What’s happening in NYC in June? Lots.

Free summer events in NYC, what’s happening in New York, film festivals, Shakespeare in the Park, Museum Mile Festival, NYC Dance Week 2015, Make Music New York, art, summer 2015, entertainment, Anders Jilden

June is in full swing and there are more summer events happening in the city than I can count. And the best part is – many of them are freebies. Take a look.

Free summer events in NYC, what’s happening in New York, film festivals, Shakespeare in the Park, Museum Mile Festival, NYC Dance Week 2015, Make Music New York, art, summer 2015, entertainment

Make Music New York

Launched in 1982 in France (Fête de la Musique), Make Music is a free musical celebration. It’s held on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world.

Make Music New York is open to anyone who wants to participate. Bring your sound to the neighborhood. Every kind of musician – young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion – is invited to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers on the longest day of the year. Over 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs are expected.

Find your inner musician, and let them out.

FREE: 21 june 2015 / anywhere, everywhere

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NYC Dance Week 2015

NYC Dance Week kicks off with a 10-day event of free dance, fitness and wellness classes to celebrate the joy and diversity of dance.

With 45 local studios – such as the Mark Morris Dance Center and The Ailey Extension – offering over 100 classes, the event involves all dance genres and encourages the community to experience dance to live active, healthy lifestyles.

You know you want to dance.

FREE: week of 18 – 27 june 2015 / various studios

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Museum Mile Festival

In an effort to create new audiences and to increase support for the arts during the 1970s fiscal crisis, Museum Mile – Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Streets – was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. The first Museum Mile Festival, held in June 1978, was immediately successful with NYC natives and tourists alike.

Free access to the museums gives visitors from all over the city the opportunity to experience art, who may not have the funds to visit otherwise. With millions now in attendance, the event has become one of the city’s major cultural resources.

Nine museums including the Met, the Museum of the City of New York and the Guggenheim, open their doors. It’s one big block party on upper Fifth.

FREE: tuesday / 9 june 2015, from 6pm – 9pm

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Shakespeare in the Park

Summer in New York City wouldn’t be summer without Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s offerings at the Delacorte Theater are The Tempest (27 may through 5 july) and Cymbeline (23 july through 23 august).

Produced by The Public Theater, attendance is free. Attendees queue up on the day of the performance, or enter the ticket lotteries and hope for the best. Shakespeare under the stars – and planes, and birds, and other urban wildlife – is a most beloved summer tradition.

FREE: 27 may through 23 august 2015, see calendar for performance dates

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HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Fest

Looking for a place to go on hot summer Mondays? Here’s your answer: Bryant Park. The 10-film/weekly series offers a mixture of classics and cult favs. The best part, of course, is watching the film – in midtown under the NYC skyline – amidst a fun crowd of picnicking film lovers. The lawn opens at 5pm and films start rolling 30 minutes after sunset, varying from 8/9 pm.

This is the festival’s 23rd season. Way back, in one of the first few years I attended, Funny Face was screening, and the late Richard Avedon was working the crowd. It was a fun night.

Bryant Park too crowded or not a fav? Not to worry – this is New York, there are film series nearly every few miles. Pick a neighborhood near you.

FREE: 22 june through 18 august 2015 / get there early for the best blanket locations

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Images, top to bottom:
Photo: Anders Jildén, Unsplash
Flickr: helga tawil souri under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0)
Flickr: Jeffrey Bary under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0)
Photo: © 2015 Janet Giampietro
Photo: © Public Theater website
Photo: © Bryant Park website

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