NYC Outdoor Events and Festival Guide to Summer



The beauty of NYC is that there’s always something going on, and the drumbeat of the city is only amplified when summer rears her head round. Here are 3 outdoor events and/or festivals you need to check out for before summer ends!


Image by @summerstage via instagram.

SummerStage is New York’s largest (free!) outdoor performing arts festival! For over three decades New York’s very own backyard has become stage to its very own musical brilliance. Diversity is key for the City Parks Foundation event, ensuring that each NYC sound is represented from both distinguished artists and the hottest up-and-coming acts.

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Shakespeare in the Park


Image by @rebeccaefontana via @timeoutnewyork on Instagram.

See Shakespeare the way he originally intended: out in the open. With a central mission in developing theater that is both accessible and relevant to all people, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park has been bringing audiences together for nearly 60 years. The 2018 playbill presented Othello in May and June. You still have a chance to catch Twelfth Night, running until August 19th.

See here for information on free ticketing.

Jazz Age Lawn Party

The Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island

The Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island image:


Travel back to the roaring 20’s at New York’s favorite prohibition inspired event, the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Covering two weekends in summer the first one in June and  upcoming on August 25 – 26. Governors Island transforms into a flapper-wearing Charleston-dancing jazz haven, attracting thousands of attendees each year. The event is also very family-friendly so be sure to bring the little ones.

See here for ticket information. This event is family-friendly.

There’s more to do in New York…

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