Cool things to do in June in the Bronx
Find some of the best things to do in our Borough during the month of June!
Frida Kahlo -Art. Garden. Life
Monday, June 1- November 1, 2015 | New York Botanical Garden
This blockbuster exhibition is the first to examine Frida Kahlo’s keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. Featuring a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, this limited six-month engagement also reimagines the iconic artist’s famed garden and studio at the Casa Azul, her lifelong home in Mexico City.
Accompanying events invite visitors to learn about Kahlo’s life and enduring cultural influence through music, lectures, Frida al Fresco evenings, Mexican-inspired shopping and dining experiences, and hands-on art activities for kids. As a complement to your visit, use our new mobile guide to see rare photos and footage, listen to expert commentary, and create your own Frida Selfie to share with friends.
Le Petit Zen Art
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 2:00PM-3:30PM
This event repeats every Tuesday and Saturday.
Through drawings, paintings and other techniques, adults will create miniature works (4"x6") or less of Zen art. The instructing artist will demonstrate how to create delicate works, using repeating strokes and patterns for a Zen experience.
First Fridays! IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MOTH
Friday, June 5th 7:00PM-10:00PM | The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Join us for a Bronx StorySLAM in collaboration with The Moth. Arrive by 7pm for the opportunity to put your name in The Moth “hat”. Later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. Of the ten featured storytellers, one winner is chosen. Register early for this popular and well-attended event!
7:00pm Doors open
7:30pm Stories begin
$10 general admission tickets will be available online two weeks before the show (Friday, May 22) on themoth.org. Seating is first come, first served.
A limited number of tickets are available for FREE to guests with a Bronx address!
Mist solo exhibition
Saturday, June 6th-Wednesday July 8th | Wall Works
June will be an exciting solo exhibition from French artist MIST...not only will he be showing new work, but also will be painting walls around the city,
Rose Garden Weekend
Saturday, June 6 - Sunday June 7th | New York Botanical Garden
Come June, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a sea of warm color, flush with the reds, whites, yellows, and pinks of nearly 700 rose cultivars. In celebration of the delicate beauty that defines this collection, as well as the peak of its seasonal color, stop by for two days of live music, plant care demonstrations and tours with expert rosarians, and light summer refreshments in the shade of the garden's overlooks.
Puerto Rican Masters
Saturday, June 6, 2015 8:00PM |Concert Hall at Lehman College
Live on stage, Director, Isidro Infante, Paquito Guzman, Moncho Rivera, Ray De La Paz, Michael Stuart, Miki Vimari, Luisito Carrion and more to be announced.
They come with the history of Salsa.
PuertoRican Masters is a select group of the most prominent representatives classics and contemporary Salsa that have been an essential part in the development of the genre in Puerto Rico and the world from more than forty years ago, and that his career deserve to be called “Masters of Salsa”. This is a musical concept that allows you to explore the more great successes of the Salsa from the decades of the 70′ and 80′ with his arrangements and original interprets, without the need to resort to various orchestras.
The presentation will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015 produced by the Lehman Center and involved two legends of the genre like Paquito Guzman and Ray De La Paz and also representing the new blood of Salsa, Luisito Carrion, Michael Stuart and Moncho Rivera. The special guest of the night is the “Diva” Miki Vimari.
The Orchestra will be composed of a select group of the best Puerto Rican musicians resident in New York and directed by maestro Isidro Infante, 7 “Grammy” award winner and current director of the emblematic “Fania All Stars”.
Sunday, June 7th 11:00AM-2:00PM | Van Cortlandt Park
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City.
Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays.
Basic canoe programs are great for all skill levels. This program is for ages 8 and up.
Frida al Fresco X Jenny Holzer Installation
Wed June 10th -Sat, June 13th 6:30; projections 9-10PM | New York Botanical Garden
Jenny Holzer is best-known for her "truisms"—a series of powerful one-liners displayed on billboards, presented as LED signs, and projected on buildings and landscape. The main focus of her work has always been the use of words and ideas in public space—since 1993 she has mainly worked on her light projections with texts written by others.
Holzer joins the Frida al Fresco performance lineup as a featured guest of NYBG and the Poetry Society of America. Using the Haupt Conservatory dome as her canvas, she will project a selection of poetry by Nobel Prize-winner Octavio Paz and several distinguished contemporary Mexican female poets. The installation will be on view from 9–10 p.m. during Frida al Fresco evenings taking place June 10–13.
Bronx Stories: Pride
Friday, June 12, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM | The Bronx Museum of the Arts
What makes you proud? Join us for an evening of storytelling, poetry and music inspired by the Bronx, the works of art on view at the Museum, and the theme for the night: PRIDE. Make your voice heard in our open mic.
Hosted by Simply Rob and Monica Martinez.
Performances by John “Chance” Acevedo, Vanessa Ferreira, and Marilyn Torres.
Produced in collaboration with poet, author, and Bronx Museum Community Advisory Council member Monica Martinez and Tantalizing Productions.
Free admission and bar (donations suggested)
Location: 2nd floor North Wing and throughout the galleries
Cupcakes from Eva Jay's Sweets will be available for purchase.
THE BRONX’S MAIN STREET: WALKING THE GRAND CONCOURSE WITH SAM GOODMAN
Sunday, June 14, 11:00am to 12:30pm | The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Bronx native Sam Goodman, an urban planner in the Office of the Bronx Borough President, will lead a tour of the Grand Concourse. While visiting key sites along this major thoroughfare, Goodman will provide a brief history of the Grand Concourse and explain the development of its diverse neighborhoods and communities. Cohosted by Transportation Alternatives and the Bronx Museum.
Free admission; No RSVP required
Meet at 11:00am in the Bronx Museum North Wing Lobby
ARTS IN THE GARDENS: SCREENING OF "FROM MAMBO TO HIP HOP"
Thursday, June 18, 7:30pm to 10:00pm | The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Join us for an outdoor screening of From Mambo To Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale at the Target Community Garden. Henry Chalfant’s energetic documentary shows how the South Bronx was a cauldron of musical creativity from the 1940s through the 1970s. Music preceding the film by DJ David Medina. Produced in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project.
Location: Target Community Garden, 1025 Anderson Avenue, Bronx, NY
Canciones de mi Padre | Songs of My Father Concert
Saturday, June 20th 6:30PM-9:30PM | New York Botanical Garden
Bring a picnic blanket and set up under the stars for a relaxed evening of food, music, and the continued celebration of Mexican heritage at the heart of our spring exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. Dad won't want to miss this throwback to the heyday of Linda Ronstadt with a performance of her landmark album of traditional Mexican folk songs—the top selling non-English album in American history—by The Villalobos Brothers and Humberto Flores, featuring a special appearance by Gizel Xanath, other guest artists, and a full mariachi band. Pick up dinner for the family from Stephen Starr Events or visit their taco truck while you're here, and enjoy a complimentary cerveza or margarita included with your ticket to this Father's Day weekend concert.
Non-Member $40/Member $30
Advanced tickets recommended.
NY Philharmonic Concert in the Park
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 8:00PM-9:00PM | Van Cortlandt Park
New York Philharmonic marks the 50th anniversary of the Concerts in the Parks, the iconic series of free outdoor performances that have been enjoyed by more than 14 million concertgoers since 1965.
Alan Gilbert returns in an all-American program featuring Bernstein's West Side Story Concert Suite No. 1, performed by soprano Julia Bullock and a tenor to be announced. Plus: works by Barber, Gershwin, Copland, Anderson, Rodgers, and Sousa. After the musical fireworks, stay for actual fireworks.
To view the full schedule and list of performances, please visit the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks website.
The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks are presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.
Sunday, June 28, 2015 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Van Cortlandt Park
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.
All equipment is provided, and most are first-come, first-served. Children 8 years and older are welcome. Participation in a mandatory safety review led by a trained Ranger is required.
Tuesday, June 30, 8:15PM | The Bronx Documentary Center
A documentary film about the NYC street gang revolution that impacted the world-over through Hip Hop. Confronting a bankrupt, decaying city and the dashed hopes of the civil rights generation, African-American and Latino teenagers violently took over the streets of 1970s New York. The South Bronx became a war zone ruled by gangs like the Savage Skulls and the Ghetto Brothers. Hypnotic archival footage and present-day interviews with former gang members reveal how peace was brokered at the peak of the bloodshed in a most unlikely manner, laying the foundation for what ultimately became hip-hop culture. - See more at: http://bronxdoc.org/events#sthash.SPquCIri.dpuf