What 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 (updated for 2019).

Do check our comprehensive guide on things to do in NYC any time of year.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in New York City throughout June. 

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

For tips on the most popular activities in NYC, check out the following posts:


1. Take a Boat Cruise Around Manhattan

Take advantage of the nice weather in June to take a boat ride or cruise. They are many to choose from!

There are single ride tourist boats, hop-on-hop-off all day boats, speedboats, and sailboats.

For something a bit more festive, you can take a nighttime cruise, many of which serve cocktails and dinner and have live music cruises.

Our post on which New York cruise or boat tour is best can help you find the perfect one.

 

 

If you are on a budget, there are also free boat rides and tours, including the Staten Island Ferry.


2. See a Concert

NYC is filled with music this month, not only with these great performers below but also with a long list of free concerts. 

 

 

(see below in our things to do for free section).


3. Go to a Sports Event 

It’s June in New York and baseball is in full swing! You also still have time to see one of two local soccer (football) clubs play and yell “GOAL”!

Don’t forget that June 16th, is Father’s Day. What better way to honor the fathers and grandfathers in your life by taking them out to see a game! 

Seeing a sports game is a great way to spend an evening out in NYC. For more nighttime activity ideas, see the things to do at night section below. 

Baseball 

 

 

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

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


Soccer

Increasingly popular in the U.S. is professional ‘football’ — that is to say what we call soccer.

In June you can see both the New York City Football Club as well as the New York Red Bulls.


4. Today Show Concert Series 

Another free concert series is sponsored by The Today Show. The concerts occur on select dates between May and September.

These free shows are held outside the Today Show studios at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza. Get there by 6 am for the best spots.
 

 

For more details about the Concert Series, click here. To see a live taping of the Today Show any time of the year, click here.

Visit our section on free things to do for more budget-friendly ideas.


5. Enjoy a Broadway Show

With so many plays, musicals and other shows playing to list here. Check out what’s playing while you are in NYC.

This June, no major Broadway shows are opening, so we recommend that you stick with tried-and-true shows, like The Lion King and Wicked.

 

 

If you are traveling with children, check out Blue Man Group. Kids love it and you can get some great discounts on tickets!

If you are here in early June, you have time to catch Network with Bryan Cranston at the Belasco Theatre and the surprise hit, What the Constitution Means to Me, at the Hayes Theater.

To find out how to get affordable tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, see our post on how to get cheap tickets to Broadway shows.


6. 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.

Before or after the performance, take some time to explore this beautiful park.

This is just one of many ideas for things to do at night in June.


7. Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival

Join in the free, cross-cultural festivities on June 16, 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.

See their website for details.

 

 

The museum is located between Chinatown and the Lower East Side, both fascinating neighborhoods.

This is a great activity for families. For more family-friendly ideas, check out our things to do with kids section below.


8. Take a Pay-What-You-Wish Food Tour

If the above listing has got you thinking about food, then why not join us for one of our food tours?

We have several different food tours, including a Lower East Side Food Tour and a Chinatown Food Tour, two of the neighborhoods participating in the above festival.

 

 

Our guided walks are free to join and operate on a pay-what-you-like basis, which means you decide what a tour was worth or what you could afford (even free) when the tour is over.

You only pay for whatever food you eat, usually less than $10/person. We also give out free samples.

We also offer self-guided and GPS-enabled audio tours of every neighborhood that you will likely visit as a tourist in NYC.

Check out our homepage or look at our schedule to see what we have available when you are here.


9. Bushwick Block Party

On June 1, 2019, the Bushwick Collective kicks off the summer with its wild 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.

Bushwick is world-famous for its high-quality street art and murals. To learn more, read about the Bushwick Collective Street Art Gallery.

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


10. Get a Tourist Discount Pass

tourist discount pass affords you discounted entry into most of NYC’s most popular attractions.

While the passes themselves certainly aren’t free, if you plan your itineraries well, you will end up getting one or two attractions for free each day.

 

 

There are several different types of passes, so be sure to read our comparison post to learn about how you can save the most money on your trip.

 


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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 and things to do in the other sections of this post are also free of charge, so be sure to read this post in its entirety. 

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

 

 


Museum Mile

On June 11th from 6 pm-9 pm several of the city’s most prestigious museums located on upper 5th Avenue open their doors to the public free of charge. 

Fortunately, almost all of the museums that participate in  Museum Mile can be visited for free all the time or have specific free hours, all year long. 

Our post on free museums in NYC lists dozens of museums 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. 

The series runs from May through August. The 2019 line-up has not yet been announced, but rest assured there will be some major stars playing. 

See our post about VIP Tickets!


Gay Pride Parade

In 2019, this spirited and socially significant parade takes place on June 30th.

This 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 LGBTQ events held during Pride Week. You can get the full schedule at the official website.


Mermaid Parade

On June 22, 2019, New Yorkers will 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!

Find out the route, hours and any other details from their website.


Make Music New York 

MMNY is a free festival that takes place on June 21, 2019, from 10 am to 10 pm throughout the city. 

Over 1,000 performers will be playing free concerts 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 on their website in late May.


Puerto Rican Day Parade

June 9th is 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, Rosie Perez and many more.

This is a family-friendly event.


Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

This is a New York perennial favorite event. On June 1 and 2, 2019, the streets around Washington Square Park turn into mini art galleries of artists and craft artisans from around the world. 

The type of art shown includes Mixed Media, Oils & Acrylic and Watercolor paintings, Photography, Sculpture, Jewelry, Metal Work, Ceramics, Glass Mixed Media, Fiber, and Wood.

While you are in Greenwich Village, why not take one of our pay-what-you-wish Greenwich Village walking tours.

For more ideas, see our long list of free things to do in NYC.  

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

Below are just some of the ideas for things to do in June in NYC at night.

Some of the events and things to do in the other sections of this post are also great nighttime activities, so be sure to read this post in its entirety. 

For even more ideas, see our post about things to do in New York City at night.

 

 


See Jerry Seinfeld Perform

Jerry Seinfeld will be playing at the Beacon Theater on June 6th and 7th (2 shows per night!) Buy tickets here

Tickets are pricey, so for those on budgets, you can find comedy all over NYC for free or almost free. 

Read our post, Stretching Your Dollar at the Best NYC Comedy Clubs.  


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. 

For those who want some guidance to enjoy the Brooklyn 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.

We also 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.


See a Free Concert at Central Park’s Summerstage

Summerstage is a summer series of free performances that has been rockin’ and rollin’ in Central Park 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.


Enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

On June 21, you can visit this highly interactive and engaging museum for free between 5 pm and 9 pm.

This museum is housed on an aircraft carrier whose exhibits include a Concorde, submarine & space shuttle and much more.

This is a fun way to spend an evening in NYC. This is also a kid-friendly activity. Get details here.


Watch a Free Outdoor Movie Screening

During the summer, there are dozens of free movie screenings held outdoors at locations all over NYC. 

Several of the series are for families and kids specifically.

To find out about all the series, see our New York City Summer Guide


Free New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

This long-time NYC tradition brings top-notch classical music to five parks on five nights during one week in June.  

The performances begin at 8:00 pm and are followed by fireworks. In 2019, the dates and parks are: 

  • June 11 – Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx
  • June 12 – Central Park in Manhattan
  • June 13 – Cunningham Park in Queens
  • June 14 – Prospect Park in Brooklyn
  • June 16 – St. George Theatre (Indoor Performance at 4 pm) on Staten Island

Find out the details here.


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.

There are rooftop bars with amazing views. If you want to skip the drink or see a great view during the day or night, see our post on the best New York skyline views.

You can find more activities from our guide to things to do in New York City at night.

 


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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 seeing a baseball game, watching the Puerto Rican Day Parade or chowing down some food at the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival.

Below are even more activities for the family in June.
 

This video is for things to do with kids any time of year.

 

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.

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


T. rex: The Ultimate Predator

This ongoing exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) should be very engaging for your children. It will include a virtual reality experience, fossils, life-size models, and interactive elements, life-size models, and fossils.

TIP: To see what discounts and special deals are available, see our post about visiting the American Museum of Natural History.


Figment

On the weekend of June 1-2, you can attend Figment a free, family-friendly, two-day arts, music and performance extravaganza held on Roosevelt Island. 

There will be 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.

Half the fun is the ride to Roosevelt Island– which is by aerial tram with stunning views of New York City. See our guide to riding the tram


Roam Free on Governor’s Island

Governors Island is a fantastic place to bring kids. There are many places to explore and play such as the Hills with amazing views of the Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

There is a massive slide, numerous playgrounds, and climbing structures. You can rent bikes for a ride around this vehicle-free island.

Even better, it’s just a 5-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan!

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


Head to the Beach 

NYC isn’t Miami or Rio when it comes to beaches, but the city’s selection is actually quite nice. 

NYC has 4 main beaches, with Coney Island and Rockaway Beaches by far the most famous. 

See the full list of New York’s beaches here.

NYC’s beaches can be easily reached by subway, but if you are new to the subway, you might want to look at our post on how to navigate the NYC subway system.


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

In June, the Intrepid hosts a free movie night on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier it is located in.

It’s free to attend and tickets are distributed first-come, first-served before the show.  

Even if you skip the free movie, this is a wonderful attraction for the whole family.

It’s not a cheap attraction to visit, but there are lots of ways to save money on tickets.

See our post about how to get discounts on tickets to the Intrepid.

You can also visit for free on June 21, 2019, for their monthly Free Friday Get details here.

For even more kid-friendly activities see our post on things to do with kids in New York City.

TIP:  Take a look at our Guide to Things to Do in Summer in New York City for even more things to do with kids, free events and so much more!

 


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