How to Enjoy Summer in New York for Free



With so much to do, see, eat and drink under New York’s sun, dipping into your savings account almost seems inevitable. But we’ve got your back with this essential summer guide! Here are five ways to enjoy NYC this summer—and for free!


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If seeing Shakespeare out in New York’s open air would be a midsummer night’s dream, you’re in luck! All throughout July and August The Public Theater brings free performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Tickets are snapped up fast so get in quick.

Check here to ensure you don’t miss out.

Delacorte Theater: 81 Central Park West


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New York is adored by film through some of its most iconic and beloved scenes. It’s no surprise to learn the feeling is entirely mutual. Many of the city’s parks and open-spaces burst into cinematic life in evenings via free film screenings.

See this guide for a full list of dates and movies.


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Fashion and style course through the veins of New York City. From The Met Gala to Fashion Week, the city acts as inspiration to many of the designers who call it home. Fashion on the Hudson is a free event aimed at showcasing the city’s emerging talent.

Click here for details.

Riverbank State Park: West 145th Street


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Each summer the Museum of Modern Art presents Summergarden, a free concert series showcasing a celebration of jazz and classical performances. MoMA’s beautiful Sculpture Garden will be your destination for a truly wonderful and adventurous experience.

Full concert series can be found here.

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, The Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St


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If you’re finding the summer heat a little too exhausting, Chelsea’s art scene could be the perfect – air-conditioned – escape. The galleries are plentiful and (for the most part) entirely free. Tip: Thursdays are a popular night for exhibition openings and many have an ever-flowing supply of complimentary wine.

ArtNet provides a comprehensive repository for gallery openings, but read our list of favorite Chelsea galleries.

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