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Like most popular tourist destinations, New York City draws huge crowds in the summer. If you happen to find yourself in New York City on a hot summer day, take a few minutes to browse this list of summer events in NYC:

1. Visit a museum. Want to beat the heat? Take a trip to one of New York City's famous fine arts museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Guggenheim. There you'll have the chance to admire legendary works of art in a quiet, air-conditioned environment.

2. Go to a concert. New York City offers plenty of fun things to do on a warm summer night. One of our favorite things? Catching a free opera concert at Central Park. We recommend bringing a blanket and a picnic dinner for an extra romantic night under the stars. Those who are more inclined to classical music might enjoy venturing out to Brooklyn, where they'll find Bargemusic, New York City's only floating concert venue.

3. Catch a baseball game. Sports fan? You're in the right place! New York City has two of the finest baseball teams in the United States! Don't miss the opportunity to see these legendary teams in action at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. Find tickets to New York Yankees and New York Mets games here at!

4. Watch the dragon boats. Looking for a memorable, non-touristy way to spend a summer afternoon? Why not watch the dragon boats race at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Now in its 18th year, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival celebrates the fifth moon of the lunar calendar with live performances, traditional Chinese food, and an exciting race between over 150 dragon boat teams from North America.

5. Rock out. If you're a music lover - and who isn't? - you have to check out SummerStage NYC. Held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, SummerStage is a series of free concerts performed by famous musical artists. Past performers have included David Bowie, John Legend, M.I.A., Rufus Wainwright, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, and the Flaming Lips. Beer and wine are available.

Want to find more summer events in New York City? Check out our New York City July Events and New York City August Events pages!