There’s so much happening FREE in NYC every week of the summer season. Add these free outdoor film screenings, concerts, dances and lectures and more to your “to do” list to enjoy NYC on the cheap. Outdoor movies generally begin at dusk (8PM or 8:30PM), but check the links for specific times.
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- Through Sunday, June 28th
Shakespeare in the Park – This is the other Shakespeare in the Park, in Brooklyn’s Carroll Park, presenting Shakespeare’s final play “The Tempest”. The 14 actors of the Smith Street Stage, led by Kate Ross as the wizard Prospero, will transform Carroll Park into Shakespeare’s magical and mysterious island.
- Monday, June 20
Bryant Park Summer Film Series – Every Monday this summer, see a top film at this popular event. Tonight’s series opener is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
City Stomp – Family-friendly magic, interactive storytelling and more, 6:30PM at Pier 62 in Hudson River Park.
“Top Gun” (Movies Under the Stars): Recreation Center 54. Midtown East
- Tuesday, June 21
Night at the Museums – FREE admission to more than a dozen museums downtown, including the 9/11 Museum, plus discounts at locally owned restaurants.
- All the museums are within walking distance, or take the FREE downtown bus.
Make Music New York – Musicians take to the streets and parks all over town at this annual event to celebrate the Summer Solstice.
Midsummer Night Swing begins tonight in Lincoln Center with three weeks of outdoor dancing to live bands playing swing, rock, Latin and funk. It’s free to listen beyond the dance floor, but $17 to dance.
Rocket Girls – Lecture about the women of NASA who helped propel us from missiles to the moon and to Mars. Illustrated lecture by science writer Nathalia Holt, at 6:30PM at the Mid-Manhattan Library, the branch of the NYPL at Fifth Ave. and 40th Street, one block from the main branch with the lions out front.
Stargazing at the High Line – Every Tuesday until October 25th, take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. At the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck, on the High Line at West 14th Street
Summerstage – FREE concert by Public Enemy at Betsey Head Park, Brooklyn. It’s one of more than 100 free concerts in parks in all five boroughs this summer.
“The Lego Movie” (Movies Under the Stars): Hunts Point Recreation Center, Hunts Point
- Wednesday, June 22
Metropolitan Opera Summer Concert Series – This popular annual event offers concerts in all five boroughs this week and next. Tonight’s is in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Orchestra of Exiles – Josh Aronson, Academy Award-nominated writer, producer and director tells the story of how world-renowned violinist Bronislaw Huberman helped save Europe’s top Jewish musicians from the Nazis. Those musicians played for orchestras around the world, including the Israel Philharmonic. FREE lecture at 6:30PM at the Mid-Manhattan Library, the branch of the NYPL at Fifth Ave. and 40th Street, one block from the main branch with the lions out front.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Movies Under the Stars): Mullaly Park, Concourse
“Chicago” (Movies Under the Stars): Corlears Hook Park, Lower East Side
- Thursday, June 23
Becoming Nicole is the true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an American family’s journey to understand, nurture and celebrate what is unique in all of us. Speaker is Pulitzer Price-winning writer Amy Ellis Nutt, who wrote the book this lecture is based on. 6:30PM at the Mid-Manhattan Library, the branch of the NYPL at Fifth Ave. and 40th Street, one block from the main branch with the lions out front. Note that this lecture was scheduled long before the horrifying killing spree at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
- Support the Orlando LGBT community by downloading Broadway for Orlando, featuring more than 60 top Broadway performers singing a special version of “What the World Needs Now is Love”. 100% of the $1.99 download price is being donated to the victims and their families.
FAB Flicks celebrating favorite African-American films and stars every Thursday in June. Tonight, Friday Foster with Pam Grier.
Everybody Tango – FREE lessons in Argentine Tango by instructors from Strictly Tango NYC, followed by the chance to practice what you learned. 6:30PM to 9:30PM through August 6 at Pier I at 70th St., Riverside Park. There also are FREE Latin Dance lessons, including Bachata, on Sundays in June.
- Friday, June
Metropolitan Opera Summer Concert Series – Tonight in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Good Morning America free summer concerts in Central Park. Today’s concert is Country star Brad Paisley
Today Show free summer concerts in Rockefeller Plaza.
Sunset on the Hudson Friday night concerts by local musicians at 7pm on Pier 45 at Christopher St.
“Subway” (Films on the Green): Transmitter Park, Greenpoint