The City That Never Sleeps earned its nickname for a reason. No matter the time of year — or day — there is always something to do. But it’s in the summer months that the number of activities really begins to surge. Whether you’re new to the city or a lifelong resident, if you’re looking for some new and interesting things to do in New York in July, we have some suggestions.
Root for your favorite team.
The only rivalry that might actually run deeper than the one between the Red Sox and Yankees is the one between the two NYC teams: Yankees and Mets. The two are pitted against each other four times this July, so why not engage in some light hearted banter while cheering for the team of your choice? The best part? Yankee Stadium is just 35 minutes away from 363 Bond, so getting there is a piece of cake.
Watch a free show.
Every Thursday afternoon, all summer long, a variety of free performances are held in bustling Union Square. You never know what to expect and the acts change each week, so keep returning for something new. You could be treated to a live band, a dance performance, or even a stand-up comedian.
Embark on a tour de France.
No, we’re no talking about the bike ride. In July, French Restaurant Week gives foodies the opportunity to try hotspots they might otherwise miss out on, offering a special menu with deeply discounted prices. Dozens of restaurants will be participating, so it’s a great opportunity to experience France without the long flight.
Take in a movie.
Film festivals abound in the city. In July, both the Asian American International Film Festival and Dance on Camera Festival take place. The former showcases films by and about Asians, screened largely at Asia Society, while the latter is full of dance-forward pieces selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Party at a street fair.
The warmer months usher in a plethora of open-air street fairs and markets. The themes and locations are widespread, but no matter which one you visit, you can almost always be guaranteed to find a great selection of food and merchandise, not to mention some sort of live music presentation.
When you’re looking for things to do in New York in July, you don’t have to look very far. You just need to keep your eyes open. No matter your interests, there’s always something to keep you entertained.