The beginning of June in New York City is a perfect time of year to take time out and enjoy the sun and fun. The sky is clearer in June and the nights are cool; providing both a comfortable daytime temperature for walking around and a perfect night-life atmosphere as well. June events start New York City’s summer off – So get out there and start enjoying the great food, shows, contests, and all of the culturally diverse celebrations that NYC is famous for. Here are a few of the upcoming events in June that will get your summer festival started.

Go Out for a Bite to Eat

New York City is always known for its incredible food events, but, June is an even better time for great food in the sunny outdoors.

The Taste of Times Square 

Coming together in one big outdoors location is the Taste of Times Square, brought to the New York foodie masses in order to showcase over forty of Times Squares best restaurants; also with live musical performances by the city’s most popular top musicians.

This gastronomic extravaganza starts Monday, June 5 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 46th Street between Broadway and 10th Avenue. The food festival is admission free, but “Taste” tickets are required to be purchased ahead-of-time in order to trade for tasty small plates of food from booth vendors. The dishes offered range from around 2 to 6 tickets at a $1 per ticket.

Food items offered include American, Victorian, French, Belgian, Cajun, Chinese, Cuban, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mexican, Spanish, seafood, barbeque, and ice cream.

The Big Apple BBQ

It’s that time of year again for not only barbequing but also for the king of all BBQ’s – The Big Apple BBQ. All of Madison Square Park and its surrounding side streets will host this gigantic barbeque block party celebrating its 15th anniversary. This tasty event lasts the whole weekend during June 10th through the 11th. 130,000 barbeque lovers are expected to attend this year.

This mammoth BBQ will not only highlight the best beers, wine, and great music but also some of the World’s best chefs and pitmasters as well, all set in beautiful Manhattan. The sights, sounds, delicious smells and incredible tastes are just what everyone needs to really kick off their summer fun. Fifteen well-known BBQ masters will be at the Square, along with several different popular musicians will all help to add some great and tasty ongoing entertainment throughout the weekend.

Go See One Film or Several

The 2017 Brooklyn Film Festival

See the premiers of 122 indie films at this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival. The festival takes place from June 2nd to the 11th, at the Wythe Hotel at 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, and also with ongoing events at the Windmill Studios at 300 Kingsland Avenue in Brooklyn.

Tickets and passes for the film festival run at $15 dollars for a single film viewing, $12 for students and seniors. Full passes are $120.00. The Brooklyn Film Festival is also celebrating its 20 year anniversary. Throughout its many years of diligent work promoting independent filmmakers, the BFF has reviewed a staggering 30,000 projects and showed around 2,000 films in its yearly competitions. “Click Here for Film Line-Up “

Go Out for a Day at the Races

The Belmont Stakes Horse Races

There is no better way to say “Hello Summer” than a day at the races at Belmont Park on Long Island. The Belmont Stakes Festival runs from June 8th to the 10th bringing three straight days of pounding hooves to New York’s avid racing fans. The three-day racing event culminates the final part of the Triple Crown by the 149th running of the Belmont stakes. A sterling silver Tiffany & Company trophy awaits the final winner, along with a 1.5 million dollar purse.

The Belmont Stakes is one of the oldest of the Triple Crown events and dates back to the late 1800’s. Whether you’re from out of town and just want to see the famous racetrack, or if you’re a frequent Belmont Park horse racing loyalist, you won’t want to miss this June’s race. Top musical entertainment, food, and drink are also going to be abundantly available throughout the facility as well as stakes betting.

Find a Gift for Dad

June is also the month that we honor our fathers on the third Sunday as people across America celebrate their paternal bonds with a nation of beloved dads. Here are a couple of unique NYC gift ideas for Father’s Day.

Madison Square Garden Concerts

Take dad to a concert at the iconic Madison Square Gardens this June. He is bound to love some of these legends scheduled to play. Bands and show dates for June are Billy Joel (June 6), Neil Diamond (June 15 & 17), and John Legend (June 27-28). Or treat dad to a fight at the infamous Gardens with tickets to Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva in their light heavyweight fight on June 24 in the MSG arena.

Beer and a Boat Ride

If there are two things that dads are notoriously known to love, it’s both beer and boats. A beer and brunch cruise for Father’s Day is departing from Pier 40 at 353 West Street right at 12 PM on Sunday, June 18. The ticket price of the cruise is a reasonable $75.00 and includes two hours on the water cruising past such spectacular sights as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and other famous New York landmarks. A classic brunch buffet is served and dad can partake in unlimited beer refills in a free beer mug with the boat logo on it. A live Jazz band and DJ are also included onboard.

Another aspect of June is that businesses are getting ready for the higher customer traffic of summer. That means repairing or scheduling maintenance on the garage doors and security gates protecting New York City apartments, offices, warehouses and factories. New York Gates is the top trusted gate and door professionals that you can always count on in the Five Boroughs. Give them a call today at (718) 614 – 0616.