Summers in New York can be incredibly hot and very humid. Most of the events will take place outside so it’s important to carry a bottle of water and a sunscreen with you at all times. There are a number of fun activities that you can participate in – since this is the season of leisure and joy.
- June: 62-80°F, or 17-27°C
- July: 67-84°F, or 20-29°C
- August: 69-82°F, or 20-28°C
- Independence Day: July 4
Fun Things to Do:
- Go to the beach – the main one is located on Coney Island in Brooklyn, and it’s called Brighton Beach.
- Or, enjoy sunbathing at one of the numerous local parks.
- Organize a picnic on a beautiful lawn in Central or Prospect parks.
- Or, a barbecue in the small but cozy Manhattan Beach place.
- Get some thrill in on a rollercoaster in Coney Island or even Six Flags, if you’re not afraid of the heights.
- Watch the colorful fireworks over the East River on the 4th of July.
- Rent a house in Catskills, Long Island, or Vermont to get away from the hustle and bustle of this big city.
- Drive away to a nicer beach at the Far Rockaway, or to the beautiful Jones beach in Long Island.
- Taste some wine while enjoying the views in one of the local wineries around New York.
- Catch a 5-hour bus to Boston and spend the weekend exploring the Beantown.
- Rent a car and drive all the way to the Canadian border to spend the weekend at the Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands.
- Spend one night in Albany, and get to know the real capital of New York.
- Or, take a bus to the Atlantic City and spend a day gambling away.
Festivals, Events and Shows:
- Visit the World Science Festival – a great event filled with interesting workshops, presentations, interviews and much more.
- Attend the Brooklyn Film Festival to watch the selected independent art films.
- Celebrate Brooklyn! at the gorgeous Prospect Park at the annual (free) performing arts festival, and a day full of fun is guaranteed.
- View some great art at the Museum Mile Festival – visit any of the participating museums (Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, or the Museum of the City of New York, among some others) for free!
- Watch some classic films at the HBO Bryant Park Film Festival – the lawn opens at 5pm and it’s a free admission.
- Or, watch some Asian films at the Asian Film Festival – one of the leading cultural events, featuring filmmakers from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and some other countries.
- Attend the famous annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July, and celebrate the Independence Day by eating hot dogs with the champions.
- Don’t miss the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks over the East River.
- Attend the Lincoln Center Festival – and watch some amazing opera, music, dance, and/or theater performances.
- Listen to some great jazz at the annual 92Y Jazz Festival.
- Eat some great food for a prix-fixe price during the Summer Restaurant Week.
- Catch a free show during the Broadway in Bryant Park annual event.
- Attend a thriller book festival – ThrillerFest, and pick up some new and exciting reads.
- Drink some great beer and taste some nice food at the New York Super Craft Beer Festival.
- Hear some great beats during the Brooklyn Music Festival.
- Enjoy some classic Jazz at the two-days Jazz Festival.
- Attend the Brighton Beach Street fair (held on last Sunday in August) for some fun activities and a bite of tasty ethnic Eastern-European food.
Walks and Races:
*For the full list of New York Road Runners (NYRR) races (including – 5K and 4M distances) visit: http://www.nyrr.org
- Philippine Independence Day Parade – an annual parade celebrating Filipino American culture (run on Madison Avenue, between 38th and 27th streets).
- National Puerto Rican Day Parade – a fun parade celebrating Puerto Rican culture, featuring numerous celebrities and officials as guests (run on 5th Avenue, between 44th and 86th streets).
- Coney Island Mermaid Parade – one of the most beloved parades in the city, run annually in Brooklyn on the Coney Island boardwalk, and where anyone is invited to participate (as long as one has a fun costume to go in).
- Celebrate Israel Parade – commemorating Israel with celebrity guest appearances, dance, and music performances – this nice parade is held annually in early June. It runs on 5th Avenue, between 57th and 74th streets.
- Pride Parade – featuring numerous nonprofits, small businesses and activists – this parade is more like a nice civil rights demonstration (run on 5th Avenue, between 36th and Christopher and Greenwich streets).
- Brooklyn Pride Parade – part of the Pride Week, this event is held in Brooklyn (run on 5th Avenue, between Lincoln Place and 9th street).
- Queens Pride Parade – second largest pride parade held in Queens, celebrating and promoting the issues of the LGBT community (run on 37th Avenue between 89th and 75th streets).
- Flower Parade – a beautiful event held in Queens, featuring beautiful flower decorations, live music and dancing, and much more (run on Northern BLVD between 69th and 88th street in Jackson Heights).