New York City events July 2019
July 1 - 14, 2019
1.4 miles NWWatch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea during the New York Asian Film Festival.
Big-band dance party
July 2 - 13, 2019
1.2 miles NWMidsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, etc., followed by a live band in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.
New York fireworks
July 4, 2019
1 mile westMacy’s 4th of July Fireworks light up the sky above the East River at 9:20 p.m. for 25 minutes. See the map of where to watch or call 212-494-4495 to hear recorded information. The musical score is broadcast on 1010 AM radio. Free.
New Jersey fireworks
July 4, 2019 (noon to 10 p.m.)
6.7 miles SWJersey City Fourth of July Celebration offers live music, stage entertainment, a carnival, food trucks, a beer garden, and then fireworks at 9:20 p.m. on the waterfront at Exchange Place. Prohibited items. Free.
Hot dog eating contest
July 4, 2019
18 miles southWatch qualified champion eaters compete in Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, with music and entertainment. Women compete at 10:45 a.m. and men at 12 p.m. Free.
July 4 - 7, 2019
5 miles southInternational African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park. Donation.
July 6 - 7, 2019
1.2 miles SWCelebrate Korean pop culture with concerts, panel discussions, workshops, fashion events, vendors, and food booths at KCon in Madison Square Garden.
July 6 - 12, 2019
NYC locationsTap City offers classes and public performances.
Latin music concerts
July 9 - 11, 2019
2.8 miles southHear independent artists perform Latin music at Drom for age 21+.
July 12 - 13, 2019
7.4 miles southCelebrate the African roots that run deep in Latin America and the Caribbean at Afro-Latino Festival NYC, which features food, art, live podcasts, and shows at City Point in Brooklyn.
Dance film festival
July 12 - 15, 2019
NYC locationsDance on Camera Festival screens documentaries, features, shorts, experimental works, and music videos that combine dance with cinematography in innovative ways, selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
African street fair
July 13, 2019
4 miles northGo Africa Harlem Street Festival features African & Caribbean merchants, two stages of music & dance, and eight chefs grilling African & Caribbean specialties on 116th Street (from 7th to 8th Avenues).
July 13, 2019
4.2 miles southCity of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Piers 16 & 17 in Lower Manhattan. Free.
Family-friendly music festival
July 13, 2019
31 miles northPleasantville Music Festival offers live music outdoors, food, beverages, and kids’ activities in Pleasantville.
Electric car race
July 13 - 14, 2019
8.6 miles southWatch 22 electric cars race through the streets of Brooklyn during the New York City E-Prix, which has an eVillage with displays and vendors.
French street fair
July 14, 2019 (12 to 5 p.m.)
0.6 miles northCelebrate 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 Street (from Lexington to 5th Avenue). Free.
Latin street fair in the Bronx
July 14, 2019
8.3 miles NECarnaval de la Cultura Latina promises “art, music, dance, and great food from Latino cultures, as well as a day of fun for the whole family” on Southern Boulevard (from 163rd St. to Westchester Ave.). Held in July and September in different locations. Free.
Film festival on Long Island
July 16 - 18, 2019
35 miles eastLong Island International Film Expo screens more than 100 short and feature-length independent films from around the world at Bellmore Movies.
French Restaurant Week
July 16 - 21, 2019
multiple locationsFrench Restaurant Week features special deals at dozens of restaurants in the week that includes France’s Bastille Day.
LGBT arts festival
July 16 - 21, 2019
3 miles southFresh Fruit Festival features 20 performances of gay and lesbian plays, musicals, and solo shows at The Wild Project Theater.
July 16 - Aug. 3, 2019
2.7 miles southA woman can “re-create” a child by sculpting a lifelike doll in Reborning, a psychological thriller with nail-biting suspense, comic relief, and a shattering climax, at Soho Playhouse.
Classical music festival
July 16 - Aug. 10, 2019
1.5 miles NWAttend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center.
July 23 to Aug. 10 Ticket deal $35 to $45
Aug. 8 to 10 Ticket deal $59 to $75
Shakespeare in the Park
July 16 - Aug. 11, 2019
2 miles northFor tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, pay $500 as a “supporter” or get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.
New York’s Got Talent
July 16 - Aug. 13, 2019 (7 p.m.)
1.2 miles westVote for your favorite acts at New York’s Got Talent, which includes singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, acrobats, and comedians at The Green Room 42. Optional food is available for sale.
July 16 - Aug. 31, 2019
2.5 miles SWEnjoy skyline views and three complimentary drinks on a Day Sail aboard beautiful pilot schooner Adirondack, departing from 62 Chelsea Piers.
Free movies in parks
July 16 - Sept. 8, 2019
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
July 16 - Sept. 29, 2019
multiple locationsThe discount prices below include all taxes and fees.
- Empire State Building + cruise + museums
- Architecture cruise circles Manhattan (2.75 hrs)
- Sightseeing boat tour by Hornblower (1 hour)
- Speedboat ride on The Beast (30 minutes)
- Wax museum: Madame Tussauds (July only)
July 17, 2019
6 miles SETaste 40 beers and meet the brewers at NYC Brewer’s Choice, with food for sale at Biba of Williamsburg for age 21+.
Fun modern musical
July 17 - Aug. 11, 2019
0.4 miles westWhen Emma invites another girl to The Prom, the town erupts in chaos. Show-stopping dance numbers keep the mood joyful, and eventually the show ends on an upbeat note, at Longacre Theatre for age 8+.
Baroque burlesque show
July 17 - Aug. 18, 2019
7 miles SEInspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts delivers “a decadent dreamworld” filled with circus, opera, magic, and baroque dance at Théâtre XIV in Bushwick for age 21+.
July 17 - Sept. 8, 2019
2.1 miles northBased on actual online-dating conversations, #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment is a comic mix of original music, improvisation, and multimedia elements at The Westside Theatre.
Free mellow music
July 17 - Sept. 20, 2019
1.3 miles NWAmerican Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.
July 17 - Sept. 24, 2019
NYC locationsEnjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
July 17 - Sept. 28, 2019
0.4 miles westA physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at The Playroom Theater.
Retro rock musical
July 17 - Oct. 6, 2019
0.6 miles westRock of Ages is a love story set on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, and filled with 1980s songs by Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, etc. at New World Stages.
July 17 - Oct. 27, 2019
0.8 miles westBirdland showcases jazz orchestras, vocalists, and virtuosos every night on West 44th Street, with a $10 food or drink minimum.
Broadway hits in the park
July 18 - Aug. 15, 2019 (Thursdays 12:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles southWatch popular shows on and off Broadway perform excerpts from their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. They suggest arriving at 11 a.m. to get a seat and watch the pre-show. Free.
July 18 - Sept. 1, 2019
0.6 miles west“A gut-busting hit” [The New York Times], The Play that Goes Wrong features actors who fail hilariously while trying to stage a 1920s murder mystery at New World Stages.
July 18 - Oct. 13, 2019
0.6 miles westYour ticket to A Spirited History of Drinking includes 3 craft cocktails and a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages for age 21+.
New version of “Oklahoma!”
July 18 - Dec. 30, 2019
0.4 miles westThe latest Oklahoma! is a “wide-awake, jolting, and altogether wonderful production” [N.Y. Times review] of Rodgers and Hammerstein’ story about life on the Western frontier, at Circle in the Square Theatre.
Free movies on a ship deck
July 19, 2019
1.2 miles westArrive early to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held in May, June, July, and August.
Music festival on Randall’s Island
July 19 - 20, 2019
7 miles NEWear pink and white to Pinknic, where you can “eat, drink, play, and dance the day away” with 20 bands & DJs on two stages, plus sunset fireworks at Randall’s Island Park.
July 19 - Aug. 31, 2019
0.7 miles northSummer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in two series of plays (A and B). Closed Mondays.
Entertainment in Bryant Park
July 19 - Sept. 7, 2019
0.5 miles southSit on the lawn at Bryant Park Picnic Performances to see free music, dance, theater, and even opera. Schedule.
Concerts at Industry City
July 19 - Sept. 28, 2019
10.7 miles southThe Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.
Classic soul & Motown revue
July 20, 2019 (1:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles SWA Decade of Soul features the best R&B music of the classic soul era at Blue Note Jazz Club, which has a $10 minimum, with brunch and cocktails available.
July 20, 2019 (9:15 p.m.)
2.4 miles SWChampagne City Lights Cruise includes 1.5 hours of views from indoors or outdoors, plus a glass of champagne or other beverage on the Yacht Manhattan, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).
Games for everyone
July 20, 2019
7 miles southPlay games and socialize during Come Out & Play at Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza in Dumbo. Free.
- Street games for families (1 to 5 p.m.)
- Social & physical games for age 18+ (6 to 10 p.m.)
Cool festival in Central Park
July 20 - 21, 2019
1.2 miles northNew York Daily News calls Ozy Fest “an outdoor extravaganza that’s a mash-up between a music festival and a lecture series” with performers like John Legend, speakers like Mark Cuban & Trevor Noah, and a marketplace of food and crafts at Rumsey Playfield.
New music outdoors
July 20 - Aug. 31, 2019
3 miles eastWarm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
July 20 - Oct. 27, 2019 (boarding 8:30 p.m. Sat.)
3 miles SWSaturday Night Party Cruise on the Hudson offers DJ music, a dance floor, a pricey cash bar, and hours of views from the top deck, leaving Pier 40 for age 21+.
Family music festival
July 21, 2019
11.3 miles eastQueens Youth Music Festival is an open-air concert with 40 young performers, vendors, games, and food concessions at Citi Field in Queens.
July 21, 2019 (gates open 11:30 a.m.)
16 miles SEExpect a big turnout at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, which offers Caribbean food, Jamaican music, an arts & crafts village, and a kids’ zone at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Bring a lawn chair or towel, but no food or liquids. This is a no-alcohol event.
Garden party in Yonkers
July 21, 2019 (5 to 10 p.m.)
19.7 miles northDiscover a dramatic hidden garden overlooking the Hudson River during The Great Forgotten Garden Party, with live performances and food & drinks for sale at Untermyer Park and Gardens. Free admission for children age 12 and younger.
July 21 - Sept. 29, 2019
0.4 miles westA chemistry professor performs amazing feats in That Chemistry Show, which “combines the worlds of chemistry and show business” to surprise and entertain you at The Playroom Theater.
Blue Man show
July 21 - Sept. 30, 2019
2.3 miles southBlue Man Group promises to rock your world with an exciting show that combines music, comedy, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre.
July 22, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
36 miles westExpect twice the laughs when Louie Anderson & Rita Rudner both perform at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ for mature audiences.
Readings at the bridge
July 22 - Aug. 12, 2019 (Mondays 7 p.m.)
6 miles southHear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge on the steps at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
July 22 - Aug. 16, 2019
NYC locationsGet a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 370 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays included at some restaurants. Held in January or February, and July or August.
Outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center
July 24 - Aug. 11, 2019
0.5 miles westOut of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in Damrosch Park and the plazas of Lincoln Center if weather permits. Free.
Asian film festival
July 25 - Aug. 3, 2019
multiple locationsThe Asian American International Film Festival screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at Asia Society and other venues.
Indian dance powwow
July 26 - 28, 2019
16 miles eastThunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow features ”intertribal Native American dance competitions with drumming, chanting, and full narration” plus a food & crafts marketplace outdoors at Queens County Farm Museum. No pets.
Hot-air balloon festival
July 26 - 28, 2019
53.3 miles eastNew Jersey Festival of Ballooning has morning and evening balloon launches, balloon rides, concerts, family entertainment, food & craft vendors, fireworks (Friday 9:30 p.m.), and a balloon glow (Saturday 8:30 p.m.) at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ.
July 26 - Aug. 30, 2019
2.4 miles SWEnjoy skyline views, jazz performed by a trio, and a complimentary drink during a two-hour Evening Jazz Cruise Aboard Manhattan on a 1920s-style yacht departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers.
Science day in Staten Island
July 27, 2019
9.4 miles northCity of Science offers interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities about science, technology, math, and engineering at Lehman College in the Bronx. Free.
July 27 - 28, 2019
4.4 miles SEJoin crowds of people squishing and stretching gooey stuff at Slime Expo NYC, which has vendors, contests, workshops, and a food court at Brooklyn Expo Center.
July 27 - 28, 2019
5 miles south via ferryNew York City Poetry Festival features 250 poets on five stages, plus food, a beer & wine garden, books, crafts, and a youth festival on Governors Island. Free.
July 28, 2019 (2 to 5 p.m.)
4.2 miles NEWatch colorful dancers perform the dances of Oaxaca, Mexico; hear lively music; and shop for crafts at Guelaguetza Festival in Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.
July 28 - Aug. 24, 2019
4 miles northHarlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, and a 5K run/walk (Aug. 24). Most events are free.
Film festival on Long Island
July 31 - Aug. 3, 2019
30 miles SELong Beach International Film Festival screens 50 films and offers tasting events and parties in Long Beach.
Free films in Harlem
July 31 - Sept. 20, 2019
4 miles northImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival begins with music at 6 p.m. followed by a movie at 8 p.m. or sundown in three different Harlem parks if weather allows. Free.