Footloose & FREE Things To Do This Summer In NYC

by Afrodet Zuri · June 9, 2011

Summer is here which means no more drinking alone in a  cold dark bar in your neighborhood and more happy hours outside and around the city! If your pockets are already feeling a little light from all of the cocktails on roof tops, poolside libations and beers in beer gardens, here are suggestions for some FREE things to do in the city this summer!

Bubble Bath NYC

Last year over 1,500 people came to take over Times Square and disseminate joy by the bubbles per minute. Loosely based on the Dr. Seuss Classic, The Butter Battle Book, this event has yet to announce this year's location but it will be epic. Lori Kufner and Kevin Bracken have been hosting free massive events in NYC since 2005 and instruct future bubble makers to bring bubble toys, bubble generators, bubble solution, and plenty of AA batteries instructs the hosts. June 18 6pm. [ Top image via]

Shakespeare In The Park

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The Public Theater continues their tradition with the 2011 Shakespeare in the Park summer season. It will present two Shakespeare plays, Measure and All's Well That Ends Well, giving audiences eight straight weeks of free Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. June 6 - July 30

Crest Fest '11

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Talented artists capable of turning lug nuts, bolts and rivets into show-worthy pieces—are out in full force at this annual art exhibition. More than 150 creatives will display work in traditional and offbeat media, including paintings, sculptures and light art. Also on the docket: DJ sets and live music from an eclectic mix of local bands, plus about 20 vendors hawking food, drinks and handmade wares. Crest Hardware, 558 Metropolitan Ave between Lorimer St and Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. June 18 noon-8pm

Come Out And Play Festival

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During this four-week celebration, a series of original games are staged in outdoor locations throughout lower Manhattan. Each week the festival runs a new game at a different location ranging from a live-action arcade game in an arch under the Brooklyn Bridge to a stampede and round-up in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. June 19 - July 16

Calamity Chang And Her Infamous Burlesque

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Tattooed vixen of the downtown striptease scene Calamity Chang hosts two weekly shows: The Spanking of the Lower East Side at Nurse Bettie, every Thursday at 10pm featuring a rotating cast of five entertainers, including singer Broadway Brassy and ukulele player Jen Kwok, while Room 69 at Hotel Chantelle every Friday at 9pm concentrates on bawdy vaudeville.

Stargazing With The Amateur Astronomers Association Of New York

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Every Tuesday evening, members of the AAA set up their personal telescopes, allowing the curious public to peep through the lenses and gawk at various planets and phenomena, and offer their expertise. In the event of rain, Stargazing will be cancelled. Telescopes will be set up from dusk to 9:30 PM under the Standard Hotel on the High Line, located between Gansevoort and 14th Streets.

Vitamin Water Summer Series At Gansevoort Park

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The Gansevoort has opened up their rooftop pool to the public, inviting world renowned DJ's of house and trance music, such as Sharam and Chris Lake to come and spin. Join the party every Sunday afternoon in June from 3-9 p.m.

Bastille Day On 60th Street

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The French Institute Alliance Française presents this block celebration of the historic friendship between France and the United States. From tasting delicious treats to listening to music at the day-long concert, everyone will enjoy the myriad attractions provided by artists and artisans from various regions of France, as well as other French-speaking countries. 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues. July 10, noon-5pm

New Museum Block Party

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An art and community themed block party, where artists and New Museum educators will lead a series of hands-on workshops. At the family-friendly event, you can repurpose everyday materials like bottles and hair curlers into new objects; then put your creations to good use during the Block Party Parade, which will march from Sara D. Roosevelt Park and the New Museum. Once you reach your destination, explore the exhibitions on a free docent-led tour. Broome St. between Chrystie and Forsyth Sts. July 23 noon-5pm