As the weather heats up in New York City in July, so does the fun! If you’re visiting the week of July 9-15, 2018 and wondering what to do in NYC, here are some activities and events you may want to add to your itinerary. As you can see, you’ll never run out of things to do and see on your trip.
Books Beneath the Bridge
Imagine a bedtime story with a view, and you’ve got Books Beneath the Bridge, an annual literature festival held at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is sponsored and produced by local independent bookstores and takes place on six consecutive Monday nights, starting on July. This first night put on by Powerhouse Arena — a bookstore in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood — and includes a reading, author Q&A, book signings and vendors.
Festival of Soccer
FIFA fans rejoice! A visit to NYC doesn’t mean you have to miss your beloved World Cup playoffs. 230 Fifth is hosting a Festival of Soccer viewing party all week long during match times at its rooftop bar, located at 27th St. and 5th Ave. Come early for the final match on July 15, as it may get crowded!
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
The 14th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival takes place throughout Brooklyn from July 9 to July 14. The festival was first created to highlight and celebrate the positive message of the “hip-hop culture,” including the promotion of “artistic progression, community building and social change.” Besides performances from popular hip-hop artists, the festival includes panel discussions, lectures, workshops movie screenings, dance battles, art installations and a block party finale.
Go Africa Harlem Street Festival
New York City’s street festivals are a wonderful way to experience the food, music, art and culture of the city’s many communities. One such festival is the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival 2018!, which celebrates and showcases NYC’s African diversity. It takes place on July 14, along 116th St. between 7th and 8th Avenues in Harlem, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you’ve never had African goat or cassava, now’s your chance!
The Afro-Latina Festival is another wonderful celebration of NYC’s diversity. Much bigger than a street festival, this takes place from July 13-15 at various venues and includes panel discussions, a film festival, a wine and beer tasting, an outdoor concert, and more.
New York City E-Prix
While racing through New York City streets is illegal, race fans can get their share of excitement with the Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix on July 14 and 15. The Formula E Championship returns to Red Hook, Brooklyn for its second year in 2018, with 10 teams and 20 drivers, and a 2.373-kilometer long track. There will be entertainment at the Allianz E-Village in conjunction with the E-Prix, featuring cars on display, drivers signing autographs, interactive race simulators, live music, kid-friendly games, food and more.
Summergarden at MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art has been hosting its Summergarden— music concerts in the museum’s Sculpture Garden — since 1971. They take place on Sundays in July, and on July 15, the series will feature a jazz concert with the music of the Michael Rodriguez Quartet. The garden opens at 7 p.m. for concertgoers; performances start at 8 p.m. and run 60-90 minutes. Summergarden is held in collaboration with The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center.