Our Top NYC Summer Activities

Legendary Excitement Under the Sun

Immortalized in song, dance, and on the screen, the summer months are when the city's brightest side comes out to shine. Every year when the temperatures rise, New York's most fashionable take to the sidewalks for sightseeing, sweet treats, and sunbathing. Whether it's a free festival, high-energy dance party, outdoor movie series, or just the small pleasures of people-watching, all the classic summer pastimes you could ask for are waiting just outside our doors. 

SummerStage at Central Park

Grab a cold drink or frozen treat, and join fans of every music genre imaginable for a program like no other. Bringing the likes of PJ Harvey, GZA, the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, Yo La Tengo, Jadakiss, and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, this year's SummerStage lineup is a dazzling, diverse display of what sets New York apart. 

Shakespeare in the Park  

A perfect way to experience your favorites or be introduced to works you've never seen, this iconic series brings Shakespeare's most famous plays to guests every summer. 

Free Film Series

From the Bryant Park Film Festival to showings in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the opportunities to catch a family-friendly flick abound. With themed series and one-off screenings alike, take your pick of outdoor movies in NYC and enjoy one of our favorite ways to spend a summer evening. 

Moma PS1 Warm Up

Should you wish to venture to an outer-borough arts destination, Long Island City is just a few E train stops away. Grown in stature over the last few summers, MoMA PS1's Warm Up series is a wildly popular midday dance series hosted by world-famous DJs. 

Free Fitness Activities 

Staying in shape isn't always easy on vacation, but it's always more fun in summer. The city boasts a range of free fitness activities to keep you feeling good during your travels, including workouts at South Street Seaport, kayaking on the Hudson, yoga classes, and beach volleyball every weekend all summer long.