Events in New York City for the First Half of June


Don’t get overwhelmed with the busyness of summer, we have curated a list of events in New York City for the first half of June.

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New York City is heating up, which means people are out and about, events are every day, and it’s difficult to keep up. We have a curated list of things to look forward to and check out in the coming weeks.

Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen perform Bachre

  • 92NY Center for Arts & Culture

The 92NY consistently brings forth a vast array of incredible events: talks, performances, online and in-person—you can tell they really think of everyone. I’m really excited by this duo of Steven Isserlis and Mishka Rushdie Momen performing Bach on June 4 at 8pm, but be sure to check out their website for a packed summer calendar.

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UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 08: ROYAL ALBERT HALL Photo of Steven ISSERLIS, Cellist Steven Isserlis performing on stage at the Classical Brit Awards (Photo by JMEnternational/Redferns)

Films of the Green

  • Villa Albertine x Face Foundation x NYC Parks

It’s almost a little too classic New York City but who doesn’t love films screenings in the park? Villa Albertine in collaboration with Face Foundation and NYC Parks has got you covered with a French-focused cinema festival. Starting June 3 and going till September 9, all films are free to the public and first up is Les Choses de la Vie by Claude Sautet June 3 in Central Park.

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NEW YORK, USA – JULY 20: Visitors watch director Terrence Malick’s masterful debut film “Badlands” on a big screen during the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival at Bryant Park, in New York, USA, on July 20, 2015. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Uptown Night Market

For foodies, it’s hard to deny the appeal of the Uptown Night Market in Harlem starting June 9. With over 50 vendors delivering delicious and unique food to stuff yourself with, get ready to find yourself in Harlem, suddenly scarfing down on delights.

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Human Conditions: The Films of Mike Leigh

We love Mike Leigh. Until June 8, Film at Lincoln Center is showing a giant retrospective of Leigh’s work — if you haven’t had a chance to catch one, go! Films such as Career Girls (1997), Naked (1993), and Secrets & Lies (1996) are there for all of New York’s Mike Leigh fanatics.

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Mike Leigh directing the 2002 film “All or Nothing”

Belladonna of Sadness

Never before officially released in the United States, Belladonna of Sadness directed by Eiichi Yamamoto is a cult underground favorite that is screening at Metrograph twice on June 2 and once on June 7. It’s truly a good get for the theater.

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Belladonna of Sadness

A Preview Concert of American One Acts

  • The Little Opera Theatre of NY x National Black Theatre x Harlem Opera Theater

This project pairs Highway 1, USA by William Grant Small and Down in the Valley by Kurt Weill, with the double bill featuring highlights from both operas at Kaufman Music Center on June 3. For those who are sad the Met’s going on vacation, here’s a chance to get out and support local opera.

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 21: General atmosphere at the Carol Burnett’s play “Hollywood Arms” back onstage after 15 years” at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)

F*ck Art: The Body & Its Absence

A favorite of tourists and locals alike, the Museum of Sex has a new exhibit — “F*ck Art: The Body & Its Absence” — opening on June 10 and running until October 11. It’s worth catching in June, since the hot summer months beg for fun date activities. Nothing is hotter than the intersection of sex and art.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 25: People wearing protective face masks walk past the Museum of Sex during Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic on July 25, 2020 in New York, New York. The fourth phase allows outdoor arts and entertainment, sporting events without fans, and media production.

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