New York City events July 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events July 2019

Asian films

July 1 - 14, 2019
(begins June 28)
1.4 miles NW
Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center.


July 1 - Sept. 1, 2019
(also June)
0.6 miles west
“A gut-busting hit” [The New York Times], The Play that Goes Wrong features actors who fail hilariously while trying to stage a 1920s murder mystery at New World Stages.

Ticket deal $20 to $59

Free movies in parks

July 1 - Sept. 8, 2019
(begins May 17)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Big-band dance party

July 2 - 13, 2019
(begins June 25)
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. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Free mellow music

July 3 - 31, 2019
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.

New York fireworks

July 4, 2019
1 mile west
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks light up the sky above the East River at 9:25 p.m. for 25 minutes. See the map of where to watch or call 212-494-4495 to hear recorded information. Free.

New Jersey fireworks

July 4, 2019
6.7 miles SW
Jersey City Fourth of July Celebration offers live music, stage entertainment, a carnival, food trucks, a beer garden, and fireworks after dark on the waterfront at Exchange Place.

Fireworks cruise

July 4, 2019
(departing 6:30 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 $100

African festival

July 4 - 7, 2019
5 miles south
International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park. Donation.

Magic show

July 5, 2019
(2 p.m.)
1.2 miles west
Emmy-nominated magician Matt Roberts brings his humorous and surprising interactive magic show for all ages to The Green Room 42.

Ticket deal $9 to $36


July 5 - Sept. 24, 2019
(begins June 1)
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.

Classic soul & Motown revue

July 6, 2019
(1:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles SW
A Decade of Soul features the best R&B music of the classic soul era at Blue Note Jazz Club, which has a $10 minimum, with brunch and cocktails available.

Ticket deal $7

Arab festival

July 6, 2019
2.4 miles south
Arab Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street (from Broadway to Lafayette). Free.

New music

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.

Amazing science

July 6 - Sept. 28, 2019
(also June)
0.4 miles west
A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at The Playroom Theater.

Ticket deal $32

French Restaurant Week

July 8 - 21, 2019
multiple locations
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.

Readings at the bridge

July 8 - Aug. 12, 2019
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.

Free films in Harlem

July 10 - Sept. 20, 2019
4 miles north
ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival begins with music at 6 p.m. followed by a movie at 8 p.m. or sundown in three different Harlem parks if weather allows. Free.

Broadway hits in the park

July 11 - Aug. 15, 2019
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.

Concerts at Industry City

July 11 - Sept. 28, 2019
(begins June 1)
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

Dance film festival

July 12 - 15, 2019
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.

Film festival

July 12 - 18, 2019
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.

African street fair

July 13, 2019
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).

Waterfront day

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.

Car race

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.

Family-friendly music festival

July 13, 2019
31 miles north
Pleasantville Music Festival offers live music outdoors, food, beverages, and kids’ activities in Pleasantville.

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
(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.

Beer tasting

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+.

British magicians

July 17, 2019
(2 & 7 p.m.)
36 miles west
Champions of Magic features amazing “levitation, disappearances, teleportation, and a heart-stopping finale” at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.

Ticket deal $12

Free movies on a ship deck

July 19, 2019
1.2 miles west
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.

Short plays

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).

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.)
  • Video & street games for age 18+ (6 to 10 p.m.)

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.

Ticket deal $42 to $90

Family music festival

July 21, 2019
15 miles east
Queens Youth Music Festival is an open-air concert with 40 young performers, vendors, games, and food concessions at St. John’s University in Queens. Free for children age 3 and younger.

Ticket deal $20

Jamaican festival

July 21, 2019
16 miles SE
Expect a big turnout at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, which 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 liquids.

Ticket deal $40

Restaurant week

July 22 - Aug. 16, 2019
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 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 the plazas of Lincoln Center if weather permits. Free.

Indian dance powwow

July 26 - 28, 2019
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.

Hot-air balloon festival

July 26 - 28, 2019
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.

Slime convention

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.

Ticket deal $10

Poetry festival

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.

Folklorico festival

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.

Harlem Week

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.

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