With the heat on in July these events should help cool you down.
7/1 – 15, multiple locations. Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival. Through 7/12 at Lincoln Center. 7/13 – 15 at SVA Theatre
7/2 – 31: Watch the New York Yankees play an exciting home game at Yankee Stadium.
7/1 – 9/27: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
7/2 – 15: French Restaurant Week features special deals at dozens of restaurants in the week that includes France’s Bastille Day.
7/2 – 9/ 25: Free Summer Movies are shown during the evenings in the parks.
7/3 – 14: Midsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, etc., followed by a live band in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.
7/4: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks light up the sky above the East River at 9:20 p.m. for 25 minutes.
7/4 (noon to 10 p.m.): Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival offers live music, stage entertainment, a carnival, food trucks, a beer garden, and fireworks after dark on the waterfront at Exchange Place. Free.
7/ 4: Watch qualified champion eaters compete in Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, with music and entertainment. Women compete at 11 a.m. and men at 12:30 p.m. Free.
7/6 – 25: Watch the New York Mets play an exciting home game at Citi Field.
7/7 (7 p.m.): 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+.
7/7: Arab Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street (from Broadway to Lafayette). Free.
7/ 8 (1 to 8 p.m.): AutoCon features classic, modified, and exotic vehicles on display, plus music, food vendors, and talks on a drive-up stage at Pier 94.
7/8 – 29 (Sundays 8 p.m.): Attend four weekly jazz and classical music concerts at Summergarden in the sculpture garden of the Museum of Modern Art. Limited seating. Free.
7/9 – 22: Fresh Fruit Festival features 40 works of gay and lesbian theater, dance, film, music, and visual art at The Wild Project Theater.
7/12 – 8/12: Attend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center.
7/12 – 8/16: Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.
7/13 (6:30 p.m. to midnight): Celebrate with the French at the Bastille Day Ball, which has live jazz, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar at Sony Hall.
7/13 – 15: Afro-Latino Festival NYC has talks on Friday, films and wine on Saturday, and a music concert with arts & crafts vendors on Sunday.
7/13 – 8/24, 2018 (Fridays): See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.
7/14: 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).
7/14: 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.
7/14 – 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.
7/14 – 19: 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.
7/15: 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.
7/16 – 22: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) showcases innovative electronic music and video art at Abrons Arts Center.
7/17 – 26: Hear world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at the Jazz in July Festival at 92nd Street Y.
7/19 (6 to 9 p.m.): Enjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at 28 Liberty Street. Bring ID.
7/17 – 8/19: Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line to see “Twelfth Night.”
7/20 (7 p.m.): Watch 12 artists compete to win your vote as they transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of original artwork during Art Battle New York at Le Poisson Rouge for age 21+. Art is sold afterward in a silent auction.
7/20 – 24: 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.
7/20 – 9/1: Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.
7/20 – 9/7: 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. Free.
7/23 – 9/17: Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week.
7/24 – 8/12: Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.
7/25 – 8/4: 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 – 29: Animation Block Party exhibits all genres of independent, professional, and student animation at Rooftop Films & BAMcinématek in Brooklyn.
7/27 – 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.
7/28 – 29: New York City Poetry Festival features 250 poets on five stages, plus food, beverages, books, crafts, and a children’s festival, on Governors Island.
7/29 – 8/25: 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.