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

Oct
8

Arts & Culture
ChalkFIT 2018

Illustration students at FIT display their aesthetic chops on an outdoor mural.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Neurosis

A hilarious new musical about finding happiness and love while surrounded by worries.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Because I Could Not Stop

A dramatic glimpse into the mind and inner talent of poet Emily Dickinson.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
The Book of Merman

Two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell of one Ethel Merman.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Midnight at The Never Get

A gay showbiz couple endure 1960s intolerance of their life and relationship.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Sakina's Restaurant

One-man show about an Indian immigrant’s experience working in the food-service industry.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
What the Constitution Means to Me

Writer Heidi Schreck’s personal exploration in the shadow of the Constitution.

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Oct
17

Museums & Galleries
Down These Mean Streets

Ten photographers capture the growth and community of urban landscapes.

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Oct
17

Museums & Galleries
Art and Conspiracy

Artists explore suspicion, power and the relationship between governments and their citizens.

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Oct
17

Museums & Galleries
Charles White: A Retrospective

MoMA hosts the first major survey of works by Charles White in over 30 years.

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Oct
17

Performing Arts
La Fanciulla del West

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves....

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Oct
17

Arts & Culture
Climate Signals

This citywide installation is meant to incite thought, conversation and action about climate change.

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