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What's On This Month In NYC | July 2016
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What's On This Month In NYC | July 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
New York City boasts a plethora of incredible cultural events this July, with numerous art, film, food, and music festivals on the roster. Celebrate American independence, indulge in French cuisine in honor of Bastille Day, and enjoy the great outdoors. This summer has it all, and we profile how and where to make the most of July in NYC.

FRIDAY, JULY 1st – SUNDAY, JULY 3rd

american-flag-796736 | © Adam Asar/Flickr / Freedom of the Seas | © Sean / African Artifact | © Steve Spinks/Flickr / Peul calabashes used for cheese production | © hdptcar
american-flag-796736 | © Adam Asar/Flickr / Freedom of the Seas | © Sean / African Artifact | © Steve Spinks/Flickr / Peul calabashes used for cheese production | © hdptcar

ART | Art Meets Politics At Jack Shainman Gallery’s For Freedoms

Tuesday, June 7th – Friday, July 29th

Art sparks a political conversation at Jack Shainman Gallery’s thought-provoking exhibition.

ART | Go Global At The 45th Annual International African Arts Festival

Friday, July 1st – Monday, July 4th

Celebrate the best of African art forms at the 45th annual International African Arts Festival, dedicated to the traditional and contemporary expression of African culture.

MONDAY, JULY 4th – SUNDAY, JULY 10th

Fireworks | © Jdmoar / macarons | © julien haler / kites rokkaku battles blue red | © Christopher Sessums / feu d'artifice du 14 juillet 2013 sur le sites de la Tour Eiffel et du Trocadéro à Paris vu de la Tour Montparnasse - Fireworks on Eiffel Tower | © Yann Caradec
Fireworks | © Jdmoar / macarons | © julien haler / kites rokkaku battles blue red | © Christopher Sessums / feu d'artifice du 14 juillet 2013 sur le sites de la Tour Eiffel et du Trocadéro à Paris vu de la Tour Montparnasse - Fireworks on Eiffel Tower | © Yann Caradec

EVENT | Light Up The Night At Macy’s 40th Annual Fourth Of July Fireworks

Monday, July 4th

This Independence Day marks the 40th year of Macy’s fantastic fireworks display.

FOOD | Indulge In The Best Of French Cuisine At French Restaurant Week

Monday, July 4th – Sunday, July 17th

A whole week of incredible French fare? Oui oui! Don’t miss French Restaurant Week as Bastille Day approaches.

DANCE | Dance Is On Tap At The Tap City Festival

Tuesday, July 5th – Monday, July 11th

American tap dance festival Tap City is here to get New Yorkers on their feet.

THEATER | Enjoy The Stage Outdoors When Broadway Comes To Bryant Park

Thursday, July 7th – Thursday, August 11th

Broadway in Bryant Park showcases your favorite on-stage hits against an unmatched NYC backdrop in the great outdoors.

MUSIC | Jam To New Music At The 4Knots Music Festival

Saturday, July 9th

The sixth annual 4Knots Music Festival returns to the South Street Seaport this Saturday, featuring groundbreaking artists emerging onto the scene.

EVENT | Fly High In The Sky On Kite Day

Saturday, July 9th

Socrates Sculpture Park welcomes children of all ages to this kite-flying event, where ideas of community and freedom are explored through art and good old summer fun.

DANCE | Step To The Beat At NYC Midsummer Night Swing

Wednesday, June 21st – Saturday, July 9th

Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing hosts a plethora of performances and dance-related events to celebrate the summer solstice.

EVENT | Celebrate French Nationalism On Bastille Day

Sunday, July 10th

Come out for a memorable afternoon of French food, culture, and entertainment, presented by the French Institute Alliance in honor of Bastille Day.

MONDAY, JULY 11th – SUNDAY, JULY 17th

Gay pride 013 - Marche des fiertés Toulouse 2011.jpg | © Guillaume Paumier / Courtesy of the Lincoln Center Festival / Manhattan from Liberty State Park, NJ, golden hour | © John Cunniff / Courtesy of Cook Out NYC
Gay pride 013 – Marche des fiertés Toulouse 2011.jpg | © Guillaume Paumier / Courtesy of the Lincoln Center Festival / Manhattan from Liberty State Park, NJ, golden hour | © John Cunniff / Courtesy of Cook Out NYC

CULTURE | Celebrate The LGBTQ Arts At The Fresh Fruit Festival

Monday, July 11th – Sunday, July 24th

All Out Arts presents the Fresh Fruit Festival to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ presence in the NYC arts scene.

FILM | Sit Back, Relax, And Enjoy The Long Island International Film Expo

Wednesday, July 13th – Thursday, July 21st

This month, the Long Island International Film Expo will feature a selection of short film screenings, competitions, and prizes.

THEATER | Get Dramatic At The Lincoln Center Festival

Wednesday, July 13th – Sunday, July 31st

Head to New York City’s performing arts epicenter for a string of incredible performances at the Lincoln Center Festival.

MUSIC | Celebrate Hip-Hop Culture At The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

Wednesday, July 13th – Saturday, July 16th

Brooklyn Bodega presents the 12th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, which promises three days of incredible hip-hop culture and music.

MUSIC | Make A Splash At City Of Water Day

Saturday, July 16th

Head to the waterfront for the ninth annual City of Water Day – a free family festival presented by the Waterfront Alliance on Governors Island.

FOOD | Eat Your Heart Out At Cook Out NYC

Saturday, July 16th

Food Karma presents Cook Out NYC: Running with the Beef, which promises a day of incredible Spanish-themed food and festivities.

FOOD | Enjoy Hot Food And Cool Vibes At The Jamaican Jerk Festival

Sunday, July 17th

Get spicy, excite your pallet, and explore traditional Jamaican delicacies at the sixth annual Jamaican Jerk Festival.

MONDAY, JULY 18th – SUNDAY, JULY 24th

Future Music Festival 2013 | © Eva Rinaldi/Flickr / Theater | © Kayla-Jane Barrie/Flickr / Delacorte Theater 011 | © Kathleen Maher/Flickr / Compass | © Walt Stoneburner/Flickr
Future Music Festival 2013 | © Eva Rinaldi/Flickr / Theater | © Kayla-Jane Barrie/Flickr / Delacorte Theater 011 | © Kathleen Maher/Flickr / Compass | © Walt Stoneburner/Flickr

MUSIC | Get Jazzy At The 92nd Street Y’s Jazz In July

Tuesday, July 19th – Thursday, July 28th

The summer’s hottest jazz festival hits the streets this month when the 92nd Street Y hosts Jazz In July.

MUSIC | Dance, Dance, Dance At The Panorama Music Festival

Friday, July 22nd – Sunday, July 24th

One of the summer’s most exciting music festivals, the Panorama Music Festival promises a weekend of unmissable performances by your favorite artists.

THEATER | Catch The Best New Performances At The Summer Shorts Festival

Friday, July 22 – Saturday, September 3rd

Showcasing a range of new American plays, the Summer Shorts Festival reacquaints audiences with American theater, and introduces them to new talent.

THEATER | Indulge In Free Drama At Shakespeare In The Park

Tuesday, July 19th – Sunday, August 14th

Head to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for an unmissable free performance of Troilus and Cressidaone of Shakespeare’s most rarely-produced plays.

EVENT | Find The Treasure At The NY Challenge: Scavenger Race

Sunday, July 24th

NYC’s greatest summer scavenger hunt is back this July, and features a range of fun activities for participants of all ages.

MONDAY, JULY 25th – SUNDAY, JULY 31st

waiting for the film | © BMiz/Flickr / open mic | © Ed Schipul/Flickr / A Bug's Lie (1998) | © Insomnia Cured Here/Flickr / Film Reel | © Steve Snodgrass/Flickr
waiting for the film | © BMiz/Flickr / open mic | © Ed Schipul/Flickr / A Bug's Lie (1998) | © Insomnia Cured Here/Flickr / Film Reel | © Steve Snodgrass/Flickr

FILM | Indulge Your Love Of Film At The TromaDance Film Festival

Friday, July 29th – Saturday, July 30th

Don’t miss the film festival entirely devoted to filmmakers and their fans. TromaDance features a range of independent films, so come see and be seen.

EVENT | It’s All About The Spoken Word At NYC Poetry Festival

Saturday, July 30th – Sunday, July 31st

Love reading poetry? Love listening to it? Then the NYC Poetry Festival is an unmissable event for you.

FILM | Film Gets Animated At The Animation Block Party Festival

Thursday, July 28th – Sunday, July 31st

The Animation Block Party Festival is dedicated to exhibiting the world’s best independent, professional and amateur animated films.