From the free music concerts, modern dance and adaptive wheelchair softball to, exhibits, family activities for all ages, talks and tours. There are no shortages of fun with low cost things to do that fit anyone’s fancy. Events take place in all the 5 boroughs of New York.
Regardless of your budget, there’s definitely a chance to get up, and get out to do something fun with friends and loved ones! Activities range from fun, to health or informative. There are a lot of accessible events and activities available
Let’s explore some of the awesome summer activities available in the five boroughs (some may require an RSVP). For accessibility info click the icon
Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest
At Delacorte Theater (Central Park), Manhattan
8:00PM - 9:00PM - Free!
Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston returns in The Tempest, Shakespeare’s classic about young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling.
Adaptive Wheelchair Softball
July 3 at Patterson Playground, Bronx
5:00PM - 8:00PM
Play wheelchair softball at Patterson Playground.
Parent and Me Yoga
July 4th at Abby’s Lawn (Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Join Christina Shablak, a certified children's instructor, for free yoga for children and their parents/caregivers. All aged children are welcome with a parent or caregiver.
Good Morning America Summer Concert: Mika
July 3rd at Ramsey Playfield (Central Park), Manhattan
7:00AM - 9:00AM – Free.
Now it’s seventh year in Central Park, the summer concert series – Summer Stage is a popular musical event series that features music’s biggest names and upcoming musicians.
Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance
July 3 at Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park), Manhattan
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Some of the city's most exciting modern dance companies perform their latest works. Produced in collaboration with Inception to Exhibition.
Yoga on the beach
July 4 at Beach 108th Street (In Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk), Queens
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Helen Kilgallen from Elaine’s Dance School offers an awesome Hatha yoga beginners class on the beach! Why not give it a try? It’s Free!
Learn to Play Tennis: Intermediates
July 6th Mondays and Wednesday’s between 7/6/2015 and 08/14/2015 9:00AM - 12:00PM
City Parks Tennis provides free tennis lessons every year to thousands of kids ages 6 to 16 in more than 36 parks throughout the five boroughs. This event is presented by BNP Paribas. ACOSTE is the official apparel sponsor. Classes are offered for beginners and intermediates.
Learn to Ride
Various Dates starting July 11, 2015
Learning to ride a bike is one of the most exhilarating experiences there is. NYC Parks and Bike New York presents free Learn to Ride classes. Children are taught the fundamentals of bicycling so they can enjoy, have fun, and be safe riding for years to come. Various classes for both kids and adults looking to learn
New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx
Runs from May 16 - November 1
This year, the New York Botanical Garden or NYBG is hosting a gaggle of artwork and events celebrating Frida Kahlo themed Art, Garden, and Life. It’s the first solo exhibit of the famed Mexican artist in New York in more than 10 years! The exhibition will focus on the iconic artist’s intense interaction with the botanical world in her native country Mexico.
The Botanical Garden’s will host other various events inspired by Frida Kahlo. Sample Mexican fare inspired by Frida’s own recipes and down a complimentary cerveza.
Don’t miss the ongoing Healthy Families program supported by MetLife. The program includes healthy tips for heart health, nutrition education, as well as exercises on the picturesque garden background. Another great ongoing feature is the “It’s Your Garden” community outreach program that features family friendly cultural activities sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Get more info here.
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This is just a fraction of the events and activities lined up between now and November. Check out the New York Parks Department website for a searchable and always up to date event calendar.
No doubt, New York is not the only state with awesome curated summer events; other states from California, to Nashville and Boston to Atlanta and everywhere in between has similar offerings that are either free or low-cost. A good place to start is your town’s parks and recreation website.