There are few more quintessential summer night activities in New York than seeing the Philharmonic Symphony play in Central Park. This year’s eclectic program includes 19th-century opera to the tune of Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra and new compositions by the Very Young Composers of New York City. After an hour and a half of edifying music, there will be fireworks.
Music starts at 8pm, but we highly recommend getting there early—about 50,000 people descend on the Great Lawn for this event. Also people bring their culinary A-game (think fold-out tables and flatware) so if there was ever a time to go all out on a picnic, it’s now. Instead of lugging everything there, we suggest enlisting the help of Perfect Picnic. They’ll deliver a blanket, cushions, tray tables, and a selection of meats, cheese, and fruit to the great lawn (and they’ll arrive to pick it up when you’re done), saving you from picnic envy.