This post is about things to do in NYC in June, updated for 2023, 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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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:
And be sure to check out our summary of the weather in NYC in June.
1. Attend a Concert
Many popular musicians come to New York City throughout the year, and this month will be no different.
Sure enough, there are several noteworthy concerts scheduled for June. See a full list of concerts and events from StubHub's June calendar.
In and Around New York City
In and Around New York City
Re:Set Tour | June 16th-18th
- Steve Lacy
- LCD Soundsystem
- and more!
Dreamland Pride in Central Park | June 25th
- Purple Disco Machine
Reggae Fest Blaze | June 17th
- Various DJs
2. Go to a Sports Event
It's June in New York and baseball is in full swing!
June 18th, 2023, is Father's Day. If Dad's a sports fan consider taking a tour of Yankee Stadium to celebrate the fathers in your life.
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 June:
- The Lion King
- The Book of Mormon
- MJ the Musical
- Six the Musical
- Moulin Rouge
- Sweeney Todd
On a budget? Check out 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 one of the newest and tallest sky decks in NYC. At 100 stories high, this location offers one of the best and most unforgettable views in the entire city.
Here are a few other locations you might want to visit as well:
Keep in mind that most of these attractions are included with multiple New York tourist passes.
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.
We also offer self-guided and GPS-enabled audio tours of every neighborhood that you will likely visit as a tourist in NYC.
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.
For something a bit more festive, you can take a nighttime cruise, many of which serve cocktails and dinner and have live music cruises.
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% of 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.
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 2023, you can expect performances of Hamlet. 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.
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 per person. We also give out free samples.
There are several fun and interesting things to do in Central Park.
Even if tours aren't available, you can always take our virtual tour of Central Park instead, and choose the best location for a picnic!
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.
11. Take In the Photoville Festival
Check out Photoville, a free photography exhibit held in a make-shift village of ship cargo containers used as individual art galleries.
The Photoville Festival takes place on June 3rd-June 18th, 2023.
It takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO and stays open until 9:00 every night.
There's a beer garden, nighttime art projections, and of course the surrounding skyline of Manhattan.
Make a full evening of it with a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge before or after. TIP: Be sure to check out more night ideas on our main things to do in NYC at night post.
12. Attend the Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival is one of the seminal film festivals in the cinematic world. You will see an incredible range of talent and a diversity of movies.
The director, cast, and crew are often on hand for a Q&A session after the screenings.
Besides film, there are also the ESPN Sports Film Festival, a Family Festival Street Fair, various Tribeca Talks, and free panels for working and aspiring filmmakers.
Events take place June 7-18th, 2023.
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 takes place each 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 are free to enjoy. Dates are June 9th-23rd, 2023.
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.
And learn about how to attend one of several dozen TV shows filmed with live studio audiences in NYC.
Museum Mile Festival
On June 13th, 2023, 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 13th? 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.
Good Morning America Summer 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 2023 line-up has not yet been announced, but rest assured there will be some major stars playing.
See our post about VIP Tickets!
This spirited and socially significant parade is taking place on June 26th, 2022. Their theme this year will be "Unapologetically Us."
The parade began as a commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which launched the modern Gay Rights movement.
Get the full schedule at the official website.
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!
This event will be taking place on June 25th, 2023.
Make Music New York
MMNY is a free festival that takes place on June 21st, 2023.
Over 1,000 performers are typically on hand to play 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 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.
June 11th, 2023, 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.
For more ideas, see our extensive post on free things to do in NYC.
Met in the Park
Each summer the Metropolitan Opera hosts a free series of concerts in parks around the city.
They perform everything from arias to Broadway standards. Dates haven't been released yet but you can check their website.
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.
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 have 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
One night a month, you can visit this highly interactive and engaging museum for free between 5 pm and 9 pm.
The free day will be June 24th, 2023.
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.
The 2023 schedule has not yet been updated, but check here for updates. Last year movies ran through July and August.
To find out about 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 2023 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 in our guide to things to do in New York City at night.
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.
Ride 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.
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.
Dates haven't been released yet so keep on eye on their website.
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.
Watch 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.
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!