Summer Programs: UWS & Riverside Park

So much awesome free summer music, classes and more we had to break it down by neighborhood, starting with the UWS. Riverside Park has an immense amount of programming for all ages plus a nice river breeze. Or get some culture (and great gelato) at Lincoln Center.

See our free summer programs day by day for lots of options, plus our weekly events listing for one-time happenings.


Central Park & Upper East Side | Bryant Park & High Line | Tribeca to Mad Sq | Lower Manhattan

Summer Programs: Upper West Side & Riverside Park


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May 27 – September 23
Sunday, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Pier I, Riverside & 70th Street

Gaze at the central star of our solar system using special safe scopes with the Amateur Astronomers Association.


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June 3 – June 24
Sunday, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Pier I, Riverside & 70th Street

Learn to dance at Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon.


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June 6 – June 27
Wednesday, 10:30 am–11:30 am
River Run Playground, Riverside Drive & 83rd Street

The St. Agnes Library brings story time outdoors for the summer. Join librarians at River Run Playground for stories, songs, and rhymes under the sun.


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June 7 – July 1
Sunday, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Riverside Park, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive

Hudson Warehouse celebrates its 15th anniversary of bringing the classics to the parks with Shakespeare’s tragic love story, set in modern-day Boston with Mafia-undertones. Arrive by 6:15pm to claim a seat.


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July 5 – July 29
Sunday, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Riverside Park, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive

Hudson Warehouse celebrates its 15th anniversary of bringing the classics to the Riverside Park with The Three Musketeers: Twenty Years Later, four plays over four years by Susane Lee adapted from the classic works of Alexandre Dumas. Arrive by 6:15pm to claim a seat.


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June 9 – August 11
Saturday, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
West Harlem Piers Park, Marginal & West 125th Street

This monthly summer series of outdoor kiddie parties features children’s entertainment, arts & crafts, and neighborhood fun.