For the last 50 years, Summertime in New York City has meant free "Shakespeare in the Park" at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.
Every community that I have ever lived in (and I've lived in quite a few) offered free concerts during the summer months. Most notable is the free "Shakespeare in the Park" in Central Park - the heart of The Big Apple. (Thank you, Linda, for reminding me of this.)
You can pick up your free Shakespeare in the Park tickets on the day of the performance beginning at 1 pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park or from 1 to 3 pm at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street.
Tips to remember when getting free Shakespeare in the Park tickets:
1. You will need to line up between 8 am and 10 am to have the best chance to get a ticket. Some people line up as early as 6 am.
2. Tickets are giving out on the same day as the performance.
3. Tickets are given out starting at 1 pm
4. Bring a chair to sit on, an umbrella for shade and something to entertain yourself if people watching won't be enough for you. (see #8 below)
5. One person = one ticket
6. There is no saving space in line for someone.
7. Tickets are reserved seats, so if you want to sit with someone, you need to stand in line with them.
8. Remember - GETTING the tickets is part of the experience. Come prepared to enjoy the first part of the show. It's entitled, "waiting in line in Central Park." If you are from "the sticks" you are sure to see some things they "don't have at home."
If the above tips don't sound like fun to you, you CAN buy a ticket to the show for $150.
For soothe.... go forthe... enjoyth.