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 free ticket to The Tempest at Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

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.

SummerStage

July 1 - Sept. 24, 2015

NYC locations

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

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.

Funky barbecue

July 3, 2015 (5 p.m.)

5 miles south via ferry

Governors Club Funk-N’-Cue features funk music and barbecue outdoors at Governors Island Beach Club.

Winston Churchill

July 3 - 12, 2015

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.

Intoxicating show

July 3 - Sept. 8, 2015

2.7 miles south

Your ticket to The Imbibe includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at Soho Playhouse. Discount tickets $16.

Free Summer Movies

July 3 - Sept. 26, 2015 (begins in June)

NYC locations

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

Funny Hitchcock play

July 3 - Nov. 30, 2015

1.7 miles south

The 39 Steps is a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock about a wrongly accused man racing to clear his name while evading the law. This comedic spoof is a fast-paced play at Union Square Theatre.

Discount tickets $20.

New York musical

July 3 - Dec. 6, 2015

0.6 miles SW

On the Town is a joyful 1940s musical comedy about 3 sailors on a whirlwind tour of NY full of song, dance, and romance at Lyric Theatre. Discount tickets $37.

Popular puppets

July 3 - Dec. 20, 2015

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.

Dance show and party

July 3 - Dec. 30, 2015

2 miles south

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

Blue Man show

July 3 - Dec. 31, 2015

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group is back with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, science, visual effects, and music at Astor Place Theatre.

Discount tickets $56.

New York fireworks

July 4, 2015 (9:20 p.m.)

1 mile west

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lights up the sky above the East River at 9:20 p.m. Free.

Improvisational theater

July 4, 2015

1.6 miles south

Enjoy hours of improv shows and a potluck barbecue at IndieFest at the Peoples Improv Theater (PIT).

New Jersey fireworks

July 4, 2015 (12 to 10 p.m.)

9 miles SW

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival has free live music, a carnival, food trucks, and fireworks at 9 p.m. in front of the Statue of Liberty at Liberty State Park.

Hot-dog eating contest

July 4, 2015

18 miles south

Watch qualified champion eaters compete in 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)

3 miles

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

Clean comedy

July 4 - Sept. 26, 2015 (Saturdays)

0.5 miles NW

ComedySportz has two teams of comedians act out humorous situations based on audience suggestions at tiny Broadway Comedy Club. Discount tickets $8.

Free concerts at MoMA

July 5 - 26, 2015 (8 p.m. 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.

Popular musical

July 5 - Nov. 30, 2015

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 $19.

Tap-dance festival

July 6 - 11, 2015

NYC locations

See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

Music of Tim Burton films

July 6 - 12, 2015

1.2 miles NW

Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton includes a choir and photos from Tim’s beautiful and strange films (Batman, Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, etc.) at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. Discount tickets $49.
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Sailboat ride

July 6 - 31, 2015

2.5 miles SW

Tour New York City Harbor aboard beautiful pilot schooner Adirondack, which sails from Pier 62.

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 outdoors at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free.

Magic show

July 6 - Dec. 28, 2015 (Mondays at 8 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

Five professional magicians perform card tricks and feats of wonder with plenty of humor at Monday Night Magic in Players Theatre. Discount tickets $15.

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 concert.

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

Hudson RiverRocks is music concerts on 3 Thursdays along the water at Hudson River Park Pier 84. Free.

Outdoor movies

July 9 - 30, 2015 (all dates below)

1.2 miles west

See free movies about outer space at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum outdoors. Arrive early May 22; July 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 13.

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.

Dance party: ‘80s & ‘90s

July 10, 2015 (9:30 p.m.)

1 mile south

The ‘80s vs. ‘90s Party features your favorite songs played by a cover band and DJ, props, movie clips, costumes, sound bites at Cutting Room for age 21+.

Discount tickets $8.

Shakespeare comedy

July 10 - 12, 2015

2.4 miles south

Hilarious antics and a battle-of-the-sexes ensue when a suitor woos a wealthy old maid in The Taming of the Shrew at Players Theatre.

Discount tickets $13 - $32.

Mets baseball

July 10 - 12, 2015

8 miles east

NY Mets play the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field.

Adult Disney spoof

July 10 - 24, 2015

1 mile SW

Distorted 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. Discount tickets $10.

Indie rock festival

July 11, 2015 (1 to 10 p.m.)

1.3 miles west

Rock out with 10 bands on the waterfront at 4Knots Music Festival at Hudson River Park, Pier 84. Free.

Family-friendly music festival

July 11, 2015 (12 to 9 p.m.)

31 miles north

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

Children’s musical

July 11 - Aug. 30, 2015 (Sat. & Sun.)

3 miles south

Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink. Kids 2 to 10 enjoy seeing how she gets out of this predicament with help from her brother, at Culture Project on Bleeker. Discount tickets $15.

Art of Mexico

July 11 - Oct. 31, 2015

12 miles north

A ticket to Frida al Fresco Evenings includes a beer or margarita to sip, a stroll in Frida Kahlo’s recreated studio, and weekend music at New York Botanical Garden for age 21+. Schedule.

Discount tickets $30.

French day

July 12, 2015 (12 to 5 p.m.)

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 (8 a.m.)

5 miles NE

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

1990s music

July 12, 2015 (7 p.m.)

36 miles west

Hear three big bands from the 1990s: Gin Blossoms, Fastball, and The Rembrandts at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ. Discount tickets $25.

Brunch cruise

July 12 - Dec. 27, 2015 (Sundays)

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 $44.

LGBT arts festival

July 13 - 26, 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 Theater.

Pop concert on the pier

July 14, 2015 (6 p.m.)

1.4 miles NW

Three beautiful women (Colbie Caillat, Christina Perri, Rachel Platten) sing pop on The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour at Pier 97.

Discount tickets $25.

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.

Baseball lunch deal

July 17 - Aug. 9, 2015

6 miles north

New York Yankees package deal includes a field-level seat and unlimited picnic food until 30 minutes after game time at Yankee Stadium. Discount tickets $75.

Relive the Ziegfeld Follies

July 17 - Aug. 29, 2015 (8 p.m.)

0.7 miles SW

Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic is Ziegfeld’s extravaganza redone with lavish showgirls, thrilling aerialists, risqué burlesque at Liberty Theater. Discount tickets $44.

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.

Dog party

July 19, 2015 (2 to 9 p.m.)

4 miles SE

Bring your dog to Barkfest to enjoy a splash zone, agility course, food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, photo ops, and dog-friendly fireworks on the waterfront in Williamsburg. Free.

Sunset sail from Brooklyn

July 19 - Aug. 11, 2015 (7 p.m.)

7 miles south

Enjoy skyline views and three drinks aboard the 80-foot Adirondack Schooner, which departs from Brooklyn Bridge Park Marina. Discount tickets $41.

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 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.

Romeo and Juliet

July 23 - 25, 2015 (7 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

See a fresh version of Romeo and Juliet, performed with music and dance by the Lower East Side Shakespeare Company at cozy Under St. Marks.

Discount tickets $13.

Mets baseball

July 23 - 26, 2015

8 miles east

New York Mets play the L.A. Dodgers at Citi Field.

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, featuring cross-dressing girls and boys, swordfights, and villains in a story about the power of love 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 (2 p.m.)

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. 22, 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 independent, professional, and student animation at Rooftop Films & BAMcinématek in Brooklyn.

Central Park food fest

July 31, 2015 (sold out)

1.2 miles north

Buy food, beer, and wine at Smorgasburg at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, with DJ music. Sold out.
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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.