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3 Outdoor Summer Activities to Look Forward to in NYC

Summertime is approaching!

If you are studying English in New York City (NYC) at Pace University’s English Language Institute during the months of June-August, you will be in for a treat with the many summer activities that occur within the five boroughs. Everything from dance parties, street fairs, festivals and so much more will be available to enjoy. You might also be able to enjoy some of these activities during our weekly trips with students or you can always enjoy them in your free time.

Here are some ways you can enjoy the sunshine that NYC has to offer in the summer season:

#1  See a Free Outdoor Concert

People attending an outdoor concert in NYC

Outdoor activities are the most popular when summertime comes around.If you are a big fan of music, NYC is full of free concerts, dance parties, and live theater. Starting June 1, Summerstage showcases all types of music in NYC. With many of the concerts taking place on the mainstage located in Central Park, people come together to enjoy music and performances from all across the world. Most of the concerts are 100 percent FREE with a few concerts available at a low cost.  See a full schedule of performances.


#2  NYC Street Fairs

People at Smorgasburg outdoor food festival in brooklyn NYC

Another reason to get excited for the summer in NYC, would be the many street fairs that occur almost every weekend. The streets become full of locals, tourists, delicious eats, and bargain shopping to enjoy. Smorgasburg is one of the many food fairs that take place in NYC. This food fair happens every Saturday in Williamsburg and Sunday in Prospect Park from 11am to 6pm from April through November, rain or shine.

Fridays have been added as a new day for Smorgasburg to occur near the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center, super close to Pace University’s Downtown Campus. Here is more information about Smorgasburg.


#3  Movies Under the Stars

Outdoor movie night in NYC

If you ask me, the best part of summer in NYC are the summer nights! A great way to enjoy all that summer has to offer is to attend Movies under the Stars. Movies under the Stars presented by the NYC Parks Department is a fun event to enjoy your favorite movies outdoors Starting now until September, multiple NYC parks will show movies on big projections for viewers to enjoy. Make sure to bring your lounge chairs, snacks and friends for a fun-filled night watching classic movies and some of the latest flicks under the stars.  View the full schedule of performances.


Enjoy summer (or any other season) in NYC while studying English: visit the ELI website, contact the ELI or apply here.


WRITTEN BY: REBECA CHECO