It’s official: with Memorial Day behind us and warm weather in front of us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy this incredible city we are lucky to call home. This month you can show your pride with World Pride landing in NYC, not to mention countless other music, arts and food events popping up across the five boroughs. Better still, a lot of them are free!
AWNY is hosting and supporting the following events – please join us:
June 24: AWNY Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Do you love the Australian Women in New York (AWNY) community? Enjoy our events? Impressed by our website and blog? Well, it’s all made possible by a team of awesome volunteers. If you want to get involved with a dynamic group of women, come along to the AWNY AGM and consider becoming a member of the team. Location: The Liberty, 29 West 35th Street. Time: 6:30 pm for a 7 pm start. If you’d like to nominate for a volunteer position, the first step is to complete the online nomination form.
July 1: AWNY Book Club
AWNY has started a book club and our second meeting will be on Monday July 1st at The Liberty NYC (we know, it’s not technically June, but your calendar is going to fill up fast so we want to get in first, AND you need time to read the book). The book club’s theme is “America Through Fiction” and this month we will be discussing post-9/11 USA from a Muslim perspective through reading Mohsin Hamid‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Please RSVP using the AWNY Book Club registration form.
The following events are happening around NYC throughout June and beyond:
May 30 – June 4: Triplight at Joe’s Pub
Starring Kristen Sieh, written by acclaimed Australian female artists, singer-songwriter Greta Gertler Gold and playwright Alexandra Collier and directed by Mia Rovegno, Triplight is an irreverent, quirky and dark new musical that explores the precarious life of a musician in the nostalgia-strewn past of New York City – with an original score that fuses indie pop and 90s rock. In the 90s, indie rock band Triplight was poised on the knife edge of fame. But just before their first album was set to be released, the band tragically disappeared. Until tonight, 20 years later, when their charismatic lead singer Willow Spark will emerge from hiding to reckon with a past that will push her to the brink of life and death. Tickets range from $20 to $30.
May 31 – June 2: The Governor’s Ball Music Festival
Now in its 9th year, Governor’s Ball is New York’s contemporary music festival. With 60+ artists of all genres across 4 stages, there is something for everyone. You can get 1, 2 or 3 day tickets starting at $115.
Every summer, the Public Theater produces Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like watching a masterpiece with the Belvedere Castle glistening in the background. But Shakespeare in the Park’s popularity means that tickets aren’t easy to come by and you’ll need to have some free time to line up to get yours!
In 2019, NYC Pride welcomes World Pride in a particularly momentous year marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Because we all celebrate Pride in our own way, there are over 50 events on offer throughout the month. You can explore the full list on the World Pride website, but one of our favorites is PrideFest! Head to Pier 97 on June 30 for a breezy day in the sun with your favorite acts and their fans. This year’s lineup includes Grace Jones, Kim Petras and Teyana Taylor.
Back again, is everyone’s favorite summer music program, Summerstage. City Parks Foundation provides New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. With renowned artists and rising stars from around the world presenting distinctly New York genres like salsa, jazz, and hip hop alongside indie, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, and modern dance.
Worth mentioning is that on June 22, in conjunction with Sounds Australia, the Australian Consul-General of New York and the Australian Council of the Arts, the SummerStage in Central Park will host the Aussie BBQ with performances by A.B. Original, Hermitude, San Cisco, The Teskey Brothers, Tkay Maidza, and Waax. More information here.
June 2: Handmade Bazaar (free entry)
There is something to be said about having things that are handmade locally. Come shop from creative and talented makers from the New York metro area who produce one-of-a-kind and limited-edition fashion, art, furniture, skin care, jewelry, pottery, stationery, leather bags, and delicious foods. 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC’s profits are donated to four local public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children. Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024.
June 8: New York Salsa Festival
Sashay your way down to the Brooklyn Center for a night of fiery hot salsa, as some of the genre’s greatest living artists take to the stage! The 35th New York Salsa Festival will feature Willie Colón, Victor Manuelle, Jerry Rivera, India, Grupo Niche, Eddie Santiago, Tito Rojas, Lalo Rodríguez, José Alberto El Canario, Fruko y sus Tesos, and Angel Lopez de Son by Four. Tickets start at $110.
Outdoor mega venue, Brooklyn Mirage, is turning into an indulgent tropical paradise filled with decadent bacon dishes, free-flowing craft beer, and live performances. You can ride a bacon seesaw (umm, sure) or a mechanical bull, or even judge a celebrity chef cook-off at this all-inclusive food and beer festival. Tickets start at $69. The Brooklyn Mirage, 140 Stewart Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237.
Playdates take place on the second Saturday of each month from May through August. In June you can join a family-friendly outdoor party featuring a children’s entertainer Mil’s Trills , as well as arts and crafts, and neighborhood fun! 125th Street and Marginal Street in West Harlem Piers.
June 11: Museum Mile Festival (free)
Now celebrating its 41st year, the annual Museum Mile Festival takes place rain or shine on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 110th Street. Some of New York City’s finest cultural institutions are open free to the public between 6pm and 9pm. Special exhibitions and works from permanent collections are on view inside the museums’ galleries, with live music and art-making workshops on Fifth Avenue at selected museums. Participating museums include: El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
What could be better than listening to the New York Philharmonic perform a mixture of contemporary and classical music? To do so under the open sky and to not pay a cent of course! It’s time for the annual concerts in the park series which are free and take place across Central, Van Cortland, Prospect and Cunningham Parks. Get there early with your picnic rug to nab your spot.
June 13: Courtney Barnett with The National
As part of the BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett joins The National for a benefit concert at The Prospect Park Bandshell. Tickets are sold out for June 12 but there are still tickets available for June 13. The National are proud to continue their work with PLUS1 and $1 from every ticket sold on this tour will go towards protecting women’s reproductive rights.
Celebrate the solstice and the opening of an Organic Farmers’ Market at Wyckoff’s June Family Day! Stop in early to check out the fresh, all-natural products, and then spend the day exploring the farm and grounds, enjoying the outdoor toys and games, or touring the historic home. At 1:00pm you can join a special activity that will explore the relationship of farms to the sun where you can create vibrant sun prints to take home. Reservations not required, but recommended. RSVP on Eventbrite.
Now in its 10th year, the SOHO international Film Festival celebrates cutting-edge digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling. SohoFilmFest will hold screenings, panels, and host social events and other networking opportunities. Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Avenue, New York.
A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade showcases over 3,000 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade will start at 1pm at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn.
The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food industry event in North America, and the premier showcase for industry innovation. This year will see more new and exciting events, programs, and exhibitors than ever before. So if you’re a foodie, this could be the one for you. Javits Center, New York. Tickets start at $35.
June 28 and 29: Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show
Arguably one of Australia’s greatest exports, Hugh Jackman is taking to the stage at Madison Square Garden to perform hit songs from “The Greatest Showman,” “Les Misérables” and more from his extensive career in both Broadway and film. Accompanied by a live orchestra Jackman will have you singing along as he demonstrates that he is one of the most versatile actors of our time. Tickets start at $99.50.