Your New York Summer Bucket List

I think…the warm weather is here to stay. Whew, I said it. Couldn’t wait for that moment, you know the one where you really really feel safe putting your winter jacket away for the season, and brandishing sentences around like, “the warm weather is here to stay,” without fear of getting jinxed. YOU CAN’T BE TOO CAREFUL AROUND THESE PARTS.

In honor of the hot weather (I’m not complaining), I’ve created your very own New York City Summer Bucket List.  A compilation of those “get em while they’re hot” events, mixed with the iconic NYC outdoor to-dos, this list will act as your summer Bible:

New York City Summer Bucket List:

*Original post May 2015, updated May 2017

Food Fairs & Festivals:

Taste of Times Square – June 5

Big Apple Barbecue – June 10-11

Egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas – June 18

Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest – July 4


Street Fairs – (see which ones are happening weekly on my blog)

Sugar Hill Market

Queens Night Market

Restaurant Week

food fest
They have the best smoothies at summer street fairs in NYC

Music & Arts Events:

Governor’s Ball – June 2-4

Outdoor fest – June 3-12

Museum mile festival – June 13

Gay Pride Parade – June 16-25

The Mermaid Parade – June 17

Panorama Music Festival – July 28-30

Outdoor movies


New York Philharmonic in the Park

Celebrate Brooklyn music and dance parties

Brooklyn Night Bazaar – on the beach!

Shakespeare in the Park

Warm Up (music) at MoMA ps1

Lincoln Center Dance Season

Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

Art, music and dance is everywhere in New York

Outdoor Summer Activities:

Manhattanhenge – May 29-30 & July 12-13

Belmont Stakes – June 8-10

Jazz Age Lawn Party – June 10-11 and August 26-27

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks – July 4 (Obvs.)

City of Water Day – July 15

Harlem Week – July 30 – August 26

2017 US Open – August 21 – September 13

Bryant Park lawn events

Being outside is the best part of summer – take walks, have picnics and just enjoy the weather

Other great parts of summer? Central Park picnics, walks across the Brooklyn Bridge and general outdoor time. Enjoy every minute of it!

What did I miss? Let me know in the comments section or on Twitter @maryinmanhattan. I will continue to add to this list!


  1. Thank you for this list! Wow, you are an amazing event planner for everything NYC! I’ve never done the Mermaid Parade so that’s high up on my list…Great stuff here!
    PS Where is that street art of the sailor kissing the girl ? I’ve seen that building pic before but not sure which borough or where exactly? Thanks!
    Hope you had a great weekend,


    • Thanks Lia! The art is at 25th street I think…you can see it best when walking the High Line. Mermaid parade seems hilarious – I haven’t done it yet either. Coney Island seems so far…

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      • Oh, from the Highline! Sure! Thanks I haven’t paid attention but now I’s very cool!
        Yeah, Coney Island is a great place but indeed, spending 1+ hours on the subway more or less is hard!


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