Free 2019 Summer Events In NYC You Don’t Want To Miss

By Leah Freeman-Haskin


With long days of sunshine and the palpable buzz of the city’s renewed energy, it doesn’t get much better than summertime in New York City. Here is a list of free events throughout the city to keep the good vibes going all summer long. 


When: May 19 – September 16

Where: Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield

For nearly 30 years, SummerStage has been New York’s premiere outdoor concert series featuring free events throughout the summer from live music performances to readings by famous authors.

NYC Pride March 2019

When: June 30

Where: Madison Square Park

This year’s NYC Pride March commemorates the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and celebrates the progress in LGBTQ+ rights made since then. The grand marshals for this year’s event are the cast of the FX show Pose, UK activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, The Trevor Project, the Gay Liberation Front, and trans leader and activist Monica Helms.

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Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

When: July 8 – July 13

Where: Various locations throughout Brooklyn

In its 15th year, this weeklong festival has consistently brought more than just music. Past events have included conversations with prominent hip-hop personalities like Rakim, a film festival, and headliners like DMX and The Lox.

Harlem Week 

When: July 28 – August 24

Where: Various locations throughout Harlem

Harlem Week is actually a month-long celebration of the community’s rich history and culture that includes an auto show, children’s festival, small-business expo, fashion show, educational fair, outdoor film screening, a dancing-in-the-street party, and the Percy Sutton 5K Run.

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West Indian American Day Carnival 

When: September 2

Where: Runs along Eastern Parkway

More than one million people come out for this event and it is a true feast for the senses. The annual celebration of the culture of NYC’s Caribbean community is the place to be to experience sounds of reggae and calypso music, taste freshly cooked delicacies and see revelers in elaborate, colorful costumes.

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