, including festivals, walking tours and parades.

Culture buffs will adore New York City in June. The annual Museum Mile Festival allows visitors free admission into nine of the city’s top museums situated on Fifth Avenue, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Jewish Museum. Family-oriented activities are also part of the festivities.  

Cultural events also go outdoors during the magical June evenings at a number of New York’s parks. The annual Met in the Parks offers performances of two different operas at various city parks in five New York boroughs. The free Shakespeare in the Park festival is also a much sought-after event and brings the genius of the Bard to theater lovers in New York each year. 

Beginning in June (and running throughout the summer months), select movies are shown on a huge screen in Bryant Park each Monday night at dusk, and prove to be a great social event for movie fans of all ages. 

For culinary lovers, nothing quite beats the chance to taste the wares of some of New York’s top restaurants at reasonable prices during Restaurant Week. Held twice a year (in January and June), New York’s Restaurant Week presents diners with the opportunity to taste cordon-bleu three-course lunches for around $25! 

June is the month that New York hosts the annual Pride Week, where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride events dominate the city’s social calendar, to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots.  

Other entertainment options include sporting events such as the Belmont Stakes horseracing happening and baseball season, parades such as the Puerto Rican Day parade and the Mermaid Parade, and other musical selections such as the JVC Jazz Festival. And of course, let us not forget Father’s Day!

For more information, browse through our directory of New York City attractions.

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