New York City has a way of making everything more magical—even summer itself. From theatrical performances in the park to rooftop cocktails with Hudson River views, NYC offers summertime activities for everyone. And a stay at The Blakely New York (just a few blocks from Central Park) puts you in the center of all the action. If you’re still debating a Big Apple getaway, here are 3 free summer 2013 events (one for each month!) that will definitely convince you to book a city stay.
June: If good food and good music are your thing, head to Madison Square Park for the 11th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party (June 8-9). In addition to top-notch BBQ dished out by pit-masters from across the country, you’ll find free, live blues and rock performances and cooking demonstrations. Better get your bib ready.
July: In addition to the city’s famed Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the city celebrates independence (this time, French) with a festive Bastille Day street fair (July 14). The fête is fun for the whole family, with crêpes, cheeses and baked goods for sale, live music, cultural dances, face painting and more!
August: On 3 consecutive Saturdays each summer (exact dates to be announced), nearly 7 miles of NYC streets are closed down to vehicles—creating the pedestrian-friendly Summer Streets celebration. The event comprises food, entertainment (think a zip-line and a climbing wall) and eye-catching outdoor art installations.