Looking for cool things to do during this long, hot summer in NYC? What could be more cool than free? WGINY suggests some fun, free events for your NYC summer.
Free Music and Performing Arts Shows:
Summerstage: Performances across all five boroughs, mostly in public parks, includes concerts, dance, comedy, and special programs for kids and families.
Celebrate Brooklyn!: Concerts and dance parties all summer long at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Madison Square Park Oval Lawn Series: Free outdoor concert series on Wednesday evenings through August 6.
Seaport Music Festival: Free Friday night concerts at South Street Seaport.
4Knots Music Festival: Also at South Street Seaport, one-day-only, July 12, a free music festival sponsored by the Village Voice.
River Rocks: Hudson River Park free summer concert series.
Moon Dance: Sundays through August 10 at Hudson River Park Pier 84. Alternating salsa and swing. Lessons at 6:30pm; dancing at 7pm.
Midsummer Night Swing: At Lincoln Center through July 12. A different style is featured nearly nightly with lessons first followed by dancing to live music.
River Flicks: Featuring blockbuster movies at Hudson River Park. "Big Hit" Wednesdays on Pier 63 beginning July 9; and "Family Fridays" on Pier 46 beginning July 11.
Intrepid Summer Movie Series: 6th Annual Movie Series featuring sea, air and space themed movies atop the Interpid Museum's flight deck. Space is limited so get there early. Thursdays from July 10 - August 20. Doors open at 7:30pm; films show at sunset. This summer's lineup includes Independence Day, Gravity, and Spaceballs among the list.
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Mondays through August 18. Lawn opens at 5pm. Films show at sunset. Features classic films such as The Shining and The Karate Kid.
Central Park Film Festival: Annual free film festival in Central park. Runs for one week, from August 18-22. This year's theme is "Scenes from our City".
Find more free Summer movies in a NYC park near you at nycparks.org.
Spend a Day on Governor's Island:
Ride a free ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn before noon on weekends. One of WGINY's favorite local blog's, feedlivinghappy, describes a day on Governor's Island and why you won't want to miss a trip there this summer.
Stroll Through a Street Fair: http://www.nycstreetfairs.com/sched.html
For even more free ideas, check out this NY Daily News article: Ultimate Summer Guide: Free New York.