Calendar Highlights – JUNE

Calendar Highlights – JUNE

Dear Readers,

Happy June!
Summer is arguably the most exciting, fun filled season to visit NYC. As such, the list of concerts, cultural offerings, food fests, performances and parades can quickly become overwhelming. How should you spend your time? What can you do right now in New York that you can’t do at any other time of the year?

To help answer that question, I’m instituting a new Calendar Highlights feature on the blog.
Each month, we’ll list some of the most unique, adventurous activities and events available to the public. And while our lists may only represent the tip of the proverbial iceberg, we’re hoping you find them to be useful starting points as you set out to explore the greatest city in the world.


Calendar Highlights- JUNE
For three days Randall’s Island plays host to the first major music festival of the summer. Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Tove Lo, Bleachers, Phoenix, Wu-Tang Clan, Childish Gambino, Tool, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa and Franz Ferdinand are just some of the acts performing.
     Friday, June 2nd- Sunday, June 4th 
     Randall’s Island  
     1 Day Pass $105, 3 Day Pass $305 


Offering everything from music, to sculpture, to multimedia, Figment turns Governor’s Island into a fully immersive cornucopia of interactive exhibits that invite participants to experience art in a new way.
     Saturday, June 3rd & Sunday, June 4th 
     Governors Island  
     Free Admission    

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is in full bloom at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. With a full schedule of events including tours, musical performances and a raffle, this is an event the whole family will enjoy.
     Saturday, June 3rd & Sunday, June 4th
     11:00am- 4:00pm
     The New York Botanical Gardens
     Adults $23, Students & Seniors $20, Children $10 

More than 40 restaurants are offering samples of their finest fare at this annual midtown smorgasbord. Each “taste” will cost diners 2-6 tickets, so stock up and come hungry.
     Monday, June 5th 
     5:00pm- 9:00pm
     46th street between Broadway and 10th Avenue 
     Free Admission, Tastings $1 each

5.) Tony Awards Viewing Parties
You might not be able to attend Broadway’s biggest night in person but you can still take part in the festivities. From the casual but lively party in Times Square to more high brow affairs at 54 Below and The Metropolitan Room, there is a Tony Award viewing party for every budget and taste. So place your bets, grab a drink and prepare to be entertained.
     Sunday, June 11th 
     Various Locations & Prices

The Museum of the City of New York, The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Neue Galerie and El Museo del Barrio are only some of the cultural treasure troves you can visit when Museum Mile throws open the doors of its most venerable institutions to the public, free of charge. It’s the perfect opportunity to finally check another location off your NYC bucket list.
     Tuesday, June 13th
     6:00pm- 9:00pm
     5th Ave from 82nd to 105th streets
     Free Admission 

Elvis Costello. Central Park. Enough said.
    Thursday, June 15th 
     6:30pm- 10:00pm 
     Central Park

The Mermaid Parade is a giddy, glitter soaked celebration of nautical themed debauchery. And while the parade had a bit of trouble getting off the ground this year, everything seems to have worked out well in the end. They did get Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie to be grand marshals, after all!
     Saturday, June 17th 
     West 21st street and Surf Ave to Steeplechase Plaza
     Free Admission  

As you might have guessed, the Public Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar is a politically and emotionally charged exploration of power, hubris and corruption. Definitely nothing that applies to today’s world….. right? Tickets are distributed every day at noon outside the theatre. However, you should be in line well ahead of time if you want to score a seat. Pack a picnic lunch, bring a book and get comfy. The wait is part of the fun.
     Sunday, June 18th
     Delacorte Theatre, Central Park
     Free Admission 

10.) Bryant Park Film Festival opens with King Kong
Who doesn’t love movie night? And movie night is even much better when you’re spread out on the beautiful lawn of Bryant park surrounded by a thousand of your newest friends. If you’ve never attended a movie at the Bryant Park Film Festival before, there are few films more iconic than the original King Kong to kick off your newest NYC tradition with. Maybe you can even pop into the Empire State Building when you’re done!
       Monday, June 19th 
       Lawn opens at 5:00pm, Movie begins between 8:00pm- 9:00pm
       40th to 42nd streets from 5th to 6th Avenue
       Free Admission 

It isn’t often a legend portrays a legend. But that’s just what you’ll find at the Palace Theatre where Glenn Close’s turn as Norma Desmond is being hailed as “One of the great stage performances of this century”. You’ll kick yourself if you miss it. So don’t.
       Sunday, June 25th
       Palace Theatre, Broadway & 47th street  
       Prices Vary

It’s been almost 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and while there is still much work to be done in the march toward equality there is also much to celebrate. And celebrate we do, in grand and fabulous style! And, for the first time in history, the parade will be broadcast live on ABC. That’s what we call a step in the right direction!
       Sunday, June 25th
       36th Street & 5th Avenue to Christopher & Greenwich streets

       Free Admission 

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