5 Ways To Enjoy NYC Arts This Summer + Giveaway


In the weeks immediately following the Tony Awards, it seems like there’s always a bit of a lull in the NYC theater scene.  (Was I the only one shocked at the number of Broadway shows closings this summer?!)  I’m happy to report that even though Broadway may be taking a bit of a pause before revving up for the holiday season, other shows/performances around town are going stronger than ever!

1. For the Shakespeare enthusiast with a wild sense of humor: Drunk Shakespeare

Hidden in a secret library in the heart of the Theater District, this show takes the cake for the most entertaining performance I’ve seen all summer year.  The concept is simple: each night, one professional actor has at least five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform… in a Shakespearean play. Literally ANYTHING could happen.  Honestly, I’ve never gotten so excited about Macbeth as I did that night.  A true must-see!

2. For a date night of picnic in the park + concert: SummerStage

I’ve been a fan of SummerStage since moving to NYC 10 years ago, being broke as a joke.  Seeing free concerts and performances in the park let me keep my appetite for the arts appeased, while still having money leftover for rent.  Win/win, right?!  This year is the 30th anniversary of SummerStage and is their biggest season ever, going until October. The remainder of the season has an eclectic mix of rising stars, household names, and undeniable legends in all genres.  Insider tip: obviously for top-notch free shows, the lines at the major ones can be brutal.  Get there early, or come prepped with a book to keep you company!

3. For lovers of dance: Between The Seas Festival

The Between The Seas Festival is back this September 8-13th with their 5th season, presenting contemporary dance, theater and music from the Mediterranean.  On the ballot this year is a performance that combines live sand-art drawing, music and puppetry; a very entertaining dance performance from Italy based on Italian songs of the 60s and 90s, flamenco shows, contemporary Lebanese theater and so much more!

4. For 80’s film buffs: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

Five great outdoor films from the year 1980 will be playing in this year’s free Central Park Conservancy Film Festival.  The lawn opens at 6:30pm, with a DJ entertaining the crowd until the show goes on at 8pm.  Bring your blanket, favorite beverage, and enjoy a gorgeous night of big hair and loud outfits under the stars!

5. For music aficionados: Piano In Bryant Park

A pause for some lunchtime arts is the perfect way to invigorate the remainder of your day, so if you work/live anywhere near Bryant Park be sure to take advantage of the toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz.  On the Upper Terrace, there are free performances every Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 through early October.


We’re delighted to be joining up with our friends at Between The Seas Festival to offer our readers free tickets!  One lucky UYC reader will win tickets to the show, simply subscribe to our mailing list, and we’ll contact you via email Friday, August 28th!

||Photo Credit: Michael Seto||


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