Top 10 Activities of July 2019 in NYC

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We are in the heart of  summer now and events are heating up. This month is full of arts and culture, take it all in! Check out our recommended activities to do here in New York City this July.

1- Free Summer Movies in NYC

Monday, July 1-Wednesday, July 31, 2019 – Days & Times below

Movie Nights at Bryant Park Lawn opens at 5pm, movies begins at sunset
Summer on the Hudson Pier 1 opens at 7pm, movies begins at 8:30pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park Movies with a View begin at sunset
Hudson Riverflicks Family Fridays movies go from 8:30pm-10:30pm


(Photo by Katie K/Flickr CC)

Bring a blanket, some snacks and drinks, and sit on the lawn with your loved ones over a great feature film for this unforgettable free NYC experience! Join the locals in a New York City summertime tradition since 1992, when HBO decided to begin showing films outdoors projected onto a giant screen in nearby Bryant Park.
In July at Bryant Park ‘s Movie Nights in Midtown Manhattan, you can catch on July 1: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018), July 8: Carrie (1976), July 15: Bad Boys (1995), July 22: Coming to America (1988), and on July 29: Goodfellas (1990).
At the Summer on the Hudson Pier I Picture Show series at Riverside Park (at West 70th Street), in beautiful Upper West Side Manhattan, catch on July 10: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), July 17: The Darjeeling Limited (2007), July 24: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), and July 31: Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
At the 20th anniversary of Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park, come watch on July 11: Pariah (2011), July 18: Girlfight (2000), and July 25: It Happened One Night (1934), all with the scenic Manhattan skyline in the background.
Lastly, at Hudson Riverflicks Family Fridays, located at Pier 46 in the Greenwich Village, they’re showing on July 12: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), July 19: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), and on July 26: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2018).



2- July 4th in New York City

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Seaport District, Coney Island, and Staten Island


Spend your Independence Day weekend here in New York City and Celebrate America with classic food, spirited parades, cruises, dancing, and of course, the annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza exploding over the East River. Arrive early at the Brooklyn Bridge (as seen above) or anywhere near the barges along Pier 17 in the Seaport District to catch the spectacular show to begin at 9:00pm. Earlier that day, watch the must-see Nathan’s Famous annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island or on T.V., or head to Staten Island for the 109th annual Travis 4th of July Parade beginning at noon at 4108 Victory Blvd. Travis is a small colonial-style village in the NYC borough of Staten Island that hosts a traditional festive red, white, and blue parade. Celebrate, in elegance, this 4th of July holiday weekend with an unforgettable Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise, or check out our other impressive cruise options.



3- Fresh Fruit Festival – Let’s celebrate the LGBTQ+ culture!

Monday, July 8 – Sunday, July 21, 2019 – Times & Locations vary

The annual Fresh Fruit Festival celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender art and culture through dance, plays, performance art, spoken word, comedy, poetry, film, musicals, cabaret, art and much more! This 17th installment of Fresh Fruit Festival will be taking place at The WILD Project theatre in the East Village, and other Manhattan venues. For more information, please check out



4- New York Musical Festival

Monday, July 8 – Sunday, August 4, 2019; Days, times, & locations vary – Theater District,


If you are visiting New York City between July 8th and August 4th, head over to the Theater District during the 15th annual New York Musical Festival. This three-week summer festival presents more than 98 events: performances, concerts, and readings at venues in New York City’s midtown theater district. So, keep an eye out!



5- Manhattanhenge 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 8:20pm – Locations below

(Photo by d26b73/Flickr CC)

Manhattanhenge, also known as Manhattan Solstice, is a stunning and rare astronomical phenomenon that happens only twice a year (May & July)! As the sun sets, it just so happens to fall in a straight line through the skyscrapers of Manhattan’s East-West streets, creating a one of a kind sunset. If you’re lucky to find yourself on July 11th on one of the below Manhattan streets during sunset, you should be able to capture the all-time best picture of the sun setting upon the city. We recommend capturing this beauty on the wide blocks of 42nd, 57th, 34th, 23rd or 14th Street.



6- Bastille Day

Sunday, July 14, 2019, Noon-5:00pm – 60th Street Between Lexington & 5th Avenue, Midtown Manhattan

Hosted by French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

(Photo: Courtesy of the French Institute Alliance Française )

Attend New York’s biggest & liveliest French street fête! Celebrate the most important French National holiday with French cuisine, a film screening, a champagne tasting, wine, cheese & beer tastings, The French Garden: Showcasing Premium French brands, a kids’ corner, a prize drawing, dancing and live music and performances to really immerse yourself in this annual, 230 year political and cultural celebration. For more info about the program, click here.



ozy-fest-central-park-new-york7- OzyFest

Saturday, July 20- Sunday, July 21, 2019  – Price: $69-$450 – The Great Lawn at Central Park, 79th Street & W. 85th Street, NY 10024

Ozyfest is a two-day festival of forward-thinking ideas and politics, excellent music, comedy, and food. Watch performances by John Legend, Miguel, Jazzy Amra, and ARIZONA, witness talks by such major figures as politician Stacey Abrams, legendary director Spike Lee, prominent author on alternative medicine Deepak Chopra, special guest former first lady and best-selling author Michelle Obama; eat food by chefs like Rachael Ray, and many more surprises. If you’d like a truly memorable experience during your stay in NYC and the chance to meet and mingle with some of the brightest minds in America, get yourself VIP passes to this not-to-miss festival of a lifetime!



brazil-summer-fest-new-york8- Brazil Summerfest

Sunday, July 21- Saturday, August 3, 2019 – Price: $45-115 – Multiple venues in NYC

The not-to-miss 9th annual Brazil Summerfest event is the largest and most important international Brazilian music & arts festival in the world outside of Brazil. It includes 33 artists, along 15 different venues, with 20 special events, featuring the best in Contemporary Brazilian music and culture. There’ll be a street fair + block party for the opening ceremony on July 21st at Seward Park in NYC’s funky Lower East Side (LES) neighborhood. Then, practically everyday over the following 12 days, the festival will feature thrilling concerts, dance parties, film premiers, food vendors, art shows, and specialty talks in venues across the West Village to Brooklyn. Come and have an unforgettable experience among exhilarating Brazilian art, music, and food, right here in the cultural metropolis that is New York City.



9- Free Shakespeare in the Park

From July 16th 2019 at the Delacorte Theater


(Photo: Courtesy of Shakespeare in the Park)

For the first time in over 30 years, Free Shakespeare in the Park will present CORIOLANUS, Shakespeare’s epic tragedy about Caius Marcius Coriolanus, the famous Roman general. The play will be directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Shakespeare In The Park’s Troilus and Cressida) and will be available until August 11th. Free tickets will be distributed on each performance day by waiting on line at select distribution points in the five boroughs as well as in Central Park. An ‘in person’ lottery is held in the lobby of The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St and a digital lottery is hosted through TodayTix, all summer long. Please note that to acquire free tickets, you must have a Public Theater Patron ID, which you can get here.



10- New York City Restaurant Week

Monday, July 22 – Friday, August 16, 2019 – Various Locations throughout NYC

(Photo: Tagger Yancey / NYC & Company )

New York City’s restaurant week is back and better than ever this summer. This week, a select group of fine-dining restaurants offer their superb meals at an affordable prix-fixe rate. Whether you opt for a two-course $26 lunch or a three-course $42 dinner, you will surely not be disappointed in this foodie capital. Reservations open July 9th; so start making your list of must-tries now! Want to learn about the food culture here in the city? Take our Uptown and Harlem Food Walking Tour or Soul Food & Jazz Tour to savor local dishes while discovering famous sights and landmarks in famed Harlem, the African-American Mecca for writers and artists. Or join our Triboro tour on Saturdays to explore the best of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and indulge in a delicious and authentic BBQ meal.


There is plenty to do here in New York City this July. Plan your vacation accordingly to attend these awesome events and make sure to include our NYC bus tours and walking tours in your program so you don’t miss the best of the city. Also, if you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on

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