America's birthday seems to have inspired a wave of FREEdom everywhere this month! Plus, most of the free NYC fitness and wellness events we posted last month go all summer long. From free fitness and dance classes to outdoor movies, there are tons of great events all over NYC this is summer at its peak.
NYCRuns Firecracker 5K, Monday, July 4th at 9:00am on Governor's Island
What better way to celebrate America's birthday than a fun 5K? With great views of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, you'll be beaming with patriotism. And of course there is a post-race party, why else would we do this. Race fee is $50, but includes a cool t-shirt, lots of delicious food, and there are lots of other cool free things to do on Governor's Island after.
Meet at Continental Army Plaza and run across the Williamsburg Bridge with North Brooklyn Runners. Make new friends over coffee afterwards! This event is ongoing, but on July 9th the run will end at hot new Owl Juice Pub pop-up inside retail/studio fitness space Solfire.
UNDERWEAR RUN, Friday, July 22nd at 7:30pm.
Come run around Central Park in your underwear with 500 strangers. Held every year the Friday before New York City Triathlon, this is a one of our favorite fun runs of the summer. The Naked Cowboy usually makes an appearance. Only 1.7 miles!
YOGA + OUTDOORS:
Brought to you by the people behind OutdoorFest, November Project, and The North Face's Mountain Athletics, this is sure to be a super fun evening of fitness challenges in Central Park. Meet at Columbus Circle on the southeast corner of Central Park for surprise challenges. Ropes? Climbing? Navigation? Shelter building? Afterwards, head to The North Face Store on 73rd and Broadway for drinks, maps, prizes, and more.
Yoga Tuesdays, Tuesdays 7:30am-8:30am through July 19th
FREE yoga classes in Stuyvesant Square's North Lawn . Or just go for an hour of savasana...
Meditation Thursdays, Thursdays 6:30pm-7:30pm through July 21st
FREE guided meditation class in Stuyvesant Square's North Lawn
Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Thursdays 5:30pm-6:45pm, Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am-3:00pm through September
FREE kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2. Sundays there is even kayak polo. Sign up for Sunday kayak polo here to ensure you get a spot. If you're lucky, you might even get to hang with one of NYC's favorite runners and kayakers, @ceonyc.
FREE tango lessons with a live DJ?! Yes. Class is led by certified dance instructor Esmeralda from 6:00-6:45pm and the dancing and music continues until 9:00pm. Also in Stuyvesant Square
More FREE tango lessons, brought to you by Strictly Tango NYC.
What better way to ring in July than dancing the night away at a FREE dance party at McCarren Park Hotel and Pool! Stay tuned for details! We will update this page when the date is confirmed.
Make Mondays better by going to a FREE outdoor movie screening in Bryant Park. Especially Top Gun on July 4th. We love young, pre-Scientology Tom Cruise.
Kick back and watch an awesome line-up of movies like Singing in the Rain, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Purple Rain (RIP PRINCE!), and A League of Their Own.
Grab a margarita (or a few) and a Cuban sandwich and enjoy movies like Jaws, Grease, Footloose and many more.
With all these fun running, yoga, outdoors, dancing, and film events, July is going to be an awesome month in New York City! Come have fun in the sun with us at all these great healthy summer activities.