The 48th annual Harlem Week runs from 10 to 20 August this year The 48th annual Harlem Week runs from 10 to 20 August this year

Free and affordable NYC

New York City Tourism + Conventions is spotlighting a selection of free and affordable experiences for visitors this summer.

Fred Dixon, president and CEO of New York City Tourism + Conventions says that during the summer months, NYC is buzzing with street festivals, outdoor dining and cultural offerings, in addition to parks, beaches and green space.

‘We invite visitors to take advantage of the value of a summer visit to NYC and enjoy the many free and affordable activities on offer across all five boroughs.’

Coinciding with increased frequency between New York and Auckland, the just released list includes SummerStreets on select Saturdays this summer, offering miles of open streets to play, walk and bike, late July through August.

From 10 to 20 August, the 48th annual Harlem Week highlights the neighborhood’s cultural heritage, with live music, dance performances, dining offerings, shopping and more.

Clients can take the subway ($2.75 one way) to Brooklyn for the West Indian American Day Carnival, which kicks off 31 August and culminates with a parade on 4 September.

There is a range of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, mainly through August.

NYC Restaurant Week returns from 24 July to 20 August with hundreds of restaurants across the five boroughs offering fixed-price menus for lunch and dinner.

Clients can also go island and beach hopping – all five boroughs are connected by the NYC Ferry, which costs $4 one way.

Highlights incluude Brooklyn’s beachfront Coney Island neighborhood, known for its boardwalk, with its Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, the Wonder Wheel, other amusement rides and games.

Central Park’s beloved Shakespeare in the Park will feature performances of Hamlet, for free at the Delacorte Theater on 6 August.

Free concerts in parks across all five boroughs with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage will see performances spanning a wide variety of musical genres.

Meantime, the  Public Art Fund brings free art exhibitions to the public, with works currently on view in NYC parks, on JCDecaux bus shelters and in transit hubs.

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