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

Arts & Culture
Nancy Baker Cahill: Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell reflects on the evolution of liberty, freedom and democracy and encourages viewers to do the same.

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Jul
30

Arts & Culture
Ana Flores: Forest Dialogue

Take a seat in one of the pair of bronze chairs positioned amid the dawn redwood and bald cypresses in front of Wave Hill’s Glyndor Gallery.

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Sep
17

Arts & Culture
Styling: Black Expression, Rebellion and Joy Through Fashion

The exhibition focuses on style as an expression of creativity and rebellion against oppression.

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Sep
24

Arts & Culture
Hispanic Society Museum & Library: Treasures on the Terrace

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (which runs mid-September to mid-October), this exhibition features large-scale photographic reproductions of 19 works from Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Peru drawn from the museum's collection.

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Oct
2

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Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine: Inspired by "What Is Left"

This text-based installation by Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, a Crown Heights–based arts collective, uses the words of the late poet Lucille Clifton to convey resiliency and perseverance.

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Oct
20

Museums & Galleries
Away from the Easel: Jackson Pollock’s Mural

Exhibition of artist Jackson Pollock's famed large-scale painting.

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Oct
20

Museums & Galleries
Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer

Exhibition showcasing noted textile designer’s works that informed fashion designer’s clothing.

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Oct
20

Museums & Galleries
We Fight to Build a Free Worl

Artist-curated exhibition showcasing responses to social injustice.

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Oct
20

Things to Do
Harlem Renaissance 100 Events

Celebrate the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance with a year of events uptown.

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Oct
20

Museums & Galleries
The Nature of Color

an exploration of the many roles of color

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Oct
20

Arts & Culture
Sophie Calle: Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery

Near Green-Wood's main entrance, artist Sophie Calle has created an ongoing site-specific installation in the form of a headstone.

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Oct
20

Arts & Culture
Asiya Wadud: Echo Exhibit

Brooklyn-based poet Asiya Wadud conceived of a series of phone conversations between writers and stranger that served to produce poetry.

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