Outdoor Movies NYC are a highlight every summer. Watching a movie under the stars is a great thing to do just about anywhere, but in NYC, we throw in a view of the Brooklyn Bridge or NYC Skyline, the sound of the water lapping, the scenery of Central Park or just the fact that you’re on the Flight Deck of a war ship!

Each free summer outdoor movie festival has it’s own theme, allowing you watch classics, kid-friendly films or the latest blockbusters.

Add your Outdoor Movie to the New York City Events calendar.

Annual Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series

May 24 – August 16, 2019 (select Friday Nights)

Movie night returns to the Intrepid Museum! In 2021, Memorial Day weekend will kick off with the annual movie night on Friday, May 28, featuring the film Forrest Gump. Limited, socially distanced seating is available and registration is required ahead of time to be admitted to the movie night. Limit of up to 4 people per group.

New in 2019!!! The Intrepid now how has (some) FREE Fridays! Enjoy FREE sea, air & space themed movies under the stars all summer long on the Flight Deck! 2019 Movies: Top Gun, Dunkirk, TBD, First Man, Community Choice Pick.

The flight decks opens at 7pm, film begins at sunset. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, however no outside alcohol is permitted.

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Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

In 2021, will be Monday/Tuesday nights. Every Monday night throughout the summer, Bryant Park shows free classic movies. You can bring your own picnic or order food from any of the dozens of local vendors, even sometimes in advance.

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Riverflicks FREE Movies in Hudson River Park

Riverflicks FREE Movies in Hudson River Park

Weds (Adults) and Fridays (Kids)
Adults: Pier 63 at W. 23rd Street
Kids: Pier 46 at Charles Street

Free outdoor movies under the stars on Manhattan’s west side waterfront!
Movies start at Dusk, around 8:30pm. Free Popcorn! Beverages and snacks available for purchase.

Wednesdays, July 10 – Aug 21, 2019
Adult Movie Line Up:

  • July 10 – The Warriors
  • July 17 – When Harry Met Sally
  • July 24 – Moonstruck
  • July 31 – Do The Right Thing
  • August 7 – Tootsie
  • August 14 – The Last Dragon
  • August 21 – Big

Family Fridays, July 12 – Aug 23
Kids Movie Line Up:

  • July 12 – Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
  • July 19 – Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • July 26 – Lego Movie 2
  • August 2 – Paddington 2
  • August 9 – Incredibles 2
  • August 16 – How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World
  • August 23 – Trolls

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Annual Central Park Film Festival FREE

Central Park Film Festival

August 13-15, 2019
© Photo Central Park Conservancy

Every year in August, Central Park hosts a week of evening film screenings in the landscape just north of Sheep Meadow and south of the 72nd St. Cross Drive. Attending the Central Park Film Festival is free, the gates open at 6:30pm and movies start at 8pm. Make sure to bring your picnic, blanket and some type of plastic tarp is the ground is wet!

2019 Central Park Movie Lineup:

  • August 13 – Back to the Future (PG)
  • August 14 – Moonstruck (PG)
  • August 15 – Black Panther (PG-13)

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100 Free Things to Do in New York in Summer

Free Things to Do in New York in Summer

Free things to do in New York in Summer are everywhere, every day and every night! Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy...you name it! Free summer activities in NYC include concerts, movies, sports and fitness, arts and culture, museums, tours. So whether you want free tennis, an outdoor concert, a movie under the stars or free opera outdoors in the park, we have you covered with over 100 FREE things to do in NYC this summer.

New York City Events June

New York City June Events are packed with amazing outdoor culture and adventures, along with tons of free things to do in June.

New York City Events June

Our must-do events include Shakespeare in the Park, New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Midsummer Night Swing, Free Outdoor Concerts and Movies, AVP Volleyball, Museum Mile Festival, Pride Week, Belmont Stakes, Puerto Rican Day Parade, Taste of Times Square. More Info:

New York City Events July

New York City Events July include July 4th Fireworks, Met Museum Roof Martini Bar, Restaurant Week, Central Park SummerStage, Midsummer Night Swing, NYC Summer Restaurant Week, Bryant Park Film Festival, Yankees, Mets.

Best New York City Hotel Rooftops

NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City, along with cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. Our top picks for the most surreal views and cocktails include:

New York City Hotel Rooftops

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100 Safe Things to do in NYC Today (Summer 2021)

Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

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Best New York City Hotel Rooftops

NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City, along with cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. Our top picks for the most surreal views and cocktails include:

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Museums

Most every museum is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols  and most have reservations required. Check out the new Museum of Ice Cream (SoHo), Guggenheim, MoMA, Whitney and so many more museums from which to choose.

New York City Museums

Attractions & Sightseeing

Most every NYC attraction is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols and reservations required. Whether you want to sightsee from the sky or selfie with celebs @ Madame Tussauds, you can be safe and explore.

Go HIGH or Go Home

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory or Edge? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

Edge NYC Observation Deck

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) opened March 2020, highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)

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Secret NYC Insider Tours

Explore our subways secrets with a local guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, uncover surprising gems and historical tales of Grand Central Station, cocktail your way through Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies and much more!

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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory or Edge? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

New York City Tourist Attractions

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) opening March 2020, highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)

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Secret NYC Insider Tours

Explore our subways secrets with a local guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, uncover surprising gems and historical tales of Grand Central Station, cocktail your way through Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies and much more!

Things to do in New York with Kids

One of the best parts of NYC is that what is fun for kids is usually just as much fun for adults. If you are joining us in NYC for a family vacation, then please read all about our local kid's favorites, along with special tips just for visitors.

Things to Do in New York With Kids

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FREE Things to do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movie and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy...you name it!

Free Things to Do in New York City

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New York City Shopping Guides

New York City Shopping

New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

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Romantic Things to Do in NYC

There are tons of things to do on your romantic New York City vacation. Attractions open late with skyline views, Central Park Tours, VIP Experiences, a helicopter ride. Some of the most popular romantic ways to see NYC include:

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Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

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Spot Celebrities in NYC

Celebrities in NYC

Where to find celebrities in NYC or which celebrities are living in NYC today are common questions by all, but celebrity sightings in NYC are way easier than you may think and happen all the time. You will, of course, see them on the subway, in Central Park, at the gym, in restaurants, at all the current hotspots, at shows and more. But here are some unique ways to see celebrities all over the city.

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Get Out of Town for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day. The weather in April makes is pretty easy to head to Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more quite easily.

Day Trips Out of New York City

Whether you live in NY or are visiting, and no matter how much you love NYC, escaping for a day is a treat for everyone. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

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