cultural fests / food events / markets / shopping events (free admission, unless noted otherwise):

► tues 2-9pm (first tuesdays of the month thru october): vegan night market: central park south at columbus circle. >>

► thurs thru sun (10am-9pm): 53rd annual international african arts festival: commodore barry park (fort greene). donations welcome. >>

► sat 10am-5pm: 13th annual witchsfest usa pagan street faire: astor place between broadway + lafayette st. >>

► sat 4-10pm (first saturdays of the month thru 10/5): bronx night market: 1 fordham plaza. >>

► sun 10am-5pm: nyc staycation market at grand bazaar nyc: indoors and outdoors at 100 w 77th st at columbus ave (uws). >>

► sun 4-8pm: chinatown block party at mott + mosco streets. >>


tues 6pm: brooklyn poetry slam: season finals: slam poets gather for a night of words and wisdom, hosted by mahogany l. browne and dj jive poetic. outdoors at the plaza at 300 ashland (fort greene), free admission. >>

tues 7:30pm: drop in: comedy: mia jackson and olivia carter present an intimate comedy show at two boots pizza in park slope, with standup by katie hannigan (hbo), matt wayne (comedy central), ginny hogan (comedy central), joe russell (siriusxm), and doug smith (conan). bonus: free beer 7:30-8pm (one/person), and raffles for free pizza. free admission ($10 suggested, a tip basket will be passed around). >>


weds thru 8/22 (wednesdays + thursdays 11am-6pm): smorgasburg at the shed: smorgasburg’s newest foodie market opens at the shed’s outdoor public plaza in hudson yards with 20 vendors. free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>

weds thru sun: third annual lincoln center’s summer for the city: lincoln center hosts 200+ free or choose-what-you-pay concerts, dance parties, performances, films screenings, and more thru august. this week: comedy underground (weds 8pm), pharoahe monch + friends: internal affairs 25th anniversary (weds 8pm), silent disco with mr. life of your party fka dj fly ty (weds 10pm), the steven oquendo latin jazz orchestra + silent disco with cruz (fri 6:30pm + 10pm), brasil summerfest with rogê (fri 7:30pm), big umbrella day + silent disco for neurodivergent audiences (sat 11am-5:45pm + 6pm), anthem to us concert (sat 8pm), silent disco with khalil (sat 9pm), the brooklyn cumbia festival presents la colocha (sun 8pm), passing the crown: celebrating the queens of hip-hop (sun 8pm), and more. all free admission. >>

weds + thurs: the pit’s 12th annual indie-pendence day fest: the longest indie improv festival in nyc returns to the people’s improv theater for two days. $14.99/show. >>

weds (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
lara croft: tomb raider at prospect park’s long meadow (brooklyn) >>
the clock at alfred e. smith playground (two bridges) >>

weds 6pm (wednesdays thru 8/7): summer concerts at hudson yards: the annual bowery presents concert series returns to the public square + gardens at hudson yards. tonight: crash adams. free admission. >>

weds 7:30pm: ambush comedy show: josh johnson, lucas connolly, and brittany cardwell’s ambush comedy show returns to ebbs brewing co (williamsburg) with stand-up sets by lea’h sampson (netflix), ashton womack (comedy central), chloe radcliffe (comedy central), mj dede, and matt storrs. bonus: arrive early to be entered into a raffle for a free 6-pack. free admission. >>

weds 9pm: star spangled banger: house of yes (bushwick) hosts a july 4th warmup party, with tunes spun by resident dj dropkat. free before 10pm with rsvp, $10 guaranteed entry. >>

weds 9:30pm: doctors without boundaries: real-life er doctors andres mallipudi and aaron bola host a comedy show where standups with a tendency towards t.m.i. tell stories about their weirdest diagnoses, and the docs give a detailed breakdown of the history of each condition and what people diagnosed with it should know. audience members can even ask their own embarrassing medical questions via a ‘no co-pay’ question box. featuring sean peecook, emily dayton evans, juan nicolón, and patricia dinglasan. caveat (les), $16.70 with promo code ‘resident’ (reg. $20+). >>


thurs (various times): fireworks!: where to watch the big displays for free:
coney island’s fourth of july fireworks >>
jersey city’s 4th of july festival + fireworks featuring wyclef jean, fat joe, and funk flex >>
macy’s fourth of july fireworks along the hudson river >>

thurs 10am pre-show, 11am main event: nathan’s famous annual fourth of july international hot dog-eating contest: get your buns over to coney island to see who can down the most hot dogs in 10 minutes and win the coveted mustard belt. free admission. >>

thurs 10pm: planet yes july 4th party: daisy dukes: rock your shortest denim shorts and cowboy/girl styles at house of yes’s july 4th party. house of yes (bushwick), free before midnight with rsvp, $10-15 otherwise. >>


fri thru 8/30: jazzmobile summerfest: jazzmobile, the oldest u.s. not-for-profit arts and cultural organization created just for jazz, brings its annual outdoor concert series to richard rogers amphitheater in marcus garvey park (east harlem) and ulysses s. grant memorial (morningside heights). free admission. >>

fri (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
jumanji (1995) at corlears hook park (les) >>
marinette at seward park (les) >>

fri 7pm (various dates thru 8/2): carnegie hall citywide: carnegie hall presents a series of free outdoor concerts across nyc. tonight’s concert at bryant park (midtown) features conductor tania león with the harlem chamber players performing works by león, adolphus hailstork, chen yi, and trevor weston, with narration by terrance mcknight (wqxr) and dancers from the harlem school of the arts. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): immigrant jam comedy: german-born, nyc-raised comedian and actor lucie pohl (overwatch) celebrates all things cross-cultural, international, and delightfully different during the immigrant jam stand-up show, featuring immigrant and first generation comedians. tonight’s lineup reps canada, germany, guatemala, india, romania, trinidad, uruguay, and venezuela with angelo colina, karolena theresa, juan nicolón, dan geneen, and divya gunasekaran. caveat (les), $15 with promo code ‘jamily’ (reg. $20). >>

fri 7-10pm (fridays thru 10/25): dreamland roller disco: lola star’s themed skate parties return to prospect park’s lefrak center for another season. tonight’s theme: prince purple rain. $25 admission includes skate rental. >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): transplants comedy show: funny folks from all over tell jokes and stories about where they came from and how they got here at the transplants comedy show, featuring standup by randall otis, yoshiko watson, brittany cardwell, ben miller, danish maqbool, and jack finnegan. q.e.d. (astoria), $15. >>


sat thru 8/3: manhattan summer winds (fka columbia summer winds): the nyc-based community wind ensemble’s annual concert series presents hour-long outdoor concerts at fort tryon park, washington square park, foley square, central park, and battery park. this year’s program includes selections by leonard bernstein, john philip sousa, from broadway’s wicked, and more. free admission. >>

sat thru 7/28 (tuesdays thru sundays at 8:30pm): the classical theater of harlem: a midsummer night’s dream: the classical theater of harlem’s 25th anniversary season presents an outdoor production of shakespeare’s a midsummer night’s dream, set at the height of the harlem renaissance and starring russel peters, victor williams, allen gilmore, mykal kilgore, and carson elrod. the richard rogers amphitheater in marcus garvey park (east harlem), free admission. >>

sat (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
do the right thing at lena horne bandshell (prospect park) >>
the little mermaid (2023) at tecumseh playground (uws) >>

sat 3-10pm: soul summit: the soul summit house music party returns to the ruins at knockdown center (maspeth) for a free independence day weekend party. >>

sat 6-10pm (+ 8/3): silent disco at pier i: choose from three djs spinning different genres into your wireless headphones (provided while supplies last) at riverside park’s pier i. free admission (a credit or debit card may be needed for the check-in process to use the required headphones). >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): feel the news with marcela onyango: ‘radical lefty’ and comedian marcela onyango tells you whether you should be mad, glad, or sad about the news during her comedy variety show. featuring: tocarra elise, suni reyes, laura laham, bruno ifebi, melissa rocha, and aidan kelly. friends and lovers (crown heights), $10 (every month’s show raises funds for direct action projects like mutual aid for people seeking asylum). >>

sat 8pm: girl? so confusing: a charli and lorde drag show: ruafza, cherry jaymes, mthr trsa, and joiryder team up for a pop queen drag show at c’mon everybody (bed-stuy). $12.36. >>

sat 10pm: kelly bachman: patron saint: in anticipation of its debut at the edinbugh festival fringe in august, comedian kelly bachman (fx/hulu’s hysterical, ‘rape victims are horny too’) previews her new stand-up hour at union hall (park slope). $10 adv, $15 door. >>


sun 5pm + 6pm: summerstage: nyc’s iconic summer performing arts festival returns with 85 free and benefit shows in central park and 12 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs. tonight: federation sound 25th anniversary featuring sister nancy, tanto metro + devonte, tifa, mr. lexx, red fox + screechy dan, and iotosh + friends at coney island amphitheater (5pm); ezra collective, cleste, and da chick in association with blue note jazz festival at rumsey playfield in central park (6pm). free admission. >>

sun 7pm (weekly thru 7/28): summer on the hudson: amplified sundays: the amplified sundays series returns with danceable live music accompanied by sunsets at riverside park south’s pier i (uws). tonight’s kickoff features la banda chuska, performing ‘the sounds of vintage peruvian cumbia and 1960s surf rock. free admission. >>

sun 7:30pm: nat towsen’s summer vacation: comedian and writer nat towsen (fallon) hosts an evening of extended standup sets by aasif mandvi (the daily show), gary gulman (the great depresh), and taylor garron (reductress). union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

sun 9:30-11:30pm: quiet reading club: spend your sunday evening reading and chatting with new folks at quiet reading club’s meet up at book club bookstore and wine bar (east village). read for the first hour, chat for the second. byo book. price of admission is one drink from the bar. >>


mon 8pm (monthly): franklin park reading series: the crown heights bar and beer garden presents an evening celebrating author juliet escoria’s new story collection, you are the snake!, along with readings by mesha maren (shae), nicolette polek (bitter water opera), daisuke shen (vague predictions and prophecies), and khaoli bailey (the miseducation of a 90s baby). books will be available for purchase by unnameable books. free admission. >>

mon 8pm: free outdoor movie (weather permitting): old school at bryant park (midtown) >>


our roundup of 70+ ongoing events and attractions: art exhibits, film screenings, and more. >>

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– the skint