SummerStage is one of the great things to do in the summer in New York, offering a killer spread of worthwhile shows featuring everyone from legendary hip-hop artists to up-and-coming indie-rockers. It’s also one of the absolute best free things to do in NYC (though we did include some of the series’s ticketed “benefit” shows as well). The complete schedule can be a bit daunting, which is why we narrowed down the list to the gigs in the best NYC parks you definitely won't want to miss this summer. Get tickets here.
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Don’t Tell Mama
What good is singing alone in your room when you can sing along with show tunes at a Theater District cabaret? Cabaret performers often congregate in the bar area before and after their numbers, and best of all, there’s no cover charge there, just a two-drink minimum. Sip a bourbon, hum a few bars, and soak up the Art Deco chic.