101 things to do in the summer in New York City 2013

Check out the best things to do in the summer, including street fairs, block parties, festivals, outdoor bars, alfresco screenings, beaches and more!

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  • 41. Check out a hardware and garden store turned art gallery and scultpure garden during the Crest Hardware Art Show, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • Photograph: Ari Scott

    42. Prepare your nipple chafing quips for the Del Close Marathon, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • Photograph: Jerry Goodman

    43. Make a Restaurant Week resie on July 8, one of the smartest things to do in the summer. Pictured: The Harrison

  • Photograph: Alek Keshishian

    44. See Shakespeare in a more civilized environment than a park, with Romeo and Juliet on Broadway, one of the best things to do in the summer. Pictured: Orlando Bloom

  • Photograph: Malcolm Pinckney

    45. Go canoeing with the Bronx River Alliance, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

    46. Follow the beat to Tiki Disco, one of the best free things to do in the summer.

  • Photograph: courtesy TF Cornerstone

    47. Try a new market, LIC Food & Flea, in Long Island City, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • 48. Get your free culture fix at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, one of the best things to do in the summer.

  • Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

    49. Make Tuesdays the new Thursdays at the Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival, one of the best free after-work things to do in the summer.

  • 50. Introduce yourself to New York on Nametag Day, one of the best things to do this summer.

41. Check out a hardware and garden store turned art gallery and scultpure garden during the Crest Hardware Art Show, one of the best things to do in the summer.

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Prepare your nipple chafing quips for the Del Close Marathon

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Legendary Chicago improv director and instructor Del Close inspired an impressive array of big-name comedians (Bill Murray, John Belushi, Tina Fey). This 15th annual toast to the late guru, started by the Upright Citizens Brigade, includes 390 shows, featuring popular UCB staples (ASSSSCAT 3000, Death by Roo Roo), celebs (founding UCB member Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, The Office’s Ellie Kemper) and troupes from around the globe (Helsinki, Finland’s VSOP). Visit delclosemarathon.com for a complete schedule.

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Jun 28 - Mon Jul 1
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Make a Restaurant Week resie on July 8

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For four weeks this summer, some of the city’s finer restaurants dish out three-course prix-fixe lunches for around $24; some places also offer dinner for $35. Not surprisingly, the event is immensely popular, so you’ll need to make reservations well in advance. Bookings open July 8, visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

  1. Various locations
  2. Mon Jul 22 - Fri Aug 16
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See Shakespeare in a more civilized environment than a park

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Tired of weathering the elements just to get your fix of Billy's iambic pentameter? Then make haste to this contemporary stage revival of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, starring Hollywood pretty boy Orlando Bloom. It marks the Broadway debut of the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean star, who will play Montague to Tony nominee Condola Rashad’s Capulet. In David Leveaux’s modernized staging, the star-crossed lovers are divided by racial tensions (didn’t West Side Story already cover that…?), though they’ll still employ the Bard’s original language. It’s the play’s first time on the Great White Way in 36 years, so get those hankies ready.

  1. Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 W 46th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Sat Dec 7 - Sun Dec 8
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Go canoeing with the Bronx River Alliance, one of the best things to do in the summer.

Go canoeing with the Bronx River Alliance

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There are plenty of free kayaking and canoeing options in New York in the summer—but you may find yourself waiting in line for hours at some of the more popular options. Head uptown to take part in the Bronx River Alliance’s programming and discover a resurgent part of New York’s natural landscape. Three-hour canoe trips (Depart from various locations, visit bronxriver.org for details; $25, reservations required) embark on select Saturdays throughout the summer. The Upper River Paddle launches from the recently regenerated Shoelace Park (Bronx Blvd at 219th St) and passes through the Bronx River Forest, the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo. If that sounds like a bit too much trouble, just turn up on Saturdays to hop in one of Rocking the Boats free, first-come, first-served rowboats (rockingtheboat.org; Sat noon; free; May 25–Aug 31). Landlubbers can also join free guided walks and cycle along the greenway.

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Follow the beat to Tiki Disco

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Among ready-to-party New Yorkers, one of the summer’s fave shindigs is this beer-swillin’ get down, with Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry serving the rhythmic motion-inducing goodness. The wingding returns to the backyard of Bushwick pizza palace Roberta’s and Rockaway burger shack Rippers (with a free shuttle transporting any put-out Williamsburg and Bushwick dwellers), and adds a third location this year, the swell postindustrial setting of Queens’ Knockdown Center, a former manufacturing plant and multimedia art space in Queens.

  1. 52-19 Flushing Ave, at 54th St
  2. Sun Jul 21
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Try a new market, LIC Food & Flea, in Long Island City, one of the best things to do in the summer.

Try a new flea market in Long Island City

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Big news, market fans: Queens is getting its very own waterfront destination. LIC Flea & Food (licflea.com) is set to open June 15 (Sat, Sun 10am–6pm) in a 24,000-square-foot parking lot at 46th Avenue and 5th Street. Three vendors have been confirmed so far: Malu Ice Cream (malulic.com), Italian restaurant Manducatis Rustica (manducatisrustica.com) and art gallery Matted, and approximately 60 other local businesses are expected to be on board for the launch. Follow @licflea or like facebook.com/licflea for updates and start scheduling an epic weekend waterfront crawl: The East River Ferry alights near the market in Long Island City and also makes stops at the Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governors Island.

  1. Opens Sat Jun 15
  2. 46th Ave at 5th St
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Get your free culture fix at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival

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  • Free

Each summer, Lincoln Center’s sprawling campus comes alive with dozens of free-of-charge performances by musicians, dancers and other artists from all over the world. Check out the five-day celebration of string superstars the Kronos Quartet, who will perform alongside indie-folk project My Brightest Diamond (July 25), one-man electro force Dan Deacon (July 28) and others. Festival au Désert in Exile—Caravan for Peace brings Mali’s Tuareg music fest to NYC for the first time, featuring shows by African acts such as refugee group Tartit (July 31). Dance fans can see Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion’s gang-violence-inspired Pavement (Aug 31). Expect punk-cabaret kids to crowd in for an appearance from Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra (Aug 9). Get the full scoop with our Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival guide.

  1. Wed Jul 24 - Sun Aug 11
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Make Tuesdays the new Thursdays

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  • Free

Saturdays are for amateurs, Sundays are for pros,Thursdays are the new Fridays: So what happened to the mellow after-work Thursday tipple?!? We’re happy to report it’s moved to the Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival on Tuesdays (5–7:30pm). The lineup for this concert series is, on the whole, globe-trotting and eclectic, but City Winery appears to be making a play for Anglophiles with Dave Davies of the Kinks (June 4), the English Beat (June 18) and A Tribute to Early Elton John (Aug 6) all filling summer evenings with free music. Whoever’s providing the soundtrack, you’ll want either a cold Radeberger ($6) or a house white ($7) or red ($9) in hand.

  1. 155 Varick St, (at Vandam St)
  2. Tue Jun 4 - Tue Aug 27
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Introduce yourself to New York on Nametag Day

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Say hello to a stranger—even if that stranger is just a volunteer for Nametag Day, an idea to make city life a little less callous and a bit more amiable. The group has already beat its fund-raising benchmark of $3,500—enough for 30,000 stickers—so a team of volunteers will be in Union Square and at least seven other locations (depending on how many people offer their time and how many name tags the group can rustle up). Watch a video of a dry run, feel the warmth of the smiles, and donate or volunteer at nametagday.com—you never know how many lives you might brighten in the process.


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Melinda Moses
Melinda Moses

Oh My. I live in Boston. This is going to be a problem. What an excellent selection of just the sorts of things I love to do!! AWESOME, A++++ List, @Timeout. Thank you!

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Clare

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