If you’re thinking of planning a jaunt to New York, early summer is a great time to visit. You’ll benefit from the long days and warm evenings without the heavy humidity (and hoards of tourists) that plague the city later in the summer.
True to its name, the city the never sleeps has a packed calendar of events every week of the year. Here’s a few of our top culture picks for June that will keep you entertained in between shopping ’til you drop and eating like a king.
Governors Ball Music Festival
Governors Ball is a festival with a difference. Held on Randall’s Island in the East River (accessible by foot, car, transit and ferry), this four-year-old event is quickly becoming a major contender on the summer music circuit. Headliners this year include Outkast and Vampire Weekend as well as up-and-comers Bastille and Foster the People. June 6-8.
Take part in New York’s biggest block party on June 10 when Fifth Avenue becomes a moving art fest. The 23 blocks of ‘Museum Mile’ (from 82nd-105th Streets) are closed to traffic from 6-9pm as institutions including the Guggeheim and the Met open their doors free of charge. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere as art lovers wander from place to place accompanied by live music. June 10.
Macbeth, Park Avenue Armory
Acclaimed actor Kenneth Branagh makes his New York theater debut in this eagerly anticipated show – a must-see for all Shakespeare fans. The original UK production was staged in an eerie disused church, and the US version aims for a similarly immersive experience at the atmospheric and historic Armory. Also starring Alex Kingston (E.R.) as Lady Macbeth, this new staging promises to bring the play to life in a new way. June 7-22.
Blue Note Jazz Festival June 1-30
With over 150 performances at venues throughout the city, the Blue Note Festival has something for everyone. Highlights include Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin at the iconic Radio City Music Hall (June14-15), to legendary pianist and composer André Previn in concert with jazz bassist Christian McBride (June 6-8). For a truly unique experience, the Harlem Gospel Choir Sunday Brunch (June 23rd) is hard to beat – the combination of soul-food brunch and soul-pleasing music is sure to put you in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Matilda, Shubert Theatre
Musical comedian Tim Minchin’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic won four Tony awards last year, and has been delighting audiences in London and New York ever since. The story of one child’s quest to rid her school of its hideous headmistress Miss Turnbull, Matilda is a sure-fire hit for the whole family.
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