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.
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.
(1) Summerstage Concerts in Central Park (all month)
This 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.
(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.
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 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.
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.
Governors Ball on Randalls Island – June 1-3, Headliners includes Jack White, Eminem, more!
Every 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.
NYC 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.