We narrow down our top FREE summer events in NYC. Take a look and start planning your NYC summer. Go Forth, Explore, And Discover!

 PRIDE PARADE- This year the pride parade will be lived broadcasted on ABC7 for the first time. The parade began in the 1970s to celebrate LGBT lives and community. The parade is on June 30th and starts on 36th St and 5th Ave at noon. The Grand marshalls will be Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone, Gengf Le and The American Civil Liberties.

 MERMAID PARADE- The Nation’s largest art parade comes back for it’s 35th year. This year’s royalty will be Chris Stein and Deborah Harry of Blondie. The Parade starts on 21 St and Surf Ave and ends on the boardwalk. It will showcase over 3,000 creative individual arts. The parade was created as a major NYC holiday to celebrate the summer solstice and artists.

 MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS- Macy’s 41st Annual Fireworks show is expected to return to the East River. The show starts at 9:20pm on July 4th  and the fireworks can be seen from Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Roosevelt Island, Randall Island and some parts of the Bronx.  Macy doesn’t reveal all until almost a 2 weeks before the show.

 BRYANT PARK’S SUMMER MOVIES- Bryant Park comes back with their 26th Annual Summer Movies event. It kicks off on June 19 and the movies begins at sunset. Bryant Park is located on 6th Ave btw 40th St and 42nd St. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a movie. Here is the list of what’s playing this summer.

  • June 10: Big
  • June 17: Big Daddy
  • June 24: Fan Choice TBD
  • July 1: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • July 8: Carrie (1976)
  • July 15: Bad Boys
  • July 22: Coming To America
  • July 29: Goodfellas
  • August 5: Anchorman
  • August 12: Fan Choice TBD

 CITYPARK’S SUMMER STAGE- According to CityParks, “SummerStage was founded in the spirit of Central Park’s original purpose–to serve as a free public resource to help enrich the lives of New Yorkers. The first season consisted of free events at the Naumberg Bandshell.” This is exactly what the Summer Stage does! It consist of both free and paid concerts, dance parties, live poetry, theater, ballet and an outdoor opera series.Summer Stage is not just focused on Manhattan but takes places in all different city parks. For the list of  concerts go to

 SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK- Free theater productions of Shakespeare classics are back for its 55th year. Some cast have even included many celebrities such as Al Pacino and Meryl Streep. Check out the 2019 season on

 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS- During Night at the Museum, 15 different museums and historic sites on June 25 will offer free admission and special programming. From 4-8 pm, rain or shine, here are the list of museums African Burial Ground National Monument; The Anne Frank Center USA; China Institute; Federal Hall National Memorial; Fraunces Tavern Museum; Museum of American Finance; Museum of Jewish Heritaget; National Archives at New York City; National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; National September 11 Memorial Museum; 9/11 Tribute Center; NYC Municipal Archives; Poets House; The Skyscraper Museum; and the South Street Seaport Museum.

SUMMER STREETS- The Streets of Park Ave And Lafayette are closed from traffic on three conservative Saturdays. August 3th, 10 and 197h from 7am to 1pm. There will be free activities such as a rock climbing wall, a zipline, outdoor art installations and misting stations, a 270-foot water slide, fitness classes, a dog park, arts and crafts workshops, plus walking tours.

 FREE SUMMER KAYAK- This event is a free first-come, first-served kayaking. You can take a paddle out on the East River or the Hudson. You can go to any one of these locations. Remember to go early, in order to enjoy it. Long Island City Community Boathouse,Manhattan Community Boathouse, North Brooklyn Boat Club, Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, The New York City Downtown Boathouse, Kayak Staten Island,  Pier 26, Pier 96, and Pier 84.

GO TOPLESS DAY- Go Topless Day returns. Free your nipples, men and women. This body-positive event is to march their support for gender equality. Women going topless is completely legal in NYC.

 FLEA MARKETS- Take a much needed shopping day at one of Nyc’s many flea markets. The summer flea markets are some the craziest but thrifting  never hurt anyone.