Spice Up Your Summer with These 6 NYC Weekend Activities

New York is full of new social opportunities, but this summer why not add some seasonal events to spruce up your social schedule? These awesome museums are home to several different events filled with an eclectic and changing group of art, music, performances, and atmospheres. You’ll want to spice up your summer with these NYC weekend activities.


Cooper Hewitt | June 16-August 18 | Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

Not only is this Smithsonian institution newly renovated, but beginning June 16th it will be home to dance parties every Thursday evening throughout summer. Held on the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, this event is a great place to kick off the weekend. With music ranging from DJ’s to Brazilian music to a Julliard performance, Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt will be able to satisfy whatever genre you are feeling. Grab your dancing shoes, a blanket to lay on, and enjoy the complimentary drink with admission and make Thursdays the best way to start your weekend!


MoMa |Uniqulo Free Fridays | 4pm-8pm

What better way to kick off your weekend than by going uptown to attend Free MoMA Fridays? With more than a dozen exhibitions, an outdoor patio and cafe- there is plenty to explore and time to sit back and enjoy the surroundings.

The Cloisters | Fridays | 10am-7:30pm

A beautiful outdoor garden with medieval European art- this branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art serves as a serene adventure. The Cloisters has monastic abbeys, chapels, metalwork, paintings, and spectacular views of the river from its upper Manhattan location. Fridays are the time to go because with its river location and extended hours the views are spectacular and seem almost as if you are away from the city for a little while.


MoMA PS1  | June 11-August 27 | Saturdays 3-9pm

Located just across the East River, MoMA PS1 in Long Island City is home to one Warm Up event every Saturday throughout summer. In its 19th running year, Warm Up is accompanied with numerous different DJ’s and musicians from around the world. This event is a great opportunity to let loose after a long work week and enjoy some new music and people.

Brooklyn Museum | Target First Saturdays | 5pm-11pm

Although this event is monthly, it is a great way to explore a variety of different cultures. From music to art to performances and occasionally spontaneous dance parties, Target Free Saturdays provide an array of entertainment for hours. Due to its limited schedule, be sure to get there early!


Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer and is stocked with festive events from June through October. With different attractions and multi-media installations it can take a decent amount of time to cover the 4.7 acres. But enjoy it while soaking up the Manhattan skyline from across the river!

With so much to do in the city this summer- what other NYC weekend activities will you partake in?

Evelyn Gallagher

is a native New Yorker transplanted to Kentucky where she graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Marketing and Sociology. New to Denver and UDR, when she isn’t in the office she can be found drinking too much coffee, exploring the mountains trying to find the best views, or plotting her next adventure traveling.

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