NYC Restaurant Week
If you’re tight on cash or just in the mood for some delicious food, the bi-annual NYC restaurant week starts July 20th when you can get high-tier meals at a discounted price at select restaurants. Check out Gotham Bar and Grill for some amazing American food. Try mixing it up with the amazing, diverse menu at The NoMad Restaurant and relish in the bargains.
July 20th-August 14th.
Gotham Bar and Grill, 12 East 12th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 620 4020
The NoMad Restaurant, 1170 Broadway, New York, NY, USA +1 347 472 5660
If the summer heat is getting to you, head over to Central Park’s Great Lawn for a giant water fight. The annual Waterfight NYC gathers kids and adults together for a large-scale water gun (no water balloons) fight, making Central Park a soaked battle ground. Curb the summer heat with friends and battle it out in Central Park for free!
July 25th—2:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
If you love art exhibits and sneakers, head down to the Brooklyn Museum for The Rise of Sneaker Culture. This exhibit takes a look at the origins of one of the most expensive fads in the world: the collection of designer sneakers. The exhibit takes a look at almost 150 different pairs of sneakers, and uses interactive displays to discover the world of sneaker culture from past to present.
July 10th-Oct 4th.
The Public Theatre’s Free Shakespeare In the Park
Kick back and enjoy classic free performances of Shakespeare’s plays, starring a few famous faces such as Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater. Enjoy the great comedies and tragedies at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park for no cost.
July 23rd-Aug 23rd.
U2 at Madison Square Garden
If you feel more like taking off work and rocking out at the Garden, then grab tickets to see U2 starting on July 18th at Madison Square Garden. With generations of music on their back and a crowd full of people, this show shouldn’t be missed! Take to the classic setting of MSG to watch one of the best bands perform live.
July 18th-July 31st.
Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY, USA +1 212 465 6741
Big K.R.I.T. at Celebrate Brooklyn!
If you’re more of a hip hop fan and want to catch a free concert, make sure to get to Prospect Park Bandshell on July 31st to see Big K.R.I.T. and others perform for the annual Celebrate Brooklyn! festival. This Southern rapper is headlining with other groups to revitalize Prospect Park and bring a huge crowd into Brooklyn.
July 31st—7:30 p.m.
Prospect Park, 9th St & Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 855 7882
Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown
Summer in New York City can host many things, but its cooking festivals are what truly draws crowds. This Brooklyn-based ice cream-making competition will keep you cool in the summer heat while you sample homemade ice cream from over 15 different selections. While the judges choose the best, you can sample all the rest and decide on your own victor.
July 12th—12 p.m.
514 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 347 223 4410
Governors Club Funk-N’ Cue
If funk is more your style, and you wish to take a trip back in time to the 70s, then go to the free George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic show at Queensbridge Park. Sway to some of the 70s best hits and listen to a legend funk out on stage for free as part of the SummerStage lineup.
July 15th-July 16th.
Queensbridge Park, 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 718 488 9126
Bastille Day NYC
Didn’t get enough celebration on July 4th? Then you’d better not miss the Bastille Day festival lining 60th Street, from Fifth to Lexington Avenues and celebrate the French holiday with amazing French foods. Diverse performances and music, including can-can dancers and French DJ’s, will fill the air with sight and sound while you sample macaroons and champagne.
July 12th, 12-5 pm.
Rubin Museum of Art Block Party
Take a trip to the Rubin Museum of Art, the museum mostly associated with Himalayan Asian culture, for a free block party, family-friendly activities, and free museum admission. Check out the Becoming Another: The Power of Masks exhibit showcasing mask traditions throughout the world, or just grab a few refreshments and enjoy the classical music of Brooklyn Raga Massive and the culture of the Himalayas right in Chelsea.
50 West 17th Street (17th Street/7th Avenue),Manhattan, NY, USA +1 212 620 5000
By Jason Platzner