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What’s Happening in NYC in July

Summer is in full swing in New York City this month, and while many people escape the heat on the shore or upstate, visitors will find the city is far from shutting down. On the contrary, NYC in July means endless outdoor film screenings, concerts and festivals. After the fireworks of July 4th, there’s plenty of time to enjoy the city’s can’t-miss July events.

Midsummer Night Swing

From the end of June until July 15, people flock to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center to dance outside to live music during Midsummer Night Swing. The performance is nightly, with a group dance lesson ahead of the performance to help you master your swing, ballroom, bolero, and other classic moves. A Silent Disco follows the main event, keeping the party going well into the evening. A single ticket starts at $17.

Hudson RiverFlicks

Starting on July 5, New Yorkers can head to either Pier 61 or Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers on Wednesdays and Fridays to watch some of the most distinguished films of the year (think: Moonlight, Arrival, Hidden Figures, and the effervescent La La Land) at Hudson RiverFlicks. Friday screenings are family-friendly, and range from classics (1984’s The Karate Kid) to last year’s Trolls. All screenings are free, and include complimentary popcorn. There’s also the iconic Bryant Park movie nights closer to home here in Midtown.


Often called the Coachella of New York City, Panorama is three-day music festival that begins on July 28 at Randall’s Island Park. Expect a mix of hip hop, rock, and pop, with big names like A Tribe Called Quest, Frank Ocean, and Solange complimented by smaller, up and coming performers like Kiiara, Bishop Briggs, and Jay Daniel.  One-day general admission starts at $125.

Bastille Day NYC

On July 9, from noon until 5:00 p.m., Francophiles can celebrate French Independence with a serious New York-style fete on Bastille Day in NYC. Expect a fair filled with traditional patisseries, French language workshops, and special performances. There are events all over New York City, but the most centralized celebration is on 60th Street, between Lexington and Fifth Avenue.

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