July 1 - 4, 2017
5 miles southInternational 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 NWMidsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, etc., followed by a live band in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.
July 1 - 16, 2017
1.5 miles NWWatch 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 locationsFrench 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 westMacy’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 SWJersey 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 southWatch 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.
July 7 - 8, 2017
multiple locationsAfro-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.
July 8, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
2.4 miles southArab-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 northPleasantville Music Festival offers live music outdoors, food, beverages, and kids’ activities in Pleasantville.
July 8 - 15, 2017
NYC locationsSee public performances or take classes at Tap City.
French street fair
July 9, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)
0.6 miles northCelebrate 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.
July 10 - 15, 2017
Brooklyn locationsBrooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrates hip-hop culture with panel discussions, films, exhibits, and a big closing-day concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
July 12 - 17, 2017
35 miles eastLong Island International Film Expo screens more than 100 short and feature-length independent films from around the world at Bellmore Movies. Awards July 20.
July 13, 2017 (6 p.m. to midnight)
1.7 miles SWCelebrate with the French at the Bastille Day Ball, which has live jazz, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar at 404 NYC.
July 14 - 16, 2017
multiple locationsNew York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art at Abrons Arts Center in June & National Sawdust in July.
July 14 - 20, 2017
1.2 miles NWEnjoy 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 southTour 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.
July 15, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
6 miles southCity of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Governors Island and elsewhere. Free.
July 15 - 16, 2017
8.6 miles southElectric 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 NECarnaval 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 southLowdown 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.
July 20, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)
4.1 miles southEnjoy 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 locationsPlay 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 southFresh Fruit Festival features 40 works of gay and lesbian theater, dance, film, music, and visual art at The Wild Project Theater.
July 22 - 30, 2017
0.7 miles SWA 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.
Lincoln Center Festival
July 22 - 30, 2017
1.5 miles NWEnjoy 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 westBirdland showcases jazz orchestras, vocalists, and virtuosos every night on West 44th Street, with a $10 food or drink minimum.
Shakespeare in the Park
July 22 - Aug. 13, 2017
2 miles northFor 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 locationsThese discount ticket prices include tax and fees.
July 22 - Sept. 2, 2017
0.7 miles northSummer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.
July 22 - Sept. 2, 2017 (12 to 9 p.m. Saturdays)
3 miles eastWarm 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 locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
July 22 - Sept. 22, 2017
NYC locationsEnjoy 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 SWDirect from London, 1984 is George Orwell’s chilling vision of a future full of governmental surveillance and oppression at Hudson Theatre for age 13+.
July 22 - Oct. 29, 2017
4.3 miles southGet 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.
Family magic show
July 23, 2017 (3:30 p.m.)
1.8 miles NWThe Amazing Max is “an awesome and amazing magic show “ [PBS Kids] at McGinn Cazale Theatre.
July 23, 2017 (noon to 8 p.m.)
16 miles SEExpect 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 northAttend 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 SWBased 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.
Chihuly glass exhibit
July 23 - Oct. 29, 2017
12 miles northChihuly 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.
Readings at the bridge
July 24 - Aug. 14, 2017 (7 p.m. Mondays)
6 miles southHear 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 locationsGet a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Held in January and July.
July 24 - Sept. 2, 2017
0.6 miles westA ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages.
Musical: “Groundhog Day”
July 24 - Nov. 19, 2017
0.4 miles NWBased 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.
July 25 - 27, 2017
2.5 miles northHear world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at the Jazz in July Festival at 92nd Street Y.
July 25 - Aug. 8, 2017
1.2 miles westSee free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.
Classical music festival
July 25 - Aug. 20, 2017
1.5 miles NWAttend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center.
Carole King show
July 25 - Sept. 3, 2017
0.5 miles SWBeautiful: The Carole King Musical is the story of the chart-topping music legend with her beloved songs at Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
A Bronx Tale
July 25 - Sept. 6, 2017
0.4 miles westSet 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.
July 26 - Aug. 5, 2017
multiple locationsThe Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at 4 venues in NYC, Astoria, and Flushing.
July 26 - Aug. 13, 2017
0.5 miles westOut 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 NWAmerican Folk Art Museum offers concerts Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m. Free.
July 27 - 30, 2017
6 miles southAnimation 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 southBring 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 westThe 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+.
Indian dance powwow
July 28 - 30, 2017
16 miles eastThunderbird 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 SWAssociated 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.
July 29 - 30, 2017
5 miles south via ferryNYC 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 SWA 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).
July 30 - Aug. 26, 2017
4 miles northHarlem 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 southExplore 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.