SpotHero Summer Picks: Our Top 8 Things to do in NYC this Summer

Summer is finally here! Here are 8 of our favorite things to do in NYC in the summertime.


Dates: May 28-29 & July 12-13

Location: Anywhere in Manhattan within the grid system above 14th Street, but 42nd St is a very popular spot. Experts also recommend 72nd St. for an unobstructed view.

Price: Free!

Details: Once every spring and summer, the sun perfectly aligns with New York’s grid system for a spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset. Stake out a spot and enjoy the view, and don’t forget to check the forecast and ensure you will be enjoying clear skies! You can learn more here.


Dates: May 17-October 20

Location: Various locations throughout New Yrok

Price: Varies depending on the event, but most are free!

Details: This citywide concert series is a great way to enjoy New York’s many parks and outdoor spaces! With acts that vary widely from popular artists and classical, there is literally something for every music fan. You can learn more and view a full schedule of events here.

Catch a show at Nederlander Theater

Dates: The Who’s Tommy has an evening performance Tuesday-Saturday, with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Exact times vary depending on the day. 

Location: 208 West 41st St., New York.

Price: Varies depending on performance. Purchase tickets here.

Details: Escaping the summer heat has never been this exhilarating. Catch a performance of the Tony Award Nominated Best Musical Revival The Who’s Tommy at the Nederlander Theater this summer, returning to Broadway for the first time since 1991! The iconic rock opera with thrilling choreography tells the story of Tommy Walker as he journeys from humble beginnings to  become an international pinball star idolized by many. The show is both heartfelt and electric. You can find a full list of Broadway shows and purchase tickets here.

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Dates: Weekly beginning Mid-June, Lawn and concessions open at 5 p.m., films start at 8 p.m.

Location: Bryant Park, between 5th and 6th Avenues & 40th and 42nd Sts.

Price: Free, food and drinks available for a fee.

Details: Movies in Bryant Park have become a summer staple over the years, and it’s no wonder why: a night of films in one of New York’s most iconic parks is not something that is easy to forget! Be sure to get there early to grab a spot, and bring your picnic blanket! You can view a schedule and learn more here.

Social Dance at The Oasis

Dates: June 13- August 8, Dance Lessons begin at 6:30 p.m., Live Music at 8 p.m.

Location: Lincoln Center, between 9th Ave. and Amsterdam Ave., & W. 62nd and 65th Sts.

Price: Free!

Details: Everyone can find their favorite type of dance at this annual summer event at the city’s largest outdoor dance floor. Everything from swing to silent disco is on the agenda. All are welcome, but be sure to get there early, it can fill up fast! Not sure about the steps? Don’t worry, lessons are provided for all levels. View schedule and details here.

Check out the US Open

Dates: Qualifying rounds run August 19-25, Tournament runs August 26 – September 8

Location: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows- Corona Park, Flushing

Price: Tickets vary depending on the event. You can learn more and purchase tickets here.

Details: One of the biggest sporting events of the year is out in Queens, and it’s definitely an event to remember—plus watching other people run around while you sit and relax is always good in our books. Check out one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the country, you may find yourself catching the tennis fever!

Cheer on the Yankees

Dates: Ongoing until September 29.

Cost: Ticket price varies based on opponent, full schedule and tickets here.

Location: Yankee Stadium, 1 E 161 St., the Bronx

Details: Nothing says summer quite like a day at the ballpark. When the weather is nice, grab your friends and head over to Yankee Stadium to cheer on the home team. For additional details click here.

Head out of Town:

If you’re looking to beat the summer heat outside the city, we won’t hold it against you! Catching a flight? Just remember to reserve your airport parking spot in advance:




Happy Summer!