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The Belmont Stakes

Museum Mile Festival
Free art, no traffic—what's not to love? Check out nine of New York's best museums for free, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Jewish Museum. It's your chance to enjoy the art inside as well as live music, performers, and tons of activities for kids that take place on the streets outside.
6/7
 6-9pm, Fifth Avenue, 82nd to 105th Sts.; 212-606-2296, museummilefestival.org

Belmont Stakes
Pick a winner and place your bets: It's the last leg of the Triple Crown.
TBA
 Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont; 516-488-6000, nyracing.com

National Puerto Rican Day Parade
More than 3 million spectators line Fifth Avenue to cheer at the passing floats, singers, dancers, and marchers.
Second Sunday of the month
 Fifth Ave., 44th to 86th Sts.; 718-401-0404

New York City Pride Week and Parade
Break out the rainbow flags and celebrate gay, lesbian, and transgender pride in New York. Events include The Rally, the PRIDE March, and PrideFest.
6/19-6/26
  Events, times and locations vary; 212-80-PRIDE, hopinc.org

Met in the Parks Summer Concert Series
Pack a picnic basket, grab a blanket and join the thousands of opera fans who hit the park for the Metropolitan Opera's free summer opera series.
June through August
 Performance times and dates vary; The Great Lawn, Central Park, near 86th St.; 212-362-6000, metopera.org

SummerStage
A summer-long series of (mostly) free events in Central Park. The line-up is sure to sizzle—past performers include Ben Folds, The White Stripes and Rufus Wainwright.
June through August
 Performance dates and times vary; 212-360-CPSS, summerstage.org

Summer in Bryant Park
Spend your Monday evenings on the lawn watching a movie; catch a morning concert on the Upper Terrace; or, enjoy one of several Broadway song-and-dance revues.
June through August
 Visit bryantpark.org for more information.

Shakespeare in the Park
Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, or Othello—which crowd-pleasing, star-studded production will it be this year? Past performances have included Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kristen Johnsten. Tickets are handed out daily at 1pm at The Delacorte in Central Park, from 1pm to 3pm at the Public Theater, and from 1pm to 3pm on select dates at locations in all five boroughs. Bring a blanket, book, and friend as lines begin forming early in the morning. There are also lesser-known outer-borough locations (see publictheater.org for details) to cut back on the wait. Limit of two tickets per person.
mid-late June
Delacorte Theater, Central Park; publictheater.org

New York Summer Restaurant Week
Dine at some of New York's best restaurants for a fraction of the regular cost. A three-course dinner will set you back about $30—even less for lunch.
Late June-Early July