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

Aug
15

Arts & Culture
Shakespeare in the Park

These free productions at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park are a beloved summer tradition.

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Aug
15

Arts & Culture
SummerStage

New York City's biggest summer concert series takes place in Central Park and other green spaces all around the five boroughs.

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Aug
15

Outdoors & Recreation
Harlem Week

Celebrate the community’s rich economic, political, and cultural history.

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Aug
15

Film & TV
Central Park Movies

This week-long summer film festival takes place in Central Park and Marcus Garvey Park.

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Aug
16

Film & TV
Movies with a View

Movies compete with the Manhattan skyline at these screenings in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Aug
18

Outdoors & Recreation
Summer Streets

For three Saturdays in August the streets become car-free.

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Aug
20

Film & TV
Bryant Park Film Festival

Check out the summer movies series that started it all, in Midtown’s Bryant Park.

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Aug
23

Music
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Bird has been gone a long time now, but NYC celebrates the jazz legend with this annual festival.

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