New York City events calendar for July 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.

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African festival

July 1 - 4, 2017

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 - 15, 2017

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.

Asian films

July 1 - 16, 2017

1.5 miles NW

Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre.

French Restaurant Week

July 3 - 16, 2017

multiple locations

French Restaurant Week includes special deals at dozens of restaurants on the days between America’s Independence Day and France’s Bastille Day.

New York fireworks

July 4, 2017 (9:20 p.m.)

1 mile west

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lights up the sky above the East River at 9:20 p.m. for 25 minutes. To hear details, call 212-494-4495 extension 1. Free.

New Jersey fireworks

July 4, 2017 (1 to 10 p.m.)

9 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 in the Green Ring section of Liberty State Park. See what to bring. Free.

Hot dog eating contest

July 4, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

18 miles south

Watch qualified champion eaters compete in the world famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, plus music and entertainment. The women compete 11 a.m. and men 12:30 p.m. Free.

Afro-Latino festival

July 7 - 8, 2017

multiple locations

Afro-Latino Festival of New York has talks, films, and awards on Friday, plus a ticketed concert with art and food trucks in Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza on Sunday.

Arab festival

July 8, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

Arab-American & North African Cultural Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street (from Broadway to Lafayette). Free.

Family-friendly music festival

July 8, 2017

31 miles north

Pleasantville Music Festival offers live music outdoors, food, beverages, and kids’ activities in Pleasantville.

Tap-dance festival

July 8 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

French street fair

July 9, 2017 (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.

Hip-Hop Festival

July 10 - 15, 2017

Brooklyn locations

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates hip-hop culture with panel discussions, films, exhibits, and a big closing-day concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Film festival

July 12 - 17, 2017

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.

French party

July 13, 2017 (6 p.m. to midnight)

1.7 miles SW

Celebrate with the French at the Bastille Day Ball, which has live jazz, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar at 404 NYC.

Electronic music

July 14 - 16, 2017

multiple locations

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art at Abrons Arts Center in June & National Sawdust in July.

Scary films

July 14 - 20, 2017

1.2 miles NW

Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a vampire-themed costume party opening night.

Music and beer party

July 15, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.)

4.1 miles south

Tour de Fat is “a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs” with Fat Tire beer and music by “The Naked and Famous” at Pier 36. Children 12 and younger are free.

Waterfront day

July 15, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

6 miles south

City of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Governors Island and elsewhere. Free.

Car race

July 15 - 16, 2017

8.6 miles south

Electric race cars speed through the streets of Brooklyn during the New York City ePrix, which has a grandstand plus an eVillage with displays and vendors.

Latin street fair in the Bronx

July 16, 2017

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.

Free concerts on the Hudson

July 18 - 19, 2017 (5 p.m.)

4 miles south

Lowdown Hudson Music Fest features rapper and producer “Common” on Tuesday and quirky veteran rockers “OK GO” on Wednesday in the waterfront plaza at Brookfield Place, standing-room only. Bar. Free.

Beer tasting

July 20, 2017 (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.

Games for everyone

July 22, 2017

two locations

Play fun games outdoors at Come Out & Play in Dumbo on Friday and Governors Island on Saturday. The Saturday event also offers a family version. Free.

LGBT arts festival

July 22 - 23, 2017

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.

Science magic

July 22 - 30, 2017

0.7 miles SW

A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre.

Discount tickets $20 to $32 at Goldstar.

Lincoln Center Festival

July 22 - 30, 2017

1.5 miles NW

Enjoy extraordinary opera, music, dance, and theater that showcases contemporary artistic viewpoints at Lincoln Center Festival in and near Lincoln Center.


July 22 - August 5, 2017

0.8 miles west

Birdland showcases jazz orchestras, vocalists, and virtuosos every night on West 44th Street, with a $10 food or drink minimum.

Discount tickets $15 to $30 at Goldstar.

Shakespeare in the Park

July 22 - Aug. 13, 2017

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 22 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include tax and fees.

Short plays

July 22 - Sept. 2, 2017

0.7 miles north

Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.

New music

July 22 - Sept. 2, 2017 (12 to 9 p.m. Saturdays)

3 miles east

Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Free Summer Movies

July 22 - Sept. 20, 2017

NYC locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.


July 22 - Sept. 22, 2017

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.

Big Brother is watching

July 22 - Oct. 8, 2017

0.5 miles SW

Direct from London, 1984 is George Orwell’s chilling vision of a future full of governmental surveillance and oppression at Hudson Theatre for age 13+.

Discount tickets $35 to $79 at Goldstar.

Daytime cruise

July 22 - Oct. 29, 2017

4.3 miles south

Get great views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline on the one-hour standing-room International Sightseeing Cruise with narrated tour, leaving Pier 15.

Discount tickets $15 to $22 at Groupon.

Family magic show

July 23, 2017 (3:30 p.m.)

1.8 miles NW

The Amazing Max is “an awesome and amazing magic show “ [PBS Kids] at McGinn Cazale Theatre.

Discount tickets $25 at Goldstar.

Jamaican festival

July 23, 2017 (noon to 8 p.m.)

16 miles SE

Expect a big turnout at Jamaican Jerk Festival, which offers Caribbean food and Jamaican music at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Free concerts at MoMA

July 23 - 30, 2017 (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.

Emotional courtroom drama

July 23 - 30, 2017

0.8 miles SW

Based on the classic movie with men starring Henry Fonda, Twelve Angry Women is a riveting drama with an all-female jury at Times Square Arts Center.

Discount tickets $15 at Goldstar.

Chihuly glass exhibit

July 23 - Oct. 29, 2017

12 miles north

Chihuly transforms the grounds and buildings of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx into an enchanted world. The artwork is lit on Chihuly Nights.

Discount daytime tickets $23 to $28 at Goldstar.

Readings at the bridge

July 24 - Aug. 14, 2017 (7 p.m. Mondays)

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.

NYC Restaurant Week

July 24 - Aug. 18, 2017 (except Saturdays)

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.

Cocktail show

July 24 - Sept. 2, 2017

0.6 miles west

A ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $20 to $49 at Goldstar.

Musical: “Groundhog Day”

July 24 - Nov. 19, 2017

0.4 miles NW

Based on the film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day is about a big-city weatherman stuck in a small town and mysteriously reliving the same day over and over again, which gives him extra chances to find love, at August Wilson Theatre.

Discount tickets $69 to $119 at Goldstar.

Jazz festival

July 25 - 27, 2017

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.

Outdoor movies

July 25 - Aug. 8, 2017

1.2 miles west

See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.
  • July 11 - Good Morning, Vietnam
  • July 18 - Anchorman
  • July 25 - Cocktail

Classical music festival

July 25 - Aug. 20, 2017

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.

Discount tickets $43 at Goldstar.

Carole King show

July 25 - Sept. 3, 2017

0.5 miles SW

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is the story of the chart-topping music legend with her beloved songs at Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Discount tickets $59 to $119 at Goldstar.

A Bronx Tale

July 25 - Sept. 6, 2017

0.4 miles west

Set in the 1960s, A Bronx Tale is about a young man caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be, co-directed by Robert De Niro at Longacre Theatre.

Discount tickets $69 to $109 midweek at Groupon.

Asian films

July 26 - Aug. 5, 2017

multiple locations

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at 4 venues in NYC, Astoria, and Flushing.

Outdoor concerts

July 26 - Aug. 13, 2017

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.

Free mellow music

July 26 - Aug. 16, 2017

1.3 miles NW

American Folk Art Museum offers concerts Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m. Free.

Animation festival

July 27 - 30, 2017

6 miles south

Animation Block Party exhibits all genres of independent, professional, and student animation at Rooftop Films & BAMcinématek in Brooklyn.

Broadway hits in the park

July 27 - Aug. 10, 2017 (Thursdays)

0.5 miles south

Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.

Thursday cruise with open bar

July 27 - Aug. 31, 2017 (Thursdays 7:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles west

The Happy Hour Cruise includes an open bar and views of the city at sunset and after dark, with food for sale, departing from Pier 83 for age 21+.

Discount tickets $49 to $59 at Goldstar.

Indian dance powwow

July 28 - 30, 2017

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.

Current events comedy

July 28 - Sept. 3, 2017

1 mile SW

Associated Press calls Newsical the Musical “The Daily Show set to music” since it tackles all of the news that’s fit to spoof, from politicians to celebrities, scandals to trends, headlines to gossip at Kirk Theatre.

Discount tickets $20 to $38 at Goldstar.

Poetry festival

July 29 - 30, 2017

5 miles south via ferry

NYC Poetry Festival features 250 poets on three stages, plus food, beverages, books, crafts, and a children’s festival, on Governor’s Island. Donation.

Classic soul & Motown revue

July 29 - Sept. 30, 2017 (Saturdays)

0.7 miles SW

A Decade of Soul features R&B music of the classic soul era performed live on stage at B.B. King Blues Club ($10 minimum food/drink at tables).

Discount tickets $8 to $12 at Goldstar.

Harlem Week

July 30 - Aug. 26, 2017

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.

Games for social good

July 31 - Aug. 2, 2017

1.9 miles south

Explore the ways games and virtual reality can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons School of Design.
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