Six Events for Summer in New York

by Sofitel New York

May 24, 2016

Jazz Age Lawn Party, Governors Island, New York City © Paul Stein | Flickr

Tips / Destination

Nothing beats summer in New York City. If you’re looking for something to do in the next few months, consider these events around town.



Shakespeare in the Park

When: May 27–Aug. 23

Where: Central Park

What: Public Theater stages this theatrical program every year to great acclaim, and has featured performances from celebrated actors like Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington.



Jazz Age Lawn Party

When: June 13–14 and Aug. 15–16

Where: Governors Island

What: The Jazz Age lives on nearly 100 years later through New York’s annual Lawn Party on Governors Island. The party looks like it’s straight out of The Great Gatsby, except much more family friendly.



Warm Up

When: June 26–Sept. 4

Where: MoMA PS1

What: Held in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, Warm Up is the museum’s month-long concert series that brings a wide spectrum of forward-thinking artists. Past performers include Blaqstarr, Laraaji and Derrick May.



4th of July Fireworks

When: July 4

Where: East River

What: Macy’s has the biggest fireworks display over the East River, in addition to ones in Jersey City and Ellis Island. For the best seats, head to Berry Park or Brooklyn Bridge Park.



Waterfight NYC

When: July TBA

Where: Central Park

What: Pretty self-explanatory — like Songkran in Central Park, come armed with a water gun and cool off from the New York Summer.




When: Aug 12–28

Where: Various venues

What: Spread across more than 20 stages and several neighborhoods, FringNYC is an offbeat multi-arts festival that has served as an incubator for alternative artists and off-Broadway productions.


You can win a trip to New York this summer by entering the 2016 PetSafe Photo Contest sponsored by United Airlines and Sofitel!


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