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July 2015 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Fourth of July events, Interpol and "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/look@j/Flickr

Summer is at its peak, and there's no shortage of wonderful events. For those yearning to experience some amazing indie rock, snag tickets to Interpol or Modest Mouse. Culture vultures looking to add some art to your summer can visit "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" at the Brooklyn Museum. And for a true NYC summer tradition, stop by the annual Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest.

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Featured events in July 2015

Fourth of July events in New York City

Independence Day in NYC means fireworks, hot dogs, BBQ, beaches, picnics and other Fourth of July events that make this summer holiday one of our favorites

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Free events in July 2015

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

For this mother of all pyrotechnic displays, Macy's will explode more than 40,000 fireworks choreographed to a 25-minute patriotic score. Stake out a nice spot near the Brooklyn Bridge, and bring your own picnic basket with beverages to toast our country's birthday. Best viewing location: Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street, Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place, Montgomery & South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Bridge Promenade RECOMMENDED: All 4th of July coverage

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Brooklyn Saturday July 4 2015 Free

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by rapper Eric "Badlands" Booker and other local talent.

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Nathan's Famous Saturday July 4 2015 Free

Comedy at the Knitting Factory

This wildly popular weekly show—originally created by the delightfully understated Hannibal Buress (Broad City's Lincoln)—is hosted by Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest, and features the funniest pros and up-and-comers. Past guests include Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Bridget Everett and Method Man.

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Knitting Factory Until Sunday December 27 2015 Free


This wildly popular show, hosted by Leo Allen, is known for always featuring the city’s best up-and-coming comedians. But it’s the surprise special guests—Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and David Cross have appeared—who keep audiences hooked.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Monday April 27 2015 - Monday December 28 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Bossa Nova Civic Club Monday May 4 2015 - Tuesday January 5 2016 Free

Music events in July 2015

Taylor Swift + Vance Joy + Shawn Mendes

T. Swift was always a little more Madonna than Miranda Lambert, so her decision to leave Nashville for NYC—and pop-country for plain old pop—isn't necessarily shocking. What is mind-blowing is that the 25-year-old's latest album, 1989, has broken sales records long held by Britney Spears and Eminem, something unfathomable in today's music world. The Spotify-averse Swifty celebrates her overwhelming success with this good-as-sold-out stadium gig in Jersey. Get ready to "Shake It Off," people.

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MetLife Stadium Friday July 10 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015

Foo Fighters + Royal Blood

For two decades, Dave Grohl and his Foos have been America's greatest purveyors of fan-friendly radio rock. Is their output, including the much-hyped new Sonic Highways, blandly middle-of-the-road? Yep. But is it also good for a beer-hoisting night of neo-classic-rock sing-alongs? You bet it is. British grunge-blues types Royal Blood set the stage for these enormo gigs at Citi Field.

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Citi Field Wednesday July 15 2015 - Thursday July 16 2015

Idina Menzel

Original Rent girl, Wild Party crasher, Wicked witch and Frozen treat Idina Menzel makes to stops in the NYC area on her global summer tour.

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PNC Bank Arts Center Sunday July 12 2015 - Friday July 17 2015


Interpol had a brief moment in the indie-rock limelight—Turn on the Bright Lights holds up as one of the most memorable debuts of the ’00s. However, the band still knows how to churn out solid Joy Division–esque anthems as heard in their last LP El Pintor, which blew us away in the true Interpol form we haven't seen since 2010.

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Prospect Park Bandshell Tuesday July 21 2015

Modest Mouse

For a group that started out playing tiny clubs, bingo halls and dive bars, Modest Mouse fills larger spaces remarkably well, offering up a slightly frenetic live show anchored by Isaac Brock’s distinctive yelp-and-shout singing. Here, the Pacific Northwest indie-rock heavies gig behind their latest LP (and first in eight years), Strangers to Ourselves. Mimicking Birds open Mar 18 and 19.

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Webster Hall Wednesday July 22 2015


Last year was a weird one for U2, what with that unfortunate iTunes snafu surrounding the release of Songs of Innocence, and Bono's Central Park bike accident, which led to the surreal occurrence of the Boss (and, yes, Chris Martin) filling in for the famed frontman at a World AIDS Day gig this past December. Tepid as Songs was, though, you know you still want to be there when these Irish stadium-rock faves blast through their myriad hits as part of an insane seven-night MSG run.

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Madison Square Garden Saturday July 18 2015 - Friday July 31 2015

Billy Joel

Erstwhile angry young man Billy Joel—now an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what's threatening to become an endless run. Tonight may be sold out, but you can grab tickets for...September.

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Madison Square Garden Thursday May 28 2015 - Thursday December 17 2015

Arts events in July 2015

"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"

This show presents some 160 pages culled from the artist’s notebooks—sketches, but also examples of the artist’s poetry and other writings—along with related paintings and works on paper.

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Brooklyn Museum Until Sunday August 23 2015

"Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold"

This show is timed to coincide with the release of the Helen Mirren vehicle, Woman in Gold, which tells the true story of Maria Altmann, who successfully sued Austria to repatriate 5 Klimt paintings looted by the Nazis. Altmann was also the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the only subject Gustav Klimt painted twice. His Adele Bloch-Bauer I serves as centerpiece for this round-up of 50 works, including paintings, related drawings, vintage photographs, decorative arts and archival material.

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Neue Galerie New York Until Monday September 7 2015

"Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life."

Examine the influences of plants and wildlife in Kahlo’s work while surrounded by flora and fauna yourself. Twelve original paintings, including her lesser-known still lifes, will be on display, as well as a revocation of her home garden at her Casa Azul in Mexico.

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New York Botanical Garden Saturday May 16 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

More events in July 2015

First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is packed with fun, eco-friendly events for you and your friends to enjoy, with the peace of mind that you're doing something nice for Mother Earth. This Sunday, learn traditional hula and Tahitian ori with Polynesian cultural ambassador Kaina Quenga from 3:30 to 4:30pm, become one with nature on a Tropical Plant Stroll in Steinhardt Conservatory at 11am or 2pm and browse sustainable Swedish items at Gudrun Sjödén Pop-up Shop throughout the day.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sun Apr 5 - Sun Dec 6

Mobile Mondays! 45s

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests.

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The Bowery Electric Monday April 27 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Remember Bill Nye the Science Guy? Great! Now imagine him as a bartender who is deeply interested in the history of ethanol alcohol, really likes wigs and costumes, and just joined a coed barbershop quartet.

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SoHo Playhouse Monday April 27 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

Music Video Night

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Bossa Nova Civic Club Monday May 4 2015 - Tuesday January 5 2016 Free