New York city this summer: 18 distinct experiences to savour

NYC as a successful tourism product also makes it a point to provide a lesson in successful marketing. Like a regular update on forthcoming events across the city and across differing activities. These include food, entertainment, culture and sports, among others. We produce a calendar of select events scheduled for the coming months.

NYC & Company, the City’s official destination marketing organization, invites global visitors to experience New York City this summer.

“Year after year, our research shows that summer is one of the most popular times to visit New York City, with more than a quarter of our total visitors in 2017 traveling to the City during this period,” said NYC & Company president and CEO Fred Dixon.

Here are 18 experiences in New York City to put on your list this summer:

May–June 2018

  • Opened in April, the Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC is Nordstrom’s first New York City store in the company’s more than 100-year history.
  • Sought-after each summer are the outdoor exhibits in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • After exploring The Roof Garden at The Met, step outside on June 12 for the 40th annual Museum Mile Festival.
  • The Public Art Fund will present multiple free exhibits throughout the City this summer that can’t be missed.

June–July 2018

  • Be one of the first guests to stay overnight on NYC’s historic Governors Island with Collective Retreats when it opens June 1. With unique accommodations including luxury tents and designer modular containers, guests will enjoy a full-service hotel-style retreat with unparalleled waterfront views of New York City and the Statue of Liberty (
  • A unique oasis in the summertime, the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Staten Island is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its groundbreaking (officially opened to the public in 1999).
  • Scheduled to debut June 30, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium in Coney Island will open its newest exhibition titled Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
  • The 12th annual Make Music New York (MMNY) festival will feature more than 1,000 free public concerts across all five boroughs on June 21, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.
  • A new Seaport District NYC development will be the June opening of Mr. C Seaport, a luxury hotel by famed family-hospitality brand Cipriani (their first on the East Coast). 
  • Domino Park in Brooklyn will open in June, designed by the High Line’s lead landscape architecture firm. Nods to the history of the landmarked Domino Sugar refinery building – which operated onsite for more than a century – include an Artifact Walk of salvaged machinery, a waterfront esplanade and Water Square, featuring views of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge (
  • The 2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix will return to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal July 14–15, concluding a five-continent tour.

July–August 2018

  • Now in its 26th year, the first and largest dining program of its kind, NYC & Company’s NYC Restaurant Week®, will return this summer for three weeks of discounted, prix-fixe dining at more than 350 restaurants.
  • Lower Manhattan’s continued revitalization includes the Seaport District NYC’s new Pier 17, featuring a 1.5-acre rooftop venue for concerts and events that will kick-off August 1.
  • Recently opened on Broadway are a number of high-profile plays, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II.
  • WWE’s SummerSlam will return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the fourth consecutive year on August 19. In addition to the main event, the Barclays Center will host a full week of events August 18–21.
  • The US Open returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows, Queens August 27–September 9. The 50th Anniversary will be the first tournament played after the completion of the $600 million transformation of the National Tennis Centre. 

Additional Summer 2018 Highlights

  • Traveling by water in New York City has never been more convenient than with the debut of NYC Ferry in Summer 2017. Connecting Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn along the East River for both residents and visitors, new destinations being added this summer include the Upper East Side, the Lower East Side and Soundview in The Bronx (
  • The anticipated Times Square EDITION – located above the recently opened NFL Experience attraction – will open late summer with four levels of public space and 452 guest rooms.

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