Come one, come all! The city is bursting with events this June and offering up something for everyone. It seems to be the month of festivals be it music, film, museums, or food. It’s also the most outlandish month of the year with Pride Week and magical with the Mermaid Parade. June is shaping up to be one of the most exciting months of the year and with the promise of summer just around the corner it’s the perfect time to explore the Big Apple!
Here are this month’s can’t miss events:
Brooklyn Film Festival – May 30 – June 8, 2014
Head across the bridge to Brooklyn for this international festival that brings more than 100 films from around the world to debut and compete for awards and prizes totaling $50,000. Films from the festival in the past have gone on to be awarded at the British Academy Awards and the Oscars. Films are screened at indieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC in Williamsburg and tickets for screenings can be purchases. For more information, visit www.brooklynfilmfestival.org.
Shakespeare in the Park – June 3 – July 6, 2014 & July 22 – August 17, 2014
Free world-class theater in the city’s most iconic park! Every summer Central Park’s Delacorte Theater invites the public to enjoy the works of Shakespeare. This annual New York tradition features a night of great performances from some of the industry’s most beloved thespians. In previous years the playbill has included Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman to name a few. This June Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe return to the stage in Much Ado About Nothing with three-time Tony® winner Jack O’Brien directing. In July John Lithgow will star as King Lear in the Shakespearean stage production. Although this is a free event, to ensure a spot you can also purchase tickets for $200 per seat. For more information, visit www.shakespeareinthepark.org.
Governors Ball Music Festival – June 6-8, 2014
It’s NYC’s newest and most popular summer music festival. This three-day event is now held on Randall’s Island and has proven itself on the festival circuit as the show that will go on after weathering a tropical storm in 2013. Featuring an array of genres, this year’s line up showcases 80 performers including OutKast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, and numerous others. Since its start in 2011 some of the industry’s biggest names have taken the stage and it only seems to be growing in popularity. Where New York has Coachella, New York has the Governors Ball. For more information, visit www.governorsballmusicfestival.com.
Museum Mile Festival – June 9, 2014
Fifth Avenue will close to traffic and become the city's largest block party on June 9, 2014. The nine museums along the stretch will offer free entry along with musical entertainment, artist demonstrations and activities. This annual event is great for children complete with face painting and more! For more information, visit www.museummilefestival.org
HBO Bryant Park Film Festival – June 16 - August 18, 2014
HBO’s Bryant Park Film Festival provides the ultimate classic New York summer experience and best of all, it’s free! This must-see activity brings weekly screenings to the lawn of Bryant Park every Monday throughout summer and is open to all ages. The film festival features all types of films; from classic dramas to kid-friendly films, it offers something for everyone. The lawn opens up at 5pm and the movies start at sundown, so be sure to show up early if you want a good spot, it does fill up quickly! For more information, visit www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade – June 21, 2014
Now in its 32nd year, this famous parade brings mythology to life through art and self-expression. Half a million revelers will visit Coney Island for the festive day to cheer on thousands of paint and glitter covered semi-nude parade participants in what is now the largest art parade in America. Every year, the parade has a King and Queen who in past years have been Queen Latifah, Lou Reed, Moby and other celebrities. For more information, visit www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade.
MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2014 – June 28, 2014 – September 6, 2014
One of the city’s most popular outdoor music series is back for the summer season with shows every Saturday. Held in the MoMA PS1’s courtyard, the series introduces audiences to the best in experimental live music, sound, and DJs. With previous lineups that have boasted big names including Thom Yorke, Photek and Jamie xx, this is one music experience not to be missed! For more information, visit www.momaps1.org/warmup.
NYC Pride – June 29, 2014
More than a million spectators line the streets every year for one of the city’s most spectacular events. In fact it’s the biggest pride celebration in the world. The march, which features outlandish costumes and flashy floats, began in 1970 to mark the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Pride, a march for civil rights, was not intended to be a celebration, however over the years it has also become a time to celebrate the LGBT community. For more information, visit www.nycpride.org/events.
With all of these exciting events happening you’ll never want to leave!