Thinking about heading to New York City this summer? If you choose to go in June, you won’t be disappointed! In addition to everything else the Big Apple has to offer in the good old summertime – think observation decks, open-air double-decker bus tours, plenty of green spaces and more – it’s also home to some great festivals and outdoor events.
From museums and movies to dogs and dance and of course one of the best Pride celebrations in the world – the options are plentiful. Below we have highlighted five of these events that are back on in 2021 after being absent last year due to the pandemic restrictions.
So, check out these June events in NYC and then make plans to attend one, two or all five of them if you’re feeling really festive and ready to celebrate!
A Night At The Museum(s)
Museum Mile Festival
After going virtual for the first time ever in 2020, the Museum Mile Festival is back on live and in living color and is slated for Tuesday, June 8th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – come rain or shine! Started back in the 1970s and now celebrating its 42nd year – this is one of the largest block parties you will ever get the chance to attend. It’s 23 blocks – yes 23! – which measures just about a mile – of arts and culture stretching from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the El Museo del Barrio. Not only does this event feature free admission to some of New York City’s world-famous museums – such as The Met, the National Design Museum and the Guggenheim – you’ll also find entertainment, street performers and children’s activities making this a night at the museum(s) not to be missed!
The Show Must Go on!
Restart Stages at Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Center has truly made lemonade out of lemons with the construction of their outdoor performing arts center that features ten spaces – both for rehearsals and their subsequent performances. The aptly named Restart Stages are a part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Lincoln Center Agora Initiative collaboration whose vision was to create public space for this new era we find ourselves in – i.e. – a safe and welcoming environment for all to enjoy. Performances – which started May 10th – will continue through the summer and will be given not only by the Lincoln Center but also by its resident organizations, cultural and community arts partners and guest curators from across all five boroughs. From Julliard NOW – featuring opera arias, scenes, and song repertoire presented by students from Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts to Summer Evening Outdoors – which is a series of six performances courtesy of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to a Juneteenth Celebration like none you have ever seen – or conceived of that unfolds across the campus – the Restart Stages are just what the doctor ordered to help kickstart performing arts in the city, as well as the city’s revival itself. Well played Lincoln Center!
You Oughta Be In Pictures…
Tribeca Film Festival
In town June 9th through the 20th? If so, you might catch more than the usual number of stars wandering around Gotham thanks to the return of Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival – which resorted to online streaming last year due to the unwelcome guest star that took over our city. Not to be deterred by that little bump in the road, this year the festival – which is celebrating its 20th anniversary – will be spread out across all five boroughs instead of just the usual Lower Manhattan location. And as an added precaution a great deal of the in-person screenings and panels will be held outdoors at drive-in venues – making this already cool event even cooler! Oh, and did I mention that among the 54 world premiers that will be taking place, this summer’s hotly (pun intended) anticipated musical by none other than that uber-talented guy who brought us Hamilton – In the Heights – will kick off the festivities! Now more than ever – the show must go on – and the Tribeca Film Festival’s return is the perfect way to get us out of our big comfy chairs in front of our 32-inch TVs and back to the big screens where movies were meant to be watched. Lights, camera, action!
Beaming With Pride
June was officially designated as Pride Month back in 1999 but the first Pride March celebrated its 50th anniversary last year – albeit without the fanfare that was planned thanks to you-know-what. This year it’s back and the theme – The Fight Continues – resonates not only with the LGBTQIA+ community, but with the city as whole as it starts, it’s climbing out of the grips of COVID slowly but surely back to the spectacularly vibrant city it was prior to March of 2020. Pride Week this year has been scaled back and the events will take place in-person as well as virtually starting Friday, June 25th with The Rally (being held in a virtual format) and ending with the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 27th – which will see the return of Grand Marshalls with the in-person elements of the March taking place in accordance with current CDC guidelines. Should you decide to make it a virtual experience, the March will stream on NYC Pride’s Facebook and YouTube pages as well. In addition, the annual street fair Pridefest will return with its fabulous food, exciting entertainers and awesome activities – all in celebration of equality – on Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Also scheduled is a new program titled “Pop Ups” which will utilize outdoor seating areas at locally owned venues in Manhattan that will reimagine those oh so colorful Pride March Floats. Sounds to me like Pride’s organizers should be filled with pride for finding a way to make this all happen even with some COVID restrictions still in place!
It’s A Dog’s Life
Westminster Dog Show
Although I am still adding this as one of the top five June events in NYC due to its tremendous following and paw-pularity – I am sad to bring you the following news that I fetched from the official Westminster Kennel Club website: Due to NY State COVID regulations impacting the allowable number of attendees at events, Westminster’s 2021 events will, unfortunately, not be open to SPECTATORS or VENDORS. We will, therefore, not be selling any tickets for this event (this applies as well to our yearly ticket subscribers). That being said – you can still catch full coverage of the weekend’s events – it runs June 11th through the 13th this year – across the FOX Sports networks and discover just who let the(ir) dogs out.
I am fairly sure I speak for the majority, if not all of us who adore New York City, that seeing these tried-and-true events returning is a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of a new season and to welcome it with fun, fanfare and faith that the City has made it through the rain and is on its way back to sunnier days! And remember – for more information on these events – or any of the other wonderful things to see and do, places to stay, ways to get around and pretty much anything and everything in New York City, contact the amazing team at Beyond Times Square. They are ready and more than excited to curate the perfect Big Apple adventure for you!