Things to Do: What arts and culture events are happening in New York City

Things to Do: What arts and culture events are happening in New York City

As arts and culture venues reopen, here’s what’s on our calendar.

~ Events for June 18 to June 23 ~

[Note: All events are listed in Eastern time. Links subject to change.]

June 18

“Made Ground”
When: June 18 through June 20; various times
Where: Nolan Park; Governors Island
Join artists Aly Ogasian and Shona Kitchen for a mutli-media project that offers insights into and hope about how humans might survive in our rapidly warming world.

“June Rites !!”
When: June 18 through June 27; various times
Where: Picnic Point; Governors Island
Welcome summer with a visually stunning dance theater performance of “June Rites !!” on Governors Island.

Kinesis Project: “Search(Light)”
When: June 18; 6:45 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard; Brooklyn
Participate in an open rehearsal session with Kinesis Project dance theater. This live performance and creative process features dancers in New York City and Seattle. The completed piece will premiere at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Oct. 9, 2021.

“Pride in the Park”
When: June 18; 7 p.m.
Where: Bryant Park; Manhattan
Celebrate Pride with the New York City Opera! The annual Pride concert will feature stars from City Opera’s Pride Series, who will sing a selection of opera and musical theater pieces. The performance will conclude with a new arrangement of the finale from the opera “Stonewall.” Proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test required to enter this event.

“All Light, Everywhere”
When: June 18; 8 p.m.
Where: The New York Hall of Science; Queens
Catch a screening of Theo Anthony’s film, “All Light, Everywhere,” which explores how cameras, weapons, policing and justice have become inextricably linked in this age of mass surveillance.

“Juneteenth Celebration: (RE)VISION”
When: June 18 and June 19; 8 p.m.
Where: The Plaza at 300 Ashland; Brooklyn
Celebrate Juneteenth with the first year of 651 ARTS’ “Juneteenth Celebration: (RE)VISION.” The event will showcase futurist films that illuminate the Black experience in America. Enjoy screenings of Joy Yamusangie and Ronan Mckenzie’s “WATA,” Marjani Forté-Saunders’ “Memoirs of a…Unicorn: BLUEPRINT,” Charles O. Anderson’s “(RE)current Unrest” and Brad Walrond’s “Cyborg Heaven.”

June 19

Bronx Night Market
When: June 19; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Fordham Plaza; the Bronx
The Bronx Night Market brings the city’s culinary diversity and creativity to a central location and encourages visitors to explore the Bronx. The series takes place throughout the spring and summer and is free to attend, though registration is required.

Rite of Summer Festival
When: June 19; 1 p.m.
Where: Governors Island
Enjoy a free outdoor concert from the Knights featuring flute, clarinet, strings and harp music inspired by birds and their songs.

Stage Garden Rumba 2021
When: June 19; 3 p.m.
Where: Pregones Garden; South Bronx
Experience the cultural richness, greenery and vibrancy of the South Bronx. Stage Garden Rumba 2021 features a wide array of performances by local artists, activists and community members. The festival continues at various locations in June and July. More dates can be found here.

“Drunk Black History”
When: June 19; 9 p.m.
Where: The Bell House; Brooklyn
Catch this interactive comedy show from comedians Brandon Collins and Gordon Baker-Bone. This Juneteenth edition of “Black Drunk History” features performances from Brittany Carney, Marie Faustin and the Lucas Brothers.

June 20

Queens Botanical Gardens Free Hours
When: June 20; 9 a.m
Where: Queens Botanical Garden; Queens
Make your way over to this urban oasis in the heart of Flushing to experience all that the living museum that is the Queens Botanical Garden has to offer. Though admission is free, registration is required.

Greenpoint Terminal Market
When: June 20; 10 a.m.
Where: Greenpoint Terminal Market; Brooklyn
This flea market in Greenpoint merges artisan food, local art and a variety of live performances. This weekend, enjoy a musical performance by the Hot Honey Sundays, a pop-up skate park, a ceramics workshop, outdoor yoga sessions and a classic car show.

Tea with Lady Mendl: Immersive High Tea and Brunch Experience
When: June 20; 2 p.m.
Where: Elsie Rooftop; Manhattan
Sip tea at Elsie Rooftop while you enjoy an immersive theatrical and culinary experience. This high tea is a tribute to the influential interior designer and socialite Elsie De Wolfe, also known as Lady Mendl. The event features a curated English menu and Parisian theatrical acts.

Chris Botti
When: June 20; 8 p.m.
Where: Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage; Manhattan
Enjoy a performance by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Chris Botti.

June 21

Masayo Ishigure and the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble
When: June 21; 7 p.m.
Where: Bryant Park; Manhattan
Experience a two-part performance from Masayo Ishigure and the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble. The first part of the performance focuses on traditional Japanese Koto Shamisen music and builds on traditional melodies. The second half blends Eastern and Western musical traditions and features Todd Isler on percussion, Arthur Kell on bass, Mayu Saeki on flute and Molly Aronson on cello.

“The Art of Dissent”
When: June 21; 8 p.m.
Host: Bohemian National Hall; Manhattan
Catch a screening of “The Art of Dissent,” a documentary film about how artistic engagement helped Czechoslovakia navigate life before and after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion. The film focuses specifically on playwright Vaclav Havel, singer Marta Kubisova and rock group the Plastic People of the Universe.

June 22

Ambush Comedy on a Brooklyn Rooftop
When: June 15; 7 p.m.
Where: The Tiny Cupboard; Brooklyn
Enjoy a night of comedy atop the roof of the Tiny Cupboard. Lucas Connolly, David Piccolomini and Brittany Cardwell bring comedians to the stage every Tuesday night.

Rooftop Films: “We’re All Going to the World’s Fair”
When: June 22; 9 p.m.
Where: The New York Hall Of Science; Queens
Catch a screening of three films that explore the blurring of reality. Jane Schoenbrun’s “We’re All Going to the World’s Fair” follows a shy teenage girl as she becomes frighteningly immersed in an online role-playing game. Monira Al Qadiri’s “The Craft” revolves around childhood fictions that evolve into serious suspicions about the nuclear family unit. Nora Štrbová’s “Spaces” traces the story of a young man dealing with the complete loss of his short-term memory. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Schoenbrun and actor Anna Cobb.

Rehearsal for Truth 2021: “Personal Speaker” and “Connection/less”
When: June 22; 8 p.m.
Where: Bohemian National Hall; Manhattan
Enjoy plays by the two winners of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation’s 2020 Best Mini-Drama Student Contest. Abigail Henkin’s “Personal Speaker” follows a copywriter at an SEO company who is caught up in a new technology that promises to improve her life. Cole Kordus’ “Connection/less” imagines what would happen if commuters on a subway train were forced to turn off their phones and talk to each other.

Michelle Buteau: “Bitch Gotta Babysitter!”
When: June 22; 10 p.m.
Where: The Bell House; Brooklyn
Enjoy an evening laughing with comedian and host of Netflix’s “The Circle” Michelle Buteau.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry to this event.

June 23

“Fever Dream: A Return Performance Ritual”
When: June 23; 7 p.m.
Where: Broadway between 35th and 36th Streets; Manhattan
Scout’s “Fever Dream: A Return Performance Ritual” examines the past self and the forces that allow us to move forward.

When: June 23; 8 p.m.
Where: Union Hall; Brooklyn
Enjoy a raunchy and chaotic mix between a variety show and a comedy cabaret. Hosted by Zach Zucker, the show features performances by, Jack Tucker, Jo Firestone, Martin Urbano, Larry Owens, Daniel Simonsen, Stavros Halkias and Marcia Belsky.


When: Select days through June 27;
Where: 150 Wooster Street; Manhattan
Experience a large-scale group exhibition of hundreds of sculptures created by 50-60 self-taught artists and curated by Takashi Murakami.

Christina Kruse: “Plasterheads”
When: Through July 30
Where: Helwaser Gallery; Manhattan
Experience Christina Kruse’s latest sculptural works. This installation resembles a miniature world populated by abstracted human figures.

“Open Call”
When: June 4 through Aug. 1
Where: The Shed; Manhattan
Explore a free exhibition of work and performances by local emerging artists. Enjoy the full exhibition through Aug. 1 or register for tickets to specific performances.

Euphoria: “Midst Bloom”
When: Daily through Aug. 8
Host: Absurd Conclave; Brooklyn
Get lost in an immersive wonderland with Euphoria’s “Midst Bloom.” This bursting and colorful installation is inspired by a connection to nature and is full of flowers and water. The exhibition is open seven days a week, but requires a time slot reservation.

“The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature”
When: On view through Sept. 26
Where: Museum of Arts and Design; Manhattan
Currently on view at the Museum of Arts and Design, this miniature dollhouse is inspired by Venice’s Gritti Palace and is complete with 10 rooms, intricately filled with historical and contemporary craft, art and design elements.

“Breonna’s Garden”
When: Anytime
Where: Warner Media Innovation Lab; Manhattan
Artist Lady PheOnix invites people to pay tribute to Breonna Taylor by engaging with her vibrant life rather than her untimely death. “Breonna’s Garden” is an augmented reality installation that can be accessed via an app or by visiting its physical location. The AR experience was created in collaboration with Ju’Niyah Palmer.

One Team Scavenger Hunt Central Park NYC
When: Anytime
Where: Lower Manhattan
Explore the secrets of lower Manhattan at your leisure with Puzzling Adventures, a unique scavenger hunt and self-guided tour of the city.

American Folk Art Museum Open Hours
When: Weekly, Wednesday through Sunday
Where: The American Folk Art Museum

Visit the American Folk Art Museum and enjoy a variety of art created by self-taught American masters.