New York City Events Happening May 30 Through June 5

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Join us for a thrilling week of events happening May 30 through June 5, filled with activities that will make your coming week. Do not have any plans yet for Memorial Weekend? Please don’t worry. Check out our comprehensive calendar of weekly events for this week that might just be what you secretly hoped for.

Today we sent out the second issue of our brand-new Newsletter. We will update you every Friday on all that is happenings around Brooklyn [plus beyond]. Our featured event highlights are curated to leave you both satisfied and thrilled, so do not miss out – subscribe today. New York City has incredible talents, aspirations, diverse spirits, endless fun-filled moments, and exhilarating experiences.

Take advantage of some standout events this week, such as Hot 97 Summer Jam or the renowned Brooklyn Film Festival. Both are guaranteed to showcase the vibrant spirit of New York City and promise unforgettable enjoyment.

Gear up for an energetic vibe as we celebrate diversity while making timeless memories during this thrilling time in New York City. Stay tuned each Friday with our weekly calendar of events packed with details about each happening in the area. Remember to Subscribe now to our Newsletter — a fantastic journey awaits filled with unforgettable moments.

Here is our curated list of events happening May 30 through June 5.


Resonate: A Festival of New Musical Ruminations

Experience the captivating four-evening festival Found Sound Nation (FSN) presented in conjunction with the 2023 MATA Festival. Celebrating the emergence of fresh musical perspectives and voices, this event draws inspiration from over a decade of collaborative creation and cross-cultural exchange. Composers from diverse backgrounds unite to showcase the multitude of ways in which new musical compositions are crafted, shared, and passed down.

Each evening revolves around a specific theme, leading up to an enchanting finale featuring works by Found Sound Nation that delve into the depths of our subconscious, exploring the realms of memories, dreams, and rituals. Through a series of workshops, conversations, and global artist collaborations, this festival promises to be an unforgettable journey. Mark your calendars from May 31 to June 3 for this immersive musical experience.

509 Atlantic – Boerum Hill

Brooklyn Film Festival [BFF]

The Brooklyn Film Festival is set to make a grand return this year, offering a unique blend of online and physical screenings across multiple venues. The primary physical location for the festival will be Windmill Studios in Greenpoint, located at 300 Kingsland Avenue. Additionally, screenings will take place at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, situated at 80 Wythe Ave.

On June 10, after a brief hiatus, the highly anticipated BFF Exchange will be back in action at the Center for Fiction in Fort Greene, found at 15 Lafayette Ave. This exciting event will feature a full day of engaging panels, one-on-one conversations with industry professionals, and captivating works-in-progress pitching sessions.

Simultaneously, from June 2 to June 11, the Brooklyn Film Festival will also provide an online experience accessible through their website. This virtual event will allow movie enthusiasts to partake in the festival from the comfort of their own homes.

New York City is the ultimate destination for cinema lovers craving an immersive summer movie experience. The Brooklyn Film Festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, will showcase over 100 films from various corners of the globe. With a diverse lineup that spans documentaries, animations, and experimental works, there is something to captivate every audience member’s imagination. Be prepared for an extraordinary celebration of the art of filmmaking.

New York City is the place to be if you can not get enough movies in the summer. The Brooklyn Film Festival features over 100 films worldwide — this year’s 25th anniversary and many premieres. In addition, everything is from documentaries to animation and other film experiments.

DUMBO Drop: Brooklyn’s Spectacular Block Party

Enjoy the excitement at the fifth annual DUMBO Drop, Brooklyn’s most iconic block party, with a twist. This free, all-ages event on Washington Street is packed with live entertainment, a thrilling DUMBO Archway Kids Zone powered by Brooklyn Bridge Parents, a bedazzling extravaganza presented by Creatively Wild, and a tantalizing taste of DUMBO with its renowned Restaurant Row.

events happening May 30 through June 5

Sip and savor at the lively beer gardens on Washington Street and Water Street. But the day’s highlight is the awe-inspiring spectacle: thousands of toy elephants parachuting onto Washington Street at 6 PM for the classic drop and again at 7 PM for the disco drop. So take advantage of this incredible experience that promises to be the biggest spectacle in Brooklyn and register here.

Photoville Festival Opening Weekend

It is the grand opening of the 12th Annual Photoville Festival. Time to immerse yourself in the vibrant community celebration. Taking place on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, starting at noon. This unmissable visual storytelling event will be held in Brooklyn Bridge Park. And this year, two full days of exciting activities, performances, tours, and screenings are perfect for the whole family. There is something for everyone.

Leica Camera will lead workshops, and Penumbra is back with its popular tintype portrait booth. Get involved in family activities with Creatively Wild and Brooklyn Bridge Parents, attend workshops by the International Center of Photography, join artist-led walking tours with Adobe, and enjoy guided tours by Photoville founders, festival artists, and curators.

Plus, attend the in-person photography and zine-making workshops, among many others. And when hunger strikes, indulge in scrumptious bites at the Smorgasburg Pop-Up.

As the sun sets, prepare for an enchanting evening of music, history, community, and captivating visual storytelling. In celebration of its 12th year, Photoville presents an array of photography that reflects our rich heritage. This includes a centennial tribute to TIME Magazine, an intimate exploration of Salwan George’s homecoming to Iraq as a Washington Post photographer.

And heartwarming showcases of our local NYC communities by We Build The Block and Magnum Foundation. To top it all off, there is a special preview of “Contact High,” a captivating exhibition highlighting the history of hip-hop photography.

Finally, join the fun for a memorable finale as DJ LiKWUiD treats you to an evening of tunes and dancing under the starry sky.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

First Saturday: Pride

Join the Brooklyn Museum as they commemorate Pride Month with a celebration that also observes twenty-five years since First Saturdays began. The significant occasion will feature many talented queer and trans artists. These artists will acknowledge their roots while envisioning a fruitful future for artistic communities in Brooklyn which are inclusive to everyone alike.

The Museum doors open at five o’clock sharp on Saturday the 3rd of June until eleven o’clock at night. It will be a fantastic experience and will not cost you a penny.

Grab your general admission tickets today registration is mandatory. This event shall be a momentous occasion feeling hopeful and pride amongst all attendees.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway — Brooklyn


Sunset Salsa

Get ready to dance the night away as Hudson River Park invites you to Sunset Salsa. This exciting event will take place every Thursday starting from June 1 throughout the summer. Join in for a memorable evening filled with rhythm and joy.

Leading the way is the incredible Talía Castro-Pozo, affectionately known as the “Woman of Salsa” by Latina Magazine. As a professional dancer with expertise in various dance styles from Ballroom to Jazz, she will ensure that dancers of all levels, whether beginners or advanced, have a fantastic time under the sparkling stars.

Come and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, let loose, and groove to the infectious beats. Sunset Salsa at Hudson River Park is an unforgettable experience for all dance enthusiasts.

Pier 76 Hudson River Park
408 12th Ave West — Manhattan

Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Whether you are a local or visiting during the Summer, take advantage of the Bryant Park Performances. This collection of inspiring concerts offers something special for everyone. The electric energy that defines our beloved city. Outstanding events perfect for meeting new friends and timeless memories waiting to be made; pristine surroundings straight out of your wildest dreams.

Happening May 30 Through June 5

From June 1st to September 14th, experience the best music and community during this acclaimed, free concert series.

The Bryant Park Picnic Performances capture the essence of what makes New York City so fantastic and unforgettable. Be prepared for breathtaking melodies that will sweep you away. An infectious atmosphere that will have you tapping your toes all night long. And memories like no other amidst the captivating beauty of Bryant Park.

Amazing Thailand Fest 2023 New York

Embark on a captivating journey to Thailand without leaving New York City. Experience the Amazing Thailand Fest 2023 on June 3 to 4, from 10 AM to 6 PM. This event takes place at an iconic downtown venue located near Church and Fulton Street [exact location to be revealed soon].

New York City Events Happening May 30 Through June 5

Immerse yourself in the allure of Thai culture as you indulge in many exciting activities and discover the wonders of “The Land of Smiles.”

Prepare to be enthralled by enchanting traditional Thai performances, mesmerizing Thai drag shows, and dazzling Thai fashion shows. Witness the artistry and skill of Muay Thai demonstrations, showcasing the ancient martial art of Thailand. As you explore, delight in the authentic flavors of Thai cuisine, savoring delectable dishes that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of Thailand.

Enrich your understanding of Thai culture through interactive experiences and informative displays that highlight the unique charm of this captivating country. Engage in lively Thai games and seize the chance to win fantastic prizes that showcase the best of Amazing Thailand.

NYC’s very own Thai glamazons, Pattaya Hart and Melanie Sutrathada, are hosting this extraordinary event. And will bring their flair and wit as the festival’s MCs. Additionally, some of the city’s finest Thai Select restaurants will be featured, offering a delectable culinary experience that will leave you craving more.

Do not miss this opportunity to gather your friends and family and immerse yourselves in the beauty of Thai culture. Join us at the Amazing Thailand Fest 2023 and embark on an unforgettable enchantment, flavor, and excitement-filled journey.

Downtown Iconic Venue at Church and Fulton Street — Manhattan


South Bronx Culture Festival 2023: Mi Cultura Viva en Mí

Casita Maria has proudly hosted the South Bronx Culture Festival for over a decade. The cherished event honors the South Bronx’s dynamic culture and close-knit communities. This festival presents a captivating performance series each year centered around a unique theme. In 2023, the theme is “Mi Cultura Viva en Mí,” embracing the profound concepts of healing and self-love.

Join the series of FREE outdoor performances that will take place from June 2 to 4. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of artistic expressions that reflect the spirit and resilience of the South Bronx. This is an opportunity to celebrate and uplift our vibrant community through the power of creativity and cultural appreciation.

Come and be a part of this extraordinary event, collectively embrace the cultural heritage, and honor the importance of healing and self-love. The South Bronx Culture Festival awaits, ready to inspire, entertain, and unite us all.

Father Gigante Plaza [in front of St. Athanasius Church]
878 Tiffany Street — Bronx

Open House, Darrel Ellis: Regeneration

Join in celebrating the opening of the remarkable exhibition Darrel Ellis: Regeneration. With an immersive experience filled with music, family portraits, and so much more!

Get ready to groove to the beats provided by Uptown Vinyl Supreme, who will set the perfect musical backdrop for this special occasion. From 2 PM to 5 PM, capture beautiful memories with your loved ones at the Family Portrait Studio, led by the talented Michael Young.

At 3 PM, join a captivating curatorial-led tour with Sergio Bessa and Leslie Cozzi, where they will provide unique insights into the exhibition and its significance.

An Open House for Darrel Ellis: Regeneration takes place on June 3, 2023, starting at 2 PM and concluding at 6 PM.

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to engage with the art, immerse yourself in the creative atmosphere, and celebrate the remarkable talent of Darrel Ellis.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse — Bronx


New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week, a prestigious global fashion event, captivates fashion enthusiasts, designers, celebrities, and trendsetters from across the globe. With its unparalleled allure, this week-long extravaganza showcases cutting-edge fashion shows. In addition, the latest trends are unveiled, networking opportunities, and a plethora of fashion-related activities.

New York Fashion Week

Stay at the forefront of fashion as you explore the vibrant atmosphere, engage in insightful discussions with industry peers, and exchange ideas with like-minded individuals. This event provides a platform for fostering connections, discovering emerging talent, and immersing yourself in the ever-evolving realm of style.

New York Fashion Week is not merely a fashion event; it’s an experience that celebrates the fashion industry’s artistry, innovation, and boundless creativity. So whether you are a fashion enthusiast, an aspiring designer, or someone with a deep appreciation for style, this is your invitation to be a part of the captivating world of fashion at its finest.

90-15 Queens Boulevard — Queens

Hot 97 Summer Jam

Prepare for the ultimate Hip Hop music and culture celebration as HOT 97’s Summer Jam returns to New York. As America’s largest live Hip Hop event, it brings together the biggest names in the industry onto one electrifying stage. With a legacy that spans 29 years, it is widely regarded as the most iconic Hip Hop show in the world, showcasing the genre’s most renowned superstars.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 4th, as the annual Summer Jam extravaganza takes place at the incredible UBS Arena. Get ready to witness mind-blowing performances, epic collaborations, and an unrivaled energy that will sweep you off your feet. From chart-topping artists to groundbreaking talent, this event is the ultimate platform to experience the very best of Hip Hop.

Pay homage to the culture that has shaped generations, and immerse yourself in a night of unforgettable performances that excite you. HOT 97’s Summer Jam is the ultimate destination for Hip Hop lovers and music enthusiasts, promising an unparalleled experience you will not miss.

UBS Arena
2400 Hempstead Turnpike — Elmont

And there you have it, an exciting lineup of events happening May 30 through June 5 with a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and diverse experiences that New York City has to offer. From thrilling concerts to renowned film festivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Make the most of your upcoming week by joining us and seizing the chance to create unforgettable memories. Stay connected with our weekly calendar of events and subscribe to our Newsletter to stay informed about all the exciting happenings in the city. Get ready for an extraordinary journey filled with captivating moments and endless possibilities. We can’t wait to share this incredible adventure with you.

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Nat C.


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