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

Arts & Culture
Summer 2021 Installations

2021 installations on Governors Island

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Oct
17

Museums & Galleries
Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times

first museum survey dedicated to the couple's work

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Oct
17

Museums & Galleries
Automania

the automobile's impact on art and beyond

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Oct
17

Arts & Culture
Eco-Urgency: Artists Make the Case

explores the intersection of art, artists and science

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Oct
17

Museums & Galleries
Hassan Hajjaj: VOGUE, The Arab Issue

an exploration of cultural stereotypes and cliches

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Oct
17

Museums & Galleries
New York, New Music:1980–1986

celebrate the impact of the music of the 1980s

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Oct
17

Museums & Galleries
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror

held concurrently at the Whitney and Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Oct
17

Arts & Culture
Claudia Wieser: Rehearsal

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Oct
17

Museums & Galleries
Puppets of New York

enjoy these quirky residents from Lamb Chop to the Lion King and more

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Oct
17

Broadway
Chicken & Biscuits

Norm Lewis and Michael Urie help tell the Jenkins’ family’s story in this Broadway play.

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Oct
17

Broadway
Lackawanna Blues

ee the new production of the 2001 play, debuting on Broadway 20 years after its premiere.

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Oct
17

Broadway
Thoughts of a Colored Man

Follow the lives of seven Black men over the course of a day in Brooklyn.

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