New York City events July 2020. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events July 2020

African festival

July 2 - 5, 2020
5 miles south
International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park. Donation.

Asian films

July 3 - 19, 2020
1.4 miles NW
Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea during the New York Asian Film Festival at two venues.

New York fireworks

July 4, 2020
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.

Party wearing white

July 4, 2020
(7 p.m.)
1.1 miles SW
Generation Bridge Summer White Party includes a soul-food dinner, a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, and signature cocktail), and dancing to DJ music (R&B, hip hop, soca, reggae, Afro-beats, international beat, glittery pop) at 265 W. 37th Street for age 21+.

LGBT arts festival

July 6 - 19, 2020
3 miles south
Fresh Fruit Festival features 20 performances of gay and lesbian plays, musicals, and solo shows at The Wild Project Theater.

Film festival on Long Island

July 10 - 16, 2020
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.

Family-friendly music festival

July 11, 2020
31 miles north
Pleasantville Music Festival offers live music outdoors, food, beverages, and kids’ activities in Pleasantville.

Latin street fair in the Bronx

July 12, 2020
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.

Jamaican festival

July 19, 2020
16 miles SE
Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival 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 drink. This is a no-alcohol event.

Hot-air balloon festival

July 24 - 26, 2020
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.

Poetry festival

July 25 - 26, 2020
(uncertain)
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.

Dance film festival

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Free movies in parks

July 2020
(undated)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

French Restaurant Week

July 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
French Restaurant Week features special deals at dozens of restaurants in the week that includes France’s Bastille Day.

Restaurant week

July 2020
(undated)
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 winter and summer.

SummerStage

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Broadway hits in the park

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Entertainment in Bryant Park

July 2020
(undated)
0.5 miles south
Sit on the lawn at Bryant Park Picnic Performances to see free music, dance, theater, and even opera.

Outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center

July 2020
(undated)
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.

French street fair

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Big-band dance party

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Cool festival in Central Park

July 2020
(undated)
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.” In 2019 it featured performers like John Legend, speakers like Mark Cuban & Trevor Noah, and a marketplace of food and crafts at Rumsey Playfield.

Free movies on a ship deck

July 2020
(undated)
1.2 miles west
Arrive early to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held from May to August.

Korean event

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Free mellow music

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Classical music festival

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Shakespeare in the Park

July 2020
(undated)
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 music outdoors

July 2020
(undated)
3 miles east
Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

African street fair

July 2020
(undated)
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).

Harlem Week

July 2020
(undated)
4 miles north
Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history. Most events are free.

Folklorico festival

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Waterfront festival

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Slime convention

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Beer tasting

July 2020
(undated)
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+.

Readings at the bridge

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Games for everyone

July 2020
(undated)
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.)

Afro-Latino festival

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Electric car race

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Concerts at Industry City

July 2020
(undated)
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

Family music festival

July 2020
(undated)
11.3 miles east
Queens Youth Music Festival is an open-air concert with 40 young performers, vendors, games, and food concessions at Citi Field in Queens.

Indian dance powwow

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Short plays

July 2020
(undated)
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.

Music festival on Randall’s Island

July 2020
(undated)
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.

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