Top Ten Things To Do in June

All Ears
He’s more concept than creature these days, but this month, a few fans (and curious on-lookers) will have a chance to catch Mike Tyson in Conversation (6/1). Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the polarizing public figure will chat with the New York Public Library’s Paul Holdengräber about his new memoir, Iron Ambition: My Life with Cus D’Amato. The book includes reflections on the legendary boxing coach, and attendees will receive a signed copy of the book with their ticket; additional copies will be available on site for sale, as well. (Kings Theater, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn)

None of the fans who were there have forgotten the muddy fun that was Governors Ball a few years back, but from 6/2 to 6/4, they and legions of other music lovers will return to the middle of the East River for New York’s largest live music festival. This year’s headliners include Lorde, Wu-Tang Clan, and Tool, and single-day tickets start at just $105. With four stages, satellite performance areas, gourmet food and drink, plus craft beer and cocktails, it’s a perfect way to spend a June day – whether it rains or the sun is shining. (Randall’s Island Park)

Stop and Smell the Rosés
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic (6/3), held each year at Liberty State Park. Host Neil Patrick Harris will lead the day-long polo-and-picnicking outing, with appearances by Hamilton’s Jordan Fisher to sing the National Anthem and a private performance by Alicia Keys. Tickets range from general admission to private “Rosé Garden” access (including a bottle of bubbly and priority access to the performances), and regularly sell out ahead of the day’s merriment; polo fans and champagne fans alike are encouraged to buy early in order to participate. (Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ)

High Stakes
The race itself may be mere minutes long, but the annual Belmont Stakes (6/8-6/10) is a three-day festival that – fun fact! – predates the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby to be the oldest member of racing’s famed Triple Crown. This year is the 149th running of the race, which takes place just outside the city in beautiful Elmont, NY. Three- Day Festival Passes are the way to go if you want to take in all of the action, including performances by Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, a Billy Joel cover band fronted by none other than Billy Joel’s own touring rhythm guitarist. (Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont)

Whole Hog
What’s got tons of barbecue, an illustrious 15-year history, and benefits the Madison Square Park Conservancy? The Big Apple BBQ Block Party, of course, back on 6/10-6/11 with 15 pit-masters representing nine states. It’s free to attend, with food available from all vendors on a pay-as-you-go basis; true ’cue die-hards can also purchase a FastPass for $150 for access to express lines and a $100 food credit or a Big Rig VIP Pass for $275 to add a shaded open bar. After all, you’ve gotta wash down all that meat with something. (Madison Ave. between E. 23rd and E. 27th Sts.)

Splish Splash 
We all remember what happened to Kramer when he tried to swim in the East River. That’s why +Pool’s vision of a water-filtering, floating pool off the coast of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn is so exciting. Support the ambitious project during their annual fundraising Summer Pool Party (6/14). Admission ranges from $150 to $5,000, and supports both the development and construction of the East River +Pool, as well as initiatives to help teach city kids who wouldn’t otherwise have a chance learn how to swim. Because the only thing cooler than a poolside tan is giving back. (The William Vale Hotel, 111 N. 12th St. at Wythe Ave., Brooklyn)

The Beer Necessities
Whether or not you caught Animal Planet’s intimate and compulsively watchable docu-series The Zoo, this event is a great one for beer lovers and animal lovers alike: Brew at the Zoo (6/16), a beer and wine festival at The Bronx Zoo. This after-hours fest includes private viewings of many of the animals, including giraffes and sea lions, plus 100+ varieties of beer and wine and food from trucks and the zoo’s on-site cafés. Fun extras include karaoke, bar trivia, and a retro game room, plus a live band and DJs. We’ll drink to that. (The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., The Bronx)

Part of Their World
It’s billed as “the World’s Largest Art Parade,” but the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade (6/17) is so much more: a spectacle, a celebration, and a treasure trove of Brooklyn oddities that leaves visitors shaking their heads muttering, “Only in New York!” More than 3,000 marchers represent all five boroughs of NYC and beyond in colorful costumes, hand-crafted floats, and vibrant art and sculpture. There’s no ethnic, religious, or commercial purpose; rather, the Mermaid Parade is an American summer solstice celebration, held in a classic American shore town: Coney Island. (W. 21st St. at Surf Ave. to Steeplechase Plaza, Brooklyn)

Who Are You?
For New Yorkers of a certain age, “Directed by Frank Oz” is all that’s needed to sell out a show regardless of the content, setting, or stars. But for In & of Itself (closes 9/3), the famed muppet puppeteer and director is accessory to the real magic. That comes courtesy of star Derek DelGaudio, a magician whose work explores the magic of identity in a new, limited-run stage show from executive producer Neil Patrick Harris. Details on the content of the show are frustratingly hard to come by, but the reviews are simple and unanimous: go. (Daryl Roth Theatre, 103 E. 15th St. at Union Sq.)

Tickled Pink
As though Governors Island could get any cooler! Their Jazz Age Lawn Party set the bar impossibly high for NYC summer festivals – and then last year, they introduced Pinknic, a rosé picnic and music festival. It’s back this year, from 6/24 to 6/25, with a pink-and-white dress code, designer-made picnic blankets, rosé wine and frosé cocktails, and Pinknic baskets from chef Chris Santos available for sale. Add in ice cream, popcorn, crêpes, and honestly…we just can’t even. #roséallday (Governors Island, The Play Lawn)