The most-hated week of every semester, finals week, should be followed by a fun and relaxing event. If music relaxes you, head over to the Electric Daisy Carnival on May 17 and 18. After a successful premiere run at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey last summer, the popular music festival will officially heat up New York soil this time around. The festival will also make stops at Chicago for the first time before hitting the main grounds in Las Vegas. Expect to see some renowned DJ’s spinning, with the likes of Afrojack, Calvin Harris and R3hab.
Another festival in New York is this year’s Governor’s Ball that will take place on June 7 and 8 at Randall’s Island. Headlining the festival is Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas and The XX.
Let’s not forget about camping out in front of Rumsey Playfield in Central Park to catch a free show from Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. Kicking off on May 24, some of the artists that’ll take over the Central Park Mainstage this summer include Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic and Alicia Keys.
Other big-name artists and bands that will pay New York a visit on their tours include Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, fun., Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy.
A summer is like no other without indulging some of the city’s best savories. This summer, welcome with open arms some new food hubs that can easily make people a “regular” customer. The Washington, D.C.-based pressed organic juice maker, Sweetgreen, will open its doors to New York at the NoMad Hotel, where pressed juice cravers will enjoy a refreshing juice after a hot summer day.
Also in town is, Big Gay Ice Cream, on 125 E. 7th St. Head over for a wafer, coconut of chocolate-dipped ice cream cone, topped over dulce de leche, sea salt or pretzels. The “Salty Pimp” includes vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche and sea salt topped with chocolate dip and is among the crowd favorites.
Summer in New York is quite affordable especially with the numerous free events that will take place. Some events are a must, no matter how scorching the heat is. Don’t forget to catch the traditional events, including Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks, Summer Streets and Bryant in Bryant Park.