Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.
Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.
July 1 - 2, 2016 (begins May 31)
NYC locationsBlue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.
July 1 - 4, 2016
5 miles southInternational African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park.
Big-band dance party
July 1 - 9, 2016 (begins June 21)
1.2 miles NWMidsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, R & B, or even soca, before the band plays live in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.
July 1 - 9, 2016 (begins June 22)
1.5 miles NWWatch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center (June 22 to July 5) and SVA Theatre (July 6 to 9).
July 1 - 10, 2016 (also June)
0.4 miles northIncognito tells three stories about the mysteries of the human mind at New York City Center. Review.
Solve the crime
July 1 - 10, 2016 (also June)
0.6 miles westWinner of “best comedy” awards, Shear Madness is a funny whodunit with audience participation set in a hair salon, in Midtown. Discount tickets $49.
July 1 - 17, 2016 (also June)
0.4 miles westSet during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, The Crucible is a scorching indictment of intolerance written by Arthur Miller during the communist witchhunts of the 1950s at Walter Kerr Theatre. Discount tickets $42 to $92.
Comedy with “Modern Family” star
July 1 - July 31, 2016 (also June)
0.5 mile SWJesse Tyler Ferguson plays 40 outrageous characters in Fully Committed as he takes restaurant reservations from snooty socialites who simply must have a table tonight, at Lyceum Theatre. Discount tickets $45 to $99.
July 1 - 31, 2016 (also June)
4.2 miles southEnjoy DJ music, a cash bar, and hours of views on a Hornblower Cruise leaving Pier 15 on South Street.
July 1 - Aug. 7, 2016
0 milesNew York Spectacular is a musical about a family spending an extraordinary day in New York, featuring the dancing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Discount tickets $40 to $90.
July 1 - Aug. 20, 2016 (also June)
2.8 miles southYour ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at SoHo Playhouse. Discount tickets $39.
Champagne Sunset Cruise
July 1 - Aug. 29, 2016 (7:15 p.m.)
2.4 miles SWThe Champagne Sunset Cruise includes 1.75 hours of views and a glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $35.
Sailboat ride on Clipper City
July 1 - Aug. 31, 2016 (also June)
4.5 miles southTour New York City Harbor aboard the majestic Clipper City tall ship, sailing from Battery Park.
July 1 - Sept. 4, 2016 (also June)
0.3 miles westThe show-business musical Chicago has sizzling songs, seductive dance numbers, and a powerful story at Ambassador Theatre. Discount tickets $33 to $95.
Free Summer Movies
July 1 - Sept. 15, 2016 (begins in May)
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
July 1 - Sept. 23, 2016 (begins May 16)
NYC locationsEnjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
Award-winning “Jersey Boys”
July 1 - Nov. 27, 2016 (also June)
0.4 miles NWHit musical Jersey Boys is the rags-to-riches story of 20-somethings Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons live at August Wilson Theatre. Discount tickets on weekdays: $40 to $104.
July 1 - Dec. 29, 2016 (also June)
2.4 miles SWEnjoy 90 minutes of views on an afternoon Statue of Liberty & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise, with a free glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $28.
July 1 - Dec. 30, 2016 (also June)
0.6 miles westKinky Boots, based on a true story about a shoe factory owner and a drag queen, has an inspiring and joyful score by Cyndi Lauper at Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Discount tickets $50 to $90.
New show by Cirque du Soleil
July 1 - Dec. 30, 2016 (also June)
0.6 miles SWParamour tells the story of a young actress torn between love and art in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood with acrobatics, music, and dance at Lyric Theatre. Discount tickets $45.
July 2 - Aug. 27, 2016 (Saturdays from June 11)
3 miles eastWarm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
July 2 - Sept. 4, 2016
0.5 miles SWSean Hayes of “Will & Grace” plays the Almighty in An Act of God, setting the record straight by answering the deepest questions plaguing mankind since Creation at Booth Theatre. Discount tickets $59.
July 2 - Oct. 4, 2016
0.7 miles SWA physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show [sound] using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $20.
July 3 & 30, 2016
7.9 miles northWatch New York City FC play a game at Yankee Stadium.
New York fireworks
July 4, 2016
1 mile westMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lights up the sky above the East River at 9:20 p.m. See the map of public viewing areas. Free.
Family fireworks cruise
July 4, 2016 (evening)
4 miles southGet an up-close-and-personal view of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, with a dinner buffet, open bar, DJ, and dancing. Discount tickets are standing room only.
New Jersey fireworks
July 4, 2016 (1 to 10 p.m.)
9 miles SWJersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival has live music, a carnival, food trucks, and fireworks after dark in front of the Statue of Liberty at Liberty State Park. Free.
Hot dog eating contest
July 4, 2016
18 miles southWatch qualified champion eaters compete in the world famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, plus music and entertainment. Free.
July 4, 2016 (7 p.m.)
19.1 miles southHear the music of unfading youth when The Beach Boys (Good Vibrations) perform at The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. Discount tickets $30.
French Restaurant Week
July 4 - 17, 2016
multiple locationsFrench Restaurant Week includes special deals priced from $18 to $180 on the days between America’s Independence Day and France’s Bastille Day.
Brunch on a sailboat
July 4 - Oct. 9, 2016 (11 a.m. Sundays)
4.1 miles southEnjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, leaving Lower Manhattan. Discount tickets $67.
Lobster & beer sail
July 5 - Sept.20, 2016 (7 p.m. Tuesdays)
4.5 miles southEnjoy lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster, coleslaw, potato salad, craft beer, and a two-hour cruise around Lower Manhattan on Lobster & Beer Lovers Sail aboard Clipper City Tall Ship, leaving Battery Park. Discount tickets $76.
Creative percussion show
July 5 - Dec. 25, 2016
0.5 miles SWSTOMP has high-energy dance, acrobatics, comedy, and nonstop rhythm from unusual instruments at the Orpheum Theatre. Discount tickets $50.
Romantic jazz cruise
July 6 - Aug. 31, 2016 (9:45 p.m. Wed.)
4.3 miles southEnjoy skyline views and live jazz on an Evening Jazz Cruise aboard the 158-foot Clipper City Tall Ship departing from Battery Park. Discount tickets $42.
July 6 - Dec. 13, 2016
0.4 miles westPeople and puppets who live in a shabby neighborhood on Avenue Q entertain mature audiences with sassy songs and funny antics at New World Stages. Discount tickets $45.
Wine & jazz cruise
July 7, 2016 (7 to 9 p.m.)
1.5 miles westHear live jazz as you cruise the Hudson River during Wine & Jazz on the River, with six varieties of wine for sale by the glass and an optional buffet, departing from Pier 81. Coupon code “events12” saves 10%.
Opera in the park
July 7 - 13, 2016 (begins June 22)
NYC locationsThe Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.
July 7 - 30, 2016
5.1 miles SEBrooklyn Lobster Fest promises a night of live music, craft beer, summer cocktails, and lobster rolls at The Hall Brooklyn. Discount tickets $5 ($22 with dinner).
July 7 - Aug. 5, 2016
1.2 miles westSee free movies about outer space at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum outdoors. Arrive early.
Broadway hits in the park
July 7 - Aug. 11, 2016 (Thursdays)
0.5 miles southBring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.
July 9, 2016 (1:30 to 4:30 p.m.)
2.2 miles southWebsy Boozy features authentic Caribbean food, rum cocktails, and a reggae band at Webster Hall.
July 9, 2016
2.4 miles southArab-American & North African Cultural Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street.
Indie rock festival
July 9, 2016 (1 to 8 p.m.)
4 miles southRock out with 10 bands on the waterfront at 4Knots Music Festival at historical South Street Seaport. Free.
July 9, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
4.2 miles NEBuild and decorate a paper kite, and then fly it during Festival of Kites at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.
Southern food with whiskey
July 9, 2016 (afternoon & evening)
4.4 miles SEThe inaugural Whiskey fried pairs 100 craft whiskies and cocktails with Southern-inspired dishes from dozens of local restaurants and includes live music at Brooklyn Expo Center. Discount tickets $69.
Family-friendly music festival
July 9, 2016
31 miles northPleasantville Music Festival offers live music outdoors, food, beverages, and kids’ activities in Pleasantville.
July 9 - 10, 2016
33.4 miles SWZombie lovers will find celebrities, panels, vendors, and artists at Walker Stalker Con at The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Discount tickets $10.
July 9 - 16, 2016
NYC locationsSee public performances or take classes at Tap City.
July 9 - 26, 2016 (also June)
2.8 miles southCity Winery presents top artists in an intimate setting.
Comedy about motherhood
July 9 - Sept. 3, 2016
0.4 miles westA former Miss New Jersey is One Funny Mother with a funny show about raising kids at New World Stages. Discount tickets $30.
Brunch cruise circles Manhattan
July 9 - Dec. 31, 2016 (weekends)
2.4 miles SWAround Manhattan Brunch Cruise offers three hours of views as you circle Manhattan Island in a classic 1920s yacht and eat a buffet brunch with a complimentary beverage, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $56.
French street fair
July 10, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)
0.6 miles northCelebrate our French allies on Bastille Day by eating crêpes and éclairs, tasting wine and cheese, watching mimes and cancan dancers, and visiting the kids’ corner, on E 60th St. from 5th Ave. to Lexington Ave. Free.
Music in Williamsburg
July 10, 2016 (1 to 8 p.m.)
6 miles SE5050 Music & Arts Festival is inside and outside Paper Box Music & Art.
Free concerts at MoMA
July 10 - 31, 2016 (8 p.m. Sundays)
0.3 miles northAttend 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 11 - 24, 2016
3 miles southFresh Fruit Festival features 40 works of gay and lesbian theater, dance, film, music, and visual art at The Wild Project Theater.
Readings at the bridge
July 11 - Aug. 15, 2016 (7 p.m. Mondays)
6 miles southHear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge outdoors at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8, 15. Free.
July 13 - 16, 2016
Brooklyn locationsBrooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates Hip-Hop culture with panel discussions, films, exhibits, and a big closing-day concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
July 13 - 21, 2016
35 miles eastLong Island International Film Expo screens more than 100 short and feature-length independent films from around the world at Bellmore Movies.
Lincoln Center Festival
July 13 - 31, 2016
1.5 miles NWEnjoy extraordinary opera, music, dance, and theater that showcases contemporary artistic viewpoints at Lincoln Center Festival in and near Lincoln Center.
Classical music festival
July 13 - Aug. 27, 2016
1.5 miles NWAttend 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 (Aug. 6 and later).
July 15 & 29, 2016 (10 p.m.)
1 mile SWDistorted Diznee has high-energy dancing, comedy, dazzling costumes, and lip synching by drag queens dressed as Ariel, Mary Poppins, and Snow White at Laurie Beechman Theatre for age 17+. Discount tickets $11 (and $20 food or drink minimum).
Baseball meal deal
July 15 - Aug. 27, 2016
8 miles northNew York Yankees package deal includes a field-level seat plus unlimited picnic food until 30 minutes after game time at Yankee Stadium. Discount tickets $75.
July 16, 2016
6 miles southCity of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Governors Island and elsewhere. Free.
July 17, 2016
16 miles SEExpect a big turnout at Jamaican Jerk Festival, which offers Caribbean food and Jamaican music at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.
Songs of Adele
July 18, 2016 (8 p.m.)
0.8 miles SWThe famous Harlem Gospel Choir sings the songs of superstar singer Adele at B.B. King Blues Club. Discount tickets $9 to $24.
July 18 - Aug. 27, 2016
8 miles northWatch the Yankees play from air conditioned Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, with giant windows, high-def TV, and a bar selling drinks and pub fare. Discount tickets $30.
July 19 - 28, 2016
2.5 miles northHear dozen of world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at 92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival.
Shakespeare in the Park
July 19 - Aug. 14, 2016
2 miles northFor tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, become a $200 “supporter,” or get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line. The show this month is Troilus and Cressida.
July 20 - Aug. 13, 2016
0.5 miles westOut of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.
July 21, 2016 (7 p.m.)
40 miles SEHear pop icon and judge on “The Voice” Gwen Stefani at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island.
July 21 - 31, 2016
3 miles eastThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is an “irresistible and riotously funny musical” [New York Times] about overachievers, at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Discount tickets $13.
July 22 - Sept. 3, 2016
0.7 miles northSummer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.
July 23, 2016 (2 to 4 p.m.)
1.8 miles northBring a water gun (no water balloons) to be soaked at Waterfight NYC on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Free.
Craft beer festival
July 23, 2016
7 miles southTapped offers 100 beers, wines, and ciders at Barclays Center, with food for sale, live music, and football games on TV. Discount tickets $29.
July 24, 2016
0.5 miles eastTeams run around the city solving clues to win prizes in the NY Challenge, which ends at a restaurant with awards and a costume contest. Discount tickets $20.
NYC Restaurant Week
July 25 - Aug. 19, 2016
NYC locationsGet a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Repeats in Jan.
July 28, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)
4.2 miles southEnjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at 180 Maiden Lane. Bring age 21 ID.
Concert in the garden
July 28, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)
12 miles northYour ticket to Summer Concert Evenings includes a free cocktail and a concert by the Dreamland Orchestra on the conservatory lawn at New York Botanical Garden for age 21+. Discount tickets $25.
July 28 - 31, 2016
6 miles southAnimation Block Party exhibits all genres of independent, professional, and student animation at Rooftop Films & BAMcinématek in Brooklyn.
Dance party: ‘80s & ‘90s
July 29, 2016 (10 p.m.)
1 mile southThe ‘80s versus ‘90s Party features your favorite songs played by a cover band and DJ, props, movie clips, costumes, and sound bites at the Cutting Room for age 21+. Discount tickets $5.
Free horror films
July 29 - 30, 2016
6 miles SETromaDance (name mimics Sundance) focuses on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films and is free for both filmmakers and attendees at Paper Box Music & Art.
Indian dance powwow
July 29 - 31, 2016
16 miles eastThunderbird 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.
July 30 - 31, 2016
5 miles south via ferryNYC Poetry Festival features 250 poets on three stages, plus food, beverages, books, crafts, and a children’s festival, on Governor’s Island. Donation.
July 31 - Aug. 27, 2016
4 miles northHarlem 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.