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NYC events in July 2017

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Fourth of July events, summer concerts and more

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If you’re searching for great things to do in the summer, these NYC events in July are guaranteed to be a hit. Even after all the 4th of July events simmer down, there are still tons of awesome things to do for the next 26 days. From amazing summer music festivals to cool rooftop parties, you won’t have any trouble staying entertained (or getting a tan).

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Featured events in July 2017

Fourth of July in NYC

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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By: Vivienne van Vliet

Shakespeare in the Park in NYC

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved New York democratic tradition: Shakespeare in the Park, presented for free at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outdoors, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration.

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By: Adam Feldman

Summer concerts in NYC

Start hoarding sunscreen: Your guide to the best summer concerts of 2016 have arrived. Plan out your summer in New York with our picks for the best warm-weather gigs, including free concerts, jazz concerts, hip-hop shows, summer music festivals and more.

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By: Andrew Frisicano
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Summer music festivals

Music festivals have become as essential a feature of summer in the city as ice-skating and hot chocolate are to winter in New York: It's part of the reason why you live here. What makes New York's summer music festival scene better than anywhere else's? We'll start with the beautiful weather, then add the fact that you'll be watching your favorite bands play in truly iconic surroundings—say, Central Park, or the leafy Celebrate Brooklyn! bandshell.

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By: Andrew Frisicano

Bastille Day in NYC

Ooh la la! Francophiles have their choice of fetes to celebrate Bastille Day. NYC's annual events include street fairs, outdoor parties, dance events and performances (the cancan!), and more great things to do outside.

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By: Tazi Phillips

Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

Midsummer Night Swing brings together the best of music, free outdoor dance events and things to do outside in New York, but we have a few tips to help you make the most of the festival. Lovely Damrosch Park can get crowded, so be sure to book in advance, get there when the dance floor opens at 6pm, and remember that purses and backpacks must be left at the bagcheck—ladies, you’ll need a dancing frock with pockets.

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By: Tolly Wright
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Music events in July 2017

(Sandy) Alex G + Japanese Breakfast + Cende

Prolific singer-songwriter (Sandy) Alex G, formerly known simply as Alex G, has built a dedicated following over the past few years through a steady output of washed-out indie odes, gently demented psyche musings and, most recently, twangy roots rock. The Philly native, whose guitar strumming talents also surfaced on Frank Ocean's Blonde and Endless, hits town behind a new full-length on Domino, Rocket. Also on the bill is one of our favorite rising indie-pop songwriters, Japanese Breakfast (otherwise known as Little Big League ex-frontwoman Michelle Zauner).

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Music Hall of Williamsburg , Williamsburg Thursday July 6 2017

The Yardbirds

Presently, this revered English combo only contains one original member—drummer Jim McCarty—but don't let that get you down. The current roster comprises venerable guitarist Johnny A, Ram Jam's Myke Scavone, Detroit axman John Idan and bassist Kenny Aaronson, who has toured with Bob Dylan, Billy Idol and Joan Jett. Sure, the band's most famous guitar alumni (Clapton, Page, Beck) are missing, but this group of veteran performers is plenty qualified to deliver the band's trailblazing psych-blues sound.

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Highline Ballroom , Chelsea Saturday July 8 2017

Arab Strap

Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton reunited last year for a string of shows in the U.K. in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their emergence as Arab Strap. This year finds the gents crossing the pond to play Pitchfork's annual music fest in Chicago and, luckily, they're stopping off in NYC on the way. Don't miss this rare chance to hear the beloved outfit's highly engrossing electronica-dappled indie rock live.

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Webster Hall , Downtown Wednesday July 12 2017
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The Cave Singers + LAPêCHE

Seattle's Cave Singers are led by a man called Pete Quirk, a fitting surname for someone whose edged voice protrudes from his band's instrumentation like an ostrich's head. The band brings its grooving, stomp-and-clap folk stylings to Mercury Lounge for an early show. Local indie-rock quintet LAPêCHE opens with warm, woozy indie rock.

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Mercury Lounge , Lower East Side Wednesday July 12 2017

Echo & the Bunnymen + Violent Femmes

Ian McCulloch's Echo & the Bunnymen, the influential British gloom-pop troupe behind hits such as “The Killing Moon” and “Lips Like Sugar,” and Milwaukee folk-punk trio Violent Femmes hit town on their co-headlining tour. Expect a show laden with hits and peppered with selections from the bands' most recent offerings (Echo & the Bunnymen's Meteorites and Violent Femmes' We Can Do Anything). The Femmes are cooking up a new album, so chances are they'll try out some fresh material here, but doubtless the high point will be the collective mania unleashed by the opening lick of "Blister in the Sun."

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Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk , Brooklyn Wednesday July 12 2017

My Morning Jacket + Gary Clark Jr.

Jim James & Co. roll into town to dish out a hearty helping of Southern-fried rock. The beloved Kentucky outfit never fails to hit that sweet spot where jammy looseness meets eclectic indie rock, so count on a freewheeling performance and some seriously crowd-pleasing covers. Opening is blues phenom Gary Clark Jr., who's supported the Stones and Clapton and even performed at the freakin' White House. Needless to say, you'll not want to miss his set.

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Forest Hills Stadium , Forest Hills Saturday July 15 2017
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PJ Harvey

Alt-rock icon PJ Harvey’s latest release, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is another singular statement. The record balances weighty tone and musical simplicity, as when Harvey builds tracks like “The Ministry of Defence” and “The Words That Maketh Murder” around ominously bellowing horns and eerie chanting. As ever, it’s unclear just what makes Harvey tick creatively, The Hope Six Demolition Project being just the latest example of her penchant for dark, compelling songwriting rooted in odd moods. Her output is always arresting, and this SummerStage benefit performance is well worth the price tag.

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Central Park, Rumsey Playfield , Central Park Wednesday July 19 2017

Conor Oberst + Hop Along + Big Thief

Singer, songwriter, bandleader and label chief Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk and sundry others) hits Prospect Park behind his latest full-length, Salutations. The album finds him revisiting his preceding effort, 2016's solitary Ruminations, this time with a full band in tow. As usual, Oberst isn’t pushing any limits with his quavery-voiced indie folk, but his plainspoken-troubadour style will sound just right in this open-air gig.

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Prospect Park Bandshell , Windsor Terrace Thursday July 20 2017

Ride

Between 1988 and 1996, seminal shoegaze outfit Ride released four albums, all now classics of the genre, and then broke up during Britpop's ascendency (which the band foreshadowed with a pop sensibility many of its peers lacked). The band reunited for a tour in 2015, and this year it's coming stateside again with more good news: A new release is in the works. Ride's first album in nearly two decades, Weather Diaries, is due out June 16 and if the initial singles, "Charm Assault" and "Home is a Feeling," are any indication, the foursome hasn't missed a beat.

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Terminal 5 , Hell's Kitchen Thursday July 20 2017
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Iron Maiden

In any discussion of rock acts that have improved with age, English heavy-metal institution Iron Maiden has to come in somewhere near the top: Even if Bruce Dickinson can't hit every screeching high note of his prime (cut him some slack, the guy just overcame tongue cancer), he deploys his resources for maximum impact, something that could be said equally for his restless bandmates. The band's international tour behind its latest, The Book of Souls, comes to a close with two shows in Brooklyn.

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Barclays Center , Prospect Heights Friday July 21 2017 - Saturday July 22 2017
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