NYC Bucket List 2018: Must-do Summer Events

Summer is a special time in New York City. There’s a new energy in the air, and residents spend their time at outdoor restaurants, rooftop bars, and music festivals, soaking in the sun until the cold, brutal winter hits again. Whether this is your first summer in New York or you’re an old pro, these are the things you have to try this year.

SummerStage Shows

A group of people in a park in NYC

Each year, some of the country’s most talented musicians perform at SummerStage, the city’s largest free performing arts festival. Performances take place in Central Park and other parks across the city. Now in its 33rd year, the festival books musicians in all genres, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and classical. This year’s artists include O.A.R., Kool & the Gang, Ginuwine, and many others. The event is held on various dates from May through October, and more information can be found at

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Take the ferry to Colonels Row on Governors Island for a trip back to the 1920s at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The event happens over two weekends in the summer, June 16-17 and August 25-26. You’ll hear live music from popular jazz artists, take dance lessons, and enjoy cocktails, all while dressed in your finest ‘20s dresses and suits. You can even compete in dance contests to show off your new skills! Find more information at

Rooftop Cinema Club

What better way to enjoy the warm summer air than with a rooftop movie and a cocktail with the Manhattan sunset in the background? The Rooftop Cinema Club offers an annual summer movie series, showing classics and new smash hits at SkyLawn on the rooftop of the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Midtown. The club also provides popcorn, wireless headphones, and comfortable seating. Plus, movies offer a great way to learn English! Learn more at

Attending these fun summer events immerses you in American culture while giving you a chance to improve your conversational English between classes at ALCC American Language. If you’re new to the city, learn about our courses and register online or call us at (212) 736-2373 for more information.

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