Free Summer Activities Around the Country

This summer, take a break from working and go enjoy so fun in the sun. There are a lot of great activities happening all the time in cities all over the country. Here's just a taste of what's going on.  NYC Midsummer - NYC Midsummer is a Swedish midsummer celebration co-hosted by the Swedish consulate and the Parks department of New York City to celebrate the Midsummer holiday, a very popular event in the Scandinavian countries. The event will be held in Battery Park City, where it has been since its New York inception in 1996, and will offer a Swedish smorgasbord of traditional offerings including herring and new potatoes.

San Francisco Thursday Lunchtime Concerts - Operated by the Yerba Beuna Garden Festival, the Thursday Lunchtime Concert series offers various bands from around the world to offer eclectic music like you've never heard. This would be a great opportunity to pack a picnic and relax for an afternoon.

Taste of Chicago - Running from June 24 to July 3, Taste of Chicago is an outdoor food festival showcasing almost 60 Chicago area restaurants and their diverse food offerings. Located in Grant Park in the heart of the city, free admission gets event-goers access to live music and various activities to keep them busy all day while taking breaks to sample food from places like Garrett's Popcorn Shops, Vee-Vee's African Restaurant, and Vienna Beef/Gold Coast Dogs.

Chowderfest - Boston is known for a lot of great things, including its famous chowder. On Sunday, July 3rd, the 30th annual Chowderfest will bring together various Boston area restaurants to duke it out to decide who has the best chowder. Tickets are required for attendance, but admission is cheap and will guarantee you a taste of a variety of great chowders.

Taste of Philadelphia - From Friday, June 24th to the 26th, Penn's Landing in Philadelphia will host live jazz and blues and a sampling of some of Philadelphia's best and most popular dishes. Although admission and entertainment is free and open to all, tasting the food will not be free, but will be very cheap so that everyone can have a bite. Saturday night will also showcase a fireworks display over the Delaware River.

What are your favorite summertime activities?