Visiting New York City in the summer is a great way to explore and spend time with your family and friends. New York City can also make for a great solo trip if you’re looking for an adventure. There are events for all age groups and interests including concerts, festivals, and special activities, making it a great time to be in the city. We have compiled our list of recommended top summer events in New York for your next visit to the Big Apple. Enjoy!
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks – July 4th
The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show is a great way to celebrate the 4rth of July with tourist from all over the world and local New Yorkers. The fireworks are launched from barges at various point along the East River. You can view the show from public parks and walkways along the east river, however, watching from Midtown will give you a better view. The fireworks show is a very family-friendly event, parents and kids are welcome at various public viewing locations. The fireworks are synced to live music and start around 9:25 pm (subject to change). The firework show is great fun but be prepared for crowds and to stand for most of the show as it is a popular event. For more information, visit the Macy’s website here: https://www.macys.com/social/fireworks/
Summergarden: New Music for New York – July 8th – 29th
If you are a fan of live music, come out on Sundays in July to The Museum of Modern Art for there concert series. The concerts are free, with seating opening at 7:00 pm and the concert beginning at 8:00 pm. The concerts are approximately 60-90 minutes long, and the Garden Bar is open for snacks and drinks during the performance. The MOMA concerts are a great opportunity to relax and enjoying the city at night. For more information, visit their website here: https://www.moma.org/calendar/programs/46?locale=en
Shakespeare in the Park – July 17th – August 19th
If you are a theater fan, the Public Theater puts on several Shakespeare in the Park shows throughout the summer. The events are free although you’ll need to get tickets. The performances take place in Central Park’s Delacorte Theater and are a ton of fun as well as a great way to experience the arts in the city. For more information on the schedule of the performances and how to get tickets, visit their website here: https://www.publictheater.org/Free-Shakespeare-in-the-Park/
Hudson RiverFlicks – July 11th – August 24th
Several piers along the Hudson River take on summer nights in one of the best ways possible…with movies! On Wednesdays, Pier 63 hosts hit movies, and on Fridays, Pier 46 hosts Family Friday movies with kid-friendly options. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show as a way to unwind after a busy day! For information on Wednesday movies, visit https://hudsonriverpark.org/events/series/riverflicks-big-hit-wednesdays and for information on Friday movies, visit https://hudsonriverpark.org/events/hudson-riverflick
New York City Restaurant Week – July 23rd – August 17th
If you’re a foodie and looking to experience all the culinary cuisines the city has to offer, plan your vacation around this time. Over 380 restaurants participate and have prix-fixe menus at more affordable rates than usual. Plan ahead of time and enjoy every bite! To book your spot, check out their website here: https://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week
Lincoln Center Out of Doors – July 24th – August 12th
For lovers of the arts, Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a free opportunity to experience world-class music, dance, and film as well as other types of performances. Seating in Damrosch Park is first come, first served, and gates open one hour before each performance unless otherwise noted. A full list of performances is available via the link below. Food trucks and vendors provide unique foods and drinks. Lincoln Center is always a great experience, and these events are a fantastic way to celebrate the arts! For more information, visit their website here: https://www.lincolncenter.org/out-of-doors
Coney Island Flicks on the Beach – July 9th – August 20th
Spend the day on Coney Island having a blast and eating carnival food, and then spend the evening out on the boardwalk watching hit movies. These free movie screenings are a great way to get the family outdoors and enjoying this famous beach and boardwalk just outside of NYC. Coney Island is subway accessible from Manhattan via the F or Q lines. For more information and a schedule of movies, visit their website here: https://www.coneyflicks.com/
Harlem Week – July 29th – August 25th
Since 1974, New York has been celebrating Harlem week. Events include an auto show, children’s festival, fashion show, and the Percy Sutton 5K run. If you’re visiting, be sure to check out the schedule to see if an event coincides with your visit. The goal of Harlem week is to promote and celebrate the past, present, and future of Harlem. For more information on Harlem Week, visit their website here: https://harlemlocal.com/harlem-week/
New York Baseball Games – ongoing
If you are a sports fan or want to experience a truly authentic New York event, consider buying tickets to one of the many Mets or Yankees home games around this time of year. Games are family friendly and are always a good time. Just getting to your seat in the stadium is awe-inspiring. Take a walk to the concession stands between innings for all sorts of fun food and drink options. Grab a hot dog and some popcorn or peanuts and enjoy the game! Ticket information and home game schedule can be found below.
New York Preseason Football Games – ongoing starting in August
August is considered preseason; tickets are therefore extremely affordable and a great way to get everyone out to enjoy a game from the stands. Make your way to a Giants or Jets preseason game to see the action live in person. Witness their game against various teams, including the occasional Giant vs. Jets games. Ticket information and home game schedule can be found below.
New York Red Bulls Soccer Games – ongoing
If you’re a soccer fan, grab tickets to a Red Bulls soccer game. Watch the team take on opponents all throughout July and August. Soccer is gaining in popularity throughout the United States, and the Red Bulls are leading the way. Relax and enjoy a game in the summer air with the whole family! Ticket information and home game schedule can be found below. Red Bulls schedule and tickets
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey – ongoing
If you are fascinated with what goes on below the surface of the water, this encounter is a must! Located in Times Square close to all the action, visitors at the encounter are able to walk through and experience all aspects of the Pacific Ocean from humpback whales to sea lions. Tickets are $43.00 for adults and $32.50 for children. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
US Open – August 25th – September 10th
Tennis players from around the world will all be in Flushing, New York at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center complex for this exciting event. August 25th begins the events with the US Open Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, and rounds continue up until September 10th. Get your tickets now! US Open Tickets and schedule.
Central Park Bike Rentals – ongoing
If you’re looking for a way to keep your family active during your visit, renting a bike and pedaling around Central Park is one of your best bets! Bikes can be rented for as little as one hour and as long as one month to help you make the best of your visit. To rent a bike and read about all you can see, visit Central Park Sightseeing’s website here.
Boat Tours – ongoing
What better way to celebrate the summer months than by being out on the water? The Midtown Cruise and Circle Line Harbor Cruise (ranging from 90-120 minutes each) are great ways to see the sights, such as the Statue of Liberty, from the water. To book your tour, visit Starline Tours website: Boat tours tickets and schedules.
Broadway Shows – ongoing
Broadway is one of New York’s greatest attractions no matter the season. With shows like Anastasia, School of Rock, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked, there is something that everyone in your family will love. For schedules of the shows and to purchase tickets, visit Show Ticket’s website for more information: Broadway show schedules and tickets.
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