New York City events July 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events July 2019

Asian films

July 1 - 14, 2019
1.4 miles NW
Watch 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 NW
Midsummer 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 west
Macy’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 SW
Jersey 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.

African festival

July 4 - 7, 2019
5 miles south
International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park. Donation.

Korean event

July 6 - 7, 2019
1.2 miles SW
Celebrate Korean pop culture with concerts, panel discussions, workshops, fashion events, vendors, and food booths at KCon in Madison Square Garden.

Afro-Latino festival

July 12 - 13, 2019
7.4 miles south
Celebrate 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 locations
Dance 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 north
Go 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).

Waterfront festival

July 13, 2019
4.2 miles south
City 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 north
Pleasantville Music Festival offers live music outdoors, food, beverages, and kids’ activities in Pleasantville.

Electric car race

July 13 - 14, 2019
8.6 miles south
Watch 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 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 Street (from Lexington to 5th Avenue). Free.

Latin street fair in the Bronx

July 14, 2019
8.3 miles NE
Carnaval 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 east
Long 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 locations
French 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 south
Fresh Fruit Festival features 20 performances of gay and lesbian plays, musicals, and solo shows at The Wild Project Theater.

Dark comedy

July 16 - Aug. 3, 2019
2.7 miles south
A 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.

Ticket deal $33

Shakespeare in the Park

July 16 - Aug. 11, 2019
2 miles north
For 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 west
Vote 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.

Ticket deal $7 to $16 (midweek)

Afternoon sail

July 16 - Aug. 31, 2019
2.5 miles SW
Enjoy skyline views and three complimentary drinks on a Day Sail aboard beautiful pilot schooner Adirondack, departing from 62 Chelsea Piers.

Ticket deal $32 to $60

Free movies in parks

July 16 - Sept. 8, 2019
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Beer tasting

July 17, 2019
6 miles SE
Taste 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 west
When 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+.

Ticket deal $49 to $109

Baroque burlesque show

July 17 - Aug. 18, 2019
7 miles SE
Inspired 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+.

Ticket deal $49 to $139

Free mellow music

July 17 - Sept. 20, 2019
1.3 miles NW
American 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 locations
Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

Science magic

July 17 - Sept. 28, 2019
0.4 miles west
A 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.

Ticket deal $32

Retro rock musical

July 17 - Oct. 6, 2019
0.6 miles west
Rock 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.

Ticket deal $64 to $89


July 17 - Oct. 27, 2019
0.8 miles west
Birdland showcases jazz orchestras, vocalists, and virtuosos every night on West 44th Street, with a $10 food or drink minimum.

Ticket deal $15 to $25

Broadway hits in the park

July 18 - Aug. 15, 2019 (Thursdays 12:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Watch 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.

Ticket deal $20 to $59

New version of “Oklahoma!”

July 18 - Dec. 30, 2019
0.4 miles west
The 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.

Ticket deal $70 to $130

Free movies on a ship deck

July 19, 2019
1.2 miles west
Arrive 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 NE
Wear 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.

Short plays

July 19 - Aug. 31, 2019
0.7 miles north
Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in two series of plays (A and B). Closed Mondays.

Concerts at Industry City

July 19 - Sept. 28, 2019
10.7 miles south
The 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 SW
A 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.

Ticket deal $13

Evening cruise

July 20, 2019 (9:15 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Champagne 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).

Ticket deal $41

Games for everyone

July 20, 2019
7 miles south
Play 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 north
New 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.

Ticket deal $20 to $49

New music outdoors

July 20 - Aug. 31, 2019
3 miles east
Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Jamaican festival

July 21, 2019 (gates open 11:30 a.m.)
16 miles SE
Expect 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 north
Discover 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.

Mad scientist

July 21 - Sept. 29, 2019
0.4 miles west
A 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.

Ticket deal $32

Blue Man show

July 21 - Sept. 30, 2019
2.3 miles south
Blue Man Group promises to rock your world with an exciting show that combines music, comedy, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre.

Ticket deal $39

Readings at the bridge

July 22 - Aug. 12, 2019 (Mondays 7 p.m.)
6 miles south
Hear 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.

Restaurant week

July 22 - Aug. 16, 2019
NYC locations
Get 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 west
Out 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.

Indian dance powwow

July 26 - 28, 2019
16 miles east
Thunderbird 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 east
New 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.

Jazz cruise

July 26 - Aug. 30, 2019
2.4 miles SW
Enjoy 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.

Ticket deal $51

Science day in Staten Island

July 27, 2019
9.4 miles north
City of Science offers interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities about science, technology, math, and engineering at Lehman College in the Bronx. Free.

Slime convention

July 27 - 28, 2019
4.4 miles SE
Join 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.

Poetry festival

July 27 - 28, 2019
5 miles south via ferry
New 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.

Folklorico festival

July 28, 2019 (2 to 5 p.m.)
4.2 miles NE
Watch colorful dancers perform the dances of Oaxaca, Mexico; hear lively music; and shop for crafts at Guelaguetza Festival in Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Harlem Week

July 28 - Aug. 24, 2019
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, and a 5K run/walk (Aug. 24). Most events are free.

Free films in Harlem

July 31 - Sept. 20, 2019
4 miles north
ImageNation 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.

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