New York City events calendar for July 2016. 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 with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

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Jazz festival

July 1 - 2, 2016

NYC locations

Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.

African festival

July 1 - 4, 2016

5 miles south

International 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

1.2 miles NW

Midsummer 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.

Asian films

July 1 - 9, 2016

1.5 miles NW

Watch 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).

New York fireworks

July 4, 2016

1 mile west

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

New Jersey fireworks

July 4, 2016 (1 to 10 p.m.)

9 miles SW

Jersey 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 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.

French Restaurant Week

July 4 - 17, 2016

multiple locations

French Restaurant Week includes special deals priced from $18 to $180 on the days between America’s Independence Day and France’s Bastille Day.

Opera in the park

July 7 - 13, 2016

NYC locations

The Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.

Broadway hits in the park

July 7 - Aug. 11, 2016 (Thursdays)

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.

Games for everyone

July 8 - 9, 2016

two locations

Play fun games outdoors at Come Out & Play in Dumbo on Friday and Governors Island on Saturday. Free.

Caribbean brunch

July 9, 2016 (1:30 to 4:30 p.m.)

2.2 miles south

Websy Boozy features authentic Caribbean food, rum cocktails, and a reggae band at Webster Hall.

Arab festival

July 9, 2016

2.4 miles south

Arab-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 south

Rock out with 10 bands on the waterfront at 4Knots Music Festival at historical South Street Seaport. Free.

Kite day

July 9, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

4.2 miles NE

Build 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 SE

The 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.

Family-friendly music festival

July 9, 2016

31 miles north

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

Zombie convention

July 9 - 10, 2016

33.4 miles SW

Zombie lovers will find celebrities, panels, vendors, and artists at Walker Stalker Con at The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.

Tap-dance festival

July 9 - 16, 2016

NYC locations

See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

French street fair

July 10, 2016

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 the kids’ corner, on E 60th St. from 5th Ave. to Lexington Ave. Free.

Music in Williamsburg

July 10, 2016

6 miles SE

5050 Music & Arts Festival is held both inside and outside Paper Box Music & Art.

LGBT arts festival

July 11 - 24, 2016

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.

Readings at the bridge

July 11 - Aug. 15, 2016 (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 on July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8, 15. Free.

Hip-Hop Festival

July 13 - 16, 2016

Brooklyn locations

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates Hip-Hop culture with panel discussions, films, exhibits, and a big closing-day concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Film festival

July 13 - 21, 2016

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.

Wine tasting

July 16, 2016 (3 p.m., VIP 2)

1.7 miles south

Sample 100 wines from 50 wineries at Uncorked: NY Wine Festival, which has live music and gourmet food to buy at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Waterfront day

July 16, 2016

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.

Jamaican festival

July 17, 2016

16 miles SE

Expect a big turnout at Jamaican Jerk Festival, which offers Caribbean food and Jamaican music at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Jazz festival

July 19 - 28, 2016

2.5 miles north

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

Outdoor movies

July 21 - Aug. 5, 2016

1.2 miles west

See free movies about outer space at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum outdoors. Arrive early.

Pokemon pub crawl

July 23, 2016 (3 to 8 p.m.)

2.2 miles south

Catch Em’ All Pub Crawl features a Pokemon theme and drink specials at various bars for age 21+.

Craft beer festival

July 23, 2016

7 miles south

Tapped offers 100 beers, wines, and ciders at Barclays Center, with food for sale, live music, and football games on TV.

Scavenger hunt

July 24, 2016

0.5 miles east

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.

Beer tasting

July 28, 2016

4.2 miles south

Enjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at 180 Maiden Lane. Bring age 21 ID.

Asian films

July 30, 2016

multiple locations

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at 4 venues in NYC, Astoria, and Flushing.

Water fight

July 30, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)

1.8 miles north

Bring a water gun (no water balloons) to be soaked at Waterfight NYC at Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Free.

Free horror films

July 30, 2016

6 miles SE

TromaDance (name mimics Sundance) focuses on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films and is free for both filmmakers and attendees at Paper Box Music & Art.

Lincoln Center Festival

July 30 - 31, 2016

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.

Poetry festival

July 30 - 31, 2016

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.

Animation festival

July 30 - 31, 2016

6 miles south

Animation Block Party exhibits all genres of independent, professional, and student animation at Rooftop Films & BAMcinématek in Brooklyn.

Indian dance powwow

July 30 - 31, 2016

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.

Outdoor concerts

July 30 - Aug. 13, 2016

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.

Shakespeare in the Park

July 30 - Aug. 14, 2016

2 miles north

For 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.

Also consider Hamlet July 27 to 31 in Chelsea, free.

Classical music festival

July 30 - Aug. 27, 2016

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 in August $33.

New music

July 30 - Aug. 27, 2016 (Saturdays)

3 miles east

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

Short plays

July 30 - Sept. 3, 2016

0.7 miles north

Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.


July 30 - Sept. 5, 2016

multiple locations

Discount prices include all taxes and ticket fees.

Cocktail tasting

July 30 - Sept. 5, 2016

15 locations

A Summer Tippler passbook gets you 15 cocktails at 15 bars until Sept. 5. Tips are extra. Allow time for it to arrive by mail. Discount passbook $19.

Free Summer Movies

July 30 - Sept. 15, 2016

NYC locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.


July 30 - Sept. 23, 2016

NYC locations

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

Free concerts at MoMA

July 31, 2016 (8 p.m. Sunday)

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.

Spectacular show

July 31 - Aug. 7, 2016

0 miles

New 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 $45 to $79.

NYC Restaurant Week

July 31 - Aug. 19, 2016

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 Jan.

Harlem Week

July 31 - Aug. 27, 2016

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.

Science magic

July 31 - Oct. 4, 2016

0.7 miles SW

A 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.

Brunch cruise circles Manhattan

July 31 - Dec. 31, 2016 (10 a.m. weekends)

2.4 miles SW

Around 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.
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