Summer In The City Part II


Long Island may be best for beaches and vineyards, but if you are looking to switch up your entertainment and days in the sun, visit New York City. Check out this list of the best events, festivals and fun things to do in the five boroughs this summer.

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Outdoor movies

July 13-Aug. 24 (Fridays)

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

Family-friendly music festival

July 14

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

Car race

July 14-15

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

The 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

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.

Electronic music

July 16-22

New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art at the Abrons Arts Center.

Jazz festival

July 17-26 (began June 25)

Hear world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at the Jazz in July Festival at 92nd Street Y.

Beer tasting

July 18 (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+.

Shakespeare in the Park—Twelfth Night

July 17-Aug. 19 (begins May 29)

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.

Dance film festival

July 20-24

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.

Jamaican festival

July 22

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

Restaurant week

July 23-Aug. 17

Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Held in January and July.

Outdoor concerts

July 24-Aug. 12

Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.

Asian film festival

July 25-Aug. 4

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

Animation festival

July 26-29

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

Indian dance powwow

July 27-29

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

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

Folklorico festival

July 29 (2 to 5 p.m.)

Watch colorful dancers perform the dances of Oaxaca, Mexico, hear lively music, and shop for crafts at Guelaguetza Festival in Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

Harlem Week

July 29-Aug. 25

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.

Free concerts at MoMA

July 2018 (undated)

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 (July 12-Aug. 16)

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

French street fair

July 2018 (July 14)

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.

Scary films

July 2018 (July 14-20)

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

French party

July 2018 (July 14)

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

Arab festival

July 2018 (July 7)

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

Black Puerto Rican festival

July 2018 (July 28, 29, 30)

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 (July 18-19)

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)

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

Games for everyone

July 2018 (undated)

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)

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)

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

Short plays

July 2018 (undated)

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

—List courtesy of Events12


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