New York City events calendar for July 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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July 2014

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in July 2014 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.

Opera in the park

July 1, 2014 (begins June 23)

NYC locations

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

Free plays in the park

July 1 - 6, 2014 (begins June 3)

2 miles north

Wait in line or join the online lottery for a ticket to “Much Ado About Nothing” at Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free.

Asian films

July 1 - 10, 2014 (begins June 27)

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.

Big-band dance party

July 1 - 12, 2014 (begins June 24)

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.

African festival

July 3 - 6, 2014

5 miles south

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

Fourth of July fireworks

July 4, 2014

1 mile west

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lights up the sky along the Hudson River at 9 p.m. The best views are from 12th Avenue. Free.

Improvisational theater festival

July 4, 2014

1.6 miles south

Enjoy improv, live music, drinks, and potluck BBQ at the Indie-Pendence Day Festival at The PIT.

Rockabilly music

July 4, 2014

8 miles south

See live country, western, rhythm & blues, and burlesque at Rockabilly Night Market, which includes a craft market and food fair at SRB in Brooklyn.

Hot-dog eating contest

July 4, 2014

18 miles south

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

Tap-dance festival

July 5 - 12, 2014

NYC locations

See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

Queens bike ride

July 6, 2014

4.7 miles NE

Join 1000 bicyclists who leisurely ride 19 miles with a police escort in the Tour de Queens, which begins and ends at Astoria Park. Sells out.

LGBT arts festival

July 7 - 20, 2014

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 Nuyorican Poets Cafe.


July 7 - 29, 2014 (begins June 17)

NYC locations

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

Lincoln Center Festival

July 7 - Aug. 16, 2014

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.

Movies in the park

July 7 - Aug. 18, 2014 (begins June 16)

0.5 miles south

Watch movie classics on the lawn at Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. No chairs or dogs. Free.
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Hip-Hop Festival

July 9 - 12, 2014

6 miles south

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates Hip-Hop culture with rap music, panel discussions, exhibitions, parties, an award show, a family-friendly block party, and a giant closing-day bash at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Arts festival in Brooklyn

July 11 - 26, 2014 (begins June 4)

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.

Waterfront day

July 12, 2014

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 other locations. Free.

Family-friendly music festival

July 12, 2014

31 miles north

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

French day

July 13, 2014

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.

Brooklyn Bridge Swim

July 20, 2014

5 miles south

Watch swimmers cross the 1-kilometer channel from Brooklyn to Manhattan at the Brooklyn Bridge Swim.

New comedians festival

July 20 - 24, 2014

3.1 miles SE

See fresh faces at the The Devil Cup, a comedy competition for comedians with less than five years experience at The Laughing Devil in Long Island City.

Jazz festival

July 22 - 31, 2014

2.5 miles north

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

Free plays in the park

July 22 - Aug. 17, 2014

2 miles north

Wait in line or join the online lottery for a ticket to “King Lear” at Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free.

Animation festival

July 24 - 27 2014

6 miles south

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

LGBT film festival

July 24 - 29, 2014

1.7 miles NW

NewFest screens a variety of gay and lesbian films at Lincoln Center and The JCC in Manhattan.

Indian dance powwow

July 25 - 27, 2014

16 miles east

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

Poetry festival

July 26 - 27, 2014

5 miles south via ferry

NYC Poetry Festival features 200 poets on three stages, plus food, beverages, books, crafts, and a children’s festival, on Governor’s Island. Donation.

Harlem Week

July 27 - Aug. 23, 2014

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.

Music in the park

July 2014 (undated)

NYC locations

Hear classical music under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks series. Free.

Outdoor concerts

July 2014 (undated)

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, weather permitting. Free.

Restaurant Week

July 2014 (undated)

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a three-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Repeats in Feb.

Free concerts at MoMA

July 2014 (undated)

0.5 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.

Broadway hits in the park

July 2014 (undated)

0.5 miles south

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

Classical music festival

July 2014 (undated)

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.

Brooklyn street party

July 2014 (undated)

6 miles SE

The young seeking fun are going to line up in the sun to enter the Bushwick Block Party, which features multiple music stages, dancing, and food trucks. Free.

Readings at the bridge

July 2014 (undated) 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.

Indie music festival

July 2014 (undated)

2.8 miles SW

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

Family art party

July 2014 (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.

Seaport music festival

July 2014 (undated)

4.2 miles south

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

Coney Island concerts

July 2014 (undated)

14 miles south

Bring a chair when you come to hear big-name pop and rock performers belt it out at Seaside Summer Concert Series on Coney Island. No pets. Free.
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July 2014 calendar of events in New York City. What to do in downtown New York City today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in NYC.