What's Happening in NYC
Check out what’s happening in New York City this summer with our curated list just for you. From sightseeing to performances we’ve got you covered on your trip to the Big Apple!
Giant Ferris Wheel in NYC: Pop Up
For a limited time, you can now ride a giant Ferris Wheel in Times Square. Soar high above at 110 ft. while taking in a completely new vantage point of New York City.
Enjoy this annual concert series which brings Broadway actors and composers to the Times Square pedestrian plazas to perform their own original music.
A Magical Lemon Art Installation
A quirky new immersive art installation Citrovia at Manhattan West adds a citrusy, subtropical vibe that positively contrasts to the gray towers popping up around the area.
At this Battery Park museum exhibit, explore the design, technology, construction techniques and more that make the City’s skyscrapers all possible in our vertical metropolis.
Taking advantage of beautiful Central Park, this photography workshop focuses on how to take pictures of the environment (from cityscapes to landscapes). Learn the art of scouting for an image and visual editing.
Experience the Pixar Putt mini-golf pop up experience. Made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by some of Pixar’s most beloved films, perfect for a family fun activity.
Broadway returns with Showstoppers NYC, in Times Square. You’ll find a massive space filled with demos, interactive installations, jaw-dropping costumes, and experts who will be there to explain and demonstrate.
The much-anticipated and historic concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park on August 21 will celebrate NYC’s reopening with iconic performances by Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon and more! It’s time for NYC Homecoming week with tickets here.
Explore Rock Center
The historian-guided Rockefeller Center Tour takes you from past to present with an insider’s view of the incredible architecture, art, iconic buildings and outdoor gardens.
The Morgan Library
Celebrate creativity and imagination through literature, music, history, and art. The Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings showcases the important role women had as book owners and collectors.
Free Summer Movie Events: NYC Parks
Catch a free summer movie in one of New York City’s sprawling parks. Romance, action, sci-fi, and comedy–NYC Parks has movie screenings for all types of film buffs this summer.
Nature of Color
Color makes the world feel vibrant and alive. It also helps us make sense of the world. Explore the world of color at The American Museum of Natural History’s immersive exhibit.
NYCs favorite celebration returns this year with the Radio City Rockettes! Start planning your memorable holiday in the city.
The arts return to NYC as five of the city’s most iconic dance companies come together on one stage—with dancers and works from across the companies featured each night. Lincoln Center presents the BAAND Together Dance Festival, a week of outdoor dance performances as part of Restart Stages. From August 17–21, 2021.
For car enthusiasts, Automania takes an in-depth look at an object that has inspired countless examples of innovation, social transformation, and critical debate among designers and artists working in varied media.
A rotating crew of New York City’s best comedians in the city hone their acts at this compact club’s stage. Get ready to laugh!
Artechouse: Geometric Properties
Experience an immersive audio visual journey through fractal dimensions. Embark upon a cinematic journey where the sheer beauty of mathematics, nature and architecture coincide to inspire introspection and awe.
Immerse yourself in underwater worlds, fantasy lands and inspirational art installations at Arcadia Earth. Step into this awesome experience inspired by planet earth.
Be transported to an ice cream wonderland when visiting the Museum of Ice Cream that transforms concepts and dreams into spaces that provoke imagination and creativity. MOIC is designed to be a culturally inclusive environment and community, inspiring human connection and through the universal power of ice cream.
Explore The New York Aquarium, located at Coney Island and home to over 350 species of marine wildlife and to 18 different kinds of sharks and ray species. Take in the exciting exhibits, while learning about marine wildlife.
American Museum of Natural History: Hall of gems and Minerals
Get ready to marvel at the at the Hall of Gems and Minerals exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History opening June 12th. Explore interactive displays, touchable specimens, and media. The hall will feature two exquisite amethyst geodes from Uruguay and a luminous gallery featuring a wall-sized panel of rock glowing fluorescently in shades of orange and green.
Visit the world’s largest Harry Potter store located in the Flatiron District. Across the store, there will be 15 different themed areas as well as a number of photo opps inside and of course Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merch to take home.
Explore Manhattan’s brand new park – Little Island at Pier55 floating above the Hudson River. Discover lively performances, self-guided audio tours of the park’s landscape and free art activities in The Glade with the family. And don’t forget to stop by the Play Ground to enjoy some delicious food and drink offerings.
Take a day trip to Coney Island for some exhilarating coasters and other exciting rides for all ages. Experience the iconic Luna Park or Deno’s WonderWheel Amusement Park.
Free kayaking in New York City
Catch the best views of New York City, while enjoying a free kayaking session this summer! Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse will bring their kayaks out for visitors to enjoy the simple pleasure of kayaking, for free, with breathtaking views of the skyline.
Bryant Park: Picnic Performances
Starting this month, Bryant Park will host 25 outdoor concerts all summer long. Enjoy performances by the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Classical Theater of Harlem. Tickets can be purchased 10 days ahead of each show.
Check out the wildlife and exotic animals at the Bronx Zoo. With so much outdoor space and exhibitions, you can spend hours exploring.
Located in Central Park, explore this hidden gem tucked away with a spiral staircase to live out your fairy tale fantasies. Kids will love it, plus enjoy breathtaking Central Park and city views from the multiple levels of the castle.
A great spot to relax and catch your breath after exploring Midtown. This park is situated right next to the New York Public Library and close to Grand Central Station. Let your kids ride the famous Carousel and after enjoy a nice walk around the park.
Brighten up your day with a visit the the Color Factory! View exciting exhibitions and immersive experiences in this over the top colorful sensation.
Walk the high line along the west side in New York City. Take in water views of the Hudson River while also immersing yourself in history and art along the way.
Shop to you drop and than enjoy an al fresco lunch or dinner at one of the outdoor restaurants located along the Hudson River. Take in views of the Statue of Liberty while walking the West Side Highway or watch the boats go by.
Play Manhattan’s only outdoor 18-hole mini golf course with the family! Take in city skyline views of downtown NYC and than enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in Tribeca.
Another great zoo to explore in the city. A little bit smaller than the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo is located right in the park with exciting animal exhibitions and a playground for the little ones.
Take a bike ride over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to the trendy neighborhood of Dumbo. Shop, explore and dine in this urban oasis. Or take your bikes and plan a picnic at Brooklyn Bridge Park and end the day taking in the NYC skyline and sunset.
Explore Museum Mile located on the Upper East Side along 5th Avenue. Discover priceless exhibitions and over 1,000 of paintings, prints, photographs and artifacts. From the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim to the Museum of the City of New York, you will not get bored.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck is full of incredible sights and discoveries. Take in 360-degree spring views of iconic landmarks and the city skyline.
Domino Park Reflect art installation
This immersive new public art installation brings colorful light-up platforms to the Brooklyn waterfront park.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
On view at the Morgan Library & Museum, this exhibition will be the first to focus on David Hockney’s portraits on paper and one of very few exhibitions to investigate his drawing practice. Featuring about 100 drawings, the exhibition will trace a trajectory from Hockney’s early works as a student, to his Ingres-like portraits of the 1970s, and his return to the sketchbooks in the early 2000s.
Conversations in Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection
Another exciting exhibition that is on view at the Morgan Library & Museum is Conversations in Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection. This exhibit celebrates the remarkable collection of drawings assembled by the collecting couple Richard Gray, one of America’s foremost art dealers, and art historian Mary L. Gray. Drawings include works by Rubens, Boucher, Degas, Van Gogh, Seurat, Matisse, Picasso, and Hockney, among others.
“Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine” explores how photography, graphic design, and popular magazines converged to transform American visual culture from 1930 to 1960.
Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Exclusively at NYBG, Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Art in the Garden
Celebrate the warmer weather at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with pop-up music and dance performances.
Travel to the top of The Edge, NYC’s highest outdoor sky deck allowing visitors to take in 360-degree views of the city. Get ready for those insta-worthy shots!
Experience the United States tallest building, One World Trade Center also known as the Freedom Tower and climb all the way to the top of the Observatory Deck to take in draw dropping views of lower Manhattan’s skyline.
Explore the grounds of the iconic Statue of Liberty located on Liberty Island for the day. Ride the ferry over and marvel at this historic landmark.
NYC’s ultimate outdoor dining retreat, The Greens, returns – and things are looking up! This summer deserves its own rooftop moment so come dine on your own socially distanced mini lawn or patio table with unrivaled Lower Manhattan skyline views.
Empire State Building: Sunrise Experience
Watch as the sunrises over New York City from the 86th floor observation deck at the iconic Empire State Building. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity from the best vantage point in the city and surly one not to be missed.
Gagosian is pleased to present Gerhard Richter’s “Cage” paintings. The series was a highlight of the artist’s recent retrospective, “Gerhard Richter: Painting After All,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Throughout his career, Richter has navigated between naturalism and abstraction, painting and photography, exploring the conceptual, historical, and material implications of various mediums without ideological restraint.
Classic Harbor Line: Brunch Cruise
Step aboard and enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch cruise with delicious foods and cocktails, all while taking in Manhattan’s iconic landmarks and skyline.
Experience a mystical underwater experience while riding the SeaGlass Carousel. Sit within iridescent fish that glide through the sights and sounds of a 360° aquatic adventure, located in Battery Park.
Citi Concert Series: TODAY Show
TODAY Show Summer Concert Series is returning, and we cannot wait! Enjoy musical performances from top acts right in the center of Manhattan at TODAY Plaza.
Get ready to explore a variety of displays, activities and demos from the military, including the U.S Marine Corps and U.S Coast Guard. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits.
Test your inner secret agent from lie detection and surveillance to code breaking and laser tunnels with a detailed dossier of your own personal spy skills at Spyscape.
The HGL is a place where you can be happy, feel confident, and be positive. With their inspiring multimedia exhibit, you can immerse yourself in a fantastic and unforgettable art environment and express your ideal self. At HGL, you are the Superstar on a dazzling diamond runway; you are the Queen of the ethereal Silver Ocean; you are the King of the Magical Forest. Come and take this incredible journey at the Happy-Go-Lucky Exhibit!