Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates hip-hop culture with panel discussions, films, exhibits, and a big closing-day concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
French Restaurant Week
July 8 - 14, 2019
French Restaurant Week features special deals at dozens of restaurants in the week that includes France’s Bastille Day.
LGBT arts festival
July 8 - 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.
Classical music festival
July 10 - Aug. 10, 2019
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.
July 12 - 13, 2019
Afro-Latino Festival NYC has talks on Friday, films and wine on Saturday, and a music concert with arts & crafts vendors on Sunday.
Dance film festival
July 12 - 15, 2019
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.
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).
July 13, 2019
8.6 miles south
Electric race cars speed through the streets of Brooklyn during the New York City E-Prix, which has a grandstand plus an eVillage with displays and vendors.
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.
Free movies in parks
July 14 - Sept. 8, 2019
(begins May 24)
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
Shakespeare in the Park
July 16 - Aug. 11, 2019
(begins May 21)
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.
Doors open at 7 p.m. to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held in May, June, July, and August.
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 bands like Passion Pit, speakers like Hillary Clinton, and a marketplace of food and handmade crafts at Rumsey Playfield.
July 21, 2019
16 miles SE
Expect a big turnout at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, which offers Caribbean food, Jamaican music, and arts & crafts village, and a kids’ zone at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Bring a lawn chair or towel, but no food or liquids.
July 22 - Aug. 16, 2019
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/February and July/August.
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.
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 children’s festival on Governors Island. Free.
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.
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, sports events, and a 5K run/walk. Most events are free.
Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
New York Television Festival (NYTVF) offers screenings of creative shows, educational panels, competitions, pitches, fan events, parties, premieres, and seminars for artists, industry leaders, and viewers alike.
Free concerts at MoMA
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
0.5 miles south
Watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform 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.
Outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center
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 weather permits. Free.
0.6 miles west
Celebrate with the French at the Bastille Day Ball, which has live jazz, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar at Sony Hall.
French street fair
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.