New York City, America’s largest and busiest melting pot, puts on some of the best summer festivals in the nation. No matter what you’re into there’s a festival for you. So go out this summer! Enjoy the city, enjoy the tunes, enjoy the people! Below are some fun and exciting ways to get the most out of the New York summer experience.
New York Summer Music and Arts Festivals
With the continual rise of the EDM scene, EDC makes it’s 3rd annual stop at Metlife Stadium. This festival is much more than just freaking out to insane DJ’s; EDC has full interactive art installations, carnival games, rides, and plenty of wild, costumed party goers. This event is for those 18 or older. 2-day passes are available for $250, while a single day ticket will set you back $150.
Headliners: Krewella, Hardwell, Adventure Club, Tiesto
The largest and most well known summer party in New York offering a lot of food, A Lot of activities, and A LOT of great music. When there is a lag in the bands you want to see, head over to play some lawn games, groove at the silent disco, or eat at one of the many food vendor’s tents. Follow the party from Randall’s Island to Manhattan for some epic after parties.
Headliners: Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix, Skrillex
Catch a ferry back to Prohibition era NYC. Flap away with some smooth cats and some old world libations at this family friendly blast from the past on Governors Island. The Jazz Age Lawn Party is in it’s 3rd year and doesn’t look to be slowing down soon. Come out and rev up 1920’s Motorcars, cut a rug in the Charleston contest, and listen to the rousing sounds roaring twenties.
Headliner: Michael Arnella and his Dreamland Orchestra
Much more than just music, the Northside Festival celebrates innovations in film and entrepreneurship, as well. With over 400 bands, 75 films, about 100 speakers, and over 100 trade show booths, there’s literally something for everyone at the festival. Visit the site to claim your music, film, and innovation talks badges.
Headliners: Chvrches, Thee Oh Sees
Headliner: Dinosaur Jr.
SummerStage is comprised of 100’s of concerts happening daily all across Manhattan and it’s neighboring boroughs. Most of the concerts are free; 7 benefit artists will play in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield with prices ranging from $30 – $50. There is no reason to not catch at least one of these stellar shows.
Rumsey Playfield Headliners: John Butler Trio, Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Beck, Neon Tress, Conor Oburst and Dawes
Other NYC Summer Happenings
Every Monday this summer gather with thousands of fellow NYCers for a quick flick in Bryant Park, courtesy of HBO. They’ve got it all, documentaries, comedies, classics, family, and horror; you name it. Lawn seating starts at 5 PM, so grab a blanket and head on down. Snacks and bevs are allowed; chairs, tables, and dogs are not.
Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene rapidly became a Saturday staple in NY and has since expanded to other areas of Brooklyn. The Flea is now servicing Williamsburg and Park Slope areas too. Check out this bazaar of found and made treasures from 100’s of vendors. While you’re at it, down some local fare from one of the many food vendors.
Delicious BBQ: I shouldn’t have to say anything else to entice you to visit Madison Square Park this summer. The celebration is free, the BBQ is not. It’s only $9 per plate for smoked, dry rubbed, sweet, tangy, smoky, vinegary, meaty goodness. There’s live music too, but we know that you’re there to dominate the ribs. Get dirty, don’t be shy. Bring a wet-nap.
Thespians, Bard-lovers, and my 9th grade Lit teacher will flip for the free Shakespeare in the Park productions offered in Central Park. If comedy is your style, be sure to catch Much Ado About Nothing June 3 – July 6. For those land-conquering, brooding fans, King Lear is more your speed; look out for the run July 22 – August 17.
We have only scratched the surface of the super fun and exciting events and festivals happening in NYC this summer. For more great info checkout NYC.com.