Things To Do in July

A couple dances and performs at Broadway at Bryant Park in NYC in front of an outdoor audience.

Photo Credit: Bryant Park

Now that you’re refreshed from a long holiday weekend, it’s time to get those planners and pencils out to plan out July’s must-do events in New York City! We’ll take any excuse to get outside and enjoy all of the sights and sounds of summer in the city, which just so happens to host countless festivals, concerts, movies, and unique tours. From free Summerstage concerts in Central Park to an urban hike within the city, consider adding these five July events to your monthly schedule!

Tables and chairs set up outdoors at Bryant Park in the summer.

Photo Credit: Bryant Park Facebook

Broadway in Bryant Park: July 6th – August 10th

One July event I most look forward to every summer is Broadway in Bryant Park. Every Thursday at 12:30pm, from now until August 10th, head to Bryant Park on your lunch break and revel in Broadway’s biggest shows. There’s a huge stage set up in the park, where actors and actresses from the Great White Way perform several hit numbers from each musical, including full on song and dance choreography! And did we mention it’s completely free?!

They’ll be kicking off on July 6th with the following shows:

  1. STOMP
  2. Groundhog Day
  3. Wicked
  4. Phantom of the Opera

New musicals will run every week, and it’s really one of those “only in NYC” opportunities that you should absolutely take advantage of!

A poster display of The Intrepid Museum's outdoor summer movie series.

Photo Credit: The Intrepid Museum Facebook

Intrepid Museum’s Summer Movie Series: July 11th, 18th, 25th

While there’s plenty of opportunities to see outdoor films in the summer, how about an outdoor movie on top of one of the biggest docked ships in Manhattan?!

The Intrepid Museum’s Summer Movie Series is hosting free films on its flight deck, which provides the most incredible skyline view – just like many of Glenwood’s luxury West Side apartment buildings! The films being shown this month are:

  1. Good Morning, Vietnam (Tuesday, July 11th)
  2. Anchorman (Tuesday, July 18th)
  3. Cocktail (Tuesday, July 25th)

All shows are set to being at sunset, and while each presentation, is completely free, be sure to arrive early to snag a great viewing spot!

City of Water Day: July 15th

No matter how long you live in NYC, and how much you pride yourself on knowing all the best events, the city will always pop up with surprises.

This is the first year I’ve heard of the City of Water Day (even though it’s in its 10th year!), and I think it’s absolutely brilliant! On Saturday, July 15th from 10am to 4pm, the Waterfront Alliance is encouraging all New Yorkers to get out to the waterfront to enjoy everything it has to offer. From boat tours, rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, the Waterfront Activity Fair, and Disney Children’s Activities, there’s fun to be had for the whole family, and best of all, it’s all free! There’s events being held on Governors Island, as well as all across the city, so check out the map ahead of time to plan your day.

A flower display of the Museum of Modern Art's outdoor garden display.

Photo Credit: The Museum of Modern Art Facebook

Summergarden: Every Sunday in July

Every July, the Museum of Modern Art hosts their Summergarden in their beautiful outdoor sculpture area. Each Sunday at 8pm, different performers are welcomed to play under the stars, and the general public can come and listen to the tunes for absolutely free. The gate opens at 7pm, so be sure to get there a bit early. Wine and snacks are sold on site!

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NYC Poetry Festival: July 29th and 30th

Get a taste of NYC’s best haikus, limericks, and prose this summer at the NYC Poetry Festival, held on Governors Island. From 11am to 6pm on July 29th and 30th, you can expect open mic poetry, poetry art projects, and a special literary events specifically for children, along with a lineup from some over 250 of NYC’s most notorious poets. This sounds like the perfect place to pack a picnuic lunch and relax with your beau or group of friends!

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