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MoMA PS1’s Warm Up
Photograph: Courtesy MoMA PS1/Brandon Polanco MoMA PS1’s Warm Up

The best summer parties in NYC

Looking for the most killer summer parties in NYC? These open-air shindigs are made for dancing in the sunshine.

By Miles Raymer and Time Out contributors

The warm weather is finally here. And besides the bevy of great summer music festivals, the season also boasts alfresco summer parties that pair pretty damn nicely with some frozen cocktails. From world-class DJs playing at rooftop bars to a prohibition-era jazz soiree on an island, these are our favorite summer bashes.

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Best summer parties in NYC

Mister Sunday
Photograph: Courtesy Nowadays/Julian Cassady Photography LTD

1. Mister Sunday

Nightlife Daytime parties

Warm weather means the long-running Mister Sunday has returned to its home at Nowadays, granting you the opportunity to soak up rays while basking in singular sounds from the likes of Optimo and Beta Librae.

May 12–Oct 20: Sun 3–9pm; $15–$20.

Tiki Disco
Photograph: Kenny Rodriguez

2. Tiki Disco

For ready-to-party New Yorkers, one of the season's best shindigs is Tiki Disco at The Well. If you’ve been there, you know the drill—lots of beer-swillin’ dancey-dance fun, with Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry serving up the rhythmic-motion-inducing goodness.

Starts May 12; $10. 

Summer Soul Scream
Photograph: Joel W. Henderson

3. Summer Soul Scream

NYC fixture Jonathan Toubin’s series takes over the rooftop of Our Wicked Lady from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with live rock & roll bands followed by a dance-party set chock-full of eccentric gems from the depths of Toubin’s crates.

May 26–Sept 1: Sun 5pm–4am; $5.

Bushwick Collective Block Party.
Jesus Gonzalez

4. Bushwick Collective Block Party

Things to do Festivals

A chunk of Brooklyn’s top-notch outdoor artists stage a Bushwick street takeover, fully armed with food trucks, live jammin’ and Instagram-worthy graffiti to celebrate the nabe’s trendy art scene. Watch spray-can masters create new masterpieces in real time, while local hip-hop and rock-and-roll artists provide the backdrop tunes.  

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2015
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

5. Jazz Age Lawn Party


Slap on your spats and practice the Charleston because the Jazz Age Lawn party is returning to Governor’s Island. Sip on Prohibition-era cocktails, and none of the back-alley hooch of the day. Food vendors will be on hand to keep your Lindy Hop hoppin’ during incredible daylong jazz performances. Sure to mesmerize is the ultimate 1920s ensemble band Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, led by the party’s host, crooner-conductor Arenella. As the tunes blast, partake in dance lessons from instructors and perfect your fox-trot.

June 15. $40–$175. 

Warm Up
Photograph: Courtesy MoMA PS1/Mary Kang

6. MoMA PS1's Warm Up


MoMA PS1’s Warm Up can be crowded and distractingly scene-y, but it’s also the best place in the city to get turned on to boundary-pushing (but danceable) beats.

July–Aug: Sat noon–9pm; $18–$22.

Photograph: Courtesy Elrow/Chris Lavado

7. Elrow

Global megaparty Elrow touches down again in NYC to give Brooklyn Mirage an extreme makeover, creating an immersive, sensory-overload rave fantasia.

July 27 at 6pm; $27–$100.

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