One of the best things to do in summer is attend all the killer summer parties NYC offers. There are a ton of warm-weather bashes during which you can guzzle frozen cocktails and shake your rump until the break of dawn (or, at least, until last call). From world-class DJs playing at rooftop bars and clubs, to a prohibition-era jazz soiree as well as some incredible summer concerts in NYC’s lush parks, there’s truly something for every party goer. Here’s a list of our favorite shindigs to get you started.
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Best summer parties in NYC
Justin Carter, an avant-garde DJ-composer, and Eamon Harkin, with a flare for Detroit techno, know how to get a party started. The weekly Mister Sunday summer series goes down at outdoor bar-meets-restaurant venue, Nowadays, located on the edge of Bushwick. There’ll be plenty to eat from Nowadays’ vegan and veggie-friendly kitchen, some fresh, locally brewed beer and sangria, and no restrictions on dogs or kids!
Sundays on the Roof
This early-evening, open-air event features a host of top-notch house, disco and everything-in-between spinners including DeWalta, Recloose, Jade, Audiofly and many more. Watch yourself with those frozen margaritas though. You’ve been warned. For more information, click here.
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.
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.
Almost two decades of packing the Long Island City museum courtyard with NYC's music aficionados and sun-worshiping revelers, MoMA PS1's Warm Up get better year after year. Stay tuned for this year's highlights. You may want to invest in the $99 deal for expedited entry to all ten parties. This one is as reliable as they come.
For ready-to-party New Yorkers, one of the season's best shindigs is Tiki Disco, making occasional forays at Output from its usual location 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. For tickets, visit tikidisco.com.
For New York music fans, SummerStage is always one of the highlights of the summer-concerts calendar. The City Parks Foundation series is a juggernaut among warm-weather concert presenters, booking everything from classic New York hip-hop artists in outerborough NYC parks to big-name indie-rock bands on the Central Park mainstage.