Public Summer Events in New York City

written by Keumjae Park, Local Arrangements Committee Chair
(Some event schedules are not yet available.  This information will be updated in summer) 

Summer Streets 2019 (August 3, 10, 17)

On the first three weeks in August, nearly seven miles of street are open to people and many activities take place.  Held between 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City.  Activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets.

Harlem Week 2019 (July 28-August 24)

Harlem week celebrates its 45th year in 2019.  Over 100 events between July 28 and August 24 showcase Harlem’s rich history and culture.  Harlem week celebrates African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, entertainment, and religion.

Shakespeare in the Park (End of May through August)

Shakespeare in the Park is a free program offered by The Public Theatre.  Beloved Shakespeare plays are presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park from end of May through end of August.

The Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

You can watch movies free of charge at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum during the summer.

Free Events at Flushing Town Hall

Located on Northern Boulevard, Flushing NY, Flushing Town Hall is a landmark building that is now used for space for arts, performances, and educational programs.  It holds free events throughout the year.  Flushing is the home to diverse immigrant communities including a large Chinese and Korean communities.  Reachable from Manhattan by #7 train.

Lessor Known Museums and Exhibitions

The New York Historical Society Museum and Library 2019 Exhibitions (170 Central Park West and 77th St.)
  • Stonewall 50 at New York Historical Society (May 24-September 22)
    The New York Historical Society organizes two new exhibitions and a special installation to commemorate 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.  Letting Loose and Fighting Back: LGBTQ Nightlife.  By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and a special graphic installation, Say It Loud, Out and Proud: Fifty Years of Pride.
  • Revolutionary Summer Outdoor Exhibit (June 4-September 22)
    Historical displays and programming to celebrate the American Revolutionary War at the New York Historical Society.
  • LIFE’s Women (June 8-October 6)
    Only six women photographers worked at the iconic LIFE magazine between 1930s and 1970s.  This exhibit features more than 80 images showcasing the extraordinary work created by the six pioneering women.
Brooklyn Museum and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

The museum’s collection includes European arts, Asian arts, Islamic arts, and Egyptian arts.  The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on the 4th floor is an 8,300 square feet space dedicated to the history of feminist arts, including a gallery dedicated to Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party (1974-79).

Boroughs outside Manhattan


DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.  This former industrial area is now home to galleries, shops, and restaurants and one of the most visited spots in Brooklyn.  The area includes 85-acre water front Brooklyn Bridge Park and the popular Jane’s Carousel.  On Sundays in summer, the Brooklyn Flea market is set up in the area. Brooklyn Bridge Park and neighborhood information.

The Bushwick Collective

The Bushwick Collective is an outdoor gallery of murals, graffiti, and street arts, anchored at the intersection of Troutman Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn.  A New York Time article about the area:

Long Island City and Astoria, Queens

Across the East River from Manhattan, Long Island City and in Astoria are home to several art museums, including the Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Sculpture Center, MoMA PS1, and Museum of the Moving Image.

The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx

Established in 1891, this 250-acre garden is an urban oasis and a leading institution in plan research and conservation. Located in the Bronx, NYBG can be reached by Metro North Harlem Line from the Grand Central Station and by Subway lines B, D, or 4.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx

Woodlawn Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark and an active non-sectarian cemetery.  It is known for its architecture and sculptures, and known as the resting place of many historic figures, including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Madam C.J. Walker, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Fiorello LaGuardia, J. C. Penney, and Augustus Julliard. Woodlawn Conservancy offers a guided tour of the cemetery on the second Sunday of each month (August 11, 2-4pm).  Metro North Harlem Line from the Grand Central Station and by Subway line 4.