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What’s Happening in June in NYC

A new energy arises in New York City in June, when the summer season (and for many New Yorkers, Summer Fridays) is in full swing. Best of all, the calendar is completely stacked with some of the most memorable events in New York City, many of which have been running for decades.

Travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties with a popular lawn party on Governors Island, or ferry over to Randalls Island instead for a three-day music festival that’s one of the city’s most popular events.

If you’re in New York City in June, you can’t miss the procession of glimmering mermaid costumes in Coney Island (hot dogs not included) or the week of LGBTAIA+ events, which range from colorful street festivals to passionate rallies at the iconic Stonewall National Monument.

Whether you prefer jazz music or pop, rainbows or scales, these are five of the most exciting events coming to New York City in June.

New York City June Events

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Now in its 36th year, this colorful, unusual procession of New Yorkers dressed like shimmering sea beings — led by King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, of course — is an homage of pop culture and the performing arts. And, of course, a celebration of everyone’s favorite mythical creature. Once again, the parade will travel from West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island and proceed to the iconic boardwalk on June 16. Arrive early to secure a good viewing spot, and linger longer to admire the antique cars and floats. It’s a trek from Midtown, but it’s so worth it.

NYC Pride Week


For a week in June, New York City celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community — and commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots — with a number of parties, conferences, rallies, parades, performances, and more. Kick off Pride Week this year on June 22 with a rally at the Stonewall National Monument. A bigger-than-ever march is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, which begins on the corner of 7th Avenue and 14th Street. This year’s Pride March is marshalled by such community icons as Billie Jean King, advocates Tyler Ford and Kenita Placide, and the civil riots legal organization staff from Lambda Legal.

Refinery is a proud ally, and this year is offering an exclusive Love is Love package to travelers staying in New York during Pride. Guests who reserve it will have exclusive access to march in the parade alongside a local float! Learn more here.


Starting June 2 and running until late September, SummerStage refers to the collection of outdoor concerts and events held in New York City every summer. It’s a mix of dance parties, theatrical performances, concerts, and benefits — many of which are free. Jazz singer Gregory Porter kicks off the 2018 series in Manhattan’s Central Park. Other highlights from this year’s lineup include the “Rock Rubber 45” film premiere, the Metropolitan Opera’s summer recitals, and an indie rock concert headlined by Broken Social Scene.

Jazz Age Lawn Party

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Be transported to New York City during the 1920s with one of the best-loved theme parties of the summer. This summer, the lawn party will take place twice, with the event scheduled for the 16th and 17th, and again in late August. Head to Governors Island to learn to dance the Charleston or the Peabody, shop for drop-waist dresses or antique gramophones, and enjoy the musical stylings of some of the finest jazz musicians in New York City. General admission starts at $35.

Governors Ball


From June 1 to 3, New Yorkers and visitors alike will cross the East or Harlem River to reach Randalls Island for the annual Governors Ball music festival. This year’s star-studded line-up includes more than 60 performers like Eminem, James Blake, Shawn Mendes, Travis Scott, Khalid and Halsey, among many others. After a full day of shows and sun, grab a drink from the beer garden or bites from such popular New York City eateries as Do, Roberta’s Pizza, and Mighty Quinn’s BBQ.

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