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

New York City
Best events for 12 months

New York City events July 2018

African festival

July 1 - 4, 2018
5 miles south
International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park. Donation.

Asian films

July 1 - 15, 2018
multiple locations
Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at New York Asian Film Festival in two venues.
  • Lincoln Center
  • SVA Theatre


July 1 - Sept. 27, 2018
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.

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 - Oct. 19, 2018
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Big-band dance party

July 3 - 14, 2018
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.

New York fireworks

July 4, 2018
1 mile west
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks light up the sky above the East River at 9:25 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, 2018
(noon to 10 p.m.)
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.

Free mellow music

July 6 - Dec. 19, 2018
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.

Party wearing white

July 7, 2018
(7 p.m.)
1 mile south
Generation Bridge Summer White Ball includes DJ music, dancing, a soul-food dinner, and a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, and signature cocktail) at 295 5th Avenue for age 21+.

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.

New music

July 7 - Sept. 1, 2018
(Sat. 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 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 20 performances of gay and lesbian plays, musicals, and solo shows 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 on the steps at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Jets Movie Night

July 10, 2018
(doors 6:30, movie 8 p.m.)
10 miles NW
Get a free Movie Night ticket to watch “Ant-Man” on the big screen at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Before the movie begins, tour the locker rooms, play at JetsFest, meet the cheerleaders and legendary players, and buy concessions. Rain date is July 11.

Classical music festival

July 12 - Aug. 11, 2018
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.

Broadway hits in the park

July 12 - Aug. 16, 2018
(Thursdays 12:30 p.m.)
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.

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 NYC 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 19.

Free movies on a ship deck

July 13 - Aug. 31, 2018
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.

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).

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 - 20, 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 - 19 and 24 - 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.

Shakespeare in the Park

July 17 - Aug. 19, 2018
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 18, 2018
(6 to 9:30 p.m.)
6.8 miles SE
Taste 40 beers and meet the brewers at NYC Brewer’s Choice, with food for sale at The Well on Meserole Street in Williamsburg for age 21+.

Games in Lower Manhattan

July 18 - Aug. 8, 2018
(Wednesdays after 4 p.m.)
4 miles south
Game On! has outdoor games, tests of skill, interactive art, fitness events, music, a beer garden, and happy hours spread out along Water Street. Dates may change if it rains. Free.

Beer tasting

July 19, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
4.1 miles south
A ticket to Good Beer includes craft beer and food from local restaurants in the plaza at 28 Liberty Street for age 21+. Rain date is July 25.

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 two series of plays (A and B).

Free films in Harlem

July 20 - Sept. 7, 2018
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.

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.)

Beer festival

July 21, 2018
10.2 miles east
A ticket to NY Beer Festival includes unlimited beer tastes from 80 breweries, with games, entertainment, and food for sale at Citi Field for age 21+. No dogs.

Festival in Central Park

July 21 - 22, 2018
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.

Yankees festival

July 22, 2018
(3 to 7 p.m.)
7.4 miles north
FanFest offers games, food samples, live music, and lines for photos with players at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx. Free.

Jamaican festival

July 22, 2018
16 miles SE
Expect a big turnout at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, which offers Caribbean food, Jamaican music, and arts & crafts village, and a kids’ zone at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Bring a lawn chair or towel, but no food or liquids.

Restaurant week

July 23 - Aug. 17, 2018
NYC locations
Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 380 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays at some restaurants. Held in January and July/August.

Outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center

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 weather permits. Free.

Animation festival

July 26 - 29, 2018
8 miles south
Animation Block Party exhibits all genres of independent, professional, and student animation at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. Opening night (July 26) is at Littlefield.

Indian dance powwow

July 27 - 29, 2018
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. Tickets.

Hot-air balloon festival

July 27 - 29, 2018
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.

Water fight

July 28, 2018
(2 to 5 p.m.)
1.8 miles north
Bring a water gun (no water balloons) to be soaked at Waterfight NYC in the south end of Central Park. Free.

Gluten-free expo

July 28 - 29, 2018
4.4 miles SE
Sample and buy products from vendors at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest, which also has seminars and cooking demonstrations at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Poetry festival

July 28 - 29, 2018
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 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.

Brooklyn neighborhood tasting

July 29, 2018
(2 to 6 p.m.)
9 miles south
A ticket to Carroll Gardens & Cobble Hill Summer Crawl gets you either 4 or 11 tastes in eateries and businesses from Atlantic Avenue south. Dogs welcome.

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, and a 5K run/walk. Most events are free.