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25 Things to Do in New York City in June (2024)

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Summer in New York City is a vibrant time, especially in June. Longer days and warm sunshine create the perfect backdrop for a plethora of exciting activities. The city buzzes with energy, drawing both locals and tourists before the weather gets too hot. From rooftop bars to lively festivals, June in NYC offers a fantastic array of experiences.

This article covers the top events, excluding typical year-round activities, serving as your ultimate guide to enjoying New York City in June. So, let’s dive into the best things to do and make the most of this lively season!

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Things to Do in New York City in June

Table of Contents: Things to Do NYC in June

Sunset Salsa at Hudson River Park
Things to do New York City June
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Sunset Salsa at Hudson River Park

Date: 2024 dates TBD
Calendar: Hudson River Park
Address: 408 12th Ave West, New York, NY 10018

Want to try dancing in NYC? Starting in June, Pier 76 at Hudson River Park transforms into a dance floor every Thursday until August. Salsa lessons for beginners kick off at 6:30 PM, making everyone loose and confident. The open dance session at 7:15 PM is a lively mix of locals, visitors, and all dance levels. With the talented and friendly instructor Talía Castro-Pozo, it’s one of the best things to do in NYC in June.

Something to note: This is a free event. However, Hudson River Park is not funded by the city so free events thrive off of donations. You can show your support by donating here.

Peter Pan Donuts in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Best Donuts in NYC

Hunt Down the Best Donut on National Donut Day

Date: June 7th, 2024

Visiting New York City in June (especially in the beginning of the month) has so many perks. The comfortable weather, rooftop bars and of course, National Donut Day. The city has become a hub of good food. And the donuts found in New York are worthy additions to the food scene.

One of the best things to do in New York City this June is to treat yourself to some of the best confectionery treats you can get your hands on. If you’re looking to take it up a notch while visiting NYC this June, I’ll leave you with a round-up of some of the best donuts the city has to offer and what to order at each:

  • Dominique Ansel | Cronut: croissant + donut… need I say more?
  • Doughnuttery | Cinnamon or Fruit Cereal (these are mini donuts so you can try a lot of flavors).
  • Doughnut Plant | Creme Brûlée (it’s just as delicious as it sounds).
  • The Doughnut Project | Those Beetz Are Dope (Ricotta whipped filling with a beet glaze, just trust me).

Things to do New York City June
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Explore Photoville 

Date: 2024 dates TBD
Website: Photoville

In order to improve the accessibility and understanding of art and photography, Photoville, a nonprofit organization, works to foster greater awareness of both. Every year Photoville holds an outdoor photo gallery event that stays up for a few weeks. And for the first time, exhibits will be peppered around all five boroughs.

With over 80 exhibits to wander, spending an evening perusing photography is one of the best things to do in New York City in June. The best part? The outdoor exhibition is completely free. For those visiting New York City at the beginning of June make sure to add the opening ceremony to your calendar.

shakespeare in the park
Things to do in NYC in June
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Attempt to Score Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park

Date: 2024 dates TBD
Website: Shakespeare in the Park
Address: 81 Central Park W, New York, NY 10024

If you’re visiting New York City in June make sure you don’t miss Shakespeare in the Park! The event is hosted by The Public Theater, an organization that has performed Shakespeare’s plays for over 60 years, for free! You’ll find the plays being performed at the 1,800 seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park. For tickets you’ll have to arrive at the theater the day of the performance, but they’re a hot commodity.

There’s some serious, professional level production value going into the performances. You’ll quickly understand why folks are so eager to get in line for tickets. Plus, the shows are enjoyable for audiences of all ages and interests.

Shakespeare in the Park is one of the most popular things to do in New York City in June so you’re going to want to show up early. Or you can always attempt to win digital-lottery tickets. Stand-by tickets are distributed at noon everyday there is a performance.

More info on how to get tickets, as well as what to expect can be found here.

Puerto Rican Parade 
Things to do in NYC in June
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Watch the National Puerto Rican Day Parade 

Date: June 9th, 2024
Address: Fifth Avenue, from 43rd to 79th Streets.

You can’t tell the story of New York City without mention of Puerto Ricans. From the mid-1800’s until present, folks from the small island have weaved themselves into the fabric of NYC (Puerto Ricans make up nearly 10% of the city’s population).

And since 1958 one of the best things to do in New York City in June has been to celebrate your Caribbean neighbors at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. The parade marches down Fifth Avenue from 43rd to 79th Streets on June 11th, beginning at 11AM.

It’s estimated more than one million spectators cheer on the parade annually. Meaning it’s one of the most popular things to do in New York City in June. It only makes sense, boricuas (Puerto Ricans) know how to party!

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Watch the NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks 

Date: 2024 dates TBD
Website: NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Park

Catching a performance by the New York Philharmonic has been considered one of the best things to do in New York City in June since 1965. Pairing world-class classical music with incredible open air venues would normally cost an arm and a leg, but thankfully these events are completely free.

Classical music isn’t to everybody’s taste but seeing it live is entirely different. The shows are epic and monumental, and an experience you won’t soon forget. Summer in New York City wouldn’t be the same with out Concerts in the Parks!

Uptown Night Market
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Spend the Evening Bopping Around a Night Market

Date: 2024 dates TBD

Exploring a night market is one of the best things to do in New York City in June. The amount of food, drinks, art, and live performances right at your fingertips under the gorgeous summer skies? Unreal! The weather is comfortable and with the sun setting later in the evening, don’t expect to be home before bedtime. 

Everyone has heard of bar hopping, but have you ever heard of vendor hopping? That’s exactly where you can find me whenever the Uptown Night Market is up and running. This is one of the best things to do in New York City in June if you’re into trying a little bit of everything. 

Enjoy authentic savory food or chilled sweet treats, catch whatever live performance is happening and soak in the the beauty that is night time in New York City.

Rooftop Cinema Club

Catch an Outdoor Movie at the Rooftop Cinema Club Midtown

Date: Daily | Check out the calendar with movies and start times here.
Address: 60 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Prepare yourself for a movie viewing experience unlike anything you could imagine. Thanks to the Rooftop Cinema Club, you can watch some of the most timeless films under the open sky in New York City in June. 

On the roof of the Embassy Suites in Midtown you’ll find lounge chairs and personal headphones to maximize comfort during your movie. The hotel provides a full bar and restaurant, and you’ll also find a concessions stand with typical movie snacks. This fun New York City June activity is hard to replicate elsewhere.

Arriving early and with your full party is paramount since the seats are first come first serve. Doors open an hour before the showing so there’s ample time for drinks and snacks too. The summer in New York City is never boring thanks to the Rooftop Cinema Club.

Or at the Seaport Cinema

Date: 2024 dates TBD
Address: 89 South Street, The Greens on The Rooftop at Pier 17, New York, NY 10038

The Seaport Cinema transforms Pier 17’s rooftop into one of the best spots where to watch outdoor movies in NYC. Food trucks provide snacks and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) so you can enjoy your movie with a view. Doors open at 6 PM, and movies start at 7 PM.

Catching a flick at the Seaport Cinema is one of the most popular things to do in NYC in June because it’s one of the few places to watch an outdoor movie with chairs (no grass stains on jeans here, folks!). With that said, seating is limited so be sure to reserve tickets in advance. Or show up early to save your butt from falling asleep. If you can’t get to a chair quickly enough, you can bring a foldable one from home. 

Today Show Concert Series  
Things to do in NYC in June
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Join the Today Show Concert Series

Date: Check the calendar here.
Address: 48th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues, in New York City

The Today Show Concert Series is an array of free events that take place throughout June in New York City. You can expect to see A-list artists perform for free in the Rockefeller Plaza. Depending on when you’ll be visiting New York City this June, you’ll be able to catch some big performers.

The only downfall is you have to arrive between 6:15 – 6:30 AM. But it’s a small price to pay for a free concert!

Keep in mind these are broadcasted events and if you’re close enough to the action you might be on TV. Guests are encouraged to make posters and to arrive bright and early, full of energy. For more information on tickets and what to expect click here.

Or Good Morning America Summer Concert Series

Date: 2024 dates TBD
Address: E 71st St, New York, NY 10021

Similar to the Today Show Concert Series, one of the best things to do in New York City this June is to join Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. Every summer at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, ABC’s Good Morning America holds its Friday Summer Concert Series. Doors open at 6:00 AM for the live performances that take place from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

Tickets are free but must be requested. Since this June activity in NYC is also broadcast, be prepared to be to filmed. The more energetic you are the better, we’re trying to make good TV here, people!

The 2024 lineup has yet to be announced. Check out the official website for updates.

Rock Out at a Hudson Yards Summer Concerts

Date: 2024 dates TBD

If all else fails, another great spot to catch an outdoor concert is the Hudson Yards Summer Concerts at The Wells Fargo Stage. I’m telling you June in New York City is unmatched when it comes to entertainment!

Now you may not get as big of performers at the Hudson Yards Summer Concerts but you’ll still be getting a hell of a show. Every Wednesday from June 21st – August 9th at 6:00 PM the Public Square & Garden will host the free outdoor concert.

What makes the concerts one of the best things to do in New York City in June is the fact that after the performances, a few restaurants and bars in The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards will hold “After Hours” events with a live DJ and specials.

Grand Banks waterfront restaurants NYC
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Make Reservations at Grand Banks

Date: Reservations start April 15th, 2024
Address: Park, Pier 25 Hudson River, New York, NY 10013

In the 18th and 19th centuries, oyster barges dotted NYC, fading over time. Grand Banks revives this tradition, offering sustainably harvested oysters on one of the city’s best waterfront restaurants. Closed in colder months, its summer reopening is eagerly awaited.

Located on Pier 25 in Tribeca, Grand Banks earns acclaim from CNN Travel, The Observer, and New York Magazine. With so many eyes focused on Grand Banks, I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t let you know dining here is one of the best things to do in New York City in June. Consider this an inside scoop and make reservations now!

Fun Fact: The ship (technically it’s a schooner) is named the Sherman Zwicker and was hand-built in 1942. In fact, it’s the largest wooden vessel in New York City!

Smorgasburg in Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Spend the Evening Eating Your Weight in Food at Smorgasburg

Date: WTC: Every Friday | Williamsburg: Every Saturday | Prospect Park: Every Sunday
Address: Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg, World Trade Center in the Financial District, and Prospect Park in Brooklyn

For foodies, a must-do in NYC in June is welcoming the return of Smorgasburg, the largest weekly outdoor food market in the U.S., known as “The Woodstock of Eating.” With over 60 vendors across three neighborhoods—World Trade Center on Fridays, Williamsburg on Saturdays, and Prospect Park on Sundays—it’s a culinary delight.

One of the best things to do in New York City in June is meeting up with friends and jumping from vendor to vendor trying all the delicious food. This is one of the most popular events in New York City in June, drawing 20,000 – 30,000 visitors every weekend!

Mermaid Parade 

Date: June 22nd, 2024

For over 40 years Coney Island has been hosting an annual Mermaid Parade to ring in the summer. Not only is cheering on this vibrant parade is one of the best things to do in NYC in June, you can even join the festivities!

Just register and join thousands of other New Yorkers and visitors as you march down the streets of Coney Island dressed as mermaids. The event is like the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but in New York City.

In fact, Mardi Gras was the inspiration behind this event back in 1983. Since then folks have come in from around the world to partake in this parade. Dress as creatively as you can and join fellow mermaids as you take part in one of the best things to do in New York City in June. If you’re registering to march in the parade, assembly starts at 10 AM. If you’re just going to watch the parade starts at 1 PM.

Pride Parade
Things to do in New York City in June
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Pride Parade 

Date: June 30th, 2024

June is Pride Month in the United States and there are events made to celebrate the plight of our LGBTQ+ neighbors throughout the country. New York City goes all out for Pride Month, the whole month becomes a celebration of inclusion, acceptance and love!

You won’t struggle finding things to do in New York City in June since the whole month is full of Pride events to partake in. You can show your support & ally-ship through a plethora of events ranging from parties to the parade. A lot of the Pride events require RSVPs. Click here if you’re interested in reading more about Pride and how to participate this June in New York City.

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Kick Off the Summer Season by Going Rooftop Bar Hopping

Date: All of June

Although most rooftop bars start dusting off their tables in early spring, the best time to visit isn’t until closer to summer. That’s because June in New York City is when the temperature finally averages T-shirt level. The warm climate makes being at the top of a windy restaurant more manageable. There’s no windchill to worry about. And the dip in temperature after the sun sets is still manageable with a sweater.

And speaking of sunset, during the month of June in New York City it takes place between 8:45 and 9PM. This makes dates and drinks so much more romantic since there’s no need to scram to the rooftop bar right after work.

Need suggestions on which rooftop bars are worth visiting in New York City in June? We are currently working on a roundup of the best. Until then check out 10 Tasty Lower East Side Rooftop Bars (You Won’t Want to Miss).

Visit The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for Free

Date: June 28th, 2024
Website: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Address: Pier 86, W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is considered one of the 10 best aviation museums in the world, reason alone to visit. Fortunately visiting is one of the best free things to do in New York City in June thanks to Free Fridays.

During the event the Intrepid Museum extends its hours and is open, free of charge from 5 to 9PM on the last Friday of each month, April through September.

More than 1 million visitors per year choose to visit this important New York City museum to explore the exciting collection and you get to do it for free! Expect to find authentic WWII fighter planes, aircraft carriers, a submarine used during the Cold War, a supersonic jet and the NASA space shuttle Enterprise.

June Festivals in New York City

Brooklyn Film Festival

Date: May 31st – June 9th, 2024
Address: Films will be screened at three different venues, listed here.

A lesser known neighbor to the Tribeca Film Festival, the Brooklyn Film Festival is in its 26th year as one of the best things to do in New York City in June. Screening a slew of films from all over the world, the Brooklyn Film Festival offers a unique experience and it won’t cost you your first born child (like the Tribeca Film Festival will).

As an added bonus, all my antisocial friends will rejoice in learning the festival also offers virtual screenings so you don’t even have to put on pants. Tickets are available here.

Tribeca Film Festival

Date: June 14th – 16th, 2024

Few names resonate with the casual movie lover more than the Tribeca film festival. Up-and-coming filmmakers get their opportunity to be showcased along with their established counterparts. This June in New York City will be the 20th anniversary of this beloved summer festival and I anticipate it’ll be a good one. For the opportunity to see the newest and greatest films passes can be purchased here.

SummerStage Festival

Date: 2024 dates TBD

SummerStage is a festival that takes over New York City starting in June. The flagship venue for their concerts is at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park but they also put on shows at other parks in all 5 boroughs. The free shows require no RSVP and are first come first serve, however they also put on benefit concerts that require a ticket.

SummerStage’s music varies in genre, so make sure to check the calendar to see who is performing before heading to the park. The event gets lively with people of all different generations and backgrounds. It’s a great way to spend your time if you’re looking for things to do in New York City in June. 

Governors Ball Music Festival

Date: June 7th – 9th, 2024
Address: Grand Central Parkway and, Van Wyck Expy, Queens, 11354

If you’ve never been to a music festival you’re missing out. You get to enjoy multiple concerts over the course of a few days at a single venue taking all the stress out of planning. One of the best things to do in June in New York City is to swing by the Governors Ball Music Festival at Flushing-Meadows Corona Park Queens.

The headliners for the three-day festival are Lizzo on Friday June 9th, Odesza on Saturday June 10th and Kendrick Lamar on Sunday June 11th. General admission tickets start at $139 which (for comparison) is half what I paid to see Kendrick Lamar alone a few years back. Tickets, full lineups, and more info is available here.

Rum Festival

Date: June 8th, 2024
Address: Metropolitan Pavilion – 125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

One of the best things about becoming an adult is the ability to become connoisseurs of all things booze. Had I told you I was going to a rum festival in college you’d think shots and hangovers. Instead, the Rum Festival is one of the best things to do in New York City in June and is a respectable experience.

At the June NYC festival you’ll learn about premium rums from the brands that produce them (and get a few samples). Speaking from first hand experience, having someone guide you through the layers of liquor is an invaluable experience.

Five Points Festival in Brooklyn 

Date: June 8th – 9th, 2024
Address: 337 Butler St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

I struggle putting the Five Points Festival into words. At its core it’s an expo with street artists, toy makers, craft breweries, and collectors meet – so essentially an adult recess. You can visit and leave with a new tattoo or a Japanese vinyl, who knows where the wind will take you.

The eclectic bunch makes for one of the best festivals in New York City in June, and for a full list of participants be sure to visit the official website. The event takes place in Gowanus, Brooklyn and tickets consists of two full days of fun.

Moving to New York City

Museum Mile Festival

Date: 2024 date TBD

New York City has designated 5th Ave from 82nd to 105th Streets the Museum Mile. During the Museum Mile event the streets are closed to vehicular traffic and the doors of the museums along the stretch are opened to the public free of charge. 

The street gets lively with vendors and musicians among the crowd adding to the ambience. The event takes place from 6 PM to 9 PM regardless of weather, so don’t forget to add this to your list of things to do this summer in New York City. Further info about this free summer activity in New York City can be found here.

Tips for Visiting NYC in June

  • Wear comfortable shoes: Visiting New York City in June means you’ll be outside exploring during the majority of your trip. The weather is too good to pass up on! Since you’ll be putting some miles on your shoes make sure to pack a pair that are comfortable and reliable. This is NOT the time to break in new shoes.
  • Start your day early: New York City in June sees a lot of out of town visitors hoping to see the most popular landmarks, restaurants and museums. Start your day as early as possible and visit your “must see” places first thing in the morning.
  • Wear sunscreen: You know I’m a stickler for sunscreen! Here’s the only sunscreen I recommend. I’ve been using it exclusively for the past 8+ years and can’t recommend it enough.
  • Pack sunglasses: As the days get longer and the sun sets later, you don’t want to be squinting all day. If you’re going somewhere with buildings that might have reflective windows, bring polarized sunglasses to help minimize any unpleasant glares (at least until the sun fully sets).

June Weather in New York City

June averages: high 80° | low 64° | rains on average 8 days of the month

New York City in June is one of the best times to visit. The weather is typically sunny, warm and perfect for picnics in Central Park. The weather is especially good at the beginning of the month when the temperature is more mild and manageable.

If you’re visiting New York City in June be prepared to sweat a little. The humidity starts to kick in and by the end of the month you’ll be utilizing your AC, daily.

One of the biggest perks about summer making a comeback is that the comfortable climate opens the door to a plethora of wardrobe options. You won’t be limited by the weather while visiting New York City in June, so pack your best outfits.

Pros of Visiting New York City in June

  • The temperature is near perfect
  • Late sunsets
  • Plethora of outdoor activities (some free & some at night)

Cons of visiting New York City in June

  • The start of summer means tourist season/ crowds.
  • Prices of flights + hotels start to rise
  • Occasional rainy day
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Best Things to Do in New York City in June (Post Summary)

  1. Museum Mile Festival
  2. Five Points Festival 
  3. Rum Festival
  4. Governors Ball Music Festival
  5. Summer Stage Festival 
  6. Tribeca FIlm Festival 
  7. Brooklyn Film Festival 
  8. Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museums for free
  9. Kick off the summer season with rooftop bar hopping
  10. Going the Pride Parade
  11. Cheer on the Mermaid Parade
  12. Spend the evening eating your weight in food at Smorgasburg
  13. Make reservations at Grand Banks while you can
  14. Rock out at a Hudson Yards concert
  15. Join the Today Show Concert Series
  16. Or Good Morning America Summer Concert Series
  17. Catch an outdoor movie at the Seaport Cinema
  18. Or the Rooftop Cinema Club Midtown
  19. Spend the evening bopping around Uptown Night Market
  20. Watch the NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks
  21. Watch the National Puerto Rican Parade 
  22. Attempt to score tickets to Shakespeare in the Park
  23. Explore Photoville 
  24. Hunt down the best donut on National Donut Day
  25. Sunset Salsa at Hudson River Park

Map of New York City June Activities

And there you have it folks, the best things to do when visiting New York City in June!

I hope you found the article useful, cheers.