New York City events July 2018. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events July 2018

African festival

July 1 - 4, 2018
(begins June 30)
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 - 14, 2018
(begins June 26)
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.
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Asian films

July 1 - 15, 2018
(begins June 29)
multiple locations
Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival.
  • June 29 - July 12 at Lincoln Center
  • July 13 - 15 at SVA Theatre


July 1 - Sept. 27, 2018
(also June)
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.

Surreal ballet

July 2 - 7, 2018
1.1 miles NW
Set to a score by Richard Strauss, Whipped Cream features a boy who eats too many sweets in a Viennese pastry shop and deliriously imagines an adventure with Princess Praline, Prince Coffee, and Marching Marzipan performed by American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Ticket deal $20 to $100

French Restaurant Week

July 2 - 15, 2018
multiple locations
French Restaurant Week features special deals at dozens of restaurants in the week that includes France’s Bastille Day.

Free movies in parks

July 2 - Sept. 15, 2018
(also June
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

New York fireworks

July 4, 2018
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. Hear details by calling 212-494-4495 and selecting extension 2. Free.

New Jersey fireworks

July 4, 2018
(noon to 10 p.m.)
6.7 miles SW
Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival [website has sound] offers live music, stage entertainment, a carnival, food trucks, a beer garden, and fireworks after dark on the waterfront at Exchange Place. See what to bring. Free.

Fireworks cruise

July 4, 2018
(departing 7:30 p.m.)
12.8 miles south
Get an up-close-and-personal view of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the Family Fireworks Cruise aboard the Nautical Empress, including a dinner buffet, cash bar, and DJ music, leaving Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Ticket deal $75

Jazz cruise

July 6 - Nov. 18, 2018
(7:15 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
The Evening Jazz Cruise features jazz performed by a trio, with beverages for sale (one drink included) and two hours of Manhattan views aboard a 1920s-style yacht departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers.

Ticket deal $64

Arab festival

July 7, 2018
2.4 miles south
Arab Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street (from Broadway to Lafayette). Free.

Tap-dance festival

July 7 - 13, 2018
NYC locations
See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

New music series

July 7 - Sept. 1, 2018
(12 to 9 p.m.)
3 miles east
Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Car show

July 8, 2018
(1 to 8 p.m.)
1.3 miles west
AutoCon features classic, modified, and exotic vehicles on display, plus music, food vendors, and talks on a drive-up stage at Pier 94. Children 12 and younger free.

Free concerts at MoMA

July 8 - 29, 2018
(Sundays 8 p.m.)
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.

Hip-Hop Festival

July 9 - 14, 2018
Brooklyn locations
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival [sound] celebrates hip-hop culture with panel discussions, films, exhibits, and a big closing-day concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

LGBT arts festival

July 9 - 22, 2018
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.

Readings at the bridge

July 9 - Aug. 13, 2018
(Mondays 7 p.m.)
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.

French party

July 13, 2018
(6:30 p.m. to midnight)
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.

Afro-Latino festival

July 13 - 15, 2018
multiple locations
Afro-Latino Festival of New York has talks on Friday, films and wine on Saturday, and a music concert with arts & crafts vendors on Sunday.

Film festival

July 13 - 19, 2018
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. Awards July 20.

Free movies on a ship deck

July 13 - Aug. 24, 2018
1.2 miles west
See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.

African street fair

July 14, 2018
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).

Free tickets

Waterfront day

July 14, 2018
4.2 miles south
City of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan. Free.

Family-friendly music festival

July 14, 2018
31 miles north
Pleasantville Music Festival offers live music outdoors, food, beverages, and kids’ activities in Pleasantville.

Car race

July 14 - 15, 2018
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.

TV festival

July 14 - 19, 2018
NYC locations
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.

French street fair

July 15, 2018
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 15, 2018
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.). Free.

Jazz festival

July 17 - 26, 2018
2.5 miles north
Hear world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at the Jazz in July Festival at 92nd Street Y.

Beer tasting

July 18, 2018
(6 to 9:30 p.m.)
Location uncertain
Taste 40 beers and meet the brewers at NYC Brewer’s Choice, with food for sale in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Beer tasting

July 19, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
4.1 miles south
Enjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at 28 Liberty Street. Bring age 21 ID.

Shakespeare in the Park

July 17 - Aug. 19, 2018
(also June)
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 to see “Twelfth Night.”

Live art competition

July 20, 2018
(7 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Watch 12 artists compete to win your vote as they transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of original artwork during Art Battle at Le Poisson Rouge for age 21+. Art is sold afterward in a silent auction.

Ticket deal $7.50

Dance film festival

July 20 - 24, 2018
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.

Short plays

July 20 - Sept. 1, 2018
0.7 miles north
Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.

Games for everyone

July 21, 2018
7 miles south
Play games and socialize during Come Out & Play at Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza in Dumbo. Free.
  • Family games about “time travel” (1 to 5 p.m.)
  • Video & street games for age 18+ (7 to 10 p.m.)

Restaurant week

July 23 - Aug. 17, 2018
NYC locations
Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Held in January and July.

Outdoor concerts

July 24 - Aug. 12, 2018
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.

Animation festival

July 26 - 29, 2018
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 27 - 29, 2018
16 miles east
Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow features inter-tribal Native American dance competitions and a crafts marketplace in the apple orchard at Queens County Farm Museum.

Poetry festival

July 28 - 29, 2018
5 miles south via ferry
NYC Poetry Festival features 250 poets on five stages, plus food, beverages, books, crafts, and a children’s festival, on Governors Island. Donation.

Folklorico festival

July 29, 2018
(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 29 - Aug. 25, 2018
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, films, and a 5K. Most events are free.