Sun’s out, culture’s out. Summer is in full swing, and NYC is enjoying the weather with a slew of outdoor cultural events. From open-air art to Shakespeare under the stars, here’s what to do in New York City this July.
For a limited time engagement, the Radio City Rockettes are celebrating New York City in the summertime. The show, which revolves around two kids on vacation in New York who are separated from their family, is a family-friendly show that features landmarks from the Empire State Building to Central Park to Times Square. Visit the Rockettes website to see showtimes and buy tickets from just $39.
Located between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney Museum’s fifth-floor sculpture garden is a great spot to beat the summer heat while taking in world-renowned art and city views. The particularly windy rooftop inspired artist Virginia Overton to install “two towering windmills pumping air to multiple ponds planted with a variety of aquatic flowers and greenery,” on view all summer.
The first complete retrospective of artist Bruce Connor’s 50-year career will open at MoMA this month. The exhibition, It’s All True, will feature over 250 works of art, with mediums ranging from film to video to painting to drawing to photography.
The annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show over the East River begins at 9:20pm. For the best views in Manhattan, head south to the piers in South Street Seaport. Alternatively, across the East River, the views from Brooklyn Bridge Park or the Brooklyn Heights Promenade are unparallelled.
Free all summer, The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is putting on a performance of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. The rarely-produced play is directed by Tony-winning director Daniel Sullivan. All performances begin at 8pm. Visit the Public Theater website to secure free tickets.
Lincoln Center is hosting three weeks of free music, film and dance performances. Held in the plazas of Lincoln Center—the world’s leading performing arts center—the Out of Doors festival brings the best of the arts outdoors. Visit the Lincoln Center Out of Doors website for a full calendar of events, including Words and Music with Patti Smith, one of the city’s greatest living artists, and A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed, the Brooklyn-born singer and songwriter of the Velvet Underground.
Restaurant week returns this summer, offering locals and visitors cheaper dining options at some of New York’s best restaurants, from new to trendy to classic favorites. During Restaurant Week, more than 300 restaurants offer three-course, pre-fixe menus, from $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner. Check back for participating restaurants at the NYC Restaurant Week website.