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.
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
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
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
When: July 27
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
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
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
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.
When: August 2 -11