Best Free Things to Do This Summer in NYC

Alyson Penn

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

Jul
1

Accessibility
Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act

NYC celebrates the Americans With Disabilities Act milestone.

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Jul
7

Museums & Galleries
City/Game: Basketball in New York

The history of basketball in NYC and how it’s shaped the City.

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Jul
7

Museums & Galleries
Willi Smith: Street Couture

Retrospective of iconic streetwear designer Willi Smith of WilliWear.

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Jul
7

Museums & Galleries
The Met's 150th Anniversary

Met Museum anniversary programming including special exhibitions and new galleries.

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Jul
7

Broadway
Mrs. Doubtfire

Based on the hit 1993 movie, an out-of-work actor disguises himself as a frumpy nanny to get closer to his kids and estranged wife.

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Jul
7

Broadway
Flying Over Sunset

James Lapine and Tom Kitt's new musical dreams up an LSD-fueled encounter between writer Aldous Huxley, playwright Clare Boothe Luce and movie star Cary Grant.

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Jul
7

Broadway
How I Learned to Drive

After more than 20 years, Paula Vogel’s chronicle of the strained, sexual relationship between an adolescent girl and her aunt’s husband comes to Broadway.

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Jul
7

Broadway
Diana

A musical about the life and legacy of Princess Diana.

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Jul
7

Broadway
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Broadway revival of famed Edward Albee play.

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Jul
7

Broadway
Six

The six ill-fated ex-wives of Henry VIII tell their side of the story.

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Jul
7

Broadway
Girl From the North Country

A group of wayward souls convene during the Great Depression.

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Jul
7

Off-Broadway
...what the end will be

Jiréh Breon Holder's new drama looks at the lives of African-American fathers and sons.

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