The summer brings a plethera of free events. In the parks music and theatre soar, as the tempetures rise. Food plays a big part as the tastes of New York pop up in every nationally and local.
Here are the events we think you should not miss.
until -9/15 Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
until -7/30 Soccer: Watch New York City FC play a game at Yankee Stadium.
7/1-4 African festival: International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park.
7/4 New York fireworks: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lights up the sky above the East River at 9:20 p.m. Free.
7/4 Hot dog eating contest: Watch qualified champion eaters compete in the world famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island,
7/7 – 8/5 Outdoor movies: See free movies about outer space at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum outdoors. Arrive early.
7/7 – 8/11 Broadway hits in the park: Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.
7/9 Arab festival: Arab-American & North African Cultural Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street.
7/9 Indie rock festival: Rock out with 10 bands on the waterfront at 4Knots Music Festival at historical South Street Seaport. Free.
7/9 – 16 Tap-dance festival: See public performances or take classes at Tap City.
7/10 French street fair: Celebrate our French allies on Bastille Day by eating crêpes and éclairs, tasting wine and cheese, watching mimes and cancan dancers, and visiting the kids’ corner, on E 60th St. from 5th Ave. to Lexington Ave.
7/10 – 31 Free concerts at MoMA: Attend four weekly jazz and classical music concerts at Summergarden in the sculpture garden of the Museum of Modern Art. Limited seating. Free.
7/11 – 24 LGBT arts festival: Fresh Fruit Festival features 40 works of gay and lesbian theater, dance, film, music, and visual art at The Wild Project Theater.
7/13 – 31 Lincoln Center Festival: Enjoy extraordinary opera, music, dance, and theater in and near Lincoln Center.
7/13 – 8/27 Classical music festival: Attend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center. Discount tickets $33 (Aug. 5 and later).
7/16 Spanish feast: A ticket to Running with the Beef includes unlimited samples of Spanish-style beef dishes and Spanish beer & wine plus flamenco dancers on the waterfront at Solar One.
7/16 Waterfront day: City of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Governors Island and elsewhere. Free.
7/19 – 8/14: Troilus and Cressida playing in Shakespeare in the Park.
7/19-28 Jazz festival: Hear dozen of world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at 92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival.
7/20-8/13 Outdoor concerts: Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.
7/24 Scavenger hunt: Teams run around the city solving clues to win prizes in the NY Challenge, which ends at a restaurant with awards and a costume contest.
7/25 – 8/19 NYC Restaurant Week: Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays.
7/28 Beer tasting: Enjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at Hudson Mercantile. Bring age 21 ID.
7/29 – 30 Free horror films: TromaDance (name mimics Sundance) focuses on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films and is free for both filmmakers and attendees at Paper Box Music & Art.
7/31- 8/27 Harlem Week: Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, sports events, a 5K, and a street fair. Most events are free.
7/ date to be announced The White Dinner: Secret location. Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location.
7/ date to be announced Central Park Food Fest: Buy food, beer, and wine at Smorgasburg at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, with DJ music.
7/ date to be announcedWater fight: Bring a water gun (no water balloons) to be soaked at Waterfight NYC on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Free.