As New Yorkers clink glasses to the start of rooftop season and colorful summer sunsets start to take over your Instagram feed, you can be sure there will be numerous festivals, movie nights, and celebratory evenings to be enjoyed across the city. This weekend alone you’ll find me jumping around between block parties in Brooklyn, hopping on a train and hauling a picnic to a garden party north of the city, and having Sunday life chats on rooftops while staring at the skyline.
Here’s a quick rundown of some upcoming events that will guarantee good vibes, great people, and a memorable time with your friends or solo!
Friday, June 1st
GREENPOINT OPEN STUDIOS LAUNCH PARTY— While Greenpoint Open Studios artists will be opening their studios to the public Saturday and Sunday, get a sneak peak and celebrate with the artists this Friday during the launch party! Roam around looking at art, listen to music, indulge in some tacos and beer, and watch some incredible performances. Hundreds of artists and designers will showcase their paintings, sculptures, film, photography, textiles, ceramics, and more over the course of the weekend.
Saturday, June 2nd
BUSHWICK COLLECTIVE BLOCK PARTY — My first summer in NY, I stumbled around a corner and wandered into a massive block party and got to adventure through the neighborhood eating popcorn and getting some face paint on. Come through for the 7th annual Bushwick Collective Block Party and check out some live street art and musical performances, head to the beer garden or stop by some food trucks, and snag some free products during giveaways along the block!
BARE OPERA KARAOKE—Over the holiday weekend, I heard an incredible opera singer perform at an open mic upstate. I’m always searching for immersive experiences and was reflecting on how lovely it was to hear opera again. A friend recommended checking out Bare Opera’s events, which are immersive opera and musical theater at which attendees can sing their hearts out and performers share insight into some of the most legendary musical moments in opera and musical theater!
THE GREAT FORGOTTEN GARDEN PARTY — While it involves hopping on Metro North and heading out of the city, this picnic-turned-party up at the
Utermeryer Gardens Conservancy should not be missed. Explore the gardens and let Atlas Obscura NY transport you back to the early 20th century to discover multiple music and dance performers scattered throughout the garden, as well as search for all the sphinx statues, a mosaic pool, and 2,000-year-old imported Roman columns framing a view of the Palisades.
Thursday, June 7th
OPEN BRAIN: ART IN THE PARK — Since 2014, I’ve had the pleasure of helping gather poets, musicians, scientists, and tech enthusiasts across NYC, and I have seen this community go global through word of mouth alone. Every year as soon as the weather gets nice, the Stageless Arts community heads out to the parks to enjoy the outdoors and we crack open our craniums to share songs, poems, dances, drone designs, and more at Open Brain: NYC. There’s no microphone, stage, or set list, and no pressure to share.
Friday, June 8th
LADIES GET SUED — Last year, the kick ass organization Ladies Get Paid were targeted by a men’s rights group that sued them for gender discrimination. They launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for legal fees back on May 8th and hit their goal three weeks later. To celebrate, they’re throwing a party with both women and men in the room to show that when people band together, anything is possible.
Tuesday, June 12th
MUSEUM MILE FESTIVAL — Once a year, the museums along Fifth Avenue open their doors everyone in NY for free and go all out with a mile-long block party celebrating visual art. The first festival was held in June 1978 and was an instant success. Participating museums from 82nd to 105th street include the Cooper Hewitt, Guggenheim, Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Saturday, June 16th
THE LET GO: DANCE BASED TOWN HALL ART INSTALLATION— From June 7th through July 1st, Nick Cave’s installation invites people to speak their minds through movement and celebrate independence at Park Avenue Armory. Visitors can participate in an acro movement jam with Cosmic Fit Club and chase after a multi-colored, 100-foot long mylar sculpture that will be gliding across the dance floor along with the dancers. Bring your dancing shoes!
Sunday, June 17th
13TH ANNUAL JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY — Join in on the celebrations on Governor’s Island and delve back into the 1920’s lifestyle, indulging in music and drinks that transport attendees back to the prohibition era. Snag some tickets with your friends before this event sells out!
ALL DAY I DREAM SUMMER OPENER— One of my favorite summer event series All Day I Dream will be kicking off another melodic summer season at The Brooklyn Mirage. You’ll be able to dance the day away and meet some incredible people while exploring the venue with friends and family.
Saturday, June 23rd
PATIOS, MUSHROOM RISOTTOS, AND A HEALTHY DOSE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC— Have you ever indulged in a classical music house party on rooftops or in warehouses? I can’t recommend Groupmuse enough. Snag a spot at the muse tantalizing attendees with a mushroom risotto or check out some of the other hosts opening their space to strangers and live classical music near your neighborhood!
Wednesday, June 27th
REAL ESTATE STARTUP NOOKLYN LAUNCHES STOREFRONT IN LES — Join the Nooklyn team at SIXTY LES HOTEL to celebrate the launch of our first Manhattan storefront in the Lower East Side. We’re thrilled to be expanding from Brooklyn into Manhattan and are excited to grow our amazing team. If you’re a real estate or tech professional — or are just interested in learning more about what we do — come network, talk shop, and have drinks + snacks on us from 6–9 pm! To RSVP, visit our Eventbrite page.
Friday, June 29th
SOUND HEALING SYMPHONY — Wrap up your month with some music and meditation as some awesome meditative musicians from the West Coast head out to NY with an array of gongs, crystal singing bowls, flutes, harps, monochord, vibraphone, and more! All the soothing sounds and music will help attendees reach a deep meditative state, especially those like me who have trouble meditating and sitting still for long periods of time.
Keep a lookout for our July Event Guide at the end of this month.
Cover photo by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash. All other images courtesy of event owners.