Top Ten Things To Do In June

Have a Ball
Governors Ball Brings Kanye, The Killers, and More to Randall’s Island

In 2011, New York got tired of Austin and Coachella getting all the musical glory and launched what would become Governors Ball, a three-day music festival that attracts some of the biggest acts in the world to Randall’s Island Park in the East River. This year’s fest runs from 6/3 – 6/5, with headliners that include Kanye West, Beck, Robyn, The Killers, The Strokes, and Death Cab for Cutie. There’s also a formidable food line-up, including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Luke’s Lobster, Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, and Ramen Burger. “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,” indeed. (Randall’s Island Park)

There Goes the Neighborhood
Take a Taste of Times Square

From 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on 6/6, the world’s most famous crossroads will transform into an open-air food festival coined Taste of Times Square, hosted by the dozens of top-notch restaurants in and around New York’s famed “Center of the Universe”. Neighbors like B. B. King Blues Club & Grill and Italian mainstay Becco will set up shop in the heart of the glittering intersection of 42nd St. and Broadway, and as day fades into night, the bright lights will illuminate a food fest like no other. This feast for the senses also includes live musical entertainment and lessons from supper club Swing 46, so bring your dancing shoes – and your appetite. (42nd St. at Broadway)

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A Taste of Times Square – June 6

The Stakes are High
In Nearby Elmont, See the Belmont Stakes

For three days in June, the center of the equestrian world is Elmont, NY for the 148th annual Belmont Stakes. Festivities carry through 6/11, when the famed race will be held (and the $1.5 million purse awarded). The weekend also includes well over a dozen other races, plus food trucks and live performances from Grammy-nominated Daughtry, the U.S. Military Academy Band, and Broadway’s hit production “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Tickets range from general admission to reserved box seating, but be sure to buy in advance, especially if there’s a chance of a Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner going for the Triple Crown. (Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.)

Be a Part of It
Radio City’s Rockettes Host the New York Spectacular

Opportunities to see Radio City Music Hall’s famed Rockettes are prized, indeed. Typically, their only annual performance is the Christmas Spectacular, but this year the high-kicking dancers have crafted a special summer show, the New York Spectacular, opening on 6/15. The musical journey follows a family through the famed sights and sounds of the city, all told through the group’s impossibly precise chorus lines and fancy footwork, not to mention colorful costumes that rival the bright lights of Times Square outside. This limited run extends only through 8/7, and is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town this summer. (Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Ave. of the Americas)

New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes - June 15-August 7

New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – June 15-August 7

Life’s a Beach
Players Volley at the AVP New York City Open

Manhattan may be an island, but it’s not exactly known for its beaches. All that changes from 6/16-6/19 when the AVP New York City Open comes to the Hudson River Park’s Pier 26/25. Visitors will see some of the world’s best volleyballers compete, surrounded by interactive exhibits, live music, food vendors, and more. Competitions run from morning through evening daily, so whether you’re hoping to catch all the action or just passing by, there’s no reason not to stop and take in a match point. While admission to this spectacle is free, tickets are available for some premium viewing areas. (215 West St.)

Part of Your World
Splash Out at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Every June, summer unofficially kicks off with the annual Mermaid Parade. This year, 6/18 is the big day, where more than 3,000 artists and performers from the five boroughs and beyond converge on Coney Island in all their glory, marching along the shore and bringing the mythology of the mermaid to glorious life. Since 1983, the parade has fostered creative self-expression in one of the city’s most dynamic and distinctive neighborhoods. Add in a hot dog at Nathan’s and a ride on the iconic Cyclone, and you’re guaranteed a day of the very best that Brooklyn has to offer. (West 21st St. at Surf Ave.)

Playball!
A World Series Rematch: Royals @ Mets

Say what you will about interleague play, but it makes for exciting midseason baseball. Case in point: on 6/21 and 6/22, 2015 World Series Champions the Kansas City Royals will bring their rings (and, presumably, their gloves) to Citi Field for a rematch with the New York Mets. Following a surprisingly meteoric rise last year, the Amazins [Mets] are on track to return to the postseason, led by one of the most exciting young pitching staffs in the majors. Game on! (123-01 Roosevelt Ave.)

Tame the Bard
An All-Female Cast Stages Shakespeare in the Park

Scholars have long debated the presence of sexism in Shakespeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew,” though the show is no less beloved for it. Tackling the issue head-on, director Phyllida Lloyd has assembled an all-female, all-star cast for her summer production of the classic. Tickets for this groundbreaking show are free in person at Central Park’s open-air Delacorte Theater, and can also be picked up via in-person lottery at The Public Theater’s Astor Place location (425 Lafayette St.) and online, with shows nearly daily through 6/26. (The Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park W.)

Shakespeare in the (Central) Park - Through June 26

Shakespeare in the (Central) Park – Through June 26

Judy is a Punk, Sheena is a Punk Rocker
The Ramones Come Home to Queens

On the 40th anniversary of the release of the Ramones’ self-titled debut album, these sons of Forest Hills will be celebrated with Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk at the Queens Museum. Since thrumming onto the scene in 1976, the Ramones’ brazenly minimalist music has paved the way for a generation of punk artists and influenced visual artists from Matt Groening to Shepard Fairey. The exhibit is a comprehensive, intimate look at the band’s emerging days, and includes rare artifacts of their path from deep Queens to CBGB’s in lower Manhattan, all leading to worldwide fame. (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

Out of The Frying Pan
Savor a Bucket of Beers on the Hudson River

No New Yorker worth their salt [rim and lime chaser] would go a summer without a visit to The Frying Pan, a barge on the banks of the Hudson River with capacious seating and views of the water and the skyline that make it a prime day-drinking destination. We’re partial to a bucket of Coronas, $34 for six beers with fresh limes, perfect for whiling away a sunny afternoon among friends. Rotating drafts are also available for $24 a pitcher, and there’s even white sangria for $37 a pitcher if you’re feeling flush (or fancy). (W. 26th St. at West Side Highway)