Don’t Miss New York City’s Best Summer Events

by Haley Davidson

Summer in New York City means ice cream trucks, sweltering subway rides, Saturdays napping in Central Park, and weekends spent enjoying the city’s vast array of incredible seasonal events. New York has so much to offer, especially for students on a budget. Mark your calendars now, because you won’t want to miss these awesome events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond.



Whether you’re dying to see Eminem live, or are more into BEARCAT and Native Sun, the New York music festival scene could easily keep you busy all summer! Governors Ball and Panorama Music Festival are both massive festivals with big-name headliners, but if that’s not your style, you can also head up to Rockefeller Center to catch your favorite artist on the Today Show or picnic in Central Park to the music of the Met Opera. No matter your taste, New York’s got it.

SummerStage Performing Arts

Central Park, June 2-August 22


Citi Concert Series at Today Show

Rockefeller Center, all summer


BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Prospect Park (Brooklyn), all summer


Governors Ball

Randall’s Island, June 1-3

Northside Festival

Locations throughout Brooklyn, June 6-10

Panorama Music Festival

Randall’s Island, July 27-29

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Have you memorized every line of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night? Do you love swing dance? Always dreamed of living for a day in the world of The Great Gatsby? New York has dozens of affordable and free cultural events, all summer. Grab a dance partner or a fellow a poet and soak in everything the city has to offer.

Shakespeare in the Park

Central Park, all summer

The Museum Mile Festival

Fifth Avenue, June 13

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Governors Island, June 16

Midsummer Night Swing

Lincoln Center, Manhattan, June 26-July 14

New York City Poetry Festival

Governors Island, July 28-29

Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest


Did you come to the city this summer looking for the quintessential New York activity? Whether you were searching for it or not, New York has some of the craziest, most fun events in the world, and you won’t want to miss your chance to be a part of them.

Taste of Times Square

Times Square, June 4

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island, June 16

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Coney Island, July 4

Bastille Day

60th Street, between Lexington and Fifth Avenue, July 8

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, August 11-12

And don’t forget, if you go to one of these events, let us know by tweeting a picture to @NYCIntern. We’d love to hear your thoughts! 

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