With summer quickly approaching, there are unlimited options when it comes to having fun in the Big Apple.

1. The summer is all about parades, and NYC has plenty throughout the next few months. Coney Island will be hosting its annual Mermaid Parade on June 21. Love glitter, mermaids, floats and art? Attend the parade this summer! The city also dedicates events throughout the summer to  honor different cultures, such as the Puerto Rican Day Parade. I’ve even attended the NYC Pride March for the past two years, and it’s hands down one of the most fun days to be around Greenwich Village!

2. New York City is known for its variety of eating options, and food festivals are the events to be at  for anyone looking to try different types of burgers, burritos, hot dogs and much more! With events such as Taste of Times Square and The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, it’s hard to say no to delicious food.

3. With artists such as Pharrell, Maroon 5, Jay Z, Beyonce and Ed Sheeran coming to the city to give fans a free show, it’s an offer nearly impossible to pass up. Check out I Love Free Concerts to see if your favorite musicians are playing in NYC this summer!

4. During the hot summer months, it almost seems impossible to find somewhere to cool off in New York City. Luckily with just a bit of traveling, there are beaches for all city residents to visit. Coney Island, Jones Beach and Rockaway Beach are just a few to name, along with pools located throughout the five boroughs.

5. Located in the heart of NYC, Central Park attracts city goers from all walks of life. From free concerts, to outdoor movie nights and a zoo, Central Park always has plenty to offer. New York City even provides Citi Bikes to all NYC residents and visitors looking to ride around and explore!

6. With the Color Run coming back to NYC this summer, running can be both rewarding and fun! Known as the “happiest 5K run,” the Color Run promotes both healthiness and happiness while being sprayed with colored paint throughout the run. If you want to have an unforgettable exercising experience, register for the Color Run in Brooklyn on July 5 and 6!

7. For anyone looking to give back to the community, NYC offers many programs looking for volunteers! The Animal Care and Control of NYC provides volunteer opportunities that include responsibilities such as walking dogs and playing with cats. This organization also works as an adoption center to help these animals find loving families. Other organizations such as New York Cares and the YMCA offer opportunities to work with children, the elderly, helping the environment and volunteering at special events!

8.  For breakfast and lunch lovers, New York City is the place to visit on Saturday and Sunday early afternoons. From 11-4pm during the weekends, many restaurants offer excellent brunch specials that include entrees with your choice of a Mimosa, Bellini, Sangria and much more! Some places such as Calle Ocho and Poco even offer unlimited drinks at a fixed price, so make a trip if you can! Want to see a full list of affordable brunch spots? Check out Buzzfeed for some of their top picks!

9. Have a sweet tooth? NYC has plenty of places to visit for anyone looking for a sugar fix! Some of my favorite places are  Creperie, Max Brenner, Rice to Riches, Magnolia Bakery and Crumbs. For any serious chocolate lovers (like me,) Creperie has the “Chocolate Lovers” crepe which includes brownies, fudge, bananas, Nutella, ice-cream and powdered sugar!

10. Dance the day and night away!  NYC has plenty of events for anyone looking to learn a new style of dance, or to just brush up on their skills. Every summer, Lincoln Center hosts its annual Midsummer Night’s Swing and welcomes people of all ages to dance Swing, Hustle, Salsa and much more! The Jazz Age Lawn Party also welcomes dancers throughout NYC to come to Governor’s Island dressed in their 1920’s best while listening to a live jazz band. Love to dance and have a fun time? Check out these events this summer!

Lovelies, do you know of any other fun activities or events happening in NYC this summer? 

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