The best free things to do in New York City this summer

New York City has a reputation for being an expensive city.

But that doesn’t mean you need to have a disposable income to enjoy it.

Particularly in the summer, NYC offers multiple events that won’t cost you a penny to attend.

From parades to movie nights in the park to cultural festivals, here’s what you can enjoy in the city this summer for free.

The Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival honours the Lower East Side's diverse ethnic communities. The festival, which takes place on June 7th, is sponsored by the Museum at Eldridge street and features Chinese, Jewish, and Spanish food and art.

Looking to get down after work? Head to Bryant Park on Wednesday evenings to dance to live music with the help of instructors. Dancing in Bryant Park runs until June 24th and features everything from waltzing to west coast swing to samba.

Head to Governors Island on July 18th for the City of Water Day Festival, which includes free events on the water, like boat tours, kayaking, and children's activities.

Travel back in time while watching a performance of William Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park as part of The Public Theatre's Free Shakespeare in the Park. Performances run throughout the summer.

Savour some BBQ while enjoying blues music at the Hudson River Park's Blues BBQ on Saturday, August 22nd. The event pairs food from some of NYC's best BBQ restaurants with blues artists.

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