New York City events calendar for July 2017. 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.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.

African festival

July 1 - 4, 2017

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 - 15, 2017 (begins June 27)

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 - 15, 2017 (begins June 30)

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.


July 1 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

New music

July 1 - Sept. 2, 2017

3 miles east

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


July 1 - Sept. 13, 2017 (begins in May)

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.

Champagne Sunset Cruise

July 1 - Sept. 30, 2017

2.4 miles SW

The Champagne Sunset Cruise includes 1.75 hours of views and a glass of champagne or other beverage on the Yacht Manhattan, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $35 to $40.

Sunday brunch on a sailboat

July 2 - Oct. 8, 2017 (from May)

4.1 miles south

Enjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, leaving North Cove Marina. No heels. Discount tickets $69.

French Restaurant Week

July 3 - 16, 2017

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.

New York fireworks

July 4, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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 5 - Aug. 20, 2017 (begins April)

NYC locations

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

Games for everyone

July 7 - 8, 2017

two locations

Play fun games outdoors at Come Out & Play in Dumbo on Friday and Governors Island on Saturday. Free.

Arab festival

July 8, 2017

2.4 miles south

Arab-American & North African Cultural Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street.

Family-friendly music festival

July 8, 2017

31 miles north

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

Tap-dance festival

July 8 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

French street fair

July 9, 2017

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.

LGBT arts festival

July 10 - 23, 2017

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.

Lincoln Center Festival

July 10 - 30, 2017

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

Readings at the bridge

July 10 - Aug. 14, 2017 (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.

Outdoor movies

July 11 - Aug. 8, 2017 (also May 26)

1.2 miles west

See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.
  • July 11 - Good Morning, Vietnam
  • July 18 - Anchorman
  • July 25 - Cocktail

Hip-Hop Festival

July 12 - 15, 2017

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 - 20, 2017

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.

Electronic music

July 14 - 16, 2017 (also June 19 - 25)

multiple locations

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art at Abrons Arts Center in June & National Sawdust in July.

Scary stories

July 14 - 20, 2017

1.2 miles NW

Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a vampire-themed costume party opening night.

Southern food with whiskey

July 15, 2017

4.4 miles SE

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.

Waterfront day

July 15, 2017

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.

Short plays

July 17 - Sept. 2, 2017

0.7 miles north

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

Jazz festival

July 18 - 27, 2017

2.5 miles north

Hear world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at 92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival.

Jamaican festival

July 23, 2017

16 miles SE

Expect a big turnout at Jamaican Jerk Festival, which offers Caribbean food and Jamaican music at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Classical music festival

July 25 - Aug. 20, 2017

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.

Asian films

July 26 - Aug. 5, 2017

multiple locations

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at 4 venues in NYC, Astoria, and Flushing.

Animation festival

July 27 - 30, 2017

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 28 - 30, 2017

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 29 - 30, 2017

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 30 - Aug. 26, 2017

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.

Games for social good

July 31 - Aug. 1, 2017

1.8 miles south

Explore the ways games can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons the New School for Design.

NYC Restaurant Week

July 2017 (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.

Opera in the park

July 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Free concerts at MoMA

July 2017 (undated)

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.

Broadway hits in the park

July 2017 (undated)

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.

Outdoor concerts

July 2017 (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.

Water fight

July 2017 (undated)

1.8 miles north

Bring a water gun (no water balloons) to be soaked at Waterfight NYC at Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Free.

Caribbean brunch

July 2017 (undated)

2.2 miles south

Websy Boozy features authentic Caribbean food, rum cocktails, and a reggae band at Webster Hall.

Indie rock festival

July 2017 (undated)

4 miles south

Rock out with 10 bands on the waterfront at 4Knots Music Festival at historic South Street Seaport. Free.

Beer tasting

July 2017 (undated)

4.2 miles south

Enjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at 180 Maiden Lane. Bring age 21 ID.

Free horror films

July 2017 (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.

Music in Williamsburg

July 2017 (undated)

6 miles SE

5050 Music & Arts Festival is held both inside and outside Paper Box Music & Art.

Craft beer festival

July 2017 (undated)

7 miles south

Tapped offers 100 beers, wines, and ciders at Barclays Center, with food for sale, live music, and football games on TV.
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