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

May
19

Arts & Culture
SummerStage

New York City's biggest summer concert series takes place in Central Park and other green spaces all around the five boroughs.

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May
21

Arts & Culture
Shakespeare in the Park

These free productions at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park are a beloved summer tradition.

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Jun
4

Concerts
Celebrate Brooklyn!

A favorite among Brooklyn’s summertime concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn! is set at the beautiful Prospect Park Bandshell.

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Jul
4

Festivals & Parades
Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

The iconic display along the East River will celebrate its 42nd anniversary.

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Jul
25

Performing Arts
Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Head to Damrosch Park for music, dance and spoken-word events; family shows; and specially commissioned works.

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Jul
28

Outdoors & Recreation
Harlem Week

Celebrate the community’s rich economic, political, and cultural history.

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Aug
3

Arts & Culture
Dragon Boat Festival

A colorful multicultural tradition, this festival paddles back to Flushing Meadows–Corona Park for a weekend-long celebration.

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Aug
3

Outdoors & Recreation
Summer Streets

For three Saturdays in August the streets become car-free.

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