New York is a radiant city, full of museums, large buildings, parks and a huge range of entertainment, and summer is one of the seasons in which you can enjoy a dozen activities.

Traveling to New York is not always cheap, however with good planning you will find several options for activities to do on a low budget and even for free!

So on this occasion we share with you some free or low-cost activities that you can do in the Big Apple this summer, so that you can save a few dollars on your trip.


In New York you will find a huge variety of museums, and many of them with free admission; some every day and others on specific days and/or times.

Some of the museums that offer free admission are:

  • African Burial Ground Memorial Site
  • American Folk Art Museum
  • Bernard Museum of Judaica (Temple Emanu-El)
  • BRIC House
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Castle Clinton National Monument
  • Center for Architecture
  • Center for Brooklyn History
  • Climate Museum
  • Drawing Center
  • Federal Hall National Memorial
  • Fort Wadsworth
  • General Grant National Memorial
  • Hamilton Grange
  • The Harbor Defense Museum
  • High Line
  • Museum of Chinese in America
  • Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
  • Musical events

During the summer season, SummerStage is held in New York, an event that offers dozens of free and ticketed concerts.

This event is held in parks in all boroughs, including Central Park in Manhattan.

You will find music of all genres, from classical music to indie and hip-hop.

The festival takes place from May 16 to October 2, 2024. If you want to know more information, visit the SummerStage official website.

Summer for the City

From June 11 to August 9, Summer for the City is celebrated, a festival that takes place at Lincoln Center that is made up of more than 200 events, many free and others with voluntary payment. Celebrate the healing power and resilience of the arts.

The programming includes musical story sessions for children, film screenings, stand-up comedy, workshops, performances, a dance floor, a bar, poetry, jazz, and much more.

To know all the details, visit the official page of Summer for the City.

Madison Square Park

This year, Madison Square Park celebrates its 20th anniversary, and it will do so by presenting a free exhibition by four artists, Ana Maria Hernando, Rose B. Simpson, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Nicole Eisenman.

The exhibition, called “Seed,” runs from April 11 to September 22, featuring works by New Mexico artist Rose B. Simpson.

Visit the official Madison Square Park website to find out all the details of the exhibition.

free cinema

During the summer you can enjoy free movie screenings, with weekly events, at MCCarren Park in Williamsburg; Long Meadow, in Prospect Park; Coney Island Beach and Fort Green Park.

To attend, it is important that you reserve your place, plus they will give you free popcorn! The reservation can be made at official event page.

The Pride

Pride month is celebrated in June and New York is one of the best places in the world to celebrate it, as it was right here where the movement for LGBTQ+ rights was born.

This year, the Pride parade will take place on June 30. Additionally, this year the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center opens on June 28; the first national monument to tell the story of the fight for LBTQ+ rights. Here you can find more details about the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center.

Also if you want to know all the events that will be held for Pride, visit this page.

Independence Day

Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 in the United States, and the Hudson River is one of the main places to celebrate it, as this is where the Macy’s fireworks take place. Plus it’s free!

They can also party at Coney Island and enjoy a hot dog from Nathan’s, the boardwalk and its attractions.

Harlem Week

This summer, Harlem Week celebrates its 50th anniversary, exactly from August 7 to 18, an event that celebrates the rich heritage of the neighborhood.

At this event you will find live music, performances, gastronomy and much more.

On the Harlem Week page you can find out all the details.

Summer Streets

During summer Saturdays, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., some streets in New York are open to pedestrians so that families, friends, and couples can play, walk, or take a bike ride.

In addition, during the journey you will find spaces to rest and do some free activities.

For the Fudis around the world

New York is a city that has an incredible gastronomic offer, you will find everything from local food to flavors from all over the world.

One of the best dining events taking place in the Big Apple is NYC Restaurant Week, and this year it will be held from July 22 to August 18, where hundreds of restaurants, throughout the city, offer prix fixe menus .

And if they want to expand their culinary experience, they can go to the Grand Bazaar or Industry City.

Grand Bazaar is a weekly retail market, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, featuring booths from local independent artists, artisans, antiques/vintage vendors, and more. Special events this summer include a Pride-themed summer brunch and shopping on June 30 and a NYC Summer Vintage Bazaar on July 14.

Industry City, in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, is home to restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and a Japanese food market, with tours and events during the summer months.

Without a doubt, New York always has a lot to offer and this summer will be no exception.


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