Fun Summer Friday Ideas marbled popsicles
Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK

For all those who are lucky enough to get out of work early on a summer Friday, we gathered 75 fun ideas to help you make the most of your sun-soaked half-days! For everyone else, consider your weekends booked!

Make popsicles out of fresh fruit from the farmers’ market.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Brittany Ambridge photography by Angela Seckinge

Arrange some flowers.


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Fun Summer Friday Ideas tomatoes at farmers' market
Photography by @ SARAHMERIANS VIA INSTAGRAM

Head to your local fresh market for produce to last you the weekend.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by MOLLY YEH

Bake a cake.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas lifeguard station
Photography by SUGARANDCHARM Courtesy of Chris Loves Julia

RUN to the beach.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Dessert for Two Photography by Nick Smith; Design by Clare Gaskin

Host a cocktail tasting hour.


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75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by WADDELL JAMES

Take a nap.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas montauk lighthouse
Photography by PINTEREST

Take a day trip to Montauk.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by james ransom

Host a crab boil.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Nancy Neil

Learn how to surf.


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Fun Summer Friday Ideas guacamole dip
Photography by @ FOODDECO VIA INSTAGRAM

Plan a guacamole making competition with friends—get a head start on perfecting your recipe.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by thelovelydrawer.com

Finally get to the DIY project you’ve had pinned on your Pinterest board.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Michael Wiltbank Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Brush up on some life skills.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas bike leaning on a building
Photography by @ SEALEEURBAN VIA INSTAGRAM Photography by Madeline Harper

Go on a long bike ride with a drink or dessert destination at the end!


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Fun Summer Friday Ideas road trip
Photography by SEEANYWHEREINADAY.WORDPRESS.COM.

Skip rush hour and head out for an impromptu road trip!

Fun Summer Friday Ideas milk bar
Photography by @ MILKBARSTORE VIA INSTAGRAM Photography by Madeline Harper

Head to your favorite ice cream shop for a sweet treat.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by laura gordon

Go on a food truck crawl.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas pool filled with inflatables
Photography by THE HUNT Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck; Design by Elsie Larson

Have an inflatable-filled pool day!


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75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by One Charming Party

Have a water balloon fight.

Green and Pink Flowers
Photography by THE LITTLE RED HOUSE

Go flower picking.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by JAFFE DEBORAH

Have a mini stay-cation. Discover the best of what your city has to offer!

Fun Summer Friday Ideas MOMA
Photography by MOMA

Take advantage of Free Fridays at the MoMa.


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75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Olive & June

Get a manicure.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Brittany Ambridge Photo by IKEA

Read a book.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas tamarind margarita
Photography by TIKKIDO PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSH LEUNG

Make tamarind margaritas because they are the best.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Michael Wiltbank Photo by @uauproject via Instagram | Image by Madeline Montoya

Rearrange your


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gallery wall

Fun Summer Friday Ideas day at the lake
Photography by 365THINGSAUSTIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY PABLO ENRIQUEZ; STYLING BY TIFFANY HOWELL

Find a local lake and go swimming!

Fun Summer Friday Ideas happy hour
Photography by CENTRAL BAR NYC PHOTO COURTESY OF TAMSIN JOHNSON

Go to happy hour in time for actual happy hour.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas dog running in park
Photography by @LIL_RUFIO VIA INSTAGRAM Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson; Styling by Kate Berry

Take your furry friend on a walk.


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75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by JAMES MERRELL PHOTO BY KATE OLIVER

Go to the gym.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas club dancing
Photography by CLATL

Make a Spotify mix to last all summer long.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by domino

Clean out your closet. (This actually IS fun if you consider you’re making room for new stuff….).

Fun Summer Friday Ideas yoga on a rooftop
Photography by @ SJANAELISE VIA INSTAGRAM Courtesy of HBO

Do a little rooftop yoga.


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Fun Summer Friday Ideas playing frisbee
Photography by KAUAIULTIMATE Courtesy of The Bambu Indah

Buy a frisbee and set up an impromptu game at the park.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas watermelon cut into shapes
Photography by THEKITCHN

Buy cookie cutters and cut watermelon into fun shapes.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas the guggenheim
Photography by GUGGENHEIM

Head to a museum to escape the summer heat.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas camping in the woods
Photography by NOVALWORLD

Get in touch with your natural side by camping outdoors.


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75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Dorothée Brand of Belathée Photography

Make art.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas outdoor movie
Photography by POPULARMECHANICS

Set up an outdoor movie theater and have friends over that evening for movie night.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas woman reading book by the pool
Photography by GIA COPPOLA

Catch some sun, preferably by the pool.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by red stamp

Bring out the old board games for a few fun rounds.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas kayaking on the hudson
Photography by PINTEREST Photography by Alexander James

Go kayaking!

Fun Summer Friday Ideas Coney Island
Photography by PINTEREST Photography by Jennifer Hughes; Styling by Melissa Colgan

Spend the day at Coney Island.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by hollywood tonight

Make s’mores.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas the high line
Photography by JCFO_HIGHLINE

Spend the afternoon on the High Line.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas dog shelter volunteer
Photography by BARKPOST

Volunteer at an animal shelter.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas central park boating
Photography by @CENTRALPARKNYC VIA INSTAGRAM

Go for a boat ride at Central Park.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas outdoor bar
Photography by @ GRANDBANKSNYC VIA INSTAGRAM

Dine al fresco at a new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by colorsandjoy.com

Go to the library.

Vegetarian Grilling Corn
Photography by THERECIPECRITIC.COM

Grill something delicious! May we suggest Mexican Street corn?

Pink and White Study
Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Rearrange your bookshelves.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by @peachandlily

Treat your self to a home spa day.

Green and Wood Garden
Photography by THE LITTLE RED HOUSE

Host an outdoor dinner party.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas magazines hanging on the wall
Photography by TRENDENSER.SE

Catch up on that stack of magazines.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas garden
Photography by DIVINEHOMECARE

Do a little gardening.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Go shopping.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas broadway bites
Photography by GILTCITY

Attend an outdoor food festival (and try to sample all the food!).

Fun Summer Friday Ideas pool
Photography by GRANDMIRAGE

Spend the rest of the day at a bar by the pool. (This is a solid plan for many days, really–not just summer Fridays).

Fun Summer Friday Ideas refinery rooftop bar
Photography by NEWYORK

Host a rooftop game night at your apartment (or just go to a rooftop bar!).

Blue and Pink and Taupe Food
Photography by MOLLY WINTERS photo by RYAN GARVIN

Go on an ice cream tasting tour of your city.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas fish swimming in an aquarium
Photography by ONLINECLOCK

Visit an aquarium.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas hiking on a mountian
Photography by THEODYSSEYONLINE

Go hiking.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas woman carrying luggage
Photography by ALBIANI MATT

Check GTFO for flights out that night.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas concert
Photography by YOUTUBE

Head to a concert.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Camp Wandawega & Land Of Nod

Go camping indoors with the little ones.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by a girl and her home Photography by Zara Rahim

Tackle something new – recipes encouraged.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas pacific coast highway
Photography by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Drive out to the coast.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas blue thank you cards
Photography by CORNETT GRANT

Catch up on thank you notes.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas fireworks
Photography by PINTEREST

Watch some fireworks.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas central park
Photography by TIMOUT

Lay on the grass in the best park you can find. (Pack along some sunscreen and a good read, of course).

Black and Orange and Yellow Outdoor
Photography by unknown Courtesy of Chris Loves Julia

Throw a bonfire.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by We Heart It

Watch the sunset.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by michael williams Photography by Nicki Sebastian

Scope out the locale flea markets.

Fun Summer Friday Ideas new york comedy club
Photography by THE NEW YORK COMEDY CLUB

Watch a comedy show.

75 ways to spend your summer friday
Photography by Az81964444

Plan a trip somewhere exotic.