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NYC events in July 2022

Starting making your Independence Day plans and check out the other amazing NYC events in July

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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Some of the best things to do in summer are NYC events in July. Even after all the 4th of July events simmer down, there are still many awesome things to do for the duration of the month. After Independence Day, enjoy fantastic outdoor fun, hit up one of the city’s many rooftops and make sure to pencil in getting a tan at the best beaches in NYC while the weather is still hot, hot, hot. 

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Best NYC events in July 2022

  • Theater

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved NYC democratic tradition and one of the best free things to do in NYC: Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outside in New York, 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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  • Music

When the city heats up, so too does SummerStage, one of the most anticipated summer concerts known for its free tickets and stellar line-up. The City Parks Foundation series is a juggernaut among warm-weather concert presenters, booking everything from classic New York hip-hop artists in outerborough NYC parks to big-name indie-rock bands on the Central Park mainstage. The festival has even expanded to film screenings and dance performances. The scope of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage 2022 is so vast we wouldn't blame you for being a bit bewildered by the whole thing.

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  • City Life

If you're looking to cool off at some place other than the best public pools and the top hotel and rooftop pools in NYC, consider a visit to Roosevelt Island, where the annual Pop Up Pool Party installation just debuted by the body of water. As is the case every year, the floor mural lives at Manhattan Park, an 8.5-acre luxury waterfront rental community that tasks a different creative with coming up with a design for the space annually. This year's chosen artist, Hratch Arbach, also had to abide by a theme: sustainability.

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  • Things to do
  • Events & Festivals

The Seaport's summer concert series under the stars will feature more than 60 shows across the summer, including these in July:

  • July 7: Yacht Rock Revue 2022 Tour
  • July 8: Bikini Kill
  • July 12 & 13: 5 Seconds of Summer – Take My Hand World Tour
  • July 15: The Psychedelic Furs – Made of Rain 2022 Tour
  • July 20: The Cult — We Own The Night Tour
  • July 22: Sad Summer Festival presented by Journeys feat. Waterparks, Neck Deep, Mayday Parade, State Champs & more
  • July 23: ALEXISONFIRE
  • July 29: Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine – Outside Problems Tour
  • July 30 & 31: Chase Atlantic — Cold Nights Tour 2022
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  • Music
  • Music

In its 99th year, Forest Hills Stadium is presenting one of the most exciting outdoor summer concert series yet! With acts like Leon Bridges, Bon Iver, The Lumineers, Death Cab for Cutie, Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Phoebe Bridgers, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor LL COOL J, Ice Cube, Rick Ross, Lil’ Kim and Jadakiss, the series will lure music lovers to the Queens venue all season long, from May 14 to October 21. In July:

  • July 16 — Lane 8, Yotto, Le Youth, Qrion
  • July 23 — Greatest Day Ever: Polo & Pan, Isaiah Rashad, the Marías, Tokischa, Boy Pablo, Emotional Oranges, Ckay, Kay Cyy, Silent Addy
  • July 30 — Coheed and Cambria, Dance Gavin Dance, Mothica
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  • Music
  • Music

The program, dubbed Summer Concerts at the Wells Fargo Stage, will run for ten weeks and, although an official lineup has not been released yet, a press release mentions a focus on "today's emerging artists." The concerts—which will take place every Wednesday at 6pm through August 3 in the Public Square & Gardens—are the newest addition to the venue's beloved Backyard at Hudson Yards program, which includes immersive play experiences in an outdoor yurt, outdoor SoulCycle classes, movie nights, live sports tournaments on the 30-foot big screen and more.

 

  • Things to do

Several of New York’s finest hotels offer day passes for their rooftop pools, most of which include chaises and cabanas for lounging in addition to a full-service bar. The combination of two of New York's favorite things—swimming pools and rooftop bars—creates an elevated summer oasis worth throwing down some cash for. Make sure to cross one, if not all, of these pool off your things to do in the summer bucket list.

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  • Music

You can set your watch by how reliably awesome the annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is. Unlike SummerStage, which spreads out across the five boroughs, all BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! shows take place at the beautiful bandshell in Prospect Park, a scenic amphitheater surrounded by trees. Catching one of these gigs is guaranteed to be a highlight of your summer show-going season, whether you're seeing a buzzy indie-rock band, a classic soul or funk group, or one of the best hip-hop artists around.

  • Movies

There's nothing more "summer in NYC" than taking in a movie in the great outdoors, under the hardly-seen stars and set to the humming soundtrack of the city. Looking to see a new movie any night of the week? We've got you covered.

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  • Theater
  • Theater & Performance

The season, is comprised of 26 live and free performances, including contemporary dance performances, jazz concerts, collaborations with Joe's Pub and more.  The programming concludes on September 17, with the American Symphony Orchestra's 60th-anniversary concert. You can check out the full lineup right here

  • Restaurants

It’s finally outdoor eating and drinking season in New York City, and rooftop restaurants and bars citywide are throwing open their doors for the occasion. So, too, is Smorgasburg, with a brand new spot in Jersey City that opened on May 29, and the World Trade Center location that opened on Friday, May 21. Smorgasburg is also returned to Williamsburg’s Marsha P. Johnson State Park on June 26, and Prospect Park on June 13. Here’s a little more about what Smorgasburg 2021 has on deck. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Lovers of ethnic foods, rejoice: New York's renowned Queens Night Market is officially back on June 19, running every Saturday through October 30. As usual, vendors of all sorts will take over Flushing Meadows Corona Park, serving everything from Indian tandoori kebabs to Bengali fuska, Hong Kongese soy sauce noodles and Puerto Rican papas rellenos. There will still be a $5-$6 price cap on food orders, to make sure you get to eat all that's available without breaking your wallet, plus beer and wine on offer for purchase. In terms of music, you can expect live gigs to capture your attention as well. 

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  • Eating

The food destination is now official open for the season, set to feature around 20 food vendors each Saturday from NOON to 7pm through November. Although the culinary festival ended up being the only open-air market to operate in New York in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic, the organizers had to deal with a slew of new restrictions, a shortened season and the uncertainty that has plagued the entire world throughout this past year. And yet, things are looking up: the 2021 calendar is set to become the market's longest to date and will include community-oriented programs seeking to support local businesses, in addition to the gastronomical offerings that the event is known for. Among the rotating lineup of vendors are San Antonio's Wood Fired Pizza, Downeast Lobstah, La Braza, Osicala NYC, Sechebel Catering Co. and Sweet and Salty Empanads. Dessert-wise, visitors can indulge in Island Love Cake's aged-rum cakes, Dre's Water Ice and Ice Cream Southern-style treats and baked goods from Sweet Obsessions, among others.

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

The romantic and verdant rooftop atop the McKittrick Hotel, Gallow Green, has finally reopened to the public and it's just as beautiful as ever. Gallow Green, which is in full bloom right now, is open for dinner and drinks on Wednesday through Sunday evenings for those looking for a more intimate and romantic rooftop bar scene.  When you're sitting under the lofty vines, hand-crafted cocktails are just an order away, including the Sleep No More (pea flower-infused vodka, elderflower, and rosé cider) and Gallow Green (bourbon, blue curaçao, citrus, and ginger), which are named after the hotel and its residents. For the summer, there is also frozé on tap, wine by the glass and bottle, local seasonal draft beers, and bottled ciders.

 

Looking for more things to do?

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  • Health and beauty
  • Spas

It’s no secret that New Yorkers are stressed, but when it comes to unwinding, we’re pretty competitive about that too—that’s where the best spas in NYC come in. The city boasts some of the most luxurious spas in the country, but affordable spa treatments also abound. So get inspired with birthday party ideas in NYC or date night ideas in NYC and book yourself a treatment at one of our favorite New York City spas.

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