Summer is one of the greatest times to visit New York City, when the streets and parks come alive with concerts, screenings, sporting events, and parades.
Whether you’re planning a charming couples weekend in Brooklyn, or a fast-paced family vacation at the center of it all in Times Square, summer in New York City offers something for everyone. Since you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to events in the Big Apple, we’ve narrowed down the list to some of the best in summer 2018.
For the Culture Vulture
Shakespeare in the Park: One of New York City’s most coveted summer events, this free theatrical program stages productions of Shakespeare’s best plays. This summer, Othello and Twelfth Night will run until August 19 at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park, but make sure you get there early in order to snag tickets (stay nearby at The London NYC) or you can also enter the lottery via the TodayTix app.
Summer Stage: Central Park also hosts all sorts of free concerts – ranging from rock to reggae to jazz and classical music – on its SummerStage. For opera lovers, the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the genre outside on a balmy summer’s eve.
For the Sports Lover
US Open: Come to NYC for all the culture, stay for the world’s most important tennis matches. This year’s event will take place in the Louis Armstrong Stadium in Flushing, Queens, from August 9 to September 9.
Yankees games: Some say you’re not a true New Yorker until you watch a Yankees game live. The season runs throughout the duration of summer, and you can check the schedule here. NYC E-Prix: For something sporty but a little bit unconventional, the NYC E-Prix is a thrill. Taking place in Red Hook, Brooklyn, from July 14–15, the E-Prix is a mash-up of tech and race-car culture, where single-seater, electric cars speed from 0 to 150 MPH in seconds. Take advantage of the Brooklyn scenery and stay at Hilton Brooklyn.
For the City Explorer
NYC Pride: Sometimes the best way to experience the place you’re visiting is simply by getting to know its people. NYC Pride is the annual event that really shows the city’s incredibly inclusive culture, with plenty of color, music, and joy. This year’s march is scheduled for June 24 – book a stay at the Hilton New York Fashion District so that you’ll be within walking distance of the Pride route.
Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks: Few things are more iconic than the larger-than-life fireworks display that New York City puts on over the Hudson River and East River for the nation’s birthday. There’s a variety of places you can camp out to watch the spectacular event, such as rooftops on the westside or parks on the eastside (or for one of the best views in the city, book a room at the Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza). And if you’re staying in Brooklyn, explore the beautiful streets of Brooklyn Heights before taking in the fireworks action from the lookout of the Brooklyn Promenade.