Washington Square Music Festival

Date: Tuesdays in July
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Washington Square Park
Website: washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org

Need a mid-week break during the dead-heat of summer? Head over to Washington Square Park on Tuesdays for free tunes. The music varies, but will play most closely to the park's roots: jazz. It's easy listening, a nice backdrop for hitting on NYU undergrads still slumming around during the off-season.