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The Best Free Summer Events in NYC, Boston, DC, Chicago & LA

Posted Jun 18 2012 - 9:00am
Tagged With: events, summer

You may be in a new city to work or intern, but that doesn't mean your summer has to be all work and no play. We've found the best free events in New York, Boston, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles this summer, so you can spend more time having fun and less time worrying about stretching your budget. Whether you're into salsa lessons or modern art, have a fabulous, free night on the town!

New York

statue of libertySummer concert series: Good Morning America and TODAY both have a free summer concert series. “My friends and I have seen Taylor Swift and my husbands (aka One Direction). Not only is seeing these artists amazing, but the atmosphere is so much fun!” said Kelsey Mulvey, a Boston University sophomore who lives close to NYC. GMA's shows take place every Friday morning from 7-9 a.m., which means you can catch a show and make it to your internship on time. This year, their lineup includes LMFAO, Neon Trees, The Wanted, and Demi Lovato. Here's their full schedule. TODAY's concerts are located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza. Stars featured this year include Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Flo Rida, and Jason Mraz. Click here for their full schedule.

GMA concerts: 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue. 7-9 a.m. every Friday; arrive at 6 a.m. to ensure a good seat.

TODAY concerts: 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza. 7-11 a.m. every Friday; arrive at 6 a.m. to ensure a good seat.

Movies at Bryant Park: Bryant Park is a beautiful, grassy spot in Midtown, just a short walk from Times Square. During the summer, the park hosts free movie screenings every Monday night. “Two summers ago, my friends and I went to a showing of Rosemary's Baby. We even had a little picnic!” says Kelsey. In honor of the tradition's 20th anniversary this summer, the most popular films of the past 20 years will be shown. The full list of titles is here.

Bryant Park (40th - 42nd Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Grass opens at 5 p.m., movies start at sunset (between 8-9 p.m.).

Cooper Union events: Cooper Union, a prestigious science and arts college, offers free events and exhibitions year-round. Although the full schedule isn't up yet, past events have ranged from film screenings to poetry readings to panel discussions on a variety of topics. If you're staying in NYU Housing this summer, you're in luck – Cooper Union is in Greenwich Village.

7 E. Seventh St., between Third and Fourth Avenues.

Yoga to the People: Life in the city can be hectic. Treat yourself to an hour of yoga to calm your mind and kick your tush into shape. Most NYC yoga studios charge an arm and a leg for classes, but Yoga to the People's St. Marks location (just steps away from the Astor Place, Eighth Street, and Union Square subway stations) is donation-based. Instructors thank you for your presence, not your donations – whether you donate $10 or nothing at all. Don't think low prices mean low quality, either; this studio is one of the best in the city.

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