Temperatures are climbing, spring wardrobes are gone, and the parks are brimming with tourists and sunbathing locals alike: it must be summer in the city. New York never lets a little thing like weather get in the way of fun, and you shouldn’t either! Here, we’ve rounded up some of the city’s most exciting seasonal events to keep you busy this July.
SATURDAY, JULY 1st – SUNDAY, JULY 9th
MUSIC | MoMA PS1’s Warm Up 2017
📅 Saturday, July 1st – Saturday, September 2nd
MoMA PS1’s Warm Up 2017 marries music and visual entertainment in order to provide party goers with new ways to interact with art. Marking its 20th season, the 2017 installment of this beloved local series will take place within a large-scale installation created by Young Architects Program winner Jenny Sabin Studio, an indicator that this year’s Warm Up will be bigger and better than ever. While this year’s lineup of performers has yet to be released, past acts have included crowd-pleasing artists such as Solange, DJ Richie Hawtin, Jamie XX, and more.
MUSIC | BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
📅 Saturday, July 1st – Saturday, August 12th
It’s easy to celebrate a city that puts on summer concerts in a picturesque public park for its citizens. A series of shows taking place all summer long in Park Slope’s iconic Prospect Park, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is bringing its A-game for the 2017 season. The event’s lineup includes Connor Oberst, Sylvan Esso, and a much-anticipated collaboration between indie icon Sufjan Stevens and The National’s Bryce Dessner.
FOOD | French Restaurant Week® 2017
📅 Monday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 16th
Americans have long been enamored with all things French: the country’s style, celebrities, and, of course, its food. During this month’s French Restaurant Week® 2017, New Yorkers can eat comme les Français at participating restaurants, including La Sirene and Dominique Bistro, which specialize in classics such as tartare, baked camembert, and steak frites. Not a fan of traditional French cuisine? Sample Algerian-French fusion at Williamsburg hot spot Bar Omar for artfully spiced tagines, airy couscous, and flaky meat-filled pastries. Bon appétit!
📍 Various locations
FILM | SummerScreen
📅 Wednesday, July 5th – Wednesday, August 9th
As Brooklyn’s longest-running outdoor entertainment series, SummerScreen plays host to movie night for the entire borough. Dealing exclusively in cult-classic films (of the good, the bad, and the so-bad-it’s-good varieties), the fest’s 2017 lineup features favorites from the ’90s and early aughts, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, Selena, and Mean Girls. A backdrop of Williamsburg’s picture-perfect McCarren Park and an encouraged BYO blankets and snacks policy make for the most indulgent movie night imaginable.
MUSIC | SummerStage
Throughout the summer
CityParks’ SummerStage 2017 season kicks off in June, but the festival really heats up this July. Featuring an exciting mix of industry veterans such as Yo La Tengo and Totó La Momposina alongside up-and-coming artists, including Frankie Negrón and The Budos Band, this year’s lineup demonstrates why New York City’s art scene is like no other.
📍 Various locations
FILM | Manhattan Independent Film Festival
📅 Saturday, July 8th & Sunday, July 9th
Independent film has always inspired and been inspired by New York City, so it makes sense that the borough that birthed a myriad of films would host a festival celebrating filmmakers and film lovers. The Manhattan Independent Film Festival highlights both emerging and established artists from around the world who “focus on the art of filmmaking rather than on the box office.” Running concurrently with New York Film Week, this festival is the ideal movie night pick for audiences who favor films “with an edge.”
MONDAY, JULY 10th – SUNDAY, JULY 16th
EVENT | Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
📅 Monday, July 10th – Sunday, July 16th
Like pizza, art, and cultural fusion, the idea of hip-hop is inseparable from New York City. The 13th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will offer panel discussions, exhibitions, and even a family-friendly block party in an effort to showcase “the positivity of hip-hop culture.” Highlights of the event’s 2017 program include a discussion with cultural influencers entitled “Get Paid To Be Yourself,” an event co-produced by Medgar Evers College called “The Hip-Hop Institute,” as well as performances from iconic heavy-hitters such as DMX, The Lox, and Stretch and Bobbito.
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ART | Books Beneath the Bridge
📅 Monday, July 10th – Monday, August 14th
Books Beneath the Bridge will give you a reason to look forward to Mondays this summer. Each Monday throughout July and August, authors, readers, and the best independent bookstores will convene near the Brooklyn Bridge for an evening of readings, post-event discussions, signings, and more. Brooklyn-based bookworms can look forward to readings by Jenny Zhang, Alissa Nutting, and Lisa Ko, as well as appearances by the locally beloved WORD and Community Bookstore Park Slope.
THEATER | The Public Theater’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
📅 Tuesday, July 11th – Sunday, August 13th
Shakespeare in the Park, a favorite New York City summer tradition, continues this July with a run of the bard’s popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A magical love potion, young lovers, and comically misdirected affection make for an enjoyable, timeless concoction. Add a view of the sunset over Central Park and the food and drink of your choice (the event is BYOB!), and you’ve got a potion for perfection that even Puck, the sprite, couldn’t spoil.
EVENT | Bastille Day
📅 Friday, July 14th
This Bastille Day, celebrate the independence of our Francophile friends with food, entertainment, and—s’il vous plaît—plenty of vin rouge. For over two decades, New York City’s largest celebration of the holiday has been Bastille Day on 60th Street, produced by the French Institute Alliance Français. Taking up more than three blocks of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this event features French music, cuisine, dance, and attractions.
MONDAY, JULY 17th – SUNDAY, JULY 23rd
FOOD | Edible Brooklyn’s Good Beer
📅 Thursday, July 20th
For those 21 and older, savoring an ice-cold beer al fresco is a classic summer pastime. At Good Beer, Edible Brooklyn pairs the best brews and bites from across the country, around the world, and from our own backyard. Judging from last year’s lineup, which featured Brooklyn Brewery, Guinness, Blue Point Brewery, and Streets Restaurant, among others, this event is slated to be the happiest hours you’ll spend all summer.
EVENT | Come Out & Play 2017
📅 Friday, July 21st & Saturday, July 22nd
Returning for its 12th year, Come Out & Play is back to challenge New Yorkers to the biggest game night the city has ever seen. Kicking off in DUMBO with an evening of inventive street games and physical video game experiences, the event ends on a high note with a full day of sports, family-friendly games, and social activities on Governors Island. Perfect for kids and kids at heart, this event invites you to come out and play this summer.
📍 Various locations
MONDAY, JULY 24th – MONDAY, JULY 31st
MUSIC | Panorama
📅 Friday, July 28th – Sunday, July 30th
A favorite mini-getaway for New Yorkers, Randall’s Island has become a hub of summer entertainment for locals. At July’s Panorama festival, music fans will flock to the island to witness buzzed-about performances by Frank Ocean and A Tribe Called Quest, along with festival circuit regulars Tame Impala and MGMT. Promising outdoor entertainment, fair foods, and good vibes, Panorama is what summer in the city is all about.
EVENT | New York City Poetry Festival
📅 Saturday, July 29th – Sunday, July 30th
A mainstay on every lit lover’s social calendar, the New York City Poetry Festival is a fest unlike any other: attendees can expect food trucks, brews courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery, visual art, and on-site social activities. But instead of the usual music or comic books, it’s poetry that’s in the spotlight. This year, 250 poets will converge upon Governors Island for two days of readings, performances, and connecting with members of the poetic community. While readings by award-winning poets such as past performers Mark Strand and Dorothea Lasky are undoubtedly a huge draw, it’s the event’s welcoming spirit and unpretentious approach to poetry that makes it one of this summer’s must-visit fests.