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.

Tony-winning musical

July 1 - July 3, 2016 (also May/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 $91.

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.

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 and SVA Theatre.

Cocktail show

July 1 - 16, 2016 (also May/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.

Comedy with “Modern Family” star

July 1 - July 24, 2016 (also May & 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.

Sailboat ride on Clipper City

July 1 - Aug. 5, 2016 (from May)

4.5 miles south

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

1960s musical

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

1 mile west

Trip of Love is a song and dance spectacular with 1960s sets and costumes at Stage 42. Discount tickets $45.


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.

Psycho the musical

July 1 - Sept. 25, 2016 (also May/June)

0.5 miles SW

American Psycho is a “brilliant and absorbing musical” about a slick investment banker living in decadent 1980s Manhattan, at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Discount tickets $49 to $89.

Feel-good musical

July 1 - Dec. 30, 2016 (also May & 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.

Science magic

July 2 - July 30, 2016 (also May/June)

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.

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.

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.

Brunch on a sailboat

July 3 - 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.

Black musical

July 3 - Dec. 31, 2016 (weekends 4:30 p.m.)

0.6 miles west

Sistas the Musical celebrates the history of an African American family using catchy hit songs from each era at St. Luke’s Theatre. Discount tickets Sunday $25.

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 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.

Lobster & beer sail

July 5 - Oct. 4, 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.

Romantic jazz cruise

July 6 - Sept. 28, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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, 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. Discount tickets $33 (Aug. 5 and later).

Baseball meal deal

July 15 - Aug. 3, 2016 (also June)

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.

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.

Songs of Adele

July 18, 2016

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 to $15.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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