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


Arts & Culture
Dragon Boat Festival

Roughly 180 dragon-boat teams from around the world come to race on the lake at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Back on shore, expect plenty of traditional food, live entertainment, martial arts demonstrations and children's activities.

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