Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
July 2 - 7, 2018
1.1 miles NW
Set to a score by Richard Strauss, Whipped Cream features a boy who eats too many sweets in a Viennese pastry shop and deliriously imagines an adventure with Princess Praline, Prince Coffee, and Marching Marzipan performed by American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House.
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.
The Evening Jazz Cruise features jazz performed by a trio, with beverages for sale (one drink included) and two hours of Manhattan views aboard a 1920s-style yacht departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers.
See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.
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).
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.
July 14 - 19, 2018
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.
Hear world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at the Jazz in July Festival at 92nd Street Y.
July 18, 2018
(6 to 9:30 p.m.)
Taste 40 beers and meet the brewers at NYC Brewer’s Choice, with food for sale in Brooklyn for age 21+.
July 19, 2018
(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.
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 to see “Twelfth Night.”
Live art competition
July 20, 2018
2.5 miles south
Watch 12 artists compete to win your vote as they transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of original artwork during Art Battle at Le Poisson Rouge for age 21+. Art is sold afterward in a silent auction.
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.
July 20 - Sept. 1, 2018
0.7 miles north
Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.