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What to Do in NYC in June

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This post is about things to do in NYC in June, updated for 2021, including a top 10 list as well as sections on free events, family-friendly activities, and things to do at night.

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

 

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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. See a Concert

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in either the cancellation or the postponement of several concerts in NYC, many of these events will finally start taking place once the worst is over.

Sure enough, there are a few very noteworthy concerts scheduled for June. See a full list of concerts and events from StubHub's June calendar.

June 2021 concerts:

See who else is playing this month.

Also, take a look at our post on Summerstage guide to see about his free concert series line-up.


2. Go to a Sports Event 

It's June in New York and baseball is in full swing!

Depending on the number of Covid-19 cases in the city, there might be a chance to see some of your favorite teams play a live game this month. See what sports events are on in June.

Going to a sports event is a great way to spend an evening in New York City. It is also a family-friendly activity!

Baseball 

Soccer

Don't forget that June 20, 2021, is Father's Day. Consider taking a tour of Yankee Stadium to celebrate the fathers in your lives.

Check StubHub's list of sports events this month.


3. Enjoy a Broadway Show

As of this moment, Broadway is scheduled to kick things back into action by June after a long pause due to the pandemic. Tickets should be available for several musicals this month.

For more shows, check out StubHub to see what’s playing while you are in NYC.

Here are a few shows you might want to consider during the month of June:

On a budget? Check our post on how to get cheap tickets to Broadway shows.

See what else is playing in NYC in June.

TIP: Broadway lovers, you can take guided tours of Broadway (including Backstage Access


4. Visit an Observation Deck

Since the weather will probably be nice, this is an excellent time of year to get a good view of New York City from the top of an observation deck.

The Edge is the newest and tallest sky deck in NYC. At 100 stories high, this location definitely offers one of the best and most unforgettable views in the entire city.

This and other viewing locations in New York are likely going to be open in June of 2021, but you should prepare for Covid-19 restrictions such as the requirement to socially distance and wear a mask.

For more information about observation decks in New York, read our post covering which NYC observation deck is best.


5. Take a Walking Tour 

June is a fantastic time to take a walking tour as the weather is almost always pleasant with comfortable temperatures and lots of sunshine.

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.

Greenwich Village Tour Virtual Video

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.


6. See New York City from the Water

Another way to see NYC is from the water. There are single ride tourist boats, hop-on-hop-off all day boats, speedboats, and sailboats.

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

NOTE: Some of these activities could be impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, so make sure to check with each company before purchasing tickets.

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

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

Also, many tourist discount passes include a boat ride or cruise. Read more below about these money-saving passes.


7. Get Free Tickets with a Tourist Discount Pass

Tourist discount passes work by bundling multiple tickets into one price, usually between 20%-50% the retail price.   

Though these passes are not free, and some can cost quite a bit, they can save you a lot of money in the end.

If you plan well, you will essentially get several tickets to attractions or tours each day for free.

New York City Passes

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.

Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals. 


8. See Free Theater at Shakespeare in the Park

Every summer, the Public Theater sponsors free performances of two Shakespeare plays several nights a week at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

In 2021, this event might be either canceled or postponed due to the pandemic. That said, we recommend checking for tickets before giving up hope.

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 Central Park.


9. Take a Pay-What-You-Wish Food Tour

If the above listing has got you thinking about food, look into taking one of our food tours.

We have a Greenwich Village Food Tour, a Lower East Side Food Tour, and a Chinatown Food Tour.

Greenwich Village Food Tour YT
 

These food tours 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.

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

If we aren't able to offer this tour due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, we recommend looking for these 8 New York foods you must try.


10. Visit Central Park

There are several fun and interesting things to do in Central Park. If you want an overview of the most notable sites in the park, you might consider taking a bike tour or even our own self-guided tour.

Even if tours aren't available, you can always take our virtual tour of Central Park instead!

Central Park Walking Tour Video

There are several interesting locations to visit in this park, including sites like the Central Park Zoo, the Wollman Rink, the Carousel, and many more.

For even more ideas, check our post covering Central Park for maps of the park, activities, and events you might be able to attend.

 


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, like Shakespeare in the Park, Walking Tours, and visiting Central Park.

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


Taste of Times Square

Taste of Times Square is usually scheduled for June. This already lively part of New York will be extra fun as you can try international foods from 40 restaurants and hear live music. 

Though the food must be purchased, the music and jovial atmosphere is free to enjoy.

Times Square is always a must-see part of NYC. Read more about what you can do there from our post Things to Do in Times Square.

NOTE: This event could be canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.


Today Show Concert Series 

This 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.

NOTE: This event may be postponed or canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Museum Mile

In the beginning of June, several of the city’s most prestigious museums located on upper 5th Avenue open their doors to the public free of charge. 

Not here on the 9th? 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.

NOTE: Some of these museums may not be offering free days at this time, but if they are, there might be Covid-19 restrictions such as wearing a mask and social distancing that they require.


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 2021 line-up has not yet been announced, but rest assured there will be some major stars playing. 

See our post about VIP Tickets!

NOTE: As with the Today Show concert series, this event may be canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.


NYC Pride and Gay Pride Parade

This spirited and socially significant parade usually takes place in June, but they don't have anything scheduled for 2021 just yet.

The parade began as a commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which launched the modern Gay Rights movement. 

Although they haven't made any announcements yet, there's a chance this parade will get rescheduled or canceled for 2021. Get the full schedule at the official website.


Mermaid Parade

In June, 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!

Because of this, there may be restrictions in place or the parade could be changed due to the pandemic.

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


Make Music New York 

MMNY is a free festival that takes place in June,  but that may change due to the pandemic. 

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 14, 2021, 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 always 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.

They might make a few changes to address concerns about Covid-19, so please keep that in mind and look into the event further before heading out.

For more ideas, see our extensive post on free things to do in NYC.  

 


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 things to do in the other sections of this post are also great nighttime activities, like seeing the theater, going to a sports event, or taking a night cruise.

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


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.

There might be new regulations in place to protect people in the parade from Covid-19.


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

One night a month, you can visit this highly interactive and engaging museum for free between 5 pm and 9 pm.

The June date has not yet been announced for 2021 so check back with us for updates.

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. This event has not yet been scheduled for 2021, so make sure to check before heading out.

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. 

The 2021 dates have not yet been announced so check back with us or the Philharmonic website.


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 an observatory deck, 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.

 


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 or seeing a free movie screening.

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.

Read about all the New York City boat rides here. This attraction is included for free with the New York Pass

This activity may be limited in availability during 2021 due to restrictions related to Covid-19.


Figment

Figment is 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

NOTE: There is no information about whether or not this event has been canceled or postponed in 2021.


Roam Free on Governors 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 Governors 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. 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. See our post on how to get discounts on tickets to the Intrepid.

NOTE: This event might be canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.

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

For more June activities, take a look at our Guide to Things to Do in Summer in New York City. We list things to do with kids, free events and nighttime fun in the summer!

 


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About The Author

Courtney

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”.
Updated: October 3rd, 2021
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