Where to Party on the Water in NYC This Summer

After a long, cold winter, New Yorkers are preparing to celebrate summer. And could there be any better place to party than one of New York City’s many piers, which offer a long list of events beginning in May and lasting through the fall? Of course not, that was a trick question! Here are the top five summer pier party locations to visit this summer, offering live music performances, artwork, dancing and food. Best of all, many of the events are free.

 

Moondance

Moondance (Photo: Courtesy of Moondance)

Pier 84
Pier 84 is the largest public pier accessible in Hudson River Park, and it packs in tons of events every summer. It’s also conveniently located on the west end of 42nd Street. Hudson River Park hosts its RiverRocks free concert series here, which will include artists like Wild Beasts, Teenage Fanclub and Temple this summer. And on Sunday nights starting in July, Pier 84 hosts Moondance, a night that begins with free dance lessons and ends with dancing under the stars to live music.

South Street Seaport
Every summer the South Street Seaport hosts popular events and concerts along the waterfront, and this summer will be no different. The Seaport plans to host container pop-up shops, outdoor cinema, art, live performances, free concerts and more. Details haven’t been announced yet, keep an eye on the Seaport’s website for coming details.

Pier 97
Pier 97, located off the Hudson River Pier Park, is debuting for the first time this summer with a series of concerts. The organizer, Live Nation, will be bringing in names like The Fray, 311, The Soulshine Tour with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Thievery Corporation, Robyn and Royksopp, and more artists TBD. (Check out the full concert schedule.) The concert venue fits a massive crowd of 6,000. Pier 97 is located right near another concert venue, Terminal 5, off the West Side Highway at West 57th Street.

Pier 25
Who wouldn’t want to hang out on a 142-foot long schooner in the Hudson River? The Sherman Zwicker boat will dock at Pier 25 this summer and host a lecture series, two different exhibitions and a raw bar. The raw bar, called Grand Banks, will serve a variety of oysters and sides like poached salt cod on toast, french fries and hush puppies. Details on the lectures and exhibitions are TBD. The boat is expected to open June 1st until the end of October — this summer it’ll be the largest wooden boat in New York City and the only one where visitors can come on for free. Pier 25 is located in TriBeCa, right off of North Moore Street.

River to River Festival
The River to River Festival has brought dance, art, music and performance to waterfront areas south of Chambers Street for the past 12 years. The festival spans 11 days, covers 35 projects and includes more than 90 artists. Even better: All events are free and open to the public. All the festival details will be announced on May 1.