When the weather warms up the New Yorkers come out and play, and after a cold winter spent hibernating (well…maybe not necessarily a cold winter), the city is giving us allll the reasons to spend our time outdoors.
Each spring and summer fun, and often free, programming is hosted all across the city–from Lincoln Center and Pier 57 to Pioneer Works and Downtown Brooklyn–and as if your warm weather bucket list wasn’t packed enough, we’re adding some more fun programming onto the roster.
The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) just announced its 2023 programming lineup at the Seaport in Lower Manhattan, which consists of hundreds of events taking place throughout this waterfront neighborhood from May through October.
The Seaport’s four popular series will make their return this May, including:
Seaport Sounds – returns Friday, May 5
Bringing free music to the Seaport each week throughout the summer months.
- The series kicks off with a Salsa Dance Night to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Seaport Fit – returns Saturday, May 20
Offering free fitness classes on the waterfront twice a week.
- Lyon’s Den Power Yoga (throughout the summer beginning May 20) – Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on the Heineken Riverdeck
- HIIT the Deck (throughout the summer beginning May 23) – a high intensity boxing-inspired workout. Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on Seaport Square
- Additional special events each month, featuring well-known fitness experts who will host classes, panel discussions, and more
Seaport Cinema – return date not yet listed
Free community movie nights at The Rooftop at Pier 17 with Seaport Cinema. Voting for this summer’s films will take place on Instagram on May 8, with the full lineup released May 23.
Seaport Kids – return date not yet listed
Offering free kid and family-focused events, along with monthly activities curated and programmed by Mommy Poppins and Brooklyn Bridge Parents. Check back here soon for further event announcements.
In addition to Seaport’s four popular series, additional programming includes concerts, street fairs, holiday celebrations, and more, such as:
Summer Concert Series on The Rooftop at Pier 17
The Summer Concert Series on The Rooftop at Pier 17 returns for its fifth season, bringing with it a diverse lineup of world-class artists. Catch rooftop performances by Bebe Rexha, T-Pain, Yellowcard, Trombone Shorty, Macklemore, Trixie Mattel, The Struts, and more. View the full lineup here.
Hester Street Fair – Every other weekend through November
Returning to the Seaport for its third season, the fair features local purveyors, artisans, food, and entertainment and returns twice a month throughout the summer with a number of special events, including:
- June 3 – Girl Power market featuring all women-owned businesses
- June 24 – the popular Pride market featuring LGBTQ-owned businesses
See the full schedule here.
The Seaport Beach Fest
A weekend-long free music festival to celebrate everything New Yorkers love about summer. Returning in July, stay tuned for the full lineup.
The South Street Seaport Museum
Throughout the summer, the museum’s free public programs will include panel discussions, arts activities, book talks, walking tours, vinyasa on a vessel, printing demonstrations, and much more. Learn more about the Seaport Museum and its summer activities here.
The Court at the Seaport – installed on June 9
For the third year in a row Seaport Square will be transformed into a full-size basketball court. Exhibition games, workshops, and open court time will be available for the community on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mental Health Awareness (Entire month of May)
The Seaport will honor Mental Health Awareness with its You Are Not Alone Murals, returning for their third year at the Seaport. The murals will be painted by ten artists from around the world and be on display along the East River Esplanade.
Beyond The Seaport’s spring and summer programming, the area also offers renowned dining options, including the Tin Building by Jean-Georges, the Garden Bar, and the Chase Sapphire Lounge.
Additionally, the newly reopened Pearl Alley at Pier 17 offers even more fun, featuring three distinct bars and classic games, including a pool table and ping-pong, and, of course, the area in general offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Moral of the story: this is the ultimate summertime destination for New Yorkers and travelers alike.