New York’s summer 2023 calendar is bursting with events too good to miss. If you’re unsure of what to do or where to go, read on for The Manhattan Club’s top 10 picks of fun things to do this summer in NYC.
1. Visit NYC’s Best Museums
Late spring and early summer is always an ideal time to visit NYC’s museums, as new exhibitions open their doors to greet the seasonal crowds. Plus, there’s event programming and access to outdoor spaces you just don’t get in the winter. There’s the Museum Mile Festival on the Upper East Side that gets you free entry to museums along 5th Avenue, and MoMa PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series Warm Up plays every August. There’s also The Met’s Roof Garden Bar, which is only open during warmer months, and serves cocktails and snacks alongside stunning views of Central Park below.
2. Hang out in Central Park
While Central Park is magical no matter what time of year you choose to visit, there’s no denying the park is the most lively during summer. It has a packed schedule of free event programming, including the NY Philharmonic in the Park, Central Park Film Festival, and Shakespeare in the Park (more on that below). Find a picnic or sunbathing spot, rent a boat on the Central Park Lake, or choose from a myriad of recreational activities offered.
3. Take Part in NYC Pride
Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with this year’s edition of NYC Pride “Strength in Solidarity.” The month-long celebration includes city-wide events like NYC Pride March, Pride Run, Youth Pride, PrideFest, Queerpalooza, and Pride Island which will be headlined by Christina Aguilera.
4. See Shakespeare in the Park
Now - Aug. 6
Lining up for free, same-day tickets for Shakespeare in the Park is the quintessential summer experience for anyone coming to NYC this season. This year, The Public Theater company presents Hamlet at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, the fifth time the production has been featured, this time starring Tony-nominated actor Ato Blankson-Wood.
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5. Immerse yourself in culture at Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City
Now - Aug. 12
Lincoln Center’s free annual festival celebrating visual art, music, dance, theater, and culture returns with a stacked lineup of performances. Highlights include Korean Arts Week, the premiere of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, globalFEST, BAAND Together Dance Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra concerts, and the week-long 50th anniversary celebrations of hip-hop. Visit Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City for a complete list of upcoming events and walk to the festival’s flagship venue, Damrosch Park, in just minutes from The Manhattan Club. The park’s Guggenheim Bandshell is just a 10-minute walk away.
6. Listen to Live Music at SummerStage
Now - Sept. 30
Whether it’s to sing, dance, or sway to good tunes, SummerStage has something for everyone. Nearly 80 live, in-person performances return to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (along with 13 other parks spanning across the five boroughs). This is a great opportunity to see some of the best and up-and-coming artists and performers of distinctly New York genres including hip-hop (its 50th anniversary celebrated in the same city where the style was created!), afrobeats, indie rock, salsa, jazz, opera, country, and so much more. Stand-out acts for the 37th season include Little Yachty, Regina Spektor, and Manchester Orchestra.
7. Go to a New York Yankees or Mets Baseball Game
Now - Oct. 1
NYC is home to the well-loved Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, both of which are packed to the max each summer. Check the Yankees and Mets schedules to find a home game that coincides with your NYC stay. Yankees regular season home games run through Sept. 24, Mets through Oct. 1.
8. Celebrate the 4th of July
Celebrate the country’s birthday in an American city like no other. There’s the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the largest fireworks display in the nation, which begins at 8 p.m. The city also has plenty of rooftop parties, fireworks cruises, and classic NYC diners and BBQ spots serving up American eats. July 4 is always a great day to take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty or catch the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island.
9. Book a Table During Summer NYC Restaurant Week
July 24 - Aug. 20
NYC Restaurant Week returns this summer with more options than ever. With multi-course prix-fixe meals at hundreds of the city’s finest restaurants, the program invites diners to celebrate and sample the incredible array of eateries that make up NYC’s culinary culture. Sign up for the latest news and book tables directly on the NYC Restaurant Week website. Need culinary recommendations? Visit our Concierge, we’ll direct you to the top dining destinations in Manhattan.
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10. Attend a Broadway Summer Show or Broadway in Bryant Park
Broadway in Bryant Park runs from Aug. 4 - 25
Each summer, Broadway’s biggest musical hits are performed outdoors at lunchtime (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.) in Bryant Park. This year’s Broadway in Bryant Park features performances from productions like Disney on Broadway, Wicked, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Phantom of the Opera, Funny Girl, and Beetlejuice.
Summer also brings a host of buzzworthy new shows to Broadway. This season, look forward to the premieres of Once Upon a One More Time, Here Lies Love, Just for Us, Back to the Future, The Cottage, The Shark is Broken, El Mago Pop, and Merrily We Roll Along, the first ever Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jonathan Groff. Enjoy a classic night of theater while you’re staying with us at The Manhattan Club. We're perfectly located in Midtown near the Theater District and Bryant Park, and have an excellent rooftop deck on the Penthouse floor.
Begin planning your NYC summer getaway with The Manhattan Club, a luxury Midtown Manhattan hotel only steps from Central Park, Times Square, the Theater District, and so much more. Stay up to date with The Manhattan Club’s Facebook and Instagram to get your guide to the best of New York and choose from our best rates and special offers when you book direct.