8 amazing things to do in NYC you may have not heard about!
Hello, New York.
Let me guess. You're tired of the club scene — or at least recovering from the night before. I've put together a list of some of my favorite events that happen annually in NYC (& are not primarly centered around drinking). Save these for a time when that bar life is just not cutting it. If any of these suggestions seem promising, make sure you subscribe. I'll send out friendly event reminders or updates when tickets are available to purchase. Happy roaming!
1. Mister Sunday - Nowadays (music, culture, dancing)
Located in a unique seasonal space, (basically a small park) Nowadays is a fairly new venue hosting different events. My favorite happens to be Mister Sunday - an outdoor Sunday party, 3-9pm with a DJ, an outdoor dance floor (cell phones not allowed on the dance floor), and different food and drink vendors. Not much of a dancer? No worries - there's seating where you can take it easy.
You don't just meet people here. You meet all sorts of characters. Dress code - super casual. Events vary from day to day. Mister Sunday runs all summer. Find out more here.
Location: 56-06 Cooper Avenue near Wyckoff. L train to Halsey stop.
Admission: $10-$20 entry fee, drinks $5-$12
2. Jazz Age Lawn Party (themed, live music, dancing, picnic)
Love the roaring 20's and everything about it? Good, me too. (Think: Fringe flapper dresses, suspenders, cloche hats, bobbed wings and art deco designs). Grab a group of friends, prepare a picnic basket, dress up in character and enjoy a beautiful day on Randall's Island.
Location: Randall's Island. A free 10 min ferry ride easily takes you up there.
Admission: Find tickets here. Next event coming up August 26-27. Don't miss it!
3. New York Philharmonic (free, live music, picnic)
Yup, its free & such an amazing time! Every year the Philharmonic hosts concerts with wonderful performers and musicians. It's a free evening of classical music in Central Park. Feel free to bring food, drinks, and a blanket to lay on. Arrive early. It gets crowded! This years event passed but check out the schedule here.
Location: Great Lawn, Central Park, Manhattan
Westside entrances: West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West
Eastside entrances: East 79th or 85th Streets at Fifth Avenue
4. Artexpo New York (art, culture, networking)
Are you an art enthusiast? Or want to seem like one on Instagram? Every year, Artexpo is home to thousands of new artists, all with designs that may or may not shape trends in galleries worldwide. Walking around can easily take the whole day & often the artists are right there to talk to you about their work. A great networking event for art dealers, interior designers, art buyers and framing retailers. Also - free bags with goodies! Next expo, April 2018!
Location: PIER 94 – “THE ART PIER” (West side)
Admission: Groupon and Gilt usually sells discounted tickets (approx $20pp) Check out the site here.
5. Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (nature, culture, themed)
An annual celebration of Japanese culture, you are surrounded by blooming pink petal trees and it's a pretty magical sight to see. Walk around the park or partake in the events going on. You're going to have to wait until April 2018 to experience it again! Learn more about the event here.
Location: New York Botanical Garden - Choose Entrance: 150 Eastern Parkway (2/3) 455 Flatbush Avenue (B/Q/S) 990 Washington Avenue (4/5)
Admission: Check the site in March 2018 to buy tickets.
6. Night at the Museum (informative, animal lovers, kid friendly)
Ok, so how amazing does this sound? Fans of the Ben Stiller movie Night at the Museum can "finally see for themselves just how much the American Museum of Natural History comes alive at night". Although I haven't done this myself, I've heard great things about it. Sleeping over at one of the most beautiful museums in NYC seems pretty cool to me...(or maybe I'll wait until I have my own kids to check this off my list - either way, future birthday goals any one?)
Location: American Museum of Natural History.
Admission: Hefty price tag - tickets here.
7. Midsummer Night Swing (cultural, themed, dancing, live music)
Love to dance? This is the event for you. Hosted annually, you can dance the night away to live swing, salsa, tango, soul, & more. Mark your calendars for the end of June through July, 2018!
Location: Lincoln Center. By subway: 1, A, B, C, D to 59th Street–Columbus Circle or 1 train to 66th Street–Lincoln Center. (Damrosch Park)
Admission: Tickets available online closer to the date.
8. HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival (film, cultural, free)
Ah, the good old blanket on the lawn, watch a movie with strangers, vibe. Lawn opens at 5pm, films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm-9pm)
June 19 – King Kong
June 26 – On the Town
July 3 – The Muppets Take Manhattan
July 10 – Sabrina
July 17 – Wall Street
July 24 – Pillow Talk
July 31 – The Hustler
August 7 – All That Jazz
August 14 – North by Northwest
August 21 – Dirty Dancing
But mostly, anything in Bryant Park. It annually hosts over 1,000 free activities, classes, events and more. Click here for a schedule of all events.
Location: Bryant Park - 42nd st.