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.

Jazz festival

July 1 - 2, 2016 (begins May 31)

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 (begins June 21)

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 (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 (June 22 to July 5) and SVA Theatre (July 6 to 9).

Brainy drama

July 1 - 10, 2016 (also June)

0.4 miles north

Incognito tells three stories about the mysteries of the human mind at New York City Center. Review.

Discount tickets $30.

Solve the crime

July 1 - 10, 2016 (also June)

0.6 miles west

Winner of “best comedy” awards, Shear Madness is a funny whodunit with audience participation set in a hair salon, in Midtown. Discount tickets $49.

Scary drama

July 1 - 17, 2016 (also June)

0.4 miles west

Set 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 SW

Jesse 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.

Evening cruise

July 1 - 31, 2016 (also June)

4.2 miles south

Enjoy DJ music, a cash bar, and hours of views on a Hornblower Cruise leaving Pier 15 on South Street.

Spectacular show

July 1 - 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 $40 to $90.

Cocktail show

July 1 - Aug. 20, 2016 (also June)

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.

Champagne Sunset Cruise

July 1 - Aug. 29, 2016 (7:15 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

The 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 south

Tour New York City Harbor aboard the majestic Clipper City tall ship, sailing from Battery Park.

Tony-winning musical

July 1 - Sept. 4, 2016 (also June)

0.3 miles west

The 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 locations

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


July 1 - Sept. 23, 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.

Award-winning “Jersey Boys”

July 1 - Nov. 27, 2016 (also June)

0.4 miles NW

Hit 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.

Skyline cruise

July 1 - Dec. 29, 2016 (also June)

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy 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.

Feel-good musical

July 1 - Dec. 30, 2016 (also June)

0.6 miles west

Kinky 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 SW

Paramour 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.

New music

July 2 - Aug. 27, 2016 (Saturdays from June 11)

3 miles east

Warm 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 SW

Sean 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.

Science magic

July 2 - 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.


July 3 & 30, 2016

7.9 miles north

Watch New York City FC play a game at Yankee Stadium.

Discount tickets $25 to $199.

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. See the map of public viewing areas. Free.

Family fireworks cruise

July 4, 2016 (evening)

4 miles south

Get 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 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.

Beach Boys

July 4, 2016 (7 p.m.)

19.1 miles south

Hear 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 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.

Brunch on a sailboat

July 4 - Oct. 9, 2016 (11 a.m. Sundays)

4.1 miles south

Enjoy 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 south

Enjoy 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 SW

STOMP 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 south

Enjoy 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.

Adult comedy

July 6 - Dec. 13, 2016

0.4 miles west

People 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 west

Hear 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 locations

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

Lobster night

July 7 - 30, 2016

5.1 miles SE

Brooklyn 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).

Outdoor movies

July 7 - 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.

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.

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. Discount tickets $69.

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. Discount tickets $10.

Tap-dance festival

July 9 - 16, 2016

NYC locations

See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

Discount tickets July 12 for $10, July 14 for $20.

Romantic concerts

July 9 - 26, 2016 (also June)

2.8 miles south

City Winery presents top artists in an intimate setting.

Discount tickets $23.

Comedy about motherhood

July 9 - Sept. 3, 2016

0.4 miles west

A 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 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.

French street fair

July 10, 2016 (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 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 SE

5050 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 north

Attend 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 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 (7 p.m. 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.

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. Discount tickets $33 (Aug. 6 and later).

Disney spoof

July 15 & 29, 2016 (10 p.m.)

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 for age 17+. Discount tickets $11 (and $20 food or drink minimum).

Baseball meal deal

July 15 - Aug. 27, 2016

8 miles north

New 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.

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.

Songs of Adele

July 18, 2016 (8 p.m.)

0.8 miles SW

The famous Harlem Gospel Choir sings the songs of superstar singer Adele at B.B. King Blues Club. Discount tickets $9 to $24.

Baseball special

July 18 - Aug. 27, 2016

8 miles north

Watch 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.

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

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.

Outdoor concerts

July 20 - 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.

Gwen Stefani

July 21, 2016 (7 p.m.)

40 miles SE

Hear pop icon and judge on “The Voice” Gwen Stefani at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island.

Discount tickets $35.

Musical comedy

July 21 - 31, 2016

3 miles east

The 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.

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 series of plays.

Water fight

July 23, 2016 (2 to 4 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.

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. Discount tickets $29.

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. Discount tickets $20.

NYC Restaurant Week

July 25 - 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.

Beer tasting

July 28, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

4.2 miles south

Enjoy 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 north

Your 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.

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.

Dance party: ‘80s & ‘90s

July 29, 2016 (10 p.m.)

1 mile south

The ‘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 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.

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.
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