Fun & Free Things to do in NYC this Summer

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New York offers plenty of fun things to do and see without costing you a dime.  Here’s the scoop on these awesome events to enjoy the summer here in New York City without breaking the bank!

Free Concerts and Plays

There are many free concerts and plays throughout the five boroughs during the summer. Check out the Free and Low-Cost NYC Park Event list for upcoming shows or festivals in your area. We love the Summerstage concerts during the summer, bringing great live music and good vibes to the city. You may also enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, a must-see for all Shakespeare lovers and one of NYC’s most beloved free summer events. First held in 1962 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, it still attracts thousands of visitors annually, so show up early to get a spot! The Celebrate Brooklyn! Summer concert series held in Prospect Park Bandshell features many amazing artists to celebrate one of New York’s coolest boroughs.



Outdoor movies

Because cushy theater seats are overrated, so why not picnic and watch a film under the stars?


Museum Mile Festival

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The Museum Mile Festival, or New York’s Biggest Block Party, offers free access to some of the world’s most renowned museums and art collections, including El Museo del Barrio, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt, the Jewish Museum, the National Academy Museum, Neue Galerie, the Museum of the City of New York and the Africa Center, as well as many activities and performances for every age groups!
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Broadway in Bryant Park

Every Thursday, the most popular musicals perform their biggest hits. This is the absolute best way to get a glimpse of some of Broadway’s most popular show hits. and many, many more with Broadway in Bryant Park.



Kayak The River

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Admire the New York Harbor with the volunteer organization, The Red Hook Boaters on Pier 26.




Outdoor Pools

If you begin to wilt in the heat, why don’t you cool off in one of the city’s many free outdoor pools?


Water Fight 

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Join the annual water fight on the Coney Island boardwalk. Pack your bathing suit, buckle and squirt gun to enjoy a full day of fun!


In a city like New York with countless opportunities for fun and exciting things to do, it seems impossible to get bored. However, your budget can increase pretty quickly if you don’t pay close attention to your expenses. We hope our list has given you nice ideas. Also, if you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on or contact us at