New York City events calendar for July 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in July 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Brazilian dance

July 1 - 3, 2015 (begins June 23)

2 miles SW

DanceBrazil is a high-energy fusion of contemporary dance, Afro-Brazilian movement, and traditional martial arts of Brazil (Capoeira) at The Joyce Theater.

Shakespeare in the Park

July 1 - 5, 2015 (begins May 27)

2 miles north

Wait in line or join the online lottery for a ticket to The Tempest at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free.

Asian films

July 1 - 11, 2015 (begins June 26)

1.5 miles NW

Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival at Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center.

Popular musical

July 1 - Aug. 31, 2015 (also May/June)

0.2 miles west

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical entertaining audiences since 1960, at intimate Snapple Theater in Times Square.

Discount tickets $39.

Popular musical

July 1 - Sept. 2, 2015 (also May/June)

0.4 miles west

Humans and puppets live in a shabby neighborhood on Avenue Q and entertain mature audiences with sassy songs and funny antics at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $45.

Fun political satire

July 1 - Sept. 6, 2015 (also May/June)

0.4 miles west

Rewind to 1992 and watch our 42nd president take a roller-coaster ride with catchy show tunes about sax, sex, Whitewater, and the White House in Clinton the Musical at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $39.

Free Summer Movies

July 1 - Sept. 10, 2015 (also May/June)

NYC locations

NYC Parks Free Summer Movies are shown evenings, mostly in Manhattan and Queens.

Winston Churchill

July 1 - Sept. 13, 2015 (also May/June)

0.5 miles west

The Chicago Tribune calls Churchill, a one-man show about the Prime Minister who led Britain in her finest hour, “very enjoyable and surprisingly emotional.” See it live at New World Stages. Discount tickets $39.

Dance show and party

July 1 - Sept. 13, 2015 (also May/June)

2 miles south

Wayra: Fuerza Bruta is a spectacular mix of club, circus, rave, and underwater show where you stand and dance at Daryl Roth Theatre. Discount tickets $59.

African festival

July 2 - 5, 2016

5 miles south

International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park.


July 2 - Sept. 24, 2015 (also May)

NYC locations

Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

New York fireworks

July 4, 2015

1 mile west

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lights up the sky along the East River and Brooklyn Bridge. Free.

Improvisational theater

July 4, 2015

1.6 miles south

Enjoy improv, live music, drinks, and barbecue at the Indie-pendence Day Festival at the Peoples Improv Theater (PIT).

New Jersey fireworks

July 4, 2015 (1 to 10 p.m.)

9 miles SW

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival has music, a carnival, food trucks, and fireworks in front of the Statue of Liberty at Liberty State Park. Video. Free.

Hot-dog eating contest

July 4, 2015

18 miles south

Watch qualified champion eaters compete in the world famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, plus music and entertainment. Free.

New music

July 4 - Sept. 5, 2015 (Saturdays June 27+)

3 miles

Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Black musical

July 4 - Sept. 6, 2015 (Sat. & Sun. 4:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles west

Sistas the Musical celebrates the history of an African American family using catchy hit songs from each era at St. Luke’s Theatre. Discount tickets $25.

Tap-dance festival

July 5 - 11, 2015

NYC locations

See public performances or take classes at Tap City.
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Free concerts at MoMA

July 5 - 26, 2015 (Sundays)

0.3 miles north

Attend four weekly jazz and classical music concerts at Summergarden in the sculpture garden of the Museum of Modern Art. Limited seating. Free.

LGBT arts festival

July 6 - 19, 2015

3 miles south

Fresh Fruit Festival features 40 works of gay and lesbian theater, dance, film, music, and visual art at The Wild Project and venues nearby.

Lincoln Center Festival

July 6 - Aug. 2, 2015

1.5 miles NW

Enjoy extraordinary opera, music, dance, and theater that showcases contemporary artistic viewpoints at Lincoln Center Festival in and near Lincoln Center.

Readings at the bridge

July 6 - Aug. 10, 2015 (Mondays)

6 miles south

Hear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge as the sun sets at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free.

Movies in Bryant Park

July 6 - Aug. 24, 2015 (Mondays from June 22)

0.5 miles south

Watch movie classics on the lawn at Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. No chairs, tarps, or dogs. Free.

Hip-Hop Festival

July 8 - 11, 2015

Brooklyn locations

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates Hip-Hop culture with panel discussions, films, exhibits, a launch party, food crawl, and a big closing-day show.

Film festival

July 8 - 16, 2015

35 miles east

Long Island International Film Expo screens more than 100 short and feature-length independent films from around the world at Bellmore Movies.

Indie music festival

July 9 & 23, 2015 (also Aug. 6)

2.8 miles SW

River Rocks is a music concert on three Thursdays along the water at Hudson River Park. Free.

Outdoor movies

July 9 - 30, 2015 (all dates below)

1.2 miles west

See free movies about outerspace at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early May 22, July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6.

Arts festival in Brooklyn

July 9 - Aug. 12, 2015 (begins June 3)

8 miles south

Celebrate Brooklyn! is a performing arts festival of music (sometimes combined with film), theater, and dance at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. Free.

Broadway hits in the park

July 9 - Aug. 13, 2015

0.5 miles south

Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.

Seaport music festival

July 11, 2015

4.2 miles south

Rock out with two stages of performers at the 4Knots Music Festival in historical South Street Seaport. Free.

Family-friendly music festival

July 11, 2015

31 miles north

Pleasantville Music Festival offers live music outdoors, food, beverages, and kids’ activities in Pleasantville.

French day

July 12, 2015

0.6 miles north

Celebrate our French allies on Bastille Day by eating crêpes and éclairs, tasting wine and cheese, watching mimes and cancan dancers, and visiting kids’ corner, on E 60th St. from 5th Ave. to Lexington Ave. Free.

Queens bike ride

July 12, 2015

4.7 miles NE

Join 1000 bicyclists who leisurely ride 20 miles with a police escort in Tour de Queens. New route each year.

Brunch cruise

July 12 - Dec. 27, 2015 (Sundays from May)

3 miles south

Enjoy a buffet, live jazz, and two hours of views on the Sunday Brunch Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40.

Discount tickets $41.

Family circus

July 17 - 18, 2015

36 miles west

Big Apple Circus presents Fun2C, a stage show of jugglers, aerialists, acrobats, and clowns at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.

Discount tickets $15.

Waterfront day

July 18, 2015

6 miles south

City of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Governors Island and elsewhere. Free.

Restaurant Week

July 20 - Aug. 14, 2015

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Repeats in Feb.

Jazz festival

July 21 - 30, 2015

2.5 miles north

Hear dozen of world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners and dueling drummers) at 92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival.

Outdoor concerts

July 22 - Aug. 9, 2015

0.5 miles west

Out of Doors is three jam-packed weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.

Classical music festival

July 22 - Aug. 22, 2015

1.5 miles NW

Attend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center. Discount tickets $33.

Shakespeare in the Park

July 23 - Aug. 23, 2015

2 miles north

Wait in line or join the online lottery for a ticket to Cymbeline at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free.

Indian dance powwow

July 24 - 26, 2015

16 miles east

Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow is three days of inter-tribal Native American dance competitions and a crafts marketplace in the apple orchard at Queens County Farm Museum.

Water fight

July 25, 2015

1.8 miles north

Bring a water gun (no water balloons) to be soaked at Waterfight NYC on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Free.

Poetry festival

July 25 - 26, 2015

5 miles south via ferry

NYC Poetry Festival features 250 poets on three stages, plus food, beverages, books, crafts, and a children’s festival, on Governor’s Island. Donation.

Scavenger hunt

July 26, 2015

4.3 miles south

Teams run around the city solving clues to win prizes in the NY Challenge, which ends at a restaurant with awards and a costume contest.

Harlem Week

July 26 - Aug. 23, 2015

4 miles north

Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, sports events, a 5K, and a street fair. Most events are free.

Beer tasting

July 30, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

1.4 miles SW

Enjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at Hudson Mercantile. Bring age 21 ID.

Animation festival

July 30 - Aug. 2, 2015

6 miles south

Animation Block Party exhibits all genres of the world’s best independent, professional and student animation in Brooklyn.

Family art party

July 2015 (undated)

2.9 miles south

Do interactive projects, watch performances, and tour the New Museum during the family-friendly New Museum Block Party in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Free.

Tuesday movies on the roof

June 2015 (undated)

7 miles north

Bring chairs to watch Rooftop Films on top of the garage at Bronx Terminal Market. Family activities start at 7 p.m., and films begin at sunset. Free.
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July 2015 calendar of events in NYC, NY. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in New York City, New York.