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Free Springtime Events in New York City

The Big Apple can be a pricey city to visit in the late spring and early summer. New Yorkers know that some of the best summer time activities are outdoors … and sometimes even free. Here is a roundup of some of our favorites:

  • On May 28, city beaches open to visitors and locals alike. The city has more than 14 miles of public beaches, most of which is accessible by public transit.
  • Another big draw in late May is the Memorial Day parade, held on May 30 this year. Events are scattered across the five boroughs.
  • For more than 50 years, the works of the Bard takes over the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Typically, two plays are presented each season by the Public Theater, starting this year in June.
  • Also starting in June, SummerStage brings more than 100 free music and performing arts performances to various parks in the five boroughs. Our personal faves include those in Central Park.  
  • A quick ferry ride from Manhattan drops you on Governors Island -- a peaceful park with expansive grassy lawns and amazing views of the Statue of Liberty. On Friday’s, bike rentals are free. Plus, free concerts are given on dates throughout the summer. Check the schedule to find one during your visit.

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