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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Oct
2

Arts & Culture
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
29

Arts & Culture
Madison Square Park: Abigail DeVille: Light of Freedom

Abigail DeVille’s Light of Freedom serves as a centerpiece for Madison Square Park Conservancy’s exploration of the roles of public art and civic spaces in these times.

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Jan
20

Museums & Galleries
Vida Americana

Whitney exhibit explores the impact Mexican artists had on their counterparts in the United States.

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Jan
20

Museums & Galleries
Women March

Celebration of the centennial of 19th Amendment and other women’s victories.

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Jan
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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Jan
20

Museums & Galleries
We Fight to Build a Free Worl

Artist-curated exhibition showcasing responses to social injustice.

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Jan
20

Museums & Galleries
We Do Not Dream Alone, the Asia Society Triennial

This far-ranging event includes exhibitions, interdisciplinary panels and performances.

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Jan
20

Museums & Galleries
The Nature of Color

an exploration of the many roles of color

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Jan
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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Jan
20

Arts & Culture
Museum of the City of New York: New York Responds

This exhibit continues the museum's tradition of collecting New York City's stories.

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Jan
20

Arts & Culture
Public Art Fund: Davina Semo: Reverberation

This Public Art Fund exhibit on Brooklyn's waterfront features five orange-pink bronze bells.

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