Bring out those beach towels and rock those new aviator shades because it’s official; summertime is here!
Spending the summer in NYC? Don’t sweat it! Here is a list of some cool, summer events that will have you “buzzing” around the city…
1. First and foremost, we, at the Hotel Belleclaire, will be hosting complimentary “Summer Socials” throughout the summer. (I know, I’m getting pretty excited myself!) We encourage everyone to stop by and take a moment out of their busy schedules to come celebrate the summer with us, on us!
2. Enjoy a relaxing night out by bringing a friend, a blanket, and some popcorn to the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Free outdoor film screenings are a joy of New York summers, and the Bryant Park series is particularly lovely. The movies start at dusk, but locals start trickling in when the park’s lush grassy lawn opens at 5pm—many folks are still in their work clothes and just head over straight from the office with take-out food and blankets in tow. (Follow suit and arrive early; the lawn gets pretty crowded by sundown.) For more information, visit bryantpark.org.
3. Enjoy Free, Outdoor, Live Music at Central Park’s Summerstage
Central Park Summer Stage is New York’s premier free performing arts festival. Founded in 1986, it brings performances of superior artistic caliber, free of charge, to large and diverse audiences. Through inclusive and eclectic programming, SummerStage provides an important forum for emerging and established artists, and ideas, and exposes its audiences to many different types of artistic and cultural expression. Programming areas include World and American music, modern dance, spoken word, electronic music, and family programming.
SummerStage is free (except for a few big-name benefit concerts) and open on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your sunscreen and get ready to dance!
4. Enjoy a selection of song and dance at the River to River Festival
Over 150 events in 30 days at 28 sites. Transformative, investigative art in unexpected places across Lower Manhattan. River To River extends the life of dance along the East River and immerses the Hudson in contemporary music and investigative installations.
Plan Ahead: Fourth of July’s Main Events:
5. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition (Word to the wise: Do not attend or watch on a full stomach)
An annual hot dog eating competition that is held each year on July 4 at Nathan’s Famous Corporation, at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier will earn a trip to compete at the ESPN televised finals at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on July Fourth. This year’s ESPN show will air on July 4th at 1PM Eastern.
6. Macy’s Fireworks
Now in its 35th year, the world-famous fireworks show is set to dazzle millions once again. Whether you’re watching it live in NYC or at home on NBC, get set for a spectacular show like no other! This year, they have a surprise celebrity guest who’s been helping create the entire show!
7. If you enjoy sports, the Mets All Star Game is not the one to miss!
The Mets will host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in July 2013 at Citi Field! Baseball’s best players will descend on New York City for three days of events at Citi Field leading up to the 84th All-Star Game, scheduled to be played on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. It’s the first time the Midsummer Classic will take place at the home of the Mets since 1964.
8. Become French for a day at Bastille Day (Must do: Indulge in a delicious Nutella crepe!)
Indulge your inner Francophile during this celebration of France’s independence. Held on three avenue blocks closed to traffic, the fest boasts tasty treats like crêpes and cheeses, Macaron Café macarons ($2) and baked goods from patisserie Financier, as well as sets by accordion players and other musicians, cultural dances like the cancan, and kiddie-friendly activities such as face painting.
9. If you enjoy classical music, NY Philharmonic Concert in the Parks is an event you don’t want to miss!
The Philharmonic goes green, kicking off the free summer outdoor concert series with a performance in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Alan Gilbert leads the ensemble through a lively program of Respighi and Tchaikovsky.
10. Catch a Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Concert!
Justin Timberlake will bring sexy back to Yankee Stadium — and he’s bringing Jay-Z with him. The two music titans will co-headline the stadium in the Bronx on July 19, part of a short tour titled “Legends of The Summer.”
11. Cool off at the Governors Island Swim
Spend the morning jumping off a ferry boat and circling a piece of Manhattan at this challenging 2-Miler around the birthplace of New York City, with great views of Lower Manhattan, Jersey City, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and, of course, Governors Island itself.
12. Go back in time to some Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event that is held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. It is produced by The Public Theater, and attendance is free, provided that guests wait in line for tickets on the day of the performance. Shakespeare in the Park includes two productions over the course of the summer, and one of New York City’s most beloved summer traditions.
13. Devour delicious meals at NYC’s Restaurant Week
Every summer and winter, Restaurant Week NYC returns, with more than 300 restaurants offering three-course dining deals for lunch ($24.07) and dinner ($35). Each year Restaurant Week NYC adds trendy newcomers to a long list of fine-dining standbys, drawing bargain-hunting New Yorkers to try out new spots and revisit old favorites on the cheap.
13. Zip line during Summer Streets of NYC
For this three-Saturday event, nearly seven miles of NYC turf from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park will be cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. This edition’s offerings are still being finalized, but previous years have included free bike rentals, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line and picnics along the route.
14. Watch some of your favorites battle during a match at the U.S. Open. While you’re at it, try to score an autograph! (Definitely on my bucket list!)
For two weeks, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park will be the tennis capital of the world for the US Open 2013. While Wimbeldon has its white, New Yorkers bring the party to the National Tennis Center with a celebrity-studded crowd, international food vendors and live musicians performing on the grounds—not to mention tennis’s top pros.
15. Rave the last days of summer at Electric Zoo
Made Event is back with another round of its three-day house, electro and techno fest. If you enjoy this music, this is the place to be!
Now that your itinerary for this summer is all set, round up a bunch of family & friends and kick off the summer right with some great company and cool shades! Again, enjoy the summer because unfortunately, it only lasts three months!