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New York in June Travel Guide: practical guide on what to do and see in the city

In the sixth month of the year summer is about to begin in NY, so conditions are ideal for spending time outdoors. The events taking place are centered around art, music, sports and more, so be sure to check out other things to do in New York in June!

Luisa María Lugo

Luisa María Lugo

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New York in June Travel Guide: practical guide on what to do and see in the city

Manhattan skyline | ©Patrick Tomasso

Winter is wonderful in New York, but that doesn't mean that New Yorkers don't make the most of the summer. In fact, the citizens of The Big Apple are very active during this time of year. That's why there are so many things to do in New York in June, as it's the month when summer begins.

June is not only one of the favorite months for New Yorkers, many tourists decide to go to the city at this time of the year. Are you part of this group? Then, don't forget to know which are the events that are celebrated and to which you have the opportunity to attend. Below I begin to talk in detail about them.

1. Meet NY's best restaurants at the Taste of Times Square

A normal day in Time Square| ©Arpan Parikh
A normal day in Time Square| ©Arpan Parikh

Would you like to do gastronomic sightseeing in New York? In that case, I have a perfect activity for you if you are going in June to New York. The Taste of Times Square selects one of the first weeks of this month to host one of the city's best known food festivals.

One of the goals of the food festival is to showcase what makes each restaurant special. When they taste their dishes, diners feel more confident and are more likely to prefer a business.

There are many surprises at the festival, the main one being live music to make the atmosphere more enjoyable for attendees. The Taste of Times Square has a website with information about the dates it will be held.

Participating restaurants

The best restaurants in Times Square offer people their special menus at fixed and affordable prices for citizens and tourists. **Among the participating businesses are the following:

  • Barbetta
  • Becco
  • Le Rivage
  • Sake Bar Hagi
  • Toloache

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2. Enter a Museum for free with Museum Mile Festival

Taking advantage of the Museum Mile Festival| ©annulla
Taking advantage of the Museum Mile Festival| ©annulla

Did you know that a section of NY's Fifth Avenue is known as the Museum Mile? Exactly it is the area from 104th Street to 82nd Street, some of New York 's most famous museums are located here.

In addition to museum visits, the festival features outdoor activities ranging from food to live music.

This festival is one of the most anticipated by New Yorkers, if you visit the city when it is held, it is a great idea for you to attend. Every year it is held in June, but the date is not always the same, usually on a Tuesday.

The schedule in which it is possible to start visiting the participating museums is from 6 pm. Undoubtedly, this is a great opportunity to visit the most famous museums of the city. The festival deserves to be among the best things to do in New York in June.

Participating museums

There are 9 museums participating in the Museum Mile Festival and they are the following:

  • Cooper - Hewitt National Design Museum.
  • Museum of the City of New York.
  • El Museo del Barrio.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET).
  • Museum for African Art.
  • National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts.
  • Neue Galerie New York.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
  • The Jewish Museum.

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3. See creative costumes at the Mermaid Parade

Visiting Coney Island| ©Tony Hisgett
Visiting Coney Island| ©Tony Hisgett

The beginning of summer is a special occasion for many people and in NY they celebrate it in different ways. One of them is with the Mermaid Parade in which thousands participate, is there a dress code? Yes! Those who want to participate must dress as mermaids, no matter if they are women or men.

Most of the costumes seen at this event are handmade, which is amazing. So exciting is the parade that they spend time making their own costumes, you are sure to see several with incredible appearances.

In case you prefer another costume, there are other accepted options: sailors, cuttlefish, pirates and others related to the sea.

How can I attend the Mermaid Parade?

The Parade takes place on the day of the summer solstice, what can you do if you want to attend? In case you are visiting The Big Apple in June, research when the solstice is and determine if it coincides with the days you will be in the city.

This Parade is held in Coney Island, this peninsula is located south of NY, exactly Brooklyn. As it has a great beach it is the perfect environment to do a mermaid themed event. Something additional I would like to add is that Coney Island is a great place to visit, it is full of attractions.

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4. One of the most colorful parades during Gay Pride Week

People in the Pride Parade| ©David Huisken
People in the Pride Parade| ©David Huisken

Gay Pride Week begins in the last days of June and many New Yorkers are used to make a big celebration. The planned parade is attended by an average of 500,000 people each year, including tourists in the city.

Many buildings are decorated to show their support of the community and the street is full of color. The Pride Parade runs for several kilometers and when it ends, the attendees make quite a celebration.

In addition to the Parade, many other activities are held in New York during Gay Pride Week. On the website you can learn about them and see the dates.

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5. Enjoy music at SummerStage Festival in Central Park

SummerStage Festival in Central Park| ©CP Thornton
SummerStage Festival in Central Park| ©CP Thornton

Among the best things to do in Central Park is this diverse music festival that starts in June at Rumsey Playfield at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue. This place is perfect if you want to see musical events, dances and even recitals.

Many of the performances are free, which is one of the reasons why it is one of the most anticipated festivals. Different musical genres are presented, from electronic to classical music. In addition, while enjoying the show you can eat at the stalls that are nearby.

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6. Outdoor Movies with the Bryant Park Film Festival

Bryant Park Film Festival on a Summer Night Out| ©NYC again
Bryant Park Film Festival on a Summer Night Out| ©NYC again

So far we've seen several events happening in NY during June and there are still more to come (I was serious when I said that New Yorkers are very active in the summer). Another activity unique to the sixth month of the year is the Bryant Park Film Festival.

Yes, it's the same park where the Scooper Bowl is held, people take advantage of the summer and have a fun time outdoors. Some of the things you can do at the Festival are:

  • Bring your drinks and food.
  • Don't forget a blanket or a portable chair to watch the movie in comfort.

And if you're still left wanting more, I recommend this tour to see the best locations of series and movies in New York.

Film Festival Schedule

The movies start around 8 pm, sometimes at 9 pm. Bryant Park is only 5 minutes away from the famous Times Square, this if you make the tour on foot.

Want to get a good spot to enjoy the show to the fullest? In that case, I recommend arriving between 5 and 6 pm. While the movie starts you can stroll around and discover other attractions inside the park.

The Film Festival is held every Monday in June and their website publishes which films will be shown.

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7. Show Hispanic Pride at the Puerto Rico National Day Parade

Puerto Rico National Day Parade| ©Benjamin Kanter
Puerto Rico National Day Parade| ©Benjamin Kanter

Many Puerto Ricans live in NY and they are very proud of their origin and culture. Therefore, in honor of these millions of citizens, the Puerto Rican National Day Parade has been created. It takes place on the second Sunday of the month. It begins at 11:00 a.m. and may end at 5:00 p.m. or a little later.

Fifth Avenue welcomes Puerto Ricans and other people who want to join this great event. People of all nationalities attend, it is a great opportunity to show Hispanic pride. Expect Puerto Rican costumes, music, fun and more.

The parade is attended by millions of people and many more watch it at home on TV. Many celebrities of Puerto Rican origin attend, such as Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and more.

8. Enjoy all the ice cream you want at the Scooper Bowl

Enjoying an Ice Cream| ©Maria Orlova
Enjoying an Ice Cream| ©Maria Orlova

The first days of June, the Scooper Bowl takes place in New York, what does it consist of? It is, literally, a festival that leaves a great taste in your mouth, because it is only focused on ice cream. You can eat as much as you want at numerous stands that prepare these desserts.

The festival takes place in Bryant Park, which is located in the heart of a major business district: Midtown. Within this park is the New York Public Library.

This June event is ideal for families, friends or couples. The best thing about the Scooper Bowl is that the proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund. This is dedicated to cancer research for children and adults.

Participating ice cream parlors

The most renowned ice cream parlors in New York City participate in this festival, to taste their preparations it is necessary for attendees to pay the entrance fee. In euros, the approximate price is almost 20 €. Some of the ice cream shops that are in the Scooper Bowl are:

  • Baskin - Robbins.
  • Ben & Jerry's.
  • Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
  • Waffels & Dinges.

9. Opera in the Park for those who prefer classical music

Waiting for Opera Function| ©Joe Shlabotnik
Waiting for Opera Function| ©Joe Shlabotnik

Unlike the other music festivals that take place in New York in June, Opera in the Park has no set venue. The performance of classical music, blues, jazz and more can be enjoyed in Bryant Park, Central Park or other locations.

This event begins in mid-June, there is no set date, but is changed every year. To see the performances you can bring your drinks and food, and have a good time that contributes to the good experience of your vacation.

And if you are a music lover but you are not into the classical style, I recommend you to check out the best places to listen to music in Harlem.

10. Attend free plays with Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in Central Park| ©New York Habitat
Shakespeare in Central Park| ©New York Habitat

One of the most anticipated activities in New York in June is Shakespeare in the Park. This event features plays written by Shakespeare. Watching Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet under the night sky of the Big Apple is a unique experience.

One of the reasons why this event is so well known is that tickets are free. The performances take place at the Delacorte Theater, which is located in Central Park, outdoors. Behind it is a pond and Belvedere Castle. This backdrop makes the performances wonderful.

When are the performances?

The performances begin at the end of May, run throughout June and end in early August. Those wishing to purchase tickets to the plays should look for them at the Delacorte Theater box office on the day of the performance. If you have a free morning during your vacation, line up with the following in mind:

Although the box office opens at noon, people go to the theater early. The first weeks of June are a good time to go to Shakespeare in the Park. Since these are the first performances, there are not many attendees.

How to get to the Delacorte Theater

You can take the B, C or 6 lines of the New York subway. The entrance at 81st Street is the closest to the Theater. Other options are Fifth Avenue or 79th Street. If you still do not know this means of transportation, I invite you to read the New York subway guide.

New York weather in June

A picnic in the summer in New York| ©Mason Dahl
A picnic in the summer in New York| ©Mason Dahl

Now that I have told you about the events in NY in June, let's analyze other important points, the first one is the weather in the city during that month. In general, the weather is pleasant, as summer is just beginning. The first days are alternately hot and cold, and it rains about 8 days a month.

At the beginning of June, the average is 22 to 24 °C, in the early mornings it can drop to 15°C (59°F). As the days go by, the weather will warm up, which will be ideal for outdoor activities. These are also favored by the fact that the sun rises before 6 am and sets after 8 pm.

To complete this point, here is a chart comparing the weather in New York in the different seasons:

  • Winter
  • December - March
  • Weather: Rain, humidity and snow
  • High 2ºC
  • Minimum -5ºC
  • Spring
  • March - June
  • Weather: Warm with some rainfall
  • High 26ºC
  • Low 5ºC
  • Summer
  • June - August
  • Climate: Hot and high humidity
  • Maximum 28ºC
  • Minimum 15ºC
  • Autumn
  • September - November
  • Climate: Cool and dry
  • Maximum 24ºC
  • Minimum 5ºC

How many tourists come to New York in June

Enjoying Summer in Central Park| ©Harry Gillen
Enjoying Summer in Central Park| ©Harry Gillen

Every year, more than 50 million people from many countries choose New York as their tourist destination. Summer (including June) is the most popular vacation time for tourists, especially those who can handle the heat very well.

Even if there are a large number of tourists, the city has the resources to accommodate them all. So you can be confident that you will find plenty of things to do.

Prices in New York in the summer

Doing the math| ©Karolina Grabowska
Doing the math| ©Karolina Grabowska

One of the most expensive periods in the Big Apple is the summer, especially in July and August. In June, prices have not all gone up yet, but you are likely to find some products, hotels and even flights with higher prices than in spring.

Prices that are common in summer start to drop at the end of September and increase again at Christmas. The latter is also a season when the city receives a lot of tourists.

Pack your suitcase to go to New York in June!

Ready to Travel| ©Alexandr Podvalny
Ready to Travel| ©Alexandr Podvalny

Since it is summer, I recommend that you take with you clothes that are characterized by being light, breathable and with light tones, since the latter are cooler. If you pack long pants in your suitcase, make sure they are made of thin fabrics.

Shorts, shorts, dresses and skirts are also valid. Other indispensable items for your trip to NY are the following:

Light and comfortable shoes: I recommend thick soles, thin soles are uncomfortable if you walk a lot.
Hat or cap, sunscreen and sunglasses.

  • Sweater or thin cardigan in case there is air conditioning where you enter. Also ideal for early June mornings.
  • Blanket to sit on in the park.

Summer can also bring rainy days, so it's a good idea to pack a few items of clothing in case it rains during your visit. Include in your suitcase an umbrella, a waterproof coat and footwear suitable for these weather conditions.

Alternative plans for rainy days in New York City

Natural History Museum| ©6sqft
Natural History Museum| ©6sqft

In case it rains, here are some alternative plans that are just as fun:

  • Visit a Museum.
  • Enjoy The Big Apple in the rain, walk near your place of lodging.
  • Go to a Broadway musical
  • Visit historic buildings, one you will surely love to see is Grand Central Terminal or the New York Public Library.
  • Go to a cathedral or church and marvel at its design.
  • Times Square and Herald Square are full of stores, why not take advantage of New York's rainy days to store?

This guide will help you make the most of your visit to New York in June, have a great trip!