Summer in NYC

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, New Yorkers go outside for festivals and lots of free outdoor events

Watch Manhattanhenge NYC’s solar alignment

Sat-Sun, December 3-4, 2019
MANHATTAN ~ Winter sunrise aligns with the City’s east-west street grid like a temple to the sun

Memorial Day Weekend

Fri-Mon, May 22-25, 2020
This U.S. holiday honors those who died serving our country, and is the popular start of summer

Salsa Saturdays at La Marqueta keep old school salsa alive in El Barrio

Summer Saturdays
Saturday, May 23, 2020
EAST HARLEM, NYC ~ Old timers dance Caribbean Salsa (mostly on1) at a street party with music and food just like in Puerto Rico. FREE

Do the Central Park Tango

Saturdays, June-September
CENTRAL PARK, NYC ~ Argentine tango dancing in the park in summer is so romantic! FREE

Museum Mile Festival 2020 NYC’s biggest block party

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Museum street fair
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ Free admission and outdoor art activities for children:
The Africa Center
El Museo del Barrio
Museum of the City of NY
Jewish Museum
Cooper Hewitt
Guggenheim
Neue Galerie
Met Museum

National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2020 ¡Boricua!

Sunday, June 14, 2020
Puerto Rican Parade
MIDTOWN to UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ America’s largest cultural celebration

Celebrate the Summer Solstice 2020, the shortest night of the year

Saturday, June 20, 2020
Nature
Celebrate Midsummer, the longest day and shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere

Stonewall Inn and Stonewall Riots

Sunday, June 28, 2020
WEST VILLAGE, NYC ~ The LGBT rights movement solidified after the Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn bar on June 28, 1969

Fourth of July, U.S. Independence Day

Saturday, July 4, 2020
(Day off, Fri, July 3, 2020)
The thirteen colonies that became the United States declared independence from Great Britain and launched a humanitarian revolution that swept the world on July 4, 1776

Saint John’s Eve or Festa Junina

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Brazilian Creole French French-Canadian Italian Portuguese Puerto Rican Spanish Celebration
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ~ Celebrate midsummer (or midwinter) by gathering with family around bonfires on the eve of Saint John the Baptist’s birth

Labor Day

Monday, September 7, 2020
This U.S. holiday celebrates organized labor and is the popular end of summer

Labor Day Weekend

Fri-Mon, September 4-7, 2020
This long holiday weekend honors the U.S. labor movement, and is the unofficial end of summer

Brazilian Day New York 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019
LITTLE BRAZIL, NYC ~ Celebrate Brazilian Independence with food, drink, live music and lots of Brazilians on Sixth Avenue at 46th St.

West Indian Day Parade 2019 NYC’s Labor Day Carnival

Thu-Mon, Aug 29-Sep 2, 2019
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Reggae Afrobeats Soca
Summer Jam Youth Fest
BrassFest
Junior Carnival Parade
Panorama Steelband Championship
Dimanche Gras Carnival Sunday Party
VIP Breakfast
Parade
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The Brooklyn Museum and the Parade on Eastern Avenue turns the neighborhood into a Caribbean Carnival

US Open Tennis 2019

Daily, Aug 26 – Sep 8, 2019
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ Reigning champion Djokovic is still the man to beat. Nadal challenges. Osaka is favorite over Halep.

Ecuadorian Festival 2019 Festival Ecuatoriano

Sunday, August 18, 2019
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ Live Ecuadorian entertainment and games for children. Ecuadorian food and artisanal products are available for purchase. FREE

Dominican Day Parade 2019 Desfile Dominicano ¡Quisqueya!

Sunday, August 11, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Share your Dominican Pride with 10,000 marchers on Sixth Avenue from 35th St to 56th St

Battery Dance Festival 2019 is New York’s most stunning stage

Sun-Fri, August 11-16, 2019
BATTERY PARK CITY ~ This international dance festival is bringing Argentine, French and Mexican dance companies to Robert F. Wagner Park. FREE

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is Lincoln Center’s summer festival

Wednesday-Sunday, July 24 – August 11, 2019
LINCOLN CENTER & CONCOURSE, THE BRONX ~ Lincoln Center’s summer festival includes African, Cuban, Dominican, Honduran, Indigenous, Jewish, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, & Spanish music, dance, film and word for FREE

Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Jazz live music concert
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, NYC ~ Celebrate the dawn after the summer solstice

New York Salsa Festival 2019 at Barclays Center

Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Live music Puerto Rican & Colombian salsa concert
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ Willie Colón, Victor Manuelle, Jerry Rivera, La India, Grupo Niche, Eddie Santiago, Tito Rojas, Lalo Rodriguez, José Alberto “El Canario,” Fruko y sus Tesos & more

SummerStage 2019

June 1 – August 27, 2019
Summer live music dance theatre festival
NYC PARKS ~ African, Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Creole, Cuban, Dominican, French, Garifuna, Haitian, Indigenous, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish culture and more. FREE

BIG Salsa Festival 2019 at New York Hilton Midtown

MIDTOWN, NYC | Memorial Day Weekend, Fri-Mon, May 24-27, 2019 | Salsa festival | Salsa workshops, salsa shows, and salsa dancing

Technically, summer 2019 is Friday, June 21, 2019 through Monday, September 23, 2019.

We follow the popular definition of summer as June, July and August, bracketed by Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.

Summer in New York City is time to wear white and seersucker.


 

NYC Pride Parade 2019 Stonewall 50

Sunday, June 30, 2019
LGBT Pride Parade
FLATIRON, CHELSEA, GREENWICH VILLAGE, WEST VILLAGE, CHELSEA ~ Show your Pride

Portugal Day Festival and Portugal Day Parade in Newark, NJ

STREET FAIR Sat-Sun, Jun 8-9
PARADE Sun, Jun 9, 2019
NEWARK, New Jersey | Metro NYC’s big Portuguese celebration

116th Street Festival 2019 is a Puerto Rican party!

Sat, Jun 8, 2019
Puerto Rican street fair
EL BARRIO EAST HARLEM ~ The Northeast’s biggest street fair is a Puerto Rican party

New York Red Bulls 2018 Supporters Shield Champions

RED BULL ARENA, HARRISON, NEW JERSEY, around January 3, 2019 ~ 2019 season announcement. Supporters clubs are the Viking Army (Official), Empire Supporters Club and Garden State Ultras.

Brazilian Day New York 2018 is the biggest Brazilian festival outside Brazil

Little Brazil
Sixth Avenue and
46th St (between Fifth & Sixth Aves)
Midtown, Manhattan
Sunday, September 2, 2018

New York Yankees 2018 reached the American League Division Series

Yankees 1 – 3 Boston Red Sox
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1) Red Sox 4 – 5
2) Yankees 6 – 2
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3) Red Sox 16 – 1
4) Red Sox 4 – 1
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Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Puerto Rican & Venezuelan players

Battery Dance Festival 2018

ROBERT F. WAGNER JR. PARK, BATTERY PARK CITY & SCHIMMEL CENTER, FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Sun-Sat, August 12-18, 2018 ~ 25 companies from eight countries perform with the Statue of Liberty backstage. Includes African, French-Canadian, Italian, Jewish, Mexican and Spanish companies. FREE

La Marina Beach is a great Washington Heights Party on the River

La Marina
Washington Heights, Manhattan
May – September
Sunset Salsa
Thursday, August 9, 2018

International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC

Costa Rican, French, French-Canadian & Puerto Rican puppetry
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Wednesday – Sunday
August 8 – 12, 2018

MTV VMA Winners

COLOMBIAN WINNERS
J Balvin & Willy William ‘Mi Gente’ Best Latin
CUBAN WINNERS
Camila Cabello
‘Havana’ Video of the Year
Artist of the Year
DOMINICAN WINNERS
Cardi B Best New Artist
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin ‘I Like It’ Song of Summer
ITALIAN WINNERS
Ariana Grande ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ Best Pop
PUERTO RICAN WINNERS
Jennifer Lopez
‘Dinero’ Best Collaboration
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
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Radio City Music Hall
Midtown, Manhattan
Monday, August 20, 2018

Brasil Summerfest 2018

A few legends and a new crop of the year’s best Brazilian music.
Multiple Venues in Manhattan & Brooklyn
July 29 – August 12, 2018

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2018 free music, dance, movies and word

LINCOLN CENTER, Jul 25-Aug 12, 2018, Summer music festival with African, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Mexican and Puerto Rican music, dance and word.

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2018 $28 lunches and $42 dinners

Brazilian, Cuban, French, Italian, Mexican & Spanish prix-fixe lunches and dinners.
RESERVATIONS
Monday, July 9, 2018
DINING
July 23 – August 17, 2018

LAMC 2018 Latin Alternative Music Conference

The Stewart Hotel
Chelsea, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
July 10 – 14, 2018

Midsummer Night Swing 2018 at Damrosch Park

LINCOLN CENTER, Tue-Sat, Jun 26 to Jul 14, 2018, Dance Festival ~ Dance salsa, tango and swing outdoors to live orchestras on a sprung-wood floor

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 2018 FREE

June 11 – 29, 2018

116th Street Festival 2018 is a Puerto Rican Party!

Third Avenue
106th St to 122nd St
East Harlem, Manhattan
Saturday, June 9, 2018

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2018 ~ African, Colombian, Chilean, Mexican

African, Chilean, Colombian, French-Canadian & Mexican music, dance and film.
Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn
June 5 – August 11, 2018
FREE

‘Othello’ Free Shakespeare in the Park by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

The Tony Award-winning Afro – Puerto Rican – American director tells the story of the Moor of Venice, classic Shakespeare with racial and religious themes that are surprisingly contemporary.
Delacorte Theater
Central Park, Manhattan
May 29 – June 24, 2018

New York Mets vs Miami Marlins, MLB Baseball at Citi Field

LAST GAMES OF SEASON
September 28 – 30, 2018
Friday – Sunday
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March – September
Major League Baseball
Citi Field in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
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Cuban, Dominican, Italian, Mexican & Venezuelan players

Brasil Summerfest 2017 is the biggest Brazilian music festival outside Brazil

Central Park Summerstage, Nublu, NaturaBrasil, Brooklyn Public Library, The Archway, David Rubenstein Atrium, Joe’s Pub, Museum of the Moving Image, The Django, Hester St
Manhattan & Brooklyn
August 5 – 13, 2017

SummerStage 2017 free concerts in NYC parks

May – October
LATIN ARTISTS
June 21 – September 10, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2017 Transforms a Wall into a Connector

Dominican, Nicaraguan, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese
David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
Wednesday-Sunday
June 14-18, 2017

Free Shakespeare in the Park 2017

Delacorte Theater
Central Park, Manhattan
May 23 – June 18, 2017


These are the big summer events, but there are many more Latin things to do in NYC in summer:

Memorial Day WeekendJune | July | August | Labor Day Weekend