The heat is here and summer is officially ON. It’s time to celebrate with barbecue, books, Broadway, and the only kind of blizzard you want in July: the Grand Bazaar Summer Ice Cream Blizzard.
This month brings with it a bevy of New York City summer staples. Nathan’s Famous is commemorating 100 years in the biz with its annual Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. 2015 champion Matt Stonie will go head to head with world record holder Joey Chestnut in the battle to be crowned top chomper.
The hills (skyscrapers?) are alive with the sound of music. Several fests are taking place this month, catering to all kinds of music fans. New Yorkers are also getting cultured with Broadway in Bryant Park and book readings beneath the Brooklyn Bridge.
What other prime NYC events does July have in store? Read on to find out.
Food & Drink
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: July 4, 2016
Join thousands at the corner of Surf and Stillwell in Coney Island to honor the 100th birthday of Nathan’s Famous and the 240th birthday of the country. Because nothing says “America” like watching people down dozens of dogs for prizes and brand endorsements. The 2016 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest will be over by 1pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to scout a prime spot for fireworks viewing.
Uncorked Wine Festival: July 16, 2016
Over 50 wineries, gourmet food trucks, and live music will hit the Metropolitan Pavilion on July 16. This will be the inaugural Uncorked Wine Festival in NYC, following successful editions in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Chicago, and Kansas City. General admission is $60. Spring for a $70 VIP ticket if you want an extra hour of tastings, shorter lines, and exclusive wines not available to GA ticket holders.
Grand Bazaar Summer Ice Cream Blizzard: July 31, 2016
Every Sunday, Grand Bazaar brings 100+ top merchants to the Upper West Side to hawk their one-of-a-kind wares and artisanal eats. A special event on July 31 brings together the city’s best ice cream makers to keep you cool and treat your taste buds to a variety of unexpected flavors. The Summer Ice Cream Blizzard will be followed up in October with the Grand Bazaar Artisanal Sweet Treats event.
Art & Culture
Broadway in Bryant Park: Every Thursday starting July 7, 2016
No, you still can’t get tickets to Hamilton, but you can see a constellation of Broadway’s other bright stars in Bryant Park starting July 7. Broadway In Bryant Park presents a series of lunchtime performances from the most popular shows on and off the Great White Way. This year’s lineup includes The Color Purple, Finding Neverland, Fuerza Bruta, Kinky Boots, and Avenue Q.
Harlem Week: Starts July 31, 2016
Harlem Week promotes and celebrates the past, present, and future of one of NYC’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Over its 40-year history, Harlem Week has evolved from a one-day event to over a month of events kicking off in July and continuing for the rest of summer. Expect a range of cultural programs, live music, sporting events, and conferences, as well as the Upper Manhattan Auto Show and the Fabulous Fashion Flava Show.
Books Beneath The Bridge: Multiple Dates
Audiobooks – IRL. Nearly 5,000 people have attended Books Beneath the Bridge since 2012, gathering to hear the likes of Martin Amis and Patti Smith read from their works. Six Monday nights in July and August will feature authors representing six of Brooklyn’s best independent bookstores. Each evening will include readings, discussions, signings, and more, inspired by the featured writer.
Sports & Outdoors
Mets vs Marlins at Citi Field: July 4, 2016
Pressure’s on for the home team as the New York Mets take on the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on July 4. There will be post-game fireworks in honor of Independence Day, as well as plenty of special patriotic hijinks. If you’re looking for an ultra-American way to celebrate the holiday, baseball is about as good as it gets.
Bastille Day on 60th Street: July 10, 2016
For over 20 years, Bastille Day on 60th Street has been New York’s largest public celebration of France’s Independence Day and its historic friendship with the United States. The three-block fête invites New Yorkers to revel in the flavors, sounds, and joie de vivre of France with food, music, dance, market booths, free language workshops, and more.
Waterfight NYC: July 23, 2016
Indulge your inner child at this annual ode to Super Soakers. Arm yourself with squirt guns, spray bottles, water blasters – basically anything that isn’t water balloons, which will be confiscated – and head to Central Park’s Great Lawn to do battle on July 23. There’s no need to RSVP, register, or sign up for Waterfight NYC 2016, just pack your arsenal and be prepared to #StayWet.
Nightlife & Music
4Knots Music Festival: July 9, 2016
Returning to Manhattans’s legendary South Street Seaport as a free festival, The Village Voice‘s 4Knots Music Festival will be back for its sixth year on July 9. 4Knots showcases renowned and emerging artists on today’s breaking music scene (so you have bragging rights when one of the bands hits the big time). The 2016 lineup features Guided By Voices, The Strumbellas, Kirk Knight, Girlpool, and Mild High Club.
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: July 13 – July 16, 2016
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is a summertime staple. Established in 2005, the fest is NYC’s largest cultural event that showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting the genre’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building, and social change. Nas, Fabolous, and Talib Kweli are amongst the artists on this year’s schedule.
Panorama Music Festival: July 22 – July 24, 2016
New from Goldenvoice, the folks that bring you Coachella, is the Panorama Music Festival on Randall’s Island. The fresh fest will make its debut on July 22, bringing together top music performances (think Arcade Fire, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, and Sufjan Stevens), technology-inspired installations, and delicious eats to defend New York City’s rep as an entertainment capital.
Fourth Of July
House of Yes 4th of July BBQ Extravaganza
Might Get Weird and House of Yes are combining forces once again to bring the stars ‘n’ stripes realness with the 4th of July BBQ Extravaganza: 12 straight hours of hot meat, dirty dancing, and delicious chillness. The party is free to attend, though you’re encouraged to participate by rocking your best red, white, and blue threads.
Beats & BBQ: The Star Spangled Boogie 2016
It’s not July in the Big Apple without the Star Spangled Boogie. The bash has been one of the city’s go-to Fourth of July events since 2007. This year, from 3 pm to 10 pm at LP ‘n Harmony, Beats & BBQ will grace Williamsburg with its successful combination of “Soulful Dance Music, BBQ and You”. There’s no cover, and guests get free eats with beverage purchase (while supplies last).
Narcissa’s Fourth of July Lobster Bake
Chow down on a smorgasbord of Independence Day delicacies at Narcissa’s Fourth of July Lobster Bake. Along with your favorite crustaceans, they’ll be serving ribs, mussels, clams, corn, potatoes, and cupcakes throughout the weekend on the East Village Standard Hotel’s South Garden Terrace. $60 gets you the grub, with drink specials available at an additional cost. Make reservations here.