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.

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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.

Spectacular show

July 1 - Aug. 7, 2016 (begins June 15)

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 $50 to $90.

Asian films

July 1 - 9, 2016 (begins June 22)

1.5 miles NW

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

Cocktail show

July 1 - 16, 2016 (from April)

2.8 miles south

Your 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.


July 1 - Aug. 13, 2016 (begins May 16)

NYC locations

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

Free concerts at MoMA

July 3 - 31, 2016 Sundays (uncertain)

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.

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

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, 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.

Free Summer Movies

July 6 - Aug. 31, 2016 (begins in May)

NYC locations

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

Burlesque on a sailboat

July 7, 2016 (9:45 p.m.)

4.5 miles south

A Burlesque Sail on Clipper City tall ship features music, dancers, and drinks, departing from Battery Park for age 21+. Discount tickets $36.

Opera in the park

July 7 - 13, 2016 (begins June 22)

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.

Indie rock festival

July 9, 2016 (1 to 8 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.

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.

Kite day

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

4.2 miles NE

Sign up for a workshop to build and decorate a paper kite, and then fly it during Festival of Kites at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Family-friendly music festival

July 9, 2016

31 miles north

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

Tap-dance festival

July 9 - 16, 2016

NYC locations

See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

Music in Williamsburg

July 10, 2016

6 miles SE

5050 Music & Arts Festival is 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 - August 22, 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, 15, 22. Free.

Hip-Hop Festival

July 13 - 16, 2016

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 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.

Lincoln Center Festival

July 13 - 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.

Classical music festival

July 13 - 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.

Spanish feast

July 16, 2016 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

2.1 miles SE

A ticket to Running with the Beef includes unlimited samples of Spanish style beef dishes and Spanish beer & wine plus flamenco dancers on the waterfront at Solar One.

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 to eat Caribbean food and hear Jamaican music at the Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Jazz festival

July 19 - 28, 2016

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.

Shakespeare in the Park

July 19 - Aug. 14, 2016 (schedule)

2 miles north

Buy a ticket for Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, or to get a free ticket, wait in line or join an online lottery.

Short plays

July 22 - Sept. 3, 2016

0.7 miles north

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

Scavenger hunt

July 24, 2016

Location uncertain

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

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 28 - 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 29 - 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.

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.

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.

NYC Restaurant Week

July 2016 (undated)

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.

The white dinner

July 2016 (undated)

Secret location

Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location.

Outdoor concerts

July 2016 (undated)

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.

French street fair

July 2016 (undated)

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.

Central Park food fest

July 2016 (undated)

1.2 miles north

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

Outdoor movies

July 2016 (undated)

1.2 miles west

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

Water fight

July 2016 (undated)

1.8 miles north

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

Brazilian dance

July 2016 (undated)

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.

New inventions

July 2016 (undated)

2 miles SW

Attend a reception and see an invention competition at the Quirky Product Evaluation in Chelsea. Free.

New music

July 2016 (undated)

3 miles east

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

French street party

July 2016 (undated)

3.1 miles south

Bastille Day Fête has petanque games, French pastis & pomme frites, and a free dance band with cancan dancers 1 to 5 p.m. outside Cercle Rouge in Tribeca.

Beer tasting

July 2016 (undated)

4.2 miles south

New York Super Craft Beer Festival features 75 beers and ciders from 11 New York breweries, plus food vendors and live music at Watermark Bar on Pier 15.

Queens bike ride

July 2016 (undated)

5 miles NE

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

Free horror films

July 2016 (undated)

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.
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