New This Month

Looking for a fun new cultural activity but not sure what to check out next? We’ve rounded up some of the highlights that you can experience for free this month with Culture Pass, from new exhibition openings to limited-run live performances. Check back each month for a new set of recommendations!


You can learn more about individual exhibitions and events by clicking the links in the blurbs below, but if you want to book a Culture Pass, click here to return to the homepage and log in with your library card to make a reservation.


June 2024

All offers listed below are subject to availability.


NEW SITE: Catch Your Favorite Author at the Center for Fiction

Dates: Monday-Saturday; Programs on 6/13, 6/17, 6/20, & 6/26

The latest addition to the Culture Pass program should get bibliophiles across the five boroughs excited: welcome to Fort Greene's Center for Fiction! In addition to offering free day passes to browse their unique collection, CfF also has a great slate of upcoming events, including the annual All Pride, No Prejudice event celebrating LGBTQ+ literature (6/13) and chats with Rachel Cusk (6/17), Joseph Earl Thomas (6/20), and Andrew O'Hagan (6/26).

EVENT: Rediscover the Humble Hot Dog at the Town Hall

Date: 6/9

Attendees of the delightfully named To Be Frank: A Hot Dog Summit will be treated to a day of frank conversation, hearty debate, and an impressive lineup of panels and performance organized by dynamic artist duo Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw for their public art commission Hot Dog in the City. The event is one of several on offer to Culture Pass-users at the Town Hall this month.

EXHIBITION: Explore the Legacy of Brooklyn's Own Shirley Chisholm at MCNY

Date: Opening 6/14

The Museum of the City of New York will unveil the first major museum exhibition on the life and legacy of pathbreaking politician Shirley Chisholm. Changing the Face of Democracy: Shirley Chisholm at 100 tells the story of the first black woman elected to Congress and the first woman to run for president on a major party ticket in her own words and through an array of historical artifacts, art, photographs, and video.

EXHIBITION: Check Out the Brand New Permanent Exhibition at the Latimer House

Date: Reopening 6/15

Flushing's Lewis Latimer House Museum is set to re-open just in time for Juneteenth after a months-long renovation with a brand new permanent exhibition honoring Black inventor, artist, and writer Lewis Latimer. The son of self-emancipated enslaved people, Latimer was a technological pioneer who made important contributions to inventions, including the lightbulb and the telephone, that continue to shape modern life.

PERFORMANCE: Step Back Into the Civi Rights-Era "Freedom Summer" at KCA

Date: 6/18

Written by Ralph Carhart and directed by Renee’ Flemings, The Invaders tells the story of Queens College student Andrew Goodman, who volunteers to be a part of the “Freedom Summer” overseen by some of the greatest names in civil rights history, including Stokely Carmichael, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Bob Moses. Staged at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts on the Queens College campus, The Invaders is a story of yesterday, with echoes that reverberate around us sixty years later.

PERFORMANCE: Experience the Musical Stylings of a Secret Society at The Jazz Gallery

Dates: 6/19 & 6/20

The Montreal-based group Darcy James Argue's Secret Society will play The Jazz Gallery two nights in a row this month. Acclaimed as an “innovative composer, arranger, and big band leader” by The New Yorker, Argue’s accolades include multiple Grammy nominations and a Latin Grammy Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Doris Duke Artist Award, and countless commissions and fellowships.

PERFORMANCE: Celebrate Louis Armstrong at the Queens Theatre

Date: 6/30

The Queens Theatre will present Armstrong at the World’s Fair Revisited, a spectacular evening celebrating the timeless music and legacy of Louis Armstrong as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of his iconic concert at the World's Fair. Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings will take the stage, showcasing their exceptional talent and deep passion for Louis Armstrong's music.