Hot Times, Summer in the City: Your List of Events For July and August

Hot Times, Summer in the City: Your List of Events For July and August

There’s a lot to squeeze in over the next couple of months such as movies and picnics in the park, rooftop bars, opera and music soaring and some terrific summer concerts. See Oscar-nominated actors perform Shakespeare, celebrate the warm weather and a lot of the fun is absolutely free of charge.


7/1-15: Midsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, etc., followed by a live band in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.

7/1 – 16: Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre.

7/1 – 9/20: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks all over Manhattan.

7/1 – 10/22: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

7/3 – 16: French Restaurant Week includes special deals priced from $18 to $180 on the days between America’s Independence Day and France’s Bastille Day.


7/3 – 31: Watch the Yankees play from a suite-level indoor seat with sweeping views, high-definition TV, and pub food & drinks for sale in the 1893 Club in center field.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

7/4: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lights up the sky above the East River at 9:20 p.m. Free.

7/4: Watch qualified champion eaters compete in the world famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, plus music and entertainment. Free.

7/ 5 – 8/16: American Folk Art Museum offers concerts Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m. Free.

7/6 – 8/10: Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Free

7/8 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Arab-American & North African Cultural Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street (from Broadway to Lafayette). Free.

7/8 – 15: See public performances or take classes at Tap City.

7/9: 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.

7/9 – 30: Attend four weekly jazz and classical music concerts at Summergarden in the sculpture garden of the Museum of, Modern Art. Limited seating. Free. Concerts will be July 9, 16, 23, and 30 but are not yet on their website.

7/10 – 10/8: NY Summerfest. See new plays and musicals by talented new comers at the Hudson Theatre Guild. 441 West 26th Street.

7/10 – 23: Fresh Fruit Festival features 40 works of gay and lesbian theater, dance, film, music, and visual art at The Wild Project Theater.

7/10 – 30: Enjoy extraordinary opera, music, dance, and theater that showcases contemporary artistic viewpoints at Lincoln Center Festival in and near Lincoln Center.

7/10 – Aug. 14: Hear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge outdoors at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Summer Movies

7/11 – 8/8: See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.

July 11 – Good Morning, Vietnam

July 18 – Anchorman

July 25 – Cocktail

August 1 – The Martian

August 8 – Back to the Future

7/11 – 8/13: Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Get free tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream by joining a lottery or waiting in line.

7/14 – 16: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art at National Sawdust.

7/14 – 20: Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a vampire-themed costume party opening night.

7/15(4 to 9 p.m.): 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.

7/15: City of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Governors Island and elsewhere. Free.

7/18 – 27: Hear world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at 92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival.

7/20 (6 to 9 p.m.): Enjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at 28 Liberty Street.

7/21 – 22: Play fun games outdoors at Come Out & Play in Dumbo on Friday and Governors Island on Saturday. Free.

7/23: Expect a big turnout at Jamaican Jerk Festival, which offers Caribbean food and Jamaican music at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

7/24 – 8/18: Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays.

7/25 – 8/20: Attend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center.

7/26 – 8/5: The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at 4 venues in NYC, Astoria, and Flushing.

7/26 – 8/13: Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.

7/27 – 30: Animation Block Party exhibits all genres of independent, professional, and student animation at Rooftop Films & BAMcinématek in Brooklyn.

7/29 – 30: New York City Poetry Festival has 250 poets reading poems on stage, with food trucks parked nearby in Nolan Park on Governors Island. Directions. Free.

7/30 – 8/26: Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, sports events, a 5K, and a street fair. Most events are free.

7/31 – 8/2: Explore the ways games can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons the New School for Design.


8/5, 12, 19: The city closes seven miles of Park Avenue and Lafayette Street to cars so you can play, run, walk, dance, and bike carefree during Summer Streets. Expect food, entertainment, and activities. Free.

8/5 – 10/1: Travel one hour north to 16th century England to see knights joust, mingle with costumed minstrels, shop in an artisan market, play games, and watch shows at New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park.

The Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio

8/10 – 13: The Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio celebrates Italian food, culture, religion, and tradition. On Sunday, a platform holding a 12-piece band and 80-foot statue is carried through the streets of East Harlem. Free.

8/12: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest offers “a curated selection of 60+ craft beer and wines, along with food vendors, live music and entertainment” at 1368 Fulton Street.

8/12 – 13: Watch 170 dragon-boat teams compete on Meadows Lake, and enjoy music, dance, martial arts, folk art, and Chinese food at Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. Free.

8/13 – 19 (7 to 9 p.m.): Battery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors Aug. 19 to Schimmel Center for the Arts. Free.

8/19: Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ pairs great American blues and roots musicians with great local musicians with great local barbecue for sale at Pier 97. No pets. Free.

8/19 – 20: Play NYC is a weekend of playing games and taking classes about game development at Terminal 5.

8/19 – 20 (12 to 10 p.m.): The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in different bars.

8/20: India Day Parade begins at E 38th St. and goes down Madison Avenue to food booths and cultural programs at E. 27th Street, which close at 6 p.m. Free.

8/24 – 27: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival has films and concerts in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Free.

8/25 – 9/4: Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

8/ 26 (7 to 10 p.m.) Eight award-winning East Coast dance crews battle to win $5,000 at B-Boy Royale in NYU Skirball Center.

8/26: Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day begins with a free festival of games and tennis activities outdoors, followed by a ticketed show and concert in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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8/26 – 27: Kids Food Fest encourages healthy eating for kids of all ages with food tastings, cooking demos, hands-on activities, special guests, and family-focused entertainment. Free.

8/26 – 27: Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes a Charleston dance contest, dance lessons, food, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.

8/27 – 9/17: See 26 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.

8/28 – 9/10: Watch the world’s best players compete under the open sky at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.

8/ 31 – 9/ 3: New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott


Ecofest: has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment on Broadway at 43rd. Free.

See popular films at Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. Bring a picnic and blanket for the lawn, but no chairs, glass bottles, or alcohol. Free.

Cider cookout: Ciderfeast includes unlimited cider samples from a dozen producers, grilled meat, tacos, vegetarian options, and live music at SolarOne for age 21+.

FanFest offers free games, food, live music, and lines for free player autographs on Mulberry St. (from Broome to Canal). Free.



Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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