June is JAZZY
Join Jazz lovers for the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival. Enjoy concerts in the cozy Blue Note Jazz Club at 131 E. 3rd St in the Village or in larger venues across the city.
See the entire line up of artists and get tickets at http://www.bluenotejazzfestival.com
The Annual HBO Bryant Park Film Series kicks off on Monday June 16th and runs through August. The success of these free outdoor films has spawned a lengthy list of similar programs throughout the city. From piers to parks, rooftops to the Intrepid–click here to see the different film lineups throughout the summer in every borough for every taste.
Summer is never boring in the city that never sleeps. In fact, it could be these live performances that gave birth to that description of New York!
Shakespeare in the Park
Begins June 3rd and runs through July 6th with “Much Ado About Nothing” at Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Free. Wait in line or join the online ticket lottery here.
Enjoy music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and movies during the City Parks Department’s annual programming. Free concerts are popular, so arrive early. The entire lineup of acts is here.
Join in the fun at the Prospect Park Bandshell for free music, theatre, dance and film performances from June to August. See the complete line up for the summer by clicking here.
River to River Festival
Free events that take place in public plazas, parks and some unusual sites as well. It includes series such as the Hudson River Festival, which features free musical performances in and around the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, and the Evening Stars Music and Dance Festival, which features free outdoor performances by leading dance companies and music ensembles. For more information click here.
Events start June 24th and run through the end of the month with the annual Pride March at noon going down Fifth Avenue. Following the parade there will be the PrideFest street fair, and the celebration ends with the Dance on the Pier. Get more information here.
American Crafts Festival
380 juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on June 14th and 15th. Get more information here.
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Did You Know…
James Joyce Day is on
Bloomsday commemorates and celebrates the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on June 16th 1904) are relived. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle (incidentally, they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend). The name is derived from the protagonist in Ulysses, Leopold Bloom.
Symphony Space’s 33rd annual ode to the language, life, and love in James Joyce’s work centers on his short story collection, Dubliners, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The event will feature readings by Cynthia Nixon, Malachy McCourt, Marin Ireland, National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann, and others of several of the book’s stellar stories, including the beloved final story “The Dead.” Between readings, songs from the stories will be performed by soprano Lisa Flanagan with introductions by Irish writer Belinda McKeon.
Sample 150 US craft beers and taste food from local restaurants at the NYC Craft Beer Festival June 20th-21st. Get tickets here.
The NY Botanical Gardens is hosting The Big Backyard BBQ and Music Festival takes place on Daffodil Hill at the NYBG June 14th-15th, get tickets here.