Music in New York City

Philharmonic in the Park

The free nighttime concerts performed outdoors by the country’s premier orchestra are among the most wonderful treats of summer in the city. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and choose from Central Park, Brooklyn’s Pro…
Performing Arts in Upper West Side & Central Park


One of the best-loved events in Central Park is the series of outdoor concerts known as SummerStage. Every summer, the park hosts dozens of performances, showcasing a wide mix of cultural fare – indie rock, jazz, mo…
Cultural in New York City

July Fourth Fireworks

America’s Independence Day is celebrated with fireworks over the East River, starting at 9pm. Good viewing spots include the waterfronts of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or any high rooftop or east…
Parade in New York City

Mermaid Parade

Celebrating the sand, the sea and the beginning of summer is this wonderfully quirky afternoon parade that's nearly 30 years old. It’s a flash of glitter and glamour, as elaborately costumed folks display their merm…
Parade in New York City

Thanksgiving Day Parade

This famous cold-weather event, for hardy viewers only, parades its famous floats and balloons (watch your head) from 77th St to Herald Sq along Central Park W, Central Park S and then Sixth Ave. For an even better …
Cultural in Brooklyn

Cherry Blossom Festival

Known in Japanese as Sakura Matsuri, this annual tradition, held the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May, celebrates the pink, puffy flowering of the Kwanzan cherry trees along the Brooklyn Botanic Gar…
Music in Brooklyn

Celebrate Brooklyn

From late spring through summer, the Prospect Park band shell in Park Slope, Brooklyn, presents a stellar lineup of concerts, films, spoken-word shows and dance performances. Going strong for more than 30 years, the…
Cultural in New York City

Open House New York

The country’s largest architecture and design event, held at the start of the month, features special architect-led tours, as well as lectures, design workshops, studio visits and site-specific performances all over…
Theater in Upper West Side & Central Park

Shakespeare in the Park

The much-loved Shakespeare in the Park pays tribute to the Bard, with free performances in Central Park. The catch? You’ll have to wait hours in line to score tickets, or win them in the online lottery.
Performing Arts in Brooklyn

BAM’s Next Wave Festival

Running from September to December at Brooklyn Academy of Music, this annual arts festival offers the city’s edgiest, most comprehensive survey of avant-garde music, theater, opera and dance.