The warm weather is officially here, and with it comes a smorgasbord of June events in New York City to usher in the summer season.
Foodies can get their fill of edibles from the Far East with LUCKYRICE or chow down on grilled grub at the Little Big BBQ. Magnificent clothing can be admired at the Jazz Age Lawn Party, while minimal clothing can be enjoyed at the Mermaid Parade. The Hot 97 Summer Jam is a must for hip hop heads and those with more classical tastes should try their luck with Shakespeare In The Park.
There’s even a chance to eat an elegant meal off naked bodies. Check out the best of NYC’s June action below.
Food & Drink
7th Annual LUCKYRICE New York Feast: June 2, 2016
In this yearly event, LUCKYRICE showcases the city’s most enticing Asian food and cocktail experiences with a stylized personification of a night market where Brooklyn meets Asia – from Southeast Asia to Western China, from fine dining global restaurants to local superstar mom and pop shops, from traditional dishes to fusion dishes that mash up culinary cultures.
CookOut NYC’s Little Big BBQ: June 18, 2016
Start summer with a bang by joining some of NYC’s best pitmasters for barbecue, beer, cider, and live music on the water. In addition to BBQ, the all-American food lineup includes vegetarian dogs and burgers, biscuits, lobster rolls, seafood, ice cream, and more. Daytime is only $10 (first drink free); a nighttime GA ticket gets you all you can eat/drink.
Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival: June 19, 2016
The Lower East Side’s annucal cross-cultural celebration of its Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican communities is back. Enjoy klezmer, cantorial, bomba, and plena music; Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, paper cutting, yarmulke making, Chinese and Puerto Rican mask making; games of mah jongg; community arts and crafts; and, of course, egg rolls, egg creams, and empanadas.
Art & Culture
Rooftop Cinema Club: Multiple Dates
Rooftop Cinema Club, the London-based rooftop film series that launched in NYC last year, kicks off their 2016 season on June 6 with Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. Screenings will take place atop a 15,000-square-foot roof off the Morgan Ave stop on the L train. It’s BYO drink, but popcorn and candy are sold on site and high quality wireless headphones are included with your ticket.
Hot 97 Summer Jam: June 5, 2016
New York City’s biggest hip hop bash takes over the MetLife Stadium on Sunday, June 5. Sponsored by local rap-radio icons Hot 97, the likes of Future, Pusha T., Big Sean, DJ Khaled, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Bryson Tiller, Young Thug, Tinashe, Chance the Rapper, Desiigner, Post Malone, and Kid Ink are scheduled to perform. Be on the lookout for additional surprise guests.
Shakespeare In The Park: Multiple Dates
Every summer, the Public Theater produces one of NYC’s most beloved traditions and best free activities. Shakespeare In The Park brings the Bard’s immortal words to the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park, often starring some of the most talented actors of the day. This season’s performances are The Taming of the Shrew and Troilus and Cressida.
Sports & Outdoors
Jazz Age Lawn Party: June 11-12, 2016
Travel back in time to the razzle dazzle of the Roaring Twenties for a weekend on Governors Island. Now in its 11th year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party draws New York City’s most stylish fops and flappers with the promise of retro music, cocktails, fashion, dancing, and vehicles. A second weekend of vintage festivities will be held in August.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade: June 18, 2016
King Neptune, Queen Mermaid, and droves of vibrant marchers take over Coney Island on June 18 for the annual Mermaid Parade. The fantastical, freaky celebration sees thousands of costumed, glittery, seminude participants bring their fancy dress A-game to Surf Avenue. Not for the shy, the Mermaid Parade is an outrageous and iconic way to ring in summer.
Gay Pride March: June 26, 2016
NYC is home to a lot of LGBT history, so it’s no surprise that the city goes all out for Gay Pride. The entire month of June is packed with parties, protests, and other events, culminating in the annual Pride March on Sunday, June 26. The March begins at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue at noon and ends in the West Village at Christopher and Greenwich steets.
Nightlife & Music
The Governors Ball: June 3-5, 2016
It was long said that a successful summer festival could never be held in NYC, but the Governors Ball has shattered all expectations. The annual event presents three days of music, sun, lawn games, and cliched festival fashion on Randall’s Island. This year’s headliners are Kanye West, The Killers, and The Strokes. Other performers include Beck, Robyn, Death Cab For Cutie, M83, and HAIM.
LUST Dinner & Immersive Performance: June 16, 2016
LUST presents a night of sensual debauchery curated by Abby Hertz at House of Yes. Indulge all your senses and make no apologies with an evening of daring performances, dapper dress, dining off naked bodies, and just the right amount of indecency. Also on tap? A cuddle puddle, rope bondage installation, and “interactive human candelabra sculpture and hot wax play area.” Oh yeah.
Broadway Bares 26: June 19, 2016
More than 150 of New York City’s hottest dancers join forces to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on June 19. The 26th installment of the Broadway-meets-burlesque fundraiser takes on a television theme, with a variety of sexy striptease numbers depicting boob tube favorites like game shows and The Bachelor.