While summer doesn’t technically begin until the end of June, for most people May is close enough. After winter most people will take any excuse to get outside and enjoy themselves. No city comes alive the way that New York City comes alive during summer. If you need some ideas for summer activities, take a look at the below ideas.

MoMA PS1 Warm Up

If you like to dance and you enjoy art, then make sure you attend MoMA PS1 Warm Up. The series takes place every Saturday from July to September at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. Make sure to buy your tickets online ahead of time.


The SummerStage series showcases some of the music world’s best musical talent in the city’s parks. While you have to pay for some of the concerts, most of them are free. The biggest acts usually play in Central Park, but public spaces all over the city will also get in on the action. This year George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Elvis Costello, and GZA are just some of the numerous acts who will play this year. Visit the City Parks Foundation site to see the full lineup.

Rooftop Films

Have you ever watched a movie while sitting on a rooftop in NYC? Well, this summer you’ll finally get your chance. Rooftop Films hosts events all over the city. The series screens all types of movies. Plus some events feature live music beforehand and parties or filmmaker Q&A events afterward. Which movies will you watch this year? Visit Rooftop Film’s official site and start planning.

Public Swimming Pools

New York City features over 55 public swimming pools. On sweltering days when moving an inch causes you to sweat gallons, the only remedy is lounging in the pool. Take a look at this guide to learn about the city’s best pools.

Attend a Music Festival

It seems like every summer another festival takes place in NYC. This year the Blue Note Festival, Governors Ball, Northside Festival, and the Hot 97 Summer Jam are just some of the music festivals happening in the city. With so much music you are guaranteed to see one of your favorite bands or find a new act to love.

Food Festivals

Music festivals not your thing? How about food festivals? The Famous Food Festival happens on June 25. It’s free to attend and features forty different vendors. Vegetarians should check out the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival. In July the NYC Crafts and Imports Festival takes place. Beer connoisseurs can learn more here.