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

Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara

Tracing the rich and storied history of the Sahel in Africa.

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Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
The Book of Ruth: Medieval to Modern

Display of anonymous Bible book along with other Christian manuscripts.

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Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

This exhibit covers the life and career of the famed NYC concert promoter.

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Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
Climate Crisis: Environmental Change in Indigenous Americas

Here's a study of how climate change is affecting Indigenous cultures in the Americas.

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Apr
9

Performing Arts
Joyce Theater Spring/Summer 2020 Season

The spring season features annual favorites and Joyce newcomers.

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Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
Women March

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

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Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition

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Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
Away from the Easel: Jackson Pollock’s Mural

Exhibition of artist Jackson Pollock's famed large-scale painting.

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Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
Making The Met, 1870–2020

Centerpiece of the Met’s 150th anniversary celebration year.

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Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
Gerhard Richter: Painting After All

Works of celebrated German artist including loans from other museums.

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Apr
9

Museums & Galleries
We Fight to Build a Free Worl

Artist-curated exhibition showcasing responses to social injustice.

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Apr
9

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Marking Time

MoMA PS1 displays work that concerns issues with the prison system.

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