Things to do in NYC in June

This post is about things to do in NYC in June, including a top 10 list as well as sections on free events, family-friendly activities and things to do at night. In June, Free Tours by Foot‘s schedule expands to offer over 25 different options. Do check our comprehensive guide to Things to Do in NYC.

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

Below is our list of the top 10 things to do in June. If you are planning on visiting many of New York City’s top attractions, you may want to consider buying a tourist discount pass, which could save you quite a bit of money.

Read our post comparing the different tourist discount passes. Also, several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals.


(1) Summerstage Concerts in Central Park (all month)

SummerstageThis summer series of free performances is beloved by New Yorkers since 1986. The concert line-up is diverse with everything from afro-punk, Latin jazz, soul, hip-hop, avant-garde and good old rock and roll.

They also have stand-up comedy, dance performances and sometimes Broadway musical performances. Most of the concerts are free or low cost. The series starts in late May, so check our Summerstage guide for a list of performers once they are announced. 

While you are in the Park, take some time to explore the environs with our Guide to Things to Do in Central Park

We also offer pay-what-you-like walking tours, as well as GPS, enabled audio tours of Central Park, which you could take any time you like.


(2) Stroll the High Line – Day or Night!  (kid-friendly

The High Line is one of the most unusual city parks, built on an abandoned elevated railroad.  This ‘reclaimed urban space’ has a winding wooden walkway, lined wild foliage, and flowers. Best of all though is the stunning views of the Hudson River.

The stories of the park’s history and the little-known facts about the buildings that surround the High Line make this park even more appealing. 

 

 

We offer several pay-what-you-wish variations of the High Line Park Walking Tours, but if our timing doesn’t fit your schedule, enjoy our downloadable PDF self-guided tour and a GPS-enabled audio tour of the High Line narrated by one of our professional guides. 


(3) See a Baseball Game – Day or Night!

Yankees June Home Schedule (click for ticket information)
Yankees Mets tickets June

  • June 8th – 10th (vs. NY Mets) – not a home game
  • June 12th – 13th (vs. Washington Nationals)
  • June 14th – 17th (vs. Tampa Bay Rays)
  • June 19th – 21st (vs. Seattle Mariners) 
  • June 29th – July 1 (vs. Boston Red Sox)

For a different perspective on this all-American sport, consider taking a tour of Yankee Stadium! These tours are popular and get great reviews. 

NYC’s other team, the Mets have had ups and downs but are still fun to see. They play out of the CitiField Stadium in Queens.

Mets June Home Schedule (click for ticket information)

  • June 1st – 3rd (vs. Chicago Cubs)
  • June 5th – 6th (vs. Baltimore Orioles)
  • June 8th – 10th (vs. NY Yankees) – the Subway Series
  • June 22nd – 24th (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • June 25th – 27th (vs. Pittsburg Pirates)

TIP: You can get a free ticket to either a Mets or Yankees game with the Freestyle Pass. The classic tour of Yankee Stadium is also available with both the New York Pass and the Explorer Pass. For more information, check our post about New York tourist passes.


(4) Gay Pride Parade, June 24

Gay Pride NYCThis parade began as a commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which launched the modern Gay Rights movement.  The Parade is just one of the many events held during Pride Week.

The Parade is one of the most colorful and spirited annual events in NYC. It kicks off at noon from 7th Avenue and 16th Street in Chelsea, heads south to and then turns back north along 5th Avenue until 29th Street.

Whether you attend the Parade or not, the Village is a fabulous neighborhood to explore on your own or with us, on one of our pay-what-you-like Greenwich Village Tours.

We also have a GPS guided Audio Tour and a Self-Guided Tour


(5) Shakespeare in the Park, (all month)
Shakespeare in The Park

For the past 50 years, every summer, the Public Theater sponsors free performances of two Shakespeare plays several nights a week at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

It is not easy to get free tickets, but it is not impossible, especially when you know the 5 different ways you get tickets to this unforgettable experience. See our post How to get free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park

Before or after the performance, take some time to explore this beautiful park. Our Guide to Things to Do in Central Park can help.

We also have a GPS, enabled audio tour which you can take any time you’d like!


(6) See a Concert 

June has some great performers coming to NYC this month. Plus the Governors Ball is happening from June 1 to June 3 (think East Coast version of Coachella). Below is a list of some great concerts in June. 

Remember that Summerstage (listed above) is free, as are the GMA Concert Series and Today Show concerts (see below in the Free Things to Do section).  


(7) Father’s Day, June 17 Dinner Cruise

Honor the fathers and grandfathers in your life by enjoying one of these great activities, for example, why not take a dinner cruise? Our post Which New York Boat Tour or Cruise is Best can help you find the perfect one. See if a baseball game is scheduled that day. Check out the fun and nostalgic Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival! Try one of our walking tours in Central Park for a lovely way to pass the day.


(8) Bushwick Block Party, June 2nd

bushwick Block partyEvery summer in Bushwick, Brooklyn kicks off with the Bushwick Block Party. This annual art event celebrates local artists who create music, graffiti, food and more. In addition to all kinds of creative artwork, you can also expect to hear a lot of great live music.

If you’re interested in learning more about this area, consider taking our self-guided Bushwick tour.

Alternatively, you can also take our pay-what-you-want street art tour which includes stops in this neighborhood.


(9) Head to the Beaches 

New York beachNYC isn’t Miami or Rio when it comes to beaches, but the city’s selection is not too shabby.  NYC has 4 main beaches, with Coney Island and Rockaway Beaches by far the most famous.  The Long Island Railroad will take you can also take a ferry to Sandy Hook in NJ. 

Our post lists more details on these beaches.


(10) Puerto Rican Day Parade, June 10 

Puerto Rican Day Parade
The Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade is one of the liveliest parades in NYC, which has a Puerto Rican population of over a million people.

The musical guests are phenomenal. In the past, celebrities of Puerto Rican heritage who attended the parade included Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez (J. Lo), Marc Anthony, Geraldo Rivera, Rosie Perez and many more. 

The parade starts at 11 am at the intersection of 5 Avenue and 44 St. in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. 

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

Below are just a few of the hundreds of free things you can do in New York City in June. Some of the events in the top ten section above, like going to the beach, watching the Puerto Rican Day Parade and strolling the High Line are free.

For year-round free things to do see our comprehensive post about Free Things to Do in NYC.

 

 


Museum Mile

On June 13th from 6-9 pm several of the city’s most prestigious museums located on upper 5th Avenue open their doors to the public free of charge. Among them are the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and more.

The time slot to see so many museums is a bit tight, so you may want to see which of the participating museums have free entry on certain days or hours and then focus on those museums that are never free.

Our post on Free Things to do in New York City has all the information on the museums in NYC that are free or offer free hours/days.

Also, some of these museums are included for free in many of the New York tourist passes. If you aren’t sure about getting a pass, see our post comparing New York City Tourist Passes.


Good Morning America Free Concert Series 

For early birds, you can see some of the best artists and bands in Central Park every Friday at 7 am (yes, you read that right).  The series starts May 20th and goes through September 2nd, 2018. The line-up has not yet been announced, but rest assured there will be some major stars playing. 

See our post about VIP Tickets!


Today Show Concert Series 

Another free concert series is sponsored by The Today Show. The concerts occur on select dates between May 20 to September 2, 2018. The shows are held outside the Today Show studios at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza. Get there by 6 am for the best spots.

The 2018 line-up is fantastic!

July 6 Lady Antebellum
June 29 Panic at the Disco
July 13 Maroon 5
July 20 Charlie Puth
July 27 Julia Michaels
Aug 2 Keith Urban
Aug 10 Jason Mraz
Aug 17 Cole Swindell
Alessia Cara: Stay tuned for the date!

May 15 Meghan Trainor
May 25 Darius Rucker
May 28 Troye Sivan
June 1 Shawn Mendes
June 8 Kelly Clarkson
June 12 Dierks Bentley
June 15 Christina Aguilera
June 22 5 Seconds of Summer
June 25 Dan + Shay

To see a live taping of the Today Show any time of the year, click here.


Mermaid Parade

On June 16, New Yorkers dress up in glittery Mermaid and Sea Creature costumes and head out to Coney Island. The Parade is free to everyone. But be warned that it can get very crowded, a little bit wild with some spectators in very skimpy costumes made of body glitter and not much else!

If this isn’t your cup of tea, make time to go to Coney Island another time. Use our detailed Guide to Coney Island to learn about the new, fantastic amusement park, Luna Park and the other attractions you can see at what was once called over a century ago, “America’s Playground”!


Make Music New York 

MMNY is a free festival that takes place on June 21 from 10 am to 10 pm throughout the city. Over 1,000 performers will be playing free concerts in on the streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, parks, and gardens.

MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part so you can expect some really great musical performances and probably some questionable ones. But it’s all in good spirits! The complete MMNY schedule will be posted in late May and you can search by venue, performer or use their map of performers’ locations.

For free music anytime, see our post on  New York City Street Performers and Subway Music.


 Washington Square Park Music

Every Tuesday in June at 8 pm, you can enjoy an outdoor concert with iconic Washinton Square Arch as a backdrop. The performances are free and of varied styles of music. Bring along some food and a blanket, and have a picnic dinner in lovely Washington Square Park.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

Many of the activities included in our top 10 section above can be enjoyed at night as well such as attending a concert, seeing Shakespeare in the Park or seeing a baseball game. Here are a few more ideas on how to spend a great night in New York City.

For even more ideas, see our post Things to Do in New York City at Night.

 

New York City Skyline at night. Image Source: Pixabay user ngd3 under CC0 Creative Commons license.


Take a Night Tour

June is a great month to explore the city at night. The temperature is comfortable and the city is filled with a carefree spirit. You should consider taking a sunset stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge. With breathtaking views, it is an experience you will not forget. 

For those who want some guidance to enjoy the Bridge when the sun goes down, join us for our combined 911 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour or you can take our GPS-enabled tour of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Other parts of the city are just as thrilling to visit at night. We offer walking tours of Midtown Manhattan, tours of the High Line and even a Central Park evening tour. You can also enjoy the city at night by taking a Night Bus Tour as well as Night Boat Tours.

To find out about other kinds of night tours (bike, helicopter, pub crawl, etc.) see our post, New York Night Tours.


Free Outdoor Movie Screenings

During the summer, there are dozens of free movie series held outdoors at parks all over NYC. One of the best series is on Mondays in Bryant Park (right behind the New York Public Library.)

The series starts in June, though the line-up of movies hasn’t been announced yet. The Lawn opens at 5 pm and films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm-9pm). It’s best to get there early because the lawn usually fills up. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and have a blast! 

To find out about other outdoor movie series, see our New York City Summer Guide.  If you are traveling with kids, see below in our family-friendly section for movies just for them! 

Since you will be in Midtown Manhattan, spend some time before the movie to explore. Find out more from our post 50+ Things to Do in Midtown Manhattan.


Enjoy a Skyline View of New York City  

What could be more magical than seeing the glittering lights of New York City on a warm June night? You could go to one of the 3 observatory decks, but there are plenty of other ways to get a great photo-worthy view of the iconic New York Skyline.

See our post to find the Best New York Skyline Views.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY 

As you see in the above sections in the post, we noted which activities are kid-friendly, such as going to a baseball game, strolling the High Line and going to the beach. Below are a few more free activities for the family in June.

Check out our posts Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in New York City, our 3-day itinerary for families and our list of over 100 things to do in New York City with dozens of kid-friendly activities.

 


The Beast

If you’re looking for a fun way to beat the summer heat with your family, consider taking a ride on The Beast. This speedboat will take you and your family on a tour of New York City that you’ll never forget. Although it’s not a guarantee, chances are that you will get wet while on this incredibly fast boat. While performing various tricks out on the water, your driver will also point out notable sites in NYC such as the Statue of Liberty.

This attraction is included for free with the New York Pass. If you plan on activities such as taking a hop-on, hop-off bus tour or seeing Yankee Stadium, you may want to make your trip a little easier (and more affordable!) with this tourist pass.


Free Outdoor Movies at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

On June 29, bring the kids to sit on the ship’s flight deck to watch the smash hit Wonder Woman. It’s free to attend and tickets are distributed first-come, first-served before the show. The flight deck opens at 7:00 pm and the movie begins at sunset, weather permitting.  

Even if you skip the free movie, this is a wonderful attraction for the whole family. See our post about visiting the Intrepid and how to get discounts on tickets.


Figment

On the weekend of June 23-24, Governors Island hosts this free, family-friendly, two-day arts extravaganza. There will be wacky activities like body painting, battles with foam weapons and interactive sculptures. Dancers, actors and performance artists roam the island inviting audience members to join in and become performers themselves.

Even if you can’t get to Figment, Governors Island is a fantastic place to visit, especially with kids. There are many places to explore and play such as the Hills with amazing views of the Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. It’s just a 5-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan!

Check out this post on Things to do on Governor’s Island


Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival

On Sunday, June 17,  join in the free, cross-cultural festivities on June 17 from 12 pm-4 pm at the Museum at Eldridge Street (map). There will be outdoor performances of Chinese opera, Jewish klezmer music, and Puerto Rican folk music. Learn how to braid Jewish challah bread, roll Chinese dumplings and make empanadas.

The museum is located between Chinatown and the Lower East Side, both fascinating neighborhoods. You can explore both neighborhoods with us on one of our pay-way-you-like tours or explore on your own with our self-guided tours of Chinatown and Lower East Side.


Madison Square Park Kids Concerts

If you’re not comfortable bringing your kids to some of the other concerts available in June, this is a wonderful and family-friendly alternative. Every Thursday in June from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, a small concert is held in Madison Square Park on Farragut Lawn. In the event of rain, the concert will continue at the nearby Farragut Monument.

Several kid-friendly musical artists will be on hand to perform music for the children in attendance. These concerts are free for all visitors.

 


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