10 Fun and Free Things to Do in NYC in June

New York City is consistently ranked one of the most expensive places in the world--that is, until summer hits. That's when having more fun means spending less money. Here are 10 completely free events for you to kick off summer in the city right.

June 11, 8pm | Ferris Beuller's Day Off, 35 mm Screening

SVA Theater is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic rebel teen movie, which is the perfect feel-good flick for early June weather. Seating is first-come-first-serve, so be sure to arrive early and get your (free) ticket here in advance.

June 12, 6-9pm | Museum Mile Festival

Enjoy live music and free admission to nine museums on the Upper East Side's museum mile. Start at Harlem's Museo del Barrio for the opening ceremony, and then make your way down to the Met, stopping at institutions like the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, and the Neue Gallery along the way.

June 14-23 | NYC Dance Week Festival

Dance studios throughout NYC will be offering 10 days of free dance, fitness, and wellness classes. Join the kickoff party on the 14th, which will include a live DJ, dance party, giveaways, and more. You can explore participating studios and register for classes here.

June 16, 1pm | Mermaid Parade

Celebrate the 36th annual Mermaid Parade, a tribute to Coney Island's history and culture and one of NYC's wackiest parades. Participants strut in handmade mermaid costumes that range from ethereal to outrageous, and this year singer Amanda Palmer and author Neil Gaiman (real life husband and wife) will be Queen Mermaid and King Neptune. Stick around for a beachside burlesque show to follow.

June 16, 7pm | Rhiannon Giddens live at Rumsey Playfield

NYC's series of free outdoor concerts, Summerstage, will feature acclaimed musician and banjo maestro Rhiannon Giddens, along with Son Little. Expect soulful solos from Giddens' Grammy-nominated album Tomorrow Is My Turn, and a moving exploration of the African American music tradition that made her most recent album, Freedom Highway, such a knockout. Reserve your tickets here and arrive early to get a good seat.

June 16, all day | 1920s Lawn Party

Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age's annual Lawn Party, which includes a Charleston dance contest, dance lessons, food, 1920s cars, and croquet on Governors Island.

June 17, 12-4pm | Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, Empanadas Festival

An annual Lower East Side festival held by the Museum at Eldridge Street that includes a mashup of Chinese, Jewish, and Latino culture, music, food, and crafts. Learn how to braid challah, watch a Chinese opera, and stuff your face with freshly made empanadas.

June 21, all day | Solstice Times Square

Celebrate the summer solstice with free yoga in Times Square. Yogis from all over the world will commemorate the longest day of the year by taking yoga classes with instructors from YogaWorks, Aerie, and Sivananda Yoga in the heart of the city. Register for your class of choice here.

June 23, 2-6pm | Superhero & Sci-Fi Festival

A kid-friendly event where you can play classic carnival games, hang out with characters from Star Wars, Transformers, and comic books at the Martinez Playground in Williamsburg. See the schedule of superhero visits here.

June 24, all day | NYC Pride March

An annual celebration of the LGBTQ community that includes food, craft vendors, musicians, and entertainment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The day ends with fireworks on the Hudson River.

Hold on to your paychecks! Enjoy all that summer in New York City has to offer, without spending a dime.

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Finally, we are done with 2020! Between all the highs and lows, it felt like 5 years packed into one, so I'm excited to start fresh in 2021. I'm taking my New Year's resolutions to the next level: cook more, read more, and get back to things I truly love like arts & crafts and morning runs (okay, most likely walks).

Honestly, I could go on forever about the new year, new me thing but actually getting started is my biggest hurdle. I realized that my motivation comes from my mood which directly relates to my environment … and for the past year, my house has been my habitat. So, it's not looking too great after all the wear and tear. The dirt and the mess have accumulated right under my nose.

It's not that I'm bad at it, I just feel so overwhelmed. When my house is clean, I feel much more in control and motivated, and right now it's far from it. When I was venting about my cleaning woes the other day, my friend recommended Handy.

Handy allows you to book local professional cleaners and sign up for monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly plans. Plus, you can schedule appointments at a time that works for you with availability 7 days a week from 7am-11pm. So to get me in the right headspace to tackle my goals, I'm going to be signing up for Handy. I'm looking forward to letting the experts take over.

Although having people in your home may sound a bit strange right now, Handy has rolled out the Handy Safety Standard to help promote the health and safety of the customers and professionals who use their platform. Some of these measures include requiring Pros to wear face coverings during bookings and mandatory daily in-app check-ups to verify they are in good health before claiming a booking. They even have a section on their site dedicated to keeping customers and professionals updated on the latest CDC health and safety guidance.

To top everything off, all of the Cleaning Pros booked through Handy are vetted and background checked. And you can even check out each Pro's ratings and reviews before you book.

Once my house is in order, the fresh feeling will have a domino effect on so many other areas of my life:

✔ Read More

Lying on my cozy couch without inhaling all the dust I'd chosen to ignore, despite my clear uptick in sneezing the last few months. My reading list is chock-full of thrillers and fantasy. And with my new clean slate, I've even added some books about organization.

✔ Get Cooking

Nothing makes cooking more enjoyable than a sparkling kitchen. I'm inspired by a clean space and all the new recipes I'll be whipping up in 2021 already have me drooling.

✔ More Exercise (aka walking!)

I won't feel guilty getting out for a walk on-the-daily when I know I'm not neglecting any household chores thanks to Handy. And when I come home I'm not greeted by any reminders to clean.

You can specify exactly what you want to be cleaned before your Pro arrives and if you like them, you can request to have the same Pro come every time. I can already imagine how exciting it will be to walk into my spotless space.

I cannot wait to book my cleaning through Handy so I can get my 2021 resolutions rolling. My New Year is all about my wellness and my environment plays such a big part in it. I'm signing up for bi-weekly appointments. But their plans are super flexible and if I need, I can always change to a weekly or monthly cleaning plan — sometimes they even have bookings available as soon as the next day!

With Handy, I'm leaving that rough 2020 in the dust and jumping into 2021 feeling fresh and ready-to-go.

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This perfect low-key vacation is not your average camping experience.


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Getaway's outposts are a maximum 2-hour drive from these major cities.

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Why Getaway?

It's an escape for the always on. Leave your work, technology and worries at home, and lean into an experience that allows you to reconnect and center yourself in nature.

Each cabin features 1 (or 2) queen-sized bed as well as a full indoor bathroom, both heat and a/c, and reliable electricity. The kitchen is stocked with food staples and cookware and there is a fire pit and outdoor seating. All cabins are family-friendly and dogs are permitted.

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Book through the Getaway site. Cabins fit 1 - 4 guests and cost as low as $129 a night.


Cabins are already distanced (50-150' feet apart) from one another and go through a deep disinfection process between guest stays. Check-in is contactless, and each guest accesses their cabins through a personalized key code.

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Given the nature of the pandemic, it can be tough to find the best ways to spend the usual festivities that New Year's Eve brings.

Luckily, if you're comfortable enough to step outside for the occasion, there are great places still open and worth visiting. Although you should always keep COVID-19 safety precautions in mind, here are three of the most stunning places to spend Near Year's Eve in the U.S.

New York City (New York)

No guide to stunning places to spend New Year's Eve in the U.S. would be complete without the presence of New York City, New York. The Times Square ball drop is a must-see annual event, though this year it will be a bit different due to the pandemic. Thankfully, the city will still be throwing an event for all to enjoy that will keep social distancing in mind and focus on bringing people together virtually.

While there might be live events for some to enjoy, none have been officially announced just yet. Even if you're enjoying the festivities virtually, there are few better places to spend this special occasion than at the tip of the NYC skyline.

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Lake Travis (Texas)

Lake Travis is a brilliant body of water in Texas that provides a versatile collection of ways to enjoy its beauty. If you'd prefer to keep your party secluded due to the pandemic, you can enjoy the evening on a boat in the waters of this lake, which is home to the famous "Devil's Cove" party destination.

If you're comfortable spending the evening in a venue that practices COVID-19 safety precautions, consider relaxing on one of the three decks on display at The Oasis. Even if you don't stick around to ring in the New Year, viewing the sunset from The Oasis is an incredible experience in itself.

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Cape Cod (Massachusetts)

If you're looking for a quainter way to ring in the new year, consider visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Aside from the cool weather and stunning scenery, when spending New Year's Eve in Cape Cod you can visit places such as the Belfry Inn & Bistro. This lovely location has a focus on good dining, stylish and comfortable living, and COVID-19 safety, all of which they put on display via their website.

If you'd prefer not to spend too much time in a restaurant or bar, you can indulge in the incredible appearance of areas like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Simply wandering around the area and taking in the scenery before enjoying an intimate evening inside makes for an unforgettable adventure.

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Due to the ever-changing nature of certain venues during the pandemic, be sure to regularly check-up on any venues you wish to visit. That way, you can remain in the loop on their availability, activities, and safety precautions upon arrival.