14. Take in an outdoor concert
Both Jazz in the Park and Chill on the Hill offer music weekly all summer long.
There’s always a nice breeze at the lake, so dig that old kite out of your garage and get down there. Prime spot is by the Gift of Wings kite store in Veteran’s Park, where you can buy a kite if you need to, or just watch the pros with those crazy trick kites.
Practically every parish throws a summer festival for fundraising, and there are usually multiple festivals every weekend. There’s free music of the cover-band variety, and lots of great people-watching. (And beer, but of course that’s not free.)
17. Picnic in the park
The best place to park it when you’ve got a picnic in hand is at one of the many beer gardens. Estabrook Park, Hoyt Park, and Humboldt Park are the best, and generally have live music. You can bring picnic baskets (and dogs!) into any of them.
The Swing Park under the Holton St Bridge on Water St has had a rocky history, but it’s still there thanks to the dedication of its fans. Tire swings were not originally planned for the space, but were installed guerrilla style in all shapes and sizes and embraced by the community. Revitalizing an unused urban space has never been this whimsical.