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Fun Things to Do This Summer

By July 22, 2013April 15th, 2018General Updates

Are you looking for some fun ideas to plan your summer weekends? We put together a list of some of our favorite events in the area.

New York City

Shakespeare in the Park – You can’t beat free tickets and Shakespeare in the Park.  This annual festival is one of NYC’s most beloved summer traditions.

Where: Delacorte Theater

Central Park, NYC

The Central Park entrances closest to the theater are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

When: May 28 – Aug 18

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival – Movies are shown on a large screen in Bryant Park at dusk on Monday nights from June through August.

Where: Bryant Park, NYC

Bryant Park is behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

When: Monday evenings through August 19. Access to the grass for blankets and picnicking is available at 5:00 p.m.

Film Forum’s Son of Summer Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction – This downtown movie house is reviving its cinematic salute to creepy, geeky fare for the first time in 17 years. 

Where: Film Forum

209 West Houston St., west of 6th Ave.

When: Aug 9 – Sept 5

Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ – In its 14th year, this festival pairs blues music and BBQ for an unforgettable event.

Where: Pier 84

Hudson River Park

Cross at West 44th St. in Maritime Entertainment District

When: August 24

Kayaking Classes at Downtown Boathouse Enjoy free kayaking classes on the Hudson River.

Where: Classes are offered at several locations on the Hudson. View calendar and locations here


Long Island

US Open – For two weeks, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park will be the tennis capital of the world for the US Open 2013.

Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

New York Ave, Flushing, Queens

Dates: Aug 26 – Sept 29

Long Island International Film Expo – The Long Island Film/TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Commission present the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo at Bellmore Movies.

Where:  Bellmore Movies
222 Pettit Avenue
Bellmore, NY

When: July 17 – 25

Country Fest Long Island – This two day family-friendly event has live country music and will be featuring 12 of Long Island’s country bands.

Where:  3186 Sound Avenue

Riverhead, NY

When: July 27 – 28

Market at the Milleridge Village – This weekly market showcases crafts, artisan foods, produce and local artists.

Where: Milleridge Village
585 N Broadway
Jericho, NY 11753-2199

When: Every Sunday through the Fall

Manhasset Summer Festival – Enjoy arts and crafts, antiques and food. The festival is held rain or shine.

Where: Main Municipal Lot

Manhasset Ave.

Manhasset, NY

When: July 27


New Jersey

Oakland Farmers’ Market – The Oakland Farmers’ Market runs every week from June through October. It has local farms, music and crafts.

Where: Municipal Lot off 202
1 Municipal Plaza
Oakland, NJ

When: Saturdays through October 26

Summer Concert Series – Enjoy a free concert in the park – what’s not to love about this?

Where: Duke Island Park
Bridgewater, NJ

When: Sundays through August 25. View the schedule here.

Monmouth County Fair – This county fair has rides, vendors, fireworks, shows and competitions.

Where: East Freehold Park & Show Grounds
Kozloski Rd.
Freehold, NJ

When: Fair ends July 28.

New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show – New Jersey’s Largest Agricultural Fair features agricultural events and education exhibits, a petting zoo, vendors, crafts, flower & vegetable shows, art & photography exhibits, fair food, free entertainment, and more.

Where: Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd.
Augusta, NJ

When: August 2 -11

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