July arrives fresh on the heels of Pride, which culminated Sunday, June 30th, with epic World Pride events, including the Pride Parade and PrideFest with a Manhattan Mini Storage booth. To say Summer is now in full swing would be an understatement, but we’ll say it anyway — Summer is in full swing! — and our list of events is all you need to get by this July.
Begin with a Bryant Park Summer Movie night screening of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the popular teen romance film starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, directed by Susan Johnson and based on the book by Jenny Han (Monday, July 1st, 5pm). Then get on your feet for Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, an outdoor concert featuring Joe McGinty and The Losers Lounge and followed by a silent disco (Tuesday, July 2nd, 6pm).
No need to wait until the 4th for delicious BBQ fare thanks to Burger Day at EATALY, where mouth-watering specialty burgers (think Wagyu and Pancetta burgers) are 30% off (Wednesday, July 3rd, all day during store hours). If you’d rather party than picnic, The Lookup hosts a July 4th rooftop event in midtown (Thursday, July 4th, starts at 4pm) then make your way to one of these spots to see the spectacular Macy’s fireworks display over Manhattan’s East River (Thursday, July 4th, 9:20pm).
Friday night is all about the westside with Sunset on the Hudson Pier 45 at Hudson River Park in Greenwich Village and Totally Public Karaoke in Riverside Park at W 59 St and Riverside Drive (Friday, July 5th, 6pm). The party vibes continue into the weekend at Day of the Dead rooftop party celebrating Mexican culture with reggaeton and Latin pop at DL in the East Village (Saturday, July 6th, 4pm). On Sunday, find a chiller vibe uptown at Chill on the Hill Jazz with the Chris Whittaker Trio in Roger Morris Park, located in Inwood (Sunday, July 7th, 5pm).
July’s second week sings all the right notes at the NY Musical Theater Festival, where Broadway’s Be More Chill’s creator/composer/lyricist Joe Iconis is this year’s honorary chair (Monday, July 8th). A second festival to catch is The Official Latino Film and Arts Festival, which showcases films written, directed and produced by New York based Latina and Latino filmmakers (Tuesday, July 9th).
Summer arts and culture finds continue throughout the week at Under St. Mark’s, where the Womans’ Work festival presents solo shows by three female playwrights over five nights, including You Hold a Pole Everyday by award-winning theater artist Laura Sisskin Fernandez (Wednesday, July 10th, 9pm). Travel from the East Village to the Lower East Side’s Abron Arts Center for Arch Ballet Performance Summer Season, which includes Chateau, a choreographed exploration of the Château de Fontainebleau, plus the grand scale World Premiere, replete with “glass tutus and chromatic costumes dance to a modern orchestral score beneath a luminescent art installation, transporting the audience to an electric realm of possibility” (Thursday, July 11th, 7pm).
Speaking of electric realms of possibility, Jennifer Lopez, the Bronx-born bombshell and former Fly Girl turned global superstar J Lo makes a hometown hero pop pitstop at MSG. Catch her ‘It’s My Party’ concert for two nights only before the tour comes to a close in late July on her 50th birthday in Miami (Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th, 8pm).
The beats continue at the SONY Store’s Fat Beats 25th Anniversary show celebrating the music industry brand’s longevity, innovation and staying power (Sunday, July 14th, 6pm seating for 8pm show). Also on the 14th is Bastille Day official, but French Restaurant Week in New York continues through July 21st. Enjoy one of the over 100 French restaurants offering prix-fixe dinners and lunches, including Soho’s La Sirene (Monday, July 15th).
A summer tradition must for New York theater lovers is The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, which offers free classical works on stage at the gorgeous Delacorte amphitheater in Central Park. Catch opening night of the Shakespearean tragedy Coriolanus, directed by Tony-winner Daniel Sullivan (Tuesday, July 16th through August 11th).
Before Adele sang, “Hello, from the other side…” Mr. Lionel Richie asked, “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” If your answer to the latter’s question is, “Why yes, yes it is!” catch his Hello Tour at Radio City Music Hall (Wednesday, July 17th and Thursday, July 18th at 8pm).
Free outdoor yoga offerings abound across the city this month, including Summer on the Hudson’s Yoga Evening Salute to the Sun (Wednesday, July 17th, 6:30pm) and in Washington Square Park with Sacred Sounds Yoga (Thursday, July 18th, 8:30am).
59 E. 59 Theatre’s Summer Shorts Festival features new and original works by established and emerging playwrights, including Courtney Baron, Neil LeBute and Sharr White (Friday, July 19th through August 31st) but if you’d rather throw it back on an 80s party cruise, we’ve got you covered with a Depeche Mode theme night on the Circle Line Bronx, departing from Pier 83 on W. 42nd St and 12th Ave (Saturday, July 20th, 9pm).
The only reason we waited until the third week of the month to suggest the best way to beat the heat with a cold confection is to honor National Ice Cream Day. Frankly, we think every day of summer deserves the title but short of that, make sure to celebrate it officially at NYC’s 4th Annual Summer Ice Cream Blizzard (Sunday, July 21st, 10am-5:30pm)!
Our second outdoor film suggestion for this month is Film Works Alfresco’s screening of the 2018 Golden Globe-nominated hit Crazy Rich Asians in Inwood Hill Park, a fun and heart warming start to the week (Monday, July 22nd, 7:30pm). Manhattan Mini Storage sponsors the the Inwood Arts Works, the cultural hub that puts on tons of events including these films screenings, and we’d love to see you there!
One of the city’s best kept secrets is the Library of Distilled Spirits, a downtown bar with over 1,000 bottles of distilled spirits and classic drinks. Check out their weekly “Cocktails and Conversations” series on Tuesday nights for enlightened chat amongst mixologists, distillers, beverage industry tastemakers and more (Tuesday, July 23rd, 5:30pm)
Midweek special events include a PureBarre bootcamp workout brought to you by Healthy on the Hudson with LULULEMON (Wednesday, July 24th at 6:30pm) and opening night of the highly anticipated Moulin Rouge! The Musical, a recent Boston to Broadway import based on the Baz Luhrmann film of the same name (Thursday, July 25th).
The weekend arrives with two more must attend arts events and one on the fitness front. The Filmshop Short Film festival presents Famous Last Words, a themed short film showcase and party at Rough Trade for Filmshop’s annual end-of-season celebration (Friday, July 26th, 8pm) and on Saturday, the Sustainability Art Fair at Prime Produce in Hell’s Kitchen showcases local eco artists and bringing together “eco-loving, non-waste, creative humans” (Saturday, July 27th, 1pm).
You have until July 25th to register for the Central Park Triathlon, which includes a 12 mile bike ride, 3 mile run and ¾ mile swim, or support the athletes from the sidelines on event day (Sunday, July 28th, 7:30am).
One of the season’s most buzzed about restaurants is Jean Georges-Vongerichten’s The Fulton, the acclaimed chef’s first seafood outpost at Pier 17 that’s open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch (Monday, July 29th). Meanwhile on the opposite end of the island, Harlem Week is underway and celebrates the past, present and future of Harlem with over 100 events attracting approximately two million attendees (Tuesday, July 30th).
To close out the month, a vibrant, multi-media tribute show to the late, great Fela Kuti. Catch Fela! The Concert at Central Park SummerStage, featuring members of the original Broadway cast from the highly acclaimed Tony Award winning production Fela!