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NYC events in July 2017 for New York City

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

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It’s summer in New York, and July happens to be one of the most event-filled months in NYC. 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 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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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

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: Hank Shteamer

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

Music events in July 2017

Joshua Redman Quartet

In addition to collaborating with the Bad Plus and his James Farm bandmates, saxophone star Redman found time to issue the sumptuous, string-bathed Walking Shadows in 2013. The record is proof that he’s making the strongest music of his career, but that fact is even more evident on the bandstand. He turns up here with an agile combo: pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Greg Hutchinson.

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Tue Jun 28 - Sun Jul 3

Sting + Peter Gabriel

It's a starstudded night: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Sting and Gabriel, who have each spent more than 30 years in the music trenches, trade songs and sets as they tour together for the first time since the ’80s, when the two teamed up for Amnesty International. With their massive discographies, there's no telling what to expect, but we're hoping Gabriel lends Sting his lightbulb suit while he rides around the stage on a bicycle (yes, both of those things have happened).

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Until Sun Jul 3

The Beach Boys

Expect Coney Island to be crowded with moms, dads, kids, most of Animal Collective and so on, to see the Beach Boys run through their summer hits—though it's worth pointing out that after touring with Brian Wilson for its 50th anniversary in 2012, the group is back to a Wilson-less lineup. Nonetheless, it's a respectable showing of core fellas, led by founding member Mike Love and longtime player Bruce Johnston.

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04 Jul 2016

Fat Joe + Tony Touch

Fat Joe—"Lean Back" rapper, Terror Squad main man and Bronx native—hits the stage behind one of the summer's biggest songs, the Remy-Ma-and-Jay-Z-aided "All the Way Up."

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06 Jul 2016

John Carpenter

Legendary horror filmmaker John Carpenter stopped making movies years ago, but he’s kept on producing the deliriously freaky synthesizer compositions that gave Halloween and The Thing their inescapable atmosphere of anxiety and dread. See the master himself front a full band—and watch people freak out when it launches into an Escape from New York soundtrack cut.

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08 Jul 2016

Justin Bieber

Pint-size pop idol Justin Bieber hits NYC in support of his latest one, Purpose, which sees him veering into tropical house and hazy R&B territory via production from MdL and Skrillex. But that's not his only change of course: Biebs has also reportedly vowed to clean up his act and tone down the bad-boy antics. Could his days of monkey smuggling be behind him? Go ahead Justin, make Beliebers out of us.

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09 Jul 2016

4Knots Music Festival

While most indie-rock fests branched into other genres years ago, The Village Voice’s 4Knots remains keenly focused on all things underground and guitar-based. This waterfront installment features indie legends Guided by Voices, Detroit garage punks Protomartyr and folk-punk duo Girlpool.

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09 Jul 2016

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

The summertime staple, which brands itself as "unapologetically and undeniably hip-hop," celebrates its 12th year with a sturdy bill featuring Queens' own Nas, as well as Brooklyn MCs Fabolous and Talib Kweli, and up-and-comer Rapsody.

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16 Jul 2016

The Feelies + Beach Fossils

North Jersey indie-rock legends the Feelies drew on the Velvet Underground long before the influence became de rigueur, creating wired, bookish rock at a time when the Vampire Weekend kids were but twinkles in their parents’ eyes. Expect to hear old favorites mixed in with tunes from the band’s 2011 comeback LP, Here Before. Blissed-out indie-gone-psych faves Beach Fossils open.

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18 Jul 2016

Guns N' Roses

Once-mighty glam-metal act Guns N' Roses attempts a return to its former glory with a much-discussed reunion (discussed, except by the band members, who haven't said anything official about it). If recent shows are to be believed, frontman Axl Rose and classic lineup guitar-slinger Slash and bassist Duff McKagan are sharing a stage for the first time in two decades. There may be some Chinese Democracy songs to sit through, but when Axl lets loose on classics such as "Welcome to the Jungle," try not to pump your fist.

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23 Jul 2016


The new A Moon Shaped Pool is possibly the most difficult album the enigmatic prog group’s released in its career, but fans will surely swoon so hard over cuts like “Burn the Witch” (not to mention old favorites from Kid A and OK Computer), they’ll give tweens at a Justin Bieber concert a run for their money—especially considering the crew just played their quasi-disowned megahit "Creep" for the first time live in 7 years.

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Tue Jul 26 - Wed Jul 27

Mitski + Japanese Breakfast

Mitski Miyawaki's 2014 release, Bury Me at Makeout Creek, forwent her previous orchestral avant-pop explorations in favor of dreamily yearning indie rock—a successful transformation that highlighted her talents for complex, emotive melody and pointed lyricism. Her new collection of heartrending songs, Puberty 2, continues her skyward journey as one of the indiesphere's most exciting young voices.

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Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Saturday April 29 2017
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Jim F
Jim F

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