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.
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.
Concerts at Industry City
July 11 - Sept. 28, 2019
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.
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
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
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.
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.
New music outdoors
July 6 - Aug. 31, 2019
3 miles east
Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
Family music festival
July 21, 2019
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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. 31, 2019
4 miles north
Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history. Most events are free.