What to Do in New York City in June 2022
Rooftop bars are buzzing, parks are packed, and crowds are taking to the streets. Summer in New York City has arrived, and with it comes a whole host of things to see and do – many of them outside. Whether it be cheering on a Triple Crown contender at the Belmont Stakes or watching Shakespearean plays in an open-air theater, June in New York City brings a feverish energy that is hard to match. At Rockefeller Center, you’ll find several outdoor art exhibitions and events — including MASA’s Intervención/Intersección and fitness classes at Top of the Rock.
So slather on some SPF, grab your sunglasses, and read on for the best of what to do in New York City in June.
Fun Things to Do in NYC in June
1. Tribeca Film Festival
What started as an Indie film festival has grown into one of the most important and influential film festivals in the world. This year’s lineup underscores the heft of this annual production, and will present documentaries, shorts, feature films, conversations with industry insiders, and much more. The 2022 festival opens with the Netflix documentary about Jennifer Lopez called HALFTIME and closes with the Rev. Al Sharpton’s documentary film Loudmouth. Throughout the 10 days of screenings, attendees will recognize many other on-screen actors and behind-the-scenes players like Jon Hamm, Shirley MacLaine, Zosia Mamet, and Bryan Cranston — though there are also plenty of first-timers making their Tribeca debut. Whether you’re interested in film premieres, in-person talks, or immersive experiences, the festival brings a lineup that will appeal to just about anyone. Learn more about tickets to in-person and virtual events here.
2. The Belmont Stakes
The third and final leg of the famed Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes welcomes over 10,000 spectators each year to its track. A New York tradition unlike any other, the Belmont was first run in 1867, making it the oldest Triple Crown race of all. Though it only lasts a few minutes on average, there is an entire day of festivities arranged around the 1.5-mile thoroughbred race. Indulge in a Belmont Jewel – the official drink of the Belmont Stakes – put money down for your top racing choice, or simply soak in the feverish atmosphere. The park opens at 8:30am on race day, with the main event scheduled for around 6:30pm.
3. Museum Mile Festival
One of the summer’s biggest and best block parties will take place along Upper Fifth Avenue on June 14. The Museum Mile Festival not only includes free admission to some of the city’s best cultural institutions, but it also offers musical performances, outdoor activities, and, of course, world-class art exhibitions. Back in-person after two years online, Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th streets will be a traffic-free haven from 6 to 9pm. Participants in the annual event include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo del Barrio, among several others. Soak in views from The Met’s rooftop, create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece, or join a free gallery tour. The festivities happen rain or shine, so plan accordingly!
4. Pride Parade
The NYC Pride Parade marks one of the biggest events of the year. First held in the 1970s in the wake of the Stonewall Uprising, NYC Pride has happened every year since as a show of solidarity for the LGBTQIA+ community and a celebration of individuality and acceptance. This year’s event begins at 12pm on 25th Street along Fifth Avenue, and will feature Grand Marshalls Ts Madison, Punkie Johnson, Schuyler Bailar, Dominique Morgan, and Chase Strangio. Spectators can expect to see over-the-top attire and inspiring performances as well as activists, advocates, and thought leaders sharing their messages. The parade is free to all, however, if you would like to volunteer, you can sign up here.
If you’re looking for more Pride events in NYC, Rockefeller Center’s Love Above All Ball returns to the Rainbow Room on June 24. After a two-year hiatus and much anticipation, the ball will include live entertainment from Oliver Sim from The xx, Alex Newell, and DJ Mazurbate along with performers Honey Davenport and Jinkx Monsoon. The night will also feature specialty drinks by mixologist Shannon Mustipher and a menu curated by chef Andy Baraghani. Get your tickets here.
5. Shakespeare in the Park
Throughout the month of June
The harbinger of summer, Shakespeare in the Park is an iconic New York City tradition. Beginning every June, the Public Theater stages Shakespearean plays at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Tickets are completely free of charge (though competition to secure them can be fierce), and top talent like Al Pacino and Natalie Portman have been known to participate in years past. This season will commence with a production of Richard III, that famed tale of murder and manipulation, beginning June 17. Ticket information and additional details can be found here.