There’s nothing like summer in NYC, especially now with all of the adorable outdoor dining setups! There are always fun things to do in the city year round, but summers are great because it’s warm enough to go out and enjoy anything. From food options to pop up events to glamping, entertainment possibilities are endless here.
If you’re visiting this summer or live in the city, here are some great options for events and things to do!
If you haven’t heard about Smorgasburg yet, let me tell you, it is a must go! It’s an open-air food market with locations in Williamsburg, Jersey City, Prospect Park and at WTC. They’re known as “The Woodstock of Eating” and have tons of local vendors. This is a great place for everyone because they have so many food options to choose from, there truly is something for everyone there. You can check their website to view each location’s hours but they are all on weekends only. They also partner with a nonprofit business called Rethink Food, that provides nutritious meals to underserved communities, which is amazing. Smorgasburg provides hours of fun with some of the best food in town!
Every Monday night, The Seaport Cinema has outdoor movies at The Greens on Pier 17! This is fun for families or date nights, as everything is pretty family friendly. The next one is August 2nd and it will be Remember The Titans. It’s a $5 reservation fee that gets donated to charity and you can bring up to 8 people. Movies start at 8:30 on the dot. Check them out!
Collective Retreats has so much to offer, such as their glamping accommodations and a phenomenal restaurant! They have stunning luxury camping with several tent options, as well as the opportunity to take culinary classes and enjoy a special tasting menu. Even if you don’t stay overnight, you can book reservations for their farm to island menu on OpenTable. Although, they do allow walk ins for brunch and lunch, so if you’re visiting Governors Island for the day, this is the best option!
The Highline is a public park built on a rail line on the West Side. The views are immaculate and they have plenty of art to view, gardens and even concerts sometimes! At night you can see the stars on there and it’s beautiful! They are also a nonprofit organization that creates healthy neighborhoods in cities. Best of all, it’s free! But you can definitely give them a donation!
Irving Plaza is back and better than ever! No seriously, they redid the entire place! They open back up on August 17th and have amazing artists coming to play shows there. With talent like Noah Cyrus, Ben Folds and Jesse McCartney, The Irving Plaza is coming back strong. Tickets are going really fast, so you’ll wanna grab some ASAP!
La Barca Cantina is a Mexican restaurant on a boat! It is open Thursdays-Sundays and departs from Pier 81 on 41st street. The restaurant doesn’t require reservations, but you do need to buy a boarding pass on their site. They have 1 hour sailing several times a day and the food is just as amazing as the views! They also have La Barca after Darka a couple times a month, which sails from 11pm-1am and there are drinks, a DJ, bites to eat– it’s a fiesta! This is the perfect place to go with friends this summer!
If you have kids, you know how slime is all the rage these days! Located in Soho, Sloomoo Institute is an experiential slime pop-up and museum. This place is every child’s dream come true! They have sustainable slime and you can buy products and sign up for subscriptions from them, so there’s always an activity for the kids! Sloomoo is an exciting way to get your kids to use their imagination and get creative. They welcome birthday parties and field trips there, as well as offering virtual classes! They have a few different ticket options on their site, all of which come with slime and other goodies and the experience is 60-90 minutes long, which is the perfect amount of time! Grab your tickets and have a family fun day there!
The US Open is back and starts August 30th! It’s truly an amazing experience to go to a match and watch the greatest tennis players in their element. Tickets are officially on sale and they offer several different plans to purchase. Tickets are flying though, so grab yours now!
Another great thing to do in NYC with kids! Pixar Putt is a pop up mini golf adventure with 18 interactive holes. It’s located at Pier A in Battery Park City and opens August 1st! They are open 7 days a week and they have a putt putt after dark event on weekends for those 18+, which is a fun date night idea or outing with friends. Tickets are available only digitally on can be purchased on their website.
Grab your family or some friends and have yourself a nice, relaxing summer day in Central Park! Perfect Picnic NYC is the ultimate picnic company! Seriously, they do everything for you, all you have to do is show up! They have several different experience and catering options to choose from or you can order a Grab & Go basket- they have endless options for any picnic situation, whether it’s a birthday party, casual picnic or a proposal!