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
17

LGBTQ
On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work

This exhibit shows how queer and transgender sex workers encourage community building, self-empowerment and activism.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Fern Hill

Three couples in their golden years have their relationships tested.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Heroes of the Fourth Turning

A group of friends reunite in celebration and end up in a political battle.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Is This a Room

An intense drama based on the actual interrogation of former intelligence specialist Reality Winner.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Terra Firma

In the near future, a nation must rebuild after war in this play inspired by true events.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
L.O.V.E.R

In this bold one-woman show, writer-star Lois Robbins shares her personal experiences with love, sex and relationships.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Mothers

The parents and nannies at a Mommy-Baby Meetup ratchet up their competitiveness to dangerous levels in this black comedy.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
American Moor

A solo show on race and Shakespeare told through an audition for Othello.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Our Dear Dead Drug Lord

A group of teen girls gather to summon the spirit of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Seared

A temperamental chef refuses to mass produce the signature dish that has made his restaurant famous.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
The Office! A Musical Parody

Clock back in at Dunder Mifflin for a hilarious unauthorized spoof of the hit NBC sitcom The Office.

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Oct
17

Off-Broadway
Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo

The only Western master of Rakugo, the Japanese art of comic storytelling, Katsura Sunshine debuts a new comic monologue and traditional tales.

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