Best Free Things to Do This Summer in NYC

Alyson Penn

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With colorful festivals, concerts by big-name artists and Shakespeare performances, there are fun, free things to do every day in NYC this summer. And, of course, outdoor activities like relaxing in Central Park and strolling the Brooklyn Heights Promenade also cost nothing. Here’s a roundup of some great events that’ll leave you with extra cash in your wallet.  

Free Summer Events

Vogue Knitting LIVE!

Shopping Vogue Knitting LIVE!

Times Square, the obvious place to take your interests to an almost unhealthy extreme, becomes a veritable temple to knitting for a full weekend during Vogue...

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Gingerbread Lane
Dec
4

Things to Do Gingerbread Lane

Chef Jon Lovitch spent a year creating the miniature homes in this edible display at the New York Hall of Science, using 500 pounds of gingerbread dough.

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J.Crew + Madewell sample sale
Dec
4

Shopping J.Crew + Madewell sample sale

Prepare to go into work late, because J.Crew and it’s hip sister label Madewell are both offering women’s styles for up to 60 percent off. Women...

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Winter Flea + Holiday Market
Dec
4

Shopping Winter Flea + Holiday Market

Check out this hip outpost of Brooklyn Flea market to satisfy your need for quick eats and wrap up your last-minute shopping. Along with 75 vendors...

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Gingerbread Boulevard
Dec
6

Things to Do Gingerbread Boulevard

Proof that life-size gingerbread houses exist outside of fairytales, located in Madison Square Park.

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Alice + Olivia sample sale
Dec
6

Shopping Alice + Olivia sample sale

Stacey Bendet’s bohemian-style frocks are highly desired, so now is the perfect time to stock up on discounted dresses for any upcoming holiday...

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Latke Festival
Dec
19

Restaurants Latke Festival

Crisp-fried potato pancakes steal the spotlight at this eighth-annual festival benefitting the Sylvia Center, which promotes healthy eating for children.

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New Year’s Eve Ball
Dec
31

Nightlife New Year’s Eve Ball

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New Year’s Eve at Output
Dec
31

Nightlife New Year’s Eve at Output

Some NYE partygoers can barely make it past midnight. But if you're looking to ring in the New Year with a body-breaking, mind-melting 22 hours of raging on...

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Coil Festival
Jan
3

Arts & Culture Coil Festival

Celebrate contemporary art in various disciplines at P.S. 122.

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American Realness
Jan
5

Performing Arts American Realness

Festival of dance and performance that pushes boundaries and breaks tradition.

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GlobalFest
Jan
8

Concerts GlobalFest

Festival bringing global music to NYC in various forms.

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