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The Complete 2015 Guide to Summer Fridays in NYC

Published On 05/26/2015 Published On 05/26/2015
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May 29 Fri

NYC Craft Beer Festival Welcome to your first summer Friday! Prepare to be rewarded for your patient 38-week wait with all the beer (and by "all" we mean 150 OF THEM). Also: food vendors and the sweet, balmy summer air blowing off East River.

Watermark Bar

NYC Craft Beer Festival Watermark Bar Welcome to your first summer Friday! Prepare to be rewarded for your patient 38-week wait with all the beer (and by "all" we mean 150 OF THEM). Also: food vendors and the sweet, balmy summer air blowing off East River.

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Jun 5 Fri

Governors Ball Dozens of awesome acts take the stage starting Friday, June 5 and keep playing through the weekend for everyone who managed to score tickets. Which you probably can’t. In which case... sit on the waterfront in Queens and try to make out some lyrics?

Randall’s Island

Governors Ball Randall’s Island Dozens of awesome acts take the stage starting Friday, June 5 and keep playing through the weekend for everyone who managed to score tickets. Which you probably can’t. In which case... sit on the waterfront in Queens and try to make out some lyrics?

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Jun 12 Fri

Visit One World Observatory The observatory at the new One World Trade Center officially opens May 29, but you’re going to be really busy drinking beer that day. Instead, save this for June 12. (Or really, any day. Tickets are tough to score.) Soar up to floors 100-102 for panoramic views and feel proud that you live here.

One World Trade Center

Visit One World Observatory One World Trade Center The observatory at the new One World Trade Center officially opens May 29, but you’re going to be really busy drinking beer that day. Instead, save this for June 12. (Or really, any day. Tickets are tough to score.) Soar up to floors 100-102 for panoramic views and feel proud that you live here.

Flickr/Nick Normal

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Jun 19 Fri

Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga face-off You either love ‘em or hate ‘em (although, let’s be real... who actually hates Tony Bennet?), but you can’t disagree that they are both preeeetty New York. Catch this unlikely duo as they team up at Radio City Music Hall.

Radio City Music Hall

Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga face-off Radio City Music Hall You either love ‘em or hate ‘em (although, let’s be real... who actually hates Tony Bennet?), but you can’t disagree that they are both preeeetty New York. Catch this unlikely duo as they team up at Radio City Music Hall.

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Jun 26 Fri

Hit up Pier A Harbor House If you haven’t been to Pier A Harbor House yet... go immediately before the rest of NYC does. Dating back to 1886 when it opened as the HQ for the NY Harbor Police, today it's a 28,000sqft, three-floor utopia of food and drink. Get there at 4pm for the 1886 Special, which includes eight oysters and a pint of Guinness or Long Hall Lager.

Pier A Harbor House, Bowling Green

Hit up Pier A Harbor House Pier A Harbor House, Bowling Green If you haven’t been to Pier A Harbor House yet... go immediately before the rest of NYC does. Dating back to 1886 when it opened as the HQ for the NY Harbor Police, today it's a 28,000sqft, three-floor utopia of food and drink. Get there at 4pm for the 1886 Special, which includes eight oysters and a pint of Guinness or Long Hall Lager.

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Jul 3 Fri

Kick off Fourth of July Weekend at Anable Basin It’s going to be pretty tough to get waterfront seating on July 4, but July 3 the coasts are clear! Get your Fourth o' weekend started right with beers and grilled meats by heading to Anable Basin in Long Island City. The views don’t suck, either.

Long Island City

Kick off Fourth of July Weekend at Anable Basin Long Island City It’s going to be pretty tough to get waterfront seating on July 4, but July 3 the coasts are clear! Get your Fourth o' weekend started right with beers and grilled meats by heading to Anable Basin in Long Island City. The views don’t suck, either.

Flickr/Ethan Oringel

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Jul 10 Fri

Hit the beach Hamptons. Rockaways. Fort Tilden. Jones Beach. Coney Island. Or even, ugh, the Jersey Shore. There’s lots of water and sand surrounding NYC and you need to be in it/on it.

The beach!

Hit the beach The beach! Hamptons. Rockaways. Fort Tilden. Jones Beach. Coney Island. Or even, ugh, the Jersey Shore. There’s lots of water and sand surrounding NYC and you need to be in it/on it.

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Jul 17 Fri

Celebrate Brooklyn! Say "Thanks for being pretty awesome" (most of the time) to Brooklyn at, uh, Celebrate Brooklyn! -- a series of cheap and/or free concerts held from June through August at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Prospect Park

Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park Say "Thanks for being pretty awesome" (most of the time) to Brooklyn at, uh, Celebrate Brooklyn! -- a series of cheap and/or free concerts held from June through August at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Flickr/jmm

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Jul 24 Fri

Shakespeare in the Park In addition to all the deliciously grilled/fermented things you'll ingest this summer, why not try ingesting a little culture, as well? And if you don’t feel like waiting in an epic line for tickets, don't! We've got a bunch of ways to get 'em sans line right here (including a virtual free ticket lottery roulette).

The Delacorte Theater, Central Park

Shakespeare in the Park The Delacorte Theater, Central Park In addition to all the deliciously grilled/fermented things you'll ingest this summer, why not try ingesting a little culture, as well? And if you don’t feel like waiting in an epic line for tickets, don't! We've got a bunch of ways to get 'em sans line right here (including a virtual free ticket lottery roulette).

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Jul 31 Fri

Get on the water There are so many awesome ways to enjoy NYC nautically. Satisfy your stomach on a North River Lobster Company cruise, stay docked at the Frying Pan, cruise the rivers while catching a concert with Rocks Off concert cruises, catch a morning rave on a boat with one of DAYBREAKER’s several boat sessions, or head out to the Honorable William Wall Yacht Club for cocktails and sunset views over Lower Manhattan. Whatever you’re into, NYC probably has it on the water.

Pick a pier. Any pier.

Get on the water Pick a pier. Any pier. There are so many awesome ways to enjoy NYC nautically. Satisfy your stomach on a North River Lobster Company cruise, stay docked at the Frying Pan, cruise the rivers while catching a concert with Rocks Off concert cruises, catch a morning rave on a boat with one of DAYBREAKER’s several boat sessions, or head out to the Honorable William Wall Yacht Club for cocktails and sunset views over Lower Manhattan. Whatever you’re into, NYC probably has it on the water.

Flickr/Kurt

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Aug 7 Fri

SummerStage This summer marks the 30th anniversary of SummerStage. And if we know anything about turning 30, it’s that it is horrific/awesome. Help SummerStage turn Dirty 30 (yeah, we made that a thing) this year by hitting up one of the many, many cultural offerings throughout the five boroughs.

Multiple locations

SummerStage Multiple locations This summer marks the 30th anniversary of SummerStage. And if we know anything about turning 30, it’s that it is horrific/awesome. Help SummerStage turn Dirty 30 (yeah, we made that a thing) this year by hitting up one of the many, many cultural offerings throughout the five boroughs.

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Aug 14 Fri

Pick a park. Any park. Picnic there. Grab a blanket, some sandwiches (or a grill if you’re that cool), and a cleverly concealed vessel of booze and hit literally any of New York’s great outdoor spaces. NYC has 1,700 parks. No, really. It does.

One of the 1,700 parks

Pick a park. Any park. Picnic there. One of the 1,700 parks Grab a blanket, some sandwiches (or a grill if you’re that cool), and a cleverly concealed vessel of booze and hit literally any of New York’s great outdoor spaces. NYC has 1,700 parks. No, really. It does.

Flickr/adamjackson1984

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Aug 21 Fri

Get out of town Now's your chance to go camping in the Catskills, find a friend who has a sweet house in the Hamptons (or, ugh again, the Jersey Shore), or whisk your summer fling off to the Berkshires before you break up for the winter because they live off the G train and that won’t fly come colder months.

Lots of places within a 100mi radius

Get out of town Lots of places within a 100mi radius Now's your chance to go camping in the Catskills, find a friend who has a sweet house in the Hamptons (or, ugh again, the Jersey Shore), or whisk your summer fling off to the Berkshires before you break up for the winter because they live off the G train and that won’t fly come colder months.

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Aug 28 Fri

Find a rooftop Come the end of August, the blues start to set in as summer starts to wind down. Dull the pain with a strong cocktail and a killer view over the city at one of NYC's many, many kick-ass rooftop bars.

Anywhere outdoors that requires an elevator and serves alcohol

Find a rooftop Anywhere outdoors that requires an elevator and serves alcohol Come the end of August, the blues start to set in as summer starts to wind down. Dull the pain with a strong cocktail and a killer view over the city at one of NYC's many, many kick-ass rooftop bars.

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Sep 4 Fri

Electric Zoo Grab your neon anything and head over to Randall’s Island for another installment of this insane electronic music festival.

Randall’s Island Park

Electric Zoo Randall’s Island Park Grab your neon anything and head over to Randall’s Island for another installment of this insane electronic music festival.

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