Luxury Calendar: The New and Not-to-be-Missed in June

A once-in-a-decade art Grand Tour, Ascot, Pride Month, festivals of all kinds (music, dance, art, food, ideas, and creativity), hot movies, roses and rosé, fashion awards, and the start of summer! There’s so much to love about this month. Here’s our Dandelion Chandelier list of the essential events in the global luxury ecosystem in June 2017 – everything you need to know, all in one place, to help you enjoy luxurious experiences all month long.

Sure, it’s almost summer, but there’s no need to turn your brain off just yet: there are major gatherings to provoke thought and conversation. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, focusing on healthcare, innovation and entertainment, is June 17 – 24. The Aspen Ideas Festival is June 22 – July 1.  Expo 2017 Future Energy in Astana, Kazakhstan will showcase innovations in energy, including reducing carbon emissions, energy efficiency, and energy for all – June 10 – September 10. (Not coincidentally, the tony new St. Regis Astana is scheduled to open in July).

As flower show season winds down, the International Bouquet Competition, founded by Princess Grace of Monaco, marks its 50th year; it convenes some of the most inventive amateur florists in the world, and Princess Caroline presides over the festivities – June 10-11.

If you’re still feeling the loss of your favorite TV series, despair no more: Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, an immersive experience, launches a world tour starting in Singapore – June 17. Or head to London for the Queen’s official birthday celebration, Trooping the Colour, which includes a military parade on The Mall – June 17.

Luxury Travel – Top destinations This Month.

–In Normandy, the D-Day Festival has been held since 2007 to commemorate the June 6th anniversary of the Allied beach landings; make a pilgrimage to explore the landing sites, monuments and museums that mark the beginning of the end of World War II.

–Take the “The Grand Tour” of the art world and visit Documenta (14) in Kassel, Germany and Athens; Art Basel in Switzerland; and the Venice Biennale; those truly in the know will also stop by the Greek island of Hydra to see the display of the left hand of Kara Walker’s iconic 2014 Sugar Baby sculpture, and also visit the once-every-ten-years Skulptur Projekte Münster in Germany.

–Book a seat on the new Train Suite Shiki-Shima in Japan; with only 34 passengers per trip, it’s an uber-lux way to travel, with interiors designed by Ken Okuyama (best known for his work with Ferrari and Maserati) and food by Katsuhiro Nakamura (the first Japanese person to receive a Michelin star); the 10-car train includes two glass-walled observatory cars and a private shower and bathroom in each suite. Choose between a one- or three-night excursion between Ueno Station in the capital and northern Japan.

–See the midnight sun in Stockholm, especially around the summer solstice when it’s visible for 24 hours; go on a shopping spree in Biblioteksgatan or the trendy Södermalm neighborhood, and stop at an outdoor cafe to fuel up on kötbullar (meatballs) and sip some aquavit.

–It’s a perfect time for a trip to the Amalfi Coast – stay at the Casa Angelina, perched on the cliff face of Praiano; take in the sea views from your room, or lounge poolside and people watch while sipping limoncello and enjoying wonderful food.

–Head to Mykonos and enjoy unbeatable views of the Aegean Sea from the luxurious Mykonos Grand, which is set over a private beach; it’s only a 5-minute drive to town for shopping, dining and cutting edge night life.

–Another island option? Kaua’i. You can never go wrong traveling to The Garden Isle in the summer (or ever) – with cascading waterfalls, lush rain forests and some of the best beaches and sunsets in the world, you can take a helicopter ride or catamaran to the west side for isolated beaches and the famous Napali Coast. Stay at the St. Regis in Princeville.

–As Peru enters winter, take advantage of the dry season this month and avoid the heavy crowds that arrive in July and August. Hike and camp on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with an experienced guide at hand that can take you to the very top. Afterward, relax at the luxurious Inkaterra Hotel.

Luxury Travel – Notable Openings This Month.

–The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills opens on Wilshire Boulevard with a restaurant and cocktail lounge helmed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, 170 rooms, and a La Prairie spa – June 1

–Bawah Private Island – in an archipelago of six islands off the coast of Singapore — offers 35 villas for 70 guests max on 741 acres, with 13 beaches and three lagoons – June 1

–Wilderness Safari’s Bisate Lodge opens in Rwanda; twelve guests can be accommodated in the six en-suite rooms located in the natural amphitheater of an eroded volcanic cone – this is a chance to see spectacular volcanic views and experience a gorilla trek at one of the only sustainable luxury offerings in the area – June 1

–MACq 01 opens in Tasmania and describes itself as a “storytelling hotel” with each room referencing a different part of Tasmania’s history. The design is eclectic, rustic and luxurious – June 2

–Ian Schrager’s latest hotel launch, PUBLIC, debuts in Manhattan with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s eateries PUBLIC Kitchen and LOUIS; three bars, a spa and a multimedia performance space – June 7

–MSC Cruises launches its new MSC Meraviglia, the 7th-largest cruise ship on the seas, with nineteen decks, numerous eateries, bars and deck-top amusements – June 11

–Linblad Expeditions will introduce its first newly-built ship, the 100-passenger National Geographic Quest, in the Inside Passage of Alaska – June 26

–The W Shanghai – The Bund is the third W Hotel launching in mainland China; it will offer sweeping views of the Huangpu River and Shanghai’s cityscapes – June 30

–The Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is just minutes away from Ibiza Town on the shores of Talamanca Bay – June 30

–Casa Cook Kos, set on a pristine beach of golden sand and a vast stretch of countryside, is the perfect hideaway with a laid back vibe on the island of Kos, Greece – June 30

Food and Drink.

Nobu Ryokan has opened in Malibu – guests of the new adjacent hotel have first dibs on seats (plus room service!)

–HaiSous is a new Chicago hot-spot, offering Vietnamese open-fire clay pot cooking

–Jean-Georges Beverly Hills and The Rooftop by JG at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills open in mid-June

–The Exchange at the new Freehand hotel Los Angeles opens this month serving “multicultural flavors of urban LA through an Israeli lens” – expected opening June 6

–Tetsu, from acclaimed chef Masa Takayama, will open in TriBeCa; the ground-floor dining room will offer a casual menu of robatayaki dishes, salads and Masa’s first-ever burger

–Foodies can delight in signature dishes from the best culinary talent in town at Taste Festivals worldwide; this month catch: Taste of Amsterdam at Amestelpark – June 2-5; Taste of Dublin – June 15-18; Taste of Toronto – June 15-18; Taste of Moscow – June 22-25

–The Chocolatec Salón Internacional del Chocolate is in Buenos Aires – June 5-8

–Celebrate fine wines and remarkable films at The Vero Beach Food & Film Festival, Vero Beach, FL – June 8-11

–Don’t miss the Food & Wine Classic is in Aspen, CO – June 16-18

–EMP Summer House will open on the East End of Long Island shortly after Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan closes for renovations; it will offer a more casual version of chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s tasting-menu concept – June 24

–Save room for the Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival in Wales – June 24 – July 2

Autos and Yachts.

–10th Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show, Chino Hills – June 3

–The Houston Exotic Auto Festival & Luxury Lifestyle EXPO takes place at NRG Park – June 4

–The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show 2017 will be back on the Thames –June 8-10

–The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center hosts the 57th Annual Melbourne International Boat Show – June 16-19

–The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is held annually on Father’s Day in Beverly Hills – June 18

–The Newport Charter Yacht Show will be held at the Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island – June 19-23

Fitness and Sports.

–The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors face off in Oakland for Game 1 of the NBA Finals; airing on ABC – June 1

–The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival comes to Victoria Harbor; commemorating loyalty and piety, it is traditional to eat sticky rice dumplings as part of the holiday festivities – June 2-4

–Four-meter single-handed sailing vessels manned by sailors aged 40 and up will race in Barbados during the Finn Masters World Championships – June 2-9

–The final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, is run at Belmont Park – June 10

–The French Open, held on the clay courts at Roland Garros, ends June 11

–The U.S. Open Championship will be contested in Wisconsin for the first time at Erin Hills – June 12-18

–The 24 Hours of Le Mans race is June 17-18

–The 35th America’s Cup will be held in Bermuda’s Great Sound, with the Defender Team Oracle USA facing off against the winner of the LV World Series in the most high-tech boats ever seen – the final head-to-head races run from June 17-27

–The Royal Ascot thoroughbred horse race in England is June 20-24

–The 2017 Superyacht Cup attracts many of the world’s most prestigious sailing yachts to Palma de Mallorca, Spain – June 21-24

–Equestrian competitions continue post-Ascot at Jumping International of Monte Carlo, part of the Longines Global Champions Tour – June 23-25

–The International Cricket Council Women’s World Cup is happening in England and Wales, with the final in London – June 26 – July 23

–The Henley Royal Regatta takes place at Henley-on-Thames, England – June 28 – July 2

–The British Open is at the Royal Birkdale in Southport, England – June 20-23

Auctions, Antiques and Design.

–The Arts & Antiques Fair Olympia celebrates its 45th year this year at London’s iconic Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre, featuring high quality, vetted art, antiques, furniture and collectibles – June 26-July 2

–The Royal Hospital Chelsea hosts Masterpiece London – one of the top international cross-selling fairs for art, antiques and design, London – June 29-July 5

–Christie’s: Russian Art, London – June 5; Paris Jewels, Paris – June 6; The Former Kamerbeek Collection, Amsterdam – June 12; Handbags & Accessories, London – June 12; Living With Art, New York – June 13; Art d’Asie, Paris – June 20; Rare Watches and American Icons, New York – June 21; Finest Wines & Spirits featuring Historic Cognacs from the Collection of Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, New York – June 23; Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper, London- June 28

–Sotheby’s: Fine Jewels, Geneva – June 1; Collections Online: Paintings & Objects Through the Centuries – June 2; The Estate of Carol Ferranti: Masterworks by Tiffany Studios, New York – June 6; Art Contemporain Vente du Soir, Paris – June 6; The Library of William O’Brien: Property of the Milltown Park Charitable Trust, London – June 7; Master Paintings, New York – June 8; Finest and Rarest Wines, London – June 14; Swiss Art/Swiss Made, Zurich – June 27

–Phillip’s: Design, New York – June 6; Evening & Day Editions, London – June 7; 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, London – June 29; Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, London – June 30

Fashion and Beauty.

–The 36th annual CFDA Fashion Awards, in partnership with Swarovski, will be held at The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom; Womenswear Designer of the Year nominees include Joseph Altuzarra, Raf Simons and Marc Jacobs – June 5

–Off White, the hot athleisure label, opens its first New York store on Mercer Street – June 7

–Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image opens at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC – June 16

–The winner of this year’s LVMH Prize will be announced in Paris – June 16

–Ibiza Bohemia is Assouline’s new coffee table book about the chic summer resort – June 21

–It’s National Sunglasses Day! Rock your favorite sunnies – June 27


–Wonder Woman, the live-action film starring Gal Gadot as the female superhero (reportedly in a new uniform), is set during WWI; Chris Pine co-stars – June 2

–Dean is comedian Demetri Martin’s melancholy comedy about the grieving process; he wrote, directed, and stars – June 2

–In Band Aid, a couple, played by Lister-Jones and Adam Pally, can’t stop fighting, so they decide to turn their fights into songs – June 2

–In Beatriz at Dinner, Salma Hayek and John Lithgow confront race and class – June 9

–Universal’s remake of The Mummy emerges from the crypt, starring Tom Cruise – June 9

–Brett Haley’s The Hero stars Sam Elliott as a man facing issues of aging and mortality in his personal and professional life – June 9

–Night School is a documentary that follows three students trying to graduate from their high school in Indianapolis – June 9

–Rough Night is the tale of a group of friends who get crazy at a bachelorette party and accidentally kill a male stripper – starring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon – June 16

–All Eyez on Me is a biopic about Tupac Shakur; Demetrius Shipp Jr. stars – June 16

–Transformers: The Last Knight opens – June 23

–Rom-com The Big Sick is the tale of a stand-up comic headed toward an arranged marriage who instead falls in love with a heckler who then becomes gravely ill – June 23

–Netflix’s film The Incredible Jessica James stars Jessica Williams as a playwright dealing with a breakup – June 23

–The Beguiled, directed by Sophia Coppola and starring Nicole Kidman, is a gothic remake of the 1971 film about a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) who finds his way to a Confederate girls’ boarding school in the waning months of the Civil War – June 23

–Baby Driver, starring Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Jon Hamm, is a crime thriller about a getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort); the film set SXSW on fire in March – June 28

–The House pairs SNL stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as suburban parents who set up a basement casino to raise funds for their daughter’s college education – June 30


–I’m Dying Up Here is Showtime’s new series set in the 1970’s comedy scene in LA – June 4

–Charles Esten hosts the 2017 CMT Music Awards live in Nashville – June 7

–The new season of Orange is the New Black drops on Netflix – June 9

–BBC America’s Orphan Black is in its final season this summer – June 10

–In TNT’s Claws, Niecy Nash plays the leading role in a dark comedy that follows a group of five Florida nail-salon employees tangled in a life of crime and violence – June 11

–Our all-time favorite summer show, So You Think You Can Dance, returns to Fox – June 12

–The 57th Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival will feature the premiere of Sony’s new series Absentia and a lifetime achievement award for Helen Mirren – June 16-20

–Ava DuVerney’s hit show Queen Sugar returns to OWN – June 20

–Set in the ‘80s, the comedy Glow on Netflix showcases Alison Brie as a struggling actress who gets involved in pro wrestling in the hopes of revitalizing her career – June 23

–The 2017 BET Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles – June 25

–Younger breezes back onto TV Land with the luminous Sutton Foster – June 28


–The Chichester Festival Theater stages Tennessee Williams’s Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Marcia Gay Harden in her U.K theatre debut as Alexandra del Lago, a fading Hollywood legend seeking refuge in a small town; previews June 2, official opening June 9, running through June 24

–The Oerol Theaterfest in Terschelling, Netherlands creates site-specific theater and arts projects on a small island – June 9-18

–The Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder will feature a female lead (Lenne Klingamen) in a production of Hamlet; there will also be performances under the stars – June 11-Aug 13

–The 71st Annual Tony Awards return to Radio City Music Hall, televised live on CBS; Kevin Spacey hosts; James Earl Jones will receive a lifetime achievement award – June 11

–While in NYC, Kevin Spacey performs Clarence Darrow, a 90-minute one-man play about the famous litigator, for two nights only at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the Bronx – June 15-16

–The long-delayed Sam Gold production of Hamlet, starring Oscar Isaac and featuring Keegan-Michael Key, begins previews June 20 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater and opens on July 13 for a limited engagement through Sept 3

–George Orwell’s 1984 moves from London and opens for a limited engagement on Broadway at the Hudson Theater – June 22

–The Williamstown Theater Festival in the Berkshires will feature premieres by playwrights Harrison David Rivers, Jason Kim, Anna Zeigler and Halley Feiffer; Tony-nominated Jessica Hecht stars in a new production of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl – June 27-Aug 20

Popular Music.

–The Governors’ Ball music festival kicks off on Randall’s Island with Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Wu-Tang Clan, Tove Lo and over 60 other artists – June 2-5

–Phil Collins returns to the stage with the Not Dead Yet tour. The short 18-show tour kicks of at Echo Arena in Liverpool on June 2. Blondie joins him in Dublin on the 25th and at Hyde Park in London on the 30th.

–The Ravinia Summer Music Festival, held just outside Chicago, is a showcase for several genres of music – June 3-Sept 17

–In addition to headliners Lorde, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper, the 16th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival in Manchester, Tennessee will feature a performance from U2, currently on tour to honor the 30th anniversary of its fifth album, ‘The Joshua Tree,” performing the work in its entirety (the band touches down at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on June 28th) – festival runs June 8-11

–Katy Perry’s new album, Witness, drops – June 9

–The annual Playboy Jazz Festival, now a co-production with the L.A. Philharmonic and Herbie Hancock (its creative chair for jazz) hosts its 38th edition at the Hollywood Bowl – June 10-11

–The Songwriters Hall of Fame will honor a rapper for the first time at its 48th annual induction ceremony: Jay Z joins Babyface, Berry Gordy Jr. and several others for the Manhattan ceremony – June 15

–The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is June 15-18

–The Monterey International Pop Festival is celebrating its 50th year – the 3-day music festival will honor musicians who got their start at the event: Jimi Hendrix, the Who and the Grateful Dead; headliners include Norah Jones – June 16-18

–New Zealand’s Lorde drops her sophomore album, Melodrama – “Green Light” is an instant candidate for 2017 song of the summer – June 16

–LA’s Hollywood Bowl opens for the season when The Moody Blues headline the opening night concert – June 17

–The Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, UK features Solange, Katy Perry and Lorde – June 21-25

–At the 16th edition of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, 2017, more than 1,500 artists will perform over 325 shows at 19 venues in Rochester, NY – June 23-July 1

–The Saratoga Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary; over 20 jazz artists will take the stage in Saratoga Springs, NY – June 24-25

–John Legend’s Darkness & Light Tour touches down in New York City – June 27-28

–Summerfest is an 11-day music festival with 800 acts on 11 stages at a park on Lake Michigan, now in its 50th year; The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink are headlining and there will also be hip-hop, classic rock, Latin and reggae music – June 28 – July 9

–The 51st annual Montreux Jazz Festival features Herbie Hancock, Usher, The Lumineers, Mavis Staples and Solange – June 30 – July 15

–Hit-maker Calvin Harris drops his latest, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1; “Slide” with Frank Ocean and “Heatstroke” with Pharrell and Ariana Grande are getting strong early buzz – June 30

–The Essence Festival arrives at the Superdome in New Orleans for its 23rd edition; headliners include Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Solange and Chaka Khan – June 30-July 2


–The second season of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History on Panoply returns for more social analysis served up in an accessible and light-hearted way – June 1

–Invisibilia on NPR returns for its third season, examining all of the elements that make us human; Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin host – June 1

–The Sam Sanders Project on NPR will feature the political reporter in a talk show format with a wide variety of people and topics – June 15

–Ear Hustle, a new podcast on Radiotopia, will tell stories of life within prison from the perspective of the incarcerated – June 20

–30 for 30 Podcasts, based on ESPN’s acclaimed documentary series, debuts with five episodes, including a piece on the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; the history behind the infamous “Yankees Suck!” cheer; and the story of how twenty ordinary women from the United Kingdom answered the call to become Arctic explorers 20 years ago – June 27


–Arundhati Roy returns to writing fiction with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness; it’s her first new novel since her 1997 Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things, and tells the story of several troubled people from across India finding love in unlikely places – June 6

–Camino Island by John Grisham is a suspense tale about the hunt for five stolen F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts – June 6

–In Swell, Jill Eisenstadt’s latest, three generations of a family uproot their lives in Manhattan in the wake of 9/11 to resettle in a ramshackle Rockaway beach house – June 6

–Maile Meloy’s novel Do Not Become Alarmed is inspired by the 1929 novel A High Wind in Jamaica, about kids who are accidentally abducted by pirates (the pirates don’t want them, and the kids love being there) – June 6

–Comedian Kevin Hart releases a memoir, I Can’t Make This Up – June 6

–Alain Mabanckou’s latest novel, Black Moses, was long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize; it’s the story of a boy in the Congo coming of age – June 6

–The Magpie Murders is a twisty brainy thriller by Anthony Horowitz – June 6

–In The Answers, Catherine Lacey’s sophomore novel, a woman suffering from a debilitating illness participates in the “Girlfriend Experiment,” the brainchild of an eccentric actor determined to find the perfect relationship, to fund her medical treatment – June 6

–At Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, Jonathan Swift 350 will explore the writings of the author of “Gulliver’s Travels,” with exhibits and lectures to mark the year of his 350th birthday – June 7-9

–Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body is the sixth book (and the second this year) from essayist, novelist and short-story writer Roxane Gay – June 13

–The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen is a wild ride through Earth’s five previous mass extinctions and a glimpse of our possible future – June 13

–Accomplished Guest is Ann Beattie’s latest collection of 13 new stories; Kirkus says “travel or a visit of some sort is the common thread, mortality the common theme” – June 13

–Kingdom Cons by Mexican novelist Yuri Herrera is the third installment of a saga set in a court where the power of the king is unquestioned, and the new and subversive work of a popular artist threatens the ruling order – June 13

–Believe Me by Eddie Izzard is the British comedian’s memoir — June 13

–The Changeling by Victor LaValle is the latest offering from the horror master; its the tale of a New York man abandoned by his father who has recently become a parent — June 13

–Mad is Chloé Esposito’s debut novel, a thriller about a woman behaving badly – June 13

–The Force is the latest crime novel from Don Winslow, set in the South Bronx, and buzz is already high – Stephen King has praised it as “The Godfather, only with cops” – June 20

–Our Little Racket is Angelica Baker’s debut novel, the story of a Greenwich, CT family during the year the father’s investment bank goes bankrupt – June 20

–How to Fall in Love with Anyone is based on Mandy Len Catron’s wildly popular 2015 NY Times essay, which explores the science of how and with whom we fall in love – June 27

–The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen is a sassy novel set in the glamorous Aegean, featuring beautiful people behaving badly – June 27

Performing Arts.

–The inaugural induction ceremony for the Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center will see luminaries including Louis Armstrong, Placido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma and Leontyne Price honored, along with the 30 founding members – June 6

–Maestro Alan Gilbert will conduct his final concerts as Music Director of the NY Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall. The special program, A Concert for Unity, will explore how music can build bridges and unite people across borders; the season finale will include Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and feature special guest artists Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis – June 8-10

–Summer season at The Yard, the contemporary dance program on Martha’s Vineyard, features modern, hip-hop, Indian, and a new work from Pam Tanowitz – June 8-Sept 9

–The American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina celebrates its 40th year at its Duke University home – June 13 – July 29

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Berkshires, begins its summer music season with Andris Nelsons conducting – June 17 – Sept 3 

–Caramoor, the summer music venue just north of NYC, launches its season – June 17-July 30

–The Jacob’s Pillow summer dance festival kicks off in the Berkshires with over 20 different programs; a highlight this month is Tireless: A Tap Dance Experience, curated by Michelle Dorrance (June 28-July 2) – festival runs June 21 – Aug 27

–Paris celebrates the Fête de la Musique with free music throughout the city – June 21

–Bravo! Vail sees the NY Phil in residence in late July; Jaap van Zweden conducts the Dallas Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra also performs – June 22-Aug 4

–The Aspen Music Festival explores the theme of “enchantment” – June 29-Aug 20

–The Santa Fe Opera Festival’s 61st season will feature five new productions, opening with Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Later in the summer, see the world premiere of the new opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which consists of scenes that span the entirety of Steve Jobs’ life – June 30 – Aug 26

–Bard Summerscape and Bard Music Festival feature Chopin and Dvorak – June 30-Aug 20

Visual Arts.

–On Manhattan’s High Line, Hop, Skip, Jump and Fly: Escape from Gravity from artist Sheila Hicks will be on display from June 1 through next April

–The Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt will host the first major retrospective in Europe of American Pop artist Peter Saul – June 2–Sept 3

–Theaster Gates stages his second of four performances at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in DC, a remix of the civil-rights-focused jazz album Max Roach’s Freedom Day, with musicians leading a processional through the museum – June 3

–The ARoS Triennial, at various venues in Aarhus, Denmark (about three hours northwest of Copenhagen) takes the theme “The Garden—End of Times; Beginning of Times;” the show takes place in urban spaces as well as in a forest and along the coastline – June 3–July 30

–Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! at the Serpentine Galleries in London will show new work from the Turner Prize-winning artist; he depicts everyday scenes in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, printmaking, and tapestry – June 8–Sept 10

–Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, a retrospective of more than 50 of the artist’s works (some never-before-seen), runs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago – June 6 – Sept 24

–Calder: Hypermobility at the Whitney in New York will showcase “early motor-driven abstractions, sound-generating gongs, and standing and hanging mobiles” – June 9–Oct 16

–Documenta, one of the most important art exhibitions in the world, takes place only once every five years, usually in the German city of Kassel; this year it is also being held in Athens (it debuted there April 8 and runs to July 16). Documenta (14) will showcase more than 150 artists in Greece and at the Fridericianum in Kassel – June 10 – Sept 17

–The fourth edition of the once-a-decade show Skulptur Projekte Münster includes 35 artists, whose work will be installed throughout its namesake German city, as well as the nearby city of Marl – June 10 – Oct 1

–Home—So Different, So Appealing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art bring together work by U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the 1950s to the present and will include “anarchitect” Gordon Matta-Clark, destruction artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz, and emerging installation artist Carmen Argote – June 11–October 15

–Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive at the MOMA celebrates the architect’s 150th birthday with an exhibit of 450 works from the 1890s to the 1950s – June 12–October 1

–The Tate Modern in London mounts a retrospective of the work of Fahrelnissa Zeid; the abstract painter was born in Turkey and trained in Paris, and synthesized influences from East and West – June 13 – Oct 8

Paul Cezanne’s portraits are on display at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris — June 13

–The iconic show Art Basel Switzerland features 291 of the world’s leading galleries showing the works of over 4,000 artists – June 15-18

–The left hand of Kara Walker’s monumental The Sugar Baby will be displayed in a former slaughterhouse on the island of Hydra in Greece – opens June 20

–Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi at the Haus der Kunst in Munich – an overview of the black abstractionist’s work – will be anchored by his large-scale “map paintings,” which conjure journeys he took and also ones he imagined – June 23–Oct 22

–Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art includes 45 works, many from the latter part of the Norwegian artist’s career, with 12 lesser-known self-portraits – June 24–Oct 9

–The Getty Center in LA celebrates British artist David Hockney, who turns 80 next month – June 27

–London Art Week will celebrate an array of art from across the past five millennia; more than forty notable galleries and three leading auction houses will participate – VIP preview June 29, open to the public June 30-July 7

–The Guggenheim presents Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897, which includes works by artists including Ferdinand Hodler, Georges Rouault, and Félix Vallotton, and also has a musical element, with works from Erik Satie, Richard Wagner, and others – June 30

–Bill Viola, at the Guggenheim Bilbao, is a retrospective of the work of the video artist, who focused on subjects including faith, transcendence, and renewal – June 30–November 9

In addition to all of that, June is LGBTQ Pride Month, National Donut Day is June 2nd, Father’s Day is the 18th, and the summer solstice (the first day of summer) is the 21st, as is the UN-decreed International Yoga Day. So take your pick: hit the road. Or chill out. It’s all good. It’s June.

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