NYC events in July 2018

It’s never too soon to start planning for the Fourth as well as all the other awesome NYC events in July

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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 a ton of awesome things to do for the next 26 days. After Independence Day, enjoy fantastic outdoor summer concerts, hit up one of the city’s many rooftop parties and make sure to pencil in getting a tan at the best beaches in NYC while the weather is warm and sunny.

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Featured events in July 2018

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

The Panorama Music Festival guide

Coachella in California is the fest that really kicks the summer music festival season into gear. So it makes sense that its organizers, Goldenvoice, have made NYC Panorama Music Festival its East Coast counterpart. The three-day event, one of the best NYC events in July.

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By: Andrew Frisicano


From noon to 9pm each day, 12,000 revelers—dressed in nothing but pink and white, duh—will descend onto Governor's Island for this rosé-themed fest. Settle onto rosé-hued designer blankets for stemless glasses of still, sparkling and champagne rosé selections. The afternoons will be soundtracked with live DJ sets and more performances.  

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Governors Island , Governors Island Saturday June 30 2018 - Sunday July 1 2018

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

NYC Poetry Festival

For the last eight years, a number of the city’s poetry-reading series and their affiliated collectives have taken over Governors Island for a day, creating a stage for the many voices of NYC, both celebrated and underground. This year, the crew of the Poetry Society of New York does it again, presenting readings from more than 200 poets and 50 organizations.

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Governors Island Colonels Row , Governors Island Saturday July 28 2018 - Sunday July 29 2018

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

Fire Island Dance Festival

Work that booty, or better yet just ogle sexy dancers from Broadway and beyond at this fest that invites choreographers and performers from around the world for an eclectic evening of high-end dance and cocktails along the water. Proceeds from this 24rd installment, as always, go to a good cause, funding nutritional and medical charities throughout the States.

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Various locations Saturday July 21 2018 - Sunday July 22 2018

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

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

Music events in July 2018

Ólafur Arnalds

Arnalds is a gifted Icelandic composer whose gushingly lovely music straddles postclassical ambience and post-rock reverie, with generous sides of melancholy balladry and skittering electronica. He hits Brooklyn on his worldwide "All Strings Attached" tour, which finds Arnalds playing selections from across his catalog backed by a string quartet and percussionist Manu Delango.

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Le Poisson Rouge , Greenwich Village Saturday June 30 2018 - Sunday July 1 2018

Broken Social Scene + Mélissa Laveaux + The East Pointers

Happy Canada Day! No, really, it's a thing. Celebrate our neighbors to the north with a free show from indie-pop darlings Broken Social Scene, whose sterling latest album, Hug of Thunder, proffers even more keen freeform songs that prefer slow builds and soaring climaxes to straightforward hooks. Fellow Canadian bards Mélissa Laveaux and the East Pointers join for this Summerstage gig.

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Central Park, SummerStage , Central Park Sunday July 1 2018


Thom Yorke and Co. hit town for a string of shows at the Garden. Expect a career-spanning set, peppered of course with tunes from the band's acclaimed 2016 album, A Moon Shaped Pool. Superfans, cross your fingers: At a recent festival gig in Rio De Janeiro, Yorke performed the original acoustic version of "True Love Waits" for the first time in fifteen years.

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Tuesday July 10 2018 - Saturday July 14 2018

Kimya Dawson

As one half of New York antifolk duo the Moldy Peaches, Kimya Dawson wrote some deliciously smutty tunes back in the early aughts; as a solo artist she's produced some lovable, off-kilter records (not to mention her part in pulling together the soundtrack for teen prego-comedy Juno). It's been seven long years since her last solo album, Thunder Thighs, and we're pleased to note Dawson seems poised to unveil some new material in the not-too-distant future. If you haven't already, check out her heartrending ode "Cyclone" before she takes the stage for a pair of intimate gigs in Bushwick.

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El Cortez , Bushwick Friday July 13 2018 - Saturday July 14 2018


British synthpop bastion Erasure hits NYC for a three-night stint behind last year's World Be Gone. That contemplative effort will get a good airing—as will, we suspect, selections from its neo-classical reenvisioning, World Beyond—but count on the iconic duo to throw in a requisite dose of the old hits ("A Little Respect," "Chains of Love," "Always") as well.

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Beacon Theatre , Upper West Side Friday July 13 2018 - Sunday July 15 2018


The once-enigma known as Jandek, a reclusive avant-bluesman for the better part of three decades who suddenly emerged in 2004 and has since become a globetrotting free-improviser, pops up in Brooklyn for his first NYC show in six years. Expect fearless abstraction, with the possibility of spooky transcendence.

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Trans-Pecos , Ridgewood Sunday July 22 2018

Arctic Monkeys

Ferociously talented British quartet headlines with its blend of full-tilt, sinewy rock, which is constantly undergoing sharp-witted evolution. Here the band plays behind its new, sixth LP, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

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Forest Hills Stadium , Forest Hills Tuesday July 24 2018

Courtney Barnett + Julien Baker + Vagabon

Melbourne singer-songwriter and guitarist Barnett teams with two other indie stars: Laetitia Tamko of Vagabon and melancholic songsmith Baker. A streak of quiet, lyrical resilience runs through the work of all three, though each artist refracts that quality through her own unique prism. Count on tight performances that showcase the talents of these breakthrough artists.

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Prospect Park Bandshell , Windsor Terrace Wednesday July 25 2018


Pretty much the ultimate stoner-metal band, California's Sleep attained near-legendary status in the ’90s on the strength of its ultra-extended slo-mo epics. The trio splintered into the highly revered outfits High on Fire and Om, but has regrouped sporadically in recent years, and boy are we are glad: This past 4/20 saw the arrival of a new ripper, The Sciences. Expect the band to unleash it at these Brooklyn gigs.

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Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Thursday July 26 2018 - Friday July 27 2018

Panorama Festival

Panorama returns to Randalls Island for its third year, and it's going to be another humdinger. The Weeknd headlines Friday, July 27, with Migos, Father John Misty, the War on Drugs, Dua Lipa, The Black Madonna and Bearcat in the ranks. Saturday, July 28's bill boasts Janet Jackson, SZA, Gucci Mane, St. Vincent, Japanese Breakfast and Avalon Emerson. The Killers lead the pack for the third and final day, with David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, Moodymann and Odesza also on the docket. Grab some sunscreen and earplugs—and ready your excuse to call out from work on Monday.

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Randalls Island Park , Randall's Island Friday July 27 2018 - Sunday July 29 2018
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