New York City events, festivals, things to do – July 2018

New York City
calendar of events

July 2018
best events in New York City

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.

Asian films

July 1 - 15, 2018 (begins June 29)

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.

New York fireworks

July 4, 2018

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.
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Hot dog eating contest

July 4, 2018

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.

Tap-dance festival

July 7 - 14, 2018

NYC locations

See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jamaican festival

July 15, 2018

16 miles SE

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

Dance film festival

July 20 - 24, 2018

NYC locations

Dance on Camera 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.

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 (uncertain)

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.

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.

Afro-Latino festival

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Free Summer Movies

July 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

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

French Restaurant Week

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Restaurant week

July 2018 (undated)

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.


July 2018 (undated)

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.

Free concerts at MoMA

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Broadway hits in the park

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Outdoor concerts

July 2018 (undated)

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.

French street fair

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Outdoor movies

July 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles west

See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.

Scary films

July 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

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

Free mellow music

July 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles NW

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

Classical music festival

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Lincoln Center Festival

July 2018 (undated)

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.

French party

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Shakespeare in the Park

July 2018 (undated)

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.

New music

July 2018 (undated)

3 miles east

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

Black Puerto Rican festival

July 2018 (undated)

3.6 miles north

Loiza Festival in El Barrio (Festival Santiago Apóstol De Loiza En El Barrio) is a street festival celebrating the African influence that the Loiza region of Puerto Rico has had on East Harlem. It features traditional food and craft vendors, live music and dance, and kids’ activities on E. 109th Street (from 2nd to 3rd). Free.

Free concerts on the Hudson

July 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

4.1 miles south

Enjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at 28 Liberty Street. Bring age 21 ID.

Music and beer party

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Games for everyone

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Readings at the bridge

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Waterfront day

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Hip-Hop Festival

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Big-band dance party

July 2018 (undated)

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.

New Jersey fireworks

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Short plays

July 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles north

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