Between rooftop bars with stunning views of the city skylines, outdoor events galore, and amazing live music, there’s certainly no shortage of fun stuff to do when the weather warms up in New York City. Here’s a few of this summer’s can’t-miss soirees in the city that never sleeps!
Shakespeare in the Park
May 24th– August 14th
A beloved (and free!) New York tradition, Shakespeare in the Park is held in the lovely open-air Delacourt Theater in Central Park. If you relish theatrics, there’s no better backdrop to swordfights and royal romance than The Belvedere Castle in the background. This tradition has drawn the likes of Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington as past guests. Go to publictheater.org/en/Free-Shakespeare-in-the-Park.
The Jazz Age Lawn Party
June 11th-12th, August 13th-14th
Do you dream of going back in time to Gatsby’s decadent New York? Good news: this free Prohibition-era gathering features live jazz and vintage cocktails for the most delightful 1920s-esque weekend ever. Don your best flapper dress for the Governor’s Island event! Visit jazzagelawnparty.com to learn more.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Established by the art community in 1983, The Mermaid Parade remains the biggest art parade in the entire nation. The flamboyant extravaganza draws thousands of people to strut the streets in creative and wild hand-made costumes. This one-of-a-kind seashore parade is the most joyful—and colorful—way to kick off the summer! Check out coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade for more info.
Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Swing
June 28th– July 9th
A dance lesson under the stars to the beat of live music, for less than $20? Yes please! A different band each night plays at the Damrosch Park at the Lincoln Center, while teaching you how to salsa, mambo, and cha-cha with the best of them. Check out midsummerswing.org to get your ticket!