In case the smell of hot garbage rising off the streets hasn’t already warned you—it’s officially summer in New York City. It’s time to run to the beach every opportunity you get, save up all of your coins for the Mr. Softee truck that parks on the corner and see if there’s a way to bribe the local kids to bust open the fire hydrant. Meanwhile, while you’re trying to stay cool, here are some of the best NYC events happening this month that will either give you an opportunity to relax in air conditioning or have a ball while sweating.
THURSDAY, JUNE 1st – SUNDAY, JUNE 4th
MUSIC | Governors Ball Music Festival
📅 Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 4th
The Governors Ball fest has made a name for itself over the past few years. This year, secluded from the rest of New York on Governors Island, festival goers will be able to choose from a jam-packed lineup. This year’s performers include Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Beach House, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, Tool, Cage the Elephant, and Mac DeMarco—just to name a few.
ART | BABZ Fair 2017
📅 Saturday, June 3rd & Sunday, June 4th, 1–7 pm
BABZ (formerly known as the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair) brings out some of the most creative people working off the radar in Brooklyn. The weekend event features prints from small art and poetry publishers, alongside stalls from artists themselves. There’s also a dedicated program of entertainment, including workshops, performances, and readings.
📍 Knockdown Center, 52–19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY, USA, +1 347 915 5615
MONDAY, JUNE 5th – SUNDAY, JUNE 11th
MUSIC | Dirty Projectors at McCarren Park
📅 Thursday, June 8th, 6:30 pm
Summer in New York City means one thing: outdoor concerts aplenty. Dirty Projectors came back earlier this year with a self-titled album, and they’ll be kicking off Brooklyn’s Northside Festival on June 8th. The show will also feature modern jazz legend Kamasi Washington and indie rockers Jay Som, so be sure to get there early to catch all the acts.
FESTIVAL | Jazz Age Lawn Party
📅 Saturday, June 10th & Sunday, June 11th
Every summer, New Yorkers head to Governors Island to go back in time. For two weekends every summer, the island park goes back to the 1920s. The Jazz Age Lawn Party is home to the best vintage clothing parade in the city, along with a spectacular show of live jazz music and a cocktail menu with delicious options.
FOOD | Vegan Street Fair
📅 Saturday, June 10th
When it seems like meat eaters get all the fun, head to this daylong event hosting some of the best vegan stalls, carts, and restaurants from around the city. It’s absolutely free to get in, so you’re only paying for the treats and drinks you gobble up.
📍 Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 W 77th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 239 3025
MUSIC | Hot 97 Summer Jam
📅 Sunday, June 11th
For those looking for the best in NYC local hip-hop, look no further. (Although, just to warn you: you will have to look a bit further. The festival takes place in Jersey.) This annual show from NYC’s hip-hop station Hot 97 features some of the best up-and-coming local talent, as well as some mainstays. This year’s lineup features Chris Brown, D.R.A.M., and French Montana.
MONDAY, JUNE 12th – SUNDAY, JUNE 18th
MUSIC | The Shins at Celebrate Brooklyn
📅 Thursday, June 15th, 7 pm
Send yourself back to the early ‘00s with a Shins concert at Prospect Park. The outdoor concert is one of the first of the summer-long series to raise money for BRIC Arts Media.
📍 Prospect Park Bandshell, 141 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215, USA, +1 718 683 5600
EVENT | Brew at the Zoo
📅 Friday, June 16th, 6 pm
What’s better than alcohol and animals? The Bronx Zoo is staying open late, pouring glasses of craft beers for visitors and letting them roam around to take pictures with the animals. Grizzly bears, giraffes, sea lions, and much more will still be on display as the zoo starts serving over 100 different beers and wines. Guests can also sing karaoke, spend some time in the retro game room or pick up food from any of the trucks parked around the zoo.
📍 Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 367 1010
FESTIVAL | The Mermaid Parade
📅 Saturday, June 17th, 1 pm
Some people count Memorial Day as the start of summer. And then there’s a whole batch of New Yorkers who think that summer doesn’t start until mermaids take over the Coney Island Boardwalk. The parade has one of the wildest NYC costume displays of the entire year. And this year, the royal hosts in charge of all things mermaid are Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie.
MUSIC | Toro y Moi DJ Set
📅 Saturday, June 17th, 2–10 pm
As the longest day of the year approaches, soak up all of your daylight hours with the cool kids of Bushwick in the courtyard of The Well. Toro y Moi (a.k.a. Chaz Bundick) is coming back for a summer-themed DJ set, alongside other New York DJs such as Museum of Love.
📍 The Well, 272 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 338 3612
MONDAY, JUNE 19th – SUNDAY, JUNE 25th
BOOKS | Unbound: Arundhati Roy
📅 Monday, June 19th, 7:30 pm
Arundhati Roy, the author of The God of Small Things, will launch her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, with a reading at BAM. In addition, she’ll do a Q&A with the audience, talk about her creative process and sign copies of her new book.
📍 BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 636 4100
FILM | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
📅 Thursday, June 22nd, 9 pm
Before her new film premieres at IFC on Friday, Iranian director Ana Lily Amirpour will host a Q&A about her debut film (and cult classic) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. For the uninitiated: the pulp horror flick is a surreal mix of Iranian New Wave, David Lynch-esque effects and a reimagining of vampires.
📍 IFC Center, 323 6th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 924 7771
FOOD | Pinknic
📅 Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th
If summer doesn’t start for you until the first bottle of rosé is popped open, make plans to check out Pinknic—New York City’s rosé picnic and music festival. Guests come decked out in pink and white and sit down on a sea of pink blankets to munch on snacks, listen to music, and sip all the rosé they can. This year, there will also be a pool available for those who want to cool down between drinks.
FESTIVAL | NYC Pride March
📅 Sunday, June 25th, 12 pm
All of Midtown stops for NYC Pride. The Sunday afternoon parade takes over from 34th Street and marches downtown until it reaches the historic bar (and gay monument) The Stonewall Inn.
MONDAY, JUNE 26th – FRIDAY, JUNE 30th
FILM | Outdoor Movie Night at Newport Green Playground
📅 Wednesday, June 28th, 8 pm
Kick off the start of summer and outdoor movie screenings with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The screening takes place in Jersey City, and of course, you should know to come armed with a full picnic ready for viewing.
📍 Newport Green Park, 14th St, Jersey City, NJ, USA, +1 201 626 5000
COMEDY | Standup Comedy for Pulmonary Fibrosis by Drunken Word
📅 Thursday, June 29th, 7:30 pm
If laughter is the best medicine, a stand-up comedy show to raise money for pulmonary fibrosis research is the ultimate cure. This standup special, hosted by Drunken Word, takes five of the city’s professional comedians, sets them on a historic stage, and hopes that you’ll come out to laugh and raise money.
📍 Greenwich Village Comedy Club, 99 Macdougal St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 777 5233