The Best Outdoor Summer Festivals in NYC



Who wants to be cooped up inside on a gorgeous summer day in NYC? If you’re looking for ways to enjoy fresh air and art during your stay at the Roger Smith, consider checking out one of these popular outdoor festivals.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors


The 49th annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors opens on July 24 and continues through August 11, with a wide range of music, spoken word, family events and dance performances. All events are free and open to the public.

Jazz Age Lawn Party


Travel back in time by grabbing a ferry to Governors Island June 15-16, for the 2019 Jazz Age Lawn Party. Don your 1920s best, enjoy live music from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, and sip on classic cocktails with your friends.

Shakespeare in the Park

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For over 50 years, Shakespeare in The Park has drawn over 5 million people to its free, summer performances. This year, Kenny Leon will direct the comedy Much Ado About Nothing In July, Daniel Sullivan presents a darker political drama, Coriolanus. Finally, the season will  wrap up with a special Public Works presentation of Hercules–an adaptation of the 1997 Disney movie musical directed by Lear deBessonet. Photo by Joseph Moran via @publictheaterny on Instagram.

Grand Bazaar NYC

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We love shopping for a good cause. NYC’s Grand Bazaar, on the Upper West Side at W 77th and Columbus, provides affordable retail space for local artisans while donating profits to four, local public schools. Stop by any Sunday this summer for some of the best vintage treasure hunting in the city. Photo via @grandbazaarnyc on Instagram.

Bryant Park Movie Nights


Grab a wool blanket, some candy from the convenience store, and a pal for a sunset and a movie at Bryant Park. Each Monday night, the park, in collaboration with Netflix, screens fan-favorite films for you and your family. This year’s line-up includes To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Big Daddy, Goodfellas and Anchorman.

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