Something to Do All 99 Days of Summer 2022 in NYC

nycgo.com staff

Summer has arrived, and with it nearly a lifetime’s worth of NYC happenings. Did we fudge a little bit on the number in the title? Well, we’re counting from Memorial Day (May 30) to Labor Day (September 5), the unofficial bookends of the season. And hey, 99 makes a great round—or at least evocative—total. As in problems, bottles of beer on the wall and Luftballons (or red balloons, if you prefer the English version). But those things aren’t as fun or reliable as our compilation.

Use the following calendar of activities as a strict itinerary, or a checklist, or just inspiration. You’ll find outdoor concerts and movies, art exhibits, beach outings, sports events—and that’s just the half of it (we realize that it has to be more than half or less than half as 99 is an odd number, but still). Here’s what we would do for the 99 Days of Summer if we had absolutely no other obligations to hold us back.

Rockaway Beach. Photo: Ryan Struck

June 2: Laugh (or ruefully chuckle?) with David Sedaris at Kings Theatre

June 3: Attend the Red Hook Fest (it continues the next day with Martha Redbone and the Illustrious Blacks)

Courtesy, Queens Night Market
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June 5: Honor National Caribbean-American Heritage Month with music and film in Prospect Park, courtesy of Caribbeing and Prospect Park Alliance

June 6: Mark D-Day by visiting the East Coast Memorial in the Battery

June 7: Rock out with Moon Kissed at Elsewhere (and read about the band's favorite local music venues here)

June 8: Catch the opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn with Kamasi Washington

June 10: Keep the downtowny avant-garde thing going with John Zorn's New Masada Quartet at Sultan Room

Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island. Photo: Kate Glicksberg
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Courtesy, Tribeca Festival

June 13: Revisit Linsanity with 38 at the Garden at the Tribeca Festival

June 15: Get swept away by Alvin Ailey at the David H. Koch Theater—and check out our video spotlight of the dancers here

June 16: Revisit tales of Ulysses on Bloomsday at the Morgan Library and Symphony Space

June 17: Relive the performance of a lifetime whenSummer of Soul screens at SummerStage in Marcus Garvey Park

Mermaid Parade. Photo: Alan Hamill

June 18: March alongside and into the sea during the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island

June 19: Attend Juneteenth events in Harlem, Prospect Park, Green-Wood Cemetery or Jamaica’s Roy Wilkins Park

June 20: Shakespeare in the Park returns with Richard III at Delacorte Theater (udpate: the beginning of previews was just changed to June 21)

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Courtesy, Apollo Theater

June 22: It's (show)time for the season ender of Amateur Night at the Apollo

June 24: Get your lighters ready for Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett at Citi Field—sugar, thorny roses, crimson and clover optional

Pride Parade. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk

June 26: Take your pick of Pride-related events—Bliss Days, Pridefest, the Queer Liberation March (here are some pics from last year's) or, biggest of all, the March

Edgardo Alfonzo, manager of the Staten Island FerryHawks. Photo: Jordana Bermúdez
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June 29: Those looking for pizza can use our Pizza Guides to find the pie or slice of their dreams

June 30: It’s your last chance of the month to see Basquiat: King Pleasure at the Starrett-Lehigh Building

July 1: And here’s your first chance at all to see Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” at Brooklyn Museum

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Photo: Julienne Schaer

July 4: Marvel at the Hot Dog Eating contest at Nathan’s in Coney Island; there are fireworks around the City too

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July 7: Get yourself back to the garden, this time in Brooklyn for Art in the Garden at the BBG

SummerStage. Photo: Joe Buglewicz

July 10: See Kite Runner in previews at Broadway’s Hayes Theater (for more Broadway shows, see our guide)

July 13: Things will get surreal when watching Luis Buñuel’s Fever Mounts at El Pal at J Hood Wright Park

Celebrate Brooklyn. Photo Joe Buglewicz

July 14: Find out what a “live documentary” is with the Kronos Quartet and Sam Green at Celebrate Brooklyn

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Notre Dame de Paris. Photo: Alessandro Dobici

July 15: Keep the high culture coming with Notre Dame de Paris at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

July 16: Correre your way around Central Park for the NYRR Italy Run by Ferrero (we feel somewhat confident that correre is Italian for “run”)

July 17: Join the musicians celebrating Greg Tate at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, part of Summer for the City

July 18: Go roller-skating at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the TWA Hotel in Queens, in Central Park or some other fabulous place

July 20: Preview local entries in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with East to Edinburgh at 59E59 Theaters

July 21: Find yourself on the edge of your seat watching Jaws at the St. George Theatre

Staten Island Ferry. Photo: Julienne Schaer

July 22: Get on a boat, perhaps a free one like the Staten Island Ferry, a historic one like the Pioneeror just a docked one that serves food, like the Baylander in Harlem

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July 23: Choose the afternoon or evening performance of Alice by the dance company Momix at the Joyce Theater

July 27: The Subway Series heads to Queens for Yankees vs. Mets at Citi FIeld (the 7 train is the way to go)

July 28: Today is (almost) your last chance to catch the Cindy Sherman exhibit at Hauser & Wirth

Intrepid Museum. Photo: Victor Llorente
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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Photo: Julienne Schaer

August 1: The art of Diane Arbus, Isamu Noguchi and many more big names will be featured in New York: 1962–1964 at the Jewish Museum

August 2: More Shakespeare, but with a side of Aeschylus, with Hamlet and Oresteia in repertory at Park Avenue Armory

August 3: See the musical documentary and immigrant story Mija, thanks to Rooftop Films at SummerStage

August 4: Eat alfresco using our guide to great outdoor dining in NYC

Tacoway Beach. Photo: Ryan Struck

August 5: Eat tacos and baked goods and burgers before and after you hit the beach at Rockaway (and check for the latest beach closures at nycgovparks.org)

August 7: Try as many foods as you can at Smorgasburg in Prospect Park

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August 9: Explore Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s photography at 144 Powers at the Alice Austen House

August 10: Rewatch Gloria Swanson’s star turn in Sunset Boulevard at Riverside Park (part of Summer on the Hudson)

August 12: Then cool the beat a bit with Alicia Keys at Radio City Music Hall

August 15: See Godfather Part II at Bryant Park Movie Nights—an offer you can’t refuse

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Coney Island. Photo: Victor Llorente

August 16: Have you ridden the Wonder Wheel at Deno’s and the Cyclone in Luna Park yet? Why not today?

August 18: Hear old-school soul when Leon Bridges plays Forest Hills Stadium

Little Island. Photo: Michael Grimm

August 19: Watch the sunset at Little Island and then move next door to see Malian singer Salif Keita at City WInery

August 20: Get your fill of food, art and music at the Let’s Get Fr.ee festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

August 21: Visit the FAD Market on Governors Island

Courtesy, New York Yankees

August 22: It’s another Subway Series, but this time the Mets and Yankees play at Yankee Stadium (this time it’s the B, D or 4)

Roosevelt Island Tram. Photo: Brittany Petronella

August 23: Take the tram to Roosevelt Island for the views, the parks and a drink at the Graduate Hotel

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August 24: Yuk it up with Tim Heidecker at the Bell House

August 25: Everybody should say “yeah” to Kinky Boots on Off-Broadway at Stage 42

Courtesy, Bronx Night Market

August 27: It’s the last Saturday of the month, so eat, shop and dance at the Bronx Night Market

August 28: The Charlie Parker Festival concludes with performances at Tompkins Square Park

August 30: Have a beer outdoors at Talea, the City's first woman-owned brewery

August 31: Make a mini-golf date at Pelham Bay Park, Hudson River Park or NYC's newest course, the adult-oriented Swingers

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September 1: Hope for a clear day while ascending to one of NYC's sky-high observatories

September 2: Make one last trip to the ocean or sound—perhaps at Orchard Beach in the Bronx or Manhattan Beach at the southeast end of Brooklyn

Courtesy, Historic Richmond Town

September 3: Experience small-town Americana at the Richmond County Fair in Historic Richmond Town

September 5: End the summer with steel bands, feathered costumes and Caribbean street food at the West Indian Day Carnaval on Eastern Parkway

September 6 (Day 100—a bonus): Just rest; you’ve earned it


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