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Hitting the Beach this Summer

May 27, 2016

Coney island
Memorial Day weekend is here! The unofficial start to summer; time to hit the beach! New York City actually has some great beaches to choose from. Check out the FDR Boardwalk & Beach on Staten Island or Cedar Grove Beach, also on Staten Island. Of course if you want rides and lots of excitement you can always go to Coney Island. But if you're looking for family beach you might want to check out Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. And if you're looking to surf, the only place to do that is Rockaway Beach in Queens. There's more to choose from, of course, check out this website for a more extensive guide to city beaches.


Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

May 25, 2016

This weekend and next visit the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit at University Place from East 13th Street to West 3rd Street. See many fine arts and crafts from artists all over the world. The exhibit is open from noon to 6pm this weekend and next. Enjoy!


Shakespeare in the Park

May 23, 2016

Nothing beats a free performance of Shakespeare in Central Park's Delacorte Theatre. From May 24-June 26, enjoy The Taming of the Shrew. Then from July 19-August 14 you can catch Troilus and Cressida. Tickets are distributed for free (2 per person) at the Delacorte Theatre at noon the day of the show. But line up early in the morning because the line can get long. That may seem like too much of a hassle, if you're short on time so there are a few other ways to score tickets including an online lottery. Enjoy!


TODAY Summer Concert Series

May 20, 2016

MDNY_toyota concert
Summer is getting under way so it's time for more outdoor activities. We especially love free outdoor concerts. TODAY's Summer Concert Series started this morning with Puff Daddy and the Family and is followed by Dierks Bentley next Friday morning, May 27. General admission is free and open to the public and is on a first-come first-serve basis. It is recommended that those seeking admission arrive by 5am, though you can start lining up by 11am the day before. You can also obtain a fan pass via lottery for earlier admission. Visit the website for more information.


Dance Parade & Dancefest

May 18, 2016

MDNY_dance parade
For something free and fun this weekend check out the Dance Parade and Dance Festival. The parade starts at 1pm at 21st and Broadway and heads down to Tompkins Square Park. Watch several styles of dance as the parade heads down to the park including ballet, break dancing, waltz, salsa, tango and more. After the parade concludes around 3pm have fun at the party in the park. There will be 5 stages: a performance stage, a family friendly stage, a teaching stage, and a free dance area. All of this costs absolutely nothing! Have fun!



May 16, 2016

During the warmer months in parks throughout the city you can not only relax, but you can also catch a free show, musical performance, theater, films, lectures, comedy, and dance. There's jazz, hip-hop, rock, and so much more. There's an event almost every night, so check the schedule to see what's coming up!


Bryant Park Fitness Classes

May 13, 2016

Yoga in bryant park
With beach season right around the corner, everyone wants to get in shape. But gym memberships can be expensive and single fitness classes can be as high as $40 in New York City. Luckily Bryant Park has an excellent solution. There are free classes offered in the mornings and sometimes in the evenings. Some selections include a barre class, tai chi, boot camp, yoga, and more. Visit the calendar to check out which fitness classes you'd like to try!


9th Avenue International Food Festival

May 11, 2016

The annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival is happening this weekend, so come hungry. As it's name suggests, it takes place on 9th Avenue from 42nd Street to 57th Street. Try food from all over the world, like Poland, India, Thailand, and more. When you're full, take a break and listen to some live music, look at some art, or bring the kids to the kiddie rides. The festival will be taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, so you have plenty of time to try lots of food.


Free Museums

May 09, 2016


New York is packed with museums to see, but the admission prices can really add up especially if you're traveling with the whole family. But some of these museums are free all the time and others have certain days or times when they are free. The African Burial Ground Memorial Site, New York Transit Museum at Grand Central, and the New York Public Library are just a few of the places you can visit that are always free. The Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden (not including special exhibits) are free on Wednesdays while MoMa is free on Fridays after 4pm and the New York Aquarium is free on Fridays after 3pm.
New York may seem expensive, but catch these awesome deals and you'll really won't be spending too much.