Free Summer 2015 New York City Events
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Those of us who live in the tri-state area are lucky to live in proximity to New York City — one of the great cultural centers of the world. While the city can be expensive, there are many free activities and shows offered all summer.
Here’s a list of free events in the Big Apple during summer 2015. With the money you’ll save, consider hiring Hoyt to take you there and home in safety and style.
The Afro-Latino Festival of New York is a multi-day cultural and musical event that celebrates the contributions of people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean and the diasporas through networking, cultural exchange, artistic showcases, film, art, technology, culinary presentations, and education.
The 3rd Annual AfroLatino Festival of New York features 20-plus artists and takes place July 10-12, 2015. Free admission with $15 minimum food and drink order. For information, click here.
Bryant Park Free Events
Bryant Park’s 2015 event schedule offers many free and diverse events all summer long, from learning how to play Pétanque, to Bryant Park Boot Camp, to the 4th Annual Musical Chairs competition, there’s a wide variety of music, arts, and activities offered. For event dates and descriptions, see BryantPark.org.
Central Park SummerStage
Central Park’s SummerStage announces its 30th anniversary celebration! The New York Times writes, "In a city happily inundated with summertime cultural offerings, the SummerStage festival stands alone for its dizzying array of options, its local enthusiasm, and its general aura of awe."
This summer’s diverse list of artists includes Lyricist Lounge featuring Scarface, The Felice Brothers / The Barr Brothers, and the Blue Note Jazz Festival featuring Meshell Ndegeocello, Roy Hargrove, and Gabriel Garzón-Montano. To view the full schedule, click here.
Free Concerts at MoMA
Established in 1971, The Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden has a proud history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden. This year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Titled New Music for New York, the series comprises four evenings of adventurous contemporary music, with premieres each night.
Concerts are free Sundays, July 6–27, at The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Gate opens at 7:00 p.m.; concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Limited seating. Click here to learn more.
Fresh Fruit LGBTQ arts festival
The 13th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival takes place July 6-19 at The Wild Project in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
New York City’s grassroots, multidisciplinary international festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer arts and culture is a cornucopia of various forms of artistic expression.
The Fresh Fruit Festival’s goal is to present the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed through performance art, dance, theatre, video, film, spoken word, graphic arts, music and various other forms of artistic expression.
Upcoming events include the annual Slam Poetry Event at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, June 6 at 6:00 pm, hosted by ‘Cookie’ Pemberton, and on the Main Stage July 13-26. Click here to learn more.
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
One of the city’s most beloved concert series returns June 15. This year, the Summer Recital Series offers six performances in the parks of all five boroughs, kicking off with a concert at Central Park SummerStage on June 15, featuring soprano Janai Brugger, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and baritone Nathan Gunn, accompanied by Dan Saunders.
Don’t miss this true gem of New York City summer culture. For details and dates, go to metoperafamily.org.
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